Each semester, Net Impact members participate in service opportunities in the Boston community. For the Spring 2012 semester, our members completed 3 service projects.
The first occurred in March at Rosie’s Place, the country’s oldest women’s shelter. 4 net impact member worked in the Rosie’s place kitchen. They helped to prepare, serve, and clear a meal for around 100 women. Interacting with the women and the hardworking staff and regular volunteers made the project both fun and informative.
The second opportunity was at More Than Words. More Than Words is non-profit that empowers youth who are in the foster system, homeless, court involved, or out of school. One aspect of their development programs is a social enterprise that empowers the youth by helping them operate a used book store. 8 Net Impact members spent a Saturday afternoon sorting books and CDs in MTW’s new Boston store along side te youth and staff. With thousands of books in storage waiting to be sorted and sold, the MTW team appreciated our help and welcomes us back for additional projects.
Our final service opportunity was in April working with the Food Project. The Food Project is a non-profit organization that employs youth and focuses on community improvement and outreach, along with education about health, leadership, and sustainable agriculture through the operation of 4 small farms. Our members worked on the organization’s farm in Dorchester. The day included farm work like planting and tending the land and some educational activities about the food system.