Things Are Rolling Along

My 1st goal for today was to get everything set up and squared away with the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank and Project H.O.M.E. to start accepting donations for my walk. The nice thing about these two organizations is that you can donate to them online, which makes things so much easier. The woman at the food bank in charge of setting up online accounts wasn’t in today but will be tomorrow and will be expecting my call. The woman I spoke to today though said that they’re going to set me/the walk up with it’s own kind of separate page/link with all the information about the walk and people will be able to donate right from that page, which is awesome and will make everything so much easier. More information to come about this after tomorrow. They also said that they would get the PR person to help me publicize the walk, which made my day because I definitely need help doing that.

I got everything taken care for Project HO.M.E. though. The guy in charge of development and gifts, a real nice guy named Brian Schingledecker whose help was much appreciated, walked me through it. It is really simple and only takes a couple of minutes. I also have all the information you need if you’d rather write a check. I’ll make separate post with this information and the online instructions.

My second goal was to start finding places to stay along the way. I’ve mapped out where I would like to stop for the first 8 or 9 days of the walk. I’ll spend my 1st night in Murrysville. Hopefully I will be able to stay with family friends. The next night I’ll be in Saltsburg, PA. I decided the best way to go about finding places to stay would be contacting the local government in each town and just asking them if they knew of any organizations or individuals that might be willing to put me up for the night (I didn’t add this but I’m also hoping they’ll be willing to give me a little something to eat too). So I called Saltsburg city council and they gave me the number of this really nice woman (Barb Stramaski) who is going to check around for me. So hopefully that will work out.

The next night I’ll be in Black Lick, PA. I found out that there is a shelter (Pathway Shelter House) there that I might be able to stay at but they can’t guarantee that they’ll have a bed for me. I contacted a local church (Grace Methodist Church) to see if they would want to work with me to put together a little rally type event in the community to raise awareness and money for the shelter. I left the pastor a message so hopefully I’ll hear back from him soon.

My goals/things that absolutely need to get down this week are to finish figuring where I’ll be stopping along the way and finding places to stay in those places, make a publicity flyer for the walk (which I’m not really sure how to do), and start contacting donors and sponsors.

So I definitely have a lot I need to get done this week but I am making progress and look forwarding to pressing on. Thanks to everyone that has helped me out so far. I couldn’t do this without you.



About adambrok

My name is Adam Brok. I am a recent graduate of DePauw University, a small liberal arts school in Greencastle, IN, where I was a Philosophy major and Jewish Studies minor. I am also a proud Pittsburgher. I come from a family and environment where helping people in need was just what you did. If you came across a friend, neighbor, or even a complete stranger that was in need of help, you stopped and did what you could to help. It was just as simple as that. As I grew and moved on to college I continued to help where I could. I volunteered as a student friend at a local elementary school where I served as a mentor and tutor to a kindergartner named Jordan and worked with a local church to help run their non-food pantry (where we supplied members of the community on food stamps with essentials like soap, toothpaste, detergent, etc, that cannot be purchased with food stamps). During the summers after my sophomore and junior years respectfully, I volunteered at the University of Pittsburgh Legal Clinic and The Pittsburgh Refugee and Immigration Assistance Center. I also was fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend the spring semester of my junior year in Philadelphia where I was a social work/legal intern in the Juvenile Special Defense Unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia. It was during this semester in Philadelphia that I became really passionate about the issues of hunger and homelessness. It was impossible to walk around downtown Philly for more than ten minutes without seeing someone laying on the sidewalk or sitting in dirty clothes on a park bench asking for food and money. It was a scene I just couldn't get comfortable with seeing. Here I was a young college student without much money of my own, yet I had an apartment I slept in each night and food to wake up to each morning. Why should I be so fortunate and not the guy that slept on the sewer grate every night down the block from my bare, but warm apartment. That is when I decided that I needed to something, something much more and much greater than what I had done in the past. Being an avid exerciser and enjoying taking on physical challenges, I decided that I would walk from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia to raise money and awareness for the hungry and homeless.
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