I had the opportunity recently to speak with philanthropist and present day abolitionist Katrina Keefe, an amazing woman born and raised in the Lakes Region who is making our world a safer place for our children. When she is not volunteering at her local food pantry, planning charity events, or at speaking engagements you can find Katrina wood burning as mentioned in Corey’s support and buy local blog, or exploring one of our local mountains with her pup!
Katrina has been doing service and giving back her entire life!! In her late teens she had a huge role in helping raise awareness for Invisible Children helping to end the child soldiers in Uganda.
Now in her 20s she has dedicated her time and passion to help raise awareness and educate others on human trafficking and in doing so works with an international non profit, LOVE146.
Two years ago Katrina took a life changing trip to Asia and saw human trafficking first hand. It is a dark issue to talk about but as Martin Luther King Jr. stated, “Darkness can not drive out darkness, only light can do that.” Katrina is a NH woman shedding light and bringing change to not only our state but the world.
When asked why she got involved in LOVE146 Katrina said that she fully believes in their mission of ending child trafficking and sexual exploitation. She not only believes in their mission, but fully supports the integrity in which they operate and that with such a dark topic, they bring so much hope to the table and an audacious expectation that we will see this form of slavery abolished in our lifetime.
Katrina was recently recognized for her amazing work in the state of NH by the international organization and named the Abolition in Action Award recipient for 2016.
Here are a few things you should know:
- The LOVE146 NH Team is an all-volunteer run organization and is making a huge difference in the state of NH!
- Currently the group has two major fundraisers- a Black Dress Gala held every February and a Hike up Mount Major held every Memorial Day in May!
- Love146 has an amazing curriculum for those who work with kids to utilize to educate them (check it out here).
- Love146 has a task force based out of Laconia: Love146 Volunteer Team. They put on fundraising events, educate the community and talk to local school groups and philanthropic groups such as your local Rotary or Kiwanis Club.
Want to help and just don’t know how?! Well here is your chance!
To get involved and to make positive change: The LOVE146 New Hampshire team is always looking for like-hearted individuals to help support and educate the community. If you would like to become a present day abolitionist and support LOVE146 there is a free six week training (meets once a week for six weeks), then after the training a monthly team meeting. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Save the date: The Black Dress Gala will be held Friday night, February 3, 2017 at the Historic Belknap Mill in downtown Laconia. Heavy appetizers will be provided by chef Kevin Halligan, owner of Laconia’s Farm to Table Restaurant Local Eatery and dessert will be provided by LaShunda Allen of Oh La La Cakes of Meredith!
“Love Does”- Bob Goff
There are so many wonderful people and agencies making a difference in our own back yards! If you would like us to feature your non profit agency or know of an amazing NH professional giving back like Katrina email me at email@example.com
We all can make positive change in our communities! It starts with us! Until next time- Do Good NH!!!