Service Project: Participate in a family fun run/walk that benefits a charity
Prep time: 15 minutes (Identifying and registering for a run/walk)
Cost: Varies (My run cost $25 for a 4-mile race)
Duration: Varies depending upon distance of the run/walk
Lesson(s) learned: Exercising with my family can benefit those in need
How we did it:
This puts the active in activity! This project gives your child an opportunity to get outside, get moving and get exposed to how fun charity run/walks can be. Get the conversation started by Googling “running events” in your area and review the available events along with the causes they support. Please be aware that not all events benefit a charity. Talk with your child about the various events and charities that they support and let them select one that resonates with them. Don’t be intimidated by the word “run.” Many events support participants walking the course. For young children, I would recommend looking for a race that offers shorter distances tailored to kids, such as quarter, half or a one mile run. If you’re bringing a child that will be in a stroller, make sure that they allow strollers on the course. The race that we participated in was four miles and allowed strollers and dogs! It was fantastic to see all the four legged friends that were leading the charge.
Once you register for an event, you will receive instructions on how to pick up your race “bib” and t-shirt prior to the race (t-shirts are not always provided).
The race that we selected took place on Valentine’s weekend and benefited the programs of Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC), a nonprofit that “provides quality legal services to empower the poor.”
LSNC had signs that told the stories of those that they have assisted. This particular story, regarding a single mom who almost lost her home, made us feel great about supporting this wonderful nonprofit.
There were many organizations at the event that provide services to those in need. We enjoyed walking around and learning about all of them. What a fantastic way spend a morning with your children!
If the idea of participating in a fun run/walk doesn’t appeal to your child, have them consider volunteering at a fun run/walk. We witnessed many children handing out water to the race participants. They were having a blast filling bowls of water for the dogs, too!
Addie was in her stroller throughout most of the race, however, we just HAD to run across the finish line together. It was fun to listen to the spectators cheer her on!
Fun run/walk events are one of my favorite things to do that benefit charity organizations and those in need. Not only are you demonstrating the importance of exercise but you’re also taking time as a family to get to know local charities and how they benefit your community.
Get out there and make a difference! It feels great!
Kelli worked in the technology industry for 20 years before taking time off to raise her daughter. She has an 18 year old son and a 2 year old daughter that have taught her how to appreciate every moment with them.