Big House 5K: Supporting the Local Washtenaw Community

Big House 5K is a fundraiser to support the following six local non-profit entities. We encourage you to raise additional funds to support these great causes in addition to your race registration fee donation.

826 Michigan
About 826Michigan
  • Each year, 826michigan serves over 3,000 students from three cities: Detroit, Ypsilanti, and Ann Arbor. Volunteers contribute nearly 25,000 hours annually to make our work possible. 826michigan is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. With this in mind and with help from hundreds of volunteers, we provide after-school tutoring, evening workshops, in-school residencies, help for English language learners, and publication opportunities for school-aged students. All of our programs are challenging and enjoyable and ultimately strengthen each student's power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently and in his or her individual voice.
  • Phone: (734) 761-3463  |
Dance Marathon
About Dance Marathon
  • Dance Marathon at the University of Michigan is the largest student-run, non-profit organization in the State of Michigan. DMUM strives to raise both monetary support and awareness for the needs of pediatric rehabilitation therapies at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor and Beaumont Children's Hospital in Royal Oak. Throughout the year, students raise funds in a creative and energetic manner. Teams of 15 to 20 students build a relationship with a particular family of a child supported by C.S. Mott and Beaumont's rehabilitation therapies. In addition to team-family bonding at DMUM annual events such as Pumpkin Carving and Therapy Fair, Dancer Captains facilitate a multitude of other team-family meetings. At the end of each school year, hundreds of student "step into the shoes of the kids" by standing on their feed for 24 hours in a marathon filled with dancing, entertainment and fellowship!
Meals on Wheels
About Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels
  • Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels reduces hunger and food insecurity for the homebound in Ann Arbor who, because of their health, are unable to shop and cook for themselves. Clients receive 1-2 meals up to six days a week (Monday – Saturday). These meals help clients remain at home longer and promote aging in place. Meals are provided regardless of one's age or income. Volunteers deliver the majority of the meals and are often the only people clients see all day. Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels is a community-supported program of the University of Michigan Health System.
  • Phone: (734) 998-6686  |
Project Healthy Schools
About Project Healthy Schools
  • Project Healthy Schools (PHS), a community-University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) collaborative, provides a school-based program to reduce childhood obesity and its long-term health risks. Focusing primarily on middle school students, PHS aims to stem the tide of this epidemic by teaching youth healthy habits; developing healthy school environments; creating an infrastructure that supports program sustainability and replication. Project Healthy Schools is one of the few school-based programs that have demonstrated significant improvements in both health behavior and cardiovascular risk factors, such as reductions in total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol, ) triglycerides, and blood pressure.
  • Phone: (734) 764-0246  |
Special Olympics
About Special Olympics of Michigan
  • We are so much more than sport. We change lives and change society's perceptions. Special Olympics Michigan offers twenty-two sports training and competitions that provide nearly 21,000 athletes the opportunity to feel respected, accepted and celebrated for their achievements. We are also growing with programs such as Healthy Athletes®®, Young Athletes Program™ and Project Unify®. The generosity of Michigan organizations, individuals and statewide businesses enable the program to continue.
About the YMCA
  • The Ann Arbor YMCA is a charitable association of men, women and children joined by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of children and teens, promoting healthy living, and supporting our neighbors. With a mission to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all, our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child and when a community comes together for the common good. We know that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together. That's why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
  • Phone: (734) 996-9622  |