First Baptist Church's Spring Step Challenge seeks to get congregants up and moving in order to raise support for our newest neighbors here in Richmond. According to U.S. News & World Report, Virginia is the state that has welcomed the largest number of immigrants and refugees from Afghanistan relative to state population. While the U.S. has taken in refugees for many years, there has been a large increase in immigrants from Afghanistan in recent months due to the political instability that was created as the Taliban overtook cities after the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country. According to an article in the Richmond Times Dispatch, about 75% of refugees entering Virginia since 2016 have come from Afghanistan. Anybody who has moved from one place to another knows how difficult it can be to establish roots in a new place and begin to feel like you belong there. For our refugee neighbors, it is much more than a simple move from one place to another - these neighbors have had to completely uproot and move across the globe in order to settle in an area where they may not be familiar with the language, customs, and culture. Fortunately, Virginians have rallied together to welcome our new neighbors, and ReEstablish Richmond is one group in particular that has been making a concerted effort to support immigrants as they transition to life in our state. Currently, the team of dedicated staff and volunteers at ReEstablish Richmond focuses on transportation independence, healthand wellness, community engagement, and economic empowerment. Keeping in line with our commitment as Christians to love others and bring the kingdom of heaven to RVA, Richmond's First Baptist Church seeks to raise $2500 to be donated to ReEstablish Richmond in order to support the good work they do for immigrants in our city.
We encourage individuals, families, and Sunday School classes to register and get involved in our Spring Step Challenge! Registration is $25 per person, and individuals and groups have the option to fundraise more money to be donated to ReEstablish Richmond by advertising their walking/running goals on social media. The campaign will be ongoing for six weeks, and you are encouraged to compete throughout the duration of the campaign. The goal we have for this campaign is for each individual to walk at least one mile/2,000 steps per day. Overall, we hope to collectively walk over 7,000 miles, which is the approximate distance (as the crow flies) from Virginia to Afghanistan. Prizes will be awarded to the individuals/teams who raise the most money and walk/jog the highest number of steps/miles.
Questions about this campaign should be directed to Lee Byerly (byerly@fbcrichmond.org).
COMPLETED: 802 miles
TARGET: 7,000 miles
RAISED: $ 675
TARGET: $ 2,500
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Funds raised during this campaign will be donated to ReEstablish Richmond, an organization that seeks to help refugees become integrated into our community through a variety of programs that build self-sufficiency and independence. More information about ReEstablish Richmond can be found at https://www.reestablishrichmond.org/our-programs).
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