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.

RunningWorks Annual Fundraiser

Metamorphosis: Social Butterfly Experiment Sponsored by Trinity Partners

Thank you to everyone who attended our annual fundraiser. Metamorphosis: The Social Butterfly Experiment Sponsored by Trinity Partners was held Saturday, September 22 at LaCa Projects in Charlotte.

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For the third year, RunningWorks partnered with world-renown fashion designer Luis Machicao, who has been commissioned by the President of Peru (his home country) to serve as “style ambassador” for the Peruvian First Lady.

In years past, Machicao has showcased his latest collections using professional models on the runway. This year, we changed the format with the announcement of the Metamorphosis: Social Butterfly Experiment presented by Trinity Partners.  Eight dynamic, passionate and philanthropic influencers or “Social Butterflies” were handpicked from the community to serve as mentors for members of the RunningWorks team.

During this year’s event, these Social Butterflies hit the runway alongside their mentees, donning couture gowns and men’s suits custom designed by Machicao specifically for Metamorphosis. This unique approach was a great way to highlight the transition, or metamorphosis, of our team members as they transition out of homelessness into beautiful, fully functioning butterflies in society.

To inquire about sponsorship opportunities for next year’s event, please email info@runningworks.org or call us at (980) 500-8RUN.

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…