Puppies Behind Bars is the first organization that the Jarett Yoder Memorial Fund chose to donate too. The organization struck my eye as it supports wounded vets from OIF/OEF with the help of a free service dog. Jarett served in both OIF/OEF therefore it definitely hit home. Also, Jarett has always been passionate about animals, especially dogs. He would have loved this program. It is beneficial to all people involved, including the inmates. The inmates are the ones who train the puppies, which also gives them a sense of belonging and responsibility. We will be able to name a puppy as they become available. Follow the page for updates.
UPDATE: Longbow was born on April 10, 2014 and currently resides in Fishkill, NY. She is the sweets puppy and I can’t wait to follow her journey. I am fortunate enough to have met her during a ceremony at the facility in July. Her trainer is very passionate and writes letters every quarter and sends along photos! I will update as I receive them!
Animal Rescue League of Berks County is another organization that I chose to support. All of the proceeds from the Salon EveLeila fundraiser were donated to ARL. The Animal Rescue League is very involved in the local community and I was glad we could be a part of it. There are many volunteering opportunities to get out if you are ever looking to hang out with some cool pups! Again, the main reason we chose this charity is to help local organizations as well as local animals. Jarett’s passions are what I aim for when looking for charities. Also, ARL has a program called Patriotic Paws which helps local veterans with service-related disabilities adopt dogs at no charge.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Berks County was the receipent of the proceeds from the Jarett Yoder Memorial 6k that was held on September 14, 2013. I chose this organization mainly because it is a smaller, local organization that helps mentor local children. Big Brothers Big Sisters has a few different programs to focus on the needs of different children in different manors. Jarett and I both have a soft spot for children and this is a way to give back. Check out their website and they are always looking for volunteers! There are some pretty great people there
2nd Annual Jarett Yoder Fundraiser at Salon EveLeila was held on June 29, 2014. This years event was a huge success, again! Mindy, and I decide together to donate the proceeds from this years event to Friends of Berks County Sherif K-9. Thanks to Mindy, and her team for putting together an amazing event, we were able to donate $1553.25!
In the month of August, Megan Specht contacted me in regards to a fundraiser that her company, RevSpring, Inc. was having. She asked if it was okay if they would donate half of the proceeds to the Jarett Yoder Memorial Fund! Heck yeah! I was so honored that she continues to keep us in her thoughts! When asked where her proceeds would go, Megan and I talked over a couple ideas I gave her, and ended up agreeing on Keystone Iron Warriors. Please check out their website, they do AMAZING things within our community. I was honored to donate $867.56 to the Keystone Iron Warriors on October 19, 2014 at the Chicken Bake! I am confident they will continue to help amazing veterans and I look forward to working together in the future!
The 2nd Annual Jarett Yoder Memorial 6K was held on September 13, 2014 at The Reading Liederkranz. Once again, this years proceeds were being donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Berks County. The weather was looking a little bit sketchy this year! However, due to the amazing supporters we had a great turnout! Over 140 registered runners and walkers! We had 40 day of registrants during the rain! I was so so excited (and relieved!). Thank you to everyone who made this day possible! The Jarett Yoder Memorial Fund donated $3039.75 to BBBS of Berks County! So exciting! I know they will make very good use out of this donation, and the kids will benefit greatly. Please check out the photos from the race!