Community Service Blog


Thanksgiving Community Events and Volunteer Opportunities

Thanksgiving is a time for connecting with loved ones and expressing gratitude for the good things in life. It is also an important time of year for service. Here are three great ways to give back to our community.

Community Servings' Pie in the Sky Thanksgiving Fundraiser

Pie in the Sky fosters community spirit and engages the public in the mission of Community Servings -- Massachusetts' free home-delivered meals and nutrition program for the critically ill. Each November since 1993, Boston's best restaurants and bakeries donate thousands of pies for volunteers to sell. Each pie costs $28, providing a week's worth of hearty home-delivered meals to a Community Servings' client and a tasty Thanksgiving treat for you! When you support Community Servings through Pie in the Sky, your contribution goes directly to our neighbors in greatest need.
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Help our Simmons team, "High Pie Me," meet the goal of raising over $1,500. Go to the website
to buy or donate a pie. You can pick up your pie at multiple locations on Wednesday 11/26, or at Simmons on Tuesday, 11/25. Please note that Simmons is location #73. If you buy a pie, please list the team "High Pie Me."

Boston Living Center 2014 Celebration of Life Thanksgiving Dinner

Peter Daniel Clark initiated the "Celebration of Life" Thanksgiving Dinner in 1988 to unite people living with HIV/AIDS with family and friends to celebrate another year of life. Since 1990, the Boston Living Center has hosted Celebration of Life, which now includes a reception with hors d'oeuvres, a three-course traditional turkey dinner, a resource fair and entertainment for 700+ guests. This year's dinner is Tuesday, November 25, 2014 from 5:00 - 9:00 pm at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston.
We need volunteers to be:
SERVERS (serving the meal) Contact Shauna Helton at shelton@vpi.org or 617.541.0222 x647
NON-SERVERS (set-up, greeters, guest and volunteer registration, coat check, juice bar) Contact Tammy Blocker at tblocker@vpi.org or 617.236.1012 x227
Volunteering at the event is tremendously popular, so please contact us ASAP to sign up.


The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition starts each holiday season by inviting immigrants and refugees, service providers, and policymakers to share a meal at the State House, with a focus this year on children in the Commonwealth.
Please join us on Thursday, November 20 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Hall of Flags at the State House for MIRA's Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon. It is free and open to all, but we recommend you reserve a spot! If you can't make the event but would still like to help, this year your donation to Our Shared Table will go directly to supporting children with free legal assistance.

Keep an eye out on Simmons Connection and our Facebook page for more volunteer opportunities and Scott/Ross Center news!