Marc Suvall is a regular guy…raised a family, worked hard at a job for many years. Life was good. When the opportunity to retire presented itself Marc realized that this was his chance to do what he really enjoyed…helping people.
When we were introduced we learned about how Marc spends a good part of his week sans suit and tie—teaching at a women’s prison, an inner-city school, helping where he can; places where he can have an impact and hopefully, change lives for the better. One statement in particular resonated with us as we exchanged mitzvah ideas and stories…when the occasion presents itself and Marc hands over a $5 bill to a hungry person or impacts the life of a poor kid in school he feels those are the "moments I found God".
An apt description we think and so, when we heard about IS98 Herman Ridder Middle School in a very poor Bronx neighborhood our interest was peaked. Kids at IS98 come from the nearby housing projects and local shelters. As a volunteer math teacher, Marc knows the conditions these students live in. He also knows that the school’s basketball team currently playing in old t-shirts with numbers painted on with marker, would benefit immensely from more professional uniforms. Having real uniforms would provide a huge lift to the kids and a real sense of dignity and pride.
Could the Good People Fund help? It was our pleasure and pictured above is the team, beaming in their new attire. We suspect this added boost may help them win in many different ways.