Mr. Claypool has been actively involved in city and state government by assisting select candidates in fundraising and public relations. Mr. Claypool assisted with Eric Garcetti’s inaugural campaign for LA City Council against incumbent Mike Woo. This was a landmark, grass roots campaign in which Mr. Garcetti is now President of the LA City Council.
Additionally, Mr. Claypool tirelessly assisted in fund raising efforts for several political former campaigns, including Gil Garcetti for the District Attorney’s office, Richard Reardon for the Governor’s office, Kathleen Connell for Mayor of Los Angeles and Jerry Brown in his successful bid for State Attorney General.
ROBERTO CLEMENTE FOUNDATION
Currently, Mr. Claypool assists the board of directors of the Roberto Clemente Foundation to raise money to construct community centers and baseball fields for the benefit of disadvantaged youth in the inner city of Pittsburgh.
TICKETS FOR KIDS
Mr. Claypool participates and was appointed to serve on the Advisory Board for the Tickets for Kids® charities which creates opportunities for underprivileged children, who normally would not have the opportunity, to experience arts & cultural, educational, sporting, and family entertainment events and activities in their communities nationwide.
The Claypool’s Clan was developed by Mr. Claypool as an outreach program affording disadvantaged youth the opportunity to attend in a professional baseball game. Each year, Mr. Claypool purchases three season tickets to his home baseball team, The Pittsburgh Pirates. They are provided with quality seats, a baseball cap and ball as well as Mr. Claypool’s testimony outlining his journey from a difficult childhood to his current, prestigious role in Civil Rights Litigation. Each child is encouraged to sign an agreement that states they will not give up hope, live the best life they can, and persevere passionately toward their goals.
Adelphia Village was established by Mr. Claypool’s mother, Ramona Marzano Claypool. Adelphia House’s function is to provide a conduit for abandoned youth and prospective adoptive parents. The target age for these adoptions is 13-18 years. Most abandoned youth within this age group are often forgotten and left to the state. The Adelphia House is a much needed voice in helping youth, who would normally be lost by the wayside, be place in loving homes.
Mr. Claypool is currently in the process of partnering with a non profit organization in the northeast, to take national, the model and purpose of the Adelphia Village.
WORLD VISION – Child Sponsorship
World Vision goes into downtrodden villages worldwide and drills water wells and plants food for those in need. For $35/month vital needs are met for a child and his/her family such as water, food, school supplies and medical care.
Mr. Claypool has played an integral role in World Vision’s efforts to sponsor children in need. Mr. Claypool, himself, sponsors eight children and tirelessly works with World Vision enlisting new sponsors. As a Child Ambassador for World Vision, Mr. Claypool coordinates sponsorship events with other partners, such as various churches and outreach organizations, in an effort to persuade others to sponsor children. He also volunteers at various events such as Women of Faith Conferences and Christian concerts such as Casting Crowns and Third Day. Mr. Claypool recently attended a regional World Vision Child Sponsorship Conference and was highly instrumental in signing up close to 95 new sponsors. If you’d like to sponsor a child through World Vision, please do so at their website http://www.worldvision.com/.