Free agent and former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is still putting in work. His Kapernick’s Foundation recently donated $100,000 to the DREAM, Coalition for the Homeless, War on Children, and United We Dream groups on Sept 7. In August, the foundation gave $33,000 to the Lower East Side Girls Club.
The foundation also gave $34,000 to rapper and St. John’s alum J.Cole for his non-profit group, Dreamville, which is also the name of his record label, and another $33,000 to 100 Suits for 100 Men.
The Dreamville foundation is based in Fayetteville, North Carolina, which is Cole’s hometown. The mission of the group is to help, support, inspire, encourage, empower and aid young people in the urban areas.
“I want to start the process of showing them there are other options besides what’s on screen. They don’t have to be a rapper or an athlete, there are people who manage the rappers, who book the shows. There are so many jobs you can do, this is about expanding their minds to those possibilities,” said the founder of Dreamville, J.Cole.
Dreamville has the following programs: the Back to School Supply Giveaway, the Annual Dreamville Weekend, The Dreamville Foundation X DTLR Young Men’s Book Club, and The Nobody’s Perfect Writing Contest and Mother’s Day Brunch.
During the summer, Cole showed his support for Kaepernick at a concert in Baltimore. The Raven’s owner Steve Biscotti and others in the organization were in talks about signing the quarterback, but decided against it due to fear of backlash from the fans and potential negativity. Kaepernick kneeled during the National Anthem in 2016 as part of a peaceful protest to bring awareness to social injustice toward blacks and other minorities.
The rapper said, “Baltimore, the type of s**t that’s happening here, don’t you think somebody should risk they’re whole livelihood, land their whole life to talk about this s**t? Even if it cost them they money, they job, they life? Don’t that sound like Colin Kaepernick? Don’t that sound like what he doing? And he trying to come to Baltimore, the city that seems to need that s**t for real.”
Kaepernick and Cole will team up to create and support new projects within the Dreamville foundation in the near future.
In May, the former 49ers quarterback gave 50 suits to the foundation 100 Suits for 100 Men, a Jamaica, Queens company that provides assistance to former prisoners by “helping them get jobs and giving them free business attire, haircuts, and job training.”
The organization was founded in 2011 by the foundation’s president, Kevin Livingston, who is very grateful for the donation by the free agent.
“We are very appreciative and the money is going to support the work that we do throughout the city. We are going to take the money and expand our program in paroling,” said Livingston.
The money will help with the cost of dry cleaning, getting new suits and shirts, fixing the company’s vehicles for transportation, and buying gas for frequent trips to Riker’s Island; the money will also go to the women’s prison to pay for the women’s programs, supplies for the office and equipment (laptop, printer, etc), and salary to give to volunteers.
Kaepernick has donated a total of $900,000 to different cities and groups/foundations/organizations that are geared towards helping blacks and/or minorities and oppressed people. He is close to reaching his goal of giving a total of one million dollars.
“He’s keeping his promises to folks of color. To the people mocking Colin, my five words are: What have you done lately?” said Livingston. “What are you doing for the cause? If you aren’t doing something, what gives you the right to question that man?”