Inspired by their personal military family connections, 41 alumni of Corvias Foundation’s Scholarship Program pledged to raise money for a chosen charity to commemorate the Foundation’s 10 years of serving military and local communities.
As military children – now many in their 20’s – and most with parents who have been deployed throughout their years growing up – the group has seen first-hand how important it is to support their military community, and thus decided to focus their efforts to raise money for Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program dedicated to healing the Invisible Wounds for Post-9/11 Veterans, Service Members and their Families.
“The $10 for 10 project or “celebration” as I like to call it, was originally an opportunity for Corvias employees to give back in their communities in which they live, work, and play,” said Cristi Rader, an alumni scholar and driving force begin the $10 for 10 alumni challenge for Home Base. “Witnessing the enthusiasm it brought to Corvias as an organization near and far, I thought it would be a great opportunity to continue a remarkable celebration of 10 years with our alumni!”
And so, the group spearheaded a social media challenge called $10 for 10: spend $10 in your community and encourage others to adopt a mindset of helping those in need too, by using the hashtag #CorviasGivesBack. Corvias Foundation, in turn, matched everyone’s contribution and donated an additional $1,000 to Home Base.
From the west coast to the east coast, the alumni used social media to share stories and photos of their acts of kindness. Some decided to donate $10 to their favorite local charities, including animal shelters, children’s hospitals, homeless shelters, Go Fund Me accounts, and more. The impact was felt across 30 state lines, and with the matching donations of Corvias Foundation, raised a total of $1,500 for Home Base.
LaKia Lennon, a 2010 Corvias Foundation Scholarship recipient and now a hospice social worker says she knew her donation was going to the right place as soon as Home Base was named beneficiary of the alumni $10 for 10 challenge, “While interning with the Warrior Transition Battalion, I was often tasked with connecting Service Members with behavioral health resources,” Lennon said. “Some Service Members and their families benefitted from weekly outpatient groups on the installation but for others, I had the privilege of referring them to wonderful programs like Home Base.”
“Words cannot express the level of excitement and inspiration the alumni had with this opportunity to GIVE. With 100% engagement, the stories are remarkable,” added Rader. “Our Foundation encompasses empowering others and making a difference in our communities. We value our tradition to give back and will carry this on to scholars and alumni for many years to come.”
This is not the first time Corvias Foundation had supported Home Base. Since 2010, the organization has been a sponsor of the Run to Home Base and has coordinated shadow runs, for hundreds of service members deployed overseas. Corvias Foundation provides all items for the race’s participants, including running bibs designed to replicate those used in the Boston run, medals for each participant upon completion, baseball-themed stress balls, power gel packs to fuel the runners, performance t-shirts and running jackets awarded to the top three finishers for men and women. To fully replicate the spirit of the run in Boston, a home plate is also shipped overseas so each runner can complete the race in similar fashion – by crossing home plate.
“Philanthropy is an important part of our societal makeup,” said Melissa Ballou, Director of Programs for Corvias Foundation, “Our $10 for 10 challenge brought so many great stories of giving back – and all with the common goal of giving back in a greater way to Home Base. It was truly inspirational!”
“We deeply appreciate the contributions and unwavering commitment that Corvias Foundation has made to Home Base,” said retired Brigadier General Jack Hammond, executive director, Home Base. “Their ongoing support helps to enable us to increase the care we provide to Veterans suffering from the invisible wounds.”