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We want to thank each one of our fabulous, dedicated Team CCO runners who braved 26.2 miles at the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Together, the team has raised over $17,000 for CCO families and single adults. All money raised bring those experiencing homelessness one step closer to stable housing. Thank you to everyone who donated to one of our runners and if you are interested but haven’t got to it yet, it’s not too late! Click here to visit our Team CCO Marathon donation page.
Five members of Team CCO crossed the finish line at this year’s Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle. We want to say thanks to each runner and walker who raised awareness and funds for the families and single adults sheltered at CCO!
Learn more about other exciting events Team CCO has to offer by clicking here. #RunForShelter
Register and the Shamrock Shuffle will donate $5 to Cornerstone!
The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K offers runners a similar race weekend experience to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Not only are the start and finish lines in Grant Park on Columbus Drive, but the course loops through the fast and flat streets of downtown Chicago mirroring the beginning of the Marathon route. The Shamrock Shuffle is an ideal event to practice your Marathon race day routine and blow out the cobwebs after a Chicago winter. Beyond its similarities to the Chicago Marathon, the Shamrock Shuffle highlights the local community spirit of Chicago’s runners. From the debut runner to the veteran, the Shuffle is the race for everyone.
The event has extended us a unique Shamrock Shuffle registration opportunity that will help support our charity team. Sign up and $5 of your entry fee will go towards our organization. Visit shamrockshuffle.com/charityregistration and register today! During the registration process, select your charity team from the list of official charities on the registration form. Complete your registration and our charity will receive a $5 donation from your entry fee!
Don’t miss your chance to celebrate the arrival of spring and support us at the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K! Sign up today and secure your spot at the start line.
Team CCO is a great avenue for fitness enthusiasts to support a great cause while reaching running goals. Through training, volunteering, and fundraising, Team CCO strives to help fulfill our core mission which is…
Team CCO member, Isaiah Roberts ran this year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon on behalf of CCO. Here’s what he had to say about his motivation for going 26.2 miles.
“CCO is a non-profit that works to help the homeless community in Uptown, Chicago. CCO offers meals (236,600 just last year alone), temporary shelter, food bags. Their services go far beyond that. ‘Finding home’ is part of their mission statement, and they work to offer REAL solutions to get people off the streets and permanently housed. Their caseworkers help them find essential documents, such as birth certificates, social security cards. They help shelter residents find employment, and even provide them with transit passes so they can GET to their job. Last year alone, CCO moved over 220+ into PERMANENT housing.”
Registration is open for the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Click here to getting a guaranteed entry through Team CCO and #RunForShelter!
Commitment, motivation, and inspiration are just a few of the words that describe Team CCO at this year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon! Every member of the team “wowed” us with their commitment to crossing the finish line. They motivated us to support homeless services and inspired us to give! We want to extend our deepest thanks to each member of the team who endured 26.2 miles to help families and individuals who are sheltered at CCO. Every step you took brought someone closer to permanent housing. You have truly inspired us!
We also want to thank the support team who cheered everyone on at the Charity Block Tent. Your encouragement kept the team on the road to the finish line!
Are you inspired? Registration for the 2017 Chicago Marathon is open from October 25 – November 29, 2016. Contact Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Team CCO page to request more information. Not a runner? It’s not too late to give to the team that supports those sheltered at CCO. Visit the Team CCO CrowdRise page by clicking here.
Click the album below to view the Team CCO 2016 Marathon photo album.
It’s only 4 days until the 13 members of Team CCO step over the starting line at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon! Members will be running 26.2 miles to make a difference for those sheltered at CCO! Now that’s commitment! You can help alleviate homelessness by donating today.
Since it origins, Team CCO has raised over $66,000 through the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Half Marathon, Shamrock Shuffle, Triathlon, and Mud Run. These dollars have helped provide nutritious food, safe shelter, and supportive services to families and individuals experiencing homelessness. Donations made through Team CCO have helped those sheltered at CCO to move from homelessness to housing.
Chris Spicer, Team CCO and CCO Board Member, recently completed the Chicago Half Marathon. He was worked to spread homeless awareness and funds for those sheltered at CCO. Here is an excerpt from Chris’ fundraising letter:
If you are homeless you face hard questions every day. Questions most of the people receiving this letter may have never had to ask themselves in their lives. Questions like, “Where will I sleep tonight?” or “How will I get my kids to school this week?” or “How do I get my family out of this situation?”
These are just a few hard and painful questions that you face daily when you are homeless. As I said earlier, questions most of us may never have to ask ourselves.
When we think of a homeless person many of us think of the guy asking for change on the corner or maybe on the train. These are the most visibly homeless people but they are not the majority. Most of the homeless population, you probably don’t even realize are homeless when you see them. They look just like you, me and our children.
I have recently had the pleasure of being added to the Board of Directors for Cornerstone Community Outreach. In the first meeting I attended I learned that the average age of a homeless Chicagoan is 9 years old. That’s right, the majority of homeless persons in Chicago are children.
I have also been able to help out on The Birthday Party Project that comes to CCO once a month and throws a party for every child sheltered at CCO that had a birthday that month. The kids smile and laugh and enjoy the cake and ice cream as much as my kids did at their birthday parties. They take the gift that is given to them and the expressions of joy brings tears to my eyes every time I help.
Today I got home from the running the Chicago Half Marathon in time to hear the sermon at my church. It was an incredible sermon on hope.
That is what the smiles on the faces of the kids at the birthday party were, Hope! Hope for a better future.That is what Cornerstone Community Outreach brings to every person it serves, Hope for a better future.
Congratulations to the members of Team CCO who competed in this years Chicago Triathlon! The triathlon was a new charitable fitness option in 2016 and it was a great success! The team raised over $1,700 through swimming, cycling, and running for the families and individuals sheltered at CCO.
It’s not too late to donate! Visit the Team CCO CrowdRise page to support the team that supports for CCO.
Eve shared about her motivation to get through the grueling biking section of the Chicago Triathlon:
“I never realized how many hills are on Lake Shore Drive but riding up them, after swimming a half mile, I sure noticed! At first I was cursing those hills with my legs on fire, but then I realized homeless people sleep under these bridges. This is an overpass, this is why I am doing this because people sleep under overpasses when what they really need is shelter and a home. So those hills became an opportunity to pray, for each man, woman and child that has to sleep under there, in a shelter family room, or in a bunk bed in an open dorm. The cycling piece of this triathlon was a little slow but it was filled with joy, peace, and the presence of God. I am happy I took the time to be present to the pain. It was a good reminder of why I chose to do this race.”
The members of Team CCO are everyday people like you and I who wish to use fitness and athletic competitions to feed, clothe, and provide safe shelter to those in need. Are you interested in joining the Team? Click here to learn more.
Thank you to everyone who attended last night’s Injury Prevention webinar with Athletico Physical Therapy. A HUGE “thank you” is owed to Karen Shanahan, PT DPT, ATC, CSCS for putting together the presentation and for taking time out of her super busy schedule to be with us.