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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 (5+)

Assist Warehouse at American Red Cross Boston Food Pantry

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Opportunity for 1-3 volunteers to help unload trucks with food deliveries and stock pantry. Requirements: Fit and flexible, able to lift 50lbs and work in inclement weather. Experience with electric fork lift is handy but will train. Great morning work out! While the Food Pantry shares the building with Liquor Land, Fastenal and The Hen House, the actual entrance is on Proctor St. or in the rear of the building, not on Mass Ave. There IS parking! It is very limited behind the pantry, past Liquorland's lot. There is parking on Proctor St. across from the entrance to the pantry. On corner of Mass Ave. + Procter St. there is a parking lot, via Magazine St.

Help distribute food at the Red Cross Boston Food Pantry

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American Red Cross Boston Food Pantry provides a 5-day emergency supply of food once a month to low-income clients- about 105k annually or 400- 500 families per distribution day- making it one of the largest food pantries in New England. This Saturday Food Distribution event includes preparing 'wet' bags of perishable food, assisting clients with the intake process, i.e. translation of languages(Chinese,Creole, ESL,Russian, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Spanish, etc), carrying food bags out of the pantry for clients to their cars, etc. Expectations: Ability to lift 25lbs. and stand for 3+ hours Dressing 'comfortable' but no cut off shorts, mini skirts, half shirts, open-toed shoes/sandals, please! Ability to take direction willingly and to work comfortably in a diverse environment. While the Food Pantry shares the building with Liquor Land, Fastenal and The Hen House, the actual entrance is on Proctor St. or in the rear of the building, not on Mass Ave. There IS parking! It is very limited behind the pantry, past Liquor Land's lot. There is parking on Procter St. across from the entrance to the pantry. On corner of Mass Ave. + Procter St. there is a parking lot, via Magazine St. The Boston Volunteers Big Enough to Deliver, Small Enough to Care Learn more: www.BostonVolunteer.org (http://www.bostonvolunteer.org/)

20th Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup

Lederman Park

Help the Esplanade Association clean up Lederman Park for Earth Day! Due to inactivity in the winter, and massive snow fall this season, the park needs help removing all of the sitting refuse left over the past five months. We will help in removing trash and debris that has accumulated over the winter along and around the coast line. Afterwards there will be a picnic provided at Fielder Field, just a short walk away. Meeting Location: Lederman Park Nearest Footbridge: Frances Appleton Footbridge Footbridge Address: Intersection of Charles Street and Cambridge Street. Nearest T-Stop: Charles MGH (Red Line) or Science Park (Green Line) Closest Public Parking: Boston Common Garage, LAZ Storrow Drive Parking Lot, or Motor Mart Garage 8:30am-8:45am Sign-in 8:45am-9:00am Welcome and volunteer instructions 9:00am-11:30pm Service! 11:40am-12:00pm Clean-up and head to Fiedler Field 12:00pm–2:00pm Free picnic for all volunteers! What If It Rains? The event will be cancelled only in the event of inclement weather (i.e. very heavy rain, snow, thunderstorms and/or other dangerous conditions). We will contact you the morning of the event or in advance with as little as one day notice, if the event is cancelled. Volunteers should bring plenty of water and snacks if they wish. A picnic will be held at the Hatch Memorial. Volunteers should wear work clothes and close-toed shoes (clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting wet, dirty, or paint on). Gloves will be provided but you may also want to bring your own hat, sunscreen, raincoat or jacket depending on the weather. I'll bring waiver forms to the event which will need to be filled out and signed. We will meet just north of the Longfellow Bridge in Lederman Park as noted on the map. Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

FOOD RESCUE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Boston, Massachusetts

Rescuing Leftover Cuisine is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides a volunteer platform to recover excess fresh and prepared food from businesses and bring it to nearby non-profits who freely give this food to those in need. Food rescues are ongoing (there is not one single "Meetup Event"). Each rescue averages 45 minutes of time and feeds about 40 people! Choose from food rescues in the Boston Area and throughout MA that are commutable via walk, bicycle, public transportation or vehicle. In 2017, over 40,000 pounds of food accounted for over 30,000 meals for those in need throughout MA, thanks to the collaboration of our food donors, volunteers and recipients! SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER: Step 1: www.rescuingleftovercuisine.org/users/sign_up Step 2: www.tinyurl.com/RLCMA-ACTION-VOLUNTEERS Learn More: www.RescuingLeftoverCuisine.org/MA

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