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Heather Davidson has over a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector as both staff member and volunteer, and most of that time has been spent in Boston. She has dedicated her professional and personal life to social service, health care, and environmental causes. With a background in communications, special events, fundraising, and operations management, she looks forward to sharing her insights as she introduces AskMissA.com readers to many of the fantastic local charities that enrich Boston.

Volunteer Expo at the Shops at Prudential Center

Are you interested in volunteering with a charity but identifying an organization just sits on your mental I’ll-do-that-someday list?  There are many great resources that make it easy to learn about volunteer opportunities in the Boston area and I look forward to introducing you to many of them.

How about attending a volunteer fair? These events are terrific venues for learning more about local nonprofits and exploring their volunteer needs. Browse informational tables, collect literature, and meet staff and current volunteers from participating organizations.  Whether you’re looking for an opportunity for yourself or your family, volunteer fairs give you a chance to talk to people and learn more, ask all your questions, and get a sense of an organization’s culture and current priorities. And it definitely trumps sitting in front of your computer trying to find gems in a tangle of online searches!

The Shops at Prudential Center in downtown Boston are hosting a free volunteer fair on April 14 featuring over 50 organizations from the Boston and Greater Boston areas (see below for list of organizational participants). With causes ranging from healthcare to homelessness, education to animal welfare, you’re sure to be introduced to exceptional charities and discover an opportunity that suits your skill set and interests and perhaps most importantly, speaks to your passions. Walk away with leads, literature, inspiration, and perhaps even a raffle prize! (And what about treating yourself to dinner and some shopping afterwards?)

WHEN: Thursday, April 14, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Shops at Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199
Participating non-profit organizations will have tables throughout the Huntington and Belvidere Arcades

TICKETS: Check in for free at registration tables located by Club Monaco and Barnes & Noble

PARKING: Garage parking available on-site. The Center is easily accessible from the MBTA‘s Green Line, Orange Line, Commuter Rail and bus system.  The Green Line (“E” train) has a Prudential Center stop which exits into the Center.

Participating groups include:
List is subject to change

Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis
Adoption & Foster Care Mentoring
Alzheimer’s Association
American Cancer Society
American Heart Association
American Lung Association in Massachusetts
American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts
Association for India’s Development
Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
Big Sister Association of Greater Boston
Bikes Not Bombs
Boston Cadet Squadron Civil Air Patrol
Boston Partners in Education
The Children’s Tumor Foundation
Community Servings
Cradles to Crayons
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation
EarthWatch Institute
Educational Surrogate Parent Program
Ellis Memorial and Eldredge House
Generations Incorporated
The Greater Boston Food Bank
Heading Home Inc.
Heifer International
Horizons for Homeless Children
The Junior League of Boston
InnerCity Weightlifting
Italian Home for Children
Lenoxx, Inc.
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly
Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition
More Than Words
Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
National Braille Press
Partners for Youth with Disabilities
Pine Street Inn
Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps
Room to Grow
Salvation Army
Save A Dog
Shelter Legal Services
Single Volunteers of Boston
Small Can Be Big
StandUP for Kids
Teen Empowerment
Women’s Lunch Place

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