It’s hard to believe we are about to enter a new decade! Civic Support was founded not long after the start of this current decade, and as we approach 9 years of “Helping You Help Others” there is so much to reflect on. But for this article, we’re going to recap five of our favorite things that happened in 2019. What were your “Top 5” events of the year? Share in the comments section below, or drop a comment on our Facebook page!

1. Galentine’s Day

The show “Parks and Rec” popularized the concept of “Galentine’s Day”– a variation of Valentine’s Day that focuses on women celebrating women. In appreciation of this awesome idea, Civic Support’s Director of Communications, Jenny Lee Paiva, put together 15 “Care Package” Galentines Gifts for The Women’s Center.

2. The Coolest Clients

In 2019, Civic Support had the chance to work with a variety of clients, some old and some new. We enjoyed a continued relationship with SouthCoast Fair Housing, and got to work on some cool marketing and PR projects for Project Wheel House. We also helped build a new site for Lady Slipper Stationery, a small business with a big heart when it comes to giving back to local causes.

3. Silent Disco Made a Come Back

For those of you who have been following Civic Support over the years, you’ll know that the “Silent Disco” has been one of our favorite FUNdraisers, but it’s been years since we did one. This spring we brought the Silent Disco back to New Bedford and visited numerous local pubs while grooving to the musical stylings of Ian Power of Elevated Euphoria.

4. Still Learning

Although we are only a year shy of a decade of nonprofit operations, there is a lot we are still learning at Civic Support, and this year we got to learn from some of the best. Civic Support Director and co-founder Shonna Ryan spent most of the year functioning as the Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator at Sharing the Harvest Community Farm, an incredible nonprofit that grows food for local shelters and pantries throughout the SouthCoast region. The year was filled with many opportunities to deepen our understanding of nonprofit business structure, fundraising, and outreach.

5. Holiday Donation Drive

Our annual holiday donation drive was hosted at Groundwork and had huge success! Six large boxes of nonperishable foods and winter clothing items were donated to local shelters and pantries in the city of New Bedford.


We are looking forward to continued growth in 2020, with our main New Years Resolution being to bring back our “Marketing Boot Camps”! If you want to get more involved in 2020, be sure to join our Facebook group, Be the Change SouthCoast.