BENEFITING: Robin Hood
ORGANIZER: Robin Hood
EVENT DATE: Nov 02, 2014
Friends, Family, Co-Conspirators, Village,
100 people, $10, 100 hours - can we do it?
I'm excited and scared to run my second NYC Marathon, for the second year in a row. And I am not a competitive runner, by any stretch of the imagination. The past year has been beautiful but tough, both personally and within the political climate of this country: running is my way of making sense of it all, as it has always been for me. The fact that I have the opportunity to both run and raise money for a foundation that does the real work of eradicating poverty and leveling the playing field means so much to me.
Why am I running? Because according to the statistics Black women do not invest in our health and wellness and I am choosing to ignore those statistics. Because of Ferguson - Black lives matter, and by choosing to put in the long hours training, waking up early, hoofing through miles in all kinds of rude weather, dealing with a bad knee and hectic work schedule, I am asserting that my life - my health, self-care, wellness, and ability to care for others and stand strong and firm for what I believe in, matters. I don't run alone - I stand on the shoulders of the Jamaican, Haitian, and American women in my lineage who fought long and hard to make my reality a possibility. They run wtih me and I run to honor their legacy. And for those of you who join my campaign, you run with me too.
All I want for my birthday is to reach my marathon fundraising goal of $1000. There are many choices each of us have to make with our money - family, self-care, other crowdfunding campaigns, school, survival...I do not take the support I receive lightly. To meet my goal of $1000 I am taking a microfinancing approach and asking 100 people to contribute $10 each over the next 100 hours.
What will your donation contribute to?
I am raising $1000 for Robin Hood Foundation, an organization that supports countless non-profits that work to eradicate poverty and educational iniquity.
100% of the funds I raise will go to help New Yorkers in need build better lives for themselves and their families. New York was my first home as a child and has been my home again for the past 6 years - it means so much to me to raise funds for an organization that supports my local community.
Your contribution does the following:
$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 provides a day of high quality preschool for one child.
$100 connects one low-income family to public benefits, social services, and employment counseling.
$200 helps a woman secure a $1,500 microloan to help her launch or expand her own business.
$750 provides a year of basic literacy training and G.E.D. test preparation for one student.
$1000 pays for health care for one adolescent for one year.
$1,500 provides a year of counseling for the family of a child enrolled in pre-school.
$3,000 provides six months of psychiatric treatment for a homeless person.
So the $1000 you help me raise has some serious legs.
In addition to the power of your donation to change the lives of so many New Yorkers, you also will receive a personal gift from me for your donation, "26 Reflections on 26.2 Miles". Every day I am collecting quotes, poems, reflections, and meditations that keep me pushing for what I know is possible. I will compile 26 of these reflections - one for each mile I will run on November 2 - into a digital chapbook that will be emailed to each member of the tribe who's supporting my campaign. You will receive your digital chapbook by December 2, 2014.
Thank you for reading and thank you for your support. Let's do this!