This past Monday evening, Scott, Carrie and I drove into La Pine to meet with the representatives of 20 of the charities that the CLR supports during the race. We hold the annual meeting to build connections, plan for the next year, and learn how the funds from the year before were used in the community. This was my first time attending the meeting, and I was overwhelmed, as a prior runner of so many CLRs, to learn just how much of an impact the race has for these organizations. I thought that some of you would love to learn more about the impact you have as a participant in the relay.
Over the past five years, the Hire-A-Volunteer program has directly donated over $100,000 back in to the communities we run through. Every dollar you contribute goes directly to the groups providing the volunteers; we do not take any administration fees to cover the cost of organizing volunteers. We can pull this off because of the phenomenal efforts of Carol Swenson, our community organizer who helps find groups to work with and puts them into the jobs they can fill.
This past year, funds raised through the program contributed to the following projects: scholarships for La Pine women (both graduating seniors and older women wishing to return to school), rural bus services for seniors and people with disabilities, sport scholarships at La Pine Park & Rec, FBLA activities and scholarships in La Pine and North Lake (Silver Lake school), trail maintenance, sight and hearing assistance, homeless shelter expenses, rural football, martial arts and volleyball program expenses, school field trips, and parent support services in La Pine, among other projects.
Beyond the Hire-A-Volunteer program (which 55% of all […]