On Oct. 14, walk or run a 5k to benefit Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, which supports children at the DC General Family Homeless Shelter. The event is open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. Proceeds will help fund programming that directly benefits children living in temporary housing. Raise at least $100, and get the $35 registration fee refunded. Sign-in begins at 7 a.m.; race at 8 a.m. at Anacostia Park, 1900 Anacostia Dr. Read more and register at www.playtimeproject.org/heroesofplay5k.
The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project’s mission is to nurture healthy child development and reduce the effects of trauma among kids living in temporary housing facilities in DC. Playtime was founded in 2003 as an all-volunteer organization, providing weekly activities, snacks and supplies to about 15 children in a shelter next to the US Capitol. Today, they support more than 700 children each year, thanks to over 300 dedicated weekly volunteers and a small staff. They offer the only programming of its kind for more than 150 children and teens each week. Visit www.playtimeproject.org for more information.