Walking With Purpose

Thank you for your support!

As we conclude our inaugural Walking With Purpose challenge, we want to give a huge shout-out to everyone who participated. We are touched by the kindness, generosity and advocacy of so many. We are grateful for the support of CIS and the students we support in Kalamazoo.

Working together, we exceeded our goal and walked a total of 12,659 miles!

The teams also engaged their networks in supporting Walking With Purpose by inviting friends and family to support their miles with donations, raising more than $26,000! That’s enough for CIS to coordinate support for students in a school for a full year! Support that’s available for hundreds of students to help keep them on track toward graduation. If you would like to support Walking With Purpose, the donation page will be open until December 1st. We would be grateful for additional gifts to fund this important work. Here is the link.


What is Walking With Purpose?

Walking With Purpose is a month-long challenge to walk, as a community, a total of 12,000 miles to raise awareness and funds for the mission of CIS: to empower students to success. Each mile has meaning: we walk in honor of the students who are working toward a brighter future. During the month of October, 40 or more teams will log in mileage for a total of approximately 275 miles per team. Teams may choose to walk together, on their own or a combination over the course of the month. Though each team has a suggested goal, we will work together to ensure the goal is met. We all share the same final goal: to empower students to success.

Join as a team captain or team

CIS is seeking 40 team captains to recruit, inform and motivate a team of 5 or more walkers. Tools and resources will be provided not only to make it easy, but also fun!

Walk with purpose: Be a champion walker

If you are interested in Walking With Purpose and helping us reach out 12,000 miles during the month of October, we would love to have you.

Sponsor miles

We all have team goals set. Help us get closer to our fundraising goals by making a donation today!

Ascension Borgess is proud to partner with Communities In Schools (CIS) of Kalamazoo in support of students and good health. CIS’s “whole child” approach – which goes beyond academics to also include behavioral, physical and mental health, food security, and much more – is in direct alignment with Ascension Borgess's holistic approach to care. By encouraging healthy participant behaviors, as well as generating funding for student programs promoting good health, Walking With Purpose reinforces our Mission of improving the health of individuals and communities. Our best wishes to all walkers as you embark on this exciting 12,000-mile journey!
Peter U. Bergmann

President, Ascension Borgess

Thank you to our sponsors and community supporters!

I enjoyed participating in this event last year. It was a fun way to get my exercise in and fundraise for a great organization.
Felicia Lemons

CIS, Development & Marketing Project Manager

Walking With Purpose Open Walk

On Friday, October 8th, we will host one evening for all our walkers and guest walkers to join together and Walk With Purpose. We will be meeting at the Kleinstuck Nature Preserve anytime between 4pm and 6pm. Each participating walker will be tracking their miles to help us get closer to our 12,000 mile goal!

Let's get to our 12,000 goal!