The list of service projects continues to grow, especially as Thanksgiving approaches.
Here are a number of ways to contribute to the daily efforts.
From the Community Service Board:
We have chosen to support the non-profit organization Kick for Nick. Kick for Nick was created in honor of an American soldier, Nick Madaras, who was killed in Iraq by an IED in 2006. On a visit home during the summer of 2006, Nick worked to collect as many soccer balls as he could to bring them back to the Iraqi children. Nick hoped that soccer would be able to help end the war, as it had with the war on the Ivory Coast. Nobles is now working to support Nick’s cause. We hope to collect more than 200 soccer balls and lightly used soccer equipment (cleats, shin guards, shirts, etc.) to send to the kids in Iraq. Your involvement and generosity would be greatly appreciated, in any capacity. From now through the end of the fall sport season (Nov. 15) please consider donating a new or gently used soccer ball and/or equipment. Check out the collection buckets at all of the remaining home sports games. A special thank you to Jonathan Bloch '14, for introducing us to this organization. (www.kickfornick.org)
From the Young Republican Group:
Support the Troops Drive (ongoing through the end of November). The club will be putting together holiday packages. They are collecting snacks, toiletries, and entertainment items suitable for mailing. Some examples include the following: slim jims, granola bars, instant oatmeal packs, travel size baby wipes, eye drops, lip balm, hard candy, batteries, DVD movies and 35mm disposable cameras. Contact Braden Tierney '11 or Zachary Soule '11 for more information.
From Mason Pulde '13:
Sled Hockey is coming to Nobles. It is a sport that was designed to allow participants who have a physical disability to play the game of ice hockey. We will be hosting a number of clinics throughout the winter season. Volunteers (10 per session) are needed to welcome and assist players on the following dates: Nov. 7 (Veteran’s Group, 9 a.m. to noon); Nov. 14 (Clinic, 9 a.m. to noon); Dec. 5 (Clinic, 9 a.m. to noon). Contact Linda Hurley for more information/sign up.
From South Africa Partners:
Do you want to help children learn about Africa? Volunteers are needed to host "Story Circles" at various Boston Public Library Branches on Saturday, Nov. 20. We need student volunteers and adult drivers/coordinators. Training (TBA) will be held at the Putnam Library. Celebrate National Family Volunteer Day and make a difference in youth literacy. Contact Linda Hurley for more information/sign up. A special thank you to Jonathan Sands '13 for inspiring us to be involved with this unique partnership. (www.sapartners.org)
The Varsity Football Team volunteered many fall Sunday hours hosting the Dedham Pop Warner Football League during a season of Town of Dedham field construction. The Multicultural Students' Association (MSA) continues their work on behalf of The Single Parent Family Outreach Organization (SPFO). Both MSA and our Middle School Pie Bakers are planning to provide Thanksgiving turkeys and dessert to SPFO. These student groups listed, among many others, exemplify the true definition and spirit of service to others.
May you and your family continue to acknowledge the small and large things that make life meaningful. Happy Thanksgiving!
Linda Hurley and Louis Barassi