Dear Members of the Social Justice Committee,

Want to give students and faculty a tangible way to help eliminate poverty? As an intern with Partners Worldwide this semester through a business internship sponsored by Calvin, I am very excited to share our Run for Jobs campaign with the Calvin community. I thought the Social Justice Committee might want to be in on the ground level!

The idea is to talk to students and faculty who are either already interested or could be interested in running the 5k, 10k, or 25k for the 5/3 Riverbank Run in May. Partners Worldwide uses the Riverbank Run as a fundraising event to help raise awareness and funds to eliminate the cycle of poverty in developing countries through the creation of sustainable jobs.

It’s quite a simple concept. We want to offer runners the opportunity to run for Partners Worldwide in this race. By signing up, the runner commits to earn as close to $1,000 dollars as possible by talking to friends and family about what $1,000 can do for job creation in the developing world. In return, the runner will get a Partners Worldwide t-shirt for race-day and the satisfaction of using one of their passions to support others worldwide.

Here’s the really cool thing: 1 runner raising $1,000 dollars for the Riverbank Run creates 1 sustainable job in the developing world which transforms and empowers five lives. If this is something that SJC is interested in being a part of, please let me know. I can answer any questions you might have and provide you with additional important information.

Thanks for considering this opportunity!


Emily Keller