Jamaica Plain nonprofit Strong Women Strong Girls recently received a generous $25,000 grant from Pure Leaf to support its mission to empower girls to imagine broader futures through curriculum based multigenerational mentorship. With site locations in both Boston and Pittsburgh, SWSG champions the aspirations and promotes the potential of girls from under-resourced communities through innovative mentorship programming. This International Women’s Day, March 8, 2021, the tea company Pure Leaf is partnering with SWSG to start a national conversation around the positive things that come from saying no. Working with inspiring women such as Lauren Simmons, the youngest female trader in Wall Street’s 225-year history, and Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, the first Muslim woman to play in hijab in NCAA DI basketball, influencers shared empowering stories about how saying no to distractions, limitations and obligations that don’t serve a greater purpose enabled them to accomplish their goals. Stories were shared on Instagram and the @PureLeaf feed using the hashtag #noisbeautiful.
Tufts Health Plan Foundation and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation recently gave $30,000 to eight nonprofit organizations in New England region, including Strong Women, Strong Girls Boston. The awards honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and support work to advance social and racial justice. Strong Women, Strong Girls Boston's mission statement is: To empower girls to imagine a broader future through a curriculum grounded on female role models delivered by college women mentors, who are themselves mentored by professional women. The awards honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and support work to advance social and racial justice. “These organizations are working to drive positive change in communities that are often overlooked and underestimated.
First there was Thanksgiving, then came Black Friday, then Cyber Monday, which were then followed by the virtuous #GivingTuesday. #GivingTuesday is an international day of giving before we get into the commercialized holiday season -- and here are just a few Jamaica Plain nonprofits that help the community in many ways. All of these nonprofits accept donations in different forms and many are also eager to have volunteers donate their time to help their programs. Please contact them for more info. Bikes Not Bombs (284 Amory St. and 18 Bartlett Square) is a unique local nonprofit that "uses the bicycle as a vehicle for social change."