Toledo Area Nonprofit Partner Fundraising

Each calendar year the Toledo Roadrunners Club grants Toledo area non-profits the opportunity to partner with their signature event, the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon and Owens Corning Half Marathon.

Becoming a beneficiary has many benefits and is an awesome opporunity to join in the fun, and raise funds to help your organization. Since 2009, Toledo Roadrunners Club has raised nearly $800K for area non-profits.

Beneficiary requests will be considered through October 31 annually, and decisions will be made no later than December 31.

Through a careful selection process, partner status is awarded to programs or organizations who are aligned with the TRRC’s constitutional purpose which is “to educate Club members and the community about physical fitness and health through the sponsorship and promotion of running, physical fitness and other health related events.”

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Official Beneficiaries of the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon

Click the beneficiary of choice to be directed to it’s donation page.

Alliance for Paired Kidney DonationCourageous Community ServicesGirls on the Run of Northwest OhioManahanMended Little Hearts of Northwest OhioNorthwest Ohio CASASylvania STEMThe Sight Center of Northwest OhioUnited Way of Greater Toledo

Alliance for Paired Kidney Donation — In the U.S., more than 100,000 people are waiting for a kidney transplant, but only 17,000 of them will receive a kidney this year. Of those, only 6,000 come from living donors. The Alliance for Paired Kidney Donation is rewriting that story. You can help us bring this vision to life by becoming a living kidney donor, financial supporter or advocate for paired kidney donation. Follow us on Facebook @paireddonation (Alliance for Paired Kidney Donation) and @kidneypaireddonation on Instagram, and share our posts to help raise awareness for paired kidney donation.

All of our matching services are provided for free to both patients and transplant centers, thanks to the generous support of individual donors and supporting companies. When you donate financially, you will make a direct impact on the lives of kidney patients and their families. Your support will help fund much-needed research, technology and services for the APKD and the patients we help. APKD is a 501c3 organization, and all donations are tax-deductible.

Avenues for Autism — Envisioning a future where everyone affected by autism can live without limits…

Bittersweet Farms mission is to positively impact the lives of individuals with autism and those whose lives they touch. Bittersweet is a private non-profit that offers an array of premiere services to adults and adolescents with autism delivered in the context of an agricultural community.

Bittersweet, Inc. employs a farmstead model that provides abundant opportunities for self-paced, distraction free activities that are immediately meaningful to individuals with autism at three sites (Whitehouse, Pemberville and Lima). Activities include gardening, groundskeeping, horticulture, recycling, animal care, creative arts, and culinary.

Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo makes real the love that God has for each individual regardless of faith or background by serving the poor, advocating for the neglected and forgotten, respecting and promoting life from beginning to end, and nurturing and supporting individuals and families.

Courageous Community Services provides fun and engaging recreational camp opportunities for individuals with disabilities along with ongoing education for adults and advocacy support for individuals with disabilities of all ages. On an annual basis, Courageous Community Services serves hundreds of individuals with disabilities ranging in age from 5 to 95. The camp is run primarily on donations that contribute to successfully empowering individuals with disabilities as they live, work and play in the community.

Girls on the Run of Northwest Ohio inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.

Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio is a household name that evokes images of thrift stores, donated goods and workers with disabilities. We improve the lives of people with disabilities or other disadvantages through employment training and job placement…

Hannah’s Socks is restoring dignity one pair of socks at a time. It’s a simple premise really. Giving a person a brand new pair of socks. What many take for granted by opening their drawer in the morning to get ready for the day, is not possible for…

Komen of Northwest Ohio Providing breast cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment services within our local community—because everyone deserves access to timely, affordable, and high-quality breast health care.

Manahan, formerly Josina Lott Residential & Community Services, created the​ Inclusive Miles Running Club in 2014 to meet the interests of the individuals with disabilities we serve and to improve their overall health and well-being. All donations will be used for the Club’s needs. Our two volunteer coaches are members of the TRRC.

Our mission is to enrich the lives of persons with developmental disabilities by providing quality services, safe environments and opportunities for self-determination and community integration.

Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity works with low income families in Lucas County, Ohio to provide new or rehabbed housing, critical home repairs, clean-up and exterior maintenance. Please visit www.mvhabitat.org for more information…

Mercy Health Mercy Children’s Hospital is a regional resource for advanced pediatric care located in Toledo, Ohio. Since 1999, Mercy Health Mercy Children’s Hospital has brought together a broad spectrum of physicians, researchers, educators, nurses and allied professionals specializing in the unique needs of children. Mercy Health Mercy Children’s Hospital has become the leading healthcare resource in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. Money donated to Mercy Health Mercy Children’s Hospital goes to support the Mercy Autism Program, Mercy Hippotherapy program, Mercy Family Care Team, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Inpatient Child Life program, along with equipment and other needs within the hospital…

Northwest Ohio CASA — Our organization recruits and trains community volunteers to advocate in court for children who have experienced abuse and neglect. We are primarily grant funded, but this funding does not cover all of our operating costs. Our next largest source of income is money raised through fundraising efforts and charitable contributions. As we all know, this is not a fixed income. Believe it or not, in order to recruit and train one volunteer, it costs approximately $1200. In order to advocate for our local children, we need to recruit and train as many quality volunteers as possible. Any funding we receive would be utilized to recruit and train new volunteers, as well as, ongoing training for our current volunteers.

Partners for Clean Streams  works for clean, clear, and safe water in our community.  We are the “Green Team” at the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon, supporting healthy runners and healthy rivers. Partners for Clean Streams works for clean, clear, and safe water in our community.  We are the “Green Team” at the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon, supporting healthy runners and healthy rivers.  Each year, we recycle thousands of pounds of aluminum, glass, cardboard, plastic overwrap, Gu Packs, and heat sheets, helping the marathon to be as sustainable as possible and preventing marine debris from entering our local streams, rivers, and Lake Erie.

Racing for Recovery — Our mission at Racing for Recovery is to prevent all forms of substance abuse by promoting a lifestyle of fitness and health for all those affected by addiction. Racing for Recovery works to save lives and improve the quality of life for addicts and…

Sylvania STEM — Our Mission is to inspire young people to become science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting STEM based activities in and out of the classroom. All donations will be used to support our Youth Robotics Teams and STEM Education.

The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio — Motivated by mission, The Sight Center performs three major roles in service to people who are blind or visually impaired. For many, we empower independence by providing individualized rehabilitation services that teach lifelong skills. The agency enriches the lives of several thousand more annually who stay connected to relevant information, seek caregiver advice or who find low-vision solutions in The Shop, our low-vision specialty store. Finally, The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio impacts countless more lives by continuing to be a strong voice, a trusted partner and a respected leader on all issues affecting people who are blind or visually impaired.

Many are surprised to learn that most services provided by The Sight Center are not covered by medical insurance. The critical, in-home rehabilitation services as well as devices to increase independence are covered by state funding, private grants or out of pocket, but not insurance. The largest challenge is ensuring that a person with limited income can access the tools necessary to remain in their home. Funding received from the Glass City Marathon will be set aside to assist with low vision aids such as:

  • Lighting
  • Magnifiers
  • Sunglasses and filters to reduce glare and photosensitivity
  • Closed circuit television that provide enlargement up to 62 times
  • Assistive software that magnifies text and/or speak the words on the screen
  • Contrast cutting board
  • Talking products – watches, clocks, thermometers, etc.
  • White canes for safe traveling

The Sight Center and its mission are unique in all of northwest Ohio. No other organization in the area exists to empower independence and enrich the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired. The Sight Center is truly relevant and life-changing.

United Way of Greater Toledo — All donations to United Way of Greater Toledo through the Glass City Marathon partnership will benefit United Way 2-1-1, a free, 24/7, 365-day information and referral line that connects residents in Lucas, Wood and Ottawa County to various health and human services. In 2018, 52,000+ contacts were made, addressing over 73,000 needs. In 2019, we have seen a significant increase in calls and have answered over 62,000 contacts. All donations will contribute to supporting people in need of local resources through 2-1-1.

Veterans Matter is an innovative cloud-based rapid-response system – partnered with the VA’s Homeless Veterans program (HUD/VASH) – which allows the homeless veteran to get housed in literally minutes rather than the 30 to 60 days normally required to obtain the deposit. Essentially your donation is used as a deposit paid directly to the landlord to allow the veteran or veteran family to cross the threshold into a warm place called home for a fresh start.

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