Huertas has been working closely with United Way, an organization that fights for the health, education and financial stability of every member in every community, for the past several years. This year, he is co-hosting their annual 5K walk/run HomeWalk, alongside pal and former Castle co-star Seamus Dever, which will take place this weekend in Downtown Los Angeles, with the goal of raising $1.5 million.
“Every person on the planet should feel like they belong to a community,” Huertas says. “When I see people on the street that don’t have a home, it worries me that they don’t feel like they are part of society and I know that they create their own micro-community sometimes on the streets but sometimes that can breed violence, transmitted viruses because once they get complacent they can start to ignore their own health, whether it be physical or mental.”
“We, as neighbors, can reach out to let them know that we think about them, that we can help them if they want it,” he continues. “Every day I wake up, I feel like I want to do something for somebody that day, whether it be make them smile, pick something up from the store for them. My duty is to do that with homeless neighbors -- at least give them a smile, at least give them hope that they may one day change their circumstances.”