Read below for opportunities to connect for Impact.

Volunteer with our partners at Future Chefs!

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Food is My First Language (FIMFL) is a group mentoring dinner series that creates 'unlikely allies' between young adults and the professional community through a hands on dinner making series. Facilitating connection that crosses the cultural boundaries of age, ethnicity, class, and ability is an important opportunity for teens that increases the confidence and social skills needed in adulthood. 

Reasons why FIMFL matters: older teens will be able to increase their comfort around adults, connecting adults and teens helps dispel stereotypes that adult professionals may have about urban teens, creating unlikely allies who understand that teens are community assets, not community burdens, and because cooking with company is fun! 

Do you want to help a young adult build their first professional network of support? Join Future Chefs for their dinner series! To participate volunteers must pass CORI check and complete brief youth work training and be committed to participate in four group mentoring dinners. Contact Will Barclay at volunteer@futurechefs.net for more information.

Learn the History of Franklin Park

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Spring is usually a quiet time in Franklin Park. The Park is still a few weeks away from the leaves, birds, golfers, and festival goers attending the park's great activities. It is a special time to take a look at Franklin Park in a different way. The way designer Frederick Law Olmsted saw it. Observe features that are hard to see when the park is fully leafed out. Join the National Olmsted Historic Site for a 90 minute stroll to celebrate spring's arrival in Boston. 

This event will take place on Sunday, March 23 from 2-3:30 pm at Franklin Park Shattuck Picnic Grove located at the intersection of Forest Hills Drive and Jewish War Veterans Memorial Highway in Boston. Advanced reservations are required, to do so, email Ranger Mark Swartz at Mark_Swartz@nps.gov by Thursday, March 20th. Leave your name, phone number, number of people within your party, and any additional contact information. 

Boston Alliance for Community Health Speak Up! Event

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Boston Alliance for Community Health (BACH) is partnering with 10 organizations to host a 2-day cross neighborhood conversation on community health in North Dorchester. Bowdoin Geneva, Fields Corner, Grove Hall, and Uphams Corner share many of the same community concerns around mental wellness, domestic violence, sexual health, and community violence. These neighborhoods have a wealth of resources, including great health centers, active community organizations, and diverse residents building the community's resiliency.The goal of BACH is to improve the coordination of systems that focuses on the key issues as a way to build community resilience and quality of life. 

The first day of the conversation will take place on Thursday, March 6th from 6:30 until 8:30 pm at Viet Aid located at 42 Charles Street in Dorchester. At this event attendees will be able to hear current health data presented by Boston Public Health Commission, followed by a resident panel and Q&A.Read more

Help Create Care Packages for College Students

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Let's Get Ready is a nonprofit organization that provides free SAT and college preparation to low-income and first generation college bound students.  They are looking for volunteers to help create care packages for their well deserving students attending college for the first time. Let's Get Ready wants to help prepare their students for their first semester of college in the fall. Volunteer to help them put together care packages together and add an encouraging personal message.

If interested in this opportunity, contact Vinnie Myles at vmyles@letsgetready.org

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, March 19th from 6-9 PM

Location: 89 South Street, Boston, MA 02111

Volunteer at ReStore Billerica

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell opened its first retail operation- The ReStore. The ReStore is open to the public and sells new and used building materials, appliances, lighting, furniture, and much more. They are in need of volunteers to help with the retail operation intake of donated items and general retail duties.  This ReStore is located at 257 Boston Road, Billerica, Massachusetts 01862. Their store hours are Wednesday-Friday from 9 am until 5 pm and on Saturday from 9 am until 3 pm.  Volunteers can chose either full day hours from 9 am until 4 pm or a partial day hours of either 9 am until 1 pm or 1 pm until 4 pm. 

If interested in this opportunity contact ReStore by email at restore@lowellhabitat.org or call 978-215-9975.  You can also sign up for opportunities here.

Math Tutors Needed for Cambridge Youth

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The mission of Tutoring Plus of Cambridge is to support and encourage the academic, personal, and social growth of youth in Cambridge with the help of volunteers and community partners. They have over 200 tutors and mentors spread over 6 different sites, serving more than 170 Cambridge Youth. Tutoring Plus is seeking tutors for their MCAS Math Prep Program.

Volunteers will be matched one-on-one with a student for the 9 week Math Prep Program. This program helps 4th and 5th grade students prepare for and gain confidence when taking the MCAS. Tutoring Plus matches work out of a provided MCAS Math Prep book twice a week, allowing tutors and students to build strong relationships over the course of the program. The program begins Monday March 3rd and ends Wednesday April 30th at the Fletcher Maynard Academy School located at 225 Windsor Street, Cambridge MA 02139. 

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Volunteer at the SCI Social Capitalist Luncheon

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Join SCI on Wednesday, March 26 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel located at 39 Dalton Street in Boston for the SCI Social Capitalist Luncheon. We will be honoring Charlie Rose, Senior Vice President and Dean of City Year and Kevin Washington, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Boston as SCI Idealists. For more details about the luncheon and the Idealists, please click here

SCI is looking for volunteers to help check luncheon guests in at the registration table and let them know what table they will be sitting at. This is a great networking opportunity, as we are expecting approximately 360+ Boston business professionals to be in attendance. Volunteers are needed from 11:00 am until 12:15 pm and will be offered a complimentary ticket to stay for the luncheon.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Karen Rice at krice@socialcapitalinc.org.

Volunteer with One Brick Boston at Craicfest

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Join One Brick Boston and volunteer at Cambridge 5K Craicfest, an Irish themed road race that benefits the East End House and Ahern Family Charitable Foundation. This event will take place on Sunday, March 16th from 7:30 AM until 10:30 AM at the Cambridgeside Galleria located at 100 Cambridgeside Place, Cambridge, MA 02141.

Volunteer Duties

  • Waterstop: Pre-pouring water in cups, handing water to runners, raking up used cups
  • Course: Directing and cheering for runners and handing out water at the finish line
  • Bag Check: Greeting the runners and organizing bags after they have been dropped off
  • ID Check: Greet runners and attach their wristbands after security has thoroughly checked the runners

Those that volunteer will receive an event shirt and free admission to the post party with Slumbrew, Notch, Nightshift, and Downeast Cider. All food and drinks will be complimentary for party goers. One Brick Boston will also have a VIP area set up next to Slumbrew in the post race party area. Read more

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program

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Girls Who Code creates programs that work to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.

Girls Who Code 2014 Summer Immersion Program is an innovative approach to computer science education pairing 7 weeks of intensive instruction in robotics, web design, and mobile development with engaging, career focused mentorship, and exposure led by the industry's top female entrepreneurs and engineers.

Eligibility

  • Juniors or Seniors in high school
  • Committed to attending the 7 week long program in their respective location. Program runs Monday - Friday from 9 am until 4 pm
  • Must commute to the program, Girls Who Code does not provide housing or transportation

Girls Who Code values a diverse classroom and strongly encourage applications from all ambitious girls interested in exploring opportunities in technology and computer science. Prior computer science experience is not required! They would like to have girls from various ethnic, racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.Read more

Join the 2014 WorldFest Steering Committee

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WorldFest is a celebration of diversity and is put together each spring by SCI and the YMCA International Learning Center (ILC). The festival is held in front of the Woburn Public Library and is a great event for family and friends. WorldFest is scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 18th from 2-5 pm.

WorldFest allows groups and individuals to showcase their different cultures and heritage through art, music, dance, and food. The students of the ILC Leadership Team have been the primary group putting this celebration together each year. The students of the Leadership Team are adult English language learners. 

We are recruiting community members interested in working with the ILC student leaders to make WorldFest 2014 a successful event. We would like to have more community members involved and share their creative input.Read more