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  • The Front Steps Project™ is a fundraising endeavor created to bring communities together and help those suffering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and this book will be a heartwarming keepsake of togetherness depicting an unprecedented time in our country.

  • Community residents commission participating photographers to take a portrait of themselves and their loved ones on their front steps—or porch, driveway, stoop, or other outdoor location. The sessions are a time to bring people together when they feel isolated and the residents receive a portrait that memorializes their time of social distancing. Then, the proceeds from the photo session are donated by the photographers to local community groups.

  • Authors’ efforts have been covered by numerous major national media sources this spring.

  • Through The Front Steps Project’s Instagram account, photographers across the United States—and even the globe—have been inspired to start their own programs in their communities.

  • As of May 9, 2020, more than 450 photographers have voluntarily replicated #TheFrontStepsProject, raising over $1,500,000 for local food pantries, hospitals, animal shelters and more.

  • West Margin Press will donate a portion of their profits to The United Way and its own efforts to help people impacted by this pandemic.



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Date de parution 24 novembre 2020
Nombre de lectures 0
EAN13 9781513265865
Langue English
Poids de l'ouvrage 48 Mo

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Tobi Gomez
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Jennifer Krawchuk
How Communities Found Connection During the COVID-19 Crisis
We’re so glad you’re here!
So am I! How are you guys doing?
These words, in any other context, seem basic. An everyday casual greeting,
right? But in the spring and summer of 2020, they meant more. These words
were exchanged hundreds of times among photographers and their
neighbors as # TheFrontStepsProject, a grassroots social mission to connect
communities through philanthropy, roared through cities and towns across
the globe. These greetings provided a brief lifeline to normalcy.
Traveling through suburban neighborhoods, city streets, and rural towns,
photographers participating in The Front Steps Project captured faces of
people stepping outside for the first time in days. Most participants, thrilled
to see a friendly face, were simply happy to have something to do! Even
from ten feet away, these quick connections offered a jolt of positivity.
Through this endeavor, photographers captured the myriad ways people
sought to feel normal in an isolating time. They documented anniversaries,
birthdays, graduations, senior prom outfits, last days of chemotherapy,
pregnancy announcements, newborn joy, and more. And the costumes. Lots
of hysterical costumes.
Participating photographers witnessed so many amazing moments:
impish smirks on young faces; giggles after being tickled to elicit a smile;
toddler meltdowns; chuckling parents; folks admitting they’d taken their
first shower in days; decorations, especially rainbow art; and relieved smiles
after a loved one returned home from a shift as a healthcare worker.
Scour the hundreds of images that The Front Steps Project produced
(only a fraction of which are featured in this book) and you’ll notice themes
of CONNECTION and UNITY in the smiles. Take a closer look and you’ll see
the fundamental fabric of COMMUNITY— the ways people connect
emotionally even during the most difficult times, and the ways people show
RESILIENCE, even when separated. The Front Steps Project documents life
in isolation and touches on many emotions in the human experience.









Needham, Massachusetts
Cara Soulia

We collaborate on ways to grow our businesses and
juggle our ever-changing lives.
On March 12, our
latest plans evaporated when our Boston
suburb reported its first case of COVID-19.
Six days later, we launched # TheFrontStepsProject.
Our intention was to keep busy, spread some smiles, and
raise money for the Needham Community Council, our
town’s most impactful nonprofit. We posted the first image
on March 18 and our inboxes overflowed with interest.
Thanks to fellow creatives Topher Cox, Caitrin Dunphy,
Kate King, and Lily Weitzman,
we connected with close
to 800 families and raised over $ 50,000. But that
was only the beginning...
Cara Soulia and Kristen Collins, Needham, Massachusetts
Needham, Massachusetts
Cara Soulia
Needham, Massachusetts
Kate King
Needham, Massachusetts
Cara Soulia
Needham, Massachusetts
Cara Soulia
Needham, Massachusetts
Cara Soulia
Needham, Massachusetts
Caitrin Dunphy
Needham, Massachusetts
Topher Cox
Needham, Massachusetts
Caitrin Dunphy
Needham, Massachusetts
Caitrin Dunphy
Needham, Massachusetts
Cara Soulia
Needham, Massachusetts
Caitrin Dunphy
Minnetonka, Minnesota
Shari Fleming
During the first week we juggled remote learning, spouses
permanently at home, toilet paper shortages, and constant
requests for Front Steps photos. Messages poured in from
fellow photographers: Can I do this, too?
In the spirit of philanthropy, we shared our simple steps
for creating a Front Steps Project. Within days, the hashtag
multiplied on social media: New York, North Carolina,
Tennessee, Colorado, California, Hawaii. Then Australia! New
Zealand! Scotland! Hundreds of photographers from around
the world voluntarily replicated our program, bringing
thousands together despite being— and probably feeling—
isolated themselves. We were unprepared, yet incredibly
grateful, for the overwhelming response.
Cara Soulia and Kristen Collins, co-founders of The Front Steps Project
Grapevine, Texas
Rachna Agrawal
British Columbia, Canada
Laura-Lee Gerwing
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Sue Gambla
Columbus, Ohio
Erin Brown
Edina, Minnesota
Molly Andresen
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Laura-Lee Gerwing
Faxon, Oklahoma
Stacy Pearce
Tauranga, New Zealand
Kelly O’Hara
De Winton, Alberta, Canada
Anett Meszaros
Hamilton, Massachusetts
Jen Maguire
My takeaway from this experience
is that no matter how broken
the world may seem, humanity will
always find a way to love intentionally,
support unconditionally,
and overcome any obstacle that
stands in our way... these photos
tell us that
lives here.
Abigail Blalock, Alexandria, Louisiana
St. Louis, Missouri
Kelli Morrell
South Amboy, New Jersey
Amy McLaughlin
Somerville, Massachusetts
Kristen Fuller
Woodbury, Minnesota
Sigrid Dabelstein
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Eva Eariello
Butte, Montana
Hunter Blodgett
South Hamilton, Massachusetts
Tracey Westgate
Gonzales, Louisiana
Tony Parker
Amherst, Massachusetts
Isabella Dellolio
Charles Town, West Virginia
Julie Roggenkamp
Alexandria, Louisiana
Abigail Blalock
Seattle, Washington
AV Goodsell
This image represents
eight families on
the same block in Brooklyn.
Despite living
yards from one another, it wasn’t until lockdown that
they really began to get know each other.
out on the stoops more often to cope
with isolation, they discovered the joy
of togetherness and created a close
Shrutti Garg, Brooklyn, New York
Brooklyn, New York
Shrutti Garg
Daniel Island,
South Carolina
Tiffany Mizzell
Sydney, Australia
Marie Berroa
Stafford, Virginia
Megan Hubbard
Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
Kristen Sawatzky
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Ute Reckhorn
East Braintree, Manitoba, Canada
Bree-Ann Merritt
Needham, Massachusetts
Topher Cox
Needham, Massachusetts
Cara Soulia
Boise, Idaho
Taylor Badzic
Mooresville, North Carolina
Kathleen and Ed Martin
Lido Beach, New York
Jodi Applebaum
West Hartford, Connecticut
Andrew Stabnick
Torrance, California
Ute Reckhorn
Needham, Massachusetts
Cara Soulia
Columbus, Ohio
Erin Brown
Pearland, Texas
Amy Nathans
Dublin, Ireland
Maria Rusk
North Andover, Massachusetts
Jenn Freson
Carlsbad, California
Melissa Au

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