Jacob Weindling, a 16-year-old Oak Park resident, like most people his age accesses much of his news and entertainment online. Recently, a comment Jacob posted on the Phillip Defranco Show, a YouTube broadcast, was selected to receive a prize. But here was the catch; he could choose to receive $500 for himself, or $1,000 to be donated to a charity of his choice.
Jacob chose the charitable donation. "My dad runs a scholarship program that helps high school students from low-income families, so I thought this would be a good way to help." Said Jacob, "Plus, it was right before Father's Day."
David Weindling, who founded and directs Farther Foundation said, "This was a great surprise and a very generous gift from my son. I'll have to think twice before complaining about the amount of time he spends on the internet from now on."
Jacob has also been raising money for Farther Foundation by selling collectibles on eBay. "eBay has a program that allows you to contribute a percentage of any sale to a charity. I have been selling some collectibles and other items from our family and making an 80 percent contribution to Farther Foundation," said Jacob.
Farther Foundation enables students from economically disadvantaged circumstances participate in significant educational travel programs. While traveling, students interact with people from diverse backgrounds, become immersed in new cultures and experiences, learn and develop skills, engage in community service, cultivate leadership potential and attain personal growth. This past summer, Farther Foundation scholarship winners participated in programs on six continents where they engaged in activities as diverse as community service and safari in Tanzania to a photo-documentary exploration of the culture on a Native-American reservation in South Dakota.