Save-A-Joe 5K is a 5K walk/run to support the mission of Save-A-Joe Veteran Charities. The local communities in the Fox Valley help our Veterans with Education, Housing, Therapy, and Finances. The mission of Save-A-Joe, Inc. is to partner with our local small businesses, corporate sponsors, and our community members to raise money to assist these veteran service organizations.
One Hundred Percent of all proceeds will be donated to two organizations this year, one which fights veteran homelessness and the other that carries out “Operation Sweet Tooth” for deployed armed forces.
The Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans (MSHV) is a non-profit agency that provides housing, supportive services and community outreach to help homeless and at-risk veterans and their families achieve self-sufficiency. Founded in 2007 by Vietnam War veteran Bob Adams and Gulf War veteran Dirk Enger, MSHV operates on a vision of no veteran left behind due to homelessness, joblessness, poverty and/or mental health issues.
Operation Sweet Tooth was started years ago and is often referred to as
"Cookies for the Troops.” Supported by Piece-A-Cake Bakery, managed by Diane Ahrens, a veteran herself, this project has sent cookies around the world, mostly to Iraq and Afghanistan, and especially to the USOs.