Be Inspired: Rebecca Skoler

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BE INSPIRED

The B Fund kids are just as talented as they are generous! Rebecca Skoler, who has volunteered with The B Fund since its founding, also participates in a unique educational opportunity in Florida, where she is able to excel at golf while completing her high school coursework. With golf playing such a huge role in her life, she wanted to find a way where she could connect her passion with the needs of her community.

Leadership Links is a nonprofit organization that will help provide an interactive way to use Rebecca’s talent, golf, to give back! For every birdie that Rebecca makes in tournaments this season, donors can pledge to give a certain amount to both Leadership Links and The B Fund. She typically plays about three tournaments per month with an average of two birdies per round, so even a small pledge could make a huge difference.

When asked about her involvement, Rebecca said, “My favorite part of working with the B Fund is watching our actions and activities inspire others. I also enjoy watching a group of people with all different ages, personalities, and ideas come together with a single mission of changing the world.”

The B Fund encourages children of all ages to use their time, talents, and treasures to give back to families caring for critically ill children. Rebecca demonstrates our mission wonderfully; not only is she pushing herself to improve her golf, but she also hopes to channel this talent into greater social good. We at The B Fund are all so proud of her!

We hope that you will take a moment to make a pledge and or offer your support by clicking on this link. You can make a one-time donation or pledge an amount per birdie. Thank you for all of your support!

If you know of someone who is performing acts of kinds, both large and small, email us at [email protected] to learn how to nominate them and share their story. #beinspired #thebfund

 

 

BE Inspired: Penelope Fireman

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The B Fund’s Founding Member and Board Member, Penny Fireman, was recently honored at the One Family’s 2017 TRANSFORMING FUTURES event for her dedication and tireless efforts to support One Family Inc., a non profit organization aiming to prevent homelessness and break the cycle of family poverty in Massachusetts by promoting pathways to economic independence through advocacy, education and innovation.

As a board member of One Family Inc, Penny has played a critical role in the growth and success of their One Family’s Scholar Program, which is currently supporting 93 single parents on the path to earn a college degree. To date, over 300 One Family Scholars have been awarded a college degree and 90% of them were employed or pursued another degree within six months of graduation.

Penny showcases her TIME, TALENTS, and TREASURES in each of the organizations she supports. Her dedication to the surrounding community is a true testament to the gracious and kind individual she is. She goes above and beyond to volunteer her time at Tenacre Country Day School and other various community organizations.

This Wonder Woman cannot be stopped! After beating Cancer in 2013, she went on to run the Boston Marathon in 2015, biked the Pan-Mass Challenge this summer, and was recently awarded the title “Master of Pokemon Go.” Penny is a true inspiration to all of us and The B Fund cherishes the “Lucky Penny.”

Is there anything she can’t do? The B Fund is grateful for all that Penny does to support her community. We truly could not assist families caring for critically ill children without her kindness and generosity!

Easter Hoppenings and Breakfast engages community in giving their time, talents, and treasures for families caring for critically ill children

At The B Fund, we call upon participants to use their time, talents, and treasures to give back; therefore, when we hold an event, it is paramount that guests of all ages understand that they can make a difference. We measure our impact not simply by dollars raised, but also by hours volunteered, cards decorated, and goods donated to assist families caring for critically ill children.

When Linden Square and The Cottage asked us to be their charitable partner for the Easter Hoppenings event, we were delighted to have such a unique opportunity to involve the community in a variety of B Fund activities. An estimated 300 guests were involved in this event on April 8th, and we could not have been more impressed by the different ways that volunteers, guests, and local businesses gave of their TIME, TALENTS, and TREASURES!

Volunteers used their TIME:

We are so grateful for the adults and children of all ages who gave of their time to ensure that our raffle and breakfast were a success. 

We truly could not have held this event without their time and support! 

Children used their TALENTS:

The B Fund believes that everyone can use their talents to help someone in need. That’s exactly what several compassionate individuals did when they visited Magic Beans during the Easter Hoppenings event! These beautiful handmade cards that will be distributed to local ambulances and hospitals to show some brave children that “Some-Bunny” is thinking of them!

Thank you to the staff of Magic Beans for allowing us to hold this event in their store. These cards are a priceless way for children to use their creativity and talents to help others!

Local businesses used their TREASURES:

Last but not least, local businesses so generously donated their products, or treasures, for this event. 

Thank you to the following local businesses who assisted with this event:

  • Amanda Lewis and The Cottage staff for hosting an amazing breakfast and helping with our raffle
  • Holly Bitz and Linden Square Wellesley for organizing this event
  • Our raffle donors: Bella Sante, Bach to Rock Wellesley, Michael and Jennifer Skoler, Carina Donoso, California Pizza Kitchen, Daniel and Penelope Fireman, Glowgolf, Lauren & Lola, Luxotic Nails, Hannah Lebel, PureBarre, The Cottage, and Zoo New England

National Reading Month: Our top five favorites!

Did you know March is National Reading Month?  Here is a selection of five books that highlight the importance of acting with kindness and the power of giving!

First on our list is Last Stop On Market Street by Matt De La Pena.  This book centers on a child who questions the world around him and his grandmother answers questions with deeper meaning. The book ends with the child getting to volunteer at a soup kitchen.

Second on our list, we really enjoy The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig.  This heart-warming story focuses on how small acts of kindness can lead to an inclusive environment allowing children to flourish and grow. 

For the animal lovers out there, we simply loved A Sick Day For Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead.  This delightful story highlights a friendly zookeeper named Amos McGee and the power of friendship. After Amos McGee cares for all of his animal friends at the zoo, he finds himself feeling sick. The animals take care of Amos McGee and make sure that he is not lonely during his Sick Day. 

Fourth on our list is Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson. This book showcases the importance of random acts of kindness. Mary, a young girl, goes out to pick some blueberries for her neighbor, which leads to a chain reaction that eventually finds its way back to her. This shows that a good deed can go a long way.

Last but not least, one of our all time favorites! Have You Filled Your Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud is a wonderful example of how easy it is for children to express kindness towards others and offers them the ability to visualize how their actions and words impact others. 

Those are just a few of our favorites. Do you have a favorite book that is not listed above? Email us at [email protected] and tell us about your favorite title. 

BE Inspired: Local student makes over 50 Be Bags for Bat Mitzvah project

When it came time for Sophie to complete her bat mitzvah project, she wanted to help patients at Boston Children’s Hospital. With some help from her dance friends, Sophie worked with The B Fund to create over 50 Be Bags, activity bags that provide patients and their families with a much-needed distraction while they stay in the hospital.

Sophie and her friends spent an afternoon assembling coloring pages, puzzles, toys, and other hospital-approved items to be distributed to patients.

After gathering the toys and activities, Sophie and her friends wrote inspirational messages for each bag. Knowing that these bags were going to sick children, Sophie wanted to send these resilient children words of hope and encouragement.

“I felt strongly that sending a positive message to these children was important,” Sophie wrote. “They needed to know that someone out there was rooting for them and simply cared.”

She chose to work with The B Fund because she knew that her time and talents could directly benefit children in need. Thanks to Sophie and her friends, over 50 Be Bags were sent to Boston Children’s Hospital where they will be placed in ambulances, given to the Child Life Specialist in the emergency room, and the Yawkee Inn, a patient family housing facility.

“I walked away from the activity feeling great and proud that I was able to use my own time and talents to create a beautiful treasure,” Sophie wrote. “This treasure will make a difference in the life [of] a critically ill child.”

A special thank you to Sophie and her friends for using their time and talents to help over 50 patients and families. The B Fund is grateful for all of your hard work!!

If you would like to make a difference like Sophie, rally your friends and host a drive! “Be Bags” are simple and inexpensive to make, but they mean so much to patients and their families. For more information, email us at [email protected]

 

 

sNOW is the time to make a difference!

sNOW is the day!

Winter is here and some of you may be home with a snow day! The thought of having a snow day may bring on a mix of emotions, both good and bad. 

The B Fund is here to help! sNOW is the time to use your TIME and TALENTS to create a beautiful TREASURE, also known as a homemade get-well card for a child spending the winter season in the hospital. 

Participation is SIMPLE: 

1. Grab paper and something to write with! Crayons, markers, pencils and/or a pen will do the trick. 

2. Determine what you want to create and let your creative juices flow. 

3. Once finished, share your efforts by: 

- snap a photo of your finished product and email it to us at: [email protected] We will print it out and deliver your treasure. 

- Mail us your finished product: The B Fund - PO BOX 81254 - Wellesley Hills, MA. 02481

- Share your efforts on social media by using the following hashtags: #thebfund #snowistheday 

Making a difference has never been so easy! Join us now. Whether you are having a snow day or spending your day outside in the warm sunshine, all it takes is a little bit of effort on your part to make someone's day. 

 

WHAT WILL YOU BE in 2017? SHARE YOUR STORY

2016 was an incredible year for The B Fund and we were thrilled by the number of kids who joined our growing group of brave and compassionate kids looking to perform acts of kindness, both big and small.

We are kicking off 2017 with our “I will be” Campaign where we invite kids of ALL AGES, yes that can be you too,  to share what they want to be in 2017! The goal of this campaign is to spark conversations with others and inspire them to identify one word that they will aspire to become or continue being.  For example:

In 2017 I will be HELPFUL

In 2017 I will be KIND

Participation is simple and can be accomplished in a few easy steps:

1.    Supplies needed: 

  • One 8 ½ X 11 white sheet of blank paper
  • One black marker. (Think black sharpie) 

2.     Once you have the materials ready, take a few moments to inform them that you are both going to identify one word you will aim to be in 2017.   For example, you may want to start with your own example.

   “This year, I want to make a difference. When I think about people who make a difference, I would describe them as: 

                     kind

                     brave

                     helpful

                     smart

                     compassionate

                     leader

                     generous

   Next, chose one for yourself and say “In 2017 I want to be…(insert your word)"

   Now it is their turn!  BE PREPARED for the following answers:

                      “I want to be a football player, actress or they may say I want to be ME.”  

                     Congratulate them on aspiring to be something great but ask them “what about being “you” or a “football” player is great?” How would you describe yourself or the football player you want to be? It is important to get them to understand that each individual is made up of wonderful qualities that make them unique.

   Next, you are ready to write your word on the sheet of paper. Please make sure you write the word in LARGE letters and if possible, make sure it is neat! After this is complete, have your child hold up the document in front of their chest and take a picture of them. 

   Last but not least,  email your photo to [email protected] so we can share your efforts and inspire others to determine “What they will be in 2017!”

 

BE BRAVE, BE KIND AND BE THE ONE TO INSPIRE OTHERS IN 2017

 

 

THE B FUND BEANIE: SHOP, KNIT AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE

The B Fund is excited to share with you the news of The B Fund Beanie, created by The 3rd Piece, a coveted accessory company that specializes in hand-knit statement pieces founded by Carina Donoso and Kristen Lambert.  As part of their Giving Pieces campaign, 20% of The B Fund Beanie sales will benefit The B Fund’s efforts to empower kids of all ages to take action by using their time, talents and treasures to support families caring for critically ill children.

Personally, I was introduced to The 3rd Piece a few years ago and found their hand-made products beautiful. After learning more about the company, I was moved by their ability to spark creativity in others and empower people to knit. Whether someone attends one of their knit nights or they choose to purchase the tools to create a product through their “Made By You” concept, it was clear to me The 3rd Piece was on to more than just keeping people warm, cozy and fashionable with these incredible pieces.

In case you were not aware, knitting has a variety of health benefits to offer.  As a matter of fact, some say knitting can produce a relaxed state similar to meditation and yoga. First, the rhythmic motions and sense of focus alleviate stress, while sitting and engaging in the process improves motor skills, reduces your heart rate and lowers your blood pressure.  According to the Mayo Clinic, those who engage in crafts (including knitting) are about 30-50% less likely to have a “mild cognitive impairment” than those who don’t. Lastly, knitting creates community by bringing like-minded people together to make a difference in their own life or the lives of others. 

Check out The B Fund Beanie and all the other products The 3rd Piece has to offer.

Happy shopping and who knows… Happy knitting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HALLOWEEN CANDY DRIVE RAISES $10,000 FOR BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AND THEIR EFFORTS TO SUPPORT FAMILIES CARING FOR CRITICALLY ILL PATIENTS.

Over 3,500 participants donated an estimated 65,298 pieces of Halloween Candy as they participated in The B Fund’s 4th Annual Halloween Candy Drive, a week long initiative inviting children and families to imagine what the difference one small piece of candy can make in the lives of those in need. 

Thanks to businesses, schools and families across the New England area, Trick or Treaters were enlightened that their beloved candy was not only delicious, it also had the ability to make a difference as The B Fund contributed $.25 to Boston Children’s Hospital for each piece of candy kids donated from their personal stash. *donation up to $10,000

To date, The B Fund’s Halloween Candy Drive has raised $41,500 and has inspired over 7,000 children across Massachusetts to make a difference in the lives of families caring for critically ill children. 

 “The candy drive was not only a meaningful way to support Boston Children’s Hospital, but it also brought inspiration, motivation and a sense of pride to all who donated their candy to make a difference in the lives of those in need, states Rebecca Skoler, age 12.”

 *Donation up to $10, 000

So.. what's next? Participating schools and families are inspiring children to use their own TIME and TALENTS to inspect and sort the donated TREASURES (candy) into two groups: with nuts and one without. From there, bags containing 20 pieces of candy are created for staff members and families caring for critically ill children at Boston Children’s Hospital. Each bag is personalized with a handwritten note of encouragement, well wishes and/or a simple thank you for all their hard work. To date, 2,301 bags (and counting) have been created and will be delivered by December 15th.

A special thank you to volunteers, families, schools and businesses who joined our growing group of brave and compassionate individuals looking to shine a light on families in need. The B Fund is GRATEFUL for you!  

Calypso St. Barth:  The Street – Chestnut Hill, MA. 

The Cottage: The Street – Chestnut Hill, MA. 

Ku De Ta: The Street – Chestnut Hill, MA. 

Polarn O. Pyret: The Street – Chestnut Hill, MA. 

Ronsky’s: The Street – Chestnut Hill, MA

Bach to Rock: Wellesley, MA

BTone Fitness: Wellesley & Sudbury, MA.

Gretta Luxe: Wellesley, MA.

Wellesley Toy Shop: Wellesley, MA.

 The Cottage Wellesley

SCHOOLS: 

Potter Road Elementary School: Framingham, MA.

Hills & Falls Nursery School: Newton, MA. 

Lincoln-Hancock School: Quincy, MA.

Ernest F. Upham School:  Wellesley, MA.

Horatio H. Hunnewell School: Wellesley, MA. 

Tenacre Country Day School: Wellesley, MA.

Woodland Elementary School: Weston, MA.

Country Elementary School: Weston, MA.

Field Elementary School: Weston, MA.

Weston Windows Preschool: Weston, MA

Gingerbread Breakfast: Reserve your spot now!

It’s with great excitement that we inform you The B Fund has been selected to serve as this year’s charitable partner for the “Second Annual Gingerbread Breakfast” on Saturday, December 17th from 9 AM – 11 AM at The Cottage in Chestnut Hill, MA.  

This will be a wonderful opportunity for children and their families to gather over breakfast and celebrate the holidays while making a difference in the lives of families caring for critically ill children.

Event activities include: 

  Gingerbread Cookie Decorating courtesy of Treat Cupcake Bar

  Delicious FroYo samples from Pinkberry

  Participation in one of The B Fund's Signature Activities which empowers participants to use their time, talents and treasures to bring joy to children spending the holidays in the hospital this year.

  Holiday Inspired "PhotoBooth" 

  A visit from Mr. Gingerbread Man himself right at your table!

Tickets - Adults: $25 / Child:  $15. 100% of the children's ticket sales will benefit The B Fund. 

Reservations for this year are now being accepted and can be made online at:

 https://www.yelpreservations.com/r/the-cottage-chestnut-hill/

For more information or questions, please contact: [email protected]

 We hope to see you there!