GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (ABC 4)- There are less than 50 days until the Amway River Bank Run! Taking place on May 13 in downtown Grand Rapids, this is the perfect way to gather, connect and support the community. The Amway River Bank Run is more than just a race. The highly anticipated event encourages people to come downtown, get involved and give back. The best part is while participants are setting and achieving their personal goals, they can also be a part of the greater good. 

There are four official charity partners of the Amway River Bank Run. Maranda had the chance to visit The Storehouse, a nonprofit warehouse redistribution center that connects local nonprofits and teachers to much-needed resources.

The Storehouse receives donated items both nationally and locally from businesses and box stores. Coming in by the pallet, The Storehouse then facilitates the resources to match the needs of each nonprofit organization or school. These items include office chairs, tables, desks, books, bedding and more. Currently, The Storehouse is working with 120 schools and over 200 non-profit organizations with room to grow. The vision of The Storehouse is to empower people with resources and support and not to enable them.    

The Storehouse is a notable example of the change and support that we can help furnish right here in West Michigan, thanks to the support of the Amway River Bank Run! The Lighthouse Academy is one of the schools that the Storehouse supports. Their mission is to be “a safe harbor that provides innovative whole-child education and ensures success despite life’s storms.” They service so many different populations, such as a refuge population. Lighthouse Academy provides the opportunity for change for many children in our community. They have been able to supply so many resources to both homeless and at-risk youth.

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This year at the Amway River Bank Run, you can make every mile go a little bit further. Upon registration, participants will get to see all four charity partners and become more aware of the impact they can make. You can register here for a better foot forward for you and the community.  If you don’t want to run or walk but still want to participate, they are currently looking for volunteers! You can even get the whole family involved to volunteer! You can learn more and find out how to volunteer here.

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