Every once in a while, you get to meet people of genuine greatness. Not the flashy greatness that tends to get noticed at awards ceremonies like the Grammys or Oscars. The kind of quiet greatness that leads a young couple to move to a rough neighborhood to help be the change they want to see in the world.
In the mid-1990s, Paul and Glenna Malkemes did just that. Inspired by their faith, they moved into Dorchester, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Boston and one of the worst reputations, and founded The Boston Project. 18 years later, they’re still there with their family.
But they’d be the first to say The Boston Project is much bigger than them. It started with a vision of bringing urban and suburban kids together to do work projects. Now it’s grown into a community-based organization partnering with over twenty organizations to meet the needs of the community. They run homework centers, help people get jobs, and partner with their neighbors helping alleviate poverty and make their neighborhood safer and healthier. As one of the resident’s said, “The Boston Project brings that ‘village’ concept to the community.”
Your donation can help them help more kids succeed in school, help transform vacant lots to community gardens, and help make Boston’s largest neighborhood a safer place to grow up. You can give online at: http://www.tbpm.org/giving/ Hear what the neighbors are saying about The Boston Project’s greenspace project transforming a vacant lot into a community garden watch this short 4 minute video:
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