Purple 5K

Runners take off at the start of the 2013 Purple 5K.

“Sometimes the smallest things we do make the biggest difference.”

What a great year we’ve had! In 2012 Spare Change for Real Change, an awareness and fundraising campaign, granted more than $10,000 to area resource agencies, and the difference has already been felt in Billings. Simple needs have been met, such as sheets, shower curtains and cribs, and folks have been able to take the first step into their home with grant assistance. Homeless veterans, through Volunteers of America at Independence Hall, have found support in transition kits that make moving into their new place a little easier.

All told, since 2005, we’ve granted more than $22,500 to organizations throughout Billings that work to alleviate homelessness and poverty through education, housing, social services and re-integration.

Granting by the Spare Change for Real Change program occurs through a cooperative process between the BID Board and the Mayor’s Committee on Homelessness and is used to support projects related to Billings’ 10-year plan to end homelessness.

All of this was made possible because so many people have chosen to support the wildly popular Purple 5K, a downtown bike race, and the Spare Change for Real Change meter program. So much has been accomplished through community support and through generous sponsors.

We are working toward our goal for 2013: $20,000. We invite you to get in the game!

This year, we are excited to announce the expansion of our already ambitious programs to include more meter placements, the biggest Purple 5K so far and the evolution of the Downtown Crit into the Spare Change Crit Series. A Spare Change For Real Change meter has already been placed at the West End location of NAPA Automotive, and another meter is right around the corner for the Downtown location.

The Spare Change Crit Series will be scheduled for various times over the course of the summer to include three races total; all on different courses, culminating in a final championship race in Downtown Billings. Expect a friendly competitive atmosphere and some exciting spectating opportunities, as well as fun partnerships with local businesses and organizations.

Join us as we race for our health, race to make a difference, and take big steps to alleviate poverty and homelessness in our city. For more information, visit www.4realchange.org.

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