Running to Support Youth Sports and More
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 • 9:24pm
Dear Fellow Westfield Residents,
I'm running the New York Marathon this November to help raise money for the United Jewish Appeal Federation of New York (UJA).
Part of the reason I'm excited to be running for the UJA is that through the money raised, the UJA helps both kids in our area connect with sports and also helps to fund their charitable work the world over.
Just to tell you a little bit about what the UJA did locally, last year, through the money raised for the Sports for Youth program, the UJA Federation of New York was able to help 1,300 children at a summer camp in Staten Island learn how to swim, 500 kids from Washington Heights learn about team building on the “Reaching for the Sky” challenge course, and 100 underprivileged obese children from the New York area participate in a special physical education program that also teaches about good nutrition and lifestyle habits in a positive and fun way.
And in the wider community, the UJA Federation of New York is always there, providing
- 80,000 low-income NewYorkers with basic groceries and nutritious meals;
- 57,000 struggling NewYorkers with free legal services to prevent evictions and secure essential benefits
- 51,000 unemployed adults with basic job training, counseling, and placement services;
- 12,800 families with safe, affordable child care. 5,000 NewYorkers with temporary shelter, counseling, and financial assistance to prevent homelessness, and
- 3,500 people with emergency cash assistance to cover rent, medical expenses, and groceries.
So I know with every mile I run and every dollar I help to raise, that these local programs that do so much good will continue to flourish and the UJA Federation of New York can continue it's mission.
I hope you'll consider helping to support my run. For more information or to make a donation, please see my link below.