Kyle Lang will be running 2,967 miles across the United States from North Cove, WA, to Coney Island, NY, to give back to nonprofits in three communities that have had a major impact on his life!
Each organization works to improve the well-being of their respective communities, from eradicating hunger to supporting children in and out of school to providing children and adults with intellectual disabilities opportunities to grow.
Great Rivers United Way
Great Rivers United Way serves four counties in Wisconsin and Minnesota, including La Crosse county, the community in which I was raised. Through collaboration, integrity, and advocacy, they focus on helping to provide the building blocks that establish the foundation for a stable life: education, income, health, and community basics. Programs funded by Great Rivers United Way foster 102,000 annual interactions with residents in the communities they serve. From “Born Learning” trails that encourage families to get outdoors and turn everyday life into learning experiences, to third grade reading initiatives, to tax preparation and filing assistance, to initiatives that promote health and the avoidance of risky behavior, Great Rivers United Way is committed to advancing the common good of the Great Rivers region.
Every Hand Joined
Red Wing, MN
Every Hand Joined is a cradle-to-career initiative serving the community of Red Wing, MN. I had the privilege of interning with Every Hand Joined last summer. Their six networks— early childhood, hunger free kids, youth enrichment, math, literacy, and college/career readiness— are focused on data-driven methods that help to ensure every child in the community has the opportunity to thrive. In all that it does, Every Hand Joined partners with school, business, nonprofit, philanthropic, and civic leaders to truly make raising and supporting youth a community effort.
Special Olympics New Jersey
Special Olympics New Jersey has thirteen locations across the state. They are able to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports— from track to flag football to equestrian— for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. SONJ gives over 25,000 participants opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.