Celebrating Volunteerism in Boston

by Mark Feldman

Boston Cares Mark Feldman Mayor Menino Governor Patrick

As a member of the Boston Cares board of directors I was thrilled to celebrate the organization’s 20th Anniversary last week at Fenway Park.  Joined by Boston’s Mayor Menino, Massachussetts Governor Patick, and hundreds of volunteer award winners and guests, we toasted the past and announced an ambitious agenda for the future.

Under the leadership of Executive Director Patrice Keegan and Board Chair Howard Kogan, the staff created and filled over 70,ooo hours of opportunity for Bostonians to take action in 2010 alone.  And take action they did; some 25,000 people volunteered and helped hundreds of Boston nonprofits achieve their critical social and educational missions.

If you weren’t able to make it to Fenway, view pictures and the celebratory video.  A special thanks to ARAMARK for hosting the reception and enabling us to see Fenway’s new HD score board turned on for the first time. WOW!

Also, a call-out goes to our friends at the Dearborn Middle School and Fidelity Investments for receiving a partnership award for keeping kids on track toward graduation; a program our team at Cause Consulting helped develop.

As Boston Cares continously demonstrates the power of citizen service, so too do our AmeriCorps and other national service programs.  These programs are facing drastic Federal budgets cuts and may even face elimination.  Please visit SaveService.org to learn how to contact your members of Congress and get engaged.

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