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2016 AmeriCorps Opening Day


The Massachusetts Service Alliance invites you to join us
as over 1,000 AmeriCorps members take their pledge of service at...

Massachusetts 2016 AmeriCorps Opening Day


Register NOW   Directions    Schedule
Afternoon Activities    Contact



Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center
1350 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02120


PLEASE NOTE: Public Transportation is HIGHLY Recommended! The primary parking lot for RCC and the Reggie Lewis Center, Parking Lot #1, will be under construction from August 2016 - early January 2017.  During this time, limited parking will be available in lot #2 and lot #3.  To view a map of current parking options, please click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Schedule for the Day:

9:00 a.m.        Registration / Higher Ed. exhibits
10:00 a.m.      Opening Day Ceremony
11:45 a.m.      Higher Ed. exhibits /
                       assemble for afternoon activities

12:00 p.m.      Distribution of boxed lunches
                        for afternoon activities
12:30 p.m.      Afternoon Activities Begin
4:00 p.m.        All activities will have concluded


Register NOW!

Afternoon Activities (use Registration Form to choose afternoon activities):

Indoor and Outdoor Service Projects:

Buena Vista Urban Wild
1:00-4:00 (rain or shine!) / Location: 205 Warren Street, Roxbury   Finish trails, clear invasive species

Community Servings
1:00-4:00pm / Location: 18 Marbury Terrace, Jamaica Plain    Participants will help in the kitchen preparing and packaging meals for individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses that receive assistance from Community Servings. 

Cradles to Crayons
1:30-3:30 / Location: 155 N Beacon St, Brighton (BUS WILL BE PROVIDED)      Participants will inspect, sort and pack clothing and other items for distribution to children in need. 

Don’t Dump Down the Drain Decal Project
1:00-4:00 (rain or shine!) / Exact Location: TBD   Help protect Boston Harbor by raising awareness about storm drain pollution! Use a detailed city-wide map to navigate your way to storm drains that need protection, and affix "Don't dump, drains to Boston Harbor" decals to the drains.

Franklin Park
1:00-4:00 (rain or shine!) / Location: Franklin Park   (BUS WILL BE PROVIDED)     Help prepare the park for winter and spring by removing invasive species, raking leaves, etc.Hawthorne Youth and Community Center

Horatio Harris Park
1:00-4:00 (rain or shine!) / Location: 85 Harold Street, Boston   Rake leaves, remove trash and refuseMalcolm  X Park

Mildred C. Hailey Apartments
1:00-4:00 (in the event of rain, project will be cancelled) / Location: 30 Bickford Street, Jamaica Plain      Repaint building foundations

Mission Hill Playground
1:00-4:00 (rain or shine!) / Location: Tremont Street and Smith Street, Roxbury    Repaint playground graphic, remove trash and leaves

More Than Words
1:00-3:00 / Location: 242 E Berkeley Street, Boston   Sort through donations of books and prescan at the More Than Words warehouse. 

Ramsay Park
1:00-4:00 (rain or shine!) / Location: Hammond Street & Shawmut Avenue, Boston   Rake leaves, remove trash and refuse

The Trustees of Reservations
1:00-3:00 (rain or shine!) / Location: Mission Hill Community Garden   Participate in a compost project.

Tobin Community Center - Project #1
1:00-4:00 (in the event of rain, project will be cancelled) / Location: 1481 Tremont Street, Roxbury Crossing    Repaint existing mural

Tobin Community Center - Project #2
1:00-4:00 (rain or shine!) / Location: 1481 Tremont Street, Roxbury Crossing    Clean up leaves and trash, re-stain benches and tables

Tobin K-8  School
1:00-4:00 (rain or shine!) / Location: 40 Smith Street, Roxbury Crossing      Clean up trash and leaves around school, repaint two retaining walls

Civic Engagement Tours:

Massachusetts State House Tour
Two tour time options (1:00-2:00 and 1:30-2:30) / Location: 24 Beacon Street, Boston  Overview of the history and architecture of the state capitol including the House and Senate Chambers. 

Moakley Discovering Justice Courthouse Tour
1:30-2:30 / Location: Moakley U.S. Courthouse (1 Courthouse Way, Boston)   Groups view several points of interest including the rotunda, the conoid glass wall overlooking Boston Harbor, and the Wall of Honor. Visitors also spend time in a typical courtroom. 

Museum of African American History
1:00-2:00 / Location: 46 Joy Street, Boston    Explore the history of Boston's African American community on Beacon Hill during the 18th and 19th centuries and the crucial role of this local community of abolitionists and activists in the campaign to end slavery, expand freedom and secure citizenship for the nation.  The Museum of African American History's Boston campus consists of the African Meeting House (1806), a leading church, school, and gathering place for the community, and the Abiel Smith School (1835).

Member Development Activity:

AmeriCorps VISTA-Led Networking Activities at the Reggie Lewis Center
12:30-3:30 / Location: Reggie Lewis Center, 2nd Floor  Make connections with other Massachusetts corps members through facilitated networking activities. Get to know others in an informal setting, share information about yourself and your service, learn some great icebreakers and activities, and have fun! A team of AmeriCorps*VISTA Leaders will facilitate these activities. 



Important General Information About Afternoon Activities:

  • The nonprofit agencies sponsoring service projects are counting on us to provide the number of people promised.  We will send confirmation information in advance that outlines "what to bring, what to wear" and any other special instructions.  Please make sure that members selecting each activity are aware of this information, and review travel plans and end times to make sure that they will be able to keep their commitments.
  • Some activities may have waiting lists.  If your numbers change substantially after you register please contact Lindsay Rooney lrooney@mass-service.org so that we can offer your space to others.
  • Some afternoon activities will require travel by public transportation.  Members attending these activities must purchase their own fare card ($4.50 round-trip) at the T station.
  • We will provide round-trip transportation by bus for the service project at Cradles to Crayons’ Brighton facility, and Franklin Park since those particular sites are not easily reached by public transit.  To ensure wise use of resources it is essential that we have an accurate count of the number attending.


Contact Information:  


For general information or questions regarding Opening Day 2016, please contact:

Lindsay Rooney
Director of External Relations & Development
617-542-2544 x212

For information regarding reasonable accomodations, please contact: 
Lindsay Rooney, lrooney@mass-service.org


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