ABOUT PADDLERS FOR HUMANITY
The Block Challenge brings together a community of women, men, and students to achieve a goal beyond themselves - undertaking the physical and mental challenge of an open ocean paddle from Montauk to Block Island, with the purpose of bettering the lives of children.
Adventure, challenge, beneficence, and heart are the keystones of the organization.
Block Challenge paddlers agree to raise or donate a minimum of $1500 to participate. In the spirit of the event and to have the greatest impact for the nonprofit organizations receiving the funds, most paddlers raise even more.
In 2019 we have donated $180,000.
To date, Paddlers for Humanity has given away 1.94 Million dollars.
Acumen Fund - $5000 towards a microfinance project
Barrio Planta Project - $15,000 to support education programs
Block Island Volunteer Fire and Rescue - $2000
Bridgehampton School - $162,000 to fund its Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports Program
Center Moriches School - $1,500 - Life Skills
buildOn - $105,000 - $75,000 to support the East Hampton High School students school building treks to developing countries, and $30,000 to build a school in Nicaragua
Callen-Lorde - $7,500 to support the Health Outreach for Teens Program
College Scholarships to East Hampton High School students - $33,000
East End Food Pantries - $16,000 to provide food
East Hampton Healthcare Foundation - $33,000 for children's mental health initiatives
Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center - $105,000 to fund scholarships for economically challenged children
East Hampton High School -$20,000 to support mental health initiatives
East Hampton Middle School's Why Try Resiliency Program - $26,000
East Hampton Trails Preservation Society and SpokesPeople- $3250 to maintain local trails
Family Service League - $165,000 to implement children's and family mental health initiatives in Montauk and Springs
Hamptons Lifesaving Association - $7750 for vital equipment
Hoops for Hope - $12,000 for youth programs
HSI - Housing and Services Inc - $23,000 towards an educational program for needy New Yorkers
i-tri - $67,800 to support the girls' triathlon training
LICOP - $55,500 to sponsor surf camps for autistic children in Montauk
Montauk Community Garden - $5000
Project Most - $142,000 for the Arts and Culture and Summer Camp Programs at elementary schools in East Hampton
PRASAD - $95,500 to the Children's Dental Program
The Retreat - $113,500 towards the Family Services Program in East Hampton
Sax Leader Foundation - $5000
Springs School - $5694 for seed money for the First Lego League
Women's Prison Association - $32,500 for the Family Education Program
Third House Nature Center - $5,000 for the Nature and Science Program in Montauk
The Wellness Foundation - $15,000 for Wellness Kids Programs in Montauk
P4H Catastrophic Fund - $187,500
See our Giving Guidelines here
Board of Directors
Ed Cashin, Co-chair
Fred Doss, Co-chair
Harvey O' Brien
Montauk to Block Island 18-Mile Open Ocean Paddle date for 2020 will be Saturday August 15th
Back-up days are Sunday August 16th, Saturday August 29th and Sunday August 30th
Each single or relay paddler must raise or contribute a minimum of $1500 to participate. Students must raise or contribute a minimum of $750 to participate.