Getting Closer/AE is Awesome

August 1st is coming quickly and I’m definitely feeling a little more pressure. I found another place to stay yesterday and now have every night east of Harrisburg officially covered and confirmed. I am still working on pretty much every where from Harrisburg to the West, including Harrisburg itself. I am getting a lot of help with the search process though and hopefully some leads will begin turning into confirmations. I think they will, but does make me a little anxious being less than 2 weeks away from the start of my walk and not have anywhere to stay for about the first half of my trip. I know it will all work out though.

Aside from that I have just been trying to talk to as many people, organizations, businesses as possible in order to raise as much money and as much awareness as possible. Thank you to all of you for helping me spread the word and for donating. And a special thank you to the American Eagle Foundation. Their funding guidelines stated that they don’t give money to individuals and laid out a number of steps that must be taken before they consider providing funds. Since I wasn’t sure if I as an individual could request funding from there, or if I would have to ask someone from the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to request the funding on my behalf, I sent them an email explaining my situation along with an explanation of what I’m doing, why, and what I hope to accomplish. Within about 20 minutes I received reply from them saying they “absolutely love” what I’m doing and that they had already made a donation in support of my walk. I was really just blown away by that. I couldn’t stop smiling after having opened the email. After having dealt with a number of other large businesses who have pretty much ignored me for the most part, or who make it impossibly difficult to even get to the point of being able to make a formal request, it was extremely refreshing and encouraging to know that there are big companies out there that really do care about making a difference and supporting people in their community. So American Eagle here’s to you, you’re awesome.




About adambrok

My name is Adam Brok. I am a recent graduate of DePauw University, a small liberal arts school in Greencastle, IN, where I was a Philosophy major and Jewish Studies minor. I am also a proud Pittsburgher. I come from a family and environment where helping people in need was just what you did. If you came across a friend, neighbor, or even a complete stranger that was in need of help, you stopped and did what you could to help. It was just as simple as that. As I grew and moved on to college I continued to help where I could. I volunteered as a student friend at a local elementary school where I served as a mentor and tutor to a kindergartner named Jordan and worked with a local church to help run their non-food pantry (where we supplied members of the community on food stamps with essentials like soap, toothpaste, detergent, etc, that cannot be purchased with food stamps). During the summers after my sophomore and junior years respectfully, I volunteered at the University of Pittsburgh Legal Clinic and The Pittsburgh Refugee and Immigration Assistance Center. I also was fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend the spring semester of my junior year in Philadelphia where I was a social work/legal intern in the Juvenile Special Defense Unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia. It was during this semester in Philadelphia that I became really passionate about the issues of hunger and homelessness. It was impossible to walk around downtown Philly for more than ten minutes without seeing someone laying on the sidewalk or sitting in dirty clothes on a park bench asking for food and money. It was a scene I just couldn't get comfortable with seeing. Here I was a young college student without much money of my own, yet I had an apartment I slept in each night and food to wake up to each morning. Why should I be so fortunate and not the guy that slept on the sewer grate every night down the block from my bare, but warm apartment. That is when I decided that I needed to something, something much more and much greater than what I had done in the past. Being an avid exerciser and enjoying taking on physical challenges, I decided that I would walk from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia to raise money and awareness for the hungry and homeless.
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2 Responses to Getting Closer/AE is Awesome

  1. john spear says:

    Good luck and I hope to follow your journey all the way to Philadelphia.

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