Sam Barrington has made a name for himself as one of the most giving players in all of pro sports. His heart for helping others has earned him the Green Bay Packers’ Community Service Award in 2015, as well as the team’s nomination for the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year and the Byron “Whizzer” White Award.
Last year, Sam joined Dreambuilders in supporting the Green Bay Public Schools. His “Barrington’s Books” program purchased books for students in the district and then allowed them to choose which ones will be mailed to them over the summer.
In May of 2016, Barrington teamed up with UnitedHealthcare to help renovate a student activity room at Milwaukee Public Schools’ Townsend Street School and support Blessings in a Backpack, a program that provides bags of nutritious food for students.
The renovation project and the weekend meal program is part of a $22,000 grant from UnitedHealthcare to Sam Barrington’s Dreambuilders program. Barrington will join employee volunteers from UnitedHealthcare to assemble furniture, and paint and refresh the Townsend Street School’s student activity center. UnitedHealthcare is also donating items for the room.
Blessings in a Backpack is a national nonprofit that provides nutritious food for eligible school children who may otherwise have little or no healthy food to eat on weekends during the school year.
Beginning with the new school year in August, Barrington and UnitedHealthcare will provide bags of healthy foods and snacks to 100 students at Townsend every Friday afternoon, ensuring these children do not go hungry on the weekends. To introduce the program, Barrington and UnitedHealthcare employees will donated backpacks of healthy food to all 335 students as part of their volunteer activity at the school on Wednesday, May 11.