BENEFITING: Horizons For Homeless Children
ORGANIZER: Horizons For Homeless Children
EVENT: Boston Marathon 2014
EVENT DATE: Apr 21, 2014
I've worked with Horizons for Homeless Children for the past three years as a Playspace Activity Leader (PAL) at Just A Start House, a local shelter for young mothers and their children. I can say with confidence that this experience has been one of the most meaningful and rewarding in my life. Every Wednesday, my fellow PALs and I spend an hour and a half playing with kids ranging in age from infants to about 4 years old. We do our best to play with the children in a way that encourages healthy cognitive and social development, while also letting the moms have a chance to focus on things like chores or schoolwork.
Homelessness affects so many familes and young children in Massachusetts and nationwide, and often those chlidren most at risk of later problems are also those who are least likely to receive services that could benefit them. Horizons for Homeless Children works to remedy some of these inequalities and injustices by providing educational and other opportunities for homeless children
Over the past 13 years, the Run for Homeless Children team has raised more than $1.2 million to improve the lives of young homeless children and their families. Each year, a team of passionate and committed supporters runs the Boston Marathon to fundraise and spread the word about the crisis of child and family homelessness.
Learn more about Horizons for Homeless Children at www.horizonschildren.org.
Since moving to Boston almost four years ago, running has been a huge part of my life outside of work. In running, specifically with my running club the Somerville Road Runners, I've found a community of incredibly friendly and supportive people. In fact, joining the club motivated me to start running marathons in the first place! This year will be my fourth Boston Marathon and my first attempt at fundraising. I've never felt comfortable asking for money, but this is clearly a cause I believe in, and I hope that my friends and family will help in supporting this important organization.
The Boston Marathon has long been a time for communities to come together to run, cheer, and support each other. Our thoughts will always be with those affected by last year's tragedy, and those who are still recovering.