#TheFrontStepsProject, a “coffee moment” idea between Boston photographer Cara Soulia and her friend Kristen Collins, kicked off in Needham, MA on March 17, 2020. Their goal was to highlight the faces of their community during a time when they might not see them in passing at the grocery store, coffee shop, on the train or at the gym. Within 24 hours, over 100 Needham residents asked to participate. Within 48 hours, the number tripled, and kept climbing. Their professional photographer friends Topher Cox and Caitrin Dunphy joined, and Cara, Topher and Caitrin spent the following nine days taking images of over 500 members of the Needham community, raising more than $25,000 for the Needham Community Council. Hundreds of photographers from around the country started their own #TheFrontStepsProject efforts, collectively raising over $1,850,000 for local organizations and non-profits including food pantries, hospitals, animal shelters and more. In response to a recent request by a friend, I've decided to jump in and start my own campaign here in West Hartford. Thank you so much for your support of Connecticut Foodshare (www.foodshare.org).