At the annual 5K Race/Walk, NMIC’s supporters were on the move and made huge strides for NMIC and its programs.  

This past November, NMIC hosted its 5K Race/Walk as part of the Generosity 5K Series. Despite the chilly weather, on November 11th sixteen dedicated walkers and runners came to support NMIC and completed 5 miles through the terrain of uptown’s Riverside Park.  

Throughout the event, the environment was warm and lively with a live DJ playing popular tunes and a diverse crowd filled with seniors, mothers, children, amateurs, and avid runners alike who all came to showcase their support for local organizations. Sixteen highly committed individuals were ready to hit the mark in support of NMIC. These passionate supporters made the decision to run in support of NMIC because they have personally been positively impacted by one of the many services provided by NMIC and wanted to pay it forward to ensure others can have the same access to support. Others made the decision to run because of their admiration for the many vital free services and programs NMIC provides. From our Career and Education opportunities for youth in the community to our work with immigration-related matters and many more.  

It was great to arrive and feel the strength and spirit of hundreds of excited runners and walkers. With Maria Lizardo (NMIC’s Executive Director) energizing everyone, the rest was easy. I was impressed with it all and proud to be involved in supporting the great work that NMIC does. My friends at NMICMaria, Sara, Margaret, Jason, Albert, Greg, and really all the staffare such good people and the work really matters. I especially want to shout out to NMIC’s YouthBuild and internship programs… great stuff for the youth. Adelante, NMIC! – David Calvert, Social Justice Runner  

With over 75 donations in total, NMIC’s Social Justice Runners like David were able to raise over $3500, helping NMIC surpass its original fundraising goal of $3000. A special thanks to our runners, Amalia A. Pena, Audrey Jenkins, Caleb Riffey, Daphne A. Rubin-Vega, David Calvert, David Nunez, Jack Coomber, Jason Rodriguez, Jennifer Hidalgo, Maria Guzman-Colon, Maria Lizardo, Mireille Vargas, Rosanna Montilla-Payano, Rose Morales, Ysabel Abreu, and our top fundraiser, Rainiel Lopez. Because of their efforts and the rallying of our community, NMIC can provide students with educational material, support consultations for domestic violence survivors, sustain community organizing workshops, and provide immigration-related legal screening to those in need. Are you interested in running or walking in next year’s event? Email Rosanna Montilla-Payano at