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The Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community is an annual fundraising walk that benefits local health and human service agencies. Highmark Inc. coordinates and underwrites the cost of the walk so that 100% of the money raised by walkers goes to the participating nonprofits.
In 2019, the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community raised 1.4 million for the 209 participating organizations. One hundred percent of the funds raised through this event go directly back to the participating organizations.
The primary goal of the Walk is to help participating organizations raise money for their individual missions. The secondary goal of the Walk is to energize community members to have a greater hand in their health by becoming or staying physically active.
The inaugural Walk for a Healthy Community took place in Pittsburgh in 2003 and raised more than $25,000 for eight nonprofit organizations. Since then, additional walks have been added in Lehigh Valley, Erie, Harrisburg, Laurel Highlands, Northeastern Pennsylvania (Scranton/Wilkes Barre), and Wilmington, Delaware.
Through 2018, the events have raised more than $13.6 million for nearly 450 nonprofits across the states. A record $1.507 million was raised in 2018, supporting 211 organizations.
A partial list of organizations benefitting from the fundraising include: Alder Health Services, Arc of Cumberland & Perry Counties (CPARC), Beauty After Bruises, Bethesda Mission, Brethren Community Ministries, CMU-Case Management Unit, CONTACT Helpline, Caitlin's Smiles, Capital Area Coalition on Homelessness, Catholic Charities - Diocese of Harrisburg, Center for Champions, Central Pennsylvania Coalition United to Fight Cancer, Catalyst, Christian Churches United of the Tri-County Area, Community Check-Up Center of South Harrisburg Inc., Estamos Unidos de Pennsylvania, GLY Foundation, Gather the Spirit for Justice, Gift of Life Family House, Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Harrisburg Area, Halcyon Activity Center, Harrisburg Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Harrisburg Police Athletic League , Hospice of Central PA (HCP), LGBT Center of Central PA, Latino Hispanic American Community Center – LHACC, Logos Academy Harrisburg, Manada Conservancy, Mission of Mercy, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, P.R.O.B.E., PA Breast Cancer Coalition, PA Tourette Syndrome Alliance, Paxton Ministries, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center/Penn State College of Medicine, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, Rebuilding Together Greater Harrisburg, Sara's House of Hope, Shalom House, South Central PA Sickle Cell Council, Special Olympics PA, Area M, St. Barnabas Center for Ministry, Susquehanna Service Dogs, The Arc of Dauphin County, The Kidney Foundation of Central PA, The Nativity School of Harrisburg, The Pennsylvania Prostate Cancer Coalition, The Salvation Army Harrisburg, The Sherman Foundation, a project of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, UCP of Central PA, West Shore Foundation.