I was contacted by a representative of The Fresh Air Fund the other day after she came across my posts about running this weekend's Equinox Marathon as a charity and my volunteering for Fairbanks Counseling & Adoption's Street Outreach & Advocacy Program. The first is related to my love of running marathons while the other is related to my volunteer year of service to the at-risk youth homeless population within Fairbanks, Alaska. I want to take a moment to challenge you to take a deeper look into non-profit organizations like The Fresh Air Fund and leave it up to you to make a difference in disadvantaged communities in your local area or elsewhere.
The organization's "About Us" page sums up what they do perfectly:
Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences in the country to more than 1.7 million New York City children from disadvantaged communities. Each year, thousands of children visit volunteer host families in 13 states and Canada through the Friendly Town Program or attend Fresh Air Fund camps.
How could I not help spread the word in a great cause. This fall, The Fresh Air Fund has teamed up with the 2010 ING NYC Marathon, which is being run on November 7th. They are currently looking for participants and volunteers to be a part of one of the greatest races in the world. Consider helping them expand on their huge success from earlier this year in March's 2010 NYC Half Marathon where they raised $100,000. Over the past four years, they've raised over $400,000. Amazing work is being done by amazing people. You can be amazing and help, too. Just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-897-8890 to learn more.