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Teaming Up to Support Greater Boston’s In-Need Families and Individuals

 
 
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Behind every great baseball team is a strong bullpen. And behind many of Boston’s most established and esteemed social service organizations is a team ready to support their community’s at-risk members.

Boston BullPen Project is a non-profit organization that partners with a diverse range of social service professionals, including groups devoted to caring for homeless individuals and families, veterans, at-risk youth and others in need. Together with these organizations and supporters, we work to identify and fill urgent needs, providing financial support, while fostering a spirit that empowers others to pay it forward.

Donated funds will be distributed within the Greater Boston area.

 

Providing Support

For those in need, a missed rent payment, a lapse in insurance coverage or a lack of transportation can mean the difference between persistent struggle and a path to success. Boston BullPen Project provides specific support at critical junctures for struggling families and individuals. We are committed to meeting these urgent needs, with the ultimate goal of improving the overall quality of life.

When our partner organizations identify a client with an urgent need that falls outside the scope of their mission, they reach out to Boston BullPen Project. We help close that gap in service, providing financial support to cover the cost of basic essentials.

  • Furniture and Vital Home Appliances

  • Clothing

  • Utility payments

  • Rent

  • Medical bills

  • Transportation

  • Educational Supplies and Payments

Because we understand the power of philanthropy and how even small gestures can make a big impact, every individual helped by Boston BullPen Project receives a gift card to “pay it forward” to help others in need, thus creating the ripple of philanthropy.

Support the team that’s going to bat for Boston’s in-need communities!

 
 
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“The two most important things in life are good friends and a strong bullpen.” —Bob Lemon


The BullPen Story

Boston BullPen Project was established in early 2017. But its roots began growing long ago.

Childhood friends, the four of us have shared many things over our decades-long relationship. Chief among them: a love of baseball and a commitment to helping those in need.

We’re lifelong Bostonians with deep personal and professional ties to our community. We are fortunate to have achieved success in our respective fields and feel that we have been afforded a unique opportunity to provide help to those in need.

When we decided to bring the BullPen to life, we called upon our varied experiences with other charitable causes to show us how we wanted the Boston BullPen Project to operate.

OUR vision:

  • To provide help to a wide and diverse community of Boston residents, including veterans, families, at-risk youth, homeless, patients, and others

  • To partner with agencies and groups that are experienced with offering support to in-need residents, ensuring help is provided where it’s needed most

  • To identify gaps in social services and respond quickly and effectively to critical needs that would otherwise go unfulfilled

  • To promote a spirit of “paying it forward.” Recipients of Boston BullPen Project’s help receive a gift card to share with a friend or family member in need


Funds donated to Boston BullPen Project are used to fulfill requests for critical support, often within just 24-48 hours.

Support the Boston BullPen Project!

 
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Offering Relief from the BullPen

Thank you Boston Globe and Thomas Farragher for the feature on Boston BullPen Project—and for helping us get the word out about the work we're doing to support our community's less fortunate members.

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“Too often in a pursuit of education, careers, and the outcomes many of us desire, we forget or simply can't understand the short-term challenges that many people face today, that if not dealt with, will prevent tomorrow. Whether it's first and last month’s rent, a utility bill that's more than expected, or a blown tire, these seemingly acute problems can create a host of chronic challenges and a mountain of debt and financial problems that become nearly impossible to overcome. Boston Bullpen fills a critical, and often overlooked need, as they allow people to stay on track for long-term success by handling those acute challenges of today.”

—JON FEINMAN, CEO, INNERCITY WEIGHTLIFTING

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Founding Board

Ben Levin, Esquire, Steve Alperin, Michael Connelly, Alan Stern, M.D.

Ben Levin, Esquire, Steve Alperin, Michael Connelly, Alan Stern, M.D.

Steve Alperin

Steve is a retired portfolio manager, former left-handed pitcher and a 1987 graduate of Bentley College (now University). He worked with Harvard Management through 2011 and retired from the investment business in 2016 to spend more time with his family, serve as a hospice volunteer for Hebrew Senior Life and to help start the Boston BullPen Project. He lives in Wayland with his wife Krista and their four children.

Alan Stern, M.D.

A graduate of Brown University and the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Alan is a practicing physician at Needham Pediatrics. He’s actively involved in teaching medical students and residents and has served on various boards and committees over the years, including The Practicing Pediatricians of Children’s Hospital, the Needham Board of Health, The Children’s Room and Franklin Park Zoo. An avid baseball and lacrosse fan, he lives with his wife Lori in Needham and has three college-aged children.

Ben Levin, Esquire

Ben is a lawyer and partner at Levin and Levin, LLP. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Boston University College of Arts and Sciences in 1999 and his Juris Doctor from Massachusetts School of Law in 2004. An avid Boston sports fan and fitness devotee, he lives in Hingham with his wife Tamala and their two children.

Michael Connelly

A Bentley College graduate (where he played baseball with fellow BullPen board member Steve Alperin), Michael is a Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending. Passionate about sports and writing, he has married these interests and authored six sports-themed books over the last two decades. He is also passionate about giving back to his community and is a lifelong resident of West Roxbury, where he lives with his wife Noreen and son Ryan.


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BOSTON BULLPEN PROJECT HONORED BY YEAR UP

2019 Urban Empowerment Award
2017 Outstanding Community Partner Award

These awards are presented to leaders and organizations who share Year Up’s values and vision and who are making a strong and measurable impact on urban young adults.

 
 

Testimonials

“Thank you so much for the air conditioner. It came at the perfect time. It was near 100 degrees all weekend. My daughter had a terrible rash, and this helped make it go away. I don’t know what I would have done without this air conditioner. Thank you again!”

—CLIENT, THE WOMEN’S LUNCH PLACE

“This was more than a blessing. It helped me, as a single mother, to move to a safer dwelling. There are no words to describe my gratitude. My son is now at peace here, and we are so grateful.”

—CLIENT, JEWISH FAMILY & CHILDREN’S SERVICE

“Thank you to the Bullpen organization for helping me with housing for another month while I’m in the Year Up program. It gives me a sense of relief knowing that I will be able to relax after working a long day. And I am so thankful to be given the opportunity to give back so I gave the pay-it-forward gift card to my niece. I am grateful for Bullpen’s assistance towards helping me chase my dreams.”

—STUDENT, YEAR UP

“I have been in poor health for quite a while and not having a fridge to keep healthy food has made it worse. It makes me genuinely happy to know that you cared enough about my situation to help me with this. I’ve lost a lot over the years and had several tough things happen. It’s a blessing to have received this fridge in my time of need. Thanks for being there.”

—PATIENT, DANA-FARBER CANCER INSTITUTE


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Our Partners

Boston BullPen Project partners with established social service organizations to identify and fulfill immediate, short-term needs that may fall outside these programs’ missions or budgets. The organizations are thoroughly reviewed to ensure that donated funds are responsibly distributed.

Interested in becoming a Boston BullPen Project partner? Or want to know more about how our partnerships work? Contact Us


Our Supporters

Boston BullPen Project would not be able to do the work we do without an extensive network of committed supporters. These organizations provide the goods, services and financial support that allow us to make a powerful difference in the lives of our community’s in-need residents.

Interested in becoming a Boston BullPen Project supporter? Contact Us

 
 

Contact

Questions or Comments? Use the form below to get in touch.


 
 
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Unfortunately, Boston BullPen Project is unable to honor requests from individuals. Donation requests will only be considered when initiated from one of our partner organizations.