What JHP Has Given Me

 

When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” ―Maya Angelou

 

My Time Spent at Josephine Herrick Project

 

 By Brittany Connolly

Over the past year, I have given a lot of myself to the Josephine Herrick Project. More importantly however, is how much JHP has given to me. Starting here as an intern, still finishing up my psychology degree, unsure of my future, I was thrilled when JHP eventually gave me a job as Program Coordinator. It was the first job I have been proud of having, and the only one I have ever felt such a strong connection to.

I quickly began to learn the ins and outs of nonprofit from my superiors, and also that running a small organization without very much money was not an easy feat. Everyone needed to work closely together in order for us to function as a successful entity. From functions to fundraisers to charity auctions, it has been a long and sometimes tumultuous road but at the end of the day it was of course, all worth it.

Nothing was more important to me then seeing the impact JHP classes had on our students and with this I knew for certain that charity and human services was where I wanted to be. The VA programs we worked with hold a special place in my heart, coming from a family with Vietnam Era Veterans, reading the words of the Veteran individuals in our programs and being able to look at their photographs felt very personal. I can only imagine how different certain things may have turned out, for members of my family personally, had art therapy tools and creative expression been utilized with veterans sooner.  The thought of this makes me sad, but I regain my strength knowing that what we do now can only have a positive impact on future soldiers and ex military.  I remember looking through photographs of my uncle’s time in Vietnam; he was a kid, with a face very much like mine only brown from the sun.  There were no jobs when these men arrived home, people were very much against the war and at that time, unsupportive and judgmental of the young soldiers who had returned. Now at JHP I look through photographs of veterans from many wars, always beautiful photographs that many times tell stories about combat VS civilian life, and I feel extremely lucky. These talented and courageous people are given the opportunity to be creative, develop a skill, and most importantly tell their story.

Although my time here is coming to an end, as all things do, it marks a year of learning, growth and change for me, as well as our organization. As JHP continues to grow, I will also continue to support its mission and its students in any way I am able. Just having turned 24, I can safely say this is the most important thing I have been a part of, and the beginning of something incredibly exciting. Customers at my other job will occasionally ask what else I do, and regulars will joke that “She’s saving the world.” I laugh when this happens but of course, can’t help but feel a sense of pride in what we do here at JHP and what I myself am setting out to accomplish.

JHP is a wonderful organization that will no doubt be around for a very long time. Everything you do affects the lives of others and I am confidant when you give to an organization like this one you are creating a ripple that will absolutely contribute to changing a life for the better. I hate to overdo it with the quotes, but some things are better left said to those who know exactly how to say them.

“The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” -Mahatma Gandhi

At the end of the day, lift each other up, do what you feel is right, give to those who need it, and you will sleep soundly.

By Brittany Connolly

Program Coordinator

Josephine Herrick Project

brittany@jhproject.org

www.JHproject.org

Barbara Kinney’s Photograph from the 1997 Presidential Inauguration up for auction Nov 4th

 

“Inauguration 1997” By Barbara Kinney

By Sara Sweetwood

 

“President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hilary Rodham Clinton were dressed and ready to attend the inaugural balls scheduled for that evening after the President had been sworn in for his second term earlier that day. The Clintons were in the East Room doing the final touches before an “official” portrait taken by another photographer when I took this candid photo of the couple. I’ve always liked the simple elegance of the photo, with the twinkling lights and the bright backlight from the other photographer’s set-up. It was a quiet moment before they spent the next few hours traveling from party to party, meeting thousands of supporters. Only recently did I notice the outstretched hands of both the Clintons and George Washington in the background painting.” – Barbara Kinney

 

About the Photograph:

This elegant, intimate capture is digitally scanned from an original print. It will be part of the Josephine Herrick Project’s 2013 MODERN MASTERS OF PHOTOGRAPHY BENEFIT AUCTION on November 4, 2013 in NYC. For more information about this auction, please visit: jhproject.org/benefit

 

About the Photographer:

Barbara Kinney is a photojournalist whose work has appeared on the covers of TIME, Newsweek, and People magazines. She was a White House photographer during the Clinton Administration and was Hilary Clinton’s campaign photographer during the 2008 Presidential primary elections. She has traveled internationally photographing projects for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Clinton Foundation, the Nike Foundation, CARE and the Eastern Congo Initiative. Kinney has served as staff photo editor at USA Today, Reuters, and the Seattle Times. She is a graduate of the William Allen School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. Kinney is currently based in Seattle, WA.

 

For more information about the benefit auction and to purchase tickets visit jhproject.org/benefit

 

Our Online Auction is now LIVE!

Please visit: http://auctions.readysetauction.com/josephineherrickproj/ to see all the amazing photographs up for bid now and at the Josephine Herrick Project’s 2013 MODERN MASTERS OF PHOTOGRAPHY BENEFIT AUCTION on November 4, 2013 in NYC