During November 2022, police officers from 112 departments across six states participated in the 8th Annual Home Base No Shave. The month-long campaign raises awareness and funds for the lifesaving care that Home Base provides to Veterans, Service Members and their Families.
Participants pledged $100 to forgo shaving or wore a No Shave lapel pin for the month of November. Officers from the New England region – including Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont – and New Jersey joined this year’s campaign.
Nearly 2,500 officers helped raise $179,000 to date in support of Home Base’s mission to heal the invisible wounds of war. The total funds raised will surpass the current mark, as Home Base continues to collect contributions. Thank you to all of the officers who participated this year, as well as the departments that made an exception to their facial hair policy!
At the conclusion of this year’s campaign, Home Base hosted the Closing Ceremony in the State Street Pavilion at historic Fenway Park on Wednesday, November 30.
Among the featured speakers at the event was Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Transit Police Officer and Boston Police Department Gang Unit Detective Kurt Power (pictured below), founder and champion of Home Base No Shave. Kurt is a U.S. Army Veteran, Purple Heart recipient and proud graduate of the Home Base Intensive Clinical Program, or ICP.
Following the speaking program, officers were given the chance to have the facial hair they grew throughout the month removed by a professional at Bostonian Barber Shop on Van Ness Street (pictured below).
Home Base is a national nonprofit dedicated to healing the invisible wounds of war for Veterans of all eras, Service Members, Military Families and Families of the Fallen through world-class, direct clinical care, wellness, education and research – all at no cost to them – regardless of era of service, discharge status or geographical location. The program was founded by Massachusetts General Hospital and the Boston Red Sox. Learn more at www.homebase.org.