June 2012

A great summer project

by Jessica Bicker

While soaking up the sun and splashing into a pool is an enjoyable way for youth to spend summer vacation, volunteering is a rewarding experience that can easily fit in with other summer plans.

If you are involved with a community organization that requires you to complete a service project, need volunteer hours for high school graduation, or just have a passion for sharing your love of baseball, organizing a collection for Pitch In For Baseball is simple and enjoyable. In fact, individuals who hold equipment drives are the backbone of our organization. They are the ones who keep our warehouse stocked, which enables us to say “yes” to underserved communities that ask for our help.

Christian Mackay-Morgan collected baseball uniforms in his hometown of Simsbury, CT.

Connecting with a local youth baseball league is a good first step. You could ask to set up collection bins at some of the games (perhaps near a high-traffic area such as the concession stand). Many leagues wrap up their seasons in late June or July, so you could contact the league commissioner to find out if they have any unneeded equipment in good condition that they would be willing to donate.

Our #1 need is gloves. Other items we accept include: catcher’s gear, youth bats, batting helmets, baseballs, softballs, soft cover balls (for Tee Ball), rubber baseball cleats, youth uniform pants (sets of 12 or more, white or gray), youth uniform shirts and hats (sets of 12 or more), umpire protective gear, team equipment bags, sets of bases, batting tees, pitching machines.

If you are interested in organizing a charitable collection for Pitch In For Baseball, here are some helpful links:

Register your charity drive here so that we can assist you through the process.

Download flyers and other materials to promote your equipment collection.

If you have further questions after exploring our website, do not hesitate to contact us at jess@pitchinforbaseball.org.