Volunteer at the Arnold Arboretum | Information Session

Volunteer Information Session
Tuesday, February 4, 5:30-6:30pm

Location: Arnold Arboretum,  Hunnewell Building - Visitor Center

Do you love the Arboretum? Are you looking for a way to get involved? Come to an informal meet-and-greet and learn about our volunteer opportunities.  Representatives from our volunteer groups will be available to share their experiences and answer your questions. Please call 617.384.5209 for additional information.

Court Appointed Special Advocates Info Session

Boston Court Appointed Special Advocates is a Social Justice based non profit which offers volunteer opportunities to community members to work with under served children and youth in Foster Care. The volunteers are provided a free training to prepare them for advocacy work with one child/youth.  The next Info session is on April 10, 2019 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  There is a need for volunteers from the Jamaica Plain and surrounding communities. Please visit our website and consider being a Champion for Children.

Boston Day of Reparations to African People

The Days of Reparations to African People is an annual, international speaking tour to raise white reparations to African (black) people and discuss how we as white people can be in genuine solidarity with African liberation. It is a campaign by the African Peoples Solidarity Committee and its mass organization, the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, both founded and led by the African People’s Socialist Party. WHERE: First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist (6 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain)
WHEN: Thursday, November 8th, 2018, 7-9pm
Suggested Donation $5 - No one turned away for lack of funds
REGISTER: BostonDayOfReparations2018.eventbrite.com

Keynote Speaker: Omali Yeshitela, Chairman of the African People’s Socialist Party
Also speaking:
Penny Hess, Chairwoman of the African People's Solidarity Committee
Jesse Nevel, Chair of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement

A Call to Build the Days of Reparations to African People

A Call to Build the Days of Reparations to African People

For more info on the Boston event: usmboston@riseup.net or call 781-214-8131

Follow the Boston branch of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement at facebook.com/usmboston

For more info on the Days of Reparations to African People campaign, visit uhurusolidarity.org

Volunteer Open House at the Arnold Arboretum: Share Nature with Children!

Share nature with children!  The Arnold Arboretum is recruiting volunteers to lead life science programs for Boston school groups. Fall training starts on August 30. Attend an open house on August 2 to learn more about this exciting opportunity.  Come to the Visitor Center at 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain 02130 from 10-11am.  If you are friendly, enjoy the outdoors, and have some teaching experience, we want to talk to you!

Cultural Survival Bazaar

Immerse yourself in the songs, colors, textures, and stories of Indigenous artists and their cultures from around the world at this free admission, family friendly festival. Since 1975, Cultural Survival's Bazaars have brought Indigenous artists from the US, Mexico, Guatemala, Venezuela, Colombia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tibet, India, Nepal, China, and more! Buy finely embroidered tapestries and scarves; jewelry of silver, glass, and stone; aromatic woven natural fiber baskets; brilliantly colored paintings; handmade clothing; carved, knit, wire, and beaded animals; and much more. Listen to live Indigenous music, chat with Indigenous artists about their crafts and cultures, and celebrate the season with a beautiful memento of your local trip around the world. Free admission
Free parking
10 minute walk from Harvard Square red line train station
Bus stops 68, 83 (Broadway @ Felton St.

Volunteer to be an Arnold Arboretum Field Study Guice

Make a difference volunteering as an Arnold Arboretum Field Study Guide. We will train you to lead science programs in our landscape with elementary school groups. Contact the Manager of Children’s Education at 617-384-5239 or email childrensed@arnarb.harvard.edu by August 19 for an interview for fall training. For more information go to:

Training begins August 31. Apply now!

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.