As I say quite often, my career in non-profit communications has been an unplanned perfect match to my love of story telling. Although most of my personal writing on here is first person narratives, my career revolves around seeking out people who have been impacted a certain situation, then working to bring out their story to amplify their own voice.
During my time at Philabundance, one of my last projects was work on the organization’s 2014 annual report. In the summer of 2014, I traveled around the region and immersed myself into the heart of Philabundance- their food access programs.
Time was spent roaming the land of Buzby Farms where surplus produces were gleaned then donated to Philabundance. Mornings were spent watching the line of eager community members wrap around a city block waiting for the opportunity to receive free produces.
One particular afternoon was spent as a fly on the wall at a food pantry, where a mob of people of all ages and races clamored for an opportunity to bring home a loaf of bread. Continue reading
Below are a few of the most memorable photos I’ve taken over the past 365 days. From capturing the resiliency of the human spirit at my job at Penn Rehab, experiencing childhood through my nieces eyes, enjoying year two as a crazy cat lady,crossing off items off my to-do list and watching two of my best friends walk down the aisle- it’s been a year for the books- photo books that is!
My camera has been able to allow me to meet tons of interesting people and witness events that I would never had experienced if I was not taking photos. In January, I had the privilege of taking photos for Musicopia, a non-profit that brings music education into the classrooms of Philadelphia schools. Over the past thirty years, children have been able to be exposed to music despite the cuts in funding for the arts due to drastic school budget cuts over the years. I learned about the organization through my friend Erica, who is the Marketing Manager for Musicopia. I encourage you to learn more about Musicopia and find out how you can keep music in the classroom!
To raise money for their program, Musicopia held a special fundraising dinner where the internationally renown English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Mark Laycock, performed with students taking part in the Musicopia experience. The following night, the English Chamber Orchestra performed again at the Kimmel Center, which I was graciously given a ticket by the Musicopia for my photography. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the fundraising dinner, and of the performance!