Everyday Boston is an all-volunteer, grassroots organization that encourages curiosity and connection across the city. We do this by seeking out, listening to, and sharing the stories of people we might not otherwise know- and teaching or helping others to do the same. Story by story, in person and online, we’re building community across a divided city.
On this website, you’ll read the words, hear the voices, and see the faces of people you might not otherwise meet: a teacher, a bookie, a jewelry maker, a comedian, to name a few.
All of them were interviewed by story ambassadors, people who live or grew up in Boston and want to share with others the city they see. In their free time, with coaching from a former newspaper reporter, they go out into their neighborhoods and listen to the life experiences of people they think are interesting. Then they come back as a team to shape those stories for the site.
Everyday Boston began in 2015 with four story ambassadors- George Powell, of Roxbury; Carmen Pola, of Mission Hill; Gabriela Follett, of Dorchester; and Kathy Whitehouse, of Charlestown- plus a journalist, Cara Solomon, who grew up in Wayland. The youngest among us was 25. The oldest was 77. We came together as strangers, and quickly became a kind of family- the kind of community we believe Boston can be.
We got lucky in the months to come, as two new story ambassadors came on board: Corina Pinto, of East Boston, and Theresa Okokon, of Roslindale. You can read about all of us here.
Then this summer, with the country so divided, we decided to open up the role of story ambassador to anyone who wants to learn how to interview. We spent the summer teaching more than 150 young people how to do it (more on that here), and in the months to come, we’ll teach any adult who wants to learn as well.
So if you want to join us, we’d love to have you. No regular meetings required. Just your curiosity, your desire to connect, and your willingness to learn. If you’re interested, drop the founder, Cara, a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime, thanks for visiting. We hope you enjoy the stories of your neighbors in this city. We really enjoyed bringing them to you.
Cara, George, Carmen, Gabbie, Corina, Theresa and Kathy
Big thanks to Crystal Chandler of The Somerville Line for interviewing a few of us about Everyday Boston. Featured in this video: story ambassadors Carmen Pola and Gabbie Follett, along with founder/managing editor Cara Solomon.