Home Base

Home Base eclipses $1.5M+ raised through first nine years of No Shave

BOSTON, MA – Throughout November 2023, police officers and first responders across New England participated in the 9th annual Home Base No Shave campaign by pledging $100 to forgo shaving or wearing a No Shave patch and/or hair tie for the duration of the month. The campaign raises awareness and funds for the lifesaving care that Home Base provides to Veterans, Service Members and their Families.

Nearly 80 police departments have helped raise over $106,000 to date – helping Home Base surpass $1.5 million raised throughout the lifetime of this campaign – in support of Home Base’s mission to heal the invisible wounds of war for Veterans, Service Members, Military Families and Families of the Fallen at no cost to them. Thank you to all who participated and donated this year, as well as the police departments that made an exception to their facial hair policy!

To view the list of all participating police departments, including the top10 fundraising teams, or make a donation to this cause, please visit homebase.org/noshave.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Transit Police Department, which attended the Closing Ceremony, was the top fundraising team, raising over $8,000 to support this year’s campaign.

At the conclusion of this year’s campaign, Home Base hosted the Closing Ceremony in the State Street Pavilion at historic Fenway Park on November 30.

The featured speakers included Home Base Executive Director Retired Brigadier General Jack Hammond and Chief Operating Officer Michael Allard, Home Base Intensive Clinical Program (ICP) participant Sean Welch and MBTA Transit Police Department/Boston Police Department Gang Unit Detective Kurt J. Power, founder and champion of Home Base No Shave, who is an Army Veteran, Purple Heart recipient and another proud graduate of the Home Base ICP.

Kurt J. Power addresses his fellow police officers and first responders during the Closing Ceremony speaking program.
Sean Welch shares his powerful story of hope during the Closing Ceremony speaking program.

Following the speaking program, officers were provided the exclusive opportunity of a private tour of Fenway Park.