Sunday, Feb. 12 is the annual Winter Walk Boston event — a two-mile walk through our city during the coldest month of the year. Why? To walk with Boston’s homeless population and fundraise to help end homelessness in our communities.
By the numbers
1,545. The number of local homeless individuals living on the streets or in shelters (according to a 2022 winter count). We’re staying tuned for the results of this year’s homeless census.
60%. The percentage of children in Massachusetts’ homeless population.
~$1 million. The amount Winter Walk fundraised last year for Boston nonprofits — like Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program + Pine Street Inn — working to address the root causes of homelessness.
2,300+. The number of participants in last year’s Winter Walk, another goal Winter Walk hopes to exceed this year with a second walk event planned in Springfield.
How to step up
Register in advance for the event — walkers are asked to pay a $100 registration fee up front or pledge to fundraise that amount. For youth + students, the fee is $50. All of the Winters Walk’s proceeds go toward its partner organizations.
There are also options to register in-person at 8:30 a.m. before the walk. Pro tip: You can bring your dog, and pups registered in advance will get a doggie gift bag.
The walk begins at 9 a.m. at Copley Plaza with housed and unhoused participants walking side by side, followed by a community meal where members of Boston’s homeless population will share their stories.
Can’t make it to the walk? Donate here to support the cause.