The Patriots Celebrate Volunteerism
The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will continue to recognize deserving volunteers through the Celebrate Volunteerism initiative. With this special focus on volunteerism, the Kraft family and the Foundation honors Myra Kraft's lifetime commitment to philanthropy and charitable service through the initiative.
The Foundation will launch the initiative at the 2013 season-opener, with each week throughout the season focused on different volunteer areas, with the goal of sharing examples of dedicated volunteers, building awareness of the need for volunteering, identifying and educating others about volunteer opportunities and inspiring New Englanders to become lifelong volunteers.
Additional volunteerism activities include player appearances as part of Patriots Community Tuesdays, and the announcement of the "Patriots Difference Maker of the Week" award, which aims to recognize deserving volunteers on www.patriots.com/community and in Patriots Football Weekly. Fans are encouraged to nominate a "Patriots Difference Maker of the Week" beginning Sept. 10 by clicking here
The Celebrate Volunteerism initiative also encourages fans to personally go out into the community and make a difference by pledging volunteer hours. Patriots fans can join the Celebrate Volunteerism movement by pledging volunteer hours by clicking here where you can print an official Patriots Celebrate Volunteerism certificate. Fans are then encouraged to submit photos holding their Celebrate Volunteerism certificate while participating in their volunteer work to CharitableEvents@patriots.com
to be used on www.patriots.com and other various Patriots publications highlighting the Celebrate Volunteerism initiative. This week we celebrate celebrate Exercise and Healthy Eating Volunteerism! For the week of Dec. 1, the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will work in cooperation with Chop Chop, the New England Dairy Council Fuel Up to PLAY60, Peer Health Exchange, Ultimate Sports Program and Victory Programs. Congratulations to this week's "Patriots Difference Maker" Ginger DeShaney Volunteer, New England Dairy Council
Ginger DeShaney is an outstanding parent volunteer that uses her writing skills as a journalist to author the Josiah Quincy School’s health newsletter and secure nutrition and fitness grants for the school. Through the Fuel Up to PLAY 60 program, she collaborated with the school’s staff to secure $5,000 in funding and geared it towards their health and nutritional programs. Ginger has been able to incorporate “Fuel Up to Start Your Day” taste tests, promote the school breakfast program, organize before-school activity clubs and also volunteers to support the gymnastics program.
Mission Statement: Chop Chop's mission:
To inspire and teach kids to cook and eat real food with their families. Their philosophy:
Chop Chop believes that cooking and eating together as a family is a vital step in resolving the obesity and hunger epidemics. Why volunteers are important to Chop Chop:
- Teach all kids the skills needed for a lifetime of wellness
- Fight obesity with physical activity and cooking
- Help distribute Chop Chop Magazine to families most at risk
Mission Statement: Fuel Up to PLAY 60
- Community Outreach: Go to farmers markets, health and family wellness events and school based organizations to demonstrate and teach kids and families how to easily and simply start cooking.
- Organizational Assistance: Help the Chop Chop team with research, marketing and nutrition education.
- Magazine Participation: Work with the Chop Chop team on editorial content, social media outreach and graphic design.
Make a Difference in the Health of Today's Children Childhood obesity is at an all-time high. Parents, community members, schools and health professionals play a critical role in the fight against obesity. The time is NOW to teach children how to live healthy, long lives through good nutrition and daily physical activity.
Committed to making a difference in the health of today's children, parents, community members, schools and health professionals can join the movement to end childhood obesity by getting involved with Fuel Up to Play 60, an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council (NDC) and National Football League, in collaboration with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy foods, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and to achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Why volunteer for New England Dairy Council and Fuel Up to PLAY60:
Volunteer Opportunities: What FUTP 60 volunteer opportunities can I pursue?
- Encourage students to make healthy changes for themselves and their classmates.
- Motivates. Create excitement for Fuel Up to Play 60 to implement and sustain the program.
- Builds self-esteem.
- Inspires creativity to implement new healthy eating and wellness programs
- Helps develop positive life-long behaviors.
Opportunities to get involved locally with Fuel Up to Play 60 are limitless. Parents, community members, schools and health professionals are encouraged to identify different ways to implement the program and share their expertise – be creative! For Students: Be a Student Leader/Ambassador
Fuel Up to Play 60 gives youth a voice by bringing together youth leaders so they can inspire healthy change for themselves, their schools and their communities. Developing a larger role for youth adds further credibility to Fuel Up to Play 60 and continues to ensure authentic implementation of the “for youth, with youth” messaging on a national level. Student Ambassadors also help give a face to the program, and provide valuable success stories at the local and national level For Adults in the School Building: Become a Fuel Up to Play 60 Advisor
Help their schools activate the program and earn rewards. They engage and empower students to implement Fuel Up to Play 60 and encourage other adults to get involved. The Advisor is critical not only in successful implementation but sustainability of the program. Schools can have more than one! For Parents and Community Members: Be a Change Agent
Parents and concerned community members can find out about your local school district's wellness policies and practices. Contact school leaders and offer to help implement changes and serve on school wellness committees and boards. Offer to help out with local health fairs.
Businesses, community members, health professionals, and parents are all encouraged to join the Fuel Up to Play 60 movement. For more information on how you can get involved, email us at NEDFC@NewEnglandDairy.com
Peer Health Exchange's mission is to give teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions. We do this by training college students to teach a comprehensive health curriculum in public high schools that lack health education. Why volunteers are important for Peer Health Exchange:
- In recent years, public school budget cuts and staffing shortages have exacerbated this crisis by eliminating comprehensive health courses, leaving teenagers unprepared to protect themselves against these serious health risks. Teenagers who engage in risky behavior today are less likely to stay and excel in school, join and remain part of the workforce, and become healthy adults capable of producing healthy families.
- One in four teenagers is overweight or obese.
- PHE recruits, selects, and trains college student volunteers to teach high school students a comprehensive health curriculum consisting of thirteen standardized health workshops on topics ranging from decision-making and sexual health to substance abuse and nutrition. Several studies demonstrate that teenagers better absorb health information when it is delivered by educators of a similar age as opposed to adult educators: 74% of PHE high school students said that having college students lead PHE workshops helped them learn about the health topics. As slightly older peers, PHE volunteers provide the benefits of peer education while also conveying the advantages of traditional instruction. They deliver health information to teenagers in a language and context that is relevant to their everyday experiences, yet they can also serve as role models, demonstrating healthy behaviors and the successful transition from high school to college.
- PHE recruits, selects, and trains college student volunteers to teach high school students a comprehensive health curriculum.
- In Boston Peer Health Exchange works at Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern University, Harvard College, and Tufts University to recruit volunteers each fall.
USP's mission is to teach sports to kids with disabilities alongside their more typical peers. USP teaches all kids that having friends who are different than yourself is a GREAT thing and a lot of fun! Social Inclusion Through Sports is USP's goal, which in turn prevents bullying that often occurs to those with special needs.
Our programs include Flag Football, Basketball, Baseball, Softball & Wiffleball, Sled Hockey, Soccer, Frisbee Golf, Kickball, Swimming, Rock Climbing, Ropes Course and Bowling. Our Special Events include experiences with the Boston Celtics, Bruins and Red Sox, Westfield State, UMass & UConn. USP sponsors a Deep Sea fishing trip, a trip to a NASCAR event and a huge welcome to summer event, Discover the Outdoors. Why volunteer are critical to the Ultimate Sports Program:
- USP runs programs throughout the year involving kids of many ages and abilities. Having volunteers that can help teach fundamentals while also taking part in the activity makes each program, more successful.
- Volunteers often come away from a program having learned as much about social inclusion as the athletes they are helping.
- Most USP programs are free. Families do not have to commit to attending each week, nor worry about a program's cost. Volunteers insure that each program runs smoothly, whether there are a dozen participants, or a hundred.
- USP is very simple to join, families send an email to email@example.com and ask to be put on the mailing list. USP sends out a newsletter each week detailing current and upcoming program and special events. USP is open to athletes of any age, any size, any sex, from anywhere and most importantly, with ANY ability.
- Volunteers are welcome to take part in any USP event, either as a athlete with skills in that event who can help the organization teach the fundamentals, as an adult who can help USP organize and run an event or simply as an athlete who takes part and both teaches and learns the lessons of Social Inclusion.
- USP runs big events every year with Professional Sports teams and local colleges. Volunteers are welcome to take part in both the planning and the running of those events. Upcoming big events include the Celtics Experience in December, UConn Huskies Basketball Experience in December. USP is running a sled hockey program in Dec-Jan which will include a Bruins Hockey is for Everyone Experience in mid-January.
- USP is always looking for volunteers who help the organization spread the message of Social Inclusion throughout New England. This can be done by organizing a local event or simply using social media to spread news about USP.
- USP is a non-profit who works under the umbrella of the Association of Community Living, located in Springfield, Mass. Because most of the events are free, USP is always looking for Volunteers to help raise money. This is needed as the organization continues to grow.
965 Massachusetts Ave Roxbury, MA 02118 617-541-0222 www.vpi.org
ReVision Urban Farm is an innovative urban agriculture project, the mission of which is to increase access to local, affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food for shelter residents and our extended community. Victory Programs opens doors to recovery, hope and community to individuals and families facing homelessness, addiction or other chronic illnesses. Why volunteering is important for Victory Programs:
- Victory Programs' ReVision Urban Farm relies on volunteers to help grow fresh, healthy food in the city, making it accessible for ReVision Family Home residents and the Dorchester community.
- Volunteers help maintain our fields and greenhouse, allowing staff to spend some of their time providing nutrition and gardening workshops to shelter residents and the greater community.
- Off-season greenhouse volunteers: Individual volunteers are needed to help start plants in the greenhouse before the field season starts, so that Victory Programs makes the most of the short growing season.
- Field volunteers: Individual and group volunteers are needed for field clean-up and preparation, planting, general fieldwork and crop maintenance, and harvest.
- Summer market volunteers: Individual volunteers are needed to help at local markets and/or the neighborhood farm stand, where ReVision sells fresh, healthy affordable food.
2013 CELEBRATE VOLUNTEERISM WEEKLY SCHEDULE
To view the 2012 Celebrate Volunteerism initiative, click here
AND PATRIOTS DIFFERENCE MAKERS OF THE WEEK