MTWB Project

Make The World Better, MTWB, is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization formed in December of 2013 by Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin.

The primary goal of MTWB is to provide safe, clean, and fun playgrounds and ‘spaces’ for young people and their families to play and be creative. We believe that communities prosper when young people have access to athletics and the arts. We look forward to working with neighborhood groups, foundations, businesses, the city of Philadelphia, and passionate individuals to Make The World Better.

MISSION: The Make The World Better Foundation is dedicated to enriching the lives of our youth by providing safe and fun spaces for artistic and athletic play and development.

* Connor at the inaugural MTWB benefit concert June 20, 2014

Connor Barwin Speaking
WE BELIEVE THAT COMMUNITIES PROSPER WHEN YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS TO THE ARTS AND ATHLETICS.
Connor at Mifflin School. Sixth-grader Treasur Lee's 'Lion King' entry caught Connor's eye. (Bran Larrison/NewsWorks)

Arts

Art is more than fun it is critical in the development of skills: communication, fine motor, problem solving, and developing creativity and original ideas.

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Ralph Brooks celebrates groundbreaking

Community

We want to build community around environmental responsibility; in the rebuild and then in the continuing care and pride of a neighborhood's park.

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Connor & friends getting ready a little hoops at Ralph Brooks Park

Athletics

Sports: organized or individual activity that promotes being active. Athletics teaches teamwork, self confidence, and is a start toward healthy living.

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Events

My Trip to Haiti with NRG

Packing for what has become my annual offseason trip to Haiti was easier this year. Sunscreen, check. Flashlight, check. Bug spray, double check. Although I would be spending the next week in the Caribbean, I could leave the linen pants and sandals home. This week was not about rest and relaxation.

The sound of a rooster crowing at the break of dawn, the tropical sun beating down on your back, the smiles of children running through the street; the stimulation on this tiny Caribbean island is endless. It almost makes you forget you are in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. The sensory overload can be a lot to handle; but it pales in comparison to the emotional effects. Each waking hour you are pushed from one end of the emotional spectrum to the other. Absolute joy one moment, crushing sadness the next. Immense sympathy for the struggle of those still recovering from the quake of 2010, to anger and frustration at the lack of progress and organization. From feeling inadequate with what you’ve done with your life, to the satisfaction of knowing you put in a good days work here. Every hour it was a conversation with yourself; how you feel vs. how you think you should feel.

After taking some time to reflect, the one thing that stands out, is the feeling of inspiration I had as I left Haiti. Inspired to try and help Haiti, inspired to do more in my personal life, inspired to be a better football player, inspired to be a better person.

Led by Christine Avots and an all-volunteer team from NRG, I was part of the solar panel installation team at the Medishare maternity clinic in the central plateau and an orphanage in Kenscoff. Solar energy is critical in Haiti. Only 10 percent of the country is connected to the grid. Those connected get three to four hours of electricity a day. This is unimaginable to many of us, yet it’s a reality in Haiti. NRG is working to change that; and now when the sun goes down, a women will be able to go to the Medishare maternity clinic and deliver her baby in a clean, safe environment with trained medical professionals. In Kenscoff, where 400 kids live and 800 are educated every day, not only will these solar panels keep the facility running at night, but they will reduce the school’s dependence on dirty diesel run generators. The money saved can go toward other necessities. NRG has started hiring and training locals to install the solar panels. This created a couple bumps in the road because of the language barrier, but bringing real progress will require empowering Haitians. There needs to be a sustainable model in place that will last long after all the private organizations and missionaries are gone.

It’s an incredible honor to be a part of this project; to have met such an amazing group of passionate and inspiring people. I have always tried to do my part personally when it comes to sustainability, whether it’s something small like riding my bike to work, or something bigger, like starting the MTWB foundation. Experiencing the kind of impact that is possible working with an organization like NRG Energy, really shows we can make people’s lives better. We can fix problems that we think are not fixable. I can’t thank everyone at NRG enough for bringing me back to this beautiful island called Haiti. As I get back into football mode the memories and experiences I had will continue to inspire me every day. As I step onto Lincoln Financial Field, it only seems fitting to play in a stadium where NRG has installed more than 11,000 solar panels. That warm summer sun can’t get here soon enough.

To learn more about NRG Energy’s work in Haiti visit, Harnessing Haiti’s Power.

To learn more about Medishare visit Project Medishare for Haiti.

Photo by Omar Vega, Vega Creative Group

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CONNOR BARWIN

“WHEN I BECAME AN EAGLE, I BECAME A PHILADELPHIAN. TO ME, THAT MEANS CARING ABOUT AND INVESTING IN YOUR COMMUNITY – WHICH IS THE FOCUS OF THE MAKE THE WORLD BETTER FOUNDATION.” -CONNOR BARWIN
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Hey! We Need Your Help

Our efforts to rebuild parks for the young people of Philadelphia would not be possible without the help of people like you!

Please join us by making a donation, following us on social media, or signing up for MTWB email updates. This is just the beginning of what you and the Make The World Better Foundation can do in the city of Philadelphia!

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In The News

Connor Barwin Raises $170K For Philly Park


The City of Philadelphia became a better place thanks to linebacker Connor Barwin and his Make The World Better (MTWB) Foundation. Last Friday, Barwin hosted a benefit concert at Union Transfer to raise money for the Ralph Brooks revitalization project, a South Philly park located at 20th and Tasker Streets, in need of a transformation. In… Read More

Connor Barwin’s work far beyond civic duty


The idea began on Connor Barwin’s bicycle, which he rides to the Eagles’ practice facility most days. Along Barwin’s route, he passes a dilapidated playground in South Philly called Ralph Brooks Park, located at 20th and Tasker in the Point Breeze section. There’s a high crime rate in the neighborhood, along with high unemployment and… Read More

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