Category: Guest Blog
There’s Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Now there is a day for people to give back – Giving Tuesday.
#GivingTuesday is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the holiday season. “In the same way that retail stores take part in Black Friday, we want the giving community to come together for #GivingTuesday… It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support non-profit organizations.”
One of #GivingTuesday’s partners is The Friendship Home, in Norwell, MA, just a few miles from Sullivan Tire’s corporate office. The Friendship Home is “a facility for individuals with developmental disabilities that specifically addressed the need for quality respite care and opportunities for these special individuals to build the necessary work and personal relationships as well as the skills to allow them to lead productive and rewarding lives.”
For #GivingTuesday, the Friendship Home is collecting donations to help cover the costs associated with overnight respite program. “The program provides opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities to stay with us for up to 14 nights, learning new skills, enjoying a sense of independence and spending time with friends. Their families are able to take advantage of the much needed respite from the daily demands of caring for a loved one with disabilities.”
Please click here to contribute to the Friendship Home’s #GivingTuesday initiative. All donations up to $25,000 will be matched dollar for dollar by The Calipari Foundation thanks to the generosity of John Calipari, head coach of the acclaimed Kentucky Wildcats!
In order to be eligible for the match, we must receive all donations
by midnight on December 2nd.
The holidays are a wonderful time to give back to the community, and #GivingTuesday provides great visibility to charities and organizations in need.
Will you be participating in #GivingTuesday this year? How will you contribute?
As Friendship Home celebrates a remarkable 15 years of enriching the lives of people with developmental disabilities, we want to thank the hundreds of Friends who have embraced our mission and helped us build a solid foundation for the future. Our founders envisioned a bustling center filled with activity, opportunity and friends, and our Home with a Heart is just that. Friendship Home is filled with people who truly care about one another and are committed to continually raising awareness of the unique talents and gifts that our friends with special needs bring to our communities. Our Circle of Friends extends far beyond our walls as hundreds of individuals and businesses support our mission.
The future is bright for Friendship Home as we continue to elevate the people we serve which in turn enriches our communities. Imagine a world where all friendships are based on shared interests and values and not intellectual abilities. We strive to break down barriers so that people can appreciate one another and celebrate diversity.
Each of us has been transformed by our involvement with Friendship Home. As we celebrate our 15-year anniversary, we commemorate all of our accomplishments, but understand that we have far to go. Our 2014 Annual Appeal will help us continue on our journey. Our Bridges to Work program is continually seeking corporate partners who will provide opportunities for career advancement and equitable compensation. Our critically needed Home Away from Home overnight respite center must keep pace with growing demand. Finally our expanding Friendship Club social recreational programs need resources to keep our members stimulated as they unite to share common interests, socialize with friends and have fun in the community. Please consider supporting us by making a donation to our Annual Appeal. With your help, we will continue on our path of celebration, elevation and transformation.
Lauren Payne, Executive Director
and John H. Spurr, Jr., Chairman of the Board
For more information on the Friendship Home, please visit www.friendshiphome.net.
Today’s guest blog comes from the Friendship Home.
On Sunday, November 16th, North River Lacrosse and Cape Cod Lacrosse will host The Fall Friendship Lacrosse Festival for boy lacrosse clubs at Thayer Academy in Braintree and Fore Kicks in Taunton. All proceeds will benefit Friendship Home in Norwell, a nonprofit organization that serves people with developmental disabilities.
The festival is a collaboration of Chris McGuirk, director of North River Lacrosse for players in the South Shore, and Greg Clements, director of Cape Cod Lacrosse for players in Cape Cod, the Islands and Southeastern Massachusetts. The two friends have been club lacrosse directors for many years and decided that a festival would be a perfect way for the lacrosse community to support the community.
“Greg and I both have built programs that primarily focus on the communities that we grew up in and now raise our own families in. We love this little corner of the world and relish the opportunity to be a part of the lacrosse community within it. As such, it is extremely important to us that we find ways to give back, and this Friendship Festival is a great way to do that,” McGuirk said.
In keeping with the spirit of the day, Thayer Academy and all of the referees have discounted their rates in order to donate more funds to Friendship Home. “Greg and I were not sure if we could pull this off, but it became apparent very quickly that the lacrosse community was going to get behind this. To get almost 50 teams participating in our first year is a testament to how many people and organizations have been eager to get involved and to help,” McGuirk said. His ties with Friendship Home go way back to his family friendship with Wilma Goodhue, one of the co-founders of Friendship Home. “We are so thankful that the lacrosse community is supporting our mission. I have known Chris for years, and we are touched by the generosity of North River Lacrosse and Cape Cod Lacrosse,” Goodhue said.
Goodhue and Joan Mullare, both Norwell residents, founded Friendship Home in 1999. As mothers of adults with developmental disabilities, their dream was to build a home that would enrich the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families by providing quality respite and support services in a safe and caring environment. Its programs range from job training and placement to social recreational clubs and overnight respite care for periods of one night to two weeks. Respite is a critical need for the 12,000 families across the state caring for individuals with developmental disabilities in their homes. The money raised at The Fall Friendship Festival will support Friendship Home’s programs. For more information about the festival, please visit www.northriverlacrosse.com and www.capecodlax.com.
Today’s guest blog comes from the Friendship Home.
Friendship Home in Norwell held its 15th Annual Golf Classic on September 11th at Indian Pond Country Club in Kingston, with net proceeds totaling more than $105,000. More than 200 golfers participated at both Indian Pond and Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth in support of Friendship Home’s mission to enrich the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Attendees took time to acknowledge the events of 9/11 with a Knights of Columbus Honor Guard and moments of remembrance.
This year’s Golf Classic Committee was led by co-chairs Bill and Stephani Dromeshauser of Norwell. “Steph and I are honored to support such a wonderful organization right here in our hometown. We are very proud of the work that Friendship Home does to support people with special needs,” Dromeshauser said. More than 50 volunteers made the event possible, including dozens from Rockland Trust, a steadfast and loyal community partner.
Program members enjoyed playing golf, photographing the event, participating in a putting clinic and hosting the hospitality hole. Hundreds of golfers and friends attended the evening program, which included speeches by program members Celia Walsh and J.R. Foley as well as dinner, auctions and raffles. “If I was to bet on which staff team would impact the lives of people with developmental disabilities, I’d put all my money on the Friendship Home staff,” Foley said. To learn more about Friendship Home, please visit www.friendshiphome.net or call 781-659-8202.
Today’s Foodie Friday blog post comes from our friends at Tedeschi Food Shops.
As a leader in combining fresh foods and convenience, we’ve gained a few tips and tricks over the years to throw an awesome barbeque. Here are five recipe tips to make your party unforgettable!
Supercharge the Hot Dogs
Hot dogs are super easy to cook on the grill, and are always a favorite. With a couple of small twists, you can make them the center of attention! Buy a can of Hormel chili and a bag of your favorite grated cheese (ours is Cabot Fancy Blend Shredded). Place them in separate bowls and let people make their own chilli dogs!
The Yogurt Dip You Can’t Resist
Dips are a great addition to any BBQ, however not always so great for your waistline. Substitute fat free yogurt for sour cream to make an irresistible dip that everyone and their waistlines will approve. Zero fat, tastes amazing and can be prepared in less than five minutes. With so many options for chips, you can mix & match to please your guests!
Chobani Yogurt has a delicious recipe for an Onion Dip that will make your mouth water. Grab the recipe here:
Crispy Grilled Buffalo Style Chicken Sausage Potato Skins
Potato skins are a popular go-to classic, but here’s a recipe that will add some flair to this standard fare. Try adding Al Fresco Chicken Sausages to the potato skins for an extra punch of flavor. This just may become your signature dish! Find the recipe on Al Fresco’s website: http://www.alfrescoallnatural.com/recipes/recipe?id=254&r=crispygrilledbuffalostylechickensausagepotatoskins
Fancy Can Still Be Simple
Who knew that beautiful and delicious meals can sometimes be the easiest to create. Kabobs are the simple shortcut to a fabulous mouth-watering dish. Simply buy your favorite cut of meat, marinade, and a few seasonal fruits and vegetables. To make it extra special, get creative! Pork Kabobs will go great with peaches. The grilled peaches add a sweet, fruity and caramelized taste that partners perfectly with pork.
If you have any vegetarian guests, create a Kabob with a medley of vegetables or fruits. How about a Caribbean themed peach, pineapple, and mango Kabob?!
Escape the Ordinary
Small changes to classic favorites are a surefire way to make your party memorable and ensure people will be talking about it for days to come. In our recent series “Better Know a Fruit”, we talked about making a simple Watermelon salsa. Adding watermelon to salsa can make for a refreshing taste. Try adding diced watermelon to green peppers, lime juice, chopped cilantro, green onions and jalapeno peppers for a Fire & Ice salsa!
Don’t stress too much about preparation, after all, labor day is all about having fun. You can find all these items at your local Tedeschi Food Shops and they only take a few minutes to prepare. Have fun and bon appetite!
To find out more about what Tedeschi Food Shops offer or to find a nearest location to you, visit http://www.tedeschifoodshops.com/.
What are some of your favorite Labor Day party foods? Do you have any good recipes to share?
Today’s guest blog comes from Janet Baird, of Helping Hands for the Plymouth Animal Shelter.
Being an animal lover all of my life, I decided to volunteer at the local animal shelter. I promised my husband that I would not bring anything home, until this little black pug showed up… How could I resist? And it all went uphill from there…
I began volunteering every Tuesday morning, taking care of the cleaning, and felt really good about what I was doing. I was providing a clean environment for the animals, giving them love and affection while making sure that they had food, fresh litter and a nice warm bed.
About a year later, a new volunteer showed up, and we became great friends as well as co-workers. A little while after that, another woman showed up and we became the three musketeers on Tuesday mornings. We started putting our heads together to see how we could improve the shelter. We wanted to do more in addition to the cleaning.
We soon realized that many abandoned pets needed a lot of medical care, more than the budget could stretch. That’s when we organized the Helping Hands for the Plymouth Animal Shelter, Inc. Our goal is to raise funds for the medical care that is so desperately needed by the homeless animals in our community.
Founded in 2008, we are very proud of our accomplishments thus far. One day, a four month old puppy came into the shelter with a broken leg. We decided to have a yard sale to raise money for the puppy’s medical costs, and ended up raising $902! Since then, we’ve held an annual yard sale, canned in front of supermarkets, and held fundraisers at local restaurants to generate funds for new dog kennels and medical expenses.
Not only do we raise money for the shelter and it’s animals, but we educate the community as well. We give talks in schools to educate the children on the importance of spaying and neutering their animals, as well ways to take care of their pets in a responsible way. Additionally, we visit senior housing, assist at Job Fairs, local dog walks, and other community events.
A few years ago one of our volunteers, Kathryn Ieada, started her own non-profit group called Papa’s Pet Project in memory of her dad. Through a partnership with the Plymouth PetSmart, Papa’s Pets Project works to help homeless animals find new homes. Papa’s Pet Project, Helping Hands and the Plymouth Animal Shelter all work together in rescuing and helping homeless animals in our town: Animals come into the shelter, Helping hands gets them medically up to date, and Papa’s Pets takes them up the adoption center. We make the perfect trifecta!
Volunteers are such an important part of our organization; we rely solely on them. Any rescue group needs many volunteers, money and extra help in order to sustain their services. We are looking for foster families, monetary donations, clerical help and donations, some of which you may not even think of! Every shelter needs towels and blankets, cleaning supplies, cat good and dog food, litter, flea treatments, laundry and dish detergent, as well as small paper plates.
If you can find it in your heart to help in any way possible, we would very much appreciate it.
We thank you, and our furry friends thank you too!
Monetary donations can be made to Helping Hands for the P.A.S, Inc. PO Box 1042, Plymouth, MA 02362
Todays guest blog comes from Patty Houpt, founder of the Sudbury Military Support Network.
Sudbury Military Support Network (SMSN) is a non-profit organization designed to:
- Support Sudbury residents serving in the Military as they prepare to deploy, serve or return from military service.
- Develop avenues to Honor and Recognize all past and present Sudbury Service Military Service Personnel.
- Establish a network of Support for Families of Military Service Personnel.
- Raise Awareness in the community about Sudbury residents who have or are currently serving in the military.
Congress has declared the month of May as Military Appreciation Month. Locally, SMSN works with area merchants and local supporters to honor our hometown heroes throughout the month of May. We secure discounts and donations to distribute to families, hold a military family BBQ event and participate in the Memorial Day Parade, hoping to put names and faces to those who serve our country.
Last year, Sullivan Tire stepped forward to become one of our major supporters. We reached out to ask for assistance and they responded with an enthusiastic and outstanding offer which they will repeat in 2012.
From April 29-May 12, Sullivan Tire will donate $5 for every tire sold at their Sudbury location to SMSN. Further, they have donated free oil change coupons to our military families, and will hold a customer appreciation day on Saturday May 12th.
Sullivan Tire donated over $1,100 to SMSN in 2011 and we hope to exceed that amount in 2012. It is so rewarding for all of our service members and their families when a major organization throws their support behind our military families.
Please look for ways to honor the service of your veterans, both young and old, throughout the year. Organize a care package drive, write letters, donate to the USO, etc. Locally, you can volunteer to help with yard work, home maintenance or child care for a family with a loved one deployed or injured.
Most importantly, don’t forget to thank your local military personnel for their amazing and unselfish service out our country.
For more information about the SMSN, please visit www.sudburymilitarysupportnetwork.org and we hope to see you at our celebratory event on Saturday, May 12th at our Sudbury location!
Today’s blog comes courtesy of Ablevision, and recounts the great time they had last month at Red Sox Spring Training.
As March draws near, there is a palatable excitement among 2 members of the crew of the Ablevision program – they know in just a few weeks, they will be jet setting to Florida to attend a Spring Training game courtesy of Mr. Sullivan. Mr. Sullivan began offering this trip to our crewmembers in 2010, in which 3 of them interviewed Red Sox Second Baseman Dustin Pedroia, who is as nice as he is talented. Since then, the folks at Sullivan Tire, year after year, have given crewmembers of Ablevision the trip of a lifetime.
This year, Christine Murdocca and Paul Hedison joined Triangle staff members Alisa Carbone and Jeff Gentry on a whirlwind adventure down in Ft. Myers, Florida. “I was excited because I was finally going!” says Christine, who also rode on the Goodyear Blimp courtesy of Paul Sullivan.
It’s difficult to choose the best part of the trip when we did such cool things such as tour the new stadium, swim in the giant pool, go on a nature walk at Six Mile Cypress Slough, and meet and talk to Red Sox fans from all over the country. Oh, and lets not forget the fabulous food! We were delighted that Mr. Sullivan was able to relinquish Maureen Cullity from her duties and she was able to join us on our trip.
Maureen was our food and destination expert as she reserved some amazing restaurants for us to try. Even with everything planned, Jeff had to throw a monkey wrench in the system by saying we just HAD to have Mexican food at Cantina Laredo. In the end we appreciated this monkey wrench as the food was outstanding and Christine found to her wonder that yes, guacamole is delicious and should be eaten with every meal.
The day before the game, the crew shopped at the Red Sox gift shop before Brett Bodine treated us to an awesome tour of the new Jet Blue Stadium, where everything is state of the art and still smells new. It was amazing to be able to touch the Green Monster, sign Pesky’s pole, and sit in the Red Sox dugout. Paul gave us a historical tour of the Red Sox greats, whose numbers are proudly displayed in large statues outside the field. Paul was so engaging, he drew a small crowd of onlookers to hear his knowledge of the players and Red Sox history. I don’t think I’ve seen Paul grin so much, and he grins a lot.
The morning of the game was a perfect 88 degrees and we were ready to meet the fans. Christine and Paul asked the hard hitting questions to a legion of Red Sox fans including, “What do you think about Jason Varitek retiring?” and “What is your favorite baseball food?” We had a steady stream of fans (some who were even interviewed by last year’s crew) pass by the Sullivan Tire tent and pick up their magnets while being interviewed. The crew interviewed the winners of Sullivan Tire’s trip to Ireland, a stuffed gorilla who had been to over 50 games, and many fans with interesting St. Patrick’s Day attire including green wigs, shamrock glasses, and a man in a kilt. We had the hottest tent on the pavilion! “I was excited with everything,” said Paul, “We did a lot of walking and that was a good thing for us to do. It wasn’t a vacation, it was work. But we had fun doing the work.”
As a perfect end to a perfect trip, we had seats on the 3rd baseline to watch our team defeat the Orioles. We will forever be grateful to Mr. Sullivan and his team, including Maureen, Tom and June Wilson, and Tara Guinan who helped make the trip so outstanding. “I really enjoy the people from Sullivan Tire – they’re a lot of fun to hang out with. It’s a privilege to have partners that are always creatively expanding possibilities for Ablevision,” says Jeff. Every day we strive to provide opportunities and challenges to folks with ability, and Mr. Sullivan and his team are always there to help us meet that goal. And even though our team is down 0-3, just being able to root them on during Spring Training makes them winners in our eyes.