2016 Marathon Album! Get Inspired!

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 teamcco@ccolife.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.

 

Run for Shelter!

Team CCOIt’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.

Hope and the Half Marathon

Half Marathon 2016Chris 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.
You can bring hope to the homeless of Chicago by donating to CCO through my Crowdrise Half Marathon page or my son’s Chicago Marathon page.

Homeless Vets and Moms with Children

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Not a runner? No problem! Click on the Team CCO video above to find out why your support is important. There are so many ways to get involved through volunteer work, donating gently-used items, hosting a fundraiser, or making a personal financial donation. Your involvement improves the day-to-day lives of those we shelter.

Love to run and help others? Team CCO runs for homeless dads with children, moms with children, veterans, and more. Team CCO has six charitable fitness events available for team members in 2016.

Want to guarantee your entry for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon? Charity registration opens March 8th. Click here to join Team CCO and secure your entry for the Chicago Marathon.

Also, registration is now open for all the other Team CCO events. Click here to see all the exciting choices and new events!

Team CCO & Your 2016 Fitness Plan

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Are you thinking about your health and wellness resolutions for 2016? Consider being a part of Team CCO! Are you interested in a 5K, half marathon, full marathon, obstacle course, or a family-friendly walk to fight hunger? Team CCO offers many opportunities to raise funds and awareness while improving your heath and reaching new fitness goals.

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Team CCO at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon!

Congratulations Team CCO for completing the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon! The Team has trained for the big event and fund raised for the shelter guests at CCO.We’re proud of everyone who “went the distance” to help alleviate homelessness in Chicago! Volunteers at the marathon had a great time and helped make the Team CCO charity tent special!

It’s not too late to support the Team.

Go to https://www.crowdrise.com/teamcco2015. Enjoy the photo album!

Want to learn more about charitable fitness? Visit our Team CCO page.

26.2 Miles!

Team CCO will be going the extra mile to help alleviate homelessness on Sunday, October 11th. Runners are cheered on by over 1.7 million spectators as they jog through 29 Chicago neighborhoods. We are proud of our team and look forward to seeing them cross the finish line!

Show your support for the team by donating toward one team members run. Your donation will benefit our shelter guests who rely on CCO for shelter, nutrition, and assistance in working toward housing.

Thank you!

Merrell Down & Dirty Obstacle Race

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This weekend five members of Team CCO will be testing their endurance at the Merrell Down & Dirty Obstacle Race. For a glimpse at what the team is willing to withstand to raise money and awareness for CCO and our homeless shelter guests, watch this YouTube video. The Heavy Hoist, Monster Climb, Mud Pit, Terrible Tires, Rock Wall, and Sand Bag Haul, are just a few of the 20+ obstacles awaiting the team on Sunday.

Help these guys reach their goal! The team set a fundraising goal of $3,000. Help them reach their goal by donating toward their race. Thank you!

Team CCO at the Shuffle Expo!

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Check out the Team CCO booth at the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K Expo! If you’re headed to the Expo don’t forget to stop by our booth and learn more about how Team CCO is helping to alleviate hunger and homelessness in Chicago!

The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8k is this Sunday. It’s not too late to make a financial donation. Visit CrowdRise to choose a Team CCO runner and make a donation that will help alleviate homelessness and hunger in Chicago. Thank you!

Special thanks to nine3nine Creative for the awesome design and setup!

Charitable.Social.Fitness in 2015

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Team CCO, the charity fitness team of Cornerstone Community Outreach, has announced its event plan for 2015! Growing from one race in 2012 to five events in 2015, there is a large range of distances and fitness levels to chose from. Join the team that really walks and runs hard to help raise money for the work being done at Cornerstone.

The 2015 events are the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8k, the GCFD Hunger Walk, the Merrell Down & Dirty Obstacle Race, the Chicago Half Marathon, and our flagship race the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

Whether you are a runner or a walker find out more at teamCCO.com.