By Jordan Puckett
The St. Martin District Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is hosting a Run for the Poor Saturday, June 8. All proceeds from the run will go to the SMDC and will be used to assist those in need.
St. Vincent de Paul came to the United States in 1845 from France. Marvin Hudson, a member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Chairperson for the Run for the Poor, said, “members are motivated by the words of Jesus ‘what you do for the least of these, you do unto me.’”
“We try, if possible, to make a home visit to those we help,” Hudson said. “If we bring peace to a family in crisis, we especially help the children in that family and bring about a more peaceful neighborhood.”
The St. Martin District Council was established in 1964. The council has 17 Catholic parish conferences reporting to it. These parishes are located in Adams, Brown, Clermont, Clinton, Highland, and Warren Counties in Ohio. The council brings together trustees from each parish for decision making.
The St. Martin District Council is one five district councils within the Cincinnati Archdiocese. The Cincinnati District Council is responsible for much of the advertising for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, thus making the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of each group equal in the minds of the public. While the fundamental mission is the same, Cincinnati focuses more on the needs of the urban poor, while St. Martins tends to the suburban and rural poor.
Hudson said that there are 341 active members from the St. Martin District Council who gave more than 50,000 hours of community service and over 4,000 home visits in the last fiscal year. All work is done by volunteers.
Due to low funds, SMDC started the Run for the Poor in 1993 to raise funds and to be able to respond to requests for assistance. The 5k race is the only fundraiser for SMDC. Since there are no paid workers, nearly all of the money raised goes directly to helping the poor in the area.
One hundred door prizes are given out at the event. The first 50 winners are randomly chosen from those who pre-register for the run, while the rest are chosen from all runners.
The run will begin at 9 a.m. June 8 at St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Milford, goes into Miami Meadows Park, and ends back at the church. Go to runforthepoor.org for more information on registration and fees.