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Why we’re thankful all year

With so much unrest in the world today, at times it is hard to see that there is clearly still so much to be thankful for.

As a little kid, my dad showed me, by example, that dedicating your career to helping others makes for an extremely fulfilling life; my mom showed me that it was important to always be there for my brothers and me; my babysitter (who was more of a grandmother to us) taught me about unconditional love (and also that I needed my butt kicked once in a while!) I’m not sure any of us can ever fully comprehend how significant these roles are in our development. But I do feel that working with young girls who struggle with abandonment has opened my eyes in ways that inspire me to fight hard for these young girls.

As a young adult I had the good fortune to stumble upon a little girl who most would consider pretty abandoned. Fast forward many years and now I can look back and realize that this relationship not only fulfilled my life in ways I could have never imagined, but it mapped out the course for my dream job of empowering as many young girls as possible through building.

It takes a great deal of revenue, dedication and time to keep Girls at Work, Inc. operating, but more importantly, it takes a group of committed individuals to help our organization grow to extend the reach to many more.

Today I am extremely thankful to have a committed and talented group of individuals who see the true value in our mission of watching girls grow as we empower them through building, taking them far out of their comfort zone. Because of the skill and dedication of everyone from our Advisory Team to our Board of Directors to our many volunteers, our momentum is now stronger than ever before.

Because of these folks, we just celebrated our most successful Musicfest yet! In the beautiful auditorium at the Art Institute, filled with our individual supporters as well as our business sponsors, Common Man, Gabi’s Smoke Shack, Molloy Sound and Video,  Charles Schwabb and Mike Bonacorsi, there was no denying the energy was magical. And as always, a wonderful selection of musicians managed by our dear Chelsea Berry filled the room with wonderful music that featured our “star builder gone musician” Ava Liponis who left people speechless! An incredible bonus to our event this year was not only the appearance of Governor Maggie Hassan, but the time she took to speak on behalf of the work that we do. How wonderful to have support from a Governor who truly cares about our youth and is willing to share her time with us on such a special night.

I am also extremely thankful to all of the organizations that work tirelessly to raise additional funds to support a partnership with us. With so many nonprofits operating on a shoestring budget, yet doing such critical work, we are proud to continue to join forces with such wonderful organizations as Child and Family Services, Circle Program and our newest partner Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Manchester, just to name a few. We are also very excited about our new after-school partnerships. Together we really do accomplish more.

So if you don’t have a young person in your life who is in a better place because you believe in them… Stop. Look. Listen. I would be willing to bet you would not have to look far to find one.

Wishing you all a cozy and warm season of giving.

Elaine