Want to get involved with RunningWorks?

The only requirement is for you to show up. No prior arrangements are necessary (unless otherwise noted). We invite you to spend some time with us. Share your talents and your treasure. See for yourself why running is working to break down barriers and change stigmas.

We provide ALL the necessary equipment including t-shirts, running shoes, socks and shorts. When it’s cold outside, we offer full tracksuits, gloves, and hats. If it’s raining, we’ll grab you a poncho. (No excuses).

Not an athlete? No worries. You can participate regardless of your fitness level. Sometimes we call it WalkingWorks! Before heading out for each run/walk, we divide into groups based on pace and intensity. Typically we have three groups – one for our speedsters, another for those who like to run and walk, and a third group for walkers. It is rewarding to see a teammate graduate from one skill level to the next displaying the values of discipline and goal setting.


Where We Meet/Get Involved

Our weekly program schedule is as follows:

10 a.m.-12 p.m. – Palmetto School at Children’s Attention Home ** (Rock Hill, SC)
1:30-3 p.m. – The Relatives On Ramp Resource Center (119 E. 8th Street in Charlotte, NC)

9:45-11:45 a.m. – RunningWorks Headquarters (901-E N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC)
4:30-6:30 p.m. – Rowan Helping Ministries (226 North Long Street, Salisbury, NC)

1p.m.-3p.m. – Palmetto School at Children’s Attention Home** (Rock Hill, SC)
4:30 – 6 p.m. – Rowan Helping Ministries (226 N. Long Street; Salisbury, NC)
6 p.m. – NoDa Run Club  (2921 N. Tryon St, Charlotte, NC)
After running with the NoDa Run Club, we attend a recovery-oriented meeting at 10 p.m. in Area 15. Those interested in attending are welcome to join us.

4:45-6 p.m. – Children’s Attention Home** (Rock Hill, SC)

9:45-11:45 a.m. – RunningWorks Headquarters (901-E N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC)
1-3 p.m. – Charlotte Rescue Mission’s Dove’s Nest** (2855 West Blvd., Charlotte, NC)
4:30-6:30 p.m. – Rowan Helping Ministries (226 North Long Street, Salisbury, NC)

** Volunteers interested in participating at our programs at Children’s Attention Home or Charlotte Rescue Mission’s Dove’s Nest, please email us at laura@runningworks.org for more information.

Share Your Talent

After each run, we gather for a life skills session. Here we discuss a variety of topics including everything from achieving goals to managing anger, developing healthy relationships, eating healthy and attaining wealth.

Do you have a particular skill? Are you an expert with some helpful advice to share? Do you have a story of overcoming adversity or hardship? We invite you to share your stories, talents and advice with the group. For example, if you’re a nutritionist, you could provide tips on how to eat healthy on a budget. Perhaps you know something about finance and can share basic household budgeting tips.

For more information about volunteering, please complete this short form or email us at volunteer@runningworks.org.

Share Your Treasure

RunningWorks is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are thankful for the generosity of the individual donors and various community supporters whose charitable contributions help sustain our mission to impact more lives and empower individuals and families – one stride at a time.

We invite you to share your treasure and join us in our efforts by making a donation.

Still have questions about getting involved? Check out our FAQs page or email us at info@runningworks.org

More Than Running: Where Your Dollars Go

Your contributions fund the day-to-day operations of our programming. Gifts provide transportation to work for team members with jobs and those looking for employment as well as allow us to purchase vocational items needed such as steel-toed boots, hard hats, and reflective gear or non-skid shoes. They pay the cost of race entries for our team members, as the vast majority cannot otherwise afford to participate in these events—and team meals on special occasions. In addition, a portion of the funds is used to provide scholarships and tuition assistance to team members enrolled in college courses, adult education classes, vocational training or other educational programs to improve their occupational status. When funds permit, we provide assistance to participants in crisis or emergency situations – including shelter, immigration assistance, court costs, bill payment, transportation, childcare costs or other needs that arise. At times, we have been able to send children to summer camp or funded their participation in a sports program outside of RunningWorks, which furthers the mission of sport for change.

Donating is simple. Donate by clicking the button below. If you would like more information before donating click here to learn more.

We also welcome donations of new or gently used running shoes, athletic apparel, watches, sports bras and other items. Find our donation drop-off sites here.