We all know the events that occurred at Penn State which ultimately led to the firing of Joe Paterno. However, over SB Nation's Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries, they are turning the events into awareness of the situation and help others in need. I was given a lot of help in the past from this community helping spread the word and donate for my son's service dog (more info here on that if you care).
I will let BSD explain what they are doing:
Jerry Needel (Class of 1998) contacted several of us with the urge to channel this mess into something positive. As a result, Jerry and his wife, Jaime, turned to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) to begin to mobilize the Penn State family in order to be sure that the kind of incident that happened here never happens again.Proud to be a Penn Stater (#ProudPSUforRAINN) is the result.
The #ProudPSUforRAINN campaign has a stated goal of raising over $500,000, one dollar for each of the 557,000 Penn State alumni. Don't take my word for it. Hear from Jerry Needel himself:
"After having so closely identified with all things Penn State over the past 15 years, the recent events have shaken my beliefs - and those of other alumni - to the core. Simply put, Penn State is way bigger than the alleged actions of a few people. Will you join me in showing the world what being a proud supporter of Penn State really means by making a donation to RAINN and by adding your name to mine below?"
- Jerry Needel, Penn State '98
So, this is a great thing they are doing so spread the word on your Facebook, Twitter or even this new thing called Google+.