MPA is committed to giving back to the Greater Boston community, and over the years we’ve been involved with a number of great philanthropic organizations. We encourage you to join us!

 

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For nearly four decades, Heading Home has worked towards ending homelessness in Greater Boston, providing housing and support services to low-income homeless and formerly homeless families. MPA has partnered with Heading Home for years: in addition to principal Marc Margulies serving on the Board of Directors, MPA helped renovate and reconstruct the McKay House and Duley House in Cambridge, led an Up & Out move, and included them in our 25th anniversary celebration in 2013.

You can find out more about Heading Home on their website, including a number of different ways you can help them with their life-changing mission.

 

With 30 houses created over 30 years, Caritas Communities prides itself on preventing homelessness and improving lives, one room at a time. Their efforts have improved thousands of lives, and we have been proud to support them. In 2015, MPA principal Marc Margulies and his wife Anne were honored to receive the P. Leo Corcoran Humanitarian Award in recognition of their extensive work and efforts to eradicate homelessness.

You can find out more about Caritas Communities on their website, and be sure to check out the inspiring video created for the 2015 dinner telling the story of four Caritas residents.

 

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The American Heart Association works to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. For years, MPA has been proud to participate in the AHA’s Boston Heart Walk, helping to raise money and awareness about our nation’s number one and number four killers – heart disease and stroke. The donations raised every year support life-saving research, education, advocacy, and improved patient care.

You can find out more about the AHA on their website, including getting involved with your local Heart Walk.

 

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Canstruction has been contributing to food banks since 1995 with a unique spin: it challenges members of the local design community to create unique structures entirely from canned goods, which are donated to local food banks after the exhibit. Local firms get to show off their design talent in a friendly competition, and area hunger relief efforts benefit from hundreds of thousands of pounds of food over the years. Here are some pictures of our 2013 contribution!

For more information, check Canstruction Boston’s website.

 

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Toys for Tots provides toys, books, and other gifts to less fortunate children every holiday season. In addition to gathering lots of toys, participants also compete to have the best-decorated toy bin. (We won in 2015 with our Duck Boat themed bin!)

You can find more information on your local chapter on Toys for Tots’ website.

 

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United Way works with communities nation-wide to build better lives by preparing children to learn, supporting youth in school, lifting families from poverty, and leading social innovation. MPA has been a proud supporter of United Way for many years; we believe in helping our community evolve into a stronger, safer, happier, more fulfilling place for everyone.

Find out more on United Way’s website – there are many ways to get involved.

 

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The Community Design Resource Center of Boston is a nonprofit design community providing pro bono technical assistance via projects to help underserved communities throughout metropolitan Boston. Thousands of Boston-area architects and designers contribute their planning and design skills for public interest work. In the spirit of holiday fun, CDRC also hosts a gingerbread design contest every year to raise money with some friendly competition between firms – in 2015, we raised $3,565, and the donations from all teams totaled $18,335.

Find out more on CDRC’s website, and get involved with a great organization.