30 For 30: Unbound Sponsors Step Up To The Plate To Help Kids In Poverty

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Jack and Jodi Petrinovich are sponsors through Unbound, a humanitarian organization helping families break out of poverty in 21 countries. The couple is about to trail-blaze across the U.S. to find sponsors for 30 children through Unbound while visiting all 30 Major League Baseball parks.

Jack (left) and Jodi (right) visiting their 8-year-old sponsored friend, Kareli (middle), on an Unbound Awareness Trip in Merida, Mexico

In a troubled world, where we often think there is nothing one person can do to help, a small financial commitment really does make a difference.

The beginning of April brings Opening Day of baseball season. This year, America’s national pastime could help provide paths out of poverty for children in developing countries.

Jack and Jodi Petrinovich from Lakewood, WA, hatched a fundraising plan called “30 for 30.” This season they will visit all 30 Major League Baseball parks to find sponsors for 30 children through international humanitarian organization Unbound.

The couple will drive cross-country from April to July to visit each MLB park hoping to find a sponsor for a child at each venue.

“My husband and I went on an awareness trip with Unbound to visit the girl that we have been sponsoring in Merida, Mexico,” said Jodi Petrinovich. “While we were there we decided to sponsor another young girl as we were so impressed with the work that is happening through Unbound to assist in lifting people out of poverty, giving people some choices in determining their future and providing hope for a better life.”

Unbound works with more than 300,000 children, youth and elders in 21 countries. The organization has more than a quarter of a million monthly donors that, through their support, help provide essential benefits such as education, food, health care and livelihood opportunities for families. The families choose the benefits that best fit their situations and meet the needs of their children.

For the Petrinoviches’ trip, all 30 children waiting for a sponsor through Unbound have a connection to each of the 30 MLB teams, whether it’s having a name similar to a team’s city or being from the same country as a player on the team.

“In a troubled world, where we often think there is nothing one person can do to help, a small financial commitment really does make a difference,” said Jodi Petrinovich. “It also helps create the bonds of lasting peace and unity among people of diverse cultures and faiths.”

The Petrinoviches will kick off the road trip with their first game in Oakland, Cal. on April 12, 2015, and then travel around the country, finishing at the Colorado Rockies' stadium in mid-July.

Visit the Petrinoviches’ My Outreach page to see how they’re doing or sponsor a child, and follow @UnboundOrg on Twitter for updates.

About Unbound:
Unbound is the largest nonprofit in Kansas with more than $120 million in annual revenue. Unbound works side by side with people of diverse faiths in 21 countries, bringing people together to challenge poverty in new and innovative ways.

Unbound distributes direct aid as quickly and efficiently as possible to people who need it. More than 93 percent of Unbound's expenses go toward program support.

Learn more about Unbound at http://www.unbound.org.


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