James (Jim) Ahern is a healthcare-focused investment banking executive who engages with Laidlaw & Company as managing partner and head of capital markets. In addition to his work with Laidlaw & Company, James (Jimmy) Ahern maintains a strong community presence and serves on the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay Foundation’s board of overseers.
As detailed in a recent WBZ Cares monthly feature, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay pairs youth from 6 to 14 years old with volunteer mentors and helps steer children in positive life directions. The Foundation funds much of the nonprofit’s work through “Clean Up Clutter For a Good Cause!” campaigns that encourage donations of clothes and household items.
A dedicated fleet of blue donation trucks canvasses neighborhoods throughout southern New Hampshire and Massachusetts, with the donated items subsequently purchased by thrift store chains in bulk. The sales of these items helps the foundation raise between $600,000 and $1 million on an annual basis. This money is then funneled directly into high-impact mentoring programs that help change lives and create strong community bonds.