We are committed to making a difference and giving back to the community. Annually, we engage in many philanthropic activities that support causes meaningful to team members and clients.
Employee Volunteering Initiative
The Harvest Employee Volunteer initiative was launched in August 2019. As a team, we set aside a half day or full day once a quarter to participate in a hands-on volunteering experience that supports a local nonprofit organization. Our first event was at the Community Servings kitchen in Jamaica Plain, where we helped prepare medically tailored meals for people across Massachusetts who are too sick to shop and cook for themselves. This past December, we conducted an office toy drive to benefit the Walker School of Needham. We then spent one morning sorting over 2,000 donated toys that will be distributed to Walker students and their siblings at Christmas.
Jog Your Memory 5K & Foundation
Celebrating its 10th year in September 2023, Jog Your Memory is an annual 5k event started by Jess & Bob Rice after Jess’ mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2007. Since its inception, JYM has:
- Raised over $1,800,000 - $285,000 in 2023 alone - from race participants and generous donors
- directed 80% of proceeds to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund for research
- used 20% of proceeds to establish Caregiver Grants for families in need.
In 2017, JYM created the JYM Caregier Fund to provide families with financial support to help them manage the difficulties of caring for someone with this terrible disease. In 2022, it was renamed to the Dick Caley Caregiver Fund in memory of Jess' Dad and founding board member, Dick Caley, who passed away unexpectedly. Since its establishment JYM has been able to help over 100 families in need.
Launched in the fall of 2018, we purchase pies for our clients from the Community Servings, Pie in the Sky Thanksgiving bake sale. By supporting the pie sale, we help Community Servings provide thousands and thousands of medically tailored, made-from-scratch meals for individuals and families who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves. In 2019, we bought and distributed 70 pies for a total donation of $2,100 to Community Servings!
Superstorm Sandy Relief
In 2012, Harvest Wealth Management Partners Josh Benet and Bob Rice redirected money normally used for client gifts after the holidays to a charity benefiting those affected by Super Storm Sandy. They selected to support The St. Bernard Project, an organization that was instrumental in rebuilding New Orleans, and was then focused on providing relief to Sandy victims. In addition, they wanted a hands-on experience helping people in need. They joined a team of New York Cares volunteers on January 16, 2012 in the Rockaways, a peninsula southeast of Manhattan. Their team’s job for the day was to “muck out” houses removing all moldy and rotten wood. They tore down walls, removed flooring, shoveled and hauled debris. They met with homeowners who had been living with friends, in cars or in wrecked homes without power for three months. This was a life changing experience that made both Josh and Bob not only appreciate what they have, but also reflect on how important Harvest Wealth Management’s work is in protecting their clients' finances and quality of life. We hope that our work will help keep clients from the devastation and feeling of hopelessness that many of Superstorm Sandy’s victims were experiencing months after the storm had passed.