MSL Shines with The Home for Little Wanderers
By Paul Michael Marinello, Corporate Communications Manager, MSL
A proverb says: it takes a village or an entire community to raise a child. In Boston, some of that village consists of account executives, corporate communications professionals and a managing director with a vision.
When Danielle Wuschke arrived at MSL, she recognized that while community engagement is critical, is was a missing aspect of MSL Boston’s culture. With Director of Community Engagement Joe Palladino, they created a team to explore partnership opportunities with charitable organizations.
“As communications professionals in the Boston market, it is our responsibility to the community to not only contribute our time in support of philanthropic efforts but to use our professional skills as a platform to reinforce the notion that the world will be a better place if we all did a little more to lift one another up. MSL Boston’s community engagement program gives our team a vehicle to engage with and commit to driving a positive impact on our local community’s future.”
In the spring of 2016, MSL found just the right fit with The Home for Little Wanderers in Boston. The Home provides a comprehensive continuum of services to help at-risk children and young adults succeed in their lives. Their focus for 200 years has been to strengthen vulnerable families and keep children safe in their own communities even when they don’t have the support of family.
Since that time, MSL Boston has provided multiple volunteers for many events around Boston including a toiletries drive, costumed volunteers for The Home’s Trunk or Treat Halloween event as well as helping hands at their holiday Toy Room. The Boston office conducted an office-wide luncheon with meals created and served by The Home’s culinary students and created a video for their Plymouth, MA facility: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=votRVe7nzdg
In April of 2017, Assistant Account Executive Victor Miltiades was selected to run the Boston Marathon for The Home, and set a lofty $10,000 donation goal. Victor, who also volunteers as a Big Brother in the Boston community set out on social media to generate buzz for donations.
26.2 miles later, The Home received what Victor raised, $10,105.
“It is an honor and a privilege to run for this organization.” Victor has stated.
The partnership between MSL Boston and The Home continues. Each step towards making the Boston community a better place to live, to learn and to thrive for the children who are supported by what The Home does on a daily basis should serve as an inspiration to us all. It takes one step at a time. (Or, in Victor’s case, 138,336 steps.)
Paul Michael Marinello is a Corporate Communications Manager for MSL in NY.