For the third consecutive year, John Hancock leveraged their platform as a Boston Marathon sponsor to help promote St. Francis House.
John Hancock has been a long time supporter of the work we do at St. Francis House. Whenever we have needed an extra set of hands, they’ve stepped in and offered their time and resources. Their commitment to our mission has extended over the past few years into a very strong partnership around the Boston Marathon and One Boston Day.
St. Francis House Boston Marathon Team
As part of the John Hancock Non Profit Program, St. Francis House was provided with five invitational entries for the Boston Marathon. This allowed St. Francis House to build a team of runners, with a goal of raising over $75,000 to benefit our services and programs. Without the support of John Hancock, this fundraising campaign would not have been possible.
One Boston Day Allows the Community to Give Back
Leading up to One Boston Day, John Hancock helped raise awareness of the importance of giving back in the community. John Hancock hosted a number of shoe drives throughout their offices leading up to One Boston Day to support the St. Francis House Fresh Threads Clothing program. For every pair of shoes donated through John Hancock’s office drive, John Hancock agreed to graciously donate $5/pair. Check back soon to hear how many shoes and the financial contribution made as a result of this effort! We also hosted a number of John Hancock employees who wanted to volunteer leading up to One Boston Day. They were able to see the guests that are directly impacted by their efforts to collect shoes and provide funding.
The promotion of St. Francis House didn’t stop there. John Hancock also promoted the drive with collection boxes at the Runner’s Expo on One Boston Day, where runners come to pick up their marathon packets. Even the elite runners got in on the action, adding their shoes to the shoe collection box at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.
With the help of Mayor Walsh also stepping in to advertise the need for shoes, the city of Boston rose to the occasion. Multiple organizations reached out to St. Francis House to offer their support through drives, volunteering, and donations. The advocacy by John Hancock caused a ripple effect throughout the city of Boston.