Big House 5K: Supporting the Local Washtenaw Community
The 2017 Big House 5K supported the following six local non-profit entities. We encourage you race participants to support these great causes by learning more, getting involved and by making an additional donation with your race registration fee donation.
- Established in 2011, the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance strives to save women's lives by promoting the early detection of ovarian cancer and improved treatment outcomes. MIOCA raises awareness of ovarian cancer, provides resources and support to survivors and their families, advocates both locally and federally, educates Michigan communities, and funds innovative ovarian cancer research. MIOCA provides Survivor Support Totes filled with helpful items to UMHS ovarian cancer patients and funds a local ovarian cancer support group. Through MIOCA's Geri Fournier Ovarian Cancer Research grant, U-M researchers have received a total of $95,000 over the last two years. MIOCA also partners with the Next Generation Ovarian Cancer Alliance, a U-M student organization that works with MIOCA to raise awareness of this lethal disease, which affects females of all ages.
- The Buddy-to-Buddy Program is a peer-to-peer program designed to provide outreach, support and linkage to resources for Michigan service members and veterans. It is part of Military Support Programs and Networks (M-SPAN), a group of programs within the University of Michigan Depression Center and Department of Psychiatry. Behind the program is a simple concept: military service is unlike any other life experience. No one knows more about the issues facing a veteran -- in combat or on the home front -- than another veteran. Buddy-to-Buddy volunteers help veterans overcome the stigma around asking for help and then provide assistance navigating complex systems of care. Volunteer Veterans can assist service members and veterans with issues ranging from accessing financial, employment, legal, benefits or educational resources to identifying mental health providers for emotional, substance abuse or relationship concerns.
- Avalon Housing is a nonprofit supportive housing provider created in 1992 as a long-term solution to homelessness. We believe that housing is a basic human right. We are a housing developer, property manager and service provider dedicated to providing affordable housing with support services for people who are homeless and who have physical and behavioral health challenges. Our mission is to help supportive housing residents achieve stability, increase self-determination and build community. Avalon owns and operates 260 apartments at 20 sites throughout Ann Arbor, manages over 100 rent vouchers with private landlords, and partners with both the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti Housing Commission to provide housing alternatives for more than 500 formerly homeless households throughout Washtenaw County. Individualized supports and community programs are available on a voluntary basis to all 650 residents, including more than 200 children.
- Hands Across the Water (HATW) has been building and supporting families through adoption, foster care and education since 1999. We are a non-profit, COA Hague Accredited, HRC approved, licensed child placing agency, with our main office located in Ann Arbor. We provide both domestic and international adoption services and foster care services. We assist those facing an unplanned pregnancy with free birth parent counseling. We have also expanded to provide mental health services to children, adults, couples and families, accepting many insurances and sliding scale clients. We are committed to actively recruiting prospective adoptive and foster parents of all racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. HATW does not discriminate based on race, creed, color or sexual orientation. We work with those who are single and both married and partnered couples. We believe that children come first and families need to be found for children, not children for families. HATW is dedicated to the belief that every child deserves a home and loving family.
- The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is an international arts gathering that transforms Ann Arbor into a place where friends, family, neighbors and visitors can connect and share in a celebration of artistic inspiration, creativity and community spirit. The festival offers four weeks of performances, exhibitions and screenings representative of the best in music, dance, comedy, film, street arts and family entertainment. We present local, national and international artists who are entertaining and accessible, as well as those that push creative boundaries. Ninety percent of our programming is admission-free, and all activities are designed to be inclusive. We believe in the power of the arts to inspire and inform. We bring an impressive line-up of luminaries to the stage, and our programming continues to expand as we introduce cutting-edge dance, contemporary circus, outdoor spectacles, mind/body workshops and innovative family programming to audiences each year.
- The University of Michigan Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Clinic, an ALSA certified center for more than two decades, is committed to providing compassionate care to patients with ALS. Research has shown that active, aggressive management of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis enhances patient survival, and more importantly quality of life, and that's exactly what we do in the University of Michigan's Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic. The U-M multidisciplinary team assesses the needs of each patient and develops an individualized care plan that addresses every step of the ALS journey. Once a patient is diagnosed with ALS, our team immediately begins its work implementing a wide array of clinical services designed to assist families and maximize patient health and function, including physical, occupational and respiratory therapy, dietary counseling, social work and a chair specialist.