Why Running? Because It Works!

RunningWorks is a values-led, mentorship-based organization which seeks to help elevate the mental and physical well being of the most vulnerable in our community. To learn more and get involved click here.


RunningWorks uses sport to empower individuals and families to break cycles of abuse, abandonment, neglect, poverty and homelessness one stride at a time by creating a safe haven for more than 150 men, women, and children served weekly: a team and family where they can learn to trust.


Our vision is to stop the destructive cycle of homelessness within a demographic of age five to 70-years-of-age by reaching the most vulnerable and socially excluded in society with values accrued through health and wellness, in this case, running or walking. We believe the lives of many homeless men, women and children have been disrupted by circumstances beyond their control, and we empower them to overcome extraordinary adverse situations.


We are a values-driven, mentorship-based organization that encourages volunteerism as a primary component to rehabilitation as it promotes dignity, a sense of purpose and confidence while team members have fallen on hard times. The discipline, confidence, teamwork, self-respect and respect for others accrued through the passion our team members develop for self-improvement allows them to further their lives for the long term.

We’re Gearing Up for #CLTRuns4Wards

RW kicks off annual winter clothing drive for neighbors in need

Dozens of people from all over the Charlotte area participated in the inaugural Strip It To Give It 5k Race on Saturday, January 5. Runners showed up dressed in extra layers of clothes and warm winter wear which they later striped off during the race for charity. Items collected will be distributed to neighbors in need during our annual CLT Runs 4Wards event.

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Our RunningWorks Team Members…by the Numbers

Races completed as a team

165 and counting

Number of volunteer hours

6,300 and still helping

Number homes secured

148 and still looking

Number of jobs landed

153 so far…