Commonwealth Cares – A 501(c)(3) charity created to maximize the impact of our many and varied efforts to give back to the communities we work in, live in, and visit.
This foundation is the natural next step in a long history of giving back that began with Commonwealth's founder and chairman, Joe Deitch, and his late wife, Robbie. For more than three decades, they and others on our Executive Management team have lived our firm's cultural values through their commitment to a diverse range of causes and organizations.
Chemo Caps for Kids – A single handmade hat is a powerful demonstration of compassion for a sick child. Multiply that by hundreds of people knitting, and the result is, literally, thousands of such special moments for children who feel the joy of knowing someone has given them a gift handmade with love and care.
What began in 2009 as an effort to help patients at Boston’s Dana-Farber Pediatric Cancer Unit has grown into a widespread effort benefiting many more children at hospitals across the country. We’re now up to 2,143 caps, which translate into thousands of those special “moments”—like the joy on a child’s face when she picks one out and puts it on. Or the smile on parents’ faces when they see their child acting like a kid again. Or the relief a child feels when he’s wearing the cap and his cancer is no longer on display for the world to see. Every hat we donate is made up of moments like these—and that’s what makes this program so special.