Virtual Mother's Day Run & Walk 2020

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36-Year-Old Mother's Day Run & Walk Goes VIRTUAL!

Show families you care – run or walk – anytime, anywhere.

Mother's Day Run & Walk goes virtual in light of the COVID-19 public health crisis. This is the first time that this beloved community tradition has been interrupted in 36 years.

Our goal is $110,000 in critical funds to reach our Mother’s Day Run & Walk goal and raise additional Family Emergency Relief funds to help the 184 parents and children who are experiencing the economic impacts related to COVID-19.

For example, PVSS parents like Nineth and Jose are losing their jobs, perhaps permanently. Nineth called her PVSS case manager crying last week. She and her husband, parents of three children, lost their jobs and will not be able to pay rent and bills. Because they are undocumented, they do not qualify for any government support.

Every day, PVSS is learning about new families losing their employment. PVSS is committed to keeping these families housed until they can get back on their feet, covering their rents and providing additional financial assistance as needed.

Most people in our programs literally work their way out of homelessness. The don’t want handouts; they just want an opportunity to build a future,” explains PVSS Executive Director Mike Johnson. Without employment income, a self-sufficient future is out of reach.”

Long-term Mother’s Day Run & Walk participant Justina Vega increased her support this year, despite the race cancellation. As this COVID-19 crisis escalated, I knew that the live Mother’s Day Run & Walk could be canceled. I decided to support the effort even if I couldn’t participate. The families at PVSS are doing all they can to work through this crisis. It’s important that we all stand with them.”


1. Donate

Click the "Donate" button to make a life-changing donation. 

2. Register in the Virtual Race

Register to participate virtually, running or walking the races anywhere and anytime.

Post your selfies, pre- and post-race pictures, and tag us on Facebook and Instagram @pvshelter so we can re-share your photos!

VIRTUAL 10K / 5K: $40

VIRTUAL 1K Kids' Fun Run: $20

3. Start a Fundraiser 

In addition to donating and/or registering, create your own fundraiser and invite your friends and family to help PVSS families at too!

It takes less than 5 minutes to set up a fundraiser and funds raised go so far at PVSS... see how far below and convert your donation to impact!

$100 = 4 one-hour meetings with a case manager for families

$50 = 1 hour of counseling for domestic violence for a single mom

$25 = 1 night of emergency shelter for a single mom & her child

$15 = 1 day of nutritious food for a family of 4

Pajaro Valley Shelter Services

Pajaro Valley Shelter Services (PVSS) provides families with a path to stable, self-sufficient futures through short- and longer-term housing and supportive services. We offer housing solutions to families with children in diverse situations of homelessness or at imminent risk of homelessness as the most effective organization in the Pajaro Valley that provides Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing.

We resolve crisis.

We transform lives.

We offer hope & home.

PVSS has 136 beds in 22 housing units and operates three programs: 6-Month Emergency Shelter, 1- and 2-Year Transitional Housing, and Long-term Housing. Participating families build the parenting, interpersonal, and financial literacy skills they need for self-sufficiency. 

PVSS has served our community for 36+ years. 

On average, PVSS serves 60 families every year. 80% exit successfully to permanent or transitional housing. 40 families have purchased their own homes!

"We purchased our first home! My oldest son and I accomplished our goal! I never dreamed of buying a home. I would always tell myself, ‘not this generation.’ I never imagined that it was possible." - Irene, PVSS Single Mom, July 2019

Posted by Pajaro Valley Shelter Services