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SWIMMING AGAINST THE STREAM: THE BOSTON VOLUNTEERS

They said it was impossible. They said it couldn't be done. Create a way to organize and empowers thousands of caring people to help fellow Bostonians in need? And do it in a no-hassle, no commitment way where folks can easily choose where and how they want to help?

When we started the Boston Volunteers, we bucked all the trends. No mandatory training sessions for new people. No large corporate structures or high costs. Simply a bunch of good-natured and hard working people wanting to make our little corner of the world a better place. Why?

Because we believe in better.

With nothing more than word-of-mouth reputation, Meetup.com as a springboard, and a knack for gathering some of the coolest people around, the Boston Volunteers have experienced exponential and geometric growth. Who would have imagined that in three years we'd have more than forty seven hundred good-hearted Boston Volunteers standing up and fighting for better? Not us, for sure!

While we are so incredibly grateful for all the volunteers who are already part of our community, there are still countless people in our neighbourhood who find themselves in need. That's why we need you. All you need is a caring heart and a willingness to share a little bit of your valuable time.

Join us and spend an evening in a Boston soup kitchen; help tutor a single, local mom so she can earn her GED; rebuild your neighborhood playground so kids can play safely; kayak and clean the Charles to better our environment; build a home for a local family; spend time with the elderly. The variety is endless and refreshing. You choose where and when. There will be a convenient volunteer celebration for you. Don't miss this easy opportunity to build community.

While the Boston Volunteers have a well-earned reputation for having hard working and dependable folks, we're also known to have a pretty good time doing so. Beyound having fun while helping others, we also celebrate a variety of social events in your neighbourhood where we simply spend a little time relaxing and getting to know each other.

Volunteer enough and you will make some meaningful and lasting friendships with some truly great people. I've build a growing and meaningful community. We often see each other at community volunteer events and frequently go to museums together. Please know that since day one, we have been an open and inclusive nonprofit community, where every volunteer- regardless of superficial differences is valued, respected and needed. Not only can you choose where and when you would like to volunteer, but also you are encouraged to bring new ideas and new volunteer opportunities to our attention. And if you have a passion and there's a need, we'll get you set up to lead your own volunteer event. We revere the can-do spirit.

Can you think of how we can better help people? Please share.
We are determinedly pursuing perfection.

Are you ready to partner with a community our like-minded folks as we help our neighbors in need? Set-out to make our city a better place for us all?
Learn more about our popular nonprofit, take a peek at upcoming celebrations, sign up when there's a space, and start making a difference! If you ever have questions, feel free to email any of the assistant organizers. We are here for you.

Welcome to THE BOSTON VOLUNTEER FAMILY! We anticipate volunteering with you!
Josh
Entrepreneur of The Boston Volunteers

Learn more about the Boston Volunteers: www.BostonVolunteer.org

P.S. Learn more about your fellow Boston Volunteers: http://www.facebook.com/BostonVolunteers

The Boston Volunteers
Big enough to deliver, small enough to care
Learn more: www.BostonVolunteer.org

Upcoming events (4+)

Boston Area Return Peace Corps Service Event- Gardening @ Arlington Reservoir!

Get your hands dirty! Weed, water, trim back! Come for one hour or more. There maybe a starter plant (tall native grass plus) to take home.
Bring your own Gardening gloves and tools, if you have them. If not I will have extras tools. Afterward join in a walk around the Reservoir and beverages at a local favorite.

Bilingual Verbal Nerds - Mandarin and English

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These are fun, Mandarin-English conversations
meant to help improve your proficiency in your language of choice
as well as to practice your speaking skills
in a casual and social environment.

Due to the ongoing pandemic concerns,
our events will be held online - until further notice

Please contact the host if you have questions about the meetup.
The current host is Jiaqi Li.
Best way to contact him is through
the Boston China Interest group's meetup page
(https://www.Meetup.com/bostonchina/members/)

Agenda
* 7:00-9:00 pm - Talk in Two Languages
(showing off competence in both if you want.
If you prefer to speak in only one language, that is fine, too)
* 7:00-7:30 pm - Bilingual introductions
* 7:30-9:30 pm - Open Conversation ('Free Chat') -
Talk about about anything you wish. Past topics have included movies, hobbies, scientific discoveries, and cultural differences in the workplace.

When you sign up,
please provide the following information
so we can have a better idea of your background and language skills:
* Names (first and last, as they appear on current ID)
* Where and how you've studied Mandarin (in Taiwan or In China,
in USA, online, in Chinatown)
and your current proficiency level
(conversational listening, beginning, intermediate, advanced,
technical expert, medical expert, legal expert, etc.)

* Students, postdocs, fellows, researchers - we love you -
come be part of a bilingual group.
* Learners and teachers, we like you, also.
* Bring your skills, talents, and language experiences
so that we can help each other become more educated
and well-informed individuals.

Bikes Not Bombs: Wednesday Volunteer Night!

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Wednesday Volunteer Nights

SIX PM to NINE PM every Wednesday. TWENTY volunteers maximum (rarely reached per convo with director). This message was updated 07/18/2021. My apologies for not keeping my finger on the pulse over the pandemic (Derek). I sincerely apologize if you ended up going and were turned away for being there the wrong day.

Please complete the Bikes Not Bombs registration here:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/bnbvolunteernight

Get your hands dirty with a wrench, flattening bikes to prepare them for international shipment, stripping bikes for parts, or sorting used parts. Or, help our office staff with database updates or mailings. Anyone is welcome to drop in to the B (http://bikesnotbombs.org/locations)ikes not Bombs between 7pm and 10pm, on Thursday night. A supervisor will show you what to do, and no experience is required.

You can also earn points to get parts or refurbished bikes, so don't forget to fill out a time sheet.

Who We Are
Bikes Not Bombs promotes bicycle technology as a concrete alternative to war and environmental destruction. For 25 years, BNB has been a nexus of bike recycling and community empowerment both in lower income neighborhoods of Boston and in the nations of the Global South. BNB's programs involve young people and adults in mutually respectful leadership development and environmental stewardship, while recycling thousands of bicycles.

We currently receive approximately 6,000 used bicycles and tons of used parts each year. We ship about 4,800 of these bikes to economic development projects (micro-enterprise bike businesses, sustainable technology projects, and youth training programs) in Ghana, Tanzania, South Africa, Guatemala, Nevis Island every year. BNB also sends technicians and tools for start-up projects to these same countries. (In the past we have worked in Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and El Salvador, and we continue to accept new requests for assistance from projects in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa.) We use the remainder of our collected bikes at our Jamaica Plain Center; some are used in our co-ed youth Earn-A-Bike programs, and others are repaired by teenage mechanics as part of our Vocational Training programs and are for sale in our bike shop. BNB also offers girls-only programs all year round.

We operate a full-service bike shop, staffed by local teen graduates of BNB training programs and supervised by professional adult bike mechanics. The shop repairs customer bikes, offers hard-to-find used parts and sells new parts, locks, accessories and refurbished bikes with a warranty. Shop specialties include renovated upright-bar 12 speeds, single-speed coasting and fixed-gear bikes, reconditioned mountain and hybrid models of all brands, and higher-end touring and road bikes. We sell frames alone, including used Titanium Merlin frames. The BNB Bicycle Shop and Training Center opened the doors of its new location in February, 2007.

Please save gas by using public transportation to get to this event. The MBTA Trip Planner (http://www.mbta.com/rider_tools/trip_planner/) will help you do this.

Thank you for clicking and see you there! :)

Josh

P.S. Connect with everybody else with our Facebook community.

Very popular. Learn more: http://on.FB.me/fEGBoo

The Boston Volunteers

Big enough to Deliver, small enough to care

Learn more: http://www.BostonVolunteer.org

P.S. Learn more about your popular fellow Boston Volunteers:

Bikes Not Bombs: Wednesday Volunteer Night!

Location visible to members

Wednesday Volunteer Nights

SIX PM to NINE PM every Wednesday. TWENTY volunteers maximum (rarely reached per convo with director). This message was updated 07/18/2021. My apologies for not keeping my finger on the pulse over the pandemic (Derek). I sincerely apologize if you ended up going and were turned away for being there the wrong day.

Please complete the Bikes Not Bombs registration here:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/bnbvolunteernight

Get your hands dirty with a wrench, flattening bikes to prepare them for international shipment, stripping bikes for parts, or sorting used parts. Or, help our office staff with database updates or mailings. Anyone is welcome to drop in to the B (http://bikesnotbombs.org/locations)ikes not Bombs between 7pm and 10pm, on Thursday night. A supervisor will show you what to do, and no experience is required.

You can also earn points to get parts or refurbished bikes, so don't forget to fill out a time sheet.

Who We Are
Bikes Not Bombs promotes bicycle technology as a concrete alternative to war and environmental destruction. For 25 years, BNB has been a nexus of bike recycling and community empowerment both in lower income neighborhoods of Boston and in the nations of the Global South. BNB's programs involve young people and adults in mutually respectful leadership development and environmental stewardship, while recycling thousands of bicycles.

We currently receive approximately 6,000 used bicycles and tons of used parts each year. We ship about 4,800 of these bikes to economic development projects (micro-enterprise bike businesses, sustainable technology projects, and youth training programs) in Ghana, Tanzania, South Africa, Guatemala, Nevis Island every year. BNB also sends technicians and tools for start-up projects to these same countries. (In the past we have worked in Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and El Salvador, and we continue to accept new requests for assistance from projects in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa.) We use the remainder of our collected bikes at our Jamaica Plain Center; some are used in our co-ed youth Earn-A-Bike programs, and others are repaired by teenage mechanics as part of our Vocational Training programs and are for sale in our bike shop. BNB also offers girls-only programs all year round.

We operate a full-service bike shop, staffed by local teen graduates of BNB training programs and supervised by professional adult bike mechanics. The shop repairs customer bikes, offers hard-to-find used parts and sells new parts, locks, accessories and refurbished bikes with a warranty. Shop specialties include renovated upright-bar 12 speeds, single-speed coasting and fixed-gear bikes, reconditioned mountain and hybrid models of all brands, and higher-end touring and road bikes. We sell frames alone, including used Titanium Merlin frames. The BNB Bicycle Shop and Training Center opened the doors of its new location in February, 2007.

Please save gas by using public transportation to get to this event. The MBTA Trip Planner (http://www.mbta.com/rider_tools/trip_planner/) will help you do this.

Thank you for clicking and see you there! :)

Josh

P.S. Connect with everybody else with our Facebook community.

Very popular. Learn more: http://on.FB.me/fEGBoo

The Boston Volunteers

Big enough to Deliver, small enough to care

Learn more: http://www.BostonVolunteer.org

P.S. Learn more about your popular fellow Boston Volunteers:

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