Category: Corporate Citizenship

Giving Back with Cradles to Crayons


C2CWhile back to school signifies the end of summer and pick-up wiffle ball games in the backyard, preparing for the first day of school can be an exciting experience full of tradition that leave lifelong memories. I have vivid memories of shopping for the latest colors of Levis corduroy pants and Jordache jeans then combing through every shoe store in the mall to find the perfect pair of shoes that fit just right. Ah, nothing says “back to school” quite like Staples’ classic TV ad, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” Every child should have a back to school experience to look forward to, but in reality many won’t and that makes back to school anything but the most wonderful time of the year.

Twenty Boston Financial associates recently volunteered at the Cradles to Crayons 7th Annual Backpack-a-thon at City Hall Plaza in Boston. While over two inches of rain fell outside, tents were packed with volunteers, supplies, and energy. Intensity was high as we worked together to assemble 30,000 backpacks with new school supplies in under three hours. The backpacks will give local children the chance to start the new school year ready and prepared for all of the yet to be discovered wonders ahead. The start of a new school year brings hope and that day we were able to bring hope to 30,000 local children during the course of a couple short hours.

Cradles to Crayons provides children living in homeless or low income situations with the items they need at home, at school and at play. They provide numerous volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

Barbara Browne

Barbara Browne

With close to 30 years of transfer agency experience, Barbara is an accomplished executive with a focus on intermediary relationships, oversight, and the evolution of distribution strategies. As Vice President of Financial Intermediary Administration, Barbara is responsible for defining the business strategy and providing product support to assist asset managers with intermediary oversight. She is well known among the intermediary community. Previously, Barbara served on the Investment Company Institute's (ICI) Broker-Dealer Advisory Committee and is currently a member of the ICI Bank, Trust and Retirement Advisory Committee where she works with teams to improve the distribution, operational processing, servicing and support of mutual fund products to better serve the needs of the industry. Barbara graduated from Westfield State College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

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