The JRC clients and students as well as JRC staff are involved in many volunteer and charitable activities throughout the year. The clients and students have hosted many bake sales which have raised several thousand dollars for various charities including the One Fund, a charity created following the Boston Marathon bombings to provide support for victims; to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer; to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; and to the National Marfan Foundation, just to name a few.
The JRC family collects donations and food items for St. Anthony’s Free Market, which provides food to needy residents in Stoughton, where JRC has several homes. In addition, JRC clients and students, with the assistance of JRC staff, collect new, unwrapped toys, which they donate to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s “Toys for Tots” Program.
In addition to their charitable donations, many JRC clients and students volunteer in their communities. Several clients and students have volunteered at the Stoughton St. Anthony’s food pantry as well, where they assisted with unloading the trucks and stocking the freezers and pantry.
Others volunteer at Grace Church, where they currently assist with the remodeling of their new location. The clients and students are cleaning, painting, laying tile, sanding, priming and painting, and building a Café.
Students and clients have volunteered in the past at dog shelters, and are now looking forward to a new volunteer opportunity at the Blue Dog Shelter in Brockton. JRC clients and students will work with the staff on the dogs’ socialization efforts, including walking and exercising, play time, training, and so on.
Let’s offer a BIG hand to all of the clients, students, and staff for their many charitable and volunteer activities! Way to go, JRC family!