Remember a few weeks ago, when I mentioned I was set on finding and showcasing inspirational stories throughout Boston? If you’ve been following along on my Instagram, you’ll have seen a few of the amazing people and initiatives that are making Boston great.
As a recap, I teamed up with the Poland Spring® brand to focus on the people that bring greatness to Boston through the Greatness Springs From Here ™ campaign, which celebrates the uniqueness of the Poland Spring® brand region and people.
While on my search, I realized my friend Daena would be perfect to highlight – especially since she’s one of my favorite inspirational women in Boston. She can always be found running or training for a cause. Whether it’s running the Boston Marathon and NYC Marathon for UNICEF (she’s raised over $8k so far!), teaming up with Girls on the Run to bring awareness to the program, or launching a Boston-based female running group to encourage others to stay healthy & keep each other accountable for showing up… when I think of people making an impact in our city, I think of her.
After running along the Charles River Esplanade with Daena, I made my way over to Fenway Park where I discovered the very cool Fenway Farms. The farm is run by Green City Growers, a firm that transforms unused spaces into thriving urban farms. Most impressive? The 5,000 sq. foot farm organically grows over 6,000 pounds of fresh produce a year.
Up next? A quick walk to the South End to visit the Artists for Humanity EpiCenter. While there, I learned that their mission is to bridge economic, racial and social divisions by providing under-resourced urban youths with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in art & design. And in doing so, they’ve become Boston’s largest single site employer for teens!
After getting the chance to see the absolutely amazing art program at Artists for Humanity, I made my way south of the city to Duxbury, MA, just a few towns over from where I live. Over the past few years, my obsession with oysters have grown… so much so, I think I want to be an oysterwoman in my next life. While partnering with the Poland Spring® brand to show what makes our New England region great, I noticed that Island Creek Oysters had launched an unbelievable foundation back in 2009. Along with harvesting beyond delicious oysters, the foundation started an aquaculture project in Zanzibar, helping African farmers construct shellfish hatcheries, which creates a sustainable protein source for a number of local communities in Africa.
Last but not least… the inspirational Edna Mitchell, an 88-year-old volunteer ambulance driver who is still saving lives every day. She was a certified EMT for 38 years and nothing is going to stop her.
Whether it be an urban farm transforming our city, a local oyster farm creating sustainable food sources for communities across the world, a program that helps under-resourced urban youths find purpose through creative arts, a Boston athlete that’s raising funds for the programs that are important to her, or an 88-year- old volunteer ambulance driver… there are so many amazing people & programs that are making a positive impact on our community.
Do you have a great story to share?
Thank you to the Poland Spring® Brand for sponsoring this blog post.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Regional Spring Waters. The opinions and text are all mine.