By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley) – Hundreds of community residents, Cal State San Bernardino students, members of the university’s Sociology Club and the CSUSB Women’s Resource Center are expected to participate in the 12th annual walk-a-thon Saturday, May 2, to support Option House and its fight against domestic violence.
The “Walk Out on Family Violence,” which will benefit Option House Inc., will start at 8:30 a.m. at the San Bernardino County Courthouse parking lot at 5th Street and North Arrowhead Avenue in downtown San Bernardino.
Online registration, which can be done on the Option House Walk-a-thon website, is $20 per person. Registration the day of the event will be $25 per person, cash only. Online registration closes on Friday, May 2, at noon. Onsite registration opens at 7:30 a.m.
The 10 kilometer (6.2 mile) route will take participants through city neighborhoods to help bring awareness to domestic violence and the need to end it. Participants may walk the whole course, or a portion of it; vans will be available for those who cannot complete the entire walk.
Following the walk, an awareness rally will take place featuring live entertainment, refreshments, activities for children and information booths representing various vendors and event sponsors.
Option House staff will also be on hand to talk about their role in fighting domestic violence.
This year’s goal is to raise $20,000 to help support Option House’s lifesaving Domestic Violence Shelter Program, which provides victims of domestic violence shelter for at least 60 days, basic necessities, food, clothing, education, resources, therapy, medical wellness checks and case management, along with outreach programs.
Option House is organized to promote the health, safety and rights of victims of family violence. Its services include counseling, education, intervention, advocacy, food, clothing, and support services. The agency also provides outreach services, legal services and information, education and awareness.