It’s Time for a #SummerOfService

Jul 12, 2017


School’s out and vacations have begun, but you want more than just lazy beach days and BBQ weekends, right? How about joining an industry-wide effort to fight poverty in Greater Boston?

Join Life Science Cares’ #SummerofService— a coordinated campaign to line up hours of volunteer service by folks employed in and around the life sciences industry. We have set aggressive goals, but we know you’re up to the challenge! Volunteer as company groups or individuals, we’ll mix and match to meet the needs of our nonprofit partners.

To sign up, just email.

 We are looking for…


15 Mentors

August 17th, 2:30 to 5 pm

Over the first several weeks of programming, students at The Possible Project have brainstormed a business idea and built a low-resolution prototype for feedback.  Minute Mentoring is your chance to work with these talented student entrepreneurs and aid them in their design-thinking process. Each student business will spend a few minutes with each volunteer, sharing their idea and prototype to solicit constructive feedback.  After students have presented to each volunteer there will be a brief networking session where students and volunteers can learn more about each other.

10 Farmers

A Wednesday in August or September, 8 am to 12 pm (social lunch afterwards optional)

Join us as we harvest fresh produce at Food for Free’s plot at Lindentree Farm in Lincoln, MA. The produce we harvest goes straight to the Pine Street Inn to provide for its guests and use in its job training programs.

10 Cyclists

September 24th

Join the LSC Cycling Team to support Food for Free at the popular Ride for Food. Riders choose 10, 25 or 50 mile routes, and we’ll help with fundraising tools (website, template emails, etc.) and tips. Our goal is to raise $10,000.

10 Writing Coaches

September 2017-May 2018

We’re looking for Individual Writing Coaches to be matched with Citizen Schools’ 8th graders during the capstone course, 8th Grade Academy. The program runs biweekly Wednesdays (10/11, 10/25, 11/8, 11/29, 12/13, 1/17, 1/31, 2/14, 3/7, 3/21, 4/4, 4/25, 5/9, 5/23), 2:30-4:00pm sessions at a Kendall Square location to be announced.

15 Mentors (High School)

September 2017-May 2018

Did you know that a 9th grader in the Boston Public Schools has only a 12% chance of one day graduating from college? Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mass. Bay’s Mentor2.0 is the solution. Mentor2.0 is a technology-enhanced one-to-one mentoring program that provides transformative 1-1 support for low-income and first-generation high school students to prepare them for high school success, college matriculation and workforce readiness. How it works:

  • Students attend a weekly college success class taught by a BBBSMB Program Coordinator embedded in the school.
  • Students and their mentors will communicate once a week around guided questions related to the college success curriculum using a proprietary web-based platform.
  • Pairs will also meet in-person once a month at the school for a 2-hour group session & one-on-one time. Meetings will take place on a weeknight after work.

15 Mentors (Post-High School)

November 2017-November 2018 (Application due in September)

Each Year Up student is matched with an external mentor to provide additional support and professional guidance as they undertake their 6 months of training and 6 months of internship. Mentors act as a third party sounding board and help students keep on track. Mentors commit to 2-8 hours per month (one meeting a month, available by phone or email once a week).

How will you (and your friends and colleagues) step up to help make the first Summer of Service successful?

Let us know what you’re interested in and we’ll get it done.



About Life Science Cares

Life Science Cares is a collective effort of the life science industry to help address impact of poverty and inequality on our neighbors in the greater Boston area. Through uniting the human and financial resources of life science companies and industry leaders, we support service organizations that do the best work in fighting poverty and providing educational opportunity in our community. We work with organizations doing work in the areas of basic human survival (hunger, homelessness, domestic abuse, etc.), education (STEM & entrepreneurship education, college preparation and college success, educational enrichment, etc.) and sustainability (job creation, job training, mentoring, and economic development.)

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