BENEFITING: Boston Cares, Inc.
ORGANIZER: Boston Cares, Inc.
EVENT: 2016 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 18, 2016
I moved to Boston ten years ago looking to start a new adventure far away from my hometown of Reno, Nevada in a city rich in history, culture, education and great accents. I planned on attending grad school and then joining one of the many human service organizations to pursue my goal of making the world a better place. What I had not planned for was the feeling of loneliness and disconnect when I found myself dedicated to school, work, a handful of friends and a newly broken heart (as all twentysomethings seem to). In 2006, at the peak of thinking my life was the hardest ever, I joined some work friends on a trip to New Orleans to volunteer in the efforts after Hurricane Katrina with Hands On New Orleans. While there I not only got perspective on the definition of problems, but I also found out about a local chapter of the Hand On Network called Boston Cares who had already been down there and left a shirt hanging on the volunteer house wall of fame.
The feeling of teamwork, purpose and meaning I felt after a week gutting flood ravaged houses, cleaning up playgrounds and making meals for those still displaced was something I knew I needed to continue. As soon as I got home I booted up my computer and signed up for a volunteer orientation with Boston Cares.
Nothing in my life has been the same since.
I have distributed hundreds of meals at the Red Cross Food Pantry, served dinners at the New England Center for Homeless Vets and The Boston Living Center, helped socialize kittens preparing for adoption at the MSPCA and read to kids awaiting doctors appointments at the Mattapan Community Health Center. But for as much as I have given of my time I have gotten back tenfold.
I have made lifelong friends, got to know more of the city than the neighborhood I lived in and witnessed the joy that one person can create by being an active part of their community.
Boston Cares made all of this possible for me and for the hundreds of volunteers on projects each year, and they make it easy - beyond easy really. Log in, sign up, show up! Anyone can do it and everyone should do it.
It is for all of these reasons that I am honored to run the 2016 Boston Marathon to raise money for Boston Cares to directly support their program and staff and continue to make sure that the organizations they provide volunteers to (my own included!) can keep benefitting from people like me who feel a call to volunteer.
Please consider making a donation, however big or small, to this awesome organization that truly helps Bostonians to be the change you wish to see in the world.