CALICO Joins the 2017 Oakland Running Festival
For the past 8 years Oakland has hosted thousands of runners for the Oakland Running Festival. On this day, runners come together to celebrate their love (or tolerance) of running. Some come with the goal to run faster or farther than ever before. Other participants’ only goal is to have a day of healthy fun. In these thousands of runners there is a group who come with the goal to do something more. They are running with the goal to help children. These are the Team CALICO runners. A group of people (or heroes) who have volunteered to use their runs to raise awareness and funds to help achieve justice and healing for abused children and their families.
CALICO first joined the running festival in 2011 and our team has grown bigger every year. Participants join Team CALICO to run or walk any of the races, including the 5k, relay, half-marathon, full marathon, and kid’s fun run. Past Team CALICO members have stated how meaningful it is to run for a cause that helps children and how much fun the camaraderie of a team is. Every year on the morning of the race runners meetup, take pictures and get in the spirit together!
You’ll know a Team CALICO runner by their shirt: blue with “CALICO” written across the front, these runners proudly display their dedication to keeping children safe and healthy. This year runners will wear a special 20th anniversary shirt to celebrate CALICO’s 20 years of helping children and families. Every dollar raised by a Team CALICO runner goes towards providing vital services to abused children and their families.
Want to be a hero too? Here are three easy ways:
Join Team CALICO and walk or run a race. Click here to sign up or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All you will need to do is fill out an online registration form and we will register you as an official Team CALICO runner. Don't forget to share this information with others you know who might be interested.
If running isn't your thing, you can still help! CALICO needs volunteers to help support runners on race day. Click here to sign up or email email@example.com for more information about volunteering.
Donate! Help Team CALICO runners reach their goal of $50,000. Click here to donate. Last year's runners and water stop volunteers raised over $42,000 for abused children and their families. This year we hope to surpass that goal!
Recent Success Stories
2017 marks 20 years since CALICO first opened its doors. In this time, CALICO has helped more than 11,500 children achieve justice and healing. To understand how important this anniversary is, it is vital to look back at what child abuse cases were like 20 years ago.
On Sunday, April 2nd Oakland will hosted thousands of runners for the Oakland Running Festival. In this crowd of thousands is a group of people who come with the goal to to help children. These are the Team CALICO runners. A group of people (or heroes) who have volunteered to use their runs to help achieve justice and healing for abused children and their families.
When Ally, a junior at a local high school, reached out to CALICO to donate stuffed animals we were grateful. However, when we learned what had inspired her generosity we were deeply moved.
Click to discover what motivated Ally to give to CALICO.
At CALICO's 12th Annual One Child at a Time Benefit: Picnic in the Park a young woman, named Emely, took the stage and spoke about her experience as a child abuse survivor. Emely's brave words moved many to tears and inspired everyone there.
Click below to read about Emely and her incredible journey.
CALICO is dedicated to ensuring we can provide prompt, quality services to all families who are referred to us, regardless of the circumstances, as was the case with 8-year-old Linda who recently came to CALICO in the middle of the night.