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Voice of Care "Mile for Mileage" Pledge Walk is Inclusive Family Fun

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  • Participants in Voice of Care's July 12 Mile for Mileage at Castaldo Park in Woodridge raise money to support ministry to people with disabilities.Kris Blackwell

      Participants in Voice of Care's July 12 Mile for Mileage at Castaldo Park in Woodridge raise money to support ministry to people with disabilities.Kris Blackwell

 
Lori Solyom

Voice of Care Seeks Support for Ministry to People with Disabilities – One Step at A Time

Lace up your sneakers and head to Castaldo Park in Woodridge on Saturday, July 12… or don't. Either way, people of all ages and abilities can participate in Voice of Care's third annual Mile for Mileage. The yearly pledge walk raises money to support this Lutheran ministry serving people with disabilities, their caregivers, and the congregations reaching out to them.

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Even those on vacation and people with mobility issues can participate, as actual walking is not mandatory. "This year we are registering individual walkers and teams online at voiceofcare.org and providing them with their own online fundraising page to make pledge gathering convenient," explained Deaconess Kris Blackwell, Voice of Care's Executive Director, "And while it is a fun event, you don't actually have to attend to help raise money to cover the $12,000 in mileage expenses incurred by Voice of Care staff each year." Voice of Care representatives travel across the region ministering at facilities and training churches and individuals to bring the Word to people with developmental disabilities and their caregivers.

The Mile for Mileage event includes a mile-long walk on wheelchair accessible sidewalks around Castaldo Park, located at 3024 71st Street in Woodridge [MAP: http://goo.gl/mc1lR1]. A box lunch picnic is provided, as are bottled water and a t-shirt for each registered participant. Prizes will be awarded to the individual, family, and team who raise the most money in pledges. The walk will occur rain or shine.

Those without access to a computer or churches desiring to register as a group can call Blackwell at 630.234.1491. Donations are also accepted via check payable to Voice of Care and mailed to Voice of Care, P.O. Box 251, West Chicago, IL 60186. Registration is requested by June 30, to ensure t-shirt availability.

About Voice of Care

Voice of Care's mission to equip the Church to nurture people with disabilities and their caregivers in their walk with Christ is effected through chaplaincy, congregational training and resources, special needs camp programs, and is supported by volunteer service and the financial gifts of individuals, churches, and businesses. For more information, visit www.voiceofcare.org or call 630.231.3862

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