QUEENS — Colin Kaepernick may be job hunting himself, but he is also trying to help others looking for employment in the meantime.
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback recently donated $33,000 to 100 Suits for 100 Men, a Jamaica-based organization assisting formerly incarcerated men and women by helping them get jobs and giving them free business attire, haircuts and job training.
“We’re very appreciative and the money is going to support the work that we do throughout the city,” said Kevin Livingston, the president of 100 Suits for 100 Men, who founded the organization in 2011.
According to Kaepernick's website, the money will cover the cost of dry cleaning, the purchase of new suits and shirts, repairs to the program’s transportation vehicle, gas for weekly trips to Rikers Island and to women's prison, office supplies and equipment, including a laptop and printer, as well as stipends for volunteers.
Kaepernick, who became the subject of controversy after sitting down or kneeling during the national anthem at games to protest racial injustice, pledged last year to donate $1 million to various charities helping communities in need across the country.
The football player's donation was first reported by the Queens Chronicle.