7 Ways to Give Back to your Community

Our friends at Ally stop by our program at the Urban Ministry Center to lead a life skill on budgeting and financial planning.

Our friends at Ally stop by our program at the Urban Ministry Center to lead a life skill on budgeting and financial planning.


It’s a great way to get some exercise, have fun and make new friends. We always encourage those in the community who have overcome adversity to share their stories in the hopes of inspiring others. In addition, if you have a special skill (i.e., budgeting, resume writing, fitness training) or a talent (i.e., making artwork, teaching dance), you can sign up to lead a 30-minute workshop or life skill seminar.  You can also just come hang out and participate in all the fun.

For more information about joining us for a run (or walk) email info@runningworks.org or visit our website, www.runningworks.org, and click the “Get Involved” tab.


Follow us on Twitter @Running_Works and on Facebook. Share posts and tell your friends, family and co-workers about RunningWorks and our mission to use sport and education to empower individuals and families to break cycles of abuse, neglect poverty and homelessness one stride at a time.


No amount is too small. Even $5 is enough to buy a meal for a neighbor in need. $20 is enough to provide transportation for a participant to get to school, a doctor’s visit or to and from work for a week. $50 is enough to purchase a pair of shoes.

While we receive many shoe donations, we often have need to purchase children’s shoes and special sizes for some of our adults. $75 is enough to purchase household items for a neighbor who has secured housing and is transitioning out of homelessness. $150 is enough to provide emergency shelter for a night and meals for an individual or family in crisis. $500 is enough to provide tuition assistance or to purchase books for a participant returning to school.

Gifts can be made through our website via PayPal at www.RunningWorks.org/Donate or mailed to 7804 Fairview Road, #317; Charlotte, NC 28226. We also accept in-kind donations and appreciate gift cards in denominations of $10 – $50.


When shopping online, use Smile Amazon, which includes everything available for purchase on Amazon.com, but automatically donates 5 percent of your purchase to our organization at no additional cost to you when you select RunningWorks as your charity of choice. Find us faster by using this link: smile.amazon.com/ch/45-4505930


We accept gently used sports apparel, shoes, accessories and hygiene products. We also accept casual clothing or career wear for neighbors in need of new clothes to wear for interviews. We have several drop-off locations in the Charlotte area. For a list of donation sites, please visit www.RunningWorks.org or email info@runningworks.org to schedule a pick up.


Races are one of our primary methods of fundraising. We are always looking for energetic volunteers to help with pre-event registration and to lend support on race day. If you are interested in volunteering at one of our upcoming races, please email Program Director Laura Foust at laura@runningworks.org.


We also have opportunities for businesses to sponsor special events and races. It’s a win win because in addition to supporting a worthwhile cause, sponsorship packages allow our community partners to promote their brands via our website, email distribution lists, social media accounts and printed newsletters.

In addition, sponsors can opt to have signage at our signature events and have their business logos displayed on RunningWorks team gear and merchandise, which is seen by hundreds each month. For more information contact Executive Director Meredith Dolhare at meredith@runningworks.org or Development Director Michaela Duckett at michaela@runningworks.org.

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