All aboard the Sole Train


As a former staff member at Health Care for the Homeless, what inspired you to personally fundraise for the Rock Your Socks 5K when you worked here?

After seeing the magic at the event and watching coworkers lead successful teams, I was inspired to start my own. It’s a way that I can stay connected and use my skills to help.

Any top fundraising tips for people looking to start a team for the first time?

I had never done peer-to-peer fundraising so it was about getting up the courage to send that initial email. Homelessness is a national crisis that can feel overwhelming—so I try to make those emails very personal while also tying our services into what is going on in the world. It’s a reminder that while everyone I reach out to doesn’t have a connection to Baltimore, they have a connection to me and this is a tangible way they can help. Don’t be afraid to reach out—you never know who will come out of the woodwork.

How do you plan to keep team Sole Train running this year?

Between family, friends, neighbors and my new coworkers, I’m confident. Last year, my mom joined virtually from California and some people just donated. All you need is a hip pair of socks and a passion for supporting our neighbors without homes. It’s always “all aboard!”

What are you most excited about this year?

The feeling of unity. Passionate communities come together and client advocates are so excited to be cheering people on. Everyone knows why they are there—it’s really powerful.

Any words of advice to anyone thinking about coming for Sole Train’s title?

I’m not giving up without a fight – we’ve raised $10,000 over the last two years. But, nothing would make me happier than another team taking the crown. Come beat us.

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