The organization’s mission is not to create runners within the homeless population, but to use running to create self-sufficiency in the lives of those experiencing homelessness. The program’s success is measured by how many Members obtaining independence through employment, job training and housing.
Through dedication and hard work, Residential Members (those experiencing homelessness) earn the opportunity to create a new road for themselves. Running leads to personal transformation and dedication to the program leads to access to training, employment and housing resources. Through community and corporate support, the program strives to change the perception of homelessness.
Kiwanis of Rolling Hills Estates — Palos Verdes
The Kiwanis Club of Rolling Hills Estates is a group of private individuals, educators, businesspersons, and professionals whose primary mission is to serve children in our extended community. The Club is a community service organization dedicated to supporting children both directly and through various local charitable and deserving community organizations.
The Riverside Road Runners supports these three efforts:
1) A pioneering program that provides running shoes to cross country runners at Riverside high schools. At the start of the running season, the club distributed gift cards purchased at The Running Center in Redlands.
2) Award funds to local elementary schools with a 100 Mile Club program. The 100 Mile Club is a nonprofit that provides youngsters the opportunity to run or walk 100 miles during a school year.
3) Awards to outstanding cross country runners who graduate from Riverside public high schools. The awards, to be distributed for the first time this spring, honor athletes for excellence in their sport, in academics and in community service.