Congratulations to Adoption & Foster Care Mentoring (AFC) for winning Catchafire’s 2012 Holiday Campaign. AFC rallied its supporters behind the campaign to walk away with the most votes and $2,012 towards Catchafire projects.
Catchafire is in the business of “matching” – matching skilled pro bono professionals with organizations that need their help. AFC is also in the business of matching. It made its first mentor-mentee “match” in early 2002, and registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit two years later. Today, the organization continues to serve both youth in foster care and those adopted out of care. And just as Catchafire’s success is largely attributed to the high caliber of its pro bono professionals, AFC has enjoyed growth and success over the years thanks to highly committed volunteer mentors.
AFC is one of only a handful of mentoring organizations in the US. That may be surprising, but often it’s the story behind the organization that explains its origins, its success and its passion. AFC exists today thanks to its founder Justin Pasquariello. After four years without a permanent place to call home, nine-year-old Justin was placed with a foster family. Beating the sad statistics shadowing foster care, Justin was fortunate to find a caring and permanent home. His experience never left him though, and nine years later, while a freshman at Harvard College, Justin developed a mentoring program serving the foster and adopted youth in the Boston area. In 2001, Justin joined forces with Massachusettes Mentoring Partnership and AFC was off the ground.
Catchafire is proud to welcome AFC as its newest member and looks forward to helping them build capacity as they build lasting mentor relationships for hundreds of children in Massachusetts.