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Look What You Helped Us Accomplish in 2020
Posted By:  Austin Alley
Thursday, December 17, 2020

2020… What a year to remember and what a year to forget. It was a year of ups and downs for everyone, and the Within Reach Foundation was no exception. However – despite all of the challenges – Allen and the rest of the foundation were still able to accomplish a lot in the community between a mix of old programs and new initiatives.

To begin the year, Allen pledged to launch his second Reach For A Book Reading Zone at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago. While he was unable to officially launch the new Reading Zone this year due to the facilities’ COVID-19 restrictions, the foundation plans to move forward with the program in 2021, providing a safe and comfortable space to read with over 1,200 age appropriate books.

Like most other organizations, the Within Reach Foundation had to make adjustments once the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March. With new and more urgent needs arising in the community, Allen took action and launched a hunger relief campaign, donating $12,000 himself and encouraging the community to match his $12k. They did more than match it. Through the $12k for #12 campaign, over $58,000 was raised, which provided well over 96,000 lbs. of food to Chicago families in need through partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Allen was so inspired by this outreach that he decided later in the year to officially incorporate hunger relief into his foundation’s mission.

In furtherance of the COVID-19 relief efforts, the Within Reach Foundation partnered with Team NSR, a conglomeration of local IT companies, to provide $10,000 worth of PPE masks to Chicago families in need. Over 30,000 surgical masks were distributed, ensuring the city's most vulnerable citizens have the PPE needed to stay healthy and safe.

Returning to his philanthropic roots, Allen also participated in a literacy program offered by the Chicago Public Library to promote reading for Chicago’s youth, who continue to learn from home. ‘Live from the Library’ is a virtual story time in which noteworthy Chicago residents read a children’s book on a livestream to inspire kids to pick up their own books. Allen read his favorite children’s book, I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick D. Barnes.

Community outreach wasn’t the only thing the Within Reach Foundation was able to accomplish this year. In October, Allen hosted his annual An Evening Within Reach event fully virtually. The event featured live entertainment by DJ Flipside and appearances from Allen and his fellow Bears Wide Receivers. Guests enjoyed a stay-at-home steak dinner from Morton’s and bid on dozens of once-in-a-lifetime auction packages. More than $117,000 was raised through this virtual event, including a personal donation of $40,000.

2020 proved to be a challenging but successful year for Allen Robinson’s Within Reach Foundation. The mixture of new and old programming enriched the lives of thousands of people across the city of Chicago. In spite of the uncertainty that 2020 brought with it, Within Reach Foundation sponsors and donors came through in a big way, creating a successful virtual event and even an impactful hunger relief campaign. We are so grateful for the continued support we receive in the community and look forward to changing even more lives in 2021!



 
 

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IMPACT

The goal of the Allen Robinson's Within Reach Foundation is to impact 5,000 students by the end of 2020 through all outreach programs.            

NEED

Children who do not have access to self-selected books read at levels nearly 50-percent below their peers who have access to self-selected books.

WHY?

Since joining the Bears in February of 2018, Allen has quickly become one of the most involved players in the Chicago community, receiving the Bears Walter Payton Man of the Year nomination and the Ed Block Courage Award.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE
IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.

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