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Apr 30, 2014
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"Classification"
May 14, 2014

Changing Lives One Mile, Job and House at a Time

Back on My Feet (BoMF) is a national for-purpose 501(c)3 organization that uses running to help those experiencing homelessness change the way they see themselves so they can make real change in their lives that results in employment and independent living. 

The organization’s mission is not to create runners within the homeless population, but to use running to create self-sufficiency in the lives of those experiencing homelessness. The program’s success is measured by how many Members achieve independence through employment and housing.

Through dedication and hard work, Residential Members (those experiencing homelessness) earn the opportunity to create a new road for themselves.   Running leads to personal transformation and dedication to the program leads to access to training, employment and housing resources.  Through community and corporate support, the program strives to change the perception of homelessness. 

Back on My Feet has received incredible media support, including attention from NBC Nightly News , ABC World News, CNN, and The Today Show for its ingenuity in tackling this difficult social issue.

Fast Facts

  • Back on My Feet started in Philadelphia in 2007
  • Back on My Feet has 10 chapters nationwide and will launch its 11th chapter in Los Angeles in October 2013
  • 46% of Residential Members (those experiencing homelessness) move their lives forward with a job, housing or both
  • Back on My Feet has a $6.5M operating budget for 2013
May 21, 2014
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"Baby Basics, Inc"

Baby Basics, Inc. is a non-profit, 100% volunteer organization that provides and distributes diapers to babies of the working/near poor in the communities of South Boston, MA and Needham/Dedham, MA. 

 

Baby Basics, Inc. believes that early intervention with infants is one of the best ways of preventing a later failure to thrive. By providing these babies with hygienic and when needed, nutritional essentials, we hope to maximize their potential development.

100% of revenue generated by donations is applied to purchase diapers. Administrative costs are underwritten by donations earmarked as such.

Jun 11, 2014
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"Massachusettes Adoption Resource Exchange"

The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) was founded in 1957 to find “a permanent place to call home” for children and teens in foster care in Massachusetts, including sibling groups and children who are traditionally harder to place. We do this by recruiting, educating, supporting and advocating for families throughout the adoption process. 

MARE was one of the first five adoption exchanges in the United States, and the only one established under private auspices with trustees from both the private and public sectors of adoption.

MARE was then, and is now, the bridge between the state’s Department of Children & Families, private adoption agencies, and adults interested in adoption. We recruit, educate, support and advocate for familiesthroughout the adoption process while targeting recruitment efforts to attract potential parents for specific waiting children. We are the Commonwealth’s central clearinghouse for adoption information and referral, and work to identify potential matches between children and families. 

Our goal is to find a safe, nurturing permanent family for every child in Massachusetts foster care who cannot be reunited with his/her birth family.  MARE has helped more than 5,750 children join nurturing, stable homes through its history of innovative programming.