Here are the volunteer opportunities for today:
1) In person: BPS HAS UPDATED THEIR SIGN-UP METHOD FOR FOOD DISTRIBUTION NEXT WEEK. They now have an online system where you must create an account to sign up for volunteering. Even if you signed up in yesterday’s spreadsheet, you should sign up again through their new system. Those who signed up in the old form should not show up unless they have signed up in the new form. Thanks for your patience- everyone is figuring this out as we go!
2) In-Person: Volunteer for food preparation and distribution at Grove Hall. Organized by Violence in Boston Inc. and Food for the Soul Grove Hall. 10-15 people needed every day (until money runs out), from 10am-8pm (at any time you are able to go). 651 Warren St, Roxbury, MA 02121. Can’t volunteer? Drop off food donations or donate (each day costs over $2000 and they desperately need donations to stay open) at paypal.me/violenceinboston. Contact BTU member Janina Rackards-Vickers at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up and find out if they are open.
3) Neighborhood-based: Many neighborhoods and towns are compiling their own mutual-aid networks, where you can make requests for support and offer your time and resources to others in need. Find your neighborhood here (and check back for updates or create your own network if it’s not there).
4) Virtual: 46 calls and emails to the Governor and counting! Call, email, call again, email again, (we’re serious, call/email every day) until we get a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures. Contact Governor Baker (617-725-4005, or email) to express your support for HD. 4935. Let us know after you call so we can track how many people took action.
5) Virtual: Donate to the Boston Resiliency Fund. The emerging priorities of the Boston Resiliency Fund are to provide food for children and seniors, technology for remote learning for students, and support to first responders and healthcare workers in the City of Boston. Donate here.
Please know that all activities are purely voluntary and could entail risk. Maintain social distancing and follow public health guidelines as much as possible. Most importantly, if you fall into one of the at risk categories i.e. older or with compromised/chronic health conditions it is critical that you maintain your own health first and contact your medical care provider for guidance if there are any questions at all about your participation in these activities.
Liliana + the team
Want more opportunities? See yesterday’s email here.
If possible, when volunteering, wear a BTU t-shirt or button and share a selfie with email@example.com. Posting these photos is one way we’ll stay connected through these times.