Lauren and Liz's BLB Fundraising Page
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Lauren and Liz's BLB Fundraising Page
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Last year Lauren travelled to Haiti for the first time to see where her father grew up and meet with family in the wake of his passing. Upon returning, she shared stories of breathtaking landscapes and profound poverty along with her desire to go back, but this time with a greater purpose. Fast forward a few months, and Lauren and Liz once again found themselves talking about Lauren's trip but this time the focus was on her experience as a Britsionary. Listening to her speak about her week in Grand Goave, Liz found herself deeply moved and in that moment they made the decision to return together. 

Our motivation...

As educators, we strive to inspire and encourage curious and confident young minds which drew us both to Be Like Brit's mission to develop Haiti's future leaders. Together, we will make our journey to Haiti on July 29th and use our passion for the country and our desire to help others in an effort to make a positive impact. Our volunteer experience will allow us to spend time working with the 66 children who live at Brit's home as well as directly with the community of Grand Goave. In order to fulfill our goal we need to raise $4,000. 

We thank you in advance for supporting our work with Be Like Brit to make a difference for the people of a country who desperately need it.


ABOUT Britsionary Program2

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.

Name Date Amount Comments
Angela Vietro 07/11/2018 $300.00  
Anonymous Friend 06/06/2018 $434.79  
Dennis Leahey 06/03/2018 $200.00  
Sarah Leahey 06/03/2018 $150.00  
Maureen E Ward 05/29/2018 $100.00 thanks for taking care of others.
Paula Leahey 05/27/2018 $450.00 For 2 amazing young women, we are so proud of you and your commitment to change the lives of others! With all of our love and best wishes for great experiences on this trip, Mom and Nathan
Suzanne Lynn 05/27/2018 $100.00 We love Lauren and Liz! Suz, Ryan and kiddos.
Courtney Shaughnessy 05/23/2018 $75.00  
Cindy Matchett 05/23/2018 $25.00  
Kathleen Denizard 05/22/2018 $150.00  
Sarah Mackie 05/17/2018 $25.00 You are amazing! Can't wait to hear all about it.
Jacqueline Fuller 05/16/2018 $50.00  
Karen Kerns 05/16/2018 $10.00  
Molly Bloom 05/16/2018 $20.00 Great work, Liz!!
Marie Beam 05/15/2018 $50.00 Way to go, Liz!!
Ross Ketchum 05/14/2018 $20.00 Good Luck Lady's
Denise LeBlanc 05/13/2018 $150.00 Special connections to Haiti, friendship, and children! Thanks for volunteering!
Isaac Sempala 05/13/2018 $30.00  
Rachel Danford 05/11/2018 $50.00 Yay! Great work, great people!
Jill Jacques 05/11/2018 $20.00 Yay Liz!
Ann Sgarzi 05/10/2018 $100.00 An inspiring story--thank you for volunteering.
Neil Gordon 05/10/2018 $100.00  
Cheryl Lombardo 05/09/2018 $50.00 You are inspiring!!
Michael Currivan 05/08/2018 $35.00 Good work...people need to know they matter!
Christine Bilello 05/05/2018 $100.00 Can't wait to hear about this trip- you ladies rock!
Kerry A Hannigan 05/03/2018 $50.00 So awesome you girls are doing this together! ❤️
Amy Farley 05/03/2018 $25.00 Have fun and I wish for you cool breezes!!
Julie Ghostlaw 05/02/2018 $20.00 Have a good trip!
Dan Beach 05/01/2018 $100.00 What a wonderful project, Lauren.
Vicki Regan 04/30/2018 $30.00  
Jill Gallagher 04/30/2018 $50.00 Good luck and have an amazing trip!
Stephanie Pietal 04/30/2018 $50.00 Love you guys!! Best of luck!
Ann McLean-Muse 04/30/2018 $25.00 So proud of you for volunteering your time off for such a worthy cause, Lauren!
Melissa Leahey 04/29/2018 $200.00 Good luck on your trip!!!
Anonymous Friend 04/29/2018 $50.00  
Potter Barn Burkington #540 04/29/2018 $70.00 Have fun!!!
Anonymous Friend 04/29/2018 $101.29 Good luck!
Holly Berthod 04/28/2018 $50.00  
Anonymous Friend 04/28/2018 $500.00  
Rich Kelley 04/28/2018 $200.00 I’m so proud of you both.
Lauren Denizard 04/25/2018 $100.00  
Liz Leahey 04/23/2018 $100.00  
  Total $4,516.08  
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