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Patriots Charitable Foundation
Through the Celebrate Volunteerism initiative, the Kraft family and the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation are encouraging fans to get involved in their local communities. The Foundation works with a wide variety of nonprofit organizations across New England that are always looking for volunteers. Here are just a few examples:
BUILDING DREAMS FOR MARINES
Building Dreams for Marines (BDFM) is an all-volunteer organization that is always in need of help for upcoming projects and events. Volunteers are needed from all parts of the state of New Hampshire, with all types of skills and talents to support their mission. Some examples include:
General contractors, plumbers, carpenters, drywall, electrical and masonry
Design, layout, planning and project estimation
Administrative office help
General help at events and projects
Fundraising events (golf tournaments, dinners, and other special events)
Writing articles, newsletters, grant proposals
Public relations and social media such as Facebook & Twitter
Website design & admin
Graphic design, printing
The number of volunteers varies based on each project or event. The goal is to have enough volunteers in their Volunteer Reserve Corps so that BDFM is ready to take on any mission anywhere in the state on a moment’s notice. Every small amount of time is extremely valuable for the veterans they serve. To learn more, please visit http://bdfm.org/volunteer.
No Thanks Needed
No Thanks Needed is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that takes a hands on, dedicated approach to improving the lives of children and their families who are affected by life threatening illnesses. The organization is currently recruiting volunteers for their Ambassadors Program who will help to prepare and cook meals for families and to make visits to Shriners Hospital.
If you are interested in volunteering or learning more about No Thanks Needed, please visit www.nothanksneeded.org.
Special Olympics Massachusetts
Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) is a non-profit organization that provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, prepare for entry into school and community programs, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
SOMA is fortunate to be supported statewide by over 11,000 volunteers. Volunteers are vital to the SOMA mission by coaching athletes in 24 different sports, playing on the same team as athletes as Unified partners, planning and supporting 182 events a year, providing medical coverage at all events, building friendships, and creating a community that promotes acceptance and inclusion.
Volunteering with SOMA is a great way to gain experience as a coach or assistant coach, event manager, event volunteer, photographer, medical volunteer, or community leader. Volunteering can be a year-round commitment or a one day engagement. To join the SOMA team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website at https://www.specialolympicsma.org/get-involved/as-a-volunteer/.
THE FAMILY VAN
The Family Van keeps people out of emergency rooms, help diabetics control their disease, prevent strokes and heart attacks. The Family Van seeks to increase access to healthcare, educate people about behavioral changes that will improve their health through education, motivational interviewing and health coaching. A study, published in the journal Health Affairs, found that patients receiving care from the Family Van staff were able to reduce their relative risk of health attack and stroke by 30% and 42% respectively. Volunteer opportunities include:
Health Communications & Community Outreach - Work with the Family Van to help tell their story on social media, annual reports, and newsletters. Help establish community partnerships, perform community outreach, and advocate for the program.
Health & Wellness Services - Work to assess the risk for chronic diseases and provide screenings, health coaching and referrals in high risk neighborhoods. Learn how addressing the homelessness, domestic violence and unemployment can impact health and well-being.
Research and Advocacy - There are thousands of mobile health clinics like the Family Van that provides essential services to some of the most vulnerable citizens. Strengthen the capacity of the mobile clinic sector by helping to advance the research that demonstrates the value and impact of these programs. To get involved or learn more, visit: www.familyvan.org.
BRIGHT SPIRIT CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION
Bright Spirit helps seriously-ill children by providing gaming and entertainment technologies (distractive entertainment) in hospitals.Their programs are designed to uplift a child's spirit in the hospital, distract them from their illnesses, and help them to cope with fear, anxiety, and boredom. The organization is seeking volunteers to assist with event coordination, fundraising and more. To learn more about the organization and how you can get involved, please visit www.brightspirit.org.
NEW HAVEN READS
New Haven Reads is a non-profit community book bank and literacy tutoring program that provides free one-on-one literacy tutoring for students ages 6-18 who are struggling with reading. Currently, we tutor 500 students a week and are in need of volunteers! Please see the volunteer positions listed below, and if you are interested, contact Keri Humphries at email@example.com.
Tutors commit to at least an hour a week and are paired with the same student consistently. Tutoring hours are Monday through Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm, Thursday and Friday from 3pm to 6pm, and Saturdays from 10am to2pm. New Haven Reads accepts tutors year round.
Substitute tutors receive periodic emails and sign up if they happen to be available.
Book Bank Volunteers
The book bank hours are Monday through Friday from 12pm to 3pm. Volunteer duties include sorting and shelving donations and packing book orders.
BOSTON PARTnERS IN EDUCATION
Boston Partners in Education is looking for volunteers to tutor and mentor students in the Boston Public Schools for the 2015-2016 academic year. Volunteers work one-on-one or with a small group of students for an hour a week during the school day. Opportunities are available in all grades (K-12) in either English Language Arts or math.
Boston Partners in Education provides training in subject matter as well as mentoring that will help to ensure a happy and successful match. We are required by the Boston Public Schools to run a CORI/SORI background check on each potential volunteer; this background check is run at no cost to you.
Student/Volunteer matches are made based on your preferences:
Time of day
Day of the week
One-on-one vs. small group work