Maggie is currently learning how to be a software engineer, spending a lot of her time studying code (and drinking coffee). Since joining Boston Cares in March of 2013, she has logged over 50 hours of service and found that her favorite project is working with the Southwest Corridor Park!
Exploring the City with Boston Cares’ Environmental Partners
I found the Southwest Corridor park event back in 2013 when I first joined Boston Cares. I loved the idea of getting outdoors, working with my hands, meeting new people and experiencing a new part of the city.
The gratitude that is expressed by the residents who live near the park, as well as those who are simply passing through, is incredibly rewarding. When they see our group out there getting our hands dirty, and know we’re volunteering our time, I like to imagine it spurs them on to find some time in their own lives to help make Boston a better place.
We all need to get outdoors a bit more! It is not only a welcome reprieve from the time many of us may spend behind a desk, but the work that we do maintaining and beautifying our city’s public spaces also lives on well after we’ve visited. You can come back months later and see your work, and be proud of what you’ve done to make the city’s green spaces more welcoming for those in need of a breath of fresh air.
When our March 2015 event rolled around it was still very wintry and the park was mostly buried under a layer of ice and snow. Typically this might cause us to cancel the event, but myself and one other volunteer were still signed up, and braved the conditions to help chip ice off of some bushes that were being damaged by the weight. While normally many hands make light work, this was a great example of how a few hands can still do important work.
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Boston Cares volunteers preserve cultural and environmental vibrancy in our communities by providing production support and ushering for affordable cultural performances, green-space stewardship, and supporting community enrichment organizations. Our volunteer efforts benefit more than 1,000,000 neighborhood residents and visitors to the region each year!
Environmental Partners in need of volunteers include:
- Rose Gardening with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy: This is a unique opportunity to learn gardening techniques while helping to maintain and beautify one of the jewels of the Emerald Necklace. Volunteers are needed to prune, deadhead, weed, and care for the roses in the Kelleher Rose Garden, in the Back Bay Fens. Rosarians will be on hand to train and demonstrate rose care. Newcomers are always welcome, and this project is youth friendly – ages 5+.
- Farm in Framingham at Stearns Farm CSA: Stearns Farm CSA is a non-profit corporation funded primarily by the sale of shares in the harvest, with help from volunteers, foundations, and individual donors. Volunteers will be planting vegetables and doing a variety of farm work tasks. Newcomers are always welcome, and this project is youth friendly – ages 10+.
- Cleaning and Greening with Groundwork Somerville: This will be part of Boston Society of Architects Common Boston festival and will be sponsored by Groundwork Somerville’s partners at aMortonDesign. This will be the first official harvest of the season and a chance to get your foot in the door for this year’s growing season!
- Be a Friend of Sea Turtles by Cleaning up the Beach: “Keep the land and sea litter free and parade a litter sculpture and sing a song about me,” whatever you can do us sea turtles need you! Spend the day on Revere Beach – volunteers can help marine animals by safely cleaning up the beach using litter grabbers.
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