Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Summer Volunteer Opportunities

Happy Earth Day! :)
For those of you who will be sticking around Boston this summer, there are going to be great opportunities for you to get involved in the community and lend out that helping hand of yours!
There are three in particular that I would like to highlight for now.

1) Project Bread's Walk for Hunger
May 3, 2009 (Sunday)

This annual 20-mile walk takes place on the first Sunday of May. Walk along with 40,000 other friends, rain or shine, to help the hungry! With hunger on the rise in Massachusetts, low-income families need your help more than ever. "As the state’s leading antihunger organization, Project Bread is dedicated to alleviating, preventing, and ultimately ending hunger in Massachusetts. Through The Walk for Hunger, the oldest continual pledge walk in the country, Project Bread provides millions of dollars each year in privately donated funds to over 400 emergency food programs in 128 communities statewide. Project Bread also advocates systemic solutions that prevent hunger in children and that provide food to families in natural, everyday settings. With the support of the Governor and State Legislature, the organization has invested millions in grants to community organizations that feed children where they live, learn, and play."
For more information about hunger and the walk, you can go to Project Bread's website HERE.

If you would like to register, please volunteer with our fellow PAAC group, UTSAV. You can join the team or make a contribution by going HERE.


2) The City Year Serve-a-Thon

May 30, 2009 (Saturday)

On Saturday, May 30, 2009 join City Year Boston for Serve-a-thon, the city's premier community service event. Join 1,500 volunteers in bringing new life to schools, playgrounds, vacant lots, housing developments, and parks. All funds raised through Serve-a-thon will go to support City Year, celebrating its 20th year making a difference in the lives of children throughout the Boston community..

GIVE your time. Join the City Year youth corps to demonstrate the power of service and see firsthand how one day can transform a community.
BUILD a stronger community. Join thousands of other dedicated participants to help transform Greater Boston into a better place to live and grow.
BELIEVE in the power of service. Invigorate the City of Boston through projects such as creating outdoor play areas, painting murals, planting gardens and renovating community spaces.

All funds raised through Serve-a-thon help the young leaders of City Year Boston make a difference in the life of a child through literacy tutoring, mentoring, after-school and school vacation programs, and community service opportunities.

Further details about registering as a volunteer : TBA!


3) AIDS Walk Boston 2009

June 7, 2009 (Sunday)

AIDS Walk Boston is a grassroots community event benefiting AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, New England's largest and oldest AIDS service organization. The Walk’s dedicated participants and sponsors raise over $1.2 million to support AAC’s programs, services and prevention efforts and to increase awareness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Massachusetts. Now in its twenty-fourth year, AIDS Walk Boston is the largest AIDS-related event in New England. The Walk attracts over 15,000 participants each year from Boston and hundreds of surrounding communities.

Further details about registering as a walker/runner: TBA!

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