"I cannot thank you enough for the coats. That day at the park, I couldn't believe you were all there, letting us try them on, pick out what we wanted and giving them to us for free. None of us could. It felt like Christmas! I wasn't sure why. I thought there was a reason or that we would owe something. But you just said, 'you cared and wanted us to stay warm'. I was feeling like no one cared at that time, but you all did. I had tears and had to hug you. Now I want to be better and do better!" - JEREMY
"You helped me with a room at a hotel during the coldest days of that winter when I was laid off. The shelters were full, I wasn't able to travel and then I got very sick. You took the time to work something out with the hotel owner and I'll never forget how you were there to talk to the owner and assure him. He was so helpful too. When I'm able to, I want to help others. I can't wait for that day - PAUL
"I didn't know the soup kitchen was going to be closed. It was upsetting to see that sign on the door that they had a meeting. A lot of us were waiting but the doors were locked. I walked a long way to get there and I was going to have to walk back home without dinner, in the rain. Then, you showed up with your friends and brought so many pizzas and water. You were like angels!" - SUSAN
"I appreciate the boots, the coat and all the other warm clothes, there is no doubt. But to hear you tell me that 'you believe in me, I'm strong and I can get through this' made me see I'm not as alone as I have felt in the past. When you helped me with the computer stuff for a job and housing,. I realized I have a real opportunity here and I don't want to give up anymore." - JEFFREY
"That day I helped you all give out the coats, boy that was something. The guys couldn't believe that I came though with what I was telling them. That I knew someone and was going to be able to get them warm coats. To be able to give lik that to my friends.... It was a great feeling" - JACOB
"You sat and talked with me that day. People always walked by me. You brought me some food but you wanted to make sure I was alright and safe. I was ashamed of my clothes. I lost my job because I didn't have an alarm clock or car so I was always late. Why try anymore? No one believed I was trying. You did. I cried. I never cry. I work so hard not to. You cried with me. I couldn't believe someone cared and was listening, someone was finally on my side." - ALBERT
BRIAN BILL MEMORIAL FUND
Backyard Humanitarians support events and fundraising efforts for BBMF.
Recent events: Turkey Trot Thanksgiving 2012, Thunder on the Sound September 2012.
Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Brian Robert Bill was killed on August 6, 2011, participating with his SEAL teammates in a daring nighttime mission in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, when the Chinook helicopter they were flying was shot down by enemy fire. Brian was born on August 23, 1979 in Stamford, Connecticut.
It is the purpose of this organization and the members of the Stamford community to honor one of our own, and in doing so, honor all. We seek to do this by erecting a memorial in Brian’s name in Stamford, CT.
James Lacerenza from Stamford has dedicated his life to helping others. He has raised over $120,000 to help kids w/muscular dystrophy, so they can enjoy life.
How inspired would you be if we told you that James was born with cerebral palsy and is in a wheelchair. He put himself through college, helps others and asks for nothing for himself. The generosity of James extends beyond that. He also volunteers and supports Backyard Humanitarian events to help many people in need.
James has faced many challenges, pain and heartache but always maintains a positive attitude and disposition. He needs an aide to help him with daily living needs. Unless we can help him like he's helped others he will have to wait years and will suffer in the meantime.
Backyard Humanitarians can help. Our 1st fundraiser will be a Zumbathon. If you have a fundraiser idea, let us know and we will team up and support your project.
Please save the date Tuesday, 7/30 & TUESDAY 8/6 7:15 pm and join us for an inspiring event where you can make a very big difference! Help someone right here in your own backyard w/an uplifting evening of Zumba with Backyard Humanitarian, Fitness For Your Cause and The Elks Lodge!
James Lacerenza from Stamford was born in 1987 has dedicated his life to helping others. At 11 years old he started volunteering for the MDA and at 18 he founded ConnectiKids. In 2011, he added The Jett Foundation for Muscular Dystrophy's Camp Promise East in Hebron, CT. He has raised over $120,000 to help kids w/muscular dystrophy, so they can enjoy life.
James was born with cerebral palsy and is in a wheelchair. He put himself through college, helps others and asks for nothing for himself. The generosity of James extends even beyond that. He also volunteers and supports Backyard Humanitarian events to help many people in need. Right now he's working on a big event for MDA for March 17th which is 'Stamford Against Dystrophy Day" and also James' Birthday! James has faced many challenges, pain and heartache but always maintains a positive attitude and disposition.
Now he needs our help! He needs a Nurse's Aide to help him with daily living needs. Unless we can help him like he's helped others he will have to wait years and will suffer in the meantime.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: Attend the Zumba event to make a donation. Thank you Michele Ayoub Fitness For Your Cause and Shalaine Mac for awesome Zumba dancing!
Email: email@example.com for more details. If you can't attend but would like to help please contact us. Thank you!
Special Thank You to The Elks Lodge Stamford for their generous donation!
Volunteer to help the Boys & Girls Club of Stamford - RFR 5K Run Thursday May 16th, 6:30pm
BH Volunteer Opp this Thursday 5/16 at 6:30pm to help out The Boys & Girls Club for the RFR 5K run on 5/16. The race starts at 7pm (to help w/water stations etc). All volunteers will receive a Free race volunteer Tshirt. Please let us know your interest asap - Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up and give the amount of time that works for you. http://www.bgcastamford.org/
Our goal is to raise $25,000 to help James. He needs to get a Nurse's Aide to help him with daily living needs.
Olio Restaurant is partnering up with Backyard Humanitarian once again, this time it is to raise money for James Lacerenza. Olio is donating 20% of all proceeds directly to James including 100% of the tips from the Olio staff. We are looking forward to a wonderful evening with good food & lots of great people! Reservations are strongly suggested!
Please note: Because this is a fundraising event for James, the goal is to turn tables so we can raise money. Please keep this in mind that evening when dining. We don't want anybody to rush through their meals of course, but when you are done, please give up your table promptly for the next guests. We appreciate it!! :)
About James: James Lacerenza from Stamford was born in 1987 has dedicated his life to helping others. At 11 years old he started volunteering for the MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) and at 18 he founded ConnectiKids. http://www.mdactkids.org/ In 2011, he added The Jett Foundation for Muscular Dystrophy's Camp Promise East in Hebron, CT. He has raised over $135,000 to help kids w/muscular dystrophy, so they can enjoy life.
James was born with cerebral palsy and is in a wheelchair. He put himself through college, helps others and asks for nothing for himself. He also volunteers and supports Backyard Humanitarian events to help many people in need. March 17th is 'Stamford Against Dystrophy Day" and also James' Birthday! He is a true inspiration and it would be great if we could help him get the help he needs. Thank you so much! Love, Angela
Josh & Tyler Stephens Walkathon at Cove Island Park April 27th, 9am - 3pm
Join us and new Backyard Humanitarians, Davenport School Gator Greats, to support the J&T Walk-A-Thon to support the Stephens family mission to give back to kids in our community.
There will be food and fun for the whole family all day. We are here to help raise money for this memorial fund that helps make a positive difference for so many children. The Gator Greats worked very hard to help with this event. We appreciate all your support and encouragement.
About the J&T Memorial Fund: http://joshandtylermemfund.com/ This fund was set-up in memory of Josh and Tyler who were just 9 and 5 when tragedy struck and these 2 beautiful brothers passed away too soon. The fund has been created to give children the opportunity to achieve their personal best by providing a monetary resource to those who would not otherwise be able to participate or experience their dream. To enable children to grow and seek to inspire attributes that develop sound character and in return be an important part of our community.
The J&T Fund has sponsored: -Over 17 Stamford elementary and middle school boys to play in the Stamford Youth Football League -7 Stamford elementary and middle school girls to cheerlead in the Stamford Youth Football League -One boy to play on the Stamford Youth Basketball Travel Team 2011-2012 -Awarded several elementary and middle schools libraries with over 100 books to promote literacy 2010 and 2011.
The goal for the “Celebration of Life/ J&T FUND” is to help as many kids as we can to always look to a brighter tomorrow
Ferguson Library Annual Fundraiser April 25th
Backyard Humanitarians can support the Ferguson Library Annual Fundraiser by volunteering or attending. Volunteer: 1:00-3:00 - 2 to help set up 4:00-5:00 - 2 to help vendors unload (no heavy lifting, just direction) 6:00-8:00 - 1 to assist/guard auction jewelry and coat 5:30-7:30PM - 1 at front door to hand out glasses Attend: Reservations
Details about the event: Join us for a fun-filled evening to benefit the Library. This year we are pleased to honor John H. Stewart, President and Chief Executive Officer, Purdue Pharma, L.P. In addition to great food, wine and beer tastings, and jazz with Cookie Thomas and his band, you'll be astounded by the magic of Ryan Oakes. Tickets are $125. For reservations click below or call 203 351-8205. We hope to see you here! Location: Main Library