Last year after finishing my very first marathon for my own personal accomplishment, I decided that this year I’m running for others. For the upcoming Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Oct. 13, I have chosen to run for a spectacular charity. Alongside me for this feat is Fort Wayne resident Steven Perez, my stepfather, in his first 26.2-mile race.
One Heart — Many Hands is a nonprofit organization that gathers volunteers and resources together to assist those of low-income, elderly, handicapped and single-parent families to improve living conditions through home repairs and community cleanups. Their mission can range from large conferences scheduled with specific dates to impact an area with hundreds of volunteers to smaller local tasks. The most recent massive project affected the city of Indianapolis during the week of June 16, and for five days approximately 1,500 volunteers from many different states helped with 120 planned projects. One Heart — Many Hands is a great facilitator for others to pay it forward and to apply individual skills to serve those in need.
Since volunteering with my grandmother for the Indianapolis project, OHMH has grown even closer to my heart. During this precious time I connected with my grandmother, who suffers from dementia, in a way I have never witnessed before. To see her love for other people by providing time and service, I saw her more than just my grandmother but as a strong, hardworking, caring woman. While working with this organization, not only does it have a positive impact on those selected for assistance, but it touches the lives of everyone involved.
I spoke to the director of OHMH, George Sisler, and 100 percent of all donations given will go directly to the supplies for the next project. George, who lives in Pickerington, Ohio, just came back from Cuba, and OHMH has decided since the need is so severe, there will be a huge project scheduled to help the clinics in Cuba.
While I work toward this race, any support for the fantastic work this organization is doing to change lives is very much appreciated. To learn more, please check out the website: www.crowdrise.com/oneheart-manyhands/fundraiser/;angelakritsch#sthash.zQSPOt33.dpuf