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RUN YOUR RACE MINISTRIES
November 30, 2012

I continue to be amazed by the depth of on-the-ground, heart-to-heart practical help that Run Your Race (RYR) provides in its community. For people who are out of work due to layoffs, lack of skills, language barriers and other factors, Barbara Miller and her small staff provide customized assistance for each client. Maybe the client needs help writing an effective resume, maybe they need to learn how to budget their funds, or they need proper clothes to wear or transportation for an interview. RYR also provides basic computer training, practice sessions for job interviews, language training, emergency food and housing assistance, large doses of encouragement and other types of help. Being a locally-run program/ministry, RYR is personally connected with their clients who area also their neighbors in their shared community. Run Your Race is not a large-budget program, but they would love to have added resources to help even more people learn to provide support for themselves and their families. It's a great blessing to everyone involved to see people move from hopeless, confused and insecure to become hopeful, trained and confident---productive and proud members of society. While RYR is excited to work with people from all walks of life and faiths, the principles employed to assist each person are based solidly on the love God demonstrates for all people. We need more of these types of local help programs.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Board Member

RUN YOUR RACE MINISTRIES
May 14, 2012

When people in a community need help, I believe the help should come from as local a source as possible. Who better can understand the needs and provide specific help than a person's neighbors in a community. Run Your Race Ministries is a great local resource for the people of their community. There are personal relationships built and customized care given. The clients are not merely numbers in a computer waiting in a line and filling out forms, but they are treated with love and respect as unique individuals. The help is given from the heart, not to fulfill a job duty. Run Your Race is a great local example of how support and benevolence should be handled in communities all across this nation.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Board Member

RUN YOUR RACE MINISTRIES
April 4, 2011

Run Your Race Ministries is a grass-roots-level, locally-based service agency that helps the unemployed receive education and training regarding finding (and keeping) a job. Freely provided to participants is interview training, resume writing, work clothing, transportation to job fairs and interviews, hands-on computer training and other benefits. The ministry contacts local employers to seek openings for participants. Run Your Race partners with other local ministries and agencies to combine resources---to prevent wasteful overlap and inefficiencies of "reinventing the wheel." I believe the best solution to most problems can be found at the community level--not via some centralized program run from some far-away place. Therefore, the main benefit I like about Run Your Race is that it deals with real people with real needs on a very local level.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am located several states away, so I don't get to see the people first-hand. But I keep in close touch by hearing the stories of real people who are encouraged in their desire to find a job and support their families.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Run Your Race Ministries has only been in operation for a few years, and a lot has been accomplished so far. I hope that changes for the future will include landing some financial grants from supportive organizations, being more and more connected to the local job providers, and spreading the word farther about the mission, successes and opportunities for participation with this organization.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

personal friendship with the director.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

help local unemployed people find a job.

What is its top priority in the long run?

draw in additional financial and manpower support to increase the numbers of participants who can be helped.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I support the work of this ministry by serving on its Board, by contributing ideas and time, and with financial support.