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Start Date: March 12, 2020
I will be running my first full marathon (26.2 miles) at the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and I will be running for charity. I have chosen the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels (or simply, Mission OLA) located in the West Side of Chicago.
Mission OLA is located in the West Humboldt Park area in Chicago's West Side. This is one of the most challenged neighborhoods in the United States - 97% of kids qualify for free or reduced lunch, and 42% of the adult population is unemployed. That's on a "normal" basis. Now, closures of schools and small businesses are leading to increased food insecurity in this already vulnerable neighborhood. Mission OLA is directly facing these challenges exacerbated by the coronavirus crisis by feeding and providing basic necessities to families, kids and seniors in need.
I humbly ask for your support as I embark on this journey. Every dollar not only helps me get to the starting line but, more importantly, helps those in dire need during this global crisis. If you are unable to donate, I would greatly appreciate if you would share to spread the word. Every $1 helps and ALL MONEY goes directly to the Mission.
Donate directly to my page here: https://missionola.wonderwe.com/tdeo8dh
Mission of Our Lady of the Angels exists to provide material and spiritual support to the West Humboldt Park, Chicago - one of the most challenged neighborhoods in the United States. The Mission feeds about 1,000 families a month, provides additional material and pastoral support to families, youth, and senior citizens, and, most importantly, brings the love of Christ to a neighborhood desperately in need of hope.
Funds raised from Team OLA 2020 will be used to complete the renovation & begin the programing out of the Mission's new outreach center to the poor in West Humboldt Park, Chicago. The new outreach center will provide the very needed space for the Mission's donation storage/ distribution, a handicapped accessible kitchen/ dining room, meeting space for neighborhood and retreat groups, and a 45+ bedroom retreat center for volunteers and retreat guests. We are very excited to be opening this facility in 2020!
Information about the Mission at www.missionola.com
Information about the outreach center renovation project at https://missionola.com/school.html
We need your help to complete this project! Be part of the miracle that is TEAM OLA!
The Mission is a 501(c)(3) and relies entirely on the donations of private donors.