The Giving Circle isn’t a typical nonprofit.

We’re here to help people in their most vulnerable moments—whatever their needs are. With everything happening in the world today, these moments of struggle are happening more and more. The Giving Circle wants to make sure we can find ways to support those in need, and we’re hoping you can help.


After a fire, helping a dedicated trade partner rebuild his family home

Wayne Smith

My life changed on Feb. 18, when a second alarm fire blazed through my family home in Woburn. Firefighters got to the scene quickly but there was already permanent damage. We didn’t know what to do.  


I’ve worked with Suffolk for years as a trade partner, and I was amazed when the Giving Circle supported me and my family with five months of mortgage payments. That made it possible for us to rent a place while our home was reconstructed.  


The financial assistance from the Giving Circle really saved us in our desperate times. Thank you so much for doing all this for us. We appreciate it so much. 

With vehicle conversion, empowering a child to live to her fullest potential

The Ioakimidis Family

Savina is the third and the youngest of our children. She has cerebral palsy. She’s a sassy, smart little girl and wants to do everything a 7-year-old would do: make slime, go to the park, even go to the grocery store. But her body is where she’s affected the most. She can’t sit or stand on her own and she uses a manual wheelchair to
get around. As she continues to grow,  she will move to using a powered wheelchair soon.  


It got to the point where I couldn’t take heranywhere independently and going out into the community slowed down a lot. We needed to bite the bullet on a wheelchair-accessible vehicle.  


Purchasing this van was super daunting—it’s like buying two cars. You have to buy the vehicle and then pay for the conversion. We reached out to friends with the hopes that someone might know of a charitable organization who could provide resources or help. One of our friends quickly mentioned that Suffolk could be a resource. After completing the application, we received notice shortly thereafter that Suffolk’s Giving Circle would and could help us. We were over the moon when the Giving Circle let us know the organization would pay for the wheelchair conversion.


With the generosity of the Giving Circle, this vehicle has given Savina the ability to go virtually anywhere. She now has the freedom to go to all the places she wants to go—like the mall of course! This is what she needed. She wants to be independent. You want to see her do everything on her own, but she needs the world brought to her because she can’t do it herself.   


You helped bring the world to her. You made an impact on our lives and you made a difference for a local family, right here in the Boston area. We are forever blessed and grateful. 

Lifting a burden for a friend facing rare
stage 4 cancer

Natalie Mascari

Being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and undergoing aggressive treatments—chemotherapy and radiation—took a lot out of me. I was focusing all my energy on this fight, and I wasn’t able to work or support my family.  


I have a close friend who works for Suffolk, and I can’t tell you how much it meant to us when the Giving Circle took care of our mortgage and medical expenses. It lifted a huge burden at just the right time.  


It’s amazing to know there are groups like this that can come together and help families in such impactful ways. Thank you. 



We know that hardships come in all shapes and sizes, so we strive to meet a wide range of needs that might not fit into a traditional philanthropic bucket. Employee payroll deductions and fundraising events fuel our ability to support those in need; this year, without the chance to meet in person for these events, we’re depending on our larger circle for help.


We know that there are so many worthy causes this year, but we hope you consider supporting the Giving Circle and our neighbors who are in need.


Thank you!