January Karma: Athlete’s First benefitting the Orangewood Foundation

 

Every year Orange County’s premier sport’s agency, Athlete’s First, raises money for the Orangewood Foundation, a home for abused and disadvantaged children in Orange County. We, at Grit Cycle, can’t think of a better cause to contribute our time, energy, and money to than to youths in need. Therefore for January we will be donating our Karma rides to Athlete’s First for the Orangewood Foundation.

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At its most urgent purpose, Orangewood is a safe haven for abused youth. Orangewood provides transitional housing for children being abused, survivors of sex trafficking, and adolescents who are homeless. In addition, these residences are staffed with employees specialized in treating minors exposed to these traumas.

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Each year Orangewood helps over 2,000 kids in the foster care system. And these are not just meeting their food and shelter needs; Orangewood also provides education, life skills, and professional knowledge about the workplace-an understanding of things that are typically learned in a stable home life situation {discernment some of us take for granted.}

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Unfortunately problems for youths in the foster care system don’t miraculously disappear once they reach the age of 18. Many have erratic housing or are homeless; some are underemployed or un-employed. Orangewood tries to help provide basic aid with “non-perishable food, toiletries, and hot lunches.”

In the last year Orangewood Foundation was able to:

  • Provide assistance to 506 youth in the Orangewood Resource Center in a total of 4,332 visits.
  • Distribute 875 bags of groceries and 673 bags of toiletries.
  • Serve 2,353 hot meals to 279 youth.
  • Serve as the official mailing address for 101 youth who have no stable living arrangements.
  • Provide laundry facilities to 76 youth.
  • Provide computer access to 270 youth.

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These children deserve a foundation and all the support we can provide; we are honored to work with Athlete’s First to contribute to their future.  We have two Karma Rides taking place this month to raise money for Orangewood:

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Our first is with Kelli + Dani on Sunday January 15th at 12pm at our Costa Mesa studio.

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And our second karma ride takes place with Steph and Lisa on Friday January 20th at 5:30pm at our Monarch Beach studio.

We welcome you to come ride with us to raise money for this great cause. If you are unable to make these rides, but would still like to donate, you can donate at either of our front desks.

In gratitude,

Grit Cycle

 

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