You Made a Difference for Refugee Kids!

We’re so grateful! Over 400 of you walked, ran, or gave generously to the Run/Walk for Refugee Kids this year. Through your steps and generosity, we met our goal to bless refugee kids and their families!

Thanks to you, newly arriving refugees are receiving a warm welcome, practical help, and friendship from caring volunteers. And refugee kids are matched with academic tutors who will increase kids’ skills and confidence this school yearand beyond. 

It was a beautiful day to be together for refugee kids. Enjoy these photos from race day at Willow Creek North Shore.

And if you wanted to participate but didn’t have a chance, it’s not too late to give to help refugee kids!

About the 2021 Run/Walk

Why Refugee Kids?

Refugee kids are incredibly resilient. But they face many challenges, including navigating an unfamiliar school system, learning English, and technology barriers–all increasingly challenging with the pandemic.

Your Impact

Give newly resettled refugee kids and their families a warm welcome and essential household supplies provided by Exodus volunteers. And refugee kids will be matched with volunteers who provide academic support and encouragement that helps them thrive in school.

How It Works

1. Register

Register as an individual or team. Registration is $40, and free for kids 13 and under.

2. Get Support

It’s easy to set up a fundraising page when you register. Get your family and friends to support you.

3. Get Gear

You’ll receive a race bib and
t-shirt. In-person participants also will enjoy goody bags and tasty snacks, and kids will win prizes in the Fun Dash.

4. Share / Celebrate

Run or walk and post pics with #RefugeeKids5K. Celebrate knowing you’ve made a difference for refugee children across Chicagoland.

In appreciation for helping refugee kids:

Raise

$ 500
  • Receive a refugee-crafted artisan gift.
    .

Raise

$ 1,000
  • Receive a copy of The Newcomers signed by author Helen Thorpe.

Raise

$ 5,000
  • Have dinner at a refugee-owned restaurant with the Exodus team!

Thank You Awesome Partner

Meet Our Wonderful Sponsors

FAQs

Who is Exodus World Service?

Exodus World Service mobilizes the Christian community to welcome and befriend refugees. For more than 33 years, Exodus has connected volunteers with refugee families to welcome, visit, help practice English, prepare for the U.S. citizenship exam, and provide one-on-one academic mentoring to refugee kids.

Why refugee kids?

Refugee kids are incredibly resilient. But they face tremendous challenges. Once resettled in America with their families, they find themselves navigating an unfamiliar school system while learning English. At the same time, COVID-19 created yet another hurdle, as technology and language barriers made learning extra difficult during the pandemic. Kids need help to catch up as the new school year begins.

Your efforts will give newly resettled refugee kids and their families a warm welcome and essential household supplies provided by Exodus volunteers. In addition, refugee kids will be matched with trained volunteers who provide academic support and encouragement that helps them thrive in school.

Where is the Run/Walk?

Join us for the in-person 5K at Willow Creek North Shore, 2200 Shermer Road, Glenview*.
Or you can participate virtually wherever you are!

*We ask all in-person participants to please adhere to current CDC guidelines.

How do I participate virtually?

If you can’t make it in person, you can walk or run 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) anywhere: trail, road or treadmill, close to home or at a fun destination. Run on your own, or with your family or friends.

I am unable to walk or run. Can I still be a part of helping refugee kids?

Yes! Your gift today will give newly resettled refugee kids and their families will receive a warm welcome and essential supplies provided by Exodus volunteers. In addition, refugee kids will be matched with trained volunteers who provide academic support and encouragement that helps them thrive in school. Give now.

How much does it cost to participate?

Registration is $40 for everyone age 14 and up. Kids 13 and under are free! Proceeds support the educational, developmental, and practical needs of refugee kids and their families across Chicagoland.

Is there a deadline to register? 

Register by Monday, September 6, to guarantee your t-shirt size. This is also the deadline for virtual participants to receive your mailed t-shirt and bib before race day. Registrations received after September 6 will still receive a shirt and bib; however, we cannot guarantee sizes or delivery for virtual participants prior to the event.

What will I receive with my registration?

All participants will receive a Run/Walk for Refugee Kids race shirt and bib. In person participants will get these at the event; virtual participants will receive their t-shirts/bibs via mail. In-person participants will also enjoy goody bags and tasty snacks, and kids will receive prizes in the Fun Dash!

In appreciation for helping refugee kids:

  • Raise $500: Receive a refugee-crafted artisan gift.
  • Raise $1,000: Receive a copy of The Newcomers signed by author Helen Thorpe.
  • Raise $5,000: Attend a personal dinner at a refugee-owned restaurant with Exodus team members!

How can I spread the word about refugee kids and this year’s Run/Walk?

Whether you’re participating in person or virtually, be sure to snap a photo of yourself wearing your race gear. Share it on social media with the hashtag #RefugeeKids5K and enjoy knowing you’ve made a tremendous difference for refugee kids!

Is this a family friendly event?

It sure is! Walk or run with your kids, your grandparents, your friends—everyone. Register your whole family—each registrant will receive a bib and race shirt. Kids 13 and under are free and can win prizes in the Kids Fun Dash!

Do I participate by myself or with others? Can I create a team?

Yes, we encourage you to create a team to run/walk with and to raise support for refugee kids. Your team could be your family, your church small group, your co-workers, or others. You don’t all have to physically run/walk together to create a team. Simply encourage and spur each other on, both in finishing the 5K and in fundraising.

We encourage teams to set a fundraising goal and work together toward this goal. Each individual will still have their own fundraising page. However, working together to meet a team goal can make fundraising easier and more fun.

I can’t make it on September 18. Can I still participate?

Absolutely. You can still be a part of the Run/Walk for Refugee Kids by completing your virtual 5K walk or run anytime during the month of September. Pick a day that works with your schedule and have fun.

I have more questions. How can I get answers? 

We’re happy to help you. Contact info@exodusworldservice.org or call us at 630.307.1400, ext. 0.

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