Running for Refuge

$5,141 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 88 people in 19 months
Hello! My name is Olivia, I'm from Vermont, and I founded Running for Refuge in 2017 as a junior in high school.

We run because we like to, but millions of people are running because they have no other choice. 
To support the 60 million individuals who have been uprooted, Running for Refuge is committed to organizing running events to fundraise and raise awareness for refugees. And you can help.
For most of us, our experience of the current refugee crisis is mostly confined to our television screens. We see videos of children who have lost their families to violence. They tell us to "wake up". We educate ourselves. We feel empathy. But how do we actually do something?
If we are out on a run and get tired, we have the privilege to be able to stop.

Not everyone has that freedom. 

Through Running for Refuge, we use our love for running to raise funds for a cause that we believe in. We are so remarkably lucky and grateful not to have to worry about finding food, shelter, and providing for our families and we want to put our privilege to use. 
Although federal funding is not guaranteed to cities and states that take in refugees, programs such as the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants of Vermont are working to support new Vermonters, regardless of federal funding. 
The Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program works to help uprooted families through providing housing, education, healthcare, basic necessities, advocacy, and employment so that new Vermonters can grow to thrive on their own.
However, VRRP cannot accomplish any of these things without the help of donations. That's where we come in! RFR donates 100% of the funds we raise to VRRP, as well as to other organizations committed to helping refugees, such as the RISSE Center in Albany, NY.

Please consider donating to our cause to help us as we run so that those who are running can find refuge. 
Thank you for your support, Olivia
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DRUMROLL, PLEASE... We are thrilled to announce our 4th official Run for Refuge: The 2018 Cross-VT Run for Refuge!

Join us this October 20th on this 90-mile relay along the scenic Cross-Vermont trail to fundraise to support new Americans! We are looking for a team of 9 people to run this trail as a team over the course of a day, each person running roughly 10 (or 20) miles. Want to join the team on this epic adventure? Contact us at for more information.
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Running for Refuge recently sponsored the creation of a video to combat bias and discrimination against Islam.

The film features a young woman talking about what her religion means to her and addressing some common stereotypes about it.

It is an attempt to humanize a religion that is often viewed through a lens of fear, reiterate the difference between the doctrines of a society's religion versus those of its culture, and promote global tolerance.

Watch the video and please share!
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On May 12th, a Running for Refuge team of 12 students finished our 24-hour, 200-mile Ragnar race across Cape Cod from Hull to Provincetown to continue fundraising for refugees. We placed first in our division, finished 2 hours ahead of schedule, and raised nearly 500 dollars for refugee resettlement programs. Thank you for all who supported us, and please continue to donate if you are able to!

Enjoy this video about our adventure!
RFR Ragnar Cape Cod 2018
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WE MADE IT!!! AND we raised over 500 dollars to support refuge and immigrant rights and resettlement. Thank you to all who ran with us, both on our team and in spirit!
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$5,141 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 88 people in 19 months
Created May 24, 2017
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Shelley Maher
4 months ago

Thinking of everyone on the Vermont Trail run. EWS is so proud of you all. I am with you in spirit :)

Neil Davis
4 months ago

Great support for a good cause!

Scott Busby
4 months ago

Thank you for doing this, Julia and others! A good cause!

Matthew Daniels
4 months ago

Love you Julia! RUNNNNNNNNN

John Rickert
4 months ago

You go, Julia!

Catharine SMITH
4 months ago

Bravo, Julia! You go girl!! xxoo

Emma Daniels
4 months ago

Go Julia and team!!!

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