Lending a helping hand has always been a priority for Brenda, and she does so both with photography and in her personal life.
Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep
Brenda is proud to say that in April of 2015 she was accepted to be a volunteer photographer with NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP, an organization that provides remembrance photography to families suffering the loss of a newborn.
In January of 2016, she applied and was accepted to become the Area Coordinator for Southeastern Connecticut, and now manages a small team of volunteers in addition to serving as a volunteer photographer.
Although NILMDTS sessions are among the hardest things she has ever done, they are also the most rewarding. It is both a gift and an honor to serve local families during a time of such unimaginable grief. You can read a little more about her experience with the organization HERE.
Help Portrait is a photographic movement whose mission is to simply take a portrait of a person in need, and give it to them. It’s about more than just giving a photographic print though - it’s about giving hope.
Anyone can organize or take part in a Help Portrait event - in it’s simplest form, it could be a single person with a camera, taking a portrait of one person. In it’s most complex, it could be a huge event with dozens of photographers, make-up artists, and other volunteers, with refreshments and snacks donated and photos printed on site.
Brenda strives to put on or participate in one Help-Portrait inspired event each year. She chooses to partner with local organizations to benefit those in her local southeastern Connecticut community, and has worked with Safe Futures, UCP of Eastern CT, and the Homeless Hospitality Center since 2015.
If you know of a local organization that would be a great match for a Help-Portrait style event, please contact Brenda!
Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters
Brenda also wanted to do something to give back in her personal life, and applied to be a Big Sister with Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters in the beginning of 2017. She has been matched with a local teen since then and the mentor/mentee relationship they share has been a wonderful journey.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor to a local child, please consider becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister!