Fairhaven-Based M.O.L.I.F.E. Enhances the Lives of Local People
COVID did a hatchet job on the finances of M.O.L.I.F.E., one of the most regarded nonprofits on the SouthCoast.
In case you're unaware of M.O.L.I.F.E. and its mission, its president Charlie Murphy and wife Carrie started this small but dynamic nonprofit in 1995 to enhance the lives of people with differential abilities. Murphy's father, Paul, had a disability that served as the organization's foundation.
M.O.L.I.F.E. suffered a major financial hit following the pandemic.
"We had to pay out $200,000 to unemployment insurance unexpectedly that wasn't included in our budget of expenses," Murphy said. "But we had to pay our bills, and now we are playing catch up financially."
The charitable organization is reaching out to the community for help.
"We're asking businesses if they can make an end-of-year contribution. We will benefit greatly and for the business, it's a great tax write-off, but it's also making an investment in enhancing the lives of people with developmental disabilities in our area," Murphy said. "Every dollar donated makes a positive impact to the individuals we support."
M.O.L.I.F.E. Events Coordinator Kathryn Cox said one of the signature fundraisers every year is the gala.
"We're so fortunate to host 376 guests attending this Friday evening at the Century House (in Acushnet)," she said. "Between dinner, the silent and regular auction of some really fantastic gifts, we promise everyone will have an enjoyable evening while helping us even up the score, impacted by those years of COVID."
Chief Operating Officer Ivan Brito is hoping it will help turn the corner.
"Over the last few years, we've been working really hard to get the numbers back up where they were before COVID. I have faith that we'll recover," he said.
As for anything new happening, Murphy hinted that he's in talks with film maker Alyssa Botelho, Director of Operations for Fairhaven Cable TV, "because we think M.O.L.I.F.E. would make an interesting Netflix series."