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Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer

I have attended and even participated in many a bake sale.  People bake cookies, muffins, cakes, and more in their kitchen and sell them to raise money for an organization or cause.  Now, imagine real chefs rather than home cooks doing a bake sale?  Essentially that is what Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer has created! 

In 1973, Eva Brownman lost her battle to breast cancer at only 44 years old and left behind two young daughters.  In 1991, these daughters, Marjie Brownman Shapiro and Carol Brownman Sneider, in association with several of their friends and relatives, established The Eva Brownman Breast Cancer Fund to benefit breast cancer research and education at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts.

In 2000, Carol decided to try something different and began contacting restaurants to participate in a week long dessert celebration.  In that first year 42 restaurants, bakeries, and cafes signed up to donate all their profits from one dessert to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for a full week.  Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer was born!

Each year, the week before Mother’s Day, restaurants, bakeries, cafes, ice cream shops and more sign up to participate.  This year the event will have at least 250 restaurants in 90 communities across Massachusetts.  Some will even ship their special desserts around the country (more details on that later). 

Now in their 12th year, Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer has raised over $500,000 for cancer research…last year they raised $70,000 in just one week with a goal to raise at least that much in 2011!  Together with the efforts of the Eva Brownman Breast Cancer Fund, over 1.5 million dollars has been raised!

How can you help?

  • Visit one of the 250 restaurants and indulge in dessert between May 2 and 8, 2011.  Search for participating restaurants by city here
  • Like I mentioned above, some restaurants are able to ship desserts around the country.  Go to the restaurant list and choose “Desserts Shipped to You” as the city.
  • Boston Bakes is also always looking for volunteers.  They are willing to receive help with anything…marketing, blogging, phone calling and more!  Just contact them to let them know what your interests are.  
  • For those watching your waistline, cash donations are also accepted on their website

Learn more about Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer on their website, www.bostonbakesforbreastcancer.org.  You can also follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

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Posted by on March 29, 2011 in Nonprofit Organization

 

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Overnight Website Challenge

Typically The Blogunteer profiles non-profit organizations and volunteers…well, this post is a bit different because it profiles a great volunteer event: The Overnight Website Challenge.

The Overnight Website Challenge is the brainchild of The Nerdery’s Vice President of Marketing, Mark Hurlburt.  In October 2007, the company started planning for their first Overnight Website Challenge.  Now the volunteer driven event benefits nonprofit organizations in Minnesota annually.  

Numerous nonprofit organizations lack the financial and human resources to create an online presence that can successfully further their mission.  In today’s Internet age, a nonprofit without a good web presence probably won’t be as successful as they could be.  Technology can do so much for non-profits…build a community, raise funds, recruit, organize volunteers, communicate, and more!  Technology can also help a nonprofit be more efficient with their work, allowing more time in the day for doing what they do best – serving the community!

Through the Overnight Web Challenge event, The Nerdery also wanted a way to meet other web developers in the community who would serve as volunteers.  According to The Nerdery’s Communication Manager, Mark Malmberg, “More than anything, the Challenge gives Nerdery staff a meaningful way to give something back to their community, and when we consider all the collective good these organizations do in our community, losing some sleep to help them seems worthwhile.”

Volunteers arrive about an hour early to set up their workstations, and a few minutes before the 24-hour countdown clock begins, the event organizers inform the volunteer teams of their assigned, designated nonprofits.  During the first hour or so, web developers and designers learn more about their designated nonprofit’s mission and objectives and begin planning a course of action.

Nonprofits are instructed to expand upon the website-wish-list they created in their event application and to come to the event with a clear vision of what they want, and an open mind to what their development team can offer.  The challenge is now occuring in Minneapolis and Chicago each year!  

Just two of the 16 nonprofit organizations that received new websites in 2010 are Homeward Bound and Kinship

How can you help?

  • Volunteer to serve on a team.  Volunteers with talents in website development, project management, copy editing, graphic design, or other useful skills can learn more and apply online.
  • You can also help by spread the word about the Overnight Web Challenge.  You can even click here to tweet this post!

Learn more about the Overnight Web Challenge on their website or by following the web challenge on Twitter.  You can also follow The Nerdery on Twitter or Facebook.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2011 in Volunteer Profile

 

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