Submitted By: Globall Giving
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One Million Children in Play By 2020
One Million Kids by 2020
Globall Giving was started in 2012 after a single dad from Cedarburg, WI visited Kenya with three soccer balls, He saw how excited a group of 250 children got at a school where the kids did not have balls or shoes and kicked rocks on dirt for recreation. Globall Giving was born after this experience and now our mission is to collect new and gently used sporting equipment, apparel and footwear, and distribute to children in need, both in the U.S. and abroad. The vision for the next five years for Globall Giving is to distribute enough equipment to give one million children a chance to play. Since the inception of the organization, we have reached over 50,000 kids, both in the U.S. and throughout the world. Further, in 2015, we set a goal to impact 25,000 children and have exceeded that goal before June 1st. We have established metrics to hit one million children by 2020, but hope to actually beat that goal.
Who We Service
Globall Giving is servicing children who would otherwise not have access to sporting equipment - those abroad who use rocks as soccer balls and kick with bare feet, and those in the U.S. who live in poverty and are very susceptible to violence, drug use, obesity and teen pregnancy. Further, those who qualify for reduced and/or free lunch programming within our American school systems, and have no recreational programming outside of the confines of their schools walls. We are also servicing schools themselves via a partnership with Playworks and the Boys and Girls Club.
The children living abroad are often living in sheer poverty and it would be without the kindness and hard work of the Peace Corps and our relationship with that organization, that these children and families would not have access to recreational programming. With the partnership that weve established, volunteers are creating programs for children with multiple sports, building sports complexes and teaching children valuable life skills, such as teamwork, morale and compassion. We also work with organizations like Shooting Touch and Pivotal Directions, who are non-religious organizations, taking trips abroad with the intention of helping children learn new skills.
Our innovative way of giving each child a chance to play utilizes sports as an alternative to often dangerous, far more devastating life choices. It also offers sports as a tool for life skill building. Most importantly, by providing equipment to organizations who not only distribute said items but also teach the skills, the children are gaining far more than just a soccer ball or baseball glove; they are being given a true gift of knowledge.
How We Furnish Requests
Our program operates out of Milwaukee, WI in a donated facility near the North Shore. We are continually getting requests for equipment via our many partners and through our website. When receiving requests, we also get background information on current conditions at the request sites. We then ship and/or distribute locally to these organizations who implement programming. We cover all shipping, duties and taxes for international requests and all shipping fees for domestic requests. We require that all recipients send us photos and/or videos of the children using the equipment so we can see the mission in action. This is by far the most rewarding part of what we do, and continually reiterates how valuable these items are for the children receiving them. In Milwaukee, we’ve had children who will be using the equipment actually come to our facility and pick out the items that they wanted. We could see their sheer excitement firsthand but the true magic came from their hugs and well wishes as they walked away with “new” items to use on the field.
NGOs looking for assistance should reach out to our organization directly by emailing
or by visiting our website: www.globallgiving.org. Those wishing to start a collection drive and/or make a donation can reach us at
. We continually welcome new partnerships, collaborations and donations, as that is what makes our organization survive and thrive.
For more information, please contact Liz Braatz, Manager of Operations, at 414-405-3135 or
. You can also visit our website: www.globallgiving.org.
Tags: philanthropy, kids in need, sports, health, teams, poverty, international