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Causes: Philanthropy, Public Foundations

Mission: The red sox foundation harnesses the passion of red sox nation to make a difference in the lives of children, veterans, families and communities throughout new england by improving their health, educational and recreational opportunities.

Programs: Red sox foundation and mgh home base program - the red sox foundation and mgh home base program serve veterans returning from iraq and afghanistan with traumatic brain injury or combat stress and their families. This program provides confidential clinical care for veterans, innovative treatments, support services and counseling for wounded veterans and families, community outreach and education to help others recognize these injuries and cutting edge research. In addition to raising over $17 million for the program, the red sox foundation also has made substantial investments in staff time and in kind resources to support this program and help promote it to military and veterans who need confidentiality and, if uninsured, free care for tbi and ptsd. The red sox foundation works with medical experts at mass general hospital who provide direct care services. Red sox foundation staff also work with military and veteran groups and their families to break through the stigma that often prevents veterans from seeking the help they need.

red sox scholars - the red sox scholar program provides mentoring, enrichment opportunities, and college scholarships to more than 260 academically talented low income students selected in boston's public schools when they are in the 7th grade. The scholars work with the red sox foundation staff throughout middle and high school. The goal is to ensure these at risk students escape the inner city's high school dropout rate and instead graduate from high school and are prepared to attend college. The program also provides each student with the promise of a college scholarship ranging in value from $5,000 to $10,000 - pending enrollment in an accredited college and continued good citizenship. The scholarships are paid directly to the college of choice, and not to the students or family members. The red sox scholars also participate in special activities at fenway park including attending red sox games, community service day, events with players and their wives, skills building, job fairs (for high school students) and college prep classes. In 2010, the red sox scholars program was nationally recognized when the team won the first-ever 'mlb commissioner's award for philantropic excellence' specifically for the red sox scholars program. The new england red sox service scholarships award college scholarships to public high school seniors across new england who demonstrate academic excellence and a commitment to community service.

rbi and rookie league baseball - the red sox foundation's rbi and rookie league programs provide inner city youth, from age 6 through age 19, the opportunity to learn valuable life skills while learning and playing baseball and softball. The red sox foundation's rookie league program provides supplies, equipment and enrichment opportunities to more than 1,000 youngsters aged 6-12 years, while the rbi program is more structured and serves more than 700 males and females up to age 19. Each spring, the red sox foundation funds uniforms, equipment, umpire fees and a community service day. Red sox foundation staff also help provide life-skill classes to 34 inner-city baseball and softball teams. The red sox foundation seeks to leverage the student's love for the sport and to teach them non-violent conflict resolution skills, respect for rules and others, the importance of teamwork and resistance to drugs and alcohol. Working with an extraordinary cadre of volunteer coaches, the small red sox foundation staff run the program from march through october, with substantial time spent planning activities and coaching support programs during the winter months. Massachusetts little league initiative expands on the important work with boston's inner city youth and the rbi / rookie youth baseball. The team charity sponsors 200 little league teams in the commonwealth of massachusetts.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for the Red Sox Foundation since 2009. I have also been a donor too. I would have selected both roles but that was not an option. Once I started volunteering at RSF and saw the dedication of their small nimble staff and the loyalty of the other volunteers, donating was an natural next step. On average every year, I volunteer about 100 hours for the RSF per year and donate about $100-$200 per year. It is an added plus being able to meet the beneficiaries of the RSF. Each year, we meet Red Sox Scholars who are low income students who each recieve a scholarship for college. At the annual Run or Walk to Homeplate event, we meet veterans (men and women) who have served our country faithfully and now are living with PTSD or BTI and use the services of Mass General Hospital's Homebase Program. It is quite an emotional event which really solidifies why I keep coming back. I do volunteer for other orgranizations too but the RSF is always at the top of my list.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the honor to be a member of the Red Sox Foundation as a volunteer since 2008. I am impressed with the dedication of everyone affiated with this program. The employees and volunteers work hard with sometime long hours in the rain, cold and heat without complaining. When you meet the Red Sox Scholars and others who benefit from the program and the smiles on their faces it is all worth it.

Review from Guidestar

Melissa69

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with the Red Sox Foundation for the last 4 years. Not only do I take with me an amazing feeling of accomplishment whenever I am there, I am humbled by the incredible staff and all of the hard work that they do day in and day out. The programs that benefit from the Foundation play such an important role in the community and I am thankful everyday to know that I contributed to something that has changed so many lives for the better.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My personal experience with the Red Sox Foundation started in 2005. I wanted to do something positive for kids. At the time I was working at a company that had a website providing a plethora of charitable organizations in which to take part. Too many from which to choose. Information overload so to say. So to soothe my weary eyes from all the reading, I decided to get tickets to a Red Sox game and went to redsox.com to buy my tickets. I saw a link for Community. I clicked and I signed up. They called me, I went. My life has been different ever since. The people of the Red Sox Foundation are a family themselves and have welcomed me into it. I have volunteered with a few other charities and none receive and welcome volunteers they way the Red Sox Foundation does theirs. My heart has grown by leaps and bounds just knowing them and the work they do and bring me into….I love every waking, hard working moment.
Their programs go from scholarship programs to helping soldiers and their families to getting equipment and uniforms to kids so they can play ball to helping make a community center a better place to be. Their programs encompass some vital aspects of our communities. These are a very few of the things they are a part of.
To begin, the Red Sox Scholar Program provides 5th grade kids with scholarships for college and the Foundation does not just say, hey, here you go, here is cash to go to college, be on your way. Nope. The kids go through quite the process to earn the scholarship. Then the Foundation works with them through their high school career to graduation reaching out to them and their parents regularly, checking in on them, making sure they have tutors if needed and just doing things with them and for them to get them up and running so they can get a higher education and a step up to a better life. I have been able to be a part of helping with this program by helping some graduating high school students write their first resumes and been there when the Foundation provided graduating high school students with classes to assist with their college applications and the financial aid process. The Foundation staff have driven to kids houses to pick them up so they can take part …It amazes me how much of themselves they put into the kids and the Red Sox Scholar program.
Then there is the Home Base program, a joint effort program with Mass General Hospital to assist soldiers who are coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan with PTSD and brain injury and their families. It warms my heart that the Red Sox Foundation is part of something to help our soldiers in such a profound way. I have seen Foundation staff take a personal interest in assisting soldiers who need a little help to get squared away with the help they may need. And again, they have allowed me to take part with this incredibly important thing we, as civilians, should take part in and support our soldiers.
In addition to the Home Base program, the Foundation also goes out to some VA hospitals coordinating spruce up/clean up and renovations. I have had the distinct honor of assisting the Brockton VA Hospital and New Haven, CT VA hospital with clean up/spruce up efforts with the Red Sox Foundation. This has been one of my most favorite things to do…I love getting the call, “hey, we are going to do this, are you available….um, YES!“
RBI programs, this is fun for me. The Red Sox Foundation provides uniforms and equipment to inner city baseball and softball programs. They order the shirts, pants, catchers’ equipment, gloves for the teams…a bunch of teams. After a lot of communication and coordination between the Red Sox Foundation Staff and team coaches, the volunteers get the call for bunker day. I love the bunker. Sort shirts and pants by team and bag them up with needed equipment for the team for coaches to collect and distribute to the kids. Yeah, this is fun for me. The Foundation staff thinks I am crazy for liking bunker day. We are usually very tired and dirty by the end of it.
The Dimock Community Center. As a volunteer, I have had the privilege of helping with sprucing up and making the teen and detox center a much happier place. I know the Foundation is often in contact with the center and I constantly ask when we can go back and do more….the Foundation has touched hearts at Dimock and opened my eyes yet again.
Simply put, the Red Sox Foundation staff cares.
As you can see, I have been with the Foundation for awhile….what I have written here is simply a snippet of all they do and who they are. In all, the people of the Red Sox Foundation have touched, and not just shown up, but intricately been part of and supported, so many people in a positive way in not just the Boston community, but the New England community and in some cases, outside of New England. The people of the Red Sox Foundation are the most hard working, charitable people I may know and I thank my lucky stars I went looking for some Red Sox tickets and signed up on the community page… I love what they do. It’s one reason why I have been volunteering with them for so long, that and the staff.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for the Red Sox Foundation with my husband for 7+ years. They do so many great things for our young people and our veterans, and I'm proud to be a part of such an amazing organization. Some examples include helping students in the Red Sox Scholars program, assisting with the Run to Home Base program, and participating in community service projects in our neighborhoods.
To elaborate, we helped some of the Red Sox Scholars senior class as they were preparing college applications. We helped them navigate through the process of choosing a college, submitting applications and writing essays.
With the Run to Home Base program, we've assisted with race day activities. We distributed bib numbers to the runners, helped create care packages to send to our troops overseas, and assisted on the field as runners entered Fenway Park and crossed home plate - the pinnacle of “the Run.” Seeing veterans and their families participating on race day was very emotional, and gave me tremendous pride to be part of something so meaningful.
Finally, the community service projects. We have helped spruce up the VA hospital in Brockton and the children's center and detox center at Dimock Community Center. But my biggest joy came from being part of the volunteer effort that rebuilt a baseball field in Monson, MA. The field was destroyed by the tornadoes that swept through western Massachusetts last June. Approximately 40 volunteers worked one Saturday last Fall to lay down new dirt in the infield, build new bleachers, and plant bushes around the perimeter of the ball field. My husband I and stayed in touch with one local family, and went back to visit the field in June. We got to see Derek's team win a playoff game, which led them to the title game, which they also won, being crowned champions of their division. To be part of that whole process - from rebuilding the field, to visiting the team, to seeing them win - well, it was just priceless for me.
The Red Sox Foundation staff is so dedicated to their cause, and their passion is contagious. Though only a small group, they are the heart and soul of all the programs the Foundation supports. Along with the hundreds of volunteers they’ve invited in, they have created an enormous network of people who are all working together to accomplish great things.
I am so honored to be part of this organization, and grateful to call many of the staff and fellow volunteers life-long friends.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Red Sox Foundation (RSF) is an incredible organization dedicated to serving those who are less fortunate than most of us. My wife and I have been volunteering and supporting RSF for the past 8 years and have been inspired to try and do more for others as a result of their work. The scholar program is amazing. Watching children transform themselves into proud, confident, and caring young adults proves to me that we all can make a difference in someone else's life by getting involved. The Run to Home Base program serves veterans returning from service who suffer from Post Tramautic Stress Disorder and/or tramautic brain injuries. But it is much more than that. It serves not only the veteran but their family as well. Considering the amount of sacrifice the men and women in the military make for all of us, I think it is our obligation to pay them back in any way possible. RSF has a small dedicated staff who have recruited hundreds of volunteers to work with them to accomplish their goals of helping others. Their work is amazing and we encourage our friends and families to get involved.

Review from Guidestar