Our employees are dedicated to improving the lives of the citizens of our Commonwealth. Through the OSA Community Service Volunteer Program, they take this commitment to public service a step further – working together in teams to improve Massachusetts communities by volunteering their time for a day a year to approved charitable organizations.
Back to School
Now in its second year, the OSA charity drive to provide back packs and school supplies to families in need at the Greater Boston YMCA was another big success. Some of the kids were so excited by their bags that they asked if they could go to school a week early! Founded in 1851 as America’s first Y, the YMCA of Greater Boston has strengthened the Greater Boston community through a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Each year the YMCA enables more than 100,000 youth, adults, and seniors to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.
Winter Street Employees Visit Pine Street Inn
Who doesn’t love a good hairnet? As part of the OSA’s Community Service Volunteer Program, Winter Street employees recently took a day out of their schedules to help serve lunch at the Pine Street Inn, the largest resource for homeless men and women in New England. Founded in 1969, the Pine Street Inn provides a comprehensive range of services, including permanent supportive housing, job training and placement, emergency shelter and street outreach to more than 1,600 homeless men and women each day. Some staff enjoyed the experience so much that they have committed to go back on their own time to volunteer again.
Bringing Smiles to the Faces of Elderly Couple
In May, a group of OSA employees from the Brockton Office, through the Easton Council on Aging, volunteered their time to help a senior couple in Easton with yard and garden maintenance. Auditor Bump received a letter from the Council’s Director, Dolores Kent, thanking staff for their assistance:
“…Last Thursday staff from your office spent the morning mowing grass, trimming edges, weeding, and planting flowers for an older couple in North Easton whose income is limited and health has failed in recent years. They are unable to take care of their yard and were so grateful for the help provided by volunteers from your Brockton office. After the clean-up, the elderly gentlemen called me to tell me how much he and his wife appreciated all that the ladies did for them and wanted you to know how grateful they are. They brightened their lives and the couple think of them fondly each and every time they look out at the lovely flowers…”
Improving the Landscape for Vets
In June, a team of co-workers from the OSA Brockton office braved hot temperatures to weed the totem pole garden at the Brockton VA Hospital. This walkway, which surrounds a pond, is used as a walking area for the vets who reside or use services at the hospital, along with their families and other walkers who visit the area. The team received a lesson on the creation of the pond and surrounding grounds and the wood totem pole that was created and carved by an American Indian for the VA hospital.
Rally Against Cancer
On April 13, opening day at Fenway Park, staff across OSA donned their Red Sox gear to participate in the Jimmy Fund’s Rally Against Cancer Dress for Sox-cess event. This annual event raises funds for Dana Farber Cancer Institute. The OSA exceeded its goal of $600, donating $622 to help fund innovative cancer research and treatment programs.