Happy (belated) Earth Day, and to our Muslim neighbors and friends, Ramadan Mubarak!
I’ve been chairing budget hearings a lot these past two weeks, and today’s was on the City’s capital budget. Funding a robust city capital budget, especially at this time when interest rates are so low and Boston’s credit rating remains very strong, is actually one of the most substantial “countercyclical” things that we can do through the local budgeting process to help counter a recession. But we also continue to need a serious capital budget because of all our pressing capital needs, and none is more pressing than the investments we must make to respond to the climate crisis. It’s worth noting this Earth Day that we simply don’t have the time as a society to recover from COVID-19, then turn our attention back to climate issues in a few years — so tackling the two will have to be utterly intertwined in all our recovery efforts.
In the spirit of Earth Day, which is very much a spirit of care for all creation, I thought I’d send along some opportunities to care for our neighbors. Below please find several upcoming volunteer opportunities.
I am so thankful for those of you who have already volunteered and continue to check in on your friends, family, and neighbors. With your help, we have already delivered food to hundreds families, made calls to elders across District 8, increased donations to the Resiliency Fund, and so much more.
Speaking of thankfulness, I never truly appreciated the tree outside my window until now. Lately I’ve been looking out at it every day as I meet with staff on Zoom calls, speak with constituents, and chair Ways and Means Committee hearings on our City Budget. The turn of the seasons, spring emerging out of winter, really is a good reminder of a deep capacity for resiliency, one that we will need to tackle both COVID-19 and the climate crisis
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
Call District 8 Elders and Neighbors – this Saturday!
- Our amazing volunteers have begun calling elders and neighbors throughout District 8. If you would be up for making calls, we are having a Phonebank Training on Saturday, April 25 at 1PM, hosted in partnership with the Offices of Representatives Nika Elugardo and Jay Livingstone.
- Please sign up to volunteer here and the information for joining the training (via Zoom) will be sent to you in advance of the training.
- If you would like to make calls, but can’t make the training, please email Emily.Brown2@Boston.gov
Help Deliver Food to Households in Fenway – Tuesday, April 28
- In partnership with Fresh Truck, Katsiroubas Bros. Produce, and Fenway Cares, we are delivering produce boxes to individuals and families in the Fenway area on Tuesday, April 28th, from 2:30 to 6:30 PM.
- If you are interested in volunteering for any shift within this time, please sign up here!
- These are no-contact deliveries, volunteers will be given masks and gloves.
- Made possible by the Boston Resiliency Fund.
Help Deliver Food to Households in Mission Hill – Date TBA
- We expect to be partnering with a Mission Hill organization around food access in the coming weeks. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up here.
Pine Street Inn
- As you may know, in an effort to get as many of our neighbors safely housed during this crisis as possible, the Pine Street Inn has recently opened an additional shelter for COVID-negative guests in a Suffolk University dorm on Beacon Hill.
- They are looking for 2 volunteers for each meal shift to push a cart of packaged food, knock on doors and leave meals at each guest’s room on a number of floors. Masks and gloves will be provided to all volunteers.
- Shift times: Breakfast 7:30am. Lunch 11:30am. Dinner 4:30pm. Volunteers should arrive 15 minutes before the beginning of the meal. The meal delivery should take no longer than one hour and fifteen minutes from the start time.
- Volunteers will meet at the Miller Residence Hall, 10 Somerset Street, Boston, which is a dormitory of Suffolk University.
- For more information call: Matthew Ferrer, Volunteer Administrative Coordinator, 617-892-9186
Historian’s Corner: The Fenway Victory Gardens!
The Fenway Victory Gardens, planted in 1941, are the oldest World War II Victory Gardens in the United States. Victory gardens were planted in the United States during the World Wars to increase food access locally, therefore enabling farmers to send more food to troops overseas. During wartime, other public land, including the Boston Common and Public Garden, was also used as victory gardens, but reverted to its original use. The Fenway Victory Gardens remain a vital part of the Fenway today; community gardeners plant flowers, fruit, and vegetables and care for the garden’s infrastructure. Visit The Fenway Victory Garden’s website to learn more! We’re thrilled that this year’s City’s capital budget is proposing to add a new project to create a more accessible path through all of the Back Bay Fens, so everyone can better appreciate this beautiful oasis in the heart of the city.
Send Us Photos of Your Pets!
- During the stay at home order, pets have benefited from the extra attention. We’d love for you to send photos of your pets to Lauren.Brody@boston.gov
- Please include your pet’s name and neighborhood and they will be featured in future newsletters.