Well, I think I’m going to be able to blog some more next week because I’ve made a deal with the hubster where I may get some time a couple of the mornings. We’ll have to see how it goes and of course I won’t hold my breath.
But first on the agenda, a man I’ve been wanting to write about for some time, to recognize his good deeds as they do not go unnoticed. Adam Van Bavel. He is local to Baltimore, MD and always has a lot projects going on. I met him years ago through mutual friends, and we keep in touch thanks to social media.
He just finished up an event that lasted the month of October for “Mustaches for Kids Baltimore” where he grows his mustache out and raises money to benefit classrooms in Baltimore City. Adam’s classrooms specifically are Westport, Violetville, Lakeland, Cherry Hill, Bay-Brook & Curtis Bay schools. The purpose of the mustache is to raise awareness just like the mustaches for Movember’s prostate cancer campaign. He’s been doing this for the past four years and is still going strong. Mustaches for Kids Baltimore just celebrated their 5th year in Baltimore as well as their 5th year as the 3rd best affiliate in the country having raised almost $50,000 this year! Although the event only lasts for the month of October and he has since returned to his bare face again, the website DonorsChoose.org continues to take donations all year round. The money goes to Baltimore City classrooms to fund what they are in need of. For example, art supplies, books, instruments, or carpeting just to name a few. The page displays the amount of money raised and the classrooms that have reached the funds to accomplish their goals. It is a wonderful thing to be a part of and what a great way to spend your hard earned money! One way to really give back in more ways than one. These kinds of things affect how a child may learn, which in turn affects who they become. Important stuff. There is no set limit on what you can give, so give away!
Another passion that Adam has is for the furry friends of Baltimore. He works closely with BARCS (Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter) and supports the Maryland SPCA and the Baltimore Humane Society constantly promoting, raising funds and finding homes for animals. You can see that he really cares for the animals because he is so diligent and steadfast. He’s not a fair-weather advocate, doing things only when convenient, he is the real deal, consistent and intent in his work. He is also working to improve local dog parks. And if you have a dog and live in the city, you know how important those parks are!
Just a little fun fact about Adam is that he won ‘Best Do-Gooder’ in the City Paper’s Readers Poll in 2010, 2011, AND 2012. Ray Rice got second place. Wowsers. That is some good getting done!
All of this while making time for a relationship and this guy is getting married in just a couple of weeks! Congratulations all around!
If you would like to learn more about Adam, you can check out these websites:
People like this are a needle in a haystack in our current world, so we should get inspired and motivated to do some good on our own initiative. As I get older, I have more and more respect for those that are passionate, consistent, devoted and hardworking. There is something to be said for this kind of person. Which brings me to this…..Is there a cause that you care about? Is there a way that you could help someone else, or a group out by giving your time, energy, or other means? Maybe more than once even?
“If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody, you’ll end up not doing nothing for nobody.” ~ Malcom Bane