February 2018 Newsletter

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February 2018

Learn more about TPC’s 2017-2018 Grantees


TPC grantee Daily Table saw all of its hard work and planning come to fruition at the Roxbury store’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on January 19. TPC Liaison Liz Sanchez described the buzz as several city and state officials and community partners and members joined Daily Table’s Executive Director Doug Rauch, Mayor Walsh, and store manager Marvin Clark (pictured, to the right of Doug Rauch) for the Grand Opening.


Join us at one of our upcoming Connect the Dots events…

Save the date for the next Connect the Dots event in Boston! We’ll meet on the evening of March 6, and will focus on recruiting Young Philanthropists (members 35 years old and under). Do you have a friend or two who wants to learn more about TPC and collective giving? Register you and your guest for March 6. We also have Connect the Dots events on the horizon in Dover (March 8) and the South End (April 5).

Things You Should Know …

Tired of shoveling snow and layering up? Drive out the cold by looking ahead to late spring and TPC’s Annual Meeting. This is our most important gathering of the year: a culmination of the hard work our grant teams have done to prepare the grantee slate, and a celebration as we reveal and meet the 2018-2019 class of grantees. We will also be delighted to mark TPC’s fifth anniversary and the occasion of surpassing the $1 million milestone in grants awarded since our inception. Please mark the evening of May 31 on your calendars and be thinking of other women you’d like to invite to this meaningful, exciting event.

Grantee Doc Wayne Youth Services is very excited to be hosting a fund raising event on the evening of Friday, March 2 at Del Frisco’s in Boston. They would love for you to join them for hors d’oeuvres and cocktails and the opportunity to learn more about Doc Wayne and how you might help to change the lives of children living with mental, social, and emotional health challenges.

Remember that on February 26 the Young Philanthropist Fellowship Application will be available on our website. Read more about our Fellowship benefits and responsibilities, and meet our current class of Fellows. Think about someone you know who may be interested in applying for this exciting opportunity.

Come join us for a Philanthropy Dialogue on the evening of March 22 as we welcome current and former grantees Boston CASA and Silver Lining Mentoring, who will facilitate a discussion of Steve Pemberton’s book: A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home. They will be focusing on the issues raised by the author’s story – particularly relevant to us as it takes place in Massachusetts. This Dialogue will provide the opportunity to ask important questions around the challenges facing youth in foster care, and will introduce some promising solutions for addressing those challenges and supporting the young people who face them.

Speaking of all these events, ever wish you could see each month’s upcoming TPC and grantee activities in one place? We thought so. Next time you visit the Events section of the website, click the “Calendar View” and you’ll see what’s on the horizon for TPC. We’ll be adding more grantee events in the coming weeks so you won’t miss an important opportunity to volunteer or attend a grantee or TPC event.

Grantee Impact: Boston CASA
TPC Liaisons: Margery Blume and Susan Lit

As a newly appointed liaison to Boston CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), my initial exposure to the CASA community was attending the organization’s 6th Annual Gala, its major fundraiser, with fellow TPC member, Susan Lit. The Gala honored Associate Justice Stephen M. Limon (pictured third from right) with CASA Executive Director Charles Lerner (left of Justice Limon) and members of the judiciary. While the event space at the Nonprofit Center was set up as one would expect, and the program for the evening was similar to that of other non-profit benefits, I was struck by a remarkable difference once I began circulating in the crowd. I encountered a ubiquitous energy and palpable excitement among the diverse group of individuals gathered that evening as they discussed the importance of Boston CASA’s work, which is to ensure that children who have experienced abuse or neglect have futures in a permanent home free of maltreatment, and a caring and consistent adult to advocate for them. Just as each of us would advocate for our own children or others whom we care about, a CASA assumes that role for a child in foster care to ensure that the child receives the resources and support he or she needs in order to thrive. I heard volunteer CASAs chatting about how fulfilling they found their work, and an Associate Justice with the Juvenile Court explain that having a CASA involved in a case provided him with the confidence of knowing that he was making his decision for what was in a child’s best interests based on comprehensive and accurate information. The passion, commitment, and belief in the CASA model shared by volunteers, staff, donors, social workers, and members of the judiciary was noteworthy and set Boston CASA’s community of supporters apart in a commendable and memorable fashion.

If you would like further insight into why the CASA model has inspired so many, from all walks of life, I urge you to listen to a judge’s perspective, a teen’s personal story, and reflections from experienced CASAs. I think you will find the six-minute video, “Transforming Lives,” an enjoyable and worthwhile use of your time.

Continue reading Boston CASA article by Margery Blume


Member Impact: TPC Volunteer Day at Refugee & Immigrant Assistance Center
TPC Liaisons: Ellen Giannuzzi and Ellen Seidensticker

Summary provided by Volunteer, Katie Sutton

On a gray January morning, a small group of TPC members met at the Roxbury headquarters of TPC grantee Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center (RIAC). RIAC is a grassroots community-based non-profit human service agency that provides comprehensive services to refugees, asylees, and immigrants, including resettlement, case management, counseling, outreach/education, and other social services.

Our task was to walk clients through the various paperwork necessary in order for them to receive the help they need. We were greeted warmly by Director of Social Services, Naima Agalab, and her assistant Gabrielle Short, who gave us a brief overview of the process before dividing us up and settling us into our work stations where we prepared to meet with the clients arriving that morning.

RIAC Volunteer Day Summary


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