Marine Corps Marathon for T6B
The 6th Branch (T6B) is a nonprofit organization that utilizes the leadership and organizational skills of Veterans to execute aggressive community service initiatives in their local community. They have been improving the quality of life in East Baltimore for five years.
I have been volunteering with T6B since 2011 by participating in their various community service projects. Their latest initiative, The Oliver Community Farm, is one that serves East Baltimore families that continue to live in a food desert. A food desert is a community that has little access to healthy food. When a community lacks healthy food, crime increases, as does individual and community health costs.
Last year, I partnered with another T6B volunteer and we raised over $4,000 for T6B’s initiative named, Rain Barrels for Oliver.
This initiative now increases environmental awareness and water stewardship in East Baltimore's Oliver neighborhood. My agreement to raise money was to complete my first half-marathon, which I completed in September 2013 in Philadelphia.
This year, I decided to complete my first marathon and will participate in The Marine Corps Marathon, in Washington DC, on Sunday, October 26th.
I’ve decided to dedicate this race to help The Oliver Community Farm. My goal is to raise $2620 by Saturday, October 25th. This amount will give T6B a great jump start to continue their initiative of revitalizing this neighborhood by eliminating the food desert that exists in East Baltimore. There is no minimum amount to donate because any amount will help.
For more information about T6B check out: www.the6thbranch.org, www.facebook.com/the6thbranch, and www.twitter.com/the6thbranch
Thank you for considering a donation and helping Baltimore grow stronger, one community at a time.
#TogetherWeGrow #OliverCommunityFarm #The6thBranch
The fundraising goal has been surpassed.
I'm am humbled by the generosity of folks near and far. Until next time, Semper Fi! Oorah!
As many of you know, I’ve been training to complete my first marathon, The Marine Corps Marathon, on October 26th in Washington DC. In conjunction with this challenging goal, I’ve decided to also raise awareness for The 6th Branch, a Veteran led non-profit organization serving Baltimore City.
I selected to raise money for The 6th Branch because I have been inspired by their work since I began volunteering with them in the Winter of 2011. Coincidentally, their 5k run that Spring was the first organized race I completed.
The 6th Branch’s latest initiative is maintaining The Oliver Community Farm. My ambitious goal of raising $2620 will help propel them into their 2015 goals of keeping the farm going for another year.
To learn more about The 6th Branch visit their website http://the6thbranch.org/ or find them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/the6thbranch and Twitter https://twitter.com/the6thbranch
If you’d like to learn more about this campaign, you may visit our fundraising website http://www.gofundme.com/cvkqg4
If you are considering a donation, please keep in mind there is no minimum donation because any amount will be very helpful!
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Since my last Facebook post at the end of August, I noticed the fundraising effort has slowed down while my mileage and training has increased.
I completed my longest run to date yesterday (18 miles) and it was the most difficult three hours and 46 minutes I've ever experienced. I've never been so mentally and physically challenged as I was on that training run (you can see the statistics on my timeline).
If it wasn't for my friend Drew, and the support from those that have already donated, I'm not sure I would have finished, and that is exactly what this campaign is all about: Friends helping friends, neighbors helping neighbors, and strangers helping strangers, all to build a stronger community.
The reason I decided to run my first marathon and help raise funds for The 6th Branch, bridges off this concept of growing communities through teamwork.
You can learn more about this campaign by visiting the link attached to this post. You can learn more about The 6th Branch by visiting their website http://the6thbranch.org/
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