July 15, 2017

 

Giving Back

 

Canal Run Gives Back

The Canal Run has been the premier running event in Michigan's Upper Peninsula since 1975. Due to the intense growth of the race beginning in the early 2010s, the organizing committee is now proudly able to give back to the community on a regular basis.

If you're interested in receiving funds, please make sure your organization or project meets the following criteria:

  • All funds must be donated to a 501c3 non-profit organization.
  • All funds must be used in the four-county area.
  • All funds must be used for projects, not promotion of the organization.
  • Deadline for application is one month after the annual Canal Run. Applications can come in at any time before that.

Download the Application Form here (PDF).

Past Donations

TOTAL DONATED: $8,000

2015:

Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly
Provides friendship and services for lonely and isolated elderly people age 60 and older residing in the Copper Country - transportation, firewood, holiday meals, birthday celebrations, food pantry staples each month and fun activities. . Reach 1,300 elderly residents every year. Funding will be spend on direct service to the elderly through their Friendly Visiting program, Holiday Dinners and Social Events.

Copper Country Humane Society
Dedicated to the welfare and humane treatment of animals.  CCHS provides services for Keweenaw, Baraga and Houghton Counties plus the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.  100% of the money needed for vet care, spay/neuter and medical needs for the 900 animals CCHS cares for annually is raised through monthly fundraising events and private donations.

2014:

Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly
Provides friendship and services for lonely and isolated elderly people age 60 and older residing in the Copper Country - transportation, firewood, holiday meals, birthday celebrations, food pantry staples each month and fun activities. . Reach 1,300 elderly residents every year. Funding will be spend on direct service to the elderly through their Friendly Visiting program, Holiday Dinners and Social Events.

Copper Country Autism Awareness
Helps families in the Copper Country living with autism spectrum disorders. Looking for funds to assist the CCISD and local school district special education classrooms obtain items helpful in the education of children affected by autism.

Dan Schmitt Gift of Music & Education Fund
Provide free and low cost instruments, music lessons and education emphasizing sustainable, positive outdoor activities for youth. Currently began working with students from Horizons on farm projects - making maple syrup and apple tree pruning. Funds for a small vat for final syrup boiling, a fruit ladder, stage for major fundraiser (Farm Block Fest).

UP Kids/Big Brothers Big Sisters
Help children to realize their potential and build their futures by providing mentors. Funds would be used for the Copper Country Activities (holiday parties, summer picnics, programs) and Scholarship Fund.

Love, Inc
This organization partners with local churches to help those in need with food, personal care items, furniture/appliances, linens, clothing, household goods and financial counseling. They are currently out of space to store their donations and items. Many items are stored in boxes making it difficult on the volunteers. They would like to purchase materials to build shelving units. They have volunteers to build shelves but are short on finances.

2013:

Superior Search and Rescue
Superior Search and Rescue is a ground-based, volunteer organization assisting law enforcement agencies in finding missing persons. The group provides their radio services at many local events, including the Canal Run.  

31 Backpacks
31 Backpacks works with local school districts to send home backpacks full of food every Friday for students who have been identified by administrators and teachers as being in need.

Hancock Fire Department
The Hancock Fire Department has been a longtime supporter of the Canal Run by providing volunteers. The department provides protection for the city of Hancock, and helps support other local fire departments as well. 

Copper Harbor Trails Club
The Copper Harbor Trails club works hard to build new trails, host world-class events and maintain the Copper Harbor Trails, which they tout as being some of the best trails in the world. 

2011:

Ryan Street Community Garden
The Ryan Street Community Garden provides Hancock residents the opportunity to grow healthy, affordable, fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs for their households. It also serves as a place for social interaction and creates a beautiful and educational landmark in the community demonstrating ecologically-sound and climate appropriate practices.

Baraga County Shelter Home
The mission of the Baraga County Shelter Home, Inc., a non-profit organization, is to provide a Shelter Home for victims of domestic violence and their children. Also, to assist these victims in obtaining information about and advocacy with, legal services, financial assistance, provide for emergency medical needs, and housing if applicable.

Friends of the Porkies
The Friends of the Porkies is a nonprofit organization that represents the interests of all users of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. The Park has a breathtaking 60,000 acres of natural beauty located in Ontonagon County in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. A drive from Ontonagon along the shoreline of Lake Superior for about 20 minutes will bring you to the "Porkies."

Goodwill Farm Association
Good Will Farm program is housed in a colonial house situated on two acres of land in the middle of the Michigan Tech campus. A former garage on the property at one time was converted into a hospital through generosity of Mr. Benedict. Presently the building houses a two-room school which is supervised by the Houghton-Portage Township School District. The district employs certified Special Education staff to work with the youth. The youth are eligible to participate in all the regular and extra-curricular programs which are available in the area to local high school students.

Omega House
Omega House provides a residential, homelike environment where terminally ill people may live fully during their final days, free from pain and isolation and supported physically, emotionally, and spiritually by professional and volunteer caregivers, along with family and friends.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
   
 
November 1, 2016
Registration for 2017 Canal Run now open
 
July 8, 2016
Race Radio Communications During Canal Run
 
July 7, 2016
Final Canal Run 2016 registration price jump is Saturday
 
June 30, 2016
Canal Run Team Spotlight: OHM Advisors
 
   
 
  UP Health System
  Finlandia University
  FirstMerit Bank
  Keweenaw Co-op Market & Deli
  Brockit, Inc.
  City of Hancock Police and Public Works
  Hancock Bottling
  Houghton County Sheriff Department
  Michigan Fitness Foundation
  Michigan State Police
  opusWeb.com
  Organic Valley
  Pat’s Foods and Festival Foods
  Superior Graphics
  Superior Search and Rescue
  Upper Peninsula Road Runners Club
  WLUC TV6 and Fox U.P.

  Hancock Canal Run | Contact Information
906.483.1153 or send e-mail to: info@HancockCanalRun.com
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