Volunteers Sought for the Fifth Annual Watertown Helps Out Day

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Watertown Helps Out! The fifth annual Community Day of Service kicks off Saturday, May 5, 8:30 a.m. at the Hosmer School Cafeteria.

Watertown Community Foundation provided the following announcement:

How do you give back to the community? Where are organizations that need your help? Are there opportunities for your family to serve? In 2014, the Watertown Community Foundation created a town wide day of service, Watertown Helps Out, to fill this need.

This year, the fifth annual Watertown Helps Out day of community service runs Saturday, May 5. Starting at 8:30 a.m., join special guest volunteers State Sen. Will Brownsberger and State Rep. Jonathan Hecht as they help us kick off our Fifth Anniversary with light refreshments at the Hosmer School Cafeteria. It’s free, open to all, and there are family-friendly projects for volunteers of all ages.

How does it work? Community non-profits identify projects they need done. These can be anything from gardening and yard work, assembling raised beds, cleaning trash from bicycle paths and parks or washing furniture in a community center. There are indoor projects including assembling craft kits for children, creating graduation packets for high schoolers and making outreach phone calls, as well as many outdoor projects. Most run from 10:00 a.m. to midafternoon, and many can be done for as little as an hour.

Volunteers register here with an email address and choose a project. Last year, over 300 volunteers helped out. Once you register, you can see the list of volunteer opportunities. The details of an activity you view will be available, and you choose whatever activity fits you best.

Join us on Saturday, May 5, 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Hosmer School Cafeteria for light refreshments. Then get a T-shirt and head out to your chosen project!

Want more details and instructions on how to sign up?  Visit our website or email us at who2018@watertownfoundation.org.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

The Watertown Community Foundation, a public, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, works to build and sustain a vibrant, close-knit community in Watertown – now, and for future generations. To accomplish this, WCF raises funds from individuals, families, businesses, and foundations; awards
grants to non-profits and community projects; and builds networks of donors, grantees, program participants, and stakeholders.

WCF and its grantees are consistent leaders:

• Advancing education and health
• Supporting the most vulnerable
• Encouraging creativity and the arts
• Protecting the environment
• Fostering community engagement and leadership

Since its inception in 2003, WCF has awarded over $900,000 in grants to programs and organizations serving the residents of Watertown. Persons interested in supporting WCF should contact Jan Singer, Executive Director.

WCF Board of Directors

Co-Presidents David Siegel and Darshna Varia, Co-Vice Presidents; Kathryn White and Emily Barclay, William B. Ford, Treasurer; Robert Airasian; Albrik Aveanessian, Ina Breuer, Andrew Bundy, Eleanor Donato; Elaina Griffith, Mary Ann Mulligan, Hala Tabbara, CL Tian, Robert Kelly; Lora Sabin; Thea Sahr; Robert Shay; Michael Ward.

For additional information, visit WCF’s website: http://www.watertownfoundation.org

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