The Boris Lawrence Henson foundation is committed to raising the level of joy in our lives, and creating spaces and events that celebrate joy and foster connection in a meaningful way.

We are launching BLHF Joy Joints across the nation to recreate the spirit of the historic Juke Joints from the 1920s and to provide a space for people to come together and celebrate.



Throughout the month of October, we invite you to join us in a series of diverse events that promote joy, healing, and connection. Organize and participate in activities like wellness walks, double dutch tournaments, card games, and karaoke - things that bring people together and uplift spirits. We welcome the support of corporate sponsors, individual donors, and community partners to help us achieve both our JOY and fundraising goals.

Joy Joints is a part of our One Million Hours Joy Challenge, as we seek to Reignite the Power of Community and Connection.



BLHF is dedicated to providing 1 million hours of free mental health services to the Black community over the next 5 years. By joining forces in this challenge, we can make a profound impact on the lives of individuals in our community.

Our goal is to provide free mental health resources and therapy services for the Black community, ensuring everyone's well-being. We're rewriting the story, nurturing understanding, and building empathy. It's not just about a number, it's about the powerful JOY that comes from unity and togetherness in our Black community. Remember, JOY IS CURRENCY. We're rekindling connections, erasing stigmas, and fostering mental health conversations that matter.



Promotion and outreach will play a crucial role in generating awareness and participation, so we encourage you to spread the word and be part of this transformative movement.

This October, help raise awareness, raise your JOY Meter, and raise vital funds!

How to Score Points: 1 mile = 50 points, $1 = 25 points, Point accumulation for Joy Minutes are detailed below
Please visit the link below for more information including how to register!:
COMPLETED: 3,244,887 points
TARGET: 1,000,000 points
COMPLETED: 13,445 miles
TARGET: 5,000 miles
RAISED: $ 459,342
TARGET: $ 1,000,000
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BLHF Mission: Our mission is to create new ways of healing in Black communities, clearing pathways that allow African Americans to see what life looks like on the other side of suffering. We help our communities to believe in joy over everything.

BLHF Vision: Improve mental health and wellness in Black communities by building culturally-competent resources, programs, and education across the country.

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Funds from this campaign will be used towards providing free mental wellness services for the underserved African American Community.
What is Charity Footprints?

Charity Footprints is a social enterprise that connects fitness and charitable giving. We empower people just like you, to get fit & give back.

Our Virtual Races allow non-profits to challenge their patrons to run, walk or ride and raise funds just as they would in a fundraising walkathon. The best part - charities save over 45% in event and logistical costs. So, the dollars that you pay to register or fundraise, go farther.

What is the campaign registration fee?

Campaign registration fee is the amount that you'll need to pay to enroll in this virtual race. This fee (less transaction charges) will go to the non-profit running this campaign as a donation.

The registration fee along with the funds raised through your individual fundraising page will enable the non-profit to fund various programs and pursue their organization's mission.

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I am an international donor (non-US), what are my donation charges and tax-deductibility?

All donations are made in US dollars, so the donations may be levied an exchange rate fee via your bank. Donors will want to connect with their bank to determine exactly what that fee may be. Additionally, international donors will need to reach out to a tax professional to discuss if and how tax deductibility will apply to their donation.

Who can sponsor my fundraising efforts?

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