Stone House, a Boston nonprofit that partners with adult and child survivors of domestic violence and related trauma, unveiled a mural—“You Are Loved” designed by Alex Cook—towelcome all to its new space at the corner of Washington Street and Westminster Avenue in Roxbury. The new facility provides space to support more domestic violence programs and support services, along with an early learning center for 36 children. The upper floor residences provide housing for domestic violence survivors. (December 2021)
Fighting Food Insecurity
Janine Ko, of Three Sisters Garden Project, an Ipswich-based nonprofit that works to make local food accessible to all, harvests radishes that will be part of healthy meal kits prepared by nonprofit Root, based in Salem, which helps young adults create a pathway to independence through food service training and employment. The two organizations are partnering with the Acord Food Pantry, a nonprofit based in Hamilton, to distribute the meal kits to families and seniors in Essex County. (October 2021)
Mike Sullivan, mail room coordinator at St. Francis House in Boston, the largest day shelter in Massachusetts—the only provider in the area with a mail service that operates during business hours—and his team help thousands of people in the Greater Boston area send and receive important documents and information – whether they are applying for benefits or housing, obtaining an ID or stimulus check, or seeking employment.
Philanthropy on the Field
The Learning by Giving Foundation and the Red Sox Foundation hosted 180 emerging philanthropic and community leaders at Fenway Park on Dec. 1, 2018, to inaugurate Philanthropy on the Field, which led to the allocation of $100,521 to 21 nonprofits in Boston and nearby communities. Focused on engaging millennials in philanthropy, the program included panel discussions on philanthropic giving, and enabled participants funds to nonprofit organizations of their choosing.
Volunteers Make It Happen
Lindsay Robinson, left, and Cassandra Russell from Arbella Insurance helped stuff 600 backpacks full of supplies for distribution at the start of the 2018-2019 school year to children of clients of Interfaith Social Services, a non-religious, nonprofit multi-service center based in Quincy that provides food and clothing to South Shore residents. Supporting the effort were dozens of individuals and businesses, including BMC HealthNet Plan, Boston Scientific, HarborOne Bank, Signet Electronic Systems, Inc., Stop & Shop, TopCo Associates LLC, Hingham Congregational Church, South Congregational Church of Braintree, and First Congregational Church of Braintree.
To celebrate the Old Corner Bookstore’s 300th year in 2018, Historic Boston, a nonprofit preservation and real estate organization that redevelops historically significant properties, unveiled Look Again in 2017, an augmented reality application for tablets and smart phones that overlays historic images onto the contemporary site to show what the building looked like over the last 150 years and imagine its future. The Old Corner Bookstore witnessed the birth of the American Revolution in the 1770s, ushered in a golden age of American literature in the 1850s, and narrowly escaped demolition in 1960.
Climbing for a Cause
David Downs finished the last of 1,220 steps of Boston’s 200 Clarendon Tower (formerly known as the John Hancock Tower) in 8 minutes, 31 seconds to become the first of 800 runners to complete the annual Climb to the Top on March 5, 2016, which raised $350,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater New England Chapter, based in Waltham. The seventh annual Climb featured elite runners like Downs, 35, a real estate project manager with Homeowner's Rehab, Inc., a Cambridge nonprofit, as well as casual runners from across Massachusetts, along with firefighter teams from South Hadley, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire. The funds will be used to help find the cause, treatment, and cure of multiple sclerosis, as well as support individuals and families living with MS.
Protecting the Great Outdoors
Mass Audubon, a Lincoln-based nonprofit that works to protect the nature of Massachusetts, promotes that mission by holding an annual photo contest to “highlight the beauty and diversity of Massachusetts wildlife, plant life, and landscapes.” Steve Flint of Foxborough was named the 2015 grand prize winner for his image, shown above, of a short-tailed weasel gazing, taken at Mass Audubon’s Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Norfolk. The 2015 contest included two age levels, 18 and older or under 18, and seven subject categories: people in nature, birds, mammals, other animals, plants and fungi, landscapes, and travel. Founded in 1896, Mass Audubon today has 100,000 members and cares for 35,000 acres of conservation land.
Gearing Up for Winter
Cradles to Crayons, a national nonprofit based in Cambridge that provides critical everyday essentials to low-income and homeless children, celebrated its 10th winter Un-Gala on Dec. 5, 2015, welcoming more than 800 volunteers and supporters at its Boston site to raise $1 million, as it did last year. Ten-year-old Maya Holzman, left, and her sister, Sydney, 12, of Brookline, helped by cleaning donated toys that will be delivered, along with clothing, outerwear, and other seasonal items, to 32,000 Massachusetts children in advance of the coming winter. Executive Director Sharon Reilly said the event was an “amazing success,” describing it as “a one-of-a-kind, family oriented experience.”<
Pies for a Cause
Community Servings, a Boston nonprofit, sold more than 20,000 pies to raise $748,000 via its annual Pie in the Sky fundraiser, held for the 23rd time in 2015, during the week leading up to Thanksgiving. Funds raised will help the organization deliver meals to disadvantaged, critically ill patients across Massachusetts. Ready to sample a 3-foot diameter apple pie at “Pie Day” held at Boston Public Market, are, from left, Ken Tutunjian, Community Servings board member; Liz Morningstar, CEO of Boston Public Market; David Waters, Community Servings CEO; and Jenna Montilio, of Montilio’s Baking Company, which baked the pie.
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