RunVermont’s Miles for a Mission program was created in 2009 to help local charities raise financial support through the People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon and Relay. This program was designed to strengthen ties between the running community and Vermont charities.
Each year, RunVermont carefully reviews applications to be the Miles for a Mission “Charity of Choice.” This designation enables the chosen organization to promote their mission and fundraising activities through the race it’s many components. The Charity of Choice is selected with consideration to the impact the work of the organization and the thoughtful plan for the best use of the marathon and relay slots to raise awareness and support.
If you or your organization are interested in applying to become the 2019 Charity of Choice please contact Chuck Spear at [email protected]
2018 Official Charity of Choice
Team Never Give Up Ever is a marathon team comprised of doctors, nurses, healthcare workers and VCH supporters. The team is dedicated to going the extra mile to provide the support for families with children who are patients at Vermont Children’s Hospital.
Contact: Jackie Bombardier, [email protected]
2018 Official Charities
Camp Ta-Kum-Ta provides challenging, extraordinary experiences in a safe and loving environment for children who have or have had cancer and their families. Camp exists for Vermont and Northern New York children, (including other out-of-state children who are treated in Vermont), between the ages of 7-17, at no cost to their families.
The funds raised through the Miles for a Mission program will be used to support our summer program. There is never a charge for a child to attend any of our programs. The money will be used to help us continue our summer program and bring in new activities for the campers. Camp Ta-Kum-Ta tries to squeeze in as many life experiences and memories as possible into this magical week. Along with traditional camp activities such as swimming, athletics, ropes course, and arts & crafts, Ta-Kum-Ta offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities such as rock climbing expeditions, hot-air balloon rides, formal dances, and lake cruises.
Contact: Hattie Johnson, [email protected]
H.O.P.E. Works is dedicated to ending all sexual violence. Last year we served 956 Vermonters through our victim advocacy programs; of those, 53% were children and youth. HOPE Works’ services and programs promote systemic and permanent change; we have been committed to strengthening our community through this social justice work since 1973. We believe sexual violence and assault leads to the degradation of human dignity—and work daily to prevent sexual violence in our community while also compassionately serving those who have already experienced this violence. We will use money raised through the Miles for a Mission Fundraising Program to fund our crisis hotline, which is available to every student, resident, and visitor of Chittenden County day or night, seven days a week.
Contact: Cathleen Barkley, [email protected]
Special Olympics Vermont
Special Olympics Vermont provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Contact: Sasha Fisher, [email protected]
Charity Partner FAQs
Can anyone run for charity?
Yes. Contact the charity of your choice yourself or select a charity from our Miles for a Mission partner list (above).
Can I support a charity that is not listed?
You can, but you will have to contact that specific charity personally. Through the Miles for a Mission program, you can support our official charities directly.
If I raise a lot of money will entry fee be refunded?
That depends on the guidelines of the charity you’re raising money for.
Who should I make checks out to?
The charity you are raising the money for.
Can I create an individual fundraising webpage?
Yes, all charities use fundraising websites and can provide you the information on how to set up your personal page.
How do I let my friends and family know I am running for charity?
From your personal fundraising page, you can send emails to your friends and family. They can donate directly online to your cause using a credit card.
Who do I contact if I have more questions?
You can email or call the RunVermont office 802-863-8412 / 800-880-8149, or contact the charity of your choice directly.
Benefits to the charitable organization:
- Your guaranteed relay teams allow you to bypass the standard registration process.
- Your logo (which can be linked to your website) will appear on the Miles for a Mission section of the Vermont City Marathon website.
Organizations must apply to be a charity partner. The Miles for a Mission application is available in October each year. Applications are available for download here. For any questions please contact Registration Director 802.863.8412 (toll-free 800-880-8149) or via email.
The application requests the following:
- Organization’s mission
- Proof of Non-profit 501(c)3 status
- Designated contact person and contact information
- The number of marathon and/or marathon relay slots requested.
- Organization’s plan for using the event for fundraising and the total fundraising goal
- How funds raised will be used, including percentage that will be used in Vermont
Please contact, Registration Director, at 802.863.8412 (toll-free 800-880-8149) or via e-mail