A place to keep up with latest news on AREENA.

Email #61: The Gift of the Bellman (3/31/17)

I just spent a week in Chicago, coordinating Areena’s book drive across the city in partnership with Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer. What did coordination involve? There are now dozens of locations across the city – bars, restaurants, grocery stores, ice cream parlors – where folks can donate books to the young men and women of…


Email #59: Happy St. Patrick’s Day! (3/17/17)

On this St. Patrick’s Day, we share with you an Irish blessing. May you always have walls for the winds, a roof for the rain, a warm cup of tea by the fire, laughter to cheer you, those you love near you And all your heart might desire. We wish all of those things for…


Email #57: Areena’s Message is Spreading. You Can Help. (3/3/17)

We want to thank everyone who took a few moments to respond to last week’s email, an inspirational letter from a new member whose life has changed due to their experiences with Areena. Your support and encouragement are much appreciated. We would like to ask your assistance in helping spread our message to as many people as possible…


Email #56: A Story From a New Member (2/24/17)

This week our Executive Director, Jeff Hughes, received from a new member a story so compelling that we asked him if we could share it with you. He graciously agreed. Many of our members do what they do in their communities simply because it is the right thing to do. They do it because they…


Email #55: Areena Launches Book Drive Across Chicago! (2/17/17)

Last week we mentioned several Super Bowl participants doing great things off the field. One of those we singled out, Patriots rookie receiver Malcolm Mitchell, has started receiving national attention for his efforts on behalf of youth literacy. Areena applauds Malcolm’s work, which is so important given the educational obstacles facing so many of America’s…


Email #54: Now that the Super Bowl is Ended… (2/10/17)

Last Sunday evening over 100 million people around the world watched an amazing football game, played by men of extraordinary athletic ability. These men have mastered their art by putting in thousands of hours on the practice field. But what many of them have done off the field is even more impressive. Tom Brady, the game’s…



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