Maurice “Moe” Harkless Donates $50,000 To New York City Fund That Supports Young Adults Aging Out Of Foster Care
An NBA player, originally from New York City, has made two donations within the past two years to assist in helping people who dwelled within the foster care system to transition into a better life as they age out of the system into adulthood.
According to NBC News, Queens, New York native and Sacramento Kings forward Maurice “Moe” Harkless, has donated a total of $50,000 to an organization that helps young adults transition out of the foster care system.
Harkless, who has been playing in the NBA for nine years has made two donations over the course of two years to a nonprofit group named New Yorkers For Children. The organization is a nonprofit group that is focused on helping young adults aged from 18 to 26 who are leaving the foster care system, transition successfully out of a system that is geared towards children 17 and younger.
The organization had created the Last Resort Emergency Response Fund with New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services in March of 2020. The fund was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Harkless initially gave $25,000 that year.
The fund was needed due to the perils of the pandemic. It prompted the nonprofit group to pivot to help the young people who were not enrolled in college but still experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19.
“I came across the Last Resort Fund and it really hit me — one, the fund being based in New York, the city that I’m from,” he said. “And two, focusing on the youth. That’s always been a big passion of mine.”
Harkless made a second donation this year of $25,000. That money went toward the fund’s $1.5 million total coffers. $500,000 in direct cash support has helped approximately 1,000 families, older teenagers in foster care, or young adults who were previously in foster care. His $50,000 donation has assisted in getting at least 100 individuals and families who faced housing instability, food insecurity, and other financial strains made worse by the pandemic, some sort of financial help.
Harkless also said, “It always hits home for me because I was one of those kids who just needed an opportunity and needed a chance and needed someone to believe in him. So it really means the world to me to be able to have an impact on the city that raised me.”
“It really means the world to me to be able to have an impact on the city that raised me” @moe_harkless @SacramentoKings Moe Harkless gives back to his community. 🙌 Donating $25k to help young adults transition out of the foster care system. Learn more https://t.co/15vQEoxKRH pic.twitter.com/ZICMQL0Fw9
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NBA Player Moe Harkless Donates $50,000 To New York City Fund That Supports Young Adults Aging Out Of Foster Care