When the Florida Marlins moved on from their stale residency at Sun Life Stadium and were replaced with the bright, new-look Miami Marlins, they unveiled more than uniforms, a ballpark, and big-name free agents. The most impactful product of the team’s relocation to Downtown Miami was the creation of the Marlins Ayudan program, the organization’s community volunteering program.
Marlins Ayudan (Marlins Help en Inglés) has made an enormous impact since its establishment in 2009 through connecting front office officials and players with causes they feel passionate about. Sporting royal blue shirts and cheery attitudes, Marlins employees engage in activities like spending time with hospitalized children and helping out in Miami Dade classrooms. In all, the Marlins have contributed over 5,000 service hours and $1.2 million dollars to the Miami community.
Logan Morrison, the Marlins’ Twitter celebrity and cyber-comedian, has catalyzed the program in the clubhouse. Morrison, who goes by “LoMo” on Twitter, has raised over $300,000 for the American Lung Association through his annual baseball camp in Delray Beach and was the Marlins 2012 nominee for the MLB Roberto Clemente Award for service. He runs the “Suite Dreams” organization and participates in the Marlins@School Week in which he volunteers in classrooms and promotes the importance of education for local youth.