Throughout the North Shore, the spirit of philanthropy thrives through the remarkable work of local charities. Each organization contributes uniquely to uplifting lives and making a tangible difference in our communities. In this blog, I’m sharing four of my favorite North Shore local charities that exemplify dedication and compassion through their missions and how you can get involved.
The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – Angell Animal Medical Center (MSPCA-Angell) is the second oldest humane society in the United States. The MSPCA comprises their Animal Care and Adoption Centers, their Advocacy Department, and their Law Enforcement Department.
The mission of the MSPCA-Angell is to protect animals, relieve their suffering, advance their health and welfare, prevent cruelty, and work for a just and compassionate society. In a study conducted by Northeastern University and the MSPCA, it was found that a person who is involved in animal abuse is often involved in other types of crime. These findings emphasize how crucial preventing animal abuse is to promoting a just and compassionate society and the overall importance of the work of the MSPCA-Angell.
Harborlight Homes (HH) is a non-profit, Massachusetts-certified Community Development Corporation that believes in building stability and opportunity. Based in Beverly, HH focuses on the housing needs of underserved populations and creating, preserving, and operating, safe, affordable housing with supplemental supportive services. Harborlight Homes strives to make homes available to all because everyone deserves a home.
The organization develops, manages, and advocates for quality, service-enriched housing that is affordable and inclusive, collaborating with communities to cultivate just, equitable, and sustainable housing opportunities vital to the health and strength of the entire region. HH owns/manages 478 units across 12 communities and serves 650+ Harborlight Homes residents including families, seniors, and those who are impacted by homelessness.
You can make donations to Harborlight Homes to help support their mission on their website.
Northeast Animal Shelter
The Northeast Animal Shelter (NEAS) in Salem is one of the largest no-kill animal shelters in New England, operating as a program of MSPCA-Angell. NEAS is also a partner member of Shelter Animals Count, a collaborative national animal welfare community. NEAS provides monthly statistics to the Shelter Animals Count database, reviews trends, and develops strategies through data analysis. This helps Northeast Animal Shelter expand its collaborative work to identify more ways to save more animals’ lives.
In 1994, NEAS was one of the first to implement a robust animal relocation program to help reduce the overpopulation problem at local animal shelters across the United States. Since its inception, the shelter has transported over 125,000 cats and dogs to New England and placed them in homes! Additionally, the shelter is committed to Socially Conscious Sheltering to provide the best outcomes for all animals.
There are a few ways to get involved with the Northeast Animal Shelter including donations, volunteering, community outreach, and even becoming a foster parent!
Homes for Our Troops
Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) works to build and donate specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives. Many of the Veterans served by HFOT have sustained life-altering injuries including amputations, paralysis, and/or traumatic brain injury. These homes are meant to restore some of the freedom and independence these Veterans sacrificed.
Rebuilding Lives is the most important aspect of HFOT’s mission and therefore, the organization builds homes where the Veteran chooses to live and then continues a relationship with them after home delivery. They provide the Veteran with a pro-bono financial planner, homeownership education, warranty coverage, peer mentoring, and more.
Since 2004, HFOT has built over 370 specially adapted homes and currently has 78 projects underway nationwide. You can support their mission by donating, attending a build event, and more.
Whether through donations, volunteering, or other efforts, joining hands with charitable organizations makes a lasting and powerful impression on our communities. The North Shore is an amazing place to live and these local charities help strengthen our community bond. If you’re looking to live in a neighborhood that gives back, the North Shore may be the right place for you. Contact me today to begin your journey.