For the week of Oct. 14, the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will work in cooperation with Green Schools, Mass Audubon and Recycle Computers for Cancer. How do environmental volunteers make an impact? Green Schools
- Volunteering allows Green Schools to educate Schools [K-12] & Communities about environmental issues and solutions
- Volunteering has allowed Green Schools to affect environmental change with regards to policies, programs, programs and community service.
- Volunteering is at the heart of the Green Schools Organization and this is evident from the top down, and bottom up.
Mass Audubon relies on thousands of volunteers each year to help fulfill its critical work in the areas of conservation, education, and advocacy. Volunteers are essential in Mass Audubon’s efforts to:
- Connect People and Nature by engaging and motivating people to learn about, enjoy, and protect the natural world around them.
- Protect and Steward Massachusetts Habitats in order to preserve the state’s natural heritage and the biodiversity of its plant and animal life.
- Respond to Climate Change by encouraging people to live sustainably and protect nature through energy conservation, public outreach, policy initiatives, and scientific research.
- Build Capacity so that Mass Audubon can continue to lead by example as one of the leading conservation organizations in the United States.
Over 11,000 volunteers provided 152,000 hours of service throughout the state between July 2011 and June 2012, helping Mass Audubon to make significant progress in all of the aforementioned areas. Mass Audubon values these volunteer hours at over $3 million, resulting in significant cost savings for the organization. Recycle Computers for Cancer
Congratulations to this week's "Patriots Difference Maker" - Ruth Connaughton Ruth ConnaughtonVolunteer, Mass Audubon
- Environmental benefits - proper disposal of computers
- Help cancer patients connect and find resources - free computers
In her 15 years of volunteering for Mass Audubon, Ruth Connaughton has greeted and educated thousands of visitors to the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Among the many volunteer ‘hats’ she has worn are Trail Naturalist, Front Desk Greeter, and Nature Center Docent. As a former teacher, she is a natural interacting with visitors of all ages two afternoons a week, and she shares their excitement as they discover the natural world around them -- one bird, fish, plant, fiddler crab, or turtle at a time. Ruth says, “Seeing the enthusiasm and excitement of our visitors is the reason I love what I’m doing.” It is volunteers like Ruth that make the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary a favorite destination for residents and visitors to the Outer Cape. What environmentalism volunteer opportunities can I pursue? Green Schools
- Volunteers are welcome at Green Schools at all ages!
- Volunteers have the opportunity to assist Green Schools in carrying out a number of environmental service projects in schools & communities.
- Volunteers can provide environmental job shadowing opportunities for our youth
- Volunteers can assist Green Schools in creating Environmental Education materials.
- Volunteers can serve on our Board of Directors
- Visitor Services - Greet visitors to the wildlife sanctuaries, provide information about what they can see and do while they’re there, collect admission fees, handle gift shop sales, answer the phones, and contribute to the overall visitor experience.
- Property/Ecological Management - Help maintain properties with a variety of projects such as trail clearing, wildlife monitoring, grounds work, invasive species removal, and building maintenance.
- Environmental Education - Assist with programs, classes, and activities for children and adults.
- Special Events - Help make the special events that many of our wildlife sanctuaries will be hosting this fall a success by assisting with set-up and take-down, greeting and directing guests, preparing and/or serving refreshments, and more.
To learn about these and other volunteer opportunities, visit http://www.massaudubon.org/volunteer
. Recycle Computers for Cancer
- Anyone can volunteer by donating computers at our drop off sites and during donation days. This can be done with personal computers or organizing computer donation from workplace.
- Volunteers can be of great assistance in picking up computers from donors and dropping them off at the computer processing center.
- Volunteers can help by reaching out to companies and organizations to donate computers.
- Volunteers can help by dropping off computers at cancer patient homes.
Volunteers can call 781-789-5413 or email firstname.lastname@example.org The Patriots Charitable Foundation is proud to work in conjunction with Green Schools, Mass Audubon and Recycle Computers for Cancer for "Environmentalism Volunteerism Week." Green Schools
Green Schools is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to create greener and healthier learning environments through education, awareness & action! Mass Audubon
Mass Audubon works to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. Together with more than 100,000 members, they care for 35,000 acres of conservation land, provide school, camp, and other educational programs for 225,000 children and adults annually, and advocate for sound environmental policies at local, state, and federal levels. Founded in 1896 by two inspirational women who were committed to the protection of birds, Mass Audubon has grown to become a powerful force for conservation in New England. Today they are respected for their sound science, successful advocacy, and innovative approaches to connecting people and nature. Each year, their statewide network of wildlife sanctuaries welcomes nearly half a million visitors of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds and serves as the base for our work. To support these important efforts, call 800-AUDUBON (800-283-8266) or visit www.massaudubon.org