The Neighborhood Heroes Launch
Organized by: becky russell
Being rased in a poverty stricken single parent home, I experiened many situations that I will never forget. Not having a mentor or anyone to talk to, I frequently went through them alone. Right after graduating high school, In 1999 I was employed with the YMCA after school program working with inner city middle school aged kids. Over the next 12 years, I was heavily involved in not only their welfare but the community I lived in as well. Every year from 1999, I organized at least one project dedicated to the betterment of the community. Whether it was clothing drives for the homeless, cleaning supply drives after the floods in Nashville, hygeine drives for the homeless, or just fundraisers for the YMCA, I enjoyed making a difference in my city. Fast forward 15 years later, I am still heavily involved with the community. Being a new resdent of Atlanta, I quickly gravitated towards teens, which also happened to be friends of my 15 yr old daughter. I have done numerous activities with them as well.
The purpose of The Neighborhood Heroes is to continue giving back to the community but with the help of teenage volunteers. In doing so, I plan on teaching the youth the power of giving back and how to have fun doing it. The nonprofit will allow the kids to earn community service hours needed for graduation. In the future I hope to open up a small center for teens to go after school to stay safe and also learn about entrepreneurship. This is 5 years down he road though!
A portion of this fundraiser will fund the cost for filing the paperwork and finalizing the process for making this an official non-profit 501(c)3. The other portion will go towards the first project I am planning for early 2015 to help educate and empower young women ages 15-18. The money will provide t shirts, promotional materials and reserve the facility needed to host the event.