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“I never expected to develop such a close and lasting relationship with the volunteers and guests there!”

Erin M. Sullivan

Associate Wealth Advisor

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Spotlight on Giving – Wednesday Night Supper Club and Erin Sullivan

I have been volunteering with Wednesday Night Supper Club for about a decade. In commuting across Boston, I was moved to do my part by the vast display of income inequality and the sheer number of homeless people that I encountered daily. I originally selected this particular soup kitchen because it fit my schedule and was on my way home. I never expected to develop such a close and lasting relationship with the volunteers and guests there!

Wednesday Night Supper Club is an all-volunteer run, weekly soup kitchen near Boston Common. It feeds hot, nutritious meals to approximately 200 hungry guests per night. What makes it such a special place is that it seeks to treat everyone with respect and dignity. As such, all attendees are referred to as guests. It also serves restaurant-style – delivering meals to the table. Guests appreciate that they don’t have to navigate a cafeteria line while lugging their possessions.

Most evenings, you will find me out on the floor serving coffee and engaging our guests in conversation. Supper Club brings together a community of people from all walks of life, and thus provides a rare opportunity to meet people from diverse backgrounds. I also fill in where most needed, including plating food, washing dishes, and bussing tables.

In a cute and semi-related story, David, the evening security guard in our Boston office, never fails to cheer, “It’s Wednesday!” as I leave work and head off to Supper Club. He’s done it ever since I told him about my volunteering several years ago!

Wednesday Night Supper Club also started The Walk for Hunger. This 20-mile fundraising walk probably isn’t well-known outside of Massachusetts, but it’s a big event and the oldest pledge walk in the country. The fundraiser outgrew Supper Club and is now run by Project Bread.

Erin M. Sullivan, Associate Wealth Advisor

Erin is an Associate Wealth Advisor at The Colony Group.  She supports a team of financial counselors providing a wide range of wealth management and investment advisory services to high net worth individuals.

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