On Tuesday, May 8, SM& joined Building Impact to celebrate its 6th Annual NonGala at District Hall in Boston’s Seaport. The highly-anticipated event drew hundreds to support Building Impact’s mission to strengthen communities by empowering individuals and companies with opportunities to volunteer, donate, and connect. Reflecting this mission, the NonGala also provides onsite volunteer activities for attendees to participate in. This year’s activities supported the Pine Street Inn, ETHOS, The Marble Collection, Hospitality Homes, and Boston Children’s Chorus.

SM& is a longtime supporter of Building Impact. CEO Helene Solomon has served on the organization’s board for more than 10 years, and our firm has assisted with media relations around the NonGala and other announcements. Most recently, our collaborative efforts with Building Impact resulted in The Boston Globe print and online story a “Kids and professionals exchange ideas on what a better Boston would look like.”

Above is a photo of SM& CEO Helene Solomon with Building Impact CEO Bridget Akinc, JLL New England Market Director Jim Tierney, and Building Impact Founder and Board Chair / Paradigm Properties and Paradigm Capital Advisors CEO Kevin McCall, before decorating “Gratitude Gifts” for Hospitality Homes. Hospitality Homes is a nonprofit organization that provides short-term housing in volunteer host homes for families and friends of patients receiving medical care in the Boston area.

As result of its continuous impactful onsite volunteer activities and business model, Building Impact has recently co-designed several new innovative programs including: Boston Public Schools with Technology Underwriting for Greater Good to create the Guppy Tank, a hands-on STEM project for 250 sixth graders hosted by 10 tech companies; Court Appointed Special Advocate’s Boston chapter and the MA Department of Children & Families to deliver Dream Journals for youth in foster care in MA; and, Boston Medical and Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights to launch the Professional Pathways for Refugees program.

Building Impact brings the nonprofit and corporate sectors together to fill service gaps. We look forward to continuing to support Building Impact and their creation of impactful programs that are combatting social issues and injustices.