"There is nothing good that does not meet with opposition, and it should not be valued any less because it encounters objections."
St. Vincent de Paul
The Friends of the Poor® Walk/Run began as a national program with the purpose of providing local Society of St. Vincent de Paul Conferences and Councils the additional funds to help support their special works projects. Today, that philosophy continues, with Conferences and Councils using the funds from this event to help local people living in poverty.
In 2015, the Friends of the Poor Walk/Run® attracted more than 28,000 walkers, raised more than $2.9 million, and had events at 240 different locations across the United States.