I am a life-long resident of Connecticut. Fall of 2018 I will begin my undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan in beautiful Ann Arbor. Using the available educational resources of the University of Michigan I will replicate the success of Driscoll Cares in Connecticut throughout the United States.
The seeds of the Driscoll Cares Charity were planted on a beautiful, sunny 25th day of July 2011. That day, I was at a sports camp and was an hour away from being picked up to head to a Boston Red Sox game. In a blink of the eye, that beautiful sunny day took a turn for the worse. A violent outfield collision with a fellow camper put me on the operating table. Following surgery I spent 3 nights in the hospital.
As I laid in my bed at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, I was in great pain and feeling sorry for myself. I would not be able to play ball for a while. I missed the Red Sox game. I had to eat hospital food. My complaints reverberated in my mind. At some point, I glanced out my hospital room and saw several children with no hair playing some board games in the family room and picking at the very few books on the reading cart. Being my curious eleven year old self, I asked the nurse “why are all of those kid’s heads shaved.” Discovering that they had cancer and learning the meaning of “terminal” shook me to the core. My complaints stopped. I also stared in disbelief as I saw most of the kids smiling. How could they smile while I sat in a cantankerous state? I came to a realization. I was actually the lucky one because I would recover from my injuries, while the other children would not.
At that moment I knew I wanted to give back and help others. After reading about the New Haven Food Bank, an idea sparked in my mind. I was going to make a charity. Being an eleven year old kid, people looked at me as if I had two heads when I mentioned the idea, however, through hard work and dedication I built this charity. In 2014 the initial critical path was completed, 2016 Driscoll Cares Inc. (“Driscoll Cares”) was incorporated, 2017 Driscoll Cares received its 501(c)(3) IRS Charitable designation.
A graduation requirement for Connecticut High School students is to perform community service hours. Driscoll Cares is able to fulfill this obligation by providing community service hours through Driscoll Cares and countless existing causes throughout the state.
Connecticut is a small state comprised of 169 municipalities. Within this close knit demographic mix are some of the richest and poorest communities in the country living side by side. This diverse social, economic, racial and ethnic demographic mix along with the requirement to provide community service hours affords Driscoll Cares the perfect opportunity to create a large volunteer force comprised of students who represent a broad spectrum of our society.
Driscoll Cares Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization. Donors can deduct contributions they make to Driscoll Cares, Inc. under IRC Section 170. Donors to Driscoll Cares Inc. are also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under Section 2055, 2016 or 2522. Driscoll Cares Inc. is certified by the State of Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection and is registered Public Charity (Registration # CHR.0060781)
Driscoll Cares: “Making the World a Better Place One Student At a Time”