Sign Your Company Team Up for Tech Gives Back

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST! UNFORTUNATELY, REGISTRATION FOR TECH GIVES BACK IS FILLED UP FOR THIS YEAR. TO SIGN UP FOR OUR PARTY, PLEASE VISIT https://www.fundraise.com/tugg-corp/sign-up-for-celebration-party-only-friday-september-21-5pm-10pm. IF YOU WISH TO BE PUT ON A WAIT LIST OR TO REGISTER A TEAM AS A DONOR, PLEASE EMAIL DAVID BROWN AT DAVID@TUGG.ORG.

Pull together a team to create impact while working on a project of your choice! With 13 projects ranging from 2 to 5 hours on Thursday, September 20th,you can select a project that best fits your objectives and availability. On the second page of registration, make sure to list your top three projects in order of preference so we can get you up and going!

Make sure to also join TUGG, our event sponsors, and volunteers at The Estate on September 21st from 5pm-10pm for an epic party to celebrate our collective accomplishments while also mixing and mingling with six amazing new non-profits vying for grant support! Free food, drinks, and fun will be served!

Any questions or concerns can be directed to David Brown at david@tugg.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

PROJECT 1: Casa Nueva Vida LAWRENCE - 10am-3pm - 30 spots available
Casa Nueva Vida is committed to helping homeless families find their own affordable and permanent housing as well as helping them build the skills necessary to stay out of homelessness and become active member of society. They currently serve both the Boston and Lawrence neighborhoods by providing shelters, as well as a variety of educational programming for both adults and children, helping to lift families out of homelessness. Since 1990, they have had a 96% success rate in transitioning close to 800 families out of homelessness, and preventing further homeless in the remaining 4% by placing them in transitional living situations. Volunteers will help with a variety of tasks to both beautify the inside and outside of two of Casa Nueva Vida's shelters (one in Jamaica Plain, one in Lawrence, MA). Both shelters are home to many homeless families (primarily mothers and their children). Projects will include light landscaping, cleaning, and painting of line games outdoors, and painting of bedrooms, etc. in the shelter. NOTE: This event will be held in Lawrence and TUGG will help coordinate transportation to and from the event.

PROJECT 2: Casa Nueva Vida BOSTON - 10am-3pm - 30 spots available
Casa Nueva Vida is committed to helping homeless families find their own affordable and permanent housing as well as helping them build the skills necessary to stay out of homelessness and become active member of society. They currently serve both the Boston and Lawrence neighborhoods by providing shelters, as well as a variety of educational programming for both adults and children, helping to lift families out of homelessness. Since 1990, they have had a 96% success rate in transitioning close to 800 families out of homelessness, and preventing further homeless in the remaining 4% by placing them in transitional living situations. Volunteers will help with a variety of tasks to both beautify the inside and outside of two of Casa Nueva Vida's shelters (one in Jamaica Plain, one in Lawrence, MA). Both shelters are home to many homeless families (primarily mothers and their children). Projects will include light landscaping, cleaning, and painting of line games outdoors, and painting of bedrooms, etc. in the shelter. This opportunity is based in Jamaica Plain and is T Accessible.

PROJECT 3: Massachusetts Audubon Society - Boston Nature Center - 10am-3pm - 50 spots available
Massachusetts Audubon Society is the largest conservation organization in New England, protecting the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. Boston Nature Center is a 67 acre urban sanctuary that is home to more than 300 species of plants and 100 species of birds. In addition to protecting valuable wildlife habitat in the city, their education staff teaches environmentally-themed science courses in 35 neighboring schools. The Center is also home to the George Robert White Environmental Conservation Center, the "greenest building in Boston." Volunteers will be engaged in a variety of activities, such as habitat restoration (cutting and clearing invasive, non-native plants), improving trail accessibility by laying down stone dust, planting, trail widening, and so forth. This event is Boston based and is accessible by MBTA bus.

PROJECTS 4+5: Community Servings - 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm - 15 spots per time slot
Community Servings is dedicated to providing free home-delivered meals throughout eastern Massachusetts to people homebound with HIV/AIDS and other acute life-threatening illnesses, who are unable to shop or cook for themselves. We provide our clients, their dependent families, and caregivers appealing, nutritious meals, reaching out to those in greatest need. Our goals are to help our clients maintain their health and dignity, provide nutritionally and culturally appropriate meals, preserve the integrity of their family, and send the message that someone cares. Today, Community Servings delivers 3175 lunches and 3175 dinners every week. Volunteers will be working closely with kitchen staff to prepare and package salads, snacks, and desserts. An orientation is required for all new volunteers. Groups will be given a 30 minute orientation and safe food handling training at the beginning of their volunteer shift. The opportunity is located in Jamaica Plain and is T Accessible.

PROJECT 6: Pine Street Inn - 9am-1pm - 10 spots available
Pine Street Inn is a not-for-profit organization committed to men, women and children in need of shelter, sustenance, and the basic moral and material supports necessary to lead a dignified and stable life. It is the mission of the Inn, in all its programs, to be a community of respect and hope for each guest it serves; to be a resource through which neighbors and friends can help to meet the basic needs of others; and to serve as a national leader in the fight to end homelessness. Founded in 1969, the Pine Street Inn is a private, non-profit organization that provides a continuum of care for homeless men, women and children. As the largest shelter for the homeless in New England, Pine Street offers an atmosphere of dignity, respect and hope where homeless persons find opportunities to move beyond shelter to housing and other appropriate programs. The Pine Street Inn provides services to approximately 1,300 people daily at more than 25 different locations. Volunteers will be doing meal preparation and will also be able to take a tour of Pine Street Inn to learn about the programs offered there. The meal preparation will include making sandwiches, handling meat, chopping vegetables. There will also be some lifting involved and possibly a need to sort donations. This event is in Boston and is T Accessible.

PROJECT 7: Hennigan Elementary School (BPS) - 10am-3pm - 70 spots available
The James W. Hennigan School serves over 500 elementary school students in grades K2-5 in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood. The school has a very diverse student body consisting of 26.3% African American, 10.6% White, and 59.5% Hispanic students. This sprawling school offers an early learning center, ESL instruction, fine arts instruction and other specialty programs. The school, built in the 1970s, has an open classroom concept with cinder block walls that in many cases have never been painted. The Hennigan School has expansive outdoor space that needs a variety of improvements, including repainting existing line games that have faded over time, weeding and landscaping of the garden and orchard area, exterior painting to cover graffiti and construction of new planter beds for growing educational plants. This experience is in Jamaica Plain and is T Accessible.

PROJECT 8: Room to Grow - 10am-3pm - 15 spots available
Room to Grow's mission is to enrich the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development. They provide an educational play area in which staff interact with parents and help them develop ways to play with and teach their children. Parents select new and nearly new clothing, toys, books, and other baby essentials, free of charge, and receive information and support to ensure their child's healthy and secure start in life. Volunteers will participate in a number of ways at Room to Grow. They will sort and inventory clothing, toys, bedding and book donations from the community, as well as assisting in displaying them in Room to Grow's baby boutique. This event is held in Boston and is T Accessible.

PROJECT 9: Mather Elementary School (BPS) - 9am-2pm - 40 spots available
The Mather Elementary School is the first public elementary school in the United States, built in 1639. Today, it is a K-5 school within the Boston Public School System serving approximately 600 students of diverse backgrounds; 81% qualify as low income, and 48% do not speak English as their first language. At the Mather, they believe that college begins in kindergarten. By the time their students graduate, their goal is that each child has acquired the skills, knowledge and habits that will ultimately lead him/her to college. The language of college preparation is everywhere; each student's classroom is named for the college of his or her teacher. The belief is then reinforced with visual representation of colleges throughout the building, trips to college campuses, and constant reminders by teachers and administrators that each good choice a student makes today brings them a step closer to college. Volunteers will work on a variety of projects around the school, including supporting teachings, cleaning/organizing and assisting in the office. Additionally, a team of volunteers will set up and conduct a "science fair" for elementary aged students. Volunteers will be provided with a simple elementary level science experiment (such as digging for artificial dinosaur bones or making ice cream in ziplock bag), and will be given time to set up and learn the experiment at the beginning of the project time. Students will then rotate through the experiments, which will be taught by the volunteers. This event will be held in Dorchester and is T accessible.

PROJECT 10: IMEC - 10am-2pm - 100 spots available
The Collaborative is a non-profit organization that distributes medical equipment, supplies and support services to doctors, nurses and technologists working in clinics and orphanages in underserved locations worldwide. They serve people in Central and South America, Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia, and the former Soviet Republics. Volunteers will assemble medical "suites," ie exam tables, supply cabinets, etc., directly on pallets which are then boxed and sent to developing countries. Tasks include assembly and lifting, but anyone can do it. NOTE: This event will be held in North Andover and TUGG will help coordinate transportation to and from the event.

PROJECTS 11 + 12: Greater Boston Food Bank - 9:30am-12pm or 1pm-3:30pm - 50 spots available per time slot
Founded in 1981, The Food Bank is part of the America's Second Harvest National Network, the nation's largest hunger-relief organization. The Food Bank serves as a non-profit clearinghouse for food donated by the private sector to help feed the hungry. They employ 55 people and utilize the services of 10,500 volunteers annually to acquire, inspect, sort, warehouse, and distribute enormous quantities of food. The Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England. Their network of 700+ hunger-relief agencies distributes nearly 24 million pounds of food annually and feed more than 87,000 people weekly. Volunteers will inspect, sort, and package donated grocery products that are then distributed to hunger relief agencies. All volunteers are trained in food safety at the beginning of the shift. Volunteers work together as a team on an assembly line. Some volunteers load boxes onto conveyer belts, other volunteers inspect products, others sort products, and others check and label boxes. A few of these "jobs" require the ability to lift a box of about 30 pounds, but the majority of positions simply require that a volunteer can stand and inspect products for a few hours. Once volunteers get into a rhythm, it’s a lot of fun and very productive experience. This experience is T accessible.

PROJECT 13: Cradle to Crayons - 1pm-3pm - 50 spots available
Cradles to Crayons' mission is to provide, free of charge, low-income and homeless children from birth to pre-teen the basic essentials they need to be safe, warm, ready to learn, and valued. They also set a foundation for lasting change through the meaningful, tangible volunteer opportunities provided to thousands of youth and adults each year. C2C serves as the glue between communities that have and communities that need. They make it simple for children, families, corporations to give their time, treasures and talent to benefit other children in their community. By partnering with social service agencies for distribution, they have a direct channel to serve tens of thousands of children in need each year. Volunteers will be working in the “Giving Factory” - inspecting, sorting and packaging donated children’s clothing, toys, books, and/or other items for community agencies on behalf of families in need. Volunteers may also be “shopping” to fulfill orders for kids, and sorting books, baby stuff, or shoes. This experiences is held in Brighton and is T Accessible. NOTE: A donation drive is required for this project, with more information available from David Brown (david@tugg.org)

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