SB Runners JUMP to Help Out

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Thursday November 29, 2012

More than 80 adults and children gathered at Burlington’s Waterfront Shelter recently to participate in the 15th Annual Run for the Jump Urban Ministry Project (JUMP). The family fun event, which raised more than $17,000, included both a run and a walk for individuals and teams to benefit JUMP, Inc.

Nine South Burlington residents–including Lucy Samara, Carol Lutz, Rita Bortz, Bill Eddy, Linda Gross, Joan Matthews, Barbara Stearns, Bernice Wesseling, and Suzie Crews–are volunteers for JUMP, an interfaith organization which provides emergency assistance to people in need, regardless of faith background, and which enjoys broad support from generous businesses, foundations, and citizens of Chittenden County. Last year, JUMP assisted 356 South Burlington residents who were struggling to meet basic needs, and across Chittenden County, JUMP helped to provide utilities, food, medication, transportation, clothing and referrals to 7,600 people, including 3,433 children.

JUMP’s funding and support comes from 27 local faith communities, including Ascension Lutheran, Faith United Methodist, and All Saints Episcopal in South Burlington. In 15 years, the event originally know as the Run for the O.N.E (Old North End) has raised thousands of dollars to help fund important work at the Sarah Holbrook  Community Center, Spectrum Youth Services, the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, the Roosevelt Park Playground Fund, and JUMP. For more information, please visit