I chose to run with Robin Hood, a foundation that partners with over 200 of the most effective nonprofits in NYC to fight poverty. Since 1988, Robin Hood has raised over $2.5 billion and has focused efforts on food distribution, housing, health care, early childhood programs, K-12 education, youth programs, jobs and economic security and legal assistance for New Yorkers in need. Since 2007, Robin Hood runners have raised $7 million.
Throughout my 10 years as a Manhattan resident, the minimum time frame required to "qualify" as a New Yorker, I have volunteered with Food Bank For New York City, NY Common Pantry and City Harvest, opportunities I have found through Robin Hood's partner network. I have been face-to-face with my fellow New Yorkers who graciously accept aid from these programs. I am determined to give back even more to the city that has afforded me with so much opportunity.
It is so easy to make a difference:
- $50 covers the daily wage for one formerly homeless man to participate on a work crew assignment that prepares him for full-time employment.
- $75 feeds a family of three for a week.
- $100 provides one night of safe shelter for a family.
- $360 provides a single immigrant mother with a microloan to start her own business.
- $450 provides immigrant students with a college counselor to help prepare applications for schools, scholarships, and financial aid.
- $1000 provides regular asthma treatment to a child, so they can take fewer sick days from school.