BENEFITING: Robin Hood
ORGANIZER: Robin Hood Staff
Congratulations- you've landed on my fundraising page for Robin Hood. Thanks for stopping by...get cozy and put on your reading glasses to soak up some knowledge about my experience with this incredible charity.
This wil be my fourth marathon and my second mission for Robin Hood. I'm returning to the Robin Hood team because as a New Yorker, I believe this is one of the most vital charities that contributes to the health and well-being of all New Yorkers by providing necessities for those impoverished such as food, shelter and education.
Here are the cold hard facts, that Robin Hood is fighting to improve:
*55% of all babies born in the City – our neighbors – are born into poverty.
*40% of NYC public school students don't graduate on time.
*Tonight, 36,000 New Yorkers will sleep in shelters; 40% of them are children.
Through my experience with The Eagle Academy, a public school for inner-city males, I saw the funds from Robin Hood used to inspire and help kids achieve academic excellence. What struck me about my time at Eagle is that all of the kids there wanted to be in school, wanted to learn more and wanted to do their best. When I was in middle school, I would come up with elaborate plans to call out sick- think Ferris Bueller's Day Off...Kids at Eagle wouldn't dream of it, given the opportunities available. With over 3,000 applicants for 125 spots in 2010, Robin Hood's help remains necessary to continue to provide a level of education that would otherwise not exist.
With your help, I hope to reach my personal goal of raising $5,000 for the Foundation, which gives 100% of every donation directly to programs helping those who are less fortunate. As you may know, Robin Hood targets poverty in NYC by finding, funding and partnering with 200 of the city's most effective anti-poverty programs and schools. Robin Hood's board of directors underwrites all fundraising and administrative costs- which means every penny of every donation goes directly to the best poverty-fighting programs in the city.
I hope to see you out there on race day cheering Robin Hood and me on to the finish line!
A Message from Robin Hood:
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For the past 4 years, more than 500 Robin Hood runners have crossed the finish line of the ING New York City Marathon. Along the way, these runners have raised nearly $3 million for Robin Hood, helping to feed, shelter and heal our neighbors in need, as well as equipping them with educational and employment opportunities to improve their lives.
This year 150 runners will participate in the marathon as part of Team Robin Hood. Each runner has personally committed to raising $5,000; 100% of which will go to help New Yorkers in need build better lives for themselves and their families.
On race day, November 6, we invite you to join Robin Hood staff, family and friends at our famous Mile-20 block party (just off the 6-train). Cheer your favorite runners on their final leg of the race while rocking out to DJ Bonnie! This big bash also includes a Jumbotron featuring all 45,000+ runners in their glory as they turn off the Willis Avenue Bridge, bleacher seating, Robin Hood t-shirts and cheer-stix.
Please help support these runners and their mission to fight poverty. You can make a donation in support of a particular runner or make a general donation in support of the entire Robin Hood team. Look what your support can help do for the city of New York:
$50 provides a day of preschool and mental-health services for a child with special needs.
$65 pays for an intensive 2.5-hour Saturday morning mentoring and tutoring session.
$200 provides a low-income New Yorker free health care at a neighborhood clinic.
$220 pays for a day of training to become a home health attendant, a job that pays $21,000 a year.
$250 pays for a half-day of training for an unemployed New Yorker to become a commercial truck driver.
$280 enrolls 140 low-income families in public health insurance.
$400 provides six months of psychiatric treatment for a homeless person.
$750 pays for a social worker to provide parenting, education and counseling to one low-income family for a year.
$1,000 pays for screening and diagnosis for cancer.
$1,300 pays for a year of treatment and aid for a child with asthma, reducing school absenteeism by 70% and hospitalization by 100%.
When you race for ROBIN HOOD, you support 200 poverty-fighting schools and programs in all five boroughs. During the race, you will pass through the neighborhoods of ten Robin Hood funded programs. Click here to view the map.