Neighbor Brigade
Update October 13, 2020
Neighbor Brigade Supporter

Happy fall from all of us at Neighbor Brigade! We hope you and your loved ones are able to enjoy some of the natural beauty this season brings us. As we transition into a colder season and spend more time indoors in the northeast, it is more important than ever that we connect with our neighbors and let them know that we are there for them. We hope that regardless of whether you are a Neighbor Brigade volunteer you still carry on the mission of neighbors helping neighbors by checking in on your neighbors, sending a note or even cooking up something yummy when times are tough.

Throughout the summer we maintained a steady rate of service requests but more recently this fall we have seen those requests begin to increase once again. At the close of the third quarter, we have some astounding statistics:

  • Neighbor Brigade volunteers have completed roughly 3,000 service activities, a 70% increase compared to last year.

  • 520 new volunteers have signed-up this year, a 250% increase compared to new volunteers from 2019.

  • 40% of our new volunteers that have opted to identify their demographics, identify themselves as people of color.

  • We have seen a rise in our new youth volunteers grow from just 8% in 2019 to 14% in 2020.

As an organization, we continue to partner with the MA COVID Team and Tracing Collaborative, local food pantries and school districts to assure residents have access to food and essential supplies. We are seeing an increase in requests for transportation to critical medical appointments which we are providing through rideshare and taxi purchases. We have also received generous grant funding, as you will read about below, which has allowed us to extend and deepen our services and outreach practices.

We hope you enjoy reading further about our news and updates and that you can find joy in all the little things this fall.

Sincerely,

Polly Mendoza              
Executive Director    
We are thrilled to welcome our newest chapter at Neighbor Brigade in Randolph, Massachusetts. The Randolph chapter opening is a special one because it came about from a staff brainstorming session about what specific actions we could take to strengthen our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in the organization. The town of Randolph is a diverse community with more than 50% of its population that are people of color and is a close knit community which the Neighbor Brigade model can often thrive in. New Chapter Co-Leaders Peggy and Paul swiftly came onboard and bring with them years of experience managing volunteers as well as working in the town municipality and have their pulse on the needs in the community. Translating our pamphlets into Haitian Creole and Vietnamese was quickly identified as a top priority, so with support from MAPA Translations we have two new languages to add to our growing list which now includes: Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and Haitian Creole. Please help us give a warm welcome Peggy and Paul and the Randolph Chapter by liking their Randolph Neighbor Brigade Facebook page and spread the word with your network so we can grow our volunteer base in the community and reach those in crisis that are in need of their support.
Pam's Run Starts this Sunday!
Starting on Sunday, October 18th, you can run, walk or roll the first ever virtual Pam’s 5K Run/Walk and 10K! All proceeds from Pam's Run benefit Neighbor Brigade and our COVID-19 relief efforts. Participate safely in small groups of family and friends during race week. Use our traditional race course (found online at pamsrun.com) or chart your own on a sidewalk, trail, track or treadmill. Courses can be anywhere and include makeshift finish lines, water stations, small post-race celebrations as well creative and unique embellishments. Stay tuned for virtual opening ceremony details via email and social media and please continue to invite others to run and help us reach our goal of having participants from all 50 states!
Thank you Sudbury Foundation!
We are honored to receive a Racial, Equity and Inclusion Grant from the Sudbury Foundation to support our efforts in creating a staff and volunteer training focusing on diverse, equitable and inclusive outreach practices and services in our chapter communities.
Thank you Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation!
The Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation has provided tremendous support to our organization and our COVID-19 relief efforts throughout 2020. Approximately 35% of the grant funding received will go directly towards purchasing rideshare and taxi services for our clients that are in need of getting to critical medical appointments.
LIVE AUCTION ITEM!
Now through 5pm on October 24th you can bid on this fabulous auction item from Lynch Landscape and Tree Services!
The tick and mosquito service is for available for anyone in the following Massachusetts towns: Acton, Bedford, Belmont, Bolton, Brookline, Carlisle, Concord, Dover, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Marlborough, Maynard, Medway, Millis, Natick, Needham, Newton, Sherborn, Southborough, Sudbury, Waltham, Wayland, Wellesley, Westborough & Weston.
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Neighbor Brigade
P.O. Box 735
Maynard, MA 01754
 855-241-HELP(4357)