Saturday, May 6th, 2017

Charity Groups

The Wisconsin Marathon is proud to partner with several local, regional, and national charities for the race. Without these groups, we would not be able to put on the race. The groups are out on site helping you to cross the finish line so please return the favor and support them back.

For more info on how to be an Official Charity Partner email Jonathan

The Kiwanis Club of Western Kenosha’s fundraising efforts are dedicated to providing a better quality of life for area’s youth, elderly and disadvantage through programs such as Terrific Kids and Kiwanis Youth Baseball, and providing much needed funding to The Shalom Center’s shelter and food pantry programs. The Western Kiwanians work tirelessly all year round to provide music scholarships, food baskets, and facilities for the handicapped and support for the local Hospice Alliance Programs and Women and Children’s Horizons.

The mission of the Shalom Center is to respectfully provide food, shelter, housing and guidance to those in need.

The Shalom Center is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) social service organization incorporated in the state of Wisconsin in 1984. We fill a unique and vital role in the community as we respond to the food, shelter and support service needs of the homeless and low-income population of Kenosha. We accomplish this by partnering with the numerous faith communities, community at large, businesses, schools, non-profit and civic organizations, governmental agencies and others that share our mission. A Board of Directors governs the Shalom Center and is responsible for establishing the agency mission, setting policies and providing general governance under which all programs and services are provided. The board establishes and enforces operational policies and employs an executive director to carry out these policies and oversee the finances of the organization.

Our first soup kitchen meal was served March 26, 1983 and we have served meals every day since then. Approximately 1.5 million meals have been served. In 2014, 31,284 meals were served through our soup kitchen.

November 14, 2009 our food pantry opened at our new location at 8043 Sheridan Road, Kenosha. On average, we provide food for over 1000 separate families every month. Approximately 120,000-130,000 lbs of food is distributed to those in need each month from this location.

In 2014, 1,474,523 lbs. of food was given out at the food pantry.

Our emergency shelter program started in April 1990. We are able to house 8 families at a time in the same building that we have our daily soup kitchen. We have a high success rate of helping these folks get back on their feet and on their own within 90 days.

In 2014, our shelter program served a total of 720 individuals, of which 211 were children.

Our INNS program started October 6, 1991. Due to the increasing numbers of homeless persons, we began operating a program of shelters in rotating church sites. This program has continued daily for over 23 years.

In 2014, 16,969 shelter nights were provided to those who were experiencing homelessness.

The Epilepsy Foundation Heart of Wisconsin leads the fight to stop seizures, find a cure and overcome challenges created by epilepsy. We provide individual and family guidance, daily living skills training, employment assistance, patient education, emergency medications and social and recreational opportunities for all ages, including Summer Camp for Kids. We teach seizure recognition and first aid to schools and school-aged kids, police and other first responders, human service professionals as well as area employers. Call or email today or visit our website!

Epilepsy Foundation Heart of Wisconsin
205 N Main Street, Suite 106
Janesville, WI 53545

1302 Mendota Street, Suite 100
Madison, WI 53714

1004 First Street, Suite 5
Stevens Point, WI 54481

Toll free: 800.693.2289

myTEAM TRIUMPH (mTT) is a human services organization dedicated to enriching the lives of people with diverse abilities through a teamwork approach of endurance athletics!  mTT achieves it’s mission by bringing “Captains” – people with disabilities and “Angels” – able bodied individuals together to train for and participate in road races and triathlons of all distances.  mTT is non competitive and focus on building impactful relationships which go beyond the race!

For more info about myTEAM TRIUMPH visit

Team Challenge is the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s endurance training and fundraising program. Through Team Challenge, you can run or walk 13.1 miles while helping to find a cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, two chronic and often debilitating digestive diseases that impact 1.4 million Americans.

Contact: Kyle Houlihan, 630-635-5953,

Team RWB is transforming the way that America supports its veterans.  We are creating communities of veterans, their families, and American citizens that enjoy authentic interaction through physical and social activities and events all across the country. Our chapters and communities deliver consistent, local opportunities for veterans and the community to connect through physical and social activity. They host weekly fitness activities, monthly social events, and participate in local races and events together. These programs are at the core of Team RWB’s mission. Join the team at


When you join the American Cancer Society DetermiNation endurance event program, you join our nationwide community of athletes and get the best localized support, training, and fundraising tools to help you achieve your personal victory. Every mile of training will be more meaningful and on race day you’ll have the extra motivation you need knowing you’re helping save lives from all types of cancer. 


Learn how you can dedicate your Wisconsin Marathon race to the fight against cancer and join our team today! For questions, please contact Kyra Racelis at 312.960.2346 or at

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Racine and Kenosha Counties, Inc. (BBBSRK) is dedicated to providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring programs that change their lives for the better, forever. We partner with parents/guardians, volunteers, and others in the community and hold ourselves accountable for each child in our program achieving:

  • Higher aspirations, greater confidence,

and better relationships

  • Avoidance of risky behaviors
  • Educational success

Through our affiliation with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, we have access to best practices, expert support and programming trends. Research consistently shows the children engaged in BBBS’ one-to-one mentoring achieve success in school, have improved self-confidence, plans for the future and are more involved in their community. Last year we served nearly 200 boys and girls in southeastern Wisconsin, but we have a lengthy waiting list. WE NEED YOU! Visit our website,, or call us at 262-637-7625 to find out how just a little bit of your time can make a big difference in a child’s life.

Good luck, Wisconsin Marathon runners!

The Kenosha Literacy Council is a non-profit organization made up of teachers, learners, tutors, volunteers and donors all working together to improve adult literacy in Kenosha County. Our programs teach reading, writing and speaking skills to adults and families so they can achieve financial independence, good health and greater involvement in our community.  A wide variety of programs are offered to help adults improve their skills so that they may better achieve goals specific to their needs.  Improved literacy skills mean a better chance at a safe, productive life.  KLC programs include small group classes and tutoring that focus on health literacy, financial literacy, citizenship, workplace literacy and more.  Together with more than 200 volunteer tutors, 600 adults are helped each

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls has been a solution for kids in crisis since 1887. By joining our Heroes team, you will make it possible for us to provide a safe home, emotional healing, and academic opportunities for children who have suffered abuse, neglect, poverty, and abandonment. And you give them the tools they need to build successful futures.

Journey Church is one church in multiple locations, Kenosha and Burlington, WI as well as upcoming sites in Lithuania (Europe) and Northern, IL.  Journey Church’s mission is making it easy to find and experience God. As part of the church’s purpose to enthusiastically serve the communities we operate in, Journey Church is helping with the Wisconsin Marathon this year.  We are excited to assist in showcasing the city of Kenosha as well as caring for the runners and spectators of this great event.  For more information on Journey Church, please visit the church’s website at or call 262-694-3300.