When disaster strikes, the community must go to pick up the pieces. That’s where Global Empowerment Mission steps in. Executive board secretary and 15-year Palm Beach County local Michelle Boren to highlights the good this organization is doing.
Why is GEM’s mission important to you? I was impressed with the selfless work of our founder, Michael Capponi, and felt compelled to get involved on a deeper level.
How did GEM help Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas? GEM was one of the first teams on the ground in the Bahamas. Along with a team of Navy SEALs, we were able to evacuate 859 people, treat 39 patients and supply seven medical clinics.
How are you involved in the efforts? While I have been over twice since the storm, I am most excited about our 4ocean partnership! Together, we are working toward reducing the single-use plastic footprint on the islands.
How are people in Palm Beach getting involved? Reid Boren joins me on the executive board, and I’ve recruited friends over the years, including Meg O’Grady and Brodi Borchardt.
What does the future look like? GEM has grown tremendously since it was founded in 2011. Please do consider us in your 2020 charitable giving!
Photography by: Photo by Rory Mackay