HIKE for HOPE 2021 supporting Lazarus House Ministries
HIKE for HOPE 2021

About HIKE for HOPE 2021

Join co-chairs, Amy Finegold, Adam Molda of Spark Fitness and Audra Palermo of A3 Fitness for this year's HIKE for HOPE 2021 Challenge and be part of the solution to food insecurity in our community. Building on the success of last year's virtual HIKE for HOPE, this community-focused and fun Challenge will bring us all together to raise critical funds to support our soup kitchen and food pantry, relieving the stress and uncertainty for families who struggle to put food on the table for their families.  

ANNOUNCEMENT! Saturday, May 22 is New Balance Day. 

On New Balance Day every gift will be matched (up to $5,000)! You will also have a chance to win New Balance gift cards: 

-First 10 donors who give an actual gift of $100 (pre-match) or more will receive a $50 New Balance gift card  

-First 10 donors who give an actual gift of $50 (pre-match) or more will receive a $25 New Balance gift card   

-Anyone who gives an actual gift over $100 (pre-match) will be entered into a raffle for a $500 New Balance gift card

How does it work? 

It's Easy, Just Follow These Steps!

Participate in all 3 activities in ONE Weekend, May 22-23, 2021.

1) Register or Join a Team! Friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, partners, anyone can join your team. Registration is $15. Every registered participant will receive a branded mask, a downloadable official certificate of achievement and souvenir bib number as well as access to all weekend activities including a pre-HIKE training program.

2) Once you register, a fundraising page is created for you with built-in tools to fundraise via social media, email or text. Through your fundraising page, you will be able to reach out to your network to help you reach your personal fundraising goal. Before you know it, you will be a fundraising rock star!

3) Pick challenges that match your experience level - 5K. Food. Fund. Do all of them —5K. Food. Fund., and Complete the Challenge!

4) Get Social with us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Post photos, videos, share your Challenge journey and tag @lazarushouseministries, #HikeforHope and #2021Challenge to earn more points and a chance to win prizes.

5) Earn More Points. Special prizes will be awarded for individuals and teams raising the most funds by May 23, 2021 at 11:59 pm. Check out the activities tab on "Manage My Page" and complete the activities to earn points.

The Challenge Activities

5K Walk/Run
New this year, we will have two LIVE 5K Walk/Run Events on Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23 at 10:00 a.m. Pick one or participate in both. Using the Charge Running App, choose your course or use your treadmill, while receiving encouragement from a running coach and inspiration from people who know firsthand the hardship families are facing. Chat with others via the chat room, track your status, and listen to a real-time playlist curated for you!  5k Info Click Here

Food Drive
Help us meet the need of families and individuals struggling with food insecurity. Collect and drop off non-perishable items (list provided in the App) to help replenish our food supply. Or simply donate $25 towards our pantry shopping cart. Food Drive Info Click Here

Fundraise to ensure families in our community have reliable access to nutritious food. Inspire at least five people to donate $20.21 each. It's easy to create a fundraising page and even easier for your network to make donations.  Fundraise Info Click Here


Starts at:  May 21, 2021 11:00 PM
Ends at:  May 23, 2021 10:59 PM




HIKE for HOPE Events Office: AJ Events


Why Complete the Challenge?
Every registered participant will receive a branded mask, a downloadable official certificate of achievement and souvenir bib number as well as access to all weekend activities including a pre-HIKE training program.

In addition to helping our neighbors as they face the immense burden of food insecurity, registrants that complete the Challenge will also receive a Hike for Hope Challenge long sleeve t-shirt. Are you up for an extra challenge this year? Walk or Run twice! The more activities you participate in and the more dollars you raise, the more Challenge points you will earn to win fantastic prizes.

Ready to Take the Challenge?


Your Support Makes a Difference


For the past 38 years, Lazarus House has provided programs and services to restore dignity and self-respect to empower families and individuals struggling with food insecurity, poverty and homelessness. Throughout the challenges posed by the pandemic, Lazarus House has focused our efforts on maintaining our most critical services – food distribution, shelter and housing for families. Through the current health crisis and its devastating financial impact, both of which have affected our Lawrence community disproportionately, we have to re-imagine how to serve our Guests safely while meeting their most pressing needs. The support of our generous community allows us to open doors for more than 18,000 unique families every year, a number that keeps growing as our community grapples with the myriad challenges posed by COVID-19.

Access to safe and stable housing, healthful food, and a caring case manager can make all the difference in someone’s ability to see new possibilities and thrive. Your support of HIKE for HOPE benefits the women, men, and children we assist to find safety, rediscover hope, and carry the goodness they find in the Lazarus House community out into the world.


Both our Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen have seen a tremendous increase in need since last March and we do not expect the increased need for food assistance to subside any time soon. Based on Lawrence residents’ experience of earlier crises, the economic impact from COVID-19 has hit the community hard and recovery of households will be a longer-term process than elsewhere in the Commonwealth.  We will continue, as we have done for the past 38 years, to open the door and welcome each Guest with kindness and compassion and walk alongside them as they stabilize, recover and rebuild their lives.


With your support, Lazarus House will continue to battle against food insecurity and assist anyone who comes to our door in need.  Through expanded program hours, additional staffing, enhanced safety measures, significant investments in food and your support, we will continue to be a beacon of light in the darkness of poverty for individuals living with the unimaginable stress and uncertainty of not being able to provide enough food for their families.

In addition, Lazarus House Ministries is preparing to launch a full renovation and enhancement of our current Soup Kitchen. These renovations will improve quality, efficiency and capacity to serve our cherished Guests for years to come.

Thanks to our generous 2021 sponsors