With a tag line of lift local, Elavus Crossfit not only lifted local but contributed locally as well. On July 23rd, Elavus Crossfit started 24 hours of Hero workouts. For 24 hours straight they and caring and committed community members worked out, all for the benefit of the Youth Service Bureau Nourish program. They kicked off at 1pm and 4 Youth Service Bureau staff came out to participate. The four brave souls had to have the workout modified for them, but received so much support and encouragement from everyone at the facility. It was a great kickoff to an event that saw people of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels working out for a good cause. The event raised $3,100 which came from the people working out during the 24 hours. There was a recommended donation of $10 for each workout, but all of those working out were exceedingly generous and committed to raising funds for the Nourish Food Backpack program. Nourish provides weekend backpacks of food to food insecure children across the county each week during the school year.
Executive Director of the YSB, Karen Branch, stated, “It was an amazing event. We were so excited to participate and to be supported by this wonderful business. There were so many amazing people who participated and put this together. DJ Elliot, founder, owner and head coach conceived of the idea, Kirstie McClamroch connected him to the Youth Service Bureau and the Nourish program. Then their members, friends and other Crossfit participants made it all happen. We could not continue to provide this vital program without such tremendous community support. The money raised will provide 496 backpacks for food insecure children, adding up to 3,968 meals.”
Their generous support allows Nourish to help children to develop their minds and bodies through adequate nutrition and through educating the parents and students about nutrition and healthy cooking. The goal is not just to provide food, but to provide education and support that help families to have hope that they can make life better for their children. The backpack program continues to serve elementary age and middle school children in our sixth year of operation. Since the program started, more than 60,000 backpacks full of food have been delivered to children in need.
Nourish is a program of the Youth Service Bureau a proud partner agency of United Way in Montgomery County.