About Us

Forty years ago, Lee Woodsworth entered a long search for care, with little success, for his ill children. Finally, the Boston Center for Blind Children offered him the support he and his family desperately needed.

In response to the lack of adequate services for children, and to show his gratitude to the Boston Center for Blind Children, Lee Woodsworth founded Friends for Children.

Inspired by Woodsworth's initiative, Friends for Children grew into a charity offering warmth, compassion and direction to families in need of care for their children. No family should experience the hardship, suffering and pain that comes with not finding care for their children in need.

Today, Friends for Children funds many programs including:

  • MR8 Foundation
  • City Singers
  • Health Baby / Healthy Child
  • Fitzgerald Community School
  • Holy Family Enrichment
  • Children's Trust Fund
  • Elizabeth Stone House
  • The Gavin Foundation
  • The Furbish Children Fund
  • Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House
  • Cradles to Crayons


In Memoriam

President - Founder
Leeland Woodsworth


Neal Kelleher

Vice President
Suzin Bartley

Fredrick Williams

Nicole Woodsworth Sullivan

Honorary Chairperson
Mayor Martin Walsh

Honorary Directors

Hon. Frank Baker
Hon. Dan Cullinane
Hon. Linda Dorcena Forry
Hon. Dan Hunt
Hon. Martin J. Walsh

Board Members

Suzin Bartley
Francis X. Callahan, Jr.
Brendan Carney
Maureen Feeney
Elissa Flynn-Poppey
Charles Geary
Mary Geoghegan
Mary Joyce Morris
Festus Joyce
Neal Kelleher
Robert Keogh
Jamie McCourt
Thomas Monaco
Luigi Pasquale
Michael Showstead
Nicole Woodsworth Sullivan
Charles R. Tevnan
Fredrick Williams

Lee Woodsworth with Santa and child