SHARE THE CARE
Total health and wellness isn’t just about your own body. It includes the state of the environment and community of people around you. Each quarter throughout the year I will select a local organization that is need of in-kind donations. I will update this page and post a list of the items that are needed here. When you bring in an item from their list to donate, I will give you $10 off of your treatment (60 and 90 minute acupuncture appointments only). It’s a win-win situation for all!
HopeWell (formerly Dare Family Services, Inc.) was founded in Roxbury, MA in 1964 with the creation of the first community-based residential program for boys. Since then, the agency has become involved in a number of innovative initiatives with its primary focus in foster care. The agency provides intensive support for approximately 500 children and adolescents daily.
Recently they launched My First Place; a nationally recognized education and employment program that provides access to safe, stable housing, and case management supports to enable young people who have aged out of the foster care system. They are working to teach household management skills, for most of the young people, this is the first time they are living in their own apartment. The youth in this program are starting off without a job or source of income which makes paying for things like cleaning supplies difficult.
I will be collecting the following NEW items:
- paper towels
- spray cleaners
- dustpan, brushes, and brooms
- dish gloves
- trash bags
Winter 2018 - Pine Street Inn provides a comprehensive range of services, including permanent supportive housing, job training and placement, emergency shelter and street outreach to more than 1,600 homeless men and women each day. St. Francis House rebuilds lives by providing refuge and pathways to stability for adults experiencing homelessness and poverty. We donated one large bag of winter accessories to Pine Street Inn and 2 large bags of coats, pants, accessories to St. Francis House.
Fall 2017 - Big Sister Association of Greater Boston supports positive mentoring relationships between women and girls. Each year they offer extra support to their Little Sisters and their families during the holiday season by partnering with organizations to provide gifts during the month of December. We donated 16 gifts and provided gifts for one adopted family.
Summer 2017 - Cradle to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. They supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need. We donated one bag toiletries and art supplies.
Winter - Spring 2017 - More Than Words is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. We donated 8 full bags of books, DVDs, CDs, and video games.
Fall 2016 - Boston Center for Refugee Health & Human Rights provides holistic health care coordinated with social services and legal aid for asylum seekers, refugees, survivors of torture, and their families. They also train professionals to serve this population, conduct research to understand and implement best-practices, and promote health and human rights, locally and globally, to improve the quality of life for survivors of torture and their communities. We donated an air mattress, pack and play, stroller, winter coat, and a large duffle bag filled with gloves, scarves, hats, and diapers.
Winter - Summer 2016 - On The Rise creates a community where women have the relationships, safety, and resources they need to move out of homelessness. They engage with those most in need and support their initiative and strength as they move beyond crisis and discover new possibilities. We donated over 40 toiletry and personal care items.
Fall 2015 - Bridge Over Troubled Waters is Boston's premier organization dedicated to transforming the lives of runaway, homeless, and high-risk youth through safe, supportive, and encouraging relationships and effective and innovative services that guide them toward self-sufficiency. We donated over 50 toiletry items, 2 notebooks, 6 pairs of socks, and 3-$10 gift cards for their youth.
Summer 2015 - Roger Clap Innovation School's mission is to ensure that every student regardless of his/her socio-economic, linguistic and academic history is educated to the highest level through a rigorous and comprehensive curriculum. We donated over 145 items from their wish list including crayons, markers, sticky notes, notebooks, scissors, and glue sticks.
Spring 2015 - Rosie's Place provides a safe and nurturing environment to help poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives. We donated over 80 personal care items ranging from toiletries to under garments and socks.
Winter 2015 - Animal Rescue League of Boston is dedicated to rescuing domesticated animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect. We donated 6 packages of tasty treats, 9 chewy toys, and 8 cuddly towels for our furry friends.
Fall 2014 - Pine Street Inn provides a comprehensive range of services, including permanent supportive housing, job training and placement, emergency shelter and street outreach to more than 1,600 homeless men and women each day. Founded in 1969, Pine Street is the largest resource for homeless men and women in New England. We donated enough to serve of 442 cups of tea (green and black), 195 cups of coffee, 80 cups of hot chocolate, and 254 servings of cereal (hot and cold).
Summer 2014 - Room to Grow is dedicated to enhancing the lives of babies born into poverty during their critical first three years. Families visit the program every three months until their child turns three. At each visit, they meet with Room to Grows staff social workers and receive one-on-one parenting support, connections to community resources, and all the essential items needed to ensure a healthy and secure start for their child. We donated 2 large bags of infant clothing and one large shopping bag of toys and books.
Spring 2014 - The Women’s Lunch Place's mission is to provide a safe, comfortable daytime shelter, nutritious food, and support services for women who are homeless or low income. We donated over 40 items consisting of soap, toothpaste, deodorant, towels, and other personal care items.