Community Partnerships at MBHP
At MBHP, being a responsible corporate citizen and directly supporting
the communities in which we live and work is a vital part of our culture
and mission. "Respect," "inclusion," and "awareness" are words that serve
as a foundation for MBHP's commitment to social responsibility. Our Community
Partnerships program is a combination of volunteerism and strategic partnerships
with local nonprofit organizations within our neighborhoods.
Contact: Carla Whalen, Director of Human Resources
and Community Partnerships, (617) 790-4111
Our employees are a key component of MBHP's corporate citizenship efforts.
Whether reading to students at the Condon School in South Boston
(Everybody Wins Metro Boston), participating in fundraising relief efforts
after the Haiti earthquake, donating thousands of dollars to purchase holiday
gift cards for youth in need through DCF, or joining the MBHP team during the
annual NAMI walk, our employees demonstrate our inherent commitment to social
In addition to organized, MBHP-sponsored events, our employees are actively
involved in their own communities as Big Sisters/Big Brothers and youth mentors,
volunteer at numerous shelters and food pantries, participate in fundraisers
such as the annual Aids Walk, Rodman Ride for Kids, and Making Strides Against
Breast Cancer, and are actively involved in conservation and public health efforts.
YMCA Training, Inc., has partnered with business, government, education,
and community-based organizations to strengthen the city's workforce and ensure
a long-lasting impact on local communities. More than 18,000 graduates and their
families have improved their lives by using Training, Inc., as a "bridge" to good
jobs, higher wages, and further education. MBHP has partnered with YMCA Training,
Inc., for over a decade by providing leadership on Training, Inc., participating
in the Partners Council, supporting students through mentoring, conducting mock
interviews, and providing both internship and long-term employment opportunities.
Everybody Wins! Metro Boston (EWMB) is the Boston-based affiliate of
Everybody Wins! USA, a national literacy and mentoring nonprofit organization that
increases children's opportunities for success in school and in life through one-to-one
reading experiences with caring adults. Everybody Wins! Metro Boston provides Power
Lunch reading mentors for hundreds of children in the Greater Boston communities.
MBHP staff have spent their lunch breaks reading to students at The Condon School
in South Boston since 2009.
Recent Community Partnership Activities
Boston Homeless Census
Each December, the City of Boston Emergency Shelter Commission conducts an annual
homeless census including a count of people living on the streets, emergency shelters
for individuals and families, domestic violence programs, mental health and substance
abuse treatment programs, transitional housing, and specialized programs serving
homeless youth and homeless veterans. The census provides critical information on
the scope of the problem of homelessness in Boston.
"Team 17" included MBHP staff. Pictured here: Melissa King, Gina Battiglia, John Straus, and George Smart
hopeFound Clothing Drive
Since 1983, hopeFound, a nonprofit organization, has served men and women in the
Greater Boston who are homeless. Founded as an emergency shelter at the Lemuel
Shattuck Hospital in Jamaica Plain, over the past three decades hopeFound has grown
and now offers a comprehensive array of services for men and women who are homeless
and often struggling with issues of addiction and mental illness. hopeFound annually
serves over 3,000 people throughout Greater Boston. It is nationally recognized for
program innovation and successful outcomes for chronically homeless individuals.
MBHP holds a continuous clothing drive for hopeFound, collecting seasonal clothing,
footwear, and small accessories.
Pictured: Carla Whalen and George Smart from MBHP and Mary Nee, Executive Director of hopeFound