I have surpassed my fundraising goal - THANK YOU!!
April 10, 2017
BENEFITING: FamilyAid Boston
ORGANIZER: FamilyAid Boston
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
My story is my connection to Boston:
“A life without cause is a life without effect.” – Paulo Coelho.
When I think of running the Boston Marathon, arguably one of the most prestigious and storied marathons, I think of the kind of effect I can have on the Boston community through running: the place I beam with pride when talking about; the place that has given me so much to be grateful for; the place that I love to now call my home. And that is my connection: a place to call home.
I believe that home is a place where you should be able to lay your head a night after a long, hard day’s work and safely dream of a better life; it’s a place where you should always be able find a support system. I, along with many others, have been extremely fortunate to grow up in an environment that is safe and stable; a place, along with a wonderful support system, to serve as the strong foundation in which other successes can be built upon. However, this is not such the case for so many families in Boston.
In fact, the number of homeless families in Boston has grown 34% in just the past four years. Due to stagnant wages, skyrocketing rents, and a lack of affordable housing in Boston, many working families find themselves unable to obtain and sustain housing in an increasingly competitive market. And that’s just one of many staggering facts that has fueled this non-profit organization over the last century. From its humble beginnings in 1916, FamilyAid Boston was founded to help new immigrants find housing, shelter, jobs, and services and now serves 800 families (including 1,500 children) each year.
And so, this year I am beyond humbled and honored to say that I am running to 2017 Boston Marathon on behalf of FamilyAid Boston, knowing that I can provide the greatest positive effect for a cause that I believe so strongly in: preventing--and ultimately ending--homelessness by funding the support services for families in need and, therefore, giving back to the community members of my favorite place in the entire world; my home, Boston.
I am so inspired by FamilyAid Boston’s heroic civic engagement in the fight against homelessness and hope that you will support me in my efforts to run 26.2 miles on April 17, 2017 and raise $7,000 for this notable cause.
How can you help?
“I believe that running is a gift…and that it never takes more than it gives back.”
^^This is my personal running mantra. It is something that I carry with me every step of the way during all my runs and will definitely be on my mind as I take on the great challenge of running my very first marathon! Nothing would mean more to me, or make my heart burst at its seams, than having your unwavering support during this journey to the great 26.2 and aiding me in my goal of giving back $7,000 to local families in need!
No matter how much marathon training takes away from me (guaranteed: many toenails, hours of sleep, and possibility my sanity at moments), it won’t be able to top the amount that we, together, can give back to this community. A donation of any size is not only greatly appreciated, but also brings me one step closer to my fundraising goal of positively effecting Boston families in need so that they, too, may have the proper foundation to begin to build their own successes upon.
If you’re not quite sure what to give, here are some helpful starting points:
** Most importantly, please make sure to include a special message/some inspirational words of encouragement along with your donation. Your kind words and loving support will most definitely fuel me during the tough mental and physical training moments. **
- $26.20 which serves as one dollar for every mile I run on the hallowed grounds of the great Boston Marathon or $52.40—double the amount of 26.2—to pretend you’re running the actual 26.2 miles right next to me.
- $35 feeds a homeless family in a shelter for just one day.
- $75 connects a homeless mother or father with an employment specialist who will help him/her write a resume and begin a job search, but $150 can help both parents (or two separate families) get ahead.
- $92 which represents the 92 cents of every dollar spent at FamilyAid Boston that goes directly to helping homeless families (or you can just round up for an even $100).
- $300 ensures that an on-call worker is available 24/7 for one week to place homeless families in emergency shelters.
- $500 connects 6 families living in shelter with a social worker who will help them save money, get the services they need, and create a plan to get them back into housing.
- $1,500 is the average cost to resolve an at-risk family’s housing crisis, keeping them in their home and out of shelter.
The mission of FamilyAid Boston is to prevent and end homelessness, one family at a time. Each night, thousands of families in Massachusetts are sleeping in shelters because they cannot afford the high cost of housing. Others have no choice but to spend the night in their cars, emergency rooms, or even on the streets.
By supporting FamilyAid Boston’s 2017 Boston Marathon team, you are helping us to prevent families from losing their homes, provide shelter for homeless parents and children, and develop more affordable permanent housing in Boston. We hope you will join us in our efforts to create a city in which every parent and child has access to safe, stable housing.
To learn more about FamilyAid Boston, its mission, and life-changing services provided, as well as other ways that you can get involved and make an everlasting, positive impact on these Boston families in need, please visit: http://www.familyaidboston.org