Day 306: Harlem RBI
Today is my official birthday and I’ve been overwhelmed by all the birthday messages and donations to my LiveSTRONG fundraiser on Crowdrise. You have truly made my birthday great! Thank you! Mashable even did an article about Living Philanthropic today, so touched by that, thank you for helping spread the word. I’ve been thinking a lot about the past 305 days and what I want to do to continue the mission, more on that later. In the meantime, today’s give goes to Harlem RBI. The most fun I had as a kid was playing little league. I learned the importance of responsibility and contributing to a team, not to mention all the exercise. Baseball is still my favorite sport and I always look forward to the new season. It’s a new beginning, a new year.
Harlem RBI is a dynamic youth-development organization located in East Harlem. Now in their 19th year of service in the East Harlem community, they have developed a unique, year-round sports, education and enrichment program. They also opened the DREAM Charter School in September 2008 where they have expanded their services for the community.
Today, more than 1,000 East Harlem boys and girls, ages 6 to 21, play on a baseball or softball team in the spring and summer. More than 400 of these young people also participate in one or more of our year-round, off the field, youth-development programs. More than 200 volunteers come to East Harlem from all five boroughs to devote more than 24,000 hours a year to coach and mentor the girls and boys of the East Harlem community through Harlem RBI. The mission is to provide inner-city youth with opportunities to play, learn and grow. They use the power of teams to coach, teach and inspire youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams.
Amount Donated: $10
To support Harlem RBI, please visit: http://www.harlemrbi.org