Charity Spotlight Initiative
At SullivanKreiss Financial, we have developed our Charity Spotlight program to give back to our community through organizations that have made an impact in our clients’ lives. The amazing charities and organizations we spotlight have each been specifically nominated by one of our clients. Every month SKF donates a portion of our profit to the deserving cause. Our goal within this program is to not only help contribute financially to each organization, but to also gain awareness for the work they are doing to help benefit our community.
If you or someone you know has a charity or organization you would like to see us spotlight in the future, please email Morgan at [email protected] to nominate them.
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The Women's Fund of Essex County – POP Plus!
On May 5th, The Women’s Fund of Essex County held a phenomenal fundraising event, POP (power of the purse) Plus! This event has been held annually (with the exception of covid). This event celebrates the power of women, and the power of financial independence for Women. We were lucky enough to help support their efforts as the platinum sponsor for the event.
The Women’s Fund changes the lives of women and girls in need by helping to support organizations that address specific issues or risks to them. Through empowerment and education, the Women’s Fund of Essex County positions women and girls to reach their fullest potential. We are honored to be able to align ourselves with an organization such as The Women’s Fund of Essex County.
UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center
For the month of February, we are spotlighting the wonderful Certified Child Life Specialists at UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center. When children are working through illness, injury, or a loss of their normal day-to-day life, their needs are magnified. The Child Life Specialists at UMASS have a goal of helping patients and their families during stressful times by making each child feel more comfortable and supported.
One of the programs run by the Child Life Specialists is the Animal Assisted Therapy program. Valentina, the wonderful “full-time canine caregiver” promotes positive coping and a unique kind of healing to patients and families. The Animal Assistant program is sustained through community support and individual donors. SKF is helping to fund Valentina, and her amazing contribution to the UMASS community.
To learn more, please visit their website: https://www.ummhealth.org/umass-memorial-medical-center/services-treatments/childrens-medical-center/z-list-pediatric-services/child-life
The Greater Boston Food Bank
The Greater Boston Food Bank GBFB is the largest hunger-relief organization in New-England and is one of the largest in the country. Last year they distributed 117 pounds of nutritious food (the equivalent to 96 million meals) to individuals in need.
The Greater Boston Food Bank has initiatives in place to advance policies that accelerate food access programs with the goal of alleviating the current hunger crisis in the US. They also have a nutrition team that oversees the nutritional value of the food they distribute and provide nutritional education from registered dieticians through various programs. They believe that by providing adequate nutrition, and education, communities will be much stronger and healthier as a whole.
To learn more about the amazing initiatives of the GBFB, please visit their website: https://www.gbfb.org/
Tufts Children's Hospital – Annual Toy Drive
Tufts Children’s Hospital (formerly known as Tufts Floating Hospital for Children) has delivered high-qualify, accessible, family-centered care to children and their families in the greater Boston area for over 125 years. They are truly dedicated to helping their young patients experience the very best childhood possible. It is our hope that by contributing to the Annual Toy Drive, we help their mission to bring more smiles, joy, and a bit of normalcy to into their world. Toys donated will be utilized by patients staying in the hospital. They will also be given as gifts to brighten holidays and birthdays for children having to spend those times undergoing treatment.
If you have an interest in donating to Tufts Children’s Hospital Annual Toy Drive, it’s super easy to do so. Child Life Services, with the help of “Bob the Dog”, the resident service dog that is there to comfort the young patients and their families, has put together an Amazon wish list. You can find the list by scanning the QR code.
To learn more about this amazing establishment, please visit their website: https://www.tuftschildrenshospital.org/
The Birthday Wishes organization was founded locally in 2002 by three friends who organized a birthday party for a five-year-old boy at the Second Step Shelter in Newton, MA. Since then, over 26,000 underprivileged children have been gifted a birthday celebration.
One of many amazing programs Birthday Wishes has put in place is the “Build a Birthday-in-a-Box” program. This initiative allows Birthday Wishes to reach homeless children in various living situations. These boxes are compiled by volunteers and have decorations, cake mix, frosting, candles, and a brand-new toy gift for the recipient. This program empowers families who are financially unable to buy these things and allows them to share in special moments, regardless of the hard times they are experiencing.
For additional information, please visit their website: https://birthdaywishes.org
Freedom Service Dogs of America
The Freedom Service Dogs of America was founded in 1987, and quickly grew into one of the leading service dog training organizations. They train dogs specifically to assist and enhance the lives of people with physical disabilities, veterans with post-traumatic stress or traumatic brain injury, as well as children (5 years and older) and adults on the autism spectrum or with other neurocognitive disabilities.
Currently, there are three training programs available for service dogs through Freedom Service Dogs of America: Traditional, Disco’s Dogs, and Operation Full Circle. Traditional training is suitable for any type of client above the age of 12 years old. Disco’s Dogs is specifically for individuals on the autism spectrum or with neurocognitive disabilities over the age of 5 years old. Operation Full Circle is for veterans with post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries, and/or physical disabilities. Across all programs, these service dogs truly enhance the overall independence, confidence, and well-being of the clients they serve.
We encourage you to check out the Freedom Service Dogs of America website for more information: https://freedomservicedogs.org/about/