Happy Giving Tuesday! Giving Tuesday is an incredible global initiative, created to inspire people to give to others. That giving can come in the form of time, money, promotion. or support, so today, I’m sharing some of the groups in our running community that could use a little love on this special day. If you are so inclined, please supporting these (or any organization) that inspires you on this special day of giving.
Girls On The Run (Local or National)
I often mention Girls On The Run as a fantastic charity for the running community. GOTR prides itself on inspiring “girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.” Programming caters to girls in elementary and middle school, and help is needed on both the national and local level. You may donate here, and you may request more information about volunteering here.
Ainsley’s Angels of America
Ainsley’s Angels of America is another national program with a focus on running. Its goal is to ensure that everyone can participate in endurance events, and it seeks to bring awareness to the special needs community through inclusion, serving as advocates to provide education, and participating as active members in local communities. This message oof inclusivity deserves support, and you can do so by donating here or by joining the family as a runner, a rider, or guardian angel (volunteer).
Team Red White & Blue
Team RWB is another national group with local chapters, which deserves a spotlight today. The organization works to assist veterans. It believes that athletic events combined with social support can help combat isolation and health challenges for our veterans. Team RWB commits itself to the wellness of our heroes and serves them through inclusive activity and a sense of community. If you are interested in donating, click here, and if you would like to volunteer, click here.
Runners 4 Recovery
Runners 4 Recovery is a Jacksonville group, dedicated to helping individuals with addiction problems via sports. The program offers training and support for those dedicated to recovery and healing. These athletes work hard to commit to running and a new lifestyle, and it’s incredible to see the program grow and evolve through the years. To help, you may donate here. For more information, you may reach out to the organization here.
Another local group that deserves mention is Marathon High. This non-profit works with at-risk teens in the Northeast Florida area, providing a four month program centered on leadership, goals, service, self-respect, teamwork, and wellness. At the end oof the four months, these teens should be ready to run a half marathon distance. Student athletes appear at local events, as runners, and volunteers, and their presence has become a welcome staple in the community. Consider supporting them financially here, or give the gift of your time here.
Do you have a favorite running related charity or non-profit?