Last week, 30 Communispacers traded their keyboards for power drills and their meetings with clients for hammers meeting nails. It was all part of a day of volunteering, building beds for local children in need as part of the Boston Cares Bed Project.
Boston Cares is an organization that is near and dear to me. I’ve been involved for many, many years. But what I love about the Bed Project in particular is it’s so tangible. The sad reality that many of us don’t know is that there are thousands of young children in our community without a proper bed to sleep in at night. As a result, many end up sharing beds with family members, sleeping on the floor, or on the couch. This affects their health, their self-esteem, their ability to learn, and the likelihood of graduating high school – the consequences of not having a bed as a child can impact the rest of their adult life.
It’s not hard to get people excited about stepping away from their desks for a day of doing good for our neighborhood. Pulling people together to actually use their hands for something other than a keyboard, getting dirty, building a bed you know 24 hours from now a child could be sleeping on – that’s truly amazing.
But don’t take my word for it. I’ll let some of our volunteers do the talking.
When I read about these kids who don’t have a place to sleep, I just started crying. And I thought, I want to make sure that these children have beds. It just really went to my heart.
– Ruth Goodman, Production Editor, Communispace
With three little kids, I don’t get the chance to do a whole lot of volunteer work, so when we do have the opportunity to do it at work I try to do it. You see this tiny little bed that a child is going to be in, and it’s very moving.
– Michael Gill, Director of Financial Planning & Analysis, Communispace
Volunteering to do something that helps others is important to me. I’m so fortunate to have a great job at a great company and work with really great people. And I have two kids of my own, so this really hits home. I feel like I should be giving back and sharing my skills and my time with somebody else that’s less fortunate.
– Elizabeth Carracini, Ambassador of First Impressions, Facilities Team, Communispace
I’m from Boston, and I am really interested in and passionate about kids welfare across the city. Being able to help and knowing that the beds will go to local organizations is really cool.
– Debora de Paula, Associate Community Manager, Communispace
I think it’s important to step away. We get so stressed out, and everything feels like it’s the end of the world. Taking a few minutes to help out people who really need it is why I’m here. And this group is great; I’m so glad that we have Boston Cares organizing it.
– Raela Ripaldi, Vice President, Client Services, Communispace
Being a solid, meaningful part of the community in which we work is important to Communispace. So whether it’s building beds or cleaning up a park or helping a low-income family fill out their earned income tax credit, I want us to be able to support that and give back. We’re very blessed to have what we have in our lives, so to help our community be stronger is an important part of what we do.