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2013 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 2013 AmeriCorps Opening Day

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2013

Register NOW   Directions    Agenda
General Information   Afternoon Activities    Contact  

 

  

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

 

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!
 


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 Snyder lsnyder@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 ($4.00 round-trip) at the T station.
  • We will provide round-trip transportation by bus for the service project at Cradles to Crayons’ Brighton facility, The Greater Boston Food Bank, and Franklin Park since those particualr 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.
  •  Cradles to Crayons and The Greater Boston Food Bank require advance registration of each individual attending that service project.  Please be prepared to provide these names when you complete the registration form.
  • Individuals attending afternoon service or civic engagement activities will receive a boxed lunch that you may eat before departure or take with you to your site. Each group will have a designated meeting point where you will assemble to receive your lunch and travel / meeting place instructions.

Afternoon Activities Event Descriptions:

Please indicate on the registration form the activity or activities that your corps members want to attend and the number of people selecting each. Slots will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

 

Civic Engagement Tours and Networking Activities

Massachusetts State House - This Activity is now FULL
(civic engagement tour) 
Please indicate your preference:
First Tour:  1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (maximum 60 participants)
Second Tour:  1:30 – 2:30 p.m.  (maximum 60 participants)

Overview of the history and architecture of the state capitol including the House and Senate Chambers. Visitors should use the main entrance (on Beacon Street). The Tours and Information Desk is in Doric Hall which is on the second floor.  

Moakley Federal Court House “Discovering Justice” - This Activity is now FULL
(civic engagement tour – maximum 75 participants)1:30 p.m.  – 2:30 p.m. 

Participants will split into three tour groups upon arrival.

Groups view several points of interest including the rotunda, the conoid glass wall overlooking Boston Harbor, the artwork of Ellsworth Kelly whose Boston Panels are installed in several areas of the building, and the Wall of Honor. Visitors also spend time in a typical courtroom.

Each participant must present two forms of identification, including one photo ID. The following items are not permitted in the courthouse:  liquids, electronics (e.g. cell phones, pagers, cameras) or sharp implements (e.g. scissors, pocket knives). Visitors may check these items at the desk. Groups must arrive at least half an hour before your tour (1:00 p.m.) to complete screening and check items.  

Museum of African American History - This Activity is now FULL
(civic engagement tour – maximum 60 participants) 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Participants will hear 20-minute talk by a Boston Park Ranger and view a 17-minute video showcasing the history of African-Americans in Boston from Pre-Revolutionary War through Post-Civil War times. At the conclusion of the program you may view the museum’s collections on your own. (Note: This tour includes pre-paid admission to the museum.  MSA has paid the $2.50/person group admission fee on your behalf.)

Networking Activities - This Activity is now FULL
(at Reggie Lewis Center – maximum 100 participants) 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

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.

 

Indoor and Outdoor Service Projects

Indoor Service Project at Cradles to Crayons - This Activity is now FULL
(maximum 100 participants) 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Participants will inspect, sort and pack clothing and other items for distribution to children in need. Most positions require the ability to stand for several hours. If you have corps members that cannot do this and would like to participate, please contact Lindsay Snyder (lsnyder@mass-service.orgor 617-542-2544 x 211) by October 25.  Accommodations can be made with advance notice to Cradles to Crayons.

Closed-toe shoes are required(no sandals or flip flops).  The service site is a warehouse, so please wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty.  Optional donations of new children’s clothing (any size) are welcome.  Donated items must be in excellent condition.

MSA will provide bus transportation to the Cradles to Crayons site in Brighton.

Please note that the Opening Day registration form requires you to list the name and email address of each staff or corps member attending this event. This is due to Cradles to Crayons’ advance registration policy.

Indoor Service Project at Community Servings - This project is now FULL
(maximum 15 participants). 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Priority will be given to groups of no more than 5 individuals from a single program that are interested in serving together with corps members from other programs. 

Participants will help in the kitchen preparing and packaging meals for over 775 individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses that receive assistance from Community Servings.

Health and Safety and “What to Wear: Please do NOT come if you are ill.  Germs which a healthy person can fight off can be life-threatening to Community Servings’ clients.  Participants Must Wear: shirts/tops with sleeves (no tank tops or sleeveless blouses); and pants or long skirts (legs must be covered); Sneakers, work boots or other rubber-solved shoes that cover the feet entirely (no flip flops, sandals or high heels). Once you arrive at Community Servings you need to wear a hairnet or hat, apron and gloves.  These will be provided to all volunteers.

The Greater Boston Food Bank Service Project - This Activity is now FULL
(maximum 50 participants). 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Participants will inspect, sort and repack groceries for distribution to hunger relief agencies. The Food Bank will assign specific roles based on the day’s needs.  Most positions require the ability to stand for several hours. If you have corps members that cannot do this and would like to participate, please contact Lindsay Snyder (lsnyder@mass-service.org) or 617-542-2544, x211 in advance.  Accommodations can be made with advance notice to the Food Bank.

Do not wear: loose clothing that could get caught in machinery (e.g. un-tucked shirt, wide sleeves, or jewelry such as bracelets or dangling necklaces).  Do wear: clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. Closed-toe shoes are required (no sandals or flip flops).  Long hair must be tied back or contained in a hat.

Please note that the Opening Day registration form requires you to list the name of each staff or corps member attending this event. This is due to The Greater Boston Food Bank's advance registration policy.

Outdoor Service Project at Franklin Park - This Activity is now FULL
(maximum 40 participants). 1:00 – 3:00

Help prepare the park for winter and spring by removing invasive species, raking leaves, etc. Exact activities will be determined by the park staff based on the day’s needs. Bring or wear work clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and sturdy closed-toed shoes. Dress for the weather (“rain* or shine”); layered clothing is best. Bring your own water and snacks. Other supplies will be provided. Participants must be able to walk 5 to 10 minutes to reach the service site, and to do moderate physical activity such as raking and pruning. *In event of a heavy downpour the project will be canceled. See an MSA staff member the day of the event.

Outdoor Service Project at The Esplanade - This Activity is now FULL
(maximum 80 participants). 1:00 – 3:30

The Esplanade Association relies heavily on volunteers to make the park cleaner, safer, and more beautiful for the millions of users that visit the park each year. Exact activities will be determined by the Esplanade staff based on the day’s needs but will most likely include planting bulbs and invasive species removal. Bring or wear work clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and sturdy closed-toed shoes. Dress for the weather (“rain* or shine”); layered clothing is best. Bring your own water and snacks. Other supplies will be provided. Participants must be able to walk 10-15 minutes to reach the service site, and to do moderate physical activity such as raking, planting, and pruning. *In event of a heavy downpour the project will be canceled. See an MSA staff member the day of the event.

All volunteers are required to sign a waiver form prior to the event. MSA will provide the waiver form to your Program Director prior to Opening Day for you to fill out and bring with you on the day of.  Group leaders are responsible for collecting signatures from their group members.

Outdoor Service Project at Boston Day and Evening Academy - This project is now FULL
(maximum 20 participants). 1:00 – 4:00

Activities will include: weeding, planting and general garden clean up. Bring or wear work clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and sturdy closed-toed shoes. Dress for the weather (“rain* or shine”); layered clothing is best. Bring your own water and snacks. Other supplies will be provided. Participants must be able to walk 20 minutes from the Reggie Lewis Center to reach the service site, and to do moderate physical activity. *In event of a heavy downpour the project will be canceled. See an MSA staff member the day of the event.

Outdoor Service Project at Dennis Haley Pilot Elementary School - This Activity is now FULL
(maximum 100 participants). 1:00 – 4:00

Activities will include: repainting playground graphics, building benches and planter beds, removing a fence, mural touch up, and garden clean up. Bring or wear work clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and sturdy closed-toed shoes. Dress for the weather (“rain* or shine”); layered clothing is best. Bring your own water and snacks. Other supplies will be provided. Participants must be able to walk one mile from the Forest Hills T Stop to reach the service site, and to do moderate physical activity. *In event of a heavy downpour the project will be canceled. See an MSA staff member the day of the event.

Outdoor Service Projects at Parks and Playgrounds in Boston - This Activity is now FULL
(maximum 40 participants). 1:00 – 4:00

Specific Locations:

Marcella Playground
79 Marcella Street / Boston
20 volunteers

Malclom X Park
180 Martin Luther King Blvd / Boston
20 volunteers

Activities will include: painting fences, raking leaves, removing invasive species and spreading Fibar. Bring or wear work clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and sturdy closed-toed shoes. Dress for the weather (“rain* or shine”); layered clothing is best. Bring your own water and snacks. Other supplies will be provided. Participants must be able to do moderate physical activity. *In event of a heavy downpour the project will be canceled. See an MSA staff member the day of the event.

 

 


 

Contact Information:  

 

For general information or questions regarding Opening Day 2013, please contact:


Lindsay Snyder
Director of External Relations & Development
lsnyder@mass-service.org
617-542-2544 x211

Virginia Frias
Commonwealth Corps Program Assistant & Administrative Coordinator
vfrias@mass-service.org
617-542-2544 x221

For information regarding disability accomodations, please contact:
Lindsay Snyder, lsnyder@mass-service.org

 

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