Director, Commonwealth Corps
Last Tuesday, June 14th Commonwealth Corps joined Governor Patrick for a Celebration of Service at Fenway Park, Boston. Nearly 300 people gathered in the morning to recognize the great community service work and resources that the Corps has leveraged in their year of service. We also welcomed our new Summer Corps members who will comprise a group of 100 College students who will set out to teach and mentor nearly 900 middle school students through 15 new partner organizations this summer.
Commonwealth Corps members fill a host of unmet community needs, from tutoring and mentoring, to helping elders access the services they need; from cleaning up neighborhoods to rebuilding communities. Since 2008, over 700 Massachusetts residents have signed up as Commonwealth Corps members and through their service have impacted the lives of 344,083 people. Tuesday, we honored four alumni who continue to lead in their communities through civic engagement and service: Sarah Vazquez, 2008-2009 Holyoke Corps Member; May Tom, Ann Shears and Myra Prawiroatmodjo, 2009-2010 ABCD Corps Members.
The event was also a donation drive for Cradles to Crayons which benefits children age newborn to 12. Nearly 80 Corps members and program staff finished the day participating in a group service project at Cradles to Crayons where they spent two hours checking baby equipment, filling almost 100 orders for children in need, sorting through donations to benefit nearly 130 people, and putting together almost 80 outfits for children.
You, too, can make a difference, visit Connect and Serve to see opportunities to get involved in your community. To learn more about Commonwealth Corps visit www.mass.gov/commonwealthcorps, Commonwealth Corps programs administered by the Massachusetts Service Alliance.
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