Most high school students have enough on their plate without worrying about running their own nonprofit charitable organization. Moira Landry’s organization, Hope for Creativity, is currently storming the Massachusetts State House with its fundraiser, Engage In Boundless Expression.
Ms. Landry, a Junior at Swampscott High, started her organization in hopes of enriching the lives of thousands of homeless Massachusetts youths. Ms. Landry said, “I started volunteering at a very young age, and after a while I was able to picture myself in a situation if I were a kid and I were homeless I would want to have something to do, something to call my own".
As a self proclaimed artist, Ms. Landry believes art is an essential part of childhood that thousands of homeless children don’t have the opportunity to engage themselves in.
Not only does Ms. Landry’s organization help homeless youths, she sets out to inspire others to help those who are less fortunate, “We also educate school and community groups about homelessness,” said Ms. Landry “and how they can make a difference in their community.”
Hope for Creativity is currently holding a fundraiser at the State House called Engage in Boundless Expression. The exhibit is held in Doric Hall, a major stopping point in the State House.
“...[The exhbit] is in doric hall which is where all of the tourists start, so it is easy to find, it’s very cool” said Ms. Landry.
The exhibit features pieces “from 51 different artists in 3 different countries and 25 different states” who range from being “5 year olds and professional artists and everyone in between.”
Each piece was created on a 12x16 painters pallet and Ms. Landry recounted that they all were great.
The exhibit was extended a week and will close on October 11th, with an Auction Wrap Up Party held at the Sheraton Colonial Hotel in Wakefield. Bidding for the auction ends at 9 PM EST. Ms. Landry said that “theres something for everyone” at this Wrap Up Party. There will be a “Something For Everyone Raffle” that have prizes from companies such as Disney, Burt’s Bees, Lindt, as well as others.
Ms. Landry said that she is looking for volunteers and guests to attend this event, which includes a live band, food, and will overall be “just a really great night.”
To find out more about Moira, Hope For Creativity, and to support their cause log on to hopeforcreativity.org