Our staff enjoys participating in a variety of volunteering opportunities. We believe that giving back is fundamental to building a strong community. Here are a few of the places we currently volunteer at:
Haley House is a soup kitchen that provides hot, nourishing food to Bostonians in need. In addition to sustenance, the meals provide an opportunity for guests to escape the violence and anonymity of the streets. The kitchen is open to the dining area to encourage guests to volunteer and volunteers to share meals with guests. This approach fosters reciprocal learning and builds strong relationships between volunteers and guests.
"I volunteer at breakfast every Tuesday, cooking, serving, eating, and cleaning up. I have also been helping to build a Haley House database application. It's a fantastic community that I'm glad to be a part of!"
- Lucas, Annkissam Volunteer
Railsbridge Boston is a weekend workshop on Ruby on Rails for women. Led by an all-volunteer team of seasoned and enthusiastic Ruby on Rails developers, the workshop features one-on-one instruction, classroom-style lectures, and an online curriculum. In its first year, the workshop was attended by hundreds of women at no cost to them, and it has resulted in a more diverse and welcoming developer community in Boston
"When members of the Boston Ruby community first got together to try to develop some outreach programs and grow the community, I was happy to get involved. I believe it's important to minimize the barrier to entry that many women experience when they try to get into programming."
- Dylan, Annkissam Volunteer
"It's amazing how many people from different backgrounds come together to challenge themselves to learn programming for the first time. People have come up to us in the past to let me know they learned a lot from the experience and that's really great to hear."
- Jiyeon, Annkissam Volunteer
The Alzheimer's Association was founded in 1979 to provide critical care, support, and research for the individuals and families living with Alzheimer's disease. The association is fueled by compassion for those in need and a determination to use research and education to eliminate a disease that affects the lives so many people. Among their many targeted avenues of attack on Alzheimer's, they offer a 24 hour helpline, support groups, care-giving resources, clinical trial matching, educational programs, scientific publications, conventions, and research grants.
"I'm continually amazed by the incredible accomplishments of the Alzheimer's Association and appreciative of the dedication and hard work of all those involved, employees and volunteers alike. It is truly a wonderful organization, doing wonderful things."
- Jim, Annkissam Volunteer
CASPAR’s Emergency Service Center (ESC) is one of two shelters in Massachusetts that accept homeless people who are actively using alcohol and drugs. At the ESC clients receive medical and mental health care, nutritional food, personal hygiene supplies, clean clothes, counseling, case management, and employment, housing, and treatment referrals in an environment that is welcoming and safe. The ESC provides 24-hour shelter, 365 days a year to residents of Cambridge and Somerville.
"I help out in the kitchen, cooking, serving, and cleaning. I volunteer every Wednesday, and every time I'm there I see first hand the significance the shelter has to so many people's lives. Though I'm only ever in the kitchen I feel like I'm part of something truly great."
- Matteo, Annkissam Volunteer
Annkissam staff enjoy learning from and contributing to the following excellent Boston-area community groups.
Nonprofit Consultants Network is a forum for independent consultants who work with community-based nonprofits, government agencies and the private sector. The forum is dedicated to improving the quality of life in our communities by providing our clients with high quality, ethical service and is committed to encouraging diversity and opposing discrimination in any form.
The 501 Tech Club is a monthly gathering of people working on nonprofit technology in the Boston area. The meetings are opportunities for anyone interested in helping nonprofits use technology to get together and talk shop in a fun, informal setting. The name refers to the fact that most of us work primarily with and for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.
The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) is the only statewide organization that brings together nonprofits, funders, business leaders, and elected officials to strengthen nonprofits and raise the sector's voice on critical issues. MNN has more than 750 nonprofit and for-profit affiliate members that represent every subsector and region of the state and receive special benefits and discounts as MNN members.
The Boston Ruby Group meets monthly to discuss the latest news and functionality of Ruby and Rails. As members of the Boston Ruby Group, we are able to stay up-to-date on the latest uses and trends in this ever-growing technology, while sharing our expertise with other technologists.
The Drupal Association is dedicated to fostering and supporting the Drupal software project, the community and its growth. The Association helps the Drupal community with funding, infrastructure, education, promotion, distribution and online collaboration at Drupal.org.
Annkissam helped to develop the free skill-sharing site NPO Connect with Kenny Weill. NPO Connect allows nonprofit professionals to share their skills and mentor other professionals. Offering webinars, expert-led forums, and a library of "How To" content, NPO Connect is a great resource for the nonprofit community. Check it out here!