A record-breaking turnout of nearly 300 supporters braved the stormy weather to take part in the 5th Annual Memories Walk and Fun Run. Fortunately, the Medford Boat Club generously donated the use of their entire facility as well as their staff. This kept us dry during some heavy downpours. The rain paused and the sun tried really hard to poke its way out as we started our walk and run. The rain held off as all of the friends, families and supporters made their way around the Mystic Upper Lakes. It was a great sight to see everyone wearing their memory shirts, with the front logo "I'm walking for" filled in for each special person. We walked from Medford, through Winchester and Arlington and back to the Medford Boat Club. Thank you to all the motorists who honked their support! Donations can still be submitted on-line either through a team or directly at our site (indicate if you are supporting someone). If you participated in the walk, please post comments here to share.
Recently, Children's Room volunteer Karen Dillon was profiled in the on-line journal Boston Mama's for her work as an artist entrepreneur and her program ArtisTRY. What a wonderful profile of a great volunteer who has brought so much to our program and launched the highly successful "Art from the Heart" traveling art exhibit (which is mentioned in her profile). The Boston Mama's also provided a recent profile of The Children's Room in July. Let us know if you have any news to share.
In-Service for Program Volunteers – Mending Broken Hearts: Using Expressive Therapies & Creative Strategies with Youth & Adults
Counselors and educators can never have too many hands-on, how-to techniques and strategies to respond to the needs of grieving children, teens and adults. Join us on Saturday, September 13, 2008 from 10am-2pm and learn new ways to utilize expressive arts therapies that encourage healthy coping strategies and enable youth and adults to not only to survive, but thrive. This workshop will link life crises with a variety of multi-cultural, multi-sensory, and imaginative approaches, and demonstrate healing for children, adolescents, and adults. Current program volunteers who are interested in attending this in-service must RSVP by Monday August 25, 2008. Space is limited so contact Colleen Shannon at [email protected] to reserve your spot today! […]
Multicultural Perspectives on Death & Grief: A Conference for Caregivers, Researchers, & Educators presented by The National Center for Death Education, Mt. Ida College The Hospice & Palliative Care Federation of MA The New England AIDS Education Training Center MGH Institute of Health Professions Friday, September 19, 2008, 8 am to 5 pm University of Massachusetts Boston – Campus Center Loss is a universal human experience. Yet the experiences of death, dying and bereavement are profoundly influenced by the culture in which they occur. IWG is an international organization of scholars, researchers, and clinicians in thanatology. Children’s Room Board of Directors member, Phyllis Silverman is a member of the International Working Group, and we are pleased to let everyone know about this great opportunity. […]
"People who volunteer spend about eight fewer hours watching TV" according to a large study by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The study showed that women volunteer at a slightly higher rate than men (29% vs 23%). Also, surprisingly, women who work and women with children volunteer at higher rates than other women. Wow, the busy people keep themselves even busier! For the first time, the percentage of volunteers that give more than 100 hours per year reached its highest level in five years with 35% of all volunteers making this impressive commitment. At The Children's Room, our average program volunteer devotes about 60 hours per year just to our program, so they are definitely a big contributor in our community. In Massachusetts, 1.4 million people volunteer in their community. Read the full report. Join our group of dedicated volunteers and make a difference in the life of a grieving family.