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"To all the Samaritans-thank you so much for your kindness and compassion over the years."- helpline caller
In This Issue:
  • The Value of Volunteers
  • Youth Outreach
  • Annual Memorial Summary
  • Meet our 2017 Boston Marathon Team
  • Win a Trip to South Africa
  • Meet our Newest Board Member, Stacey Marino
  • Upcoming Events
  • Internship and Volunteer Opportunities at Samaritans!
The Value of VolunteersAnnualmemorial
According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, about 62.8 million Americans, or 25.3 percent of the adult population, gave 7.9 billion hours of volunteer service worth $184 billion in 2014. Volunteers are of great value to nonprofit organizations.  Not only do volunteers help to save money, but they can provide better service to clients, increase contact with the greater community, make available better expertise, and reduce costs of services.

For each volunteer, the rewards are many - whether it's helping others, such as those who reach out to us, testing the waters for a chosen career, educational requirements and a myriad of other reasons.  Some of our volunteers are also looking for ways in which they can better support people in their own lives.  Samaritans relies on volunteers to provide the necessary services to thousands of callers each month.  For the first 6 months of the fiscal year, 71 new volunteers were welcomed at Samaritans.  They participated in a comprehensive training consisting of 32 hours of classroom training and 12 hours of "hands-on" training - partnering with a volunteer mentor.  Each volunteer commits to 4-8 hours a week for 9 months or 200 hours.  The monetary value of their service is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars - in other words priceless. 
Volunteers are a treasured asset at Samaritans.  Without them our crisis helpline would not run as smoothly and the number of people impacted would decrease significantly 

"Samaritans thanks each and every one of our volunteers each and every day!"

If you are interested in volunteering, contact us about attending an information session.
Youth OutreachOutandabout
Since returning from the holidays, we've been in full swing working with youth.  In keeping with our partnership with Boston Public Schools, we have had the opportunity to work in some new school districts this month.  

We presented to our first school, teaching the entire 9th grade at the Urban Science Academy in West Roxbury.   We also taught in another new school district, teaching the entire 8th grade in both Braintree middle schools. Overall 450 students received this important workshop, and we're glad to be partnering with Braintree . We are very excited to start more workshops in Boston schools, and look forward to what the future holds! 
 
Suicide prevention training is an essential community need. If your school, company or community organization is interested in arranging a training, you can find more information here, or contact  Lauren.
Annual Memorial 2017GivingGrid
Thank you to all those who attended our Annual Memorial Service on Sunday, January 29. Together, we gathered to remember our loved ones and to share the love and lasting impact they had on our lives. We heard poems that spoke to our love and grief, letters to siblings on how their families are doing and reminisced on fond memories of their time together. Equally moving were songs played in remembrance. We appreciate those who came to support others - family members, friends, and strangers alike - and those who spoke and opened their hearts to others. As it is often said, being a loss survivor is a club that no one chooses to join, but there can be comfort in knowing you're not in it alone. On behalf of Grief Support Services - thank you for sharing your loved ones with us.

Be on the lookout next fall for more information on the 2018 Annual Memorial. In the meantime, please know we're always here to support you. You can reach our Grief Support Services team at safeplace@samaritanshope.org.
Meet our 2017 Boston Marathon Team! marathon

On Monday, April 17, 2017 The Samaritans Boston Marathon Team will run 26.2 miles for suicide prevention. This year, we have a large team of 19 dedicated individuals who will run for Samaritans. Our goal is $165,000.  To donate to our team or one of our amazing runners, check out our CrowdRise page !
 
Meet four members of our outstanding team:
  • Kate Fuge:  Kate grew up in Simsbury, CT outside of Hartford and has lived in the Boston area for 13 years and now lives in Charlestown. She is the Associate Director of Admissions at Brookwood School, a PreK-8 independent day school North of Boston. Kate started running road races 11 years ago and has run four marathons including two Boston Marathons. She is running the Boston Marathon in memory of her Dad, who took his own life at the age of 44 in 1992. She is proud to run Boston. To learn more about Kate or make a donation towards her goal, visit her CrowdRise Page .
  •   Kim Gagnon Kim has run twenty one marathons and will be running her 9th consecutive Boston Marathon on behalf of Samaritans. She is passionate about increasing suicide prevention awareness and runs in memory of her sister, Jodi Ann Sims, who died by suicide in 2006. Kim and her family have formed Jodi Ann's Team at Samaritans 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention for ten straight years. Kim also serves on Samaritans' Board of Directors. She is a CPA and Partner at LMHS, P.C. and lives in Norwell, MA with her four children, Taylor, Avery, Jaidan and Luke.  To learn more about Kim or make a donation towards her goal, visit her  CrowdRise Page.
  •  Kristen Arn: Kristen is so excited to be running the Boston  Marathon with Samaritans! She has been in awe of the Boston Marathon runners since her first Patriot's Day in 2009 and is honored to be able to run the 2017 Boston Marathon in memory of her friend, Wendy. Kristen describes Wendy as gregarious, kind, and impossibly talented. Her excitement for everything from a perfectly curated meal to her carefully chosen strings of emojis made every interaction feel festive and unique. Kristen can't think of a better way to honor Wendy's memory than to raise money for such an amazing cause.

    Kristen is originally from Las Vegas, NV where she was lucky to grow up with a supportive, close-knit, and lively extended family. She moved to Massachusetts to attend college and after a brief stint as a paralegal decided to head back to school. She is now a third year law student at Harvard Law School. This will be her ninth and final year in the Boston area before moving to New York where she'll finally have to give up her life as a perpetual student. She is excited to run the Boston Marathon and thanks you for your support!
    To learn more about Kristen or make a donation towards her goal, visit her CrowdRise Page.
  •   Matthew Moore :  Matt grew up and currently resides in Melrose, MA and is a recent graduate of the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy with a master's degree in nutrition. Following two years of high school cross-country, he didn't run competitively for about nine years until his family began participating in the Samaritans 5K Walk/Run in memory of his aunt Kathy. Since 2009, Matt has run in five Samaritans races as well as the Philadelphia and Chicago marathons. He qualified for the 2017 Boston Marathon and decided to volunteer to join the Samaritans team as part of his family's deep involvement with the organization, and since the 5K spurred his return to running. Matt currently works at Oldways in Boston and hosts a weekly radio show showcasing local metal and punk music.  To learn more about Matthew or make a donation towards his goal, visit his  CrowdRise Page .

Thanks to the John Hancock Boston Marathon Non-Profit, this is the 10th consecutive year that Samaritans will have a team running the 26.2 miles.
Win a Trip to South Africa!
Support the Samaritans Boston Marathon team and you could win a trip for two to South Africa! Raffle tickets are now available for $50 or 3 for $100 to win a photo safari at Zulu Nyala. Learn more or purchase tickets at  http://bit.do/SamsRaffle 
Introducing, Stacey Marino!  chelsmford
Stacey Marino grew up in Wellesley and originally learned  about 
Samaritans through her childhood friend, Debbie DiMasi.  Stacey currently lives in Needham with her 9 year old son, Jack, her 6 year old daughter, Annie and their recently adopted lab  mix puppy, Scout. Stacey has been a friend and donor to Samaritans since moving back to Boston in 2006.  Over the years, she has been an enthusiast participant at numerous Samaritan events, including the annual 5k Walk, Breakfast for Hope and Make Noise fundraisers.  In 2011, Stacey joined the Samaritans Council and served on the Breakfast for Hope Committee in 2015-16. 
 
Stacey is an experienced director who has served on the Board of the CFA Boston since 2008, the Dana Farber Leadership Council since 2006 and the Charity Warriors Advisory Board since 2016.  In addition to her philanthropic and volunteer efforts, Stacey also brings over 25 years of investment management expertise to Samaritans Board, having working with corporations, endowments, foundations and families as a portfolio manager and financial advisor since 1986.  She currently works in the Wellesley office at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.

Stacey is the current Co-Chair of the newly invigorated Samaritans Council with John Cole. In this capacity, she will help align the Samaritans Council activities with the mission and current initiatives of the Board.
Upcoming Events events
February 
  • Grief Support Services Training: February 18, 19, & 25 - to find out more about joining this training and the GSS team, contact   Emily Britt.  
  •   Foley's Barbershop Fundraiser Get a haircut at Foley's Barbershop, 20 Albion Street in Wakefield on Saturday, February 25th from  8am - 5pm ,  to help  support Samaritans Boston Marathon team member, Michael Monestime.   100% of the proceeds from all haircuts at Foley Barbershop  will be going to Samaritans and Michael's Boston Marathon Fundraising.  For more information visit their  facebook page .
April
  • Come join Samaritans Boston Marathon team member Jessica
     Greenwood for a 5K Run/Walk
    on
    Sunday, April 2nd, 2017, from 10:30am - 11:30am.  This event will be held at the Veterans Memorial Park , 737 Elm St. Manchester, NH 03101, and will be 
    followed by an after party at Club Manch Vegas.  For more information visit their facebook page.
  • Come cheer for the Samaritans' Marathon Team on Marathon Monday, April 17, 2017 at Mile 17. Contact Max Bukowiec for details.
May
  • Mark your calendars for the Breakfast for Hope -  Thursday, May 11th, 7am at The Westin Copley Place. Registration is now open .  
October
  • Save the date: Samaritans 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Artesani Park! 
Open Positionscareers
Interested in preventing suicide as a Samaritans' staff member or intern? We are currently accepting applications for: