Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, Boston Celtics and City Year Volunteers Host 8th Annual Service Day at Jamaica Plain School

More than 150 volunteers from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and its Foundation, the Boston Celtics, and City Year, joined forces last week to transform the indoor and outdoor learning and recreational space of the Hennigan Elementary School in Jamaica Plain. Joining the volunteers were Boston Celtics Guard, Isaiah Thomas, and “Lucky” the Leprechaun, who hosted basketball clinics for the students. The day began with an Opening Ceremony featuring remarks by Harvard Pilgrim CEO and President, Eric Schultz; and Hennigan Elementary School Principal, Maria Cordon. "Harvard Pilgrim is proud to partner with the Boston Celtics and City Year to help create clean, safe and healthy environments for local students to play and learn,” said Schultz. “We are fortunate to have such great longtime partners who know the value of working together to build strong, vibrant communities.”

Volunteers spent the day transforming the school’s indoor and outdoor learning and recreational space, painting murals in the cafeteria, helping to clean up the neighboring meadow and fields at Nira Rock Urban Wild, and painting at the Bromley Heath Housing Project.

Get Your Hands Dirty for a Good Cause

Love gardening? Whether you are an experienced or aspiring gardener, the Trustees Boston Region could use your help growing produce for donations to local food pantries and maintaining our Learning Garden. Volunteer hours are held every Tuesday morning throughout the summer and fall and some Saturday afternoons, at City Natives, 30 Edgewater Drive in Mattapan. Families are welcome. Come learn, relax, and help out!

Awards ceremony for the Phillips Brooks House Summer Urban Program The PBH operates a summer camp at the Hennigan School that serves about 80 JP kids.

More Than a Thousand Gather to Celebrate Urban Summer Camp Awards

A thousand youth, parents and families jammed the Stony Brook amphitheater Wednesday for the annual summer awards program of the Phillips Brooks House Summer Urban Program. The Phillips Brooks House was founded in 1900 in honor of the rector of Trinity Church in Copley Square. It is located at but independent of Harvard University. The Phillips Brooks House operates 12 camps in various locations in Boston and Cambridge, including the Hennigan School which serves about 80 kids. Here are more photos of the event:

Volunteers Transform the Egleston Square Peace Garden

Thirty volunteers of all ages from John Hancock and Youth Build descended on the Peace Park on Wednesday to build a new stage, paint, lay bricks for a new patio, spread mulch and plant flowers in one of the biggest volunteer improvement projects since the Peace Park was completed in 2000. Organized by Egleston Square Main Streets, the volunteers got the Peace Park ready for a summer that includes monthly concerts beginning June 20 at noon.  The gallery below gives peek at all the work done.

Volunteers for tree maintenance project organized by Hyde Jackson Square Main Street

Smell of Fresh Mulch in the Air

Today Hyde Jackson Square Main Street coordinated 31 volunteers to spread fresh mulch on street trees along Centre Street between Jackson Square and Canary Square. Five yards of mulch were used and bags upon bags of trash were collected today. Hyde Jackson Square Main Street takes care of street trees 2 times per year with the next event happening in October.