CMCA to host bike riding fundraiser on Katy Trail

Friday, April 24, 2009 | 2:50 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA – One in seven Missourians live below the federal poverty level, and an organization that serves Boone County and surrounding counties is doing its part to fight the problem with both public and private funds.

The not-for-profit Central Missouri Community Action, which offers programs aimed at helping people rise above poverty, will be hosting its first fundraiser on Saturday. The bicycling event, Riding Out Poverty, will feature five legs at the Katy Trail State Park, with each leg designed for riders of different skill levels. The organization hopes to make the ride an annual event.

Riding out poverty

Registration: Riders can register at the event.

Fees: $30 for individuals; $40 for teams of four. Riders are also encouraged to raise money for every mile they bike.

Event: All legs of the event end in Cooper’s Landing, where a noon meal and entertainment will be provided to registered riders. 

  • Leg one: 9 a.m. at North Jefferson for 20.8 miles
  • Leg two: 10:30 a.m. at Hartsburg for 10.4 miles
  • Leg three: 10 a.m. at Rocheport for 14.3 miles
  • Leg four: 8:30 a.m. at New Franklin for 24 miles
  • Leg five: 11 a.m. in Columbia at the Scott Boulevard Trailhead

For more information, contact Trina Almond at

Central Missouri Community Action offers educational tools and services such as prenatal care and child development, mentoring, home energy efficiency, affordable housing and tax assistance for low-income people.

According to the organization's event Web site, at least 38,818 of residents in Boone and the seven other counties it serves live below federal poverty guidelines. This means a family of four has less than $20,605 available to meet its needs.

"This is the first time that we’re able to have an event where people are educated about the agency,” said Trina Almond, development and communication director at the agency. The agency has previously been the beneficiary of local events but has never organized their own event.

Event proceeds are going toward the agency's transformation plan, a campaign aimed at addressing more systematic issues of poverty and making sure people living in poverty are given ways to succeed. It also hopes to address the ways the community perceives poverty, engage the community and build relationships across the lines of race and class.

“Grants allow for case managements, giving individuals jobs, education, but those are not the only issues," Almond said. "There are systemic issues, social issues, things like that."

CMCA is an organization under Community Action Partnership, a national association that represents around 1,000 community action committees across the country. CMCA is the local community action committee under Community Action Partnership and is responsible for Audrain, Boone, Calloway, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau and Osage counties.

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