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Browns Community Highlights - March 16


*The Cleveland Browns are committed to the community. Through First and Ten, the Dawg Pound is encouraged to share what they are doing to give back. Get inspired and check out what these fans are doing to help their community:
*How do you give back?#give10

Name: Andrea Moore
Hometown: Strongsville
How they give back:
This is Andrea's fourth year participating in Relay for Life. This year, they received a $500 challenge grant, and the students were challenged to use their God-given talents to multiply the money to donate to a charity of their choice. Because of her Relay for Life involvement, it was a no-brainer that they were going to donate the money to the American Cancer Society. The first fundraiser the students held, they doubled the grant money, and they haven't slowed down since. The girls, who are Girl Scouts, are donating all of their cookie money to the cause, and the students recently held an all-school fundraiser/contest that raised over $3,600! Andrea's heart melted when she learned some of the third graders donated their allowance money that they were saving to buy a toy they wanted! She has also encouraged the students to not just ask for money but to do good and try to make someone else's life easier or better in the process by doing something for them. Some students have done chores for donations, wrapped Christmas gifts for donations, and more. Cancer has touched so many of her students' lives on different levels, and they truly get what the purpose is.

Name: Ian Haynes
How they give back:
Ian chooses to #give10 with The Mission Continues. After 10 years on active duty in the Air Force, he felt called to continue his service in a different way. He continues to serve in the Air National Guard, but has also dedicated himself to strengthening the community of Columbus, Ohio. The Mission Continues not only empowers veterans through personal growth, connectedness and community impact, they build strong communities in the process!

Name: Nord PTO
Hometown: Amherst, OH
How they give back:
These youth came together with the resources that they had and the kindness in their hearts to do some good and give back to their community. Before school, after school and even during breaks they helped sort welcome kits for the Genesis House. They packaged up 24 welcome kits, sorted the remaining supplies and made signs for the Support the Troops Donation Drive. They collected and delivered all additional supplies donated at the end of last month.

Name: Southeast Michigan Browns Backers
Hometown: Metro Detroit, MI
How they give back:
The Southeast Michigan Browns Backers club has been more than charitable in their community hosting events, often making philanthropic contributions to organizations making a difference and helping others. They are the largest Browns Backers club in their state and a former recipient of the Cleveland Browns Foundation Browns Backers Grant for all of their dedication and support to the community. They've held an annual event and invited players to join in on the fun. This year, Cleveland Browns LB Joe Schobert and Browns Alumni Al "Bubba" Baker will be in attendance to help support various causes.

Name: Marleen Vanta
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
How they give back:
Marleen has been volunteering with the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, a First and Ten community partner, for more than 16 years. Last year alone she donated 41 hours at a total of five events. The Sports Commission values their volunteers and recognizes them on a monthly basis. Marleen was the recipient of the Richard and Evelyn Dolejs' Volunteer Service Award, presented to those with unrelenting commitment and loyalty to the city and the communities within.

Interested in signing up your volunteer group for First and Ten? Group forms available! Click here******* to learn more about how to #give10*

Follow @BrownsGiveBack on Twitter and Instagram and tell us what you are doing to help others using #give10 to unite us all as Browns fans. Give 10 hours, help your community.

The Browns are dedicated to #give10 through the team's First and Ten initiative. Launched in June 2014, the Cleveland Browns First and Ten campaign is the team's community program, established to inspire fans to volunteer in and help their communities throughout the world by volunteering for 10 hours each year. Since its inception, Browns fans have committed to volunteering more than 1.5 million hours to impact their communities by pledging to #give10. Through First and Ten, the Browns are the only NFL club to promote a long-term volunteering program that unifies the team and its entire fan base, with the goal of impacting every individual's city across the globe, as well as the franchise's local community. All Browns fans are encouraged to join the volunteering effort by signing the First and Ten pledge on the team's website and by sharing their stories with #give10

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