OFFICIAL CHARITIES

The Eversource Hartford Marathon is proud of the many generous athletes who run for a cause and use the marathon, half marathon, Team 13.1 relay or Charity 5K as a fundraiser.

Please consider running, walking, volunteering or fundraising for one of the event’s official charities:



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PREMIER CHARITIES

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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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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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 newly established 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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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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GOLD CHARITY

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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SILVER CHARITIES

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.​

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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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Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and to improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. The Foundation has remained at the forefront of research for more than five decades and provides patient education and support services to the more than 3 million patients suffering with these diseases in our country as well as their families and support networks.

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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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Gifts of Love

Founded in 1989, Gifts of Love is devoted to the needs of the community and responds to the needs of individuals and families who have been impacted by a financial crisis through the distribution of food, clothing and household necessities, empowering them towards a path to self-sufficiency.

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Girl Scouts of Connecticut

Girl Scouts offers the best leadership development experience for girls in the world, and encourages and empowers girls to try new things, be themselves, speak up and take the lead.

Everything a Girl Scout does centers around STEM, the outdoors, development of life skills and entrepreneurship. Whether she’s building a robotic arm, coding her first app, building a shelter in the backcountry, or running her first marathon in Hartford, a Girl Scout has an exciting array of choices to suit her interests at every age.

We’re more than 33,000 members strong – over 22,000 girls and nearly 11,000 adults – who believe that every girl can change the world.

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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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Jordan Porco Foundation

The Jordan Porco Foundation’s mission is to prevent suicide, promote mental health, and create a message of hope for young adults. They accomplish this by providing engaging and uplifting peer-run programs. Their programs strive to start a conversation about mental health that reduces stigma while encouraging help-seeking and supportive behaviors. The Jordan Porco Foundation is named in memory of the co-founder’s son, Jordan. Jordan died by suicide in 2011 as a college freshman. What started as two grieving parents’ vision, has grown into a nationally respected Foundation that helps tens of thousands of young adults across the country.

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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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Susan G. Komen New England

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. Komen New England 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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The Denise D’Ascenzo Foundation

The Denise D’Ascenzo Foundation is a non-profit, charitable foundation established to carry on Denise’s passionate efforts to support advances in medicine and health, those facing physical and mental challenges, and journalistic integrity, while encouraging openness, courage and kindness in all endeavors.

Denise was the longest serving news anchor at any single Connecticut television station, with Channel 3 viewers welcoming her into their homes for over 33 years. Along with her journalistic excellence, Denise is equally remembered for her genuine kindness and tireless efforts on behalf of those facing life’s challenges.

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