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Boston Volunteer Project (Part Two) October 14, 2010

Who else likes to help others?” It is a meet-up group that was launched by Josh Konoff on Dec 26, 2008, and today they have up to 20 events scheduled per month.

“I initiated this Meetup group to give us another opportunity to help others. We will build houses, race against cancer, and micro-loan to Tuti in Indonesia so that she can start her first business. We will share ideas and discover innovative ways to help others. You will meet new people who share your values”.

Wednesday Volunteer Night, as Raymond said, is a “perpetual volunteer night!” Get your hands dirty with a wrench, flattening bikes to prepare them for international shipment, stripping bikes for parts, or sorting used parts. Or, help our office staff with database updates or mailings. Anyone is welcome to drop in to the Bikes Not Bombs Hub between 7pm and 10pm, on every Wednesday night (barring special events and holidays). A supervisor will show you what to do, and no experience is required. You can also earn points to get parts or refurbished bikes, so don’t forget to fill out a time sheet. Other events: Peddling the Charles River to remove water chestnuts! The Harvest food pantry – hand out donated food and clothers! Become a member by signing up at  http://www.bostonvolunteer.org/ or check it out on FB.

For those who are interested in doing volunteer work for free and open source software, visit OpenHatch.org, which was started by Asheesh Laroia and Co: http://openhatch.org/about/.

And last but not the least – our own OLPC volunteer recruiter Adam Holt over in Somerville – capital of grassroots underground movement of the world!

“You can become a part of the One Laptop per Child community. OLPC has volunteer groups in North America, South America, Africa, Asia and the South Pacific. There are also regional volunteering groups in many American states and cities that you can get involved with locally”.

You can contribute as a translator,  provide software/hardware support, develop software or organize a local event. Just send a note to Adam at volunteer@laptop.org or go to http://laptop.org/en/participate/get-involved.shtml.

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