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Giving Back to the Community - Boston Shines 2013

Mayor Menino Calls for Boston Shines Volunteers

Boston Shines Though it certainly may not feel like it, spring has arrived in Boston ( the calendar says so). And with the start of spring comes an annual event that has been marking the start of Boston Beautification for over a decade. Mayor Thomas M. Menino will be kicking off the 11th Annual Boston Shines Citywide Neighborhood Clean Up and Community Service Volunteer Program.

During the weekend of April 26-27, thousands of volunteers across all Boston neighborhoods will come together to volunteer in the City's public spaces. Several new projects are being planned for this year, and volunteers are needed in all areas of the City. Planning for this year's program is well underway and registration on par to break last year's participation record, several new projects being planned

"Boston Shines is a great way for residents and local businesses to give back to their community," Mayor Menino said. "Our goal this year is to have more volunteers, repaint more crosswalks, repair more signs, and plant more flowers than ever before to get our City ready for the spring and summer."

How to Volunteer and Get Acknowledged

  • Call the Office of Neighborhood Services at 617-635-3485
  • Call the Mayor's 24 Hour Hotline (617-635-4500) on weekends and after-hours.

Social Media for Sharing

This year, the City will ask volunteer groups to submit their photos and stories via social media using #BostonShines.  So plan to bring your camera ready devices to let everyone in the City know what you were doing for Boston Shines.

Neighborhood Services in Charge

Organized by the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services, the Boston Shines 365 Program provides individuals and neighborhood groups the tools and materials they need to clean parks, recreational spaces and business districts in order to prepare Boston for the spring and summer.

Last year's landmark 10th Anniversary of Boston Shines was a record-breaker:
  • 6,506 volunteers
  • 329 groups
  • 806 project sites citywide

Transportation Department Accomplishments

The Boston Transportation Department
  • Removed 19 abandoned cars
  • Repainted 340 crosswalks
  • Repaired/replaced 361 signs

Other Departmental Accomplishments

The event involved a dozen City departments and partners from many State agencies as well as several dozen private institutional partners.
  • The Public Works Department removed 92 tons of debris from the various project sites.
  • The Office of Neighborhood Services was able to provide more than 800 flowers to groups across the neighborhoods for planting.
  • Major park cleanups were coordinated by the Parks Department at the Boston Common, Franklin Park, Dorchester Park, and the East Boston Greenway.

Posted: April 4, 2013 Nancy J Conrad

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