Can running with those experiencing homelessness really change your life? Come find out.
Back on My Feet recruits members at homeless and residential facilities across the country and begins with a member's commitment to run three days a week in the early morning. After 30 days in the program, members with 90% attendance earn the opportunity to move into the second phase of the program called Next Steps, which provides education, employment and housing opportunities.
Our members don’t accomplish this regimen alone. They do it alongside the support of volunteer runners like you.
What’s the Commitment? Volunteers meet in the early morning at one of our locations and run between one and five miles with our members. Back on My Feet sees different physical abilities among members so we encourage all runners, joggers and walkers to become a part of our growing community. We run every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, but the desired volunteer commitment is once a week. If you fall in love with the team (which, we think you will) then join us as often as you'd like.
Can I Help Lead a Team? Of course! Each team has a "core" group of volunteers, people who take on additional responsibilities to help Back on My Feet staff make sure the team is fully functional and organized. Let our program staff know if you are interested in assuming one of these roles.
Do I Need to Do Anything Before Coming Out? Yes! Everyone interested in volunteering with Back on My Feet is asked to attend a 60-minute orientation. At orientation, we talk about our program and mission, discuss issues surrounding homelessness, elaborate on the role of our volunteers and answer questions. We will equip you with all the information needed to get started with a Back on My Feet team, and by the time we finish, you'll be ready (and eager) to get running! We're currently volunteer orientations every other month in the Back on My Feet office from 6-7 PM. If you are unable to attend orientation, we will work with you to pick a day that better suits your schedule.
Looking for Volunteer Opportunities Outside of Morning Runs? We have that too! If you can't make it to morning runs but still want to get involved with Back on My Feet, join our Volunteer Opportunites listserv to get information about specific volunteer opportunities at races and events throughout the year.
Where Are the Runs?
- Team West Philly: 49th & Arch St., Philadelphia, PA, 5:30am
- Team Center City: Broad and Spring Garden, Philadelphia, PA, 5:30am
- Team South Philly: Broad & Bainbridge, Philadelphia, PA, 5:30am
- Team Point Breeze: Morris & Point Breeze Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 5:30am
** YOU MUST REGISTER BELOW TO ATTEND ORIENTATION