Holyoke - OneHolyoke CDC has partnered with Homework House and several other Holyoke community organizations to host the COVID Freedom Walk & Roll 5K on Saturday, August 28, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. The purpose of the 5K is to celebrate the progress that Holyoke has made to be free from COVID-19, and will also have information and resources available about COVID safety, including an on-site vaccine clinic for those who would like to get their shot.
The event will bring together members of the community to walk or roll (wheel chair, bicycle, stroller) along a 5K route through Holyoke, beginning at the intersection of Race, Main, and Canal Streets, and ending at Holyoke Craft Beer at 164 Race Street.
Proceeds from the 5K registrations and donations will benefit OneHolyoke CDC and Homework House in their work to support children and families in Holyoke. To sign up to walk or roll, visit https://go.rallyup.com/participar5k2021
. Registration is $10 for adults, and $15 per couple. Children under 17 years are free. Those who don’t pre-register can also sign up on-site.
The event aims to be accessible to all, and those who are unable to pay the registration fee can enter the code DONAR on the payment page to receive free registration. Walk/roll participants can also help raise funds by having friends and colleagues sponsor them with additional donations.
Those who are not able to participate in the COVID Freedom Walk & Roll 5K can still support the event by making a donation at https://go.rallyup.com/caminar5k2021
or by texting 'Caminar5K2021' to 855-202-2100 to get a link to donate. Corporate/business sponsorships are also welcome.
Family-friendly activities will also be part of the 5K event, including a Holyoke history scavenger hunt along the route and a costume contest with the chance to win prizes. There will also be five water stations set up along the route.
COVID Freedom Walk & Roll
OneHolyoke CDC has a COVID public information campaign underway concentrated on predominantly Hispanic neighborhoods of Holyoke, including the Flats, South Holyoke, Churchill and Downtown, to address the disproportionate spread of the virus among communities of color, and to provide resources and information about the COVID-19 vaccine. As part of the campaign, outreach materials are shared in both English and Spanish, at in-person tabling locations at community outlets in the Latinx majority neighborhoods of Holyoke and on OneHolyoke CDC’s social media and website.
Homework House strengthens the Holyoke community by promoting educational success through free, individualized tutoring and mentoring for at-risk children ages 6-12. Homework House is a place where children growing up in Holyoke’s most economically challenged neighborhoods can experience learning success in a safe and nurturing environment.
This school year, OneHolyoke CDC and Homework House teamed up to offer "equity pods," a space for children to safely participate in their remote learning activities with adult support. Homework House has also supported Holyoke youth by continuing to offer daytime and after-school tutoring.
OneHolyoke CDC is the only certified Community Development Corporation based in the City of Holyoke. Founded in 1971, OneHolyoke CDC has created over 160 new homes in the Flats, Churchill and South Holyoke neighborhoods, rehabilitated hundreds of apartments and provided thousands of home improvement grants to homeowners through the Neighborhood Improvement Program.