The Ravens have a long history of making a big difference in and around Baltimore, but Monday will be the franchise's broadest project yet.
On Monday, the Ravens are going big with their "Caw to Action" for the "Huddle for 100" campaign. It's a league-wide day of volunteerism, and it's going to be all over Maryland.
Held in recognition of the NFL's 100th season, "Huddle for 100" calls for participants to dedicate 100 minutes of service, with the goal of accumulating 100 million volunteer minutes among all NFL fans.
In partnership with United Way of Maryland, more than 50 charitable organizations throughout the area will host a service event on Monday. Dozens of schools and local companies will also be hosting their own events.
There are many different causes being helped, including reading to kids and delivering books at schools, feeding the homeless at the Maryland Food Bank, planting trees and other environmental projects, sewing blankets for abandoned animals, rehabbing a Boys & Girls Club, helping veterans and conducting CPR and first-aid training.
In all, more than 15,000 people are expected to volunteer and accumulate more than 2 million minutes of service throughout the Baltimore community.
"We are using this as an opportunity to really make a widespread impact on our community on this one single day," said Senior Director of Community Relations Heather Darney.
Nearly all of the Ravens' players will be in attendance at the various events, along with coaches and staff members. The Ravens Cheerleaders, alumni players, the Marching Ravens and Poe will also visit various sites.
Volunteering should be enough, but to help get even more people out to the events, the Ravens will be giving away a pair of tickets to the Ravens vs. Bengals game on Oct. 13 at each site. To take it a step further, two deserving volunteers will receive ticket packages to Super Bowl LIV in Miami.
Volunteers can still join this "Caw to Action," and sign-up is available on a first-come, first-served basis at www.baltimoreravens.com/huddlefor100.
(Please note, if you are unable to attend one of the listed events, fans are still urged to dedicate 100 minutes of their own community service. For ideas and other ways to give back, please clickhere.)
Fans are invited to document and highlight their volunteerism through social media posts by using #RavensHuddleFor100, which will also help collect and track the total team minutes being accrued.
Cornerback Brandon Carr will be at an elementary school reading to kids for a few hours. He said he's eager to get with the kids in his comfort zone, "along with being inside the lines."
"I think this is an incredible opportunity to give back to the community of Baltimore, the city that is always amazing," Carr said. "To get back with the fans and all the volunteers to just make our community better, that's what it's all about. It's making your mark on society and what you can do and give it your all."