Community Highlights

Browns Community Highlights – September 7


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?

Name: Bond Brewster
Hometown: Chardon, OH
How they give back: At the age of 12, Bond dreamed of becoming a surgeon and started to volunteer at a hospital. He volunteered there for eight years and absolutely loved it. He felt very connected with the community and encouraged him to pursue his passion for medicine and science. He also volunteers for Rescue Village, University Hospitals, Cleveland Food Bank, and March for Science. He doesn't think twice about donating his time and feels that knowing he made a difference is all that really matters.

Name: My Thomas
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
How they give back: My has volunteered at a women's shelter for the past eight years. She helps them build resumes, bring them food, and donates a 'transition box' filled with apartment necessities when the women manage to transition out of the shelter and into their first apartment. She volunteers with her college friends and sometimes brings her kids so they can start learning to help others. Originally they wanted something to do to stay in touch so they started going out to restaurants every month, but thought they could spend their time and money on something more impactful and meaningful.

Name: Gilligan Garza
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
How they give back: Gilligan is a magician who has been bringing magic to the people of Cleveland for the past 18 years. He donates his time on his own and began after going to events where organizations wanted to raise funds and needed entertainment. He volunteers in such a unique way and hopes others will take the same initiative to help others. He likes to use his skill to make a difference in the community and hopes to inspire others with his commitment to raising funds for causes important to him and the development of the community.

Name: Cheryl Peterson
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
How they give back: Cheryl is a teacher and has devoted her time to instilling the value of helping others into her students. For 12 years she has taken the initiative to take her students twice a week to the soup kitchen. She loves the environment and the people and feels appreciated for her efforts. She also had the opportunity to help build ramps for wheel chairs which was very rewarding.

Name: Sean Farrar
Hometown: Chillicothe, OH
How they give back: Sean works in the kitchen at the VA Medical Center in Chillicothe, Ohio. He has served veterans at the hospital with enthusiasm and dedication for almost five years. Sean who was born autistic, is now 40 years old and inspires veterans through his unwavering dedication. He is a hard worker and an avid sports fan especially when it comes to the Cleveland Browns.

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