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The Community Service Committee collected donations at
the March 9, 2017 Professional Development Training at
Bentley University.  

These donations will be used to benefit following agencies
in our area:

 The Lions Club is collecting used eyeglasses;

 St. John’s Food for the Poor Program will receive non
perishable food items;

 Interfaith Social Services in Quincy will get the gently used
Business attire;

 Pets in Need (www.petsinneedanimalrescue.org.) will
receive the pet supplies;

A more detailed description of these programs follows.
Thank you in advance for your assistance in this matter.

Lions Clubs International Eyeglass Recycling Campaign:
Millions of children and adults in developing nations lack
access to basic eye care services and corrective lenses.
Poor vision profoundly affects their quality of life. For
children, vision loss can lead to failure in school, delays in
development, learning disabilities and even juvenile
delinquency. For adults, uncorrected vision can lead to
unemployment and the inability to support a family. Seniors
with vision loss are limited in performing daily activities,
depriving them of an independent lifestyle.
Throughout the year, Lions, Leos and other volunteers
collect used eyeglasses for donation to Lions Eyeglass
Recycling Centers that are located around the world. The
used eyeglasses are cleaned and classified by prescription.
Trained Lions volunteers and other organizations hosting
optical missions in developing countries then distribute the
glasses to those in need
.
Non Perishable Food Donations:
Donations of non perishable food items will go to the food
pantry operated by St. John’s Food for the Poor Program in
Worcester. This program motto is “No man, woman, or child
should ever be hungry.” This program operates both a soup
kitchen and food pantry. Information about their programs
can be found on their website http://www.
stjohnsfoodforthepoor.org/

Clothing Donations:
This year the committee is also collecting gently used
Business Attire. Donations should be clean, pressed and
ready to wear. Some appropriate items include: skirts,
dresses, blouses, pantsuits, men’s suits, dress shirts,
slacks, ties, shoes, etc. They will then be given to the Career
Closet of Interfaith Social Services in Quincy. Please check
out their website at http://www.interfaithsocialservices.
org/network/career-closet .

Pet Supplies:
Pets In Need is a small adoption program run privately by
volunteers who have joined together to save unwanted and
abandoned cats and dogs. They are strictly no-kill and the
organization’s main goal is to take in the animals from other
rescues and shelters that would otherwise be euthanized as
a result of behavior problems, overpopulated shelters, or
financial burden. All donations and adoption fees go directly
to the animals; Pets In Need is officially 501c3.
Beginning in 1997 and thanks to the wonderful group of
supporters that seem to multiply each year, Pets In Need
has grown to help more and more animals. Although the
rescue program does not have a shelter facility (due to lack
of funds), volunteers who foster the rescued cats and dogs
are based in Dracut, Chelmsford, and Somerville, MA and
Nashua, Pelham, and Amherst, NH.
Pets In Need web address is www.petsinneedanimalrescue.
org.
Upcoming Memorial Day Event

Memorial Day Flag Garden

The Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund’s signature community
building event happens May 24 – 29, 2017.  The Boston Chapter
wants to join hundreds of volunteers in helping to create a
majestic garden of flags on Boston Common for Memorial Day
weekend.  Each of the 37,000 flags planted at the Soldiers and
Sailors Monument will represent every brave Massachusetts
service member who gave his or her life defending our country
since the Revolutionary War. The completed garden is a
breathtaking tribute to the true meaning of Memorial Day and a
powerful message of community support to the families of these
fallen heroes that their sacrifices will never be forgotten.

Volunteers are needed to help plant the flags on May 24, 2017,
attend the name reading ceremony on May 25, watch the flags
over the Memorial Day weekend and take the flags down on May
29th.   If you are interested in helping please contact Karen
Payne at karen.l.payne@state.ma.us  or Jane Gustowski at
jgustowski@charter.net by May 5, 2017.  More information about
these opportunities can be found here: Volunteer flyer 2017