Grant continues 3Mgives’ support of local organizations
AUSTIN, TX, December 9, 2022 — 3Mgives selects FindingHomeATX as the beneficiary of the 2023 3M Half Marathon. This grant will allow the Austin-based community organization to help reach its goal of ending unsheltered homelessness in Austin by scaling up Austin’s Homelessness Operating System (OS) into one that’s sustainable for decades to come. The 29th annual 3M Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, January 22, 2023, in Austin, Texas.
“Over the 29-year history of the 3M Half Marathon, 3Mgives is so proud to have provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to local Austin community organizations,” said Stacey Claessens, 3Mgives Global Employee Empowerment Manager of Austin. “We are pleased to name FindingHomeATX as our race beneficiary so that they can grow their program of creating affordable housing for the unhoused population of Austin.”
The mission of FindingHomeATX is to add 1,300 new units of affordable housing for the unhoused population; house 3,000 individuals and support and stabilize an additional 2,300 households; enhance economic opportunity and community appeal; improve equitable access and outcomes for our unhoused neighbors; scale provider capacity; improve impact through a tightly coordinated, data-driven Homelessness OS; improve coordination of care and unhoused neighbor experiences. This grant will support their mission. In addition to the grant, the organization will participate on race day by volunteering. This is the first year that FindingHomeATX is the beneficiary of the 3M Half Marathon.
“The magnitude of support we are receiving from 3M and the marathoners ensures that FindingHomeATX can house an additional 3,000 people within the next three years,” Lynn Meredith, Chair of FindingHomeATX, said. “This support exemplifies the kind of generosity and caring that Austin is known for and continues to demonstrate.”
The 3M Half Marathon boasts one of the fastest 13.1-mile courses in the country and will celebrate its 29th year running in 2023. Runners will enjoy a point-to-point course with mostly downhill running that showcases some of Austin’s finest locations. Starting in north Austin and finishing near the Texas State Capitol, runners will appreciate a 306’ net elevation drop. Participants can register on the website.
About High Five Events: Beginning with the launch of a single triathlon in 2003, High Five Events has grown to become one of the largest privately owned event production companies in the United States. In addition to the events it owns and produces, the Austin, Texas-based company offers consulting and event production services to dozens of additional events each year. High Five Events is community-centric and has more than 100 years’ combined experience organizing large events across different venue types in a variety of locations.