February 2016 Volunteer Spotlight: Nopporn Thangthaeng

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About Nopporn: 

Nop currently works as a Research Scientist here in the Boston area. Originally from Bangkok, Thailand, she joined the Boston Cares community in January of 2014 and has logged over 275 hours of service so far! She has been serving as one of our most valued Volunteer Leaders on a wide variety of Boston Cares projects since April 2015.




Sharing the Love with Boston Cares Basic Needs Partners

Q: What has been the most meaningful part of your service with Boston Cares’ Basic Needs Partners?

The smiles on the guests’ faces!

Q: Do you have a favorite story about your Boston Cares’ Basic Needs experience you’d like to share?

For those of you who have volunteered at the Saturday/Sunday’s Bread before, you probably remember how temperamental the dishwasher can be. Well, it decided to quit in the middle of one of our busiest days. We were buried in endless mountains of plates, pots, cups and glasses. Next thing I know, I have a big group of volunteers who were literally willing to roll up their sleeves and formed a dish-washing assembly line. Just like that, we washed and put them all away in record time (might even have beaten the dishwasher)! It’s one of those days that exemplifies how mountains can be moved when everyone pulls-in together. I was so grateful to everyone…you know who you are!

Q: Why do you think others should volunteer with Boston Cares’ Basic Needs Partners?

Because it is one of the most rewarding experiences! Besides warm, healthy meals and basic needs, the guests also receive hope and respect.

Want to Get Involved?

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Every day Boston Cares partners with area shelters, food pantries, community farms, and goods banks to ensure that 60,000 struggling individuals, families, and veterans receive their basic daily needs with respect and dignity. Our volunteers sort food and pack emergency groceries, prepare meals in shelters and day centers, inspect and bundle donated clothing and household goods, and build beds for homeless children.

Basic Needs Partners in Need of Volunteers include:

  • Boston Living Center: Help prepare and serve a delicious meal for members and friends! Victory Programs’ Boston Living Center (BLC) is a nonprofit community and resource center that fosters the wellness of all HIV positive people and responds to the changing needs of the HIV/AIDS community through education, treatment information and support services.
  • Women’s Lunch Place: Volunteers will help with slicing, dicing, mixing, spicing and plating the meal, serve a hot lunch to the guests, and assist with next-day prep and kitchen clean-up. Women’s Lunch Place is a safe, welcoming day community for all self-identified women who are experiencing homelessness or poverty. Women’s Lunch Place strives to meet guests’ most basic and immediate needs while coordinating and delivering critical support services designed to help women achieve greater stability and self-sufficiency whenever possible.
  • The East End House: Volunteers set up/clean up the pantry space, help receive weekly produce donations, and assist clients as they choose their own groceries from our available fresh produce and shelf-stable foods. East End House is one of Greater Boston’s oldest social service centers. Today, as a dynamic community center, they continue to meet community needs through innovative programs that support families and individuals of every age and ability.


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