Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Volunteer Ideas, Vol 1

Whatever your interest or skill set, there is some creative way for you to give back to others and the community. Most of us have less money to toss around and give away than we did a couple years ago so we've been neglecting the people who need our support.

The answer: Time & Talent

My answer: Throwing out an idea or two or three every week on how to give back with a tiny bit of time/talent commitment. Here we go!

No. 1: Horizon's for Homeless Children

Some of you think, "why should I help someone out who got his/herself into this situation in the first place!?" Well this group of little ones is undeniably deserving of every bit of assistance and love we can spare. They were born into situations they will never understand. What can you do? Help them develop, learn to share, laugh, and make loads of positive memories.

Horizon's for Homeless Children sets up play areas at homeless shelters throughout Massachusetts and then supplies responsible, fun loving volunteers as "Playspace Activity Leaders" to "foster healthy development through interactions and play." And you're not just helping when you're on site! While you're playing with the kids, mom/dad/guardian is able to attend career counseling classes so he/she can find a job and get a real home.

Locations: all over MA
Commitment: 2 hr shift every week for 6 months
Training: 3 hour training
Duties: think Mary Poppins of Joey Gladstone - be the fun 'adult'
Contact: Horizons for Homeless Children (617) 445-1480 or (800) 560-7702

How do I know it's good? I volunteered as a PAL during college. Questions? Just ask!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Eat Better this Season!!!

"Imagine for a moment if we once again knew, strictly as a matter of course, these few unremarkable things: What it is we're eating. Where it came from. How it found its way to our table. And what, in a true accounting, it really cost," - Michael Pollan, The Omnivore's Dilemma

Let's follow in the footsteps of our forefathers this season (minus the murderous killing spree) and get our food local. Come down to Suffolk Law School near the Boylston T stop this Tuesday to learn about local and sustainable eating in the Boston area.

We'll have FREE local snacks and a raffle for Apfel Eis Wine from Still River Winery in Central Mass.

Our distinguished speakers:

Alex Loud, Slow Food Boston
Matthew Kochka, ReVision Urban Farm
Jessica Banhazl, Green City Growers
Jamey Lionette, Lionette's Market


RSVP To: boston (at) OYFP (dot) org by 4 p.m. Tuesday and get a free raffle ticket!!!
Date: Tuesday, November 17th
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Suffolk Law School Faculty Dining Room, 4th FL Suite 495 120 Tremont Street Boston, MA, 02108-4977 617.573.8000
Who: OYFP Boston, Suffolk University's Sustainability Committee
Cost: Free