Thanks to the John Hanock Non-Profit Marathon Program, this is the ninth consecutive year that Samaritans has received bib numbers for our Marathon Team. All proceeds generated from this year's team will benefit Samaritans' suicide prevention services including our 24/7 Crisis Services including emotional support to young people via text. Last year, we answered over 142,000 calls and more than 900 chats; our prevention services reached almost 13,000 people through our Community Education and Outreach Program workshops; and our Grief Support Services provided more than 900 connections to those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
"To the heart of Gold Band at Samaritans: Thank you from the bottom of my heart for keeping me afloat for over a decade. I have called from the streets, from payphones, addicted to hard drugs and alcohol, and I have called from some of the fiercest penitentiaries in this country. There is no question in my mind, heart and soul that I would not be alive today without the incredible folks at Samaritans. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and all of yours, and many, many more. Only happy and healthy ones to you and all of yours. Forever indebted." - A Crisis Helpline Caller, December 18, 2012
Each day - because of donors like you - Samaritans is able to provide a moment of light and hope to people who are struggling, isolated, or feeling overwhelmed. Sometimes the warmth of a voice and the ear of someone who cares is all any of us needs to make it through a difficult moment. For more information about Samaritans life-saving programs, please visit us atwww.samaritanshope.org.
Last year's team raised an incredible $142,000 for Samaritans and we are hoping to building upon their success in 2016! There are many ways to help us reach our ambitious goal:
Make a donation. Donate directly to one or more of our runners by clicking on their individual pages below, or you can make a general donation to the entire team. You can also make a donation by check by mailing it to: 41 West Street, 4th Floor, Boston MA 02111. Please be sure to include the name of the runner you would like to support in the memo line.
Join our Team! Are you someone who has qualified to run the Boston Marathon or has received a bib number from another source? Make your marathon experience more meaningful by training, running, and fundraising with the Samaritans Team!
Upcoming Team Fundraisers:
- Holiday Silent Auction & Craft Fair – Dec. 17th at 6PM, hosted by Davia at Marino’s Cafe: 100 Cummings Ctr. Beverly, MA 01915
Comedy Night with Joey Voices – Jan. 28th at 7PM, hosted by Andrea at Tewksbury Country Club: 1880 Main Street, Tewksbury, MA 01876, $30
Fundraiser – January 31st from 6-9PM, hosted by Veronica at Worcester Lodge of Elks: 233 Mills Street, Worcester MA 01602, $25
Zumba for Suicide Prevention – Feb. 5th from 6-8:30PM, hosted by Veronica at Fit FRIENDzy Studio: 196 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury MA 01545, $15
Sponsor the team or an individual runner. Click here to view sponsorship benefits.
If you are interested in joining or supporting the team, contact Team Manager Eve Rabinowitz.
Participating in physical challenge of your choosing and want to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention at the same time? Contact Eve Rabinowitz for more information about joining Samaritans' Running Community - even if its not a running event, we're always open to new ideas and would love to find a way to work with you!
No matter how you decide to contribute, please know that your support will help ensure that our services educating the public, helping to help after a loss to suicide, or providing lifesaving services for those feeling suicidal, remain free of charge to the members of our community. Thank you so much!