CHARITIES

RUN FOR GOOD

Participants are encouraged to run, walk, volunteer or fundraise for one of the official charities connected with the Eversource Hartford Marathon & Half Marathon, Team 26.2 Relay and Charity 5K.

Participants can also create a team or join the effort for a cause they support. HMF wants to recognize your efforts. Share your fundraising results here.

SUSIE BERIS, MD YOUTH RUNNING PROGRAMS

Want to share the love of running with kids? Please consider a donation to one of HMF’s free school-based running programs. More…

APPLY TO BECOME AN OFFICIAL CHARITY

The Eversource Hartford Marathon “Official Charity” program is limited exclusively to a small number of nonprofit organizations. This limited offering allows charity partners to maximize the promotion and value of their involvement with the Hartford Marathon Foundation (HMF). Runners have the freedom to run on behalf of any nonprofit organization of their choosing but HMF will only authorize the “Official Charity” status and all its benefits to the designated organizations. For details about charity benefits, obligations, and to apply please click here.

OFFICIAL CHARITIES

The Eversource Hartford Marathon is proud of the many generous athletes who have run for a cause and used the marathon, half marathon, Team 26.2 relay or Charity 5K as a fundraiser.

This October, please consider running, walking, volunteering or fundraising for one of the event’s official charities.


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PREMIER CHARITY

Hospital for Special Care

Hospital for Special Care (HFSC) is the fourth largest, free-standing long-term acute care hospital in the U.S. and one of only two in the nation serving adults and children. HFSC is recognized for advanced care and rehabilitation in pulmonary care, acquired brain injury, medically-complex pediatrics, neuromuscular disorders including ALS research, spinal cord injury, comprehensive heart failure and comprehensive inpatient and outpatient treatment for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.

Located in New Britain and Hartford, CT, HFSC operates inpatient and outpatient facilities serving Southern New England and the Tri-State area on a not-for-profit basis.

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GOLD CHARITIES

Achilles International-Connecticut Chapter

Achilles International-CT Chapter is an affiliate Chapter of the not-for-profit organization, Achilles International, Inc. Our mission is to transform the lives of people with disabilities through athletics and social connection. Achilles pairs athletes with disabilities and medical conditions with runners without disabilities in order to become active, set goals, and lower barriers to living a fulfilling life.

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Healing Meals Community Project

Healing Meals Community Project nourishes with love. We believe that food is medicine, so we prepare and deliver nutrient-rich, organic meals that support improved healing during a 3-month recovery period for individuals and families facing a health crisis. We include handwritten notes with each week’s meals that help clients feel connected to our caring community. Clients report that these notes are as nourishing to the spirit as our meals are to the body.

Our dual mission includes empowering youth as volunteers and leaders. Our Youth Development Committee and our Youth based Volunteer Program engages a diverse group of teens from the Greater Hartford area.

We are the only non-profit in Connecticut that experientially teaches adults and volunteers about nutrient-rich foods from start to finish while helping those in a health crisis heal. Volunteers have the opportunity to plant, and harvest produce from our organic garden, prep food, cook, package, and deliver healing meals to those in need. The experience is transformational for all.

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Team M.A.D. Charities/Jordan Porco Foundation, A Partnership in Support of Saving Lives

Team M.A.D. Charities (Making A Difference) and the Jordan Porco Foundation have partnered for the 2022 Eversource Hartford Marathon. Team M.A.D. Charities is a nonprofit whose main goal is to raise money for other charities, and this is accomplished by organizing teams to participate in marathon and half marathon races. Its mission is to support local charities in reaching their full potential while providing a safe and memorable experience for its runners. The Jordan Porco Foundation is a suicide prevention nonprofit whose mission is to prevent suicide, promote mental health and create a message of hope for young adults. The Jordan Porco Foundation provides engaging and uplifting programming emphasizing peer-to-peer messaging promoting help seeking behavior, self-care, and coping skills.

Together, we are A Partnership in Support of Saving Lives.

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United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut

United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut serves 52 communities within the central and northeastern Connecticut region by mobilizing people and organizations to give, advocate and volunteer to promote early childhood education, ensure families are financially secure, provide access to health-related services and supports, and immediate emergency assistance, such as food and shelter.

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SILVER CHARITIES

Academy of General Dentistry

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) Foundation—the philanthropic arm of the AGD—is celebrating 50 years of striving toward philanthropic goals and improving the oral health of the public and support the efforts of the general dentists on a local level with their patients. Our primary focus is oral/oropharyngeal cancer awareness, risk factor education and diagnostic training for general dentists as the first line of defense. We are able to help detect the disease in its early stages during routine dental visits, and by doing so will increase the oral cancer survival rate.

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American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/ct or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @CTRedCross.

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Chrysalis Center

Chrysalis Center’s mission is to provide supportive services to assist people in need to transform their lives.

Chrysalis Center was founded in 1975 with a purpose of providing support services to adults living in poverty who struggled with mental illness, helping them live as independently as possible. Today Chrysalis Center has expanded its programs and is a socially innovative, multiservice nonprofit organization that serves individuals and their families living in the State of Connecticut. Chrysalis Center helps those living in poverty, veterans, men, women, young adults, and families who are struggling with mental health, addiction, HIV/AIDS, homelessness, and those returning from incarceration through five core services: Employment Services, Support Services and Case Management, Housing, Recovery Services, and a Food Hub to address food insecurity. As the impacts of the pandemic continue to disproportionately impact the population served by Chrysalis Center, additional supportive services to clients, such as food assistance, continue to be necessary. Freshplace, their on-site fresh food pantry continues to see an increase in individuals and families seeking food. Chrysalis Center proudly serves more than 1,500 individuals and families each year.

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Circle of Care

Founded in 2003 by parents of pediatric cancer survivors, Circle of Care has one mission: to provide practical, emotional and financial support to help make the pediatric cancer journey easier for others. We’ve been there, and we know that kids and their families need more than medicine to heal. Our programs and services are designed to meet the unique and challenging needs that arise for patients and families throughout their cancer journey- from day one of diagnosis, during treatment, and into survivorship. For the past 18 years, we have touched the lives of 3,000 families and over 10,000 individuals throughout Connecticut with varied programs such as our day-of-diagnosis Bag of Love, Our Lifeline parent community network, Art From the Heart room makeovers, and our Bounce Back to Fitness Program. Until no family has to hear the words “Your child has cancer,” we’ll be here.

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Connecticut Children’s

Connecticut Children’s is the only hospital in Connecticut dedicated exclusively to the care of children and ranked one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and Women’s Choice. Connecticut Children’s provides more than 30 pediatric specialties along with community-based programs to uniquely care for the physical, social, and emotional needs of children. Our team of pediatric experts and care coordinators bring access to breakthrough research, advanced treatments for both rare and common diseases, and innovative health and safety programs to every child. Connecticut Children’s is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to improve access to healthcare for all children through convenient locations, care alliances and partnerships.

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Donate Life Connecticut

Donate Life Connecticut is dedicated to increasing the number of registered organ and tissue donors through public education and awareness of all Connecticut residents and beyond. To be successful in our mission, DLC hosts many large scale awareness programs throughout the state including community events and educational programs such as a high school art contest and school health education.

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For All Ages

For All Ages is Connecticut’s only nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting the generations and inspiring action to end loneliness, reduce ageism, and improve health and well-being. Through evidence-informed programs and events, For All Ages creates positive, collaborative experiences between the generations that showcase the wisdom and vibrancy of older adults while countering the loneliness and isolation that are at epidemic levels across all age groups.

We enrich lives, promote kindness and caring, and provide social connection for people of all ages that improves mental and physical health. Since launching in 2019, our volunteer-driven organization has facilitated thousands of hours of intergenerational programming, serving residents across the state.

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Girl Scouts of Connecticut

Girl Scouts bring their dreams to life and work together to build a better world. Through programs from coast to coast, Girl Scouts of all backgrounds and abilities can be unapologetically themselves as they discover their strengths and rise to meet new challenges—whether they want to climb to the top of a tree or the top of their class, lace up their boots for a hike or advocate for climate justice, or make their first best friends. Backed by trusted adult volunteers, mentors, and millions of alums, Girl Scouts lead the way as they find their voices and make changes that affect the issues most important to them. To join us, volunteer, reconnect, or donate, visit gsofct.org.

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Girls on the Run Greater Hartford

Girls on the Run Greater Hartford is a Physical Activity Positive Youth-Development Program. Over a period of 10 weeks, girls in grades 3 through 8 participate in an after-school program like no other. GOTR lessons encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development by exploring and discussing the girls’ own beliefs, experiences and challenges they face at this age. Throughout the season, the girls make new friends, build their confidence, participate in physical activities and deliver a community service project. Each GOTR season culminates in a celebratory 5k run/walk which shows the girls how the seemingly impossible, becomes possible.

Mission: We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

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Operation Paws on the Ground

Mission: Operation Paws on the Ground’s (O.P.O.G) mission is to hire and teach Veterans how to train rescue dogs from high kill shelters to become emotional support dogs for other veterans. In doing so we will save 1 Veteran, 1 Dog and heal 2 hearts at the same time.

Vision: Connect veterans with a dog that matches their personality and needs. In doing so we can help all veterans overcome the feeling of isolation by giving them that one true companion they can emotionally bond with. OPOG will stay connected to the veteran and their dog as they embark on their new journey.

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Ron Foley Foundation

Pancreatic cancer is the 3rd deadliest cancer and has the worst survival rate of all cancers. Our mission is to fund medical research leading to improve diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer and find a cure for this terrible disease. We are also committed to raising awareness of pancreatic cancer through education and providing direct financial aid to pancreatic cancer patients in need.

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Salvation Army

The Salvation Army exists to serve the people of Connecticut in their time of need–great or small. Each individual is addressed as a whole person, with physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. The Salvation Army aspires to assist individuals to become more independent through a variety of services and programs. Whether it’s embracing the homeless, uplifting the abused or abandoned, training and mentoring the disadvantaged, providing character building programs for youth, or assisting the displaced or elderly, The Salvation Army’s goal remains the same: serving the most people, meeting the most needs, DOING THE MOST GOOD!

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Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

The mission of Susan G. Komen is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. Susan G. Komen serves as the leader in the breast cancer fight. We work to ensure our neighbors have access to a continuum of care, including preventative care, diagnostic tests and treatment support, and cutting-edge research.

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