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    By Sam Meza in March, 2021 | 4 minute read

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    50x52: Thank you to the American Art Therapy Association! + The Samfund, Boys & Girls Club, Military Support Foundation, and Next Step

    We’re especially passionate about the organizations featured in our March 50x52 donations! While they serve very different communities, they all share a common goal - empowering people to live their best lives. Join us in honoring these extraordinary organizations! Learn more about our 50x52 project here.

    American Art Therapy Association

    Mission: The mission of the American Art Therapy Association is to advocate for expansion of access to professional art therapists and lead the nation in the advancement of art therapy as a regulated mental health and human services profession.

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    “Art therapy is an important service that allows both children and adults the opportunity to communicate their feelings, hardships, conflicts and more creatively through art. This aides the art therapist in providing support to individuals who sometimes do not feel comfortable or cannot otherwise express themselves. Being quite introverted myself, I know that art is the means in which I communicate the most freely.”

    “I was introduced to the American Art Therapy Association in college where my roommate was majoring in art therapy. This organization helps with scholarships, industry research and more to help expand access to professionals interested in the field. I knew the profession existed, but I wasn’t, at the time, aware of how involved and important it was. I was also an art major, and was very intrigued by the level of communication that can take place between the art therapist and the person they are interacting with. It can help with easing symptoms of medical conditions, dealing with traumatic events, or just provide those people that cannot form the words a way to communicate.This organization does so much to keep the profession alive and available to the public.” - Laureen, Market Veep Designer

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    The Samfund

    Mission: The Samfund provides support for young adult cancer survivors in the United States as they recover from the financial impact of cancer treatment.

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    Cancer takes a toll physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially. The Samfund raises funds to provide grants to cancer survivors to ease the financial burden caused by fighting this devastating disease. There’s no doubt that The Samfund is Rooted in Help!

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    Boys & Girls Club

    Mission: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

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    The Boys & Girls Club steers kids in the right direction by giving them a safe, nurturing environment to spend their free time. Their research shows that Club kids are empowered to perform better in school and show a greater interest in education. We love how the Boys & Girls Club encourages kids to Stay Curious!

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    Massachusetts Military Support Foundation Inc.

    Mission: Our mission is to provide programs, services and goods that help satisfy critical needs and enhance the well-being and quality of life for Veterans, active-duty Military and their families in Massachusetts.

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    The Massachusetts Military Support Foundation is dedicated to serving and empowering our nation’s military heroes. From distributing coats to providing meals, this organization is working diligently to care for our veterans, active duty military, and their families. The Massachusetts Military Support Foundation is undeniably Rooted in Help!

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    Next Step

    Mission: Next Step shatters limitations and elevates aspirations of young people with serious illness during their transition to adulthood. In our years of experience working with this amazing community, we have developed transformative programming based on a repeatable process of change.

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    Becoming an adult can be difficult for anyone, and Next Step is easing the transition for those with a serious illness. From their mentorship program to the Next Step Song Studio, this great organization is changing lives and empowering young people. Next Step exemplifies our core values to Be Human and Build Together!

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