The 4th Annual Safe Homes Aroostook 5K will take place on Sunday, May 1st, from 1:00-3:00PM, starting in Gentile Hall at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. The event benefits both Hope & Justice Project and Homeless Services of Aroostook. 

Hope & Justice Project Prevention and Training Coordinator Casey Faulkingham says the 4th Annual Safe Homes Aroostook 5K is a timed, family-friendly event to raise awareness and funds for two non-profit organizations that work to ensure safe homes for everyone in Aroostook County: Hope & Justice Project and Homeless Services of Aroostook.

Representatives from both organizations joined with members of UMPI community this month at the Sister Mary O'Donnell Emergency Homeless Shelter to fine tune the details of the event.

Steve Eyler of Presque Isle, Rebekah Shaw of Mapleton, Carolyn Dorsey of Presque Isle, and Karson Wilcox of Presque Isle participate in a planning meeting for the 4th Annual Safe Homes Aroostook 5K taking place on May 1, 2016 at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

Faulkingham says participants who pre-register online are guaranteed a free event t-shirt. Registration is $20 per participant. Children under 12 can participate for free and do not need to register unless they would like an event t-shirt.

On May 1st, doors will open at Gentile Hall at 12:00PM for those who wish to register in person and for pre-registrants to check in and pick up their shirts. Faulkingham encourages businesses and groups to form teams, fundraise together, and challenge other groups to do the same.

Steve Eyler, the Executive Director of Homeless Services of Aroostook says there were some technical issues regarding online registration which have been worked out. Participants can now register online at The Safe Homes Aroostook site.

Participants can specify what team they are a part of and reserve their t-shirt size and can email the information to safehomes@aroostookhomeless.org.

Faulkingham says volunteers are needed the day of the event to help direct traffic and hand out water, cake and other giveaways. Anyone interested in volunteering should email casey@hopeandjusticeproject.org. 

Local businesses and organizations can sponsor the event at the $200 or  $500 level. When a group becomes a 2016 event sponsor at the $200-level, their professional logo is displayed on the Safe Homes Aroostook website and their name is seen on the event t-shirt and signage.

Faulkingham says sponsors on board at the $500 level thus far include Northern Business Products, Thompson-Hamel LLC, UMPI and TAMC.

Donations of any amount are accepted as well as contributions of items and merchandise for door-prizes. Checks can be made out and sent to:

Safe Homes Aroostook
PO Box 1753
Presque Isle, ME 04769.

Safe Homes Aroostook is an annual 5K that takes place at the University of Maine at Presque Isle on the first Sunday of May. This event is a joint-fundraiser for the two non-profit organizations that work to for the safety of all who have experienced or been affected by abuse, violence or home insecurity.

Updates can be followed at the Safe Homes Aroostook and Sister Mary O'Donnell shelter Facebook pages.