The sun still rises -- thank you!
November 17, 2016
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016
I moved to the Bronx in 2013 when I was already pregnant with my daughter Mila. Over the past three years of living here, especially with a small child, I have learned a lot about the lives of other Bronx families. The Bronx is considered the most diverse area in the entire United States. According to the 2013 Census, more than 50% of Bronx residents speak a language other than English at home, and more than one third were born in a different country. This, as you know, I share with them.
The Bronx also contains some of the poorest zip codes in the country, which is remarkable, since, in terms of cost of living, the 5 boroughs rank among the most expensive in the country. It is estimated that about a third of Bronx families live below the poverty line. This means that these families often lack basic access to health care, as well as educational opportunities for their children.
My husband Greg and I are lucky to have stable jobs and amazing health care, so we can bring up our daughter in financial security and provide her with the opportunities necessary for her to become whoever she wants to become. Many other Bronx families don’t have those same opportunities. Yet, they still smile at me every day, or give up their seats for me when I bring home my daughter from daycare on the bus after a long day. They tell my husband, when he takes Mila to daycare in the morning, how nice it has been to see her grow up on their daily commutes.
I don’t only live in the Bronx, but I also work here. The Bx12 bus, which is part of my commute from my home in Riverdale to Fordham University is the most-used bus route in the entire 5 boroughs. It carries almost 50,000 riders every day. While of course it is just a smart decision to use public transit in a city so congested with traffic, this also shows you that many Bronx residents rely on public transit because they cannot afford cars.
BronxWorks gives low-income Bronx families to many important children- and youth programs, such as summer camps, counseling and tutoring. But they don’t only help families – they also support people facing homelessness, provide support for seniors in need of living assistance, as well as for the many immigrants in the community.
As you know, my academic research deals with urban issues, minority identity, and more recently, with urban poverty. This year, I want to give back to my community by raising money for this great organization, and you can help me. I will run my first marathon in their honor, and raise funds for BronxWorks to support all the tremendously important work they do.
The amazing work that BronxWorks does is supported by generous people like you, as well as by funds raised by people running the New York Marathon on November 6, 2016. I have committed to raising $2,500 for BronxWorks. I’ll honor any small donation you can give with my sweat and pain, as well as updates about my ongoing training. I have never run a marathon before (though I helped my friend Mary train for one last year and did several 18-milers with her). I have also run plenty of half-marathons, but, trust me, 26.2 miles (or 42.195 kilometers) is an entirely different ballgame. Tears might be shed.
This is the link to my fundraiser: https://www.crowdrise.com/bronxworksnyc2016/fundraiser/annikahinze
Thank you so much for your help. My fellow Bronxites and I very much appreciate all your help.