We rounded up some of our favorite photo-related charitable organizations
Josephine Herrick Project (formerly: Rehabilitation Through Photography)
Josephine Herrick started her organization in 1941, by photographing young men going to war, and sending the photographs to their loved ones.
Popular Photography Editor-in-chief, Miriam Leucther actually sits on the board of directors for Josephine Herrick Project. Their overall goal is to use photography to provide a voice for those who might otherwise go unheard.
About the organization:
Executive Director of the Josephine Herrick Project, Maureen McNeil, had this to say of the organization: “The Josephine Herrick Project puts cameras in the hands of children and adults who don't have a voice in society. By partnering with social service agencies, hospitals, schools, like-minded nonprofits and the generous support of the photography industry and professional photographers, students ages 8 - 80 learn to express themselves visually, verbally and emotionally. Through free programs, exhibits and publications, students connect with their communities through their talents rather than their disabilities.”
The Josephine Herrick Project began in 1941 and is one of the oldest photo charities in our list. Today, photographers can volunteer their time to teach a free 8-week photo class to those in need. To get involved, simply email a resume and letter to Maureen McNeil for consideration.
Katelyn Bird originally met Tina and Tony (above) through a Heart Gallery shoot. She later adopted the twins into her family. Photo: Katelyn Bird.
While putting together this round-up, we stumbled upon the incredible story of Katelyn Bird, a photographer whose time spent volunteering for Heart Gallery changed her life forever. Her story follows.
About the organization:
“The mission of the Heart Gallery is to bring awareness to the many children available and waiting for adoption in the foster care system. Unfortunately, these children cannot return to their first homes and truly deserve a stable, loving family where they can grow and thrive.”
“Getting involved has changed my life immensely! I love taking photos, and my most fulfilling work is that which I do for the Heart Gallery, and children awaiting their forever homes. I always get excited when I hear one of my subjects has been matched and placed with a family. In March of last year I worked a teens-only Heart Gallery event, where prospective families and waiting children can meet and interact. I did seven portraits that day, but two of them really captured my interest. I went home and discussed a set of twins, a boy and a girl, age 13 with my husband. We put our paperwork in on Monday. They were placed in our home for adoption in July, and we finalized on National Adoption Day, November 17th. They are doing well and adjusting to their forever family which includes us, and two little sisters.”
There are Heart Galleries in 42 states to which you can volunteer your talents. You can find links to them at www.heartgalleryofamerica.org In addition, licensed foster and adoptive parents are in great need nationwide.