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Tenderloin Community Organizations Host “Walk with Windy”

Annual Voter March from the Golden Gate Greenway to City Hall

Monday, October 31, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

This nonpartisan event will begin at St. Anthony’s Golden Gate Greenway to celebrate Windy Click, Hospitality House Director of Community Engagement whose right to vote was restored after a period of incarceration, and to encourage Tenderloin residents to vote as a community  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Press Contact:
Sally Haims | Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
SHaims@stanthonysf.org | (415) 254-5884

SAN FRANCISCO (October 31, 2022) On Monday, October 31, 2022, from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Event co-founders Hospitality House and Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) and special host St. Anthony Foundation will join forces with other community-based organizations including GLIDE, Code Tenderloin, Boys & Girls Clubs Tenderloin Clubhouse, Coalition on Homelessness, SF Rising, Tenderloin People’s Congress, Skywatchers, New Community Leadership Foundation, Safe Passage and Homerise to host Walk with Windy 2022. The event will kick off at St. Anthony’s Golden Gate Greenway at 150 Golden Gate Ave. between Leavenworth and Jones Streets and encourage Tenderloin neighborhood residents to exercise their right to vote as a community by walking together to City Hall and submitting their vote-by-mail ballots in person for the November 8 election.  

Four years ago, Hospitality House’s Director of Community Engagement Windy Click chose to celebrate her first opportunity to vote after completing her parole as a “lifer” by inviting community members to “walk” with her to City Hall as she cast her first ballot. Since then, hundreds of community members and Tenderloin neighborhood residents have participated in “Walk With Windy” to learn about ballot issues, cast their ballots, or register to vote for the first time. 

The upcoming November election will be especially critical in determining key propositions that may affect local residents. “Walk With Windy” will answer any questions about these key ballot issues as well as provide essential voting information for noncitizens, formerly incarcerated individuals, unhoused residents, and others. 

WHO: Tenderloin community residents and organizations 

WHEN: Monday, October 31, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

WHERE:  Kick-off voter march from St. Anthony’s Golden Gate Greenway (150 Golden Gate Ave. between Jones and Leavenworth Streets) to City Hall, followed by a celebration in the Poverello Room at St. Anthony’s  

WHY: The average Tenderloin voter turnout for elections has been consistently below the average turnout in San Francisco. According to the Department of Elections, in the November 2020 election, the San Francisco turnout was 86.6%, while the turnout in the Civic Center/Tenderloin neighborhood was 77% – third lowest turnout of the City’s 26 neighborhoods.  

Additionally, since new districts were drawn in May 2022, the Tenderloin is now part of District 5 – new issues, new partnerships, new representation. “Walk With Windy“ encourages Tenderloin residents to join forces and vote as a community by helping each other to register, understand ballot measures and get out to vote.  

Sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walk-with-windy-tickets-422999672407 or call Windy at (415) 749-2109. 

Photo Ops & Interviews: 

  • Interview Opportunities 
    • Windy Click, Director of Community Engagement, Hospitality House 415-933-2824 
    • Joe Wilson, Executive Director, Hospitality House 510-779-8468 
    • Tenderloin community leaders and residents  

About Hospitality House  

Hospitality House is a 55-year-old progressive, community-based organization located in San Francisco’s Tenderloin Neighborhood, Sixth Street Corridor, and Mid-Market Area – helping persons experiencing homelessness and other low-income San Franciscans rebuild lives, celebrate creativity, and strengthen community. Hospitality House operates six innovative programs including two behavioral health drop-in centers, a Neighborhood Jobs Center, one of the City’s oldest emergency shelters, a Community Building Program for civic engagement, and the City’s only fine arts studio for low-income artists, the Community Arts Program. Hospitality House serves more than 14,000 residents every year. 

About St. Anthony Foundation 

In the Tenderloin’s struggle with poverty, addiction, and mental illness, St. Anthony Foundation has been a beacon of consistency, companionship, and caring for more than 70 years. We provide our guests with a range of services—from a place to rest or take a shower, clothing, and addiction recovery, to meals, medical care, and workforce development. At St. Anthony’s, we take a different approach, one that delivers meaningful results — Hope. Stability. Renewal. 

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