In Boston, fundraising season is upon us as many of the nonprofit organizations make a final push to reach their annual goals. Working with these organizations is truly humbling as I get to know the work they do and the people that support their missions. Their efforts are years in the making, and persistence is paying off as research grows, resources are built, individuals & families are supported, and positive change begins to materialize. Hope is realized where it once felt nonexistent and love begins to reconnect the unconnected.
While the missions behind fundraising galas are serious, these events are joyful nights where partnerships are strengthened, friends are reunited and giving is done in abundance.
Below are descriptions of a few of the organizations I photographed this year, and highlights from their annual events.
YouthConnect "is an advocacy and intervention program of Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston that helps the most at-risk young people make positive life choices through trusting relationships with skilled and compassionate social workers. Through our innovative partnership with the Boston Police Department, we place licensed clinical social workers in police stations throughout the city of Boston. This direct partnership with law enforcement allows us to immediately intervene with the child at the critical moment when they are engaging in – or are at risk of – engaging in delinquent activity."
The Joey Fund "which works in partnership with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, is an independent fund established by individuals in November 1986 in memory of Joey O’Donnell, a courageous fighter and victim of cystic fibrosis. In times of extreme sickness or need, New England cystic fibrosis patients and their families, through The Joey Fund and various cystic fibrosis clinics throughout Massachusetts, have a unique opportunity to receive financial assistance for CF related problems. Together the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and The Joey Fund supply financial support for both patients and research. Working as a team they have created a future for children with cystic fibrosis, and are working even harder to achieve the ultimate goal - a cure for CF and to make cystic fibrosis history."
St. Anthony Shrine "is committed to serving homeless women in a safe, calming, confidential and private environment, separate from any male presence. In partnership with Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, the Shrine opened a Women’s Clinic in order to serve the complex health care needs of homeless women in Downtown Boston. Substance abuse and the opioid crisis are among the leading causes of homelessness, particularly for young women. Homeless women are the most vulnerable group for assault, abuse, prostitution and sex trafficking. A nurse practitioner, a registered nurse, and a licensed drug and alcohol counselor staff it. These three professionals work together to create a plan to address, monitor and manage the health care and well-being of each patient."