We are starting an exercise club for the homeless in Northampton. Our goal is to use physical fitness to revive confidence and self-esteem.
My name’s Reed Fox and I'm helping homeless men and women get off the streets. I volunteer for Street Soccer USA, a non-profit organization that uses soccer as a tool for social change for the homeless and gets 75% of its participants off the streets within a year. I’m a sophomore Commonwealth Honors College student at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Although I'm only 19 years old, I have seen the power of physical activity on homeless men, women and children. I know that this club will be successful and will be very beneficial to the town of Northampton. As a college student, I have very limited financial resources to contribute to this venture so I'm asking for your help.
Our wonderful partner from the Mercy House for the Homeless, Doreen Fadus and I
Our tipping point of $1000 will provide all of our participants with healthy snacks, socks, a t-shirt and running shoes. We will be able to support about a dozen participants with this money. We plan to reach out to apparel stores for a community discount so we can distribute even more gear. If we reach our goal of $2000, we will be able to provide our participants with hoodies, which will be vital in these cold winter months. Again, we'll look to receive any discounts possible to have as many hoodies as possible for our participants. We will also be able to sponsor our members to participate in different road races (which cost anywhere from $10 to $50 each) around the area. Road races are very popular in the Pioneer Valley, especially charity runs such as the Citizens First Hot Chocolate Run and Autism Speaks 5K.