August, 2020 Worldwide Newsletter

The Founder’s Car

“I love this car but the charity needs it more than I ever could. Because I said I would has lost 80% of its funding due to cancelled fundraising events, but I am not about to let that stop our COVID-19 prevention and response programs.

I am donating my 1960 Mercury Cometso the proceeds can add fuel to our tank. This classic car has 34,733 original miles and the organization is now offering you the chance to take it home.

Tickets to win this car are now available. Will you help us fight the good fight against this disease?”

Alex Sheen, Founder of because I said I would. 

BONUS: Our donors have also made a sacrifice to fight COVID-19 by donating their collectibles in this WINNER TAKES ALL fundraiser. These items include…

  1. Autographed Magic Johnson Jersey
  2. Kobe Bryant Rookie Card
  3. Autographed Print Featuring NFL Greats Ray Nitschke & Chuck Noll 
  4. NHL Hockey Stick Signed By Stanley Cup Winner Luc Robitaille
  5. Rare Comic Book Collection, Including The 1st Venom Cover
  6. Elvis Presley Rock & Roll Memorabilia
  7. Vintage Polaroid Pronto Land Camera SONAR OneStep SX-70 with Film

Thank you to all of our donors who funded our face mask sewing operations, meals for frontline healthcare workers, COVID-19 public service announcements and other pandemic response programs.

Morale on the Frontlines

Livestream Events with Hospitals

The Founder of because I said I would has been speaking to several healthcare organizations leading the fight against COVID-19. The Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic and now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have all invited Alex to share the importance of a promise with their organizations during these challenging times.

Invite Alex to speak with your organization and 100% of the proceeds will go to because I said I would, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Learn more here.

Promises from Behind Bars

Our intern received this message from an inmate serving life in prison…

“Being convicted of a murder I didn’t commit and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole made me a very angry person. I was 18 years old and I was going to serve the rest of my life in prison. What was there left for me?”

Read how things got worse…

Because I said I would Chapters in prisons focus on building self-control through character development workshops and volunteerism. Unlike this inmate, many of our chapter members will be released from prison one day. Our programming helps decrease violent criminal activity and reduce recidivism rates with the inmates we serve. Our donors are helping keep communities safe. Learn more about our programming in correctional facilities, including juvenile detention, here.

Mental Health Outcomes

Supporting the Unemployed

In our continued efforts to respond to the hardships brought on by the pandemic, because I said I would is launching an Unemployment Transition Program for COVID-19 Job Loss.

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The goal of this program is to improve mental health outcomes in individuals who are unemployed due to the economic effects of COVID-19 by providing leadership training that:

1) Increases the likelihood of life-stabilizing employment
2) Provides a sense of purpose through volunteerism that supports families of individuals who have died from COVID-19

If you have lost your job due to the effects of the pandemic, you can learn more about joining this program here:

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