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HoBOOken 5K Race - USATF Certified Course

Saturday, Oct 26, 2024 (Virtual Race is 10/26-10/27)

How to Fundraise


You can help support the Hoboken Homeless Shelter by becoming a FUN-draiser!

The Hoboken Shelter needs you now more than ever. Every year, the HoBOOken 5K Halloween Run raises nearly $100,000 to keep the most vulnerable members of our community fed and safe. Our programs have real impact and help get our neighbors off of the streets and into our Shelter where they can get the services they urgently need. 



Step 1: Create a Fundraising Page

Start by creating your custom Fundraising Page

  • Update your fundraiser goal
  • Set a custom URL for your fundraiser
  • Update your fundraiser’s personal message
  • Upload a custom fundraiser image

Note: You do not have to register or be a runner in the race to participate in the fundraising contest!



Step 2: Spread the Word!

Reach out to your family, friends, colleagues, and others in your networks to help you reach your fundraising goal. 


Sample note to solicit donations:

Dear [recipient],

Did you know? 95% of the guests who eat and sleep at the Hoboken Homeless Shelter are residents of Hoboken who have lost their homes?

For 40 years, The Hoboken Homeless Shelter has offered food, shelter and supportive services to our neighbors in Hoboken. Services include:

  • sleeping 50 people each night 
  • serving 500 meals daily
  • hosting 1,000 showers each week.

And in 2023, they have successfully moved 145 people who came into the Shelter from the streets and into permanent homes of their own. They are ending homelessness in Hoboken at a rate of almost 3 people a week!

It doesn't take much to make an impact — it costs just $2 to provide a nutritious meal for one person. I want to help the hungry and homeless by raising [$XXX] — which will provide meals for [XXX / 2] people!

Please help me reach my goal by making a donation today at [link to fundraising page].

Thank you for your support,



Step 3: Compete for Prizes!

Prizes will be awarded to our top individual and team fundraisers!

  • To be eligible to win, all individuals and team fundraising must be completed by October 31st.
  • Winners will be announced on social media in November.



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