When someone is in trouble, do you head toward the action to lend a hand or do you turn and go the other way? If you are Darren W. Carter, our Cleveland Dads organizer, you take action to help.
Carter’s work to serve his community, family and friends recently earned his second place in the “Run Toward Fires” service contest held by a local sales and marketing group.
His wife, Theresa, nominated him for the award, citing not just his work with City Dads Group but also the work his does in his community for neighborhoods, schools and foster children. Darren has organized community bike riding events, donation drives and is also working on a community dinner to build local camaraderie. He accomplished all this in between organizing social events for his Cleveland Dads members, and working on a startup barbeque business.
We’ve written about Darren’s annual “birthday wish” in which he asks people to do something for a charity, most notably collecting backpacks so foster children have something to pack their belongings in when moving between locations.
“He is a wonderful man, who is always looking for ways to spread love and impact his family and the community around him,” she wrote in her nomination to the Company 119 agency.
Her entire nomination letter is read in the award announcement below, starting at the 4:59 mark:
Congratulations, Darren. You make City Dads Group proud.
City Dads Group is a dynamic and diverse community of fathers. These dads are redefining, by example, what it means to be a dad in the 21st century. Founded in November 2008 in New York City as a way a handful of fathers could arrange playdates and outings with their children, the organization went national in 2014. City Dads Group has more than 3,000 members who bond over their children and a desire to change the face of modern fatherhood in the 21st century through word, deed and example.