Race date for 2014 is November 1st
One race. Three charities. You choose.
The 2013 Race for Grace 5K raised money for Literacy Mid-South, Memphis Area Legal Services and Prenatal Care at Choices.
For more than 30 years, Literacy Mid-South has been working toward a mission of creating a community actively engaged in continuous learning.
In Shelby County, more than 100,000 adults cannot read. This limits economic and educational opportunities both for them and their children.
Literacy Mid-South is in the midst of an organizational overhaul to be more efficient, training more volunteers and reaching areas they haven't before.
Memphis Area Legal Services is the primary provider of civil legal representation to low-income families and the elderly in southwestern Tennessee.
The organization helps people who have no other avenue to seek the protection of the law. Cases often include family and children, housing,
civil rights, and health maintenance. Thousands of people seek help from MALS every year, and attorneys support the organization by
meeting with those clients pro bono. MALS was founded in the wake of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
An independent, nonprofit community health agency, Choices empowers people in the Mid-South to make decisions about their reproductive health.
Choices is committed to offering comprehensive sexual and reproductive healthcare in a non-judgmental, patient-centered, and supportive environment.
The organization provides cancer screenings, testing and treatment for disease, fertility treatments, and abortion services.
Many pregnant women are overwhelmed by the thought of raising a child, and many don't know how to care for themselves while they're pregnant,
or for their babies after they're born. In Shelby County, the infant mortality rate is about 10 per 1,000 births. For African Americans, that number
is 13 per 1,000 births. Both are well above the national target of 6 per 1,000 births. Pregnant women who receive no prenatal care are
twice as likely to see their babies die before their first birthday.
The money raised by the Race for Grace will only fund Prenatal Care at Choices.
That nonprofit organization has built a relationship of trust with its patients over 40 years.
It's most efficient to help people at a clinic they already know about.
The three beneficiaries of the 2013 Race for Grace have something in common: Each is working to preserve the dignity of
people in our community who have few economic and social advantages. Helping people raise healthy children;
helping people seek the security of legal representation; helping people learn to read. This work has the power to change our
community from the bottom up, and the Race for Grace is proud to support these organizations.
The Race for Grace is a mission of Shady Grove Presbyterian Church. For more information, contact 901-683-7329.