We are a group of 12 students and 1 chaperone from St. Matthew's Parish in Southborough, MA, who will be traveling to the Be Like Brit Orphanage in Grand Goave, Haiti in June 2018.
Brit's Home in Haiti was built to honor the memory of Britney Gengel, who died tragically in the 2010 earthquake in Haiti along with approximately of 300,000 others. To honor her life and to honor her commitment to those less fortunate among us, her parents built this home and are now working towards fulfilling their Vision to raise the next generation of leaders in Haiti. To find more information about this incredible organization and the amazing Gengel family, check out belikebrit.org! :)
During our stay there we will be building a house for a family in the community in addition to spending time with the best 66 kids of all time who now live at Brit's Home. We are SO excited, and are counting down the days until our trip! As you can imagine, the cost of the trip is expensive, because in addition to our travel, food, accommodations, and transportation costs, we also supply the materials needed to build the house along with a bed, mattress, sheets, a stove, charcoal, and food for the family. If you can consider donating to our trip in any way, we would so greatly appreciate it! Any financial contribution is tax deductible, and can be completed directly on this fundraising page. Thank you all in advance for your support--we are so grateful for you! :)
St. Matthew's Britsionarys 2018
Donations support one of the following:
Britsionarys in need of financial support:
Britsionarys who cannot afford the cost of the trip alone, can use our pages to ask family and friends for financial support. Donations help to cover the cost of the Britsionary's trip (lodging/food/transportation/insurance/etc.) until they have reached their total amount due for their trip. Once they have reached this amount, any additional donations will go directly to a Be Like Brit general fund to support the children at Brit's Home.
Fundraising for the children at BLB:
Britsionarys who are paying for the entire trip themselves, can choose to fundraise for the children at Brit's Home and support our mission. All donations will go directly to a Be Like Brit general fund to support the children at Brit's Home.
Any donations/payments raised over the total amount due for the Britsionary's trip, will go to Brit's Home to support the children who live there.
What does it mean to be a “Britsionary”? Being a Britsionary means different things to everyone, but in essence it means you are continuing the compassion of Britney Gengel. Britsionarys travel to Haiti and work side-by-side with Haitian workers and interact with the children at BLB - to achieve a common goal - to fulfill Britney's last wish to help the children of Haiti.
Our Britsionarys have diverse backgrounds, experiences, and skills yet they are able to work together to help bring hope to the children of Brit's Home. In our past trips, we have had students, nurses, social workers, teachers, mothers and sons, fathers and daughters - and everyone has played an essential role in building Brit's Home and making our children feel deserving of love. We have also been blessed to have skilled tradespeople such as carpenters, plumbers, and electricians donate their time and teach their Haitian counterparts their skills and techniques.
Our Britsionary Program was created to provide an opportunity for volunteers to gain a better understanding of global partnerships and cultures. Short-term Britsionary groups take a 1 week service trip to Brit's Home in Haiti, to help with youth and community outreach projects and immerse themselves in the beautiful Haitian culture. This program gives young adults an opportunity to enhance their understanding of poverty and development while also broadening their global perspective. For non-medical Britsionarys, the mornings are spent building a home for a family in need in our community, and the afternoons are spent doing programatic activities with the children (field trips, coloring, games, learning activities, etc.). For medical Britsionarys, the mornings and some afternoons are spent working in the BLB or local public clinic, and the remaining time is spent with the children and the Britsionary group.
About Be Like Brit
In many ways, Britney Gengel of Rutland Massachusetts was a typical 19-year-old young woman, but her humor, passion and deep sense of caring for those less fortunate made her memorable to all who met her. It was her compassion for others that brought Britney to Haiti on January 11, 2010, just a day before a catastrophic earthquake claimed an estimated 230,000 lives and rocked the small, poverty-stricken country. Britney had spent the day visiting a Haitian orphanage where she and fellow students of Lynn University, met the Haitian orphans they had traveled so far to help. Just a few hours later, Britney, three of her fellow students, and two Lynn University professors lost their lives in the rubble of the Hotel Montana in Port-Au-Prince. Britney was missing for 33 days before her remains were recovered.
Fortunately, Britney’s dream did not die with her. Only hours before the earthquake, Britney sent a text message to her family that read:
“They love us so much and everyone is so happy.
They love what they have and they work so hard to get nowhere, yet they are all so appreciative. I want to move here and start an orphanage myself.”
- Britney Gengel, 3 hours before the earthquake
These forty words would sustain Britney’s family through the tragedy and, ultimately, serve as the driving force behind the establishment of Be Like Brit and the decision to build an orphanage in Grand Goâve for the children of Haiti.
Our Mission: Our commitment is to continue the compassion of Britney Gengel by serving the children of Haiti and sustaining a safe, nurturing home, rooted in the virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love, while developing a sense of social responsiblity, community involvement, and unconditional love.
Our Vision: To raise the next generation of leaders in Haiti.
Be Like Brit Foundation, Inc. is an official U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, tax ID #27-1857525.
|Tom Foley||06/21/2018||$100.00||Great effort. Good luck!!||Anonymous Friend||05/17/2018||$330.00||Anonymous Friend||05/17/2018||$305.00||Michele Pierce||05/17/2018||$650.00||Anne Elfland||05/17/2018||$190.00||St Matthew Parish||05/17/2018||$1,400.00||Carolyn Houley||05/16/2018||$800.00||For John H. Good Luck and Godspeed!||Anonymous Friend||05/16/2018||$510.00||Anonymous Friend||05/16/2018||$500.00||Lindsey Duquette||05/14/2018||$400.00||for Lindsey||Paige Morse||05/13/2018||$20.00||For paige||Owen Morse||05/13/2018||$50.00||Good luck Paige Morse!||Brad Morse||05/13/2018||$100.00||Make a difference.||Anonymous Friend||05/11/2018||$500.00||Nick Canzoneri||05/11/2018||$5.00||for paige||Lorrie Chiappetta||05/05/2018||$50.00||Joseph Barrow||05/04/2018||$25.00||God bless||Meagan Rose King||05/03/2018||$1,400.00||Isabella Callery||05/03/2018||$50.00||Anonymous Friend||04/29/2018||$400.00||For Lindsey Duquette||Erika Lewy||04/26/2018||$20.00||For Caroline Elfland!! Very inspiring.||Wanda Reed||04/24/2018||$25.00||So Proud of you Paige!||Darrick Morse||04/22/2018||$100.00||Paige Morse. Very Proud of you!||Craig Morse||04/20/2018||$100.00||Paige Morse Doing good||Mary Keaveney Szaro||04/20/2018||$40.00||Caroline Elfland, your proud grandmother told me about your mission, and I am so happy to support you in your efforts. Peace.||Patrick Healey||04/18/2018||$100.00||Such a great cause and so impressed with your dedication, Taylor! Good luck with this year's mission. Love ya!||Patty Ruggirello||04/17/2018||$100.00||So proud of you Taylor.Safe travels and God bless you and the students.||Mary Baldelli||04/17/2018||$25.00||For Caroline Elfland. What a great organization to be helping! Safe travels.||Mary-Jo Sunnerberg||04/17/2018||$100.00||Thanks Caroline, what you're doing is wonderful. xo, MJ & Sunny||John Foley||04/17/2018||$500.00||For Kathryn Walsh's efforts||James Flynn||04/17/2018||$500.00||Best of luck!||Paige Morse||04/16/2018||$20.00||For Paige Morse||Len Jellesma||04/16/2018||$100.00||Good for you Lexie !Thanks for making a difference.||Melissa Heyward||04/16/2018||$20.00||You are such a good person, Taylor! So glad to know a person like you||Valerie Chabot||04/16/2018||$50.00||For Paige Morse-what a wonderful experience. Have a great trip!||Nicole Chabot||04/16/2018||$25.00||Paige Morse||Derek Wessman||04/16/2018||$50.00||For Paige Morse||Anonymous Friend||04/15/2018||$50.00||Have a wonderful trip! Thanks for doing this great work!||Erin Healey Janides||04/15/2018||$100.00||Taylor Marek - you continue to make me proud! The world is a better place because of you!||Unni Mahany||04/15/2018||$50.00||Ian Hurd||04/09/2018||$100.00||For Bella Callery Good luck to all of you! From, the Hurd Family||Brian Buckley||04/06/2018||$100.00||Rob Picking||04/06/2018||$50.00||Lexie||Norman Quinton||04/05/2018||$100.00||Great work! For a great cause!||Gabrielle Bilotta||04/05/2018||$50.00||Thanks for all you do to make the world a better place, Taylor!||Meagan Rose King||04/04/2018||$700.00||For Meagan's trip!||Greg Day||04/04/2018||$50.00||great work!||Woody Healey||04/04/2018||$50.00||Rick Olson||04/04/2018||$50.00||great job Lexi||Lexie-Paige Boucher||04/04/2018||$250.00||Michael Varous||04/04/2018||$25.00||Jim Zinkus||04/04/2018||$50.00||Way to go Lexi!||Richard Boucher||04/03/2018||$100.00||Lexie- We are so proud of your unselfishness and dedication to helping others. We love you so much! Mom& Dad||Meaghan Merrill||04/02/2018||$30.00||So proud of you!||Susan Calderara||04/01/2018||$25.00||Morgan Pierce||Jim Kasparian||03/31/2018||$50.00||for Isabella callery||Joyce Sarantides||03/30/2018||$100.00||Caroline, We are also so very proud of you. This is a great opportunity for you! We love you so much honey!||Caroline Walsh||03/30/2018||$100.00||Donation for Caroline Merrill. Phenomenal opportunity. Can’t wait to hear all about it Caroline. Best of luck xx||Kathleen Merrill||03/30/2018||$100.00||Caroline, thank YOU for doing this! Hope you have a great trip! Love you honey! Love, The Merrill Family||Caroline Merrill||03/30/2018||$100.00||Great job!||Matthew Mitchell||03/30/2018||$100.00||Good luck, you are making a difference in peoples lives. Matt||Patrick Merrill||03/30/2018||$100.00||Have a blast down there! And stop by the crib before that long flight!||Janice Merrill||03/29/2018||$50.00||I am so very proud of you Caroline. Love you so much, Auntie Jan xox||Bri Maher||03/29/2018||$30.00||Pam Cahill||03/29/2018||$100.00||Caroline, You have morphed from an adorable little girl into a woman whose beauty is not just skin deep, one with a kind and generous spirit. Have a safe trip - we’ll want to hear about it for sure! So Proud to be your neighbors, Pam & Jim||St Matthew Parish||03/28/2018||$5,650.00||Elizabeth Calmar||03/27/2018||$200.00||What an inspiring mission, Morgan! We are all so supportive of what you and your group will be doing. Love, Aunt Elizabeth||Lauren Dunlay||03/27/2018||$100.00||For Isabella Callery||Robert Madaio||03/26/2018||$200.00||Isabella Callery we are so excited for you and proud of you!||Carmella DeSimone||03/26/2018||$50.00||Tayor Rose shine and rise, be safe!||Cathy Basrak||03/21/2018||$150.00||Isabella Callery||Beth Francis||03/20/2018||$50.00||For Isabella Callery||Colleen Hankins||03/19/2018||$100.00||Good luck Bella Callery! Love, The Hankins Family||Kerry Strollo||03/19/2018||$100.00||Goodluck Bellaboo! Love, the Strollo's||Denise Galvin||03/19/2018||$100.00||Bella Callery- Good Luck Bella! The Galvin Family||Evan Haberman||03/19/2018||$100.00||In support of Isabella Callery!!!!||Maura Barbato||03/19/2018||$25.00||For Maria Monje||Mary Smith||03/19/2018||$50.00||For Isabella callery||Hallie Burak||03/18/2018||$100.00||For Taylor Marek and all she does! Love, Kerry and Jason Burak||Heidi Graff||03/18/2018||$50.00||God Bless Taylor. Stay in touch!||Donna Callery||03/18/2018||$100.00||Isabella Callery||Valarie Clemente-Crain||03/18/2018||$100.00||Bella Callery - Wishing you and your group a meaningful experience - much love!||Ray Anstiss||03/18/2018||$100.00||Great Job Isabella||Bill Shiner||03/16/2018||$100.00||For Maria Monje were proud of you Bill and Nicki||James Donovan||03/15/2018||$100.00||Good luck Taylor! Love, James Donovan||Anonymous Friend||03/15/2018||$300.00||God bless to all the people behind this project for you have done what God wants us to do.||Ellen O'Connor||03/14/2018||$100.00||So proud of you Taylor!||Anonymous Friend||03/14/2018||$500.00||In support of your good and generous heart! ❤️||Lisa Duquette||03/10/2018||$50.00||What a great thing your doing Paige ! Have fun and be safe !||Susan Berthiaume||03/05/2018||$50.00||Caroline Elfland you are our family's "Fearless Girl" Love you and very proud of you! Go with God||Colleen Foley||03/04/2018||$50.00||Good luck Maria Monje!||Kim Cormier||02/27/2018||$25.00||For Maria Monje||Jonathan Harvey||02/27/2018||$50.00||What an amazing program!||James Nunn||02/25/2018||$50.00||Hung Trinh||02/25/2018||$50.00||For Maria Monje||Ricardo Monje||02/24/2018||$40.00||For Maria Monje's expenses||Doreen Bauckman||02/18/2018||$50.00||Mr. & Mrs. Ross Krinsky||02/15/2018||$500.00||Nicole Simmons||02/14/2018||$50.00||For Caroline Elfland - good luck!||Steven Bristol||02/14/2018||$50.00||Caroline Elfland||Timothy Barry||02/14/2018||$50.00||For Paige Morse.||Anonymous Friend||02/14/2018||$1.00||For Lindsey Duquette||Lisa Pazol||02/14/2018||$25.00||Good luck!||Nancy Elfland||02/13/2018||$50.00||Anne Ross||02/11/2018||$25.00||Good luck Paige Morse!||Anne Elfland||02/11/2018||$200.00||Caroline Elfland -- proud of you!||Diane Koziel||02/11/2018||$50.00||Caroline and friends what an amazing experience. Thank you for helping.||Maura O'Shea-Johnson||02/11/2018||$25.00||For : Caroline Elfland||Dylan Berthiaume||02/11/2018||$25.00||So proud of Caroline Elfland!! We love you!||Gregory Manousos||02/10/2018||$100.00||Paige Morse. Go Paige!||Terry Morse||02/10/2018||$200.00||Good luck Paige. We’re very proud of you!!!||Sarah Martin||02/03/2018||$50.00||Way to go, Paige! It’s wonderful you’re doing this trip, have a great time!||Lynn Somers||02/03/2018||$50.00||Prayers for a fruitful trip Paige Morse!||Alec Somers||02/03/2018||$20.00||Paige Morse||Sydney Duquette||02/03/2018||$20.00||Paige Morse||Maria Morales Monje||11/25/2017||$100.00||St Matthew Parish||09/15/2017||$1,300.00|