We paused the Cookie 5k to make space to react to what was happening in our neighborhoods after the murder of George Floyd on Memorial Day. The past weeks have brought renewed clarity to the many injustices people of color have faced for far too long.
Black lives matter.
As we navigate these times of change and reflection, we know that we can’t go 'back to normal'.
The Cookie 5K is no different. We are grateful for your support and want to honor the commitment you made to furthering our work. We are especially appreciative of that over the past weeks as we focused on connecting neighbors with resources needed after the destruction that closed many essential businesses. We invite you now to run with us not only in this 5k, but in a marathon to change failed systems, rebuild communities, and take meaningful and lasting action.
From now until June 30th, you can complete the Cookie 5k by walking, running, or taking action in the movement for change whether that is self-education, donating, rebuilding, or marching with others. We’ll post full details about how to share your participation on the Facebook event and RunSignUp pages.
Prize drawings include gift cards from Afro Deli - they have provided free meals to neighbors in need, and also Hope Breakfast Bar - they have been supplying food to those in need at their store as well as for the pop-up food shelves.
There is much more work to be done and many changes ahead. As we implement these changes, we must remain aware and connected to the continued injustices and inequalities our BIPOC neighbors endure. We are committed to creating inclusivity and diversity in our organization and communities not only during this critical time but as we continue forward together on the road toward an equitable future for everyone.
We are in the right place at the right time.
Just months ago, we couldn't have anticipated what the coronavirus pandemic would bring. The need for PPE, masks, supplies, food and daily necessities grew exponentially. Donate Good Stuff was ready to help and we already had the infrastructure in place.
We mobilized, and partnered, and gathered volunteers. In just weeks, we created the largest comprehensive donation-focused response in the US to connect donors and organizations in need. And we will continue our work, responding to the economic as well as the public health crisis.
Stand with us
This work takes more than volunteers. Will you partner with us at this critical time? We run on a shoestring so most of our budget goes directly toward making Donate Good Stuff a trusted and useful resource. Your financial support helps to run the technology behind the scenes and to get the word out across the country to get as many supplies and donations to where they are needed most.
This week is #GiveatHomeMN and today is Giving Tuesday. We also just announced transition of our 5K fundraiser to virtual - so you can participate from anywhere.