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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 $1,500 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.

To date, Paddlers for Humanity has given away 1.96 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 - $80,000 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 - $39,000

East End Food Pantries - $17,000 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- $3,250 to maintain local trails

Family Service League - $172,500 to implement children's and family mental health initiatives in Montauk and Springs 

Hamptons Lifesaving Association - $7,750 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 - $69,800 to support the girls' triathlon training

LICOP - $55,500 to sponsor surf camps for autistic children in Montauk

Montauk Community Garden - $5,000

Project Most - $149,500 for the Arts and Culture and Summer Camp Programs at elementary schools in East Hampton

PRASAD - $110,000 to the Children's Dental Program

The Retreat - $121,000 towards the Family Services Program in East Hampton

Sax Leader Foundation - $5,000

Springs School - $5,694 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 - $188,500

See our Giving Guidelines here



Board of Directors


Ed Cashin, Co-chair

Fred Doss, Co-chair

Dan Farnham

Emily Hammond

Jeff Neubauer

Harvey O' Brien

Heather Saskas

Lars Svanberg

Montauk to Block Island 18-Mile Open Ocean Paddle date for 2022 will be Saturday July 23rd

Each single or relay paddler must raise or contribute a minimum of $1,500 to participate.

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