Writing this as I'm sitting down at home after making a big material donation (clothes, hats, gloves, toiletries, etc) to The City Mission followed by dropping off several hundred dollars to St. Herman's House in Ohio City. YOU are 100% responsible for this, so THANK YOU.
I considered just depositing the cash raised and writing a check to St. Herman's and sending in the mail but last minute decided I wanted to stop by and check out the operation. It was a decision I don't regret and won't soon forget. It raised me up in a way I needed and made me realize that what we are doing together is good, good work. I have to be honest, sometimes I question if the time invested in the group is worth it. Is it sustainable? Do I enjoy it that much? Is it too...WEIRD of a running group? I'll tell you that after today and seeing where the money we raise goes to, you can't put a number on what it's worth. It's priceless. If no one reads this, I have every intention of using this to look back on when I'm doubting what we're doing.
*PS: working on volunteer opportunities for the group to take part in around the city. Stay tuned!
I feel incredibly honored and grateful to be leading a group that acts as a catalyst to help out around Cleveland in a very small but very important way. WE, together (if you're reading this chances are you've helped Run Wild CLE out sometime along the way) are doing good work and I want to write this and share that your donations go so much further than you can imagine. Thank you for not only buying into the quirkiness of the group and the off the wall runs, but for also buying into the efforts we put out on top of the tough physical effort!
We show up, we run, we drink beer, most give some type of donation and we go home. It might make you feel good in the moment and you'll soon forget it, too. This blog is to THANK YOU because you're helping people that need help and truly changes their lives. Please know this and remember it.
I was invited into St. Herman's House for a cup of coffee when dropping off the donation and was truly floored at the operation and the work they were doing in front of me. Volunteers and workers running around cooking a hot meal, some unloading a truck full of donated coats and a number of what I assume were homeless folks being treated like decent human beings given coffee, meals, coats for those that didn't have one and someone to look them in the eye.
I had to fill out a receipt and the volunteer told me he'd be back in a minute to give me my copy. There was a gentleman by the name of Dave standing across from me while I was telling the Director who I was and what Run Wild CLE is about. The director walked into the other room and Dave must have been listening. He was awkwardly staring at me for a good minute. He slowly reached out his hand. "Thank you", he said. "I've spent many nights at this place and it's truly the most unique. It's unlike anything else. It's the only place you can show up to at 3am to warm up and ask for a sandwich. They do incredible work here."
St. Herman's helped Dave get back on his feet when he needed help the most. He said, "If it wasn't for this place, Lord knows where I'd be or if I even would be." He's now living in Lakewood in subsidized housing with a job and still finds the time to come back to the house several times a week to give back to a place that gave him so much.
Whether you run with Run Wild CLE and donate to our charities of choice or volunteer your time elsewhere, you're doing incredible work for brothers and sisters who need our help. In a fast paced world where we so easily get distracted we often forget about these people and these places. It's not always the big donations, it's not always the big ideas. It's the constant empathy and care for the less fortunate that makes the biggest difference. Chip away a little at a time and I truly believe the world is a better place for it. Make it a goal to volunteer once a month. Make it a goal to buy 2 less beers a week and at the end of the month, consider a charitable donation to a good cause with the money you saved up. Little things. Big differences.
Stay up with what we're doing, come out and run and know that you're truly making a difference. Even if you show up, NEVER donate but bring a good energy to the group, I want to thank you just the same. It's so crucial to the success of this group and especially to me.
Join us this Thursday at Platform Beer Co. for a run that will benefit St. Malachi in Ohio City. Platform will be donating $1 per beer to our cause. Also, we will be donating to St. Malachi through the Gates Foundation as during the month of November they have generously agreed to match charitable donations of up to $1,000 so whatever we raise this Thursday will be doubled!
***100% of your donations go toward the charity of the week.
RUN WILD. DO GOOD.