LIFT, Worcester, MA

I Choose Love

LIFT (Living in Freedom Together) is working to make Worcester, MA a better place. It’s always amazing to see people come together to help the community. If you haven’t heard of LIFT yet, this post will give you some information and ways to help.

Healing with Hope and Dignity

Living in Freedom Together is a 501(c)(3) non profit located in Worcester, MA. LIFT is survivor led with the mission to provide resources, advocacy and support to empower individuals to exit and recover from the impacts of commercial sexual exploitation. A grant from USA today would allow us to expand critical resources for these women as well as assist in re-entry services for women looking to exit commercial sexual exploitation.

If you would like to help LIFT, please vote for them to win a grant from the USA Today, A Community Thrives contest. You can also contact them directly to make donations.

News coverage

New nonprofit seeks treatment for victims of prostitution, drugs
By Susan Spencer – April 22, 2017

Hometown Heroes: Nicole Bell
By Walter Bird Jr. – November 23, 2016

Capturing with The Insiders

Last weekend, I got to speak at the 2nd Social Media Insiders workshop: Capturing with The Insiders. The Social Media Insiders is a networking / workshop event series organized by Giselle Rivera-Flores and Jaime Flores.  The first Outsiders event was in November and focused on using social media to build an audience. This event was all about photography.

(Thank you to our fabulous host, Figs & Pigs)

Clark University student, Zohaib Bilal, played music for us while everyone did some networking.

Zohaib Bilal, student from Clark University, has a lovely voice. Check it out. Hire him @zohaibbilal #worcesterma

A video posted by (@worcturtleboy) on

Chris Chabot, owner of Helimounts, gave us an overview of extreme videography.

Jaime Flores presented some tips on streetscapes and photographing architecture.

We had a Cupcake photography contest. Participants took photos of Nuggets Delights cupcakes and posted to Instagram.

My small part

I spoke about phone photography and how to capture images for blogs and social media. I posted links to the apps I spoke about on my photography blog: Thank you to Giselle, Jaime and their team for organizing. Thank you to everyone who came out to the event.  I can’t wait for the next one.