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.
The Young and the Brave Foundation
The Young and Brave Foundation began from LOVE. In 2009, founders Matt Coulter and Nathaniel Curran were hit with a devastating blow, when a loved one was diagnosed with the unthinkable: cancer. It was a complete shock to all, and no one knew quite where to turn. Not ones to sit on the sidelines, Nathaniel and Matt jumped into action; helping raise money to cover medical expenses, creating community awareness and offering support to their friend in need. It was the fight for life that occurred after the diagnosis that truly opened their eyes to the harsh realities of cancer.
In March of 2011 The Young and Brave Foundation received its 501(c)(3) non-profit status with the vision of helping young adults, children, and families diagnosed with all forms of cancer. Fast forward to 2017; over a million dollars donated, hundreds of families supported and their just getting started!
Ventura Police Department K9 Unit
The VPD K9 Unit and the National Police Dog Foundation (NPDF) work together to raise funds for the K9 Unit.
The funds raised by our K9 Unit, and the NPDF, help pay for the canines, their training, and medical bills. All of our canines, past and present, were paid for through the generosity of the NPDF and from local businesses and individuals. No taxpayer dollars were used in the purchase or training our canines. The cost of a canine can range from $6,000 – $7,000, not including training and certification, which can be upwards of an additional $8,000 – $9,000.
Human Society of Ventura County
The Humane Society of Ventura County is a compassionate care shelter and non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and adoption of homeless animals throughout Ventura County.
Our mission statement is, “The Humane Society of Ventura County is dedicated to promoting the health, safety, welfare, compassionate care and protection of all animals through education and community outreach programs.”
Alex’s Lemonade Stand
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) is a national childhood cancer foundation dedicated to raising funds for research into new treatments and cures for all children battling cancer.
ALSF founder Alexandra “Alex” Scott held her first front yard lemonade stand when she was just 4 years old and gave us our mission: to find cures for all children battling cancer.
Since Alex set up her first lemonade stand in 2000—truly exemplifying the saying “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade”—we have raised more than $150 million. That money has helped to fund more than 800 cutting-edge research projects at 135 institutions and create a travel program to help support families of children receiving treatment and develop resources, such as our SuperSibs! program to help people everywhere affected by childhood cancer.