Victoria Baena via Crowdrise
November 29, 2012
BENEFITING: Harvard College Marathon Challenge
ORGANIZER: Harvard College Marathon Challenge
EVENT: 2013 Boston Marathon
Harvard College Marathon Challenge (HCMC) is an organized group of Harvard students, employees, and alums that raises money to benefit Boston-area youth and families by running the Boston Marathon. Your donation to HCMC will benefit the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) Summer Urban Program. This is a series of 12 day camps serving over 800 children from underprivileged communities throughout Boston and Cambridge. The mornings are spent in academic enrichment and ESL tutoring, since many of the children are from immigrant families, followed by daily field trips in the afternoons. Harvard undergraduates serve as directors, and also hire about 80 junior counselors - high school students who are often former campers - to provide summer jobs to teenagers in these same low-income areas.
PBHA was one of the first organizations I joined on campus September of my freshman year, an involvement I continued by serving as a Program Director last fall. The program for which I've volunteered is a term-time continuation of the Summer Urban Program, providing after-school ESL tutoring for the same students attending the summer camps. Both the Summer Urban Program and its term-time equivalent provide not only a supplement to these children's academic work (in public schools that are usually under-staffed and under-funded), but also the kind of continuity that their lives too often lack.
In short, I couldn't recommend the program enough. Running has been a part of my life for almost ten years, and I'm so excited to run my first marathon while also supporting such a wonderful organization.
Thank you in advance for your generosity!