After this record-breaking winter, as a city we’re looking at some sobering numbers: 110.3 inches of total snowfall; $2 billion impact on the Boston-area economy; second coldest February on record (17.5 degrees average), with 28 straight days of lows dropping to 20 degrees or colder between January and February. It was a tough winter season, to say the least—made especially tough by our enigmatic and unreliable public transportation system.
On March 25th, Small Can Be Big received an unusual referral. While most of our referrals assist families with housing, utilities, or medical emergencies, A’s story was different. A is a high school senior currently living in the foster care system due to physical abuse. She has proven to be incredibly resilient, excelling socially and academically.
Thank you once again for your energy and generous support throughout our 2014 Holiday Campaign! Not only did we raise over $28,000 in online donations, but we also successfully funded ALL 18 families on our site! AMAZING.
Five years on, with 544 families helped and $700,000 raised, Small Can Be Big continues to provide a beacon of light for those currently weathering the strongest of storms. As we push onward, I’m honored to take the torch and lead SCBB to its next stage of development. (In fact, I just want to shout: Let’s go!) But first, let me take a minute to officially introduce myself to you.
“We all have the capacity to be extraordinary philanthopists.” But often, the question is HOW? In case you’re looking for a little guidance this #GivingTuesday, or at anytime, here are a few links from around the web that instruct, inspire & disrupt:
Brooklyn Castle tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. The film follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard, and is as much about the sting of their losses as it is about the anticipation of their victories.