Dear Friends: There are so many of us who are truly fortunate in so many ways. And there are many of us who believe that giving something back and helping people less fortunate than ourselves is simply the right thing to do. I was a New Haven city kid. It took me 20 years to catch my break. The Michael Bolton Charities serves as an instrument of compassion to give those less fortunate - those children and women who deserve a chance for a better life. We support organizations that emphasize teaching children and women a way to escape, on their own, the patterns and consequences of abuse, poverty and ignorance. We reach out to support groups whose programs provide a path to a safe future. For over two decades, dedicated donors, volunteers and professionals have changed lives and saved lives. The needs across our communities remain, and we remain committed - with your help - to go the distance.