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Photos: Thousands gather on the Boston Common to advocate and fundraise to end homelessness

Participants carry a banner that reads “Ending homelessness is within our reach” as they lead the crowd of around 4,000 people on the two-mile walk around the Boston Common and the Public Garden on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024. (Arthur Mansavage/Beacon Staff)

Students, families, advocates, and community members from the greater Boston area gathered on the Boston Common on Sunday, Feb. 11 for the 8th annual Winter Walk fundraiser. Winter Walk is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness and funding with the goal to one day end homelessness in our communities. The walk itself, according to the organization’s website, is “our chance to link arms with those who experience homelessness and to listen humbly to their stories.” Before the walk, participants could fundraise by themselves or as a team. At the event, participants had the opportunity to listen to stories from people who have and are still experiencing homelessness, as well as meet the dozens of organizations that their fundraising money will go to. Mayor Michelle Wu also made an appearance at the event, giving opening remarks and talking about the importance of affordable housing and how the city continues to help those experiencing homelessness.

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  • A participant walks with a dog towards the check-in tents on the Boston Common for the Winter Walk. (Arthur Mansavage/ Beacon Staff)

  • Event volunteers cheer on the participants as they begin their two-mile walk. (Arthur Mansavage/Beacon Staff)

  • Thousands of people march shoulder to shoulder on the Boston Common during the 8th annual Winter Walk. (Arthur Mansavage/Beacon Staff)

  • Mayor Michelle Wu gives opening remarks during the 8th annual Winter Walk on the Boston Common on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024. (Arthur Mansavage/Beacon Staff)

  • A participant wearing a Winter Walk drawstring bag waits in the main gathering area for the event. (Arthur Mansavage/ Beacon Staff)

  • During the walk, participants pass by the Embrace statue on the Boston Common. (Arthur Mansavage/ Beacon Staff)

  • Samantha Mckaige, a student at Berklee College of Music, performs for the participants as they return from their walk. (Arthur Mansavage/ Beacon Staff)

  • Event participants sporting their blue beanies and drawstring bags while listening to the opening remarks of the event before the walk. (Arthur Mansavage/ Beacon Staff)

  • Sarah Reed speaks to the crowd about her experiences with homelessness before the walk on the Boston Common. (Arthur Mansavage/Beacon Staff)


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Arthur Mansavage
Arthur Mansavage, Website Editor and Assistant Photo Editor
Arthur Mansavage (he/him) is a sophomore from Carmel, Indiana. He is majoring in Theatre/Design Technology with a minor in Journalism. He has been a staff photographer for the Beacon since November 2022 and is currently serving as the Assistant Photography Editor as well as most recently taking on the role of Website Editor. In February of 2024, he fully redesigned the Beacon's website layout to model the current industry standards. Mansavage is also a member of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) and in November of 2023 received an NPPA Monthly News Clip award for his coverage of the protests during Vice President Kamala Harris’ visit to Boston. You can find more of his creative and journalistic works on his website here.

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