Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Volunteering

I've mentioned before that I recently joined the MAAV board. Last weekend I volunteered to help with their upcoming fundraiser. MAAV is celebrating their 15th year and in honor of this they are selling bracelets. I along with other MAAV volunteers made about 70 of these bracelets in a few hours time!

It was a lot of fun and the bracelets are really pretty. I can't wait to buy one! Not only do I really like them but the money goes to a great organization so it is a win/win!

The MAAV Walk is on October 17th. I did create a fundraising page and if you would like to support his organization feel free. As most of you know almost all of my fundraising efforts go to MS but I do like to also help other organizations that I believe in. So if you or someone you know has been impacted by domestic violence feel free to make a donation!

http://www.firstgiving.com/jodi1

This October marks the 15th Anniversary of the Melrose Alliance Against Violence. Founded by dedicated members of the League of Women Voters, the
ir purpose then remains our mission today: to raise awareness about domestic violence and help victims break free from lives of abuse. Thanks to community support, we’ve grown tremendously over the past 15 years, developing a strong emphasis on prevention and reaching over 1,000 youth and adults each year. As a leader in violence prevention, MAAV has worked on many fronts to break the cycle of domestic violence, including:
  • Working in partnership with the Melrose Police Department to provide critical support to victims of domestic violence and trainings to healthcare providers
  • Offering teen dating violence prevention programs at the middle & high school levels
  • Implementing an innovative mentoring program for youth at risk
  • Being on the forefront of comprehensive bullying prevention programs
On October 17, 2010, MAAV will sponsor our 15th Annual Walk & Candlelight Vigil to raise awareness about domestic violence. The event generates tremendous community support from over 400 participants, including teams representing 35 organizations throughout the city, and raises much-needed funds for our programs that work to break the cycle of domestic violence.
We invite you as an individual, family, business or organization to sponsor MAAV’s Annual Walk and help us fulfill our mission to prevent violence before it starts.
This weekend I had another volunteering experience for another great organization, RCR also making jewelry. I'm seeing a trend here - must be where I got all my great ideas! haha! I spent time with a former professor from Boston College School of Social Work where I got my master's degree. While I was in grad school my professor and I created a class which traveled to Romania. This professor is still leading this trip to Romania 6 years later and still raising money for the children of Romania. I was so excited to help them out because in the past I've always had conflicts. So together we made bracelets and earrings and talk about Romania and many other things. It was a lot of fun and brought back a lot of great memories for an AMAZING experience that I had.
Volunteering at Romanian hospital in 2004

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