April 15th, 2015 marked the beginning of a new annual Boston tradition: One Boston Day. Each year, the day will serve as an opportunity to celebrate the resiliency, generosity, and strength demonstrated by the people of Boston and those around the world in response to the tragedy of April 15th, 2013.
We recognize that this year, this day will also be filled with studying and possibly travel to family and friends as this is a long weekend. We wanted to pass along some things that we can all consider doing no matter where we are to recognize this important day for our city.
On Friday, April 14 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm you write a thank you note to someone in the Wentworth community. This event is sponsored by the Center for Student Engagement and will take place in the Flanagan Campus Center lobby. Take a few minutes to show kindness and gratitude to someone in your life by writing them a thank you note. The Center for Student Engagement will deliver the note and will cover any postage for those that need to be mailed.
In and Around Boston
The One Boston Day website has a number of service and donation opportunities. Please visit http://www.onebostonday.org/community/ to learn more.
Fair Foods distributes bags of fruits and vegetables to community members in different programs across the city. The two below are close to campus. These locations have the following hours when you can assist them in preparing food bags to be distributed.
Saturday, April 22 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, 165 Park Drive, Fenway CDC
Friday, April 28, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Flynn House, 805 Huntington Ave 1st floor, Roxbury Tenants of Harvard (Mission Park) right in Brigham Circle
Here are a few ideas of things that you can do no matter where you are to recognize One Boston Day.
- Cook a meal for a friend
- Hold the door open for someone
- Give up your seat on the train to someone else
- Put money in someone’s expired parking meter
- Email an old teacher who made a difference in your life
- Compliment someone to their boss
- Leave a server a really big tip
- Pay for the person’s coffee behind you
- Write someone a letter and mail it
- Leave a big tip in the tip jar at your favorite coffee shop
- Stop to talk to a person experiencing homelessness
- Hold the elevator door open
- Leave extra quarters in the laundry room
- Say thank you to a maintainer
- Write your maintainer a card
- Ask the cafeteria staff how their day is going
- Thank the cafeteria staff for all their work
- Pick up litter on the side of the road
- Leave money for someone at a vending machine to buy a snack
- Let the car in front of you merge
- Bake someone for a friend or neighbor
- Sit with someone who is eating alone
- Donate clothes or shoes to a charity
- Volunteer at a soup kitchen
- Give a stranger a compliment
The Wentworth community is strong because of the care and support that we provide each other. I hope that you will join us on One Boston Day as the city comes together to show its gratitude.