Tuesday, November 27, 2012
In celebration of a new tradition, "Giving Tuesday," Patch offers this list of places that are accepting donations or volunteers.
First there was Black Friday, then there was Cyber Monday. Now there is a movement to create a new holiday called “Giving Tuesday.” Celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, the event encourages people to support nonprofit organizations through charitable activities at the start of the holiday season. Luckily, there are many ways you can help in Woburn and around the state. Here are just a few opportunities to reach out this holiday season: • The Animal Rescue League of Boston is accepting donations to help their cause of rescuing animals and preventing animal cruelty, abandonment and neglect. Buy an ornament in honor of your pet for their holiday tree or give directly at www.arlboston.org/donate. Don't forget your local cats, helped …
Woburn Feral Cat Coalition encourages residents to think of others on first-annual "holiday."
Several Massachusetts organizations are among the nonprofits trying to encourage people to pause in their shopping and find a way to help others.
Will donating to charity ever be as popular as shopping during the holiday season? A partnership of nonprofits hopes so. For many people, the holiday shopping marathon began on Thanksgiving day, with some national chains opening their doors just hours after the traditional turkey dinner. Then comes Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, which has morphed into Cyber Week. Now, there's a new campaign asking you to open your wallet—Giving Tuesday. The Giving Tuesday website says the effort, coming on the heels of days devoted to consumerism, is designed "to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations." …
"There's nothing that I can compare to what I saw down there," said one of the 25 troopers that helped out after Sandy devastated nearby states.
Before Hurricane Sandy's full scope of devastation in New York and New Jersey was even known, 25 men and women from the Massachusetts State Police were on their way to assist those who had been displaced from their homes. "When I reached out to ask if the state police would be willing to field a group of 25 people, I already knew the answer," Undersecretary for Homeland Security and Director of MEMA, Kurt Schwartz said in a press conference in Framingham Monday afternoon. "The answer was a resounding yes." One of the troopers was Brian Dunn, who works out of the South Boston barracks. "There's nothing that I can compare to what I saw down there," said the 28-year veteran of the force. "We were there when they came home for the first time…
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The city's Boy and Cub Scouts are helping those in need... and so can you!
- COUNT US IN
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of Woburn are helping those in need after Hurricane Sandy. Representatives will be driving a truckload of donations to the Jersey Shore on Nov. 30. Right now, the scouts need your help in filling that truck! See the PDF above for donation requests. Donation collection boxes will be located at:
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Volunteers and supporters come together to support the Y and donate.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Woburn Youth Council helped cook and serve.
The Woburn Youth Council gave up their Saturday to help at the United Methodist Church's soup kitchen Sept. 29. The teens helped cook spaghetti and meatball dinners, and served the meals to 20 people. In addition to the main course, SCI Woburn reports that the teens also served coffee, ice cream, milk and salads. From SCI Woburn: Pictured are Bryan Filardo, Rachael Wells (middle), and Jackie Kelley. Not included in the picture are Joe Filardo who also volunteered and Michael Gorrasi and Yekatrina Filippova from the Boys and Girls Club of Woburn.
Monday, October 1, 2012
Help showcase people who are doing great things in your community with our new feature, Count Us In.
Your neighbor who volunteers at the library, your child’s bus driver, and the Little League coach in your community may not seem to have much in common at first glance. But Patch’s new initiative, Count Us In, aspires to bring together all Good Samaritans by highlighting residents who are exemplary at making your community a more positive place. Whether its your neighbor who always gives to the Woburn Council of Social Concern by buying extra food at Stop & Shop, or former alderman Paul Medeiros, who spends countless hours volunteering at Spence Farm, we want to hear about them. Local "celebrities" along with quiet residents, you all pitch in and we think you deserve some credit! Partnering with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC), Count…