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Join Us In Supporting A Great Cause!

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We are very excited to announce that we will be a Milestone Sponsor in this year’s Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) signature walk event!  “Walk Like MADD” is a non-competitive, family and pet friendly 5K Walk and also a MADD Dash, certified 5K Run which seek to raise awareness and funds for MADD.  This organization has a simple mission; they seek to stop drunk driving, support the victims of it, and prevent underage drinking.

Drunk driving not only risks the life of the driver and any passengers in their car, it also risks the lives of everyone else on the road.  The scary thing about that is that drunk driving and underage drinking are more common than you would think.  For example, did you know:

  •  If all 17 million people who admitted to driving drunk in the past year had their own state, it would be the fifth largest in the U.S.
  • On average, one in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.
  • Every 90 seconds, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash.
  • Every day in America, 30 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes.
  • Teen alcohol use kills about 6,000 people each year, more than all illegal drugs combined.
  • An average drunk driver has driven drunk 87 times before a first arrest.
  • One in three 8th graders has tried alcohol.
  • Drunk driving remains the primary cause of deaths on our highway.

If these statistics surprised you as much as they surprised us, you’ll understand why Mothers Against Drunk Driving is such a worthy cause to support.  Victims of drunk driving are more common than you think, they could be your neighbor down the street, a friend’s parent, or perhaps someone in your own family or group of friends.

We at MassDrive are proud to sponsor MADD’s event this year because their mission of keeping families and communities safe is one that we support as well.  We want everyone to drive responsibly, and if you plan on drinking alcohol make sure that you have a designated driver to get you home safely.  That’s a mission we can all support right?  If you want to join this year’s event, there are a few ways you can do it.  You can either register to walk, donate to MADD’s team, or volunteer!

The walk will take place on Sunday, April 26th at Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield.  Registration begins at 10 AM and the opening ceremony will take place at 10:45 after a warm-up with Fitness Together.  Runners will take off at 11 AM followed by the walkers, and everyone is invited to join in on the fun and entertainment taking place after the 5K.

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Charity Events This Month

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We all love going out to fun events, but why not head to something where you can have fun and give back to the community?  There are tons of fun charity events going on this September where you can have some laughs, meet new people, and help those that are less fortunate than you.  What’s not to like?

25th Annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk –  Presented by Hyundai, this annual walk allows participants to follow the 26.2 mile Boston Marathon route, and you can either walk the full route or there are three shorter options to choose from.  There is a $300 fundraising minimum and the money raised benefits the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and makes a major difference in their mission to cure all types of cancer.  The walk is set to take place on Sunday, September 8th and is the Jimmy Fund’s largest one-day fundraising event.  Can’t walk on the day of the event?  Sign up to volunteer, donate, or even become a virtual walker!  Whatever way you can help out on walk day is sure to make a major difference in the fight to find a cure, which is something we all want!

Play Fore Paws – Love to golf?  Sign up for the Play Fore Paws event taking place on September 8th at the Merrimack Valley Golf Club in Methuen!  The event benefits Survivor Tails Animal Rescue, an organization that rescues, rehomes, rehabilitates homeless, unwanted, abused, and neglected dogs and cats and places them in loving, responsible forever homes. Head to Methuen for a fun day of golf as well as a 4-person best ball, gift bag, and banquet award dinner.  There will be prizes for first, second, and last place as well as hole in one, longest drive, and closest to the pin prizes.  In addition to all of those awesome awards, there will also be a silent auction, raffle, and special appearance from some of the Patriots Cheerleaders!  The event begins at 12 noon and costs $150 per person, or $600 per foursome.  Not only will this be a day full of fun in the sun, but you’ll be helping out a wonderful cause and a lot of deserving animals!

Project Smile Charity Date Auction – Created by Project Smile to raise funds for traumatized children, this event is the perfect girls or guys night out and draws over 500 young professionals to Gypsy bar in Boston!  Project Smile will be auctioning off dates with 40 single police officers, fire fighters, and some of Boston’s most eligible men and women ages 21-45.  This event is Friday, September 14th from 6:30 – 9:00 PM and tickets are $17 and can either be purchased in advance or at the door.  There will be music, appetizers, a cash bar inside the event, and of course fun for all!

Life Is Good Festival – Taking place at Prowse Farm in Canton, this two day festival benefits the Life is Good Kids Foundation and will be from September 21st-22nd.  This event is a celebration of optimism and music, and there will be three stages of performances throughout the weekend along with plenty of activities, games, arts & crafts, and a “Good Kids Zone” for the little ones.  One day tickets cost $65 for adults, $20 for kids or you can purchase a two day ticket which costs $120 for adults and $35 for kids.   This year’s performers include Jack Johnson, The Roots, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Yo Gabba Gabba! for the kids, and many more.  This event is perfect for all members of the family, and supports a wonderful local cause so be sure to get your tickets before they sell out!

Which one of these events do you plan on attending?  They are all fun days or nights out and a great opportunity to meet new people, have a few laughs, and do a lot of good so don’t miss out!

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Furry Friend Friday With Ringo!

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Happy Furry Friend Friday everyone!  To kick off Memorial Day weekend, I got to sit down with Ringo and ask him a few questions!  This three year old, lab mix is up for adoption with Second Chance Animal Shelter and has been waiting for his forever home for a while now!

Ringo, I like your name, are you a fan of the Beatles?

Who doesn’t like a Beatles song or two?!  Can’t say that I have a favorite though, there are way too many to choose from!

What would you say is your favorite way to spend the day?

I love being around people, regardless of what they are doing!  I’ve been at the shelter for about three months now, and I get to spend time with the volunteers which is fun, but I’m really waiting for my forever home and new best friend!  I have a lot of energy because I’m still pretty young, so I LOVE to be outside too!  Going for walks is one of my favorite things to do, I’m very curious and love getting to smell the fresh air! After a nice long walk, I like to come home and relax in the yard or cuddle!

Do you have a favorite place that you like to go for walks?

Not in particular, I just love being out and about with people, no matter where we go!  I would be the perfect companion for a young couple or family with older children.  Don’t get me wrong, I like little kids but their screaming and yelling is a little too much for me sometimes.  I’m very energetic too so I wouldn’t want to get too excited and knock them down accidentally.

What about a favorite toy?

I love the rubber kong toys that you can put peanut butter in!  It’s like a toy and a treat combined into one!  Does it get any better?  Those can keep me occupied for a pretty long time, I can chew on it, play fetch with it, basically use it for anything!

What about fears? Is there anything that scares you?

I really don’t like going back in my kennel!  I can’t stand being locked up, I would much rather be sitting on the closest lap or cuddling!  I get pretty stressed out in my cage, so the sooner I get out of here and find my forever home, the better!

Ringo why do you think all pets should have pet insurance?

Well sometimes life throws you circumstances that are out of your control, and vet bills are not affordable for everyone!  All pets deserve to be protected like every member of your family!

Ringo is right, and as he knows from experience, life can throw you circumstances that are beyond your control.  One thing that you can control is making sure your furry friend gets the best possible care if they do become sick or have an accident.  There is no feeling worse than not being able to give your pet everything they need to live a healthy and happy life, so call us at MassDrive for a pet insurance quote today!

 

 

 

Charity Walks This May

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Now that the beautiful weather is back the season for charity walks is up and running again!  These walks are the perfect way to give back to those in your local community that may be less fortunate than yourself.  Not only do you get to give back to a great cause, you can work on your tan outside, enjoy the sunshine, and get a workout in all at the same time.

Music For Life Rock N Run – The 7th Annual Music for Life Rock N Run will take place on Saturday, May 11th from 2:30 PM – 9:30 PM at the Wachusett Village Inn in Westminster, MA.  This 5k run/concert raises money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and is being presented by Aubuchon Hardware along with other local businesses in central Massachusetts.  Registration for both the race and concert is $25.00 while registration for the race only is $15.00.  Bands performing at this year’s event include the Jason Spooner Band, Take Two, and Woodford Way.

Miles Against Melanoma – Miles Against Melanoma is a nonprofit organization that is fighting melanoma one race at a time!  Save the skin you’re in and sign up for this event, this deadly disease claims the lives of young and old across the country, sadly no one is immune which is why it’s so important to do what you can to help.  Registration fees for this event are $25.00 for adults in advance ($30.00 on race day) and $10.00 for kids age 10 and under. The race begins at 11 AM on Saturday,  May 18th in Norfolk, MA at the H. Olive Day School.

CMHA Walk for the Homeless – The Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance is hosting their 28th Annual Walk for the Homeless on Sunday, May 19th at Elm Park in Worcester.  The walk begins at 2 PM and in addition to the 3.1 mile walk, there will also be a 5k run which is new this year!  Last year, 1,100 walkers raised over $124,000!  You can either register and set up a fundraising page, or if you can’t walk donate or volunteer!  All proceeds stay in the Worcester community and benefit many local organizations who fight homelessness.  When the walk began in 1985, the director of the Committee on Homelessness was quoted as saying “We will walk each spring until there are no more homeless left in Worcester.”  That promise has not been broken, join the walk this year and help them reach their fundraising goals at this family friendly event!

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Great Strides Walk – This National Walking event takes place every year across the country.  Last year $40 million was raised for research, care, and educational programs.  This devastating disease cuts many lives far too short.  Sign up today and make a difference in the lives of families everywhere.  Register online and invite walkers to join your team, request online donations, and check your fundraising stats.   Dates, times, and locations vary in Massachusetts so find register for the walk closest to you!  Locations include Billerica, Boston, Hingham, Lexington, Northampton, Worcester, and many more.

All of these events support a worthy cause, whether you sign up for the one closest to you or one that you are more personally connected to, find a charity walk to participate in!  They are fun, healthy ways to help others and will leave you feeling good on the inside and out!

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Give Back To Your Community At These Charity Events This Month!

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Spring is in the air, the sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and it’s the perfect time to take part in one of these worthy charity events!  If the warm weather we’ve been having isn’t enough to get you feeling warm and cozy on the inside, these events will do the trick.  Get your hands dirty this month and help clean up the Muddy River near Fenway, donate some old goods, enjoy a fine meal, or get out for a jog!  All of these events give you the opportunity to help others while enjoying yourself!  What could make you feel better than that?

5th Annual Susan G Komen Chefs for the Cure – Want to help fight breast cancer while enjoying a delicious meal?  Chefs from some of Boston’s best restaurants are coming together to whip up their most unique and delicious gourmet dishes for this tasting-style event!  Head over to the Residences at W Boston on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 6:30 PM for this worthy event that will leave you feeling full, having fun, and helping a worthy cause that aims at wiping out a disease that effects millions of families every day.   Participating restaurants include Gaslight, Taranta, Myers + Chang, Citizens Public House, Tastings, and the Granary Tavern. Tickets are $125.00 each and there will also be a raffle and silent auction during the event. Each general admission ticket purchase comes with one complimentary raffle ticket as well!  Proceeds from this event benefit the Susan G. Komen For The Cure foundation which is dedicated to education and research about causes, treatment, and the search for a cure.

iChase The Cure 5K for Kids’ Brain Tumors – Cancer is tragic disease for anyone to face, but when children are diagnosed with it, it’s heartbreaking.   Founded by Boston University student Danielle Volman, the iChase the Cure 5k raises money to support various charities that research this disease and create awareness.  The race has been held across the United States and has raised over $55,000 dollars which has been donated to various foundations across the nation.  Make a difference in the lives of children with brain tumors by participating in the 4th annual iChase the Cure 5k race on Saturday, April 13th on the DCR Charles River Esplanade.  The race begins at noon and there will be T-shirts (sizes are only guaranteed if you pre-registered), games, prizes, and much more for the entire family!  Registration is $25.00 per individual ($20.00 for BU students), and on race day is + $5.00 and cash/check only!  Grab your friends, family, and create a team for this deserving cause and enjoy a day of fun in the sun!

15th Annual Muddy River Cleanup – Love that dirty water?  Prove it!  Show your love for Boston by participating in the 15th Annual Muddy River Cleanup Saturday, April 20th from 9 AM – 12 noon.  This is a great way to celebrate Earth Day and make an immediate difference in the Boston community.  Volunteers will be helping the Emerald Necklace Association clean the area of the Muddy River by the Fenway.  Participants will be picking up trash, down tree limbs, and performing general cleanup along the river.  All volunteers will even recieve a T shirt at the event, although sizes are first come first serve.  After the event, volunteers can celebrate their success at a local park from 12 noon – 1 PM with food and music, details will be announced at the event.  Make sure you wear clothes and sneakers that you don’t mind getting dirty and bring a pair of work gloves and some water!

South Shore Humane Society Yard Sale – Who doesn’t love adorable rescue animals?  Now’s your chance to lend them a helping hand!  Stop by Braintree Town Hall on Washington St. in Braintree on Saturday, April 27th for a yard sale that benefits the South Shore Humane Society!  You never know what treasures you might uncover at a yard sale, and now you don’t have to feel guilty about going because it benefits a great cause!  If you can’t make it to the actual yard sale but would be willing to donate an item or two to be sold, contact 781-843-8824.

Which one of these events is right up your alley?  Lend a helping hand this month and you’ll feel the rewards instantly.  There’s no better feeling than knowing that you made a big difference in someone’s life by only taking a moment out of yours.  Whether you want to enjoy a gourmet meal, go for a run, help the environment, or go shopping, you can do it all, all while supporting worthy causes!

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Giving Back This Holiday Season!

The holiday season is a time for giving back to friends, family, and those that are less fortunate than ourselves.  There are many people right here in Massachusetts that need help more than ever, especially during this time of year.  We know that finances are tight but even donating your time to one of these events can make a huge difference!

Holiday Market To Benefit Breast Cancer Fund – This holiday bazaar is being hosted by William Raveis Real Estate on Saturday, December 1st at their Back Bay office in Boston.  Get a jump start on your holiday shopping and support a great cause at the same time.  All vendors are donating 10% of their proceeds to the William Raveis Breast Cancer Fund which benefits the American Cancer Society.  Local restaurants have provided light snacks and there will also be a 50/50 raffle and many other raffle items available.  Stop by this Saturday and find a truly unique gift for that special someone!

Winter Walk 2012 – This holiday season two of Boston’s biggest charities fighting homelessness , Homestart and Hearth are teaming up for Winter Walk 2012.  This event is a charity walk on the Boston Common December 2, 2012 that is about ending homelessness one step at a time.  These charities want to educate participants of the harsh realities of living outside during a New England winter, and encourage people to find out how they can help.  The first step is signing up for this walk, you can register online or on the day of the event.   Registration begins at 1 PM and Opening Ceremonies begin at 2 PM, followed by the walk.  The route consists of two laps around the Boston Common and ends with a cup of warm tea and a celebration amongst all walkers.  Sign up or donate today, winter is especially difficult on the local homeless and you can help make all of the difference for them this season!

Cookie Swap For A Cause – Who doesn’t love cookies?  Boston Food Swap is hosting their 2nd Annual Cookie Swap for a Cause on Sunday, December 16, 2012 from 2PM-5PM at Space With A Soul in Boston.   For every cookie that is swapped, the Glad to Give campaign will donate $1 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support research for new and improved pediatric cancer therapies.  If you bake over 4 dozen cookies, you get free admission!  If you make less than 4 dozen cookies, or don’t plan on baking and just wanted to enjoy some sugary goodness tickets are $15.  If you don’t plan on baking and purchase your ticket after December 2nd, tickets are $20 per person.  Tickets are limited so get them while they last and take this opportunity to support this children’s charity!

Globe Santa – This yearly program benefits local families and collects donations to provide holiday gifts to children in need.  This wonderful charity began in 1956 and has continuously provided support and holiday cheer to local families. Last year they raised over $1.2 million to help 32,240 local families during the holiday season and this year their goal is even bigger, $1.4 million!  100% of all donations go to the purchase and delivery of these gifts so every penny counts!  You can even host your own event to benefit the Globe Santa and stir up some healthy competition between Santa and his Elves, for more information click here.

However you choose to give back this holiday season, keep the less fortunate in mind!  Your time and donations are what help make their holidays merry and bright, and these organizations could not do nearly as much for their beneficiaries without the help of generous donors and volunteers!

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What Can You Do To Give Back?

Giving back is something we should all do to ensure that our community is as strong as it can possibly be.  When you donate time or money to a good cause, not only does it feel good, but you are improving the lives of those around you and building a stronger connection to your environment.  There are many additional benefits that come from volunteering, such as exposing you to different social situations.  Meeting new people who are passionate about the same cause is a great way to make new friends and contacts.  It’s also a great social outing if you are looking for something to do.

So, what type of volunteering is right for you?  There is something for everyone these days.  If you love animals, there are shelters all across the state looking for volunteers to walk dogs, clean cages, feed, and maintain their animals.  If you love being outdoors, especially in the summer, check out National Parks, and local monuments who may be seeking volunteers to clean up or maintain their land.  Love spending time with kids?  Offer to volunteer to coach a sports team or  an after-school program.  Senior centers, libraries, and places of worship are also great places to check out.

If you want to do something on your own, there are always ways to help others.  For example you could start a food drive to benefit a local homeless shelter.  It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just type up a letter explaining what you are doing and who it is benefitting, and staple it to a brown bag.  You can leave the bags in your neighbors mailbox and just let them know when you will be back to pick up their donation.  Another thing to do on your own?  Put together goodie bags for soliders overseas.  Many of them need basic supplies such as shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, and Q-Tips.  Baby wipes are also great things to send over as well as a few small treats like gum or candy.  If you ask around at local hotels, many would be willing to donate such items for a good cause.

If you’re not sure where you would like to start, check out some of these volunteering opportunities with organizations across Massachusetts.

Greater Boston Food Bank – The Greater Boston Food Bank is working towards ending hunger in eastern Massachusetts.  It is one of the largest food banks in the country and last year they donated over 35 millions of pounds of food, which they could not have done without the help of their 14,000 volunteers.  Their mission is to provide at least 1 meal per day to those in need by 2013.  Volunteers spend their time packaging, sorting, and inspecting items in the warehouse, which are all critical functions to ensure that the food is distributed in a timely manner.

Horizons For Homeless Children – This organization hopes to stabilize families and help break the cycle of homelessness that we are faced with on a daily basis.  They teach children how to read, share, and explore their surroundings while also assisting their parents in getting on their feet again.  They provide programs for parents to get their GED, take college classes, and gain job training.  Volunteers act as Playspace Activity Leaders (PALs) and help children learn and grow through play. Volunteers are required to attend a training session and commit to two hours of volunteer time each week for a 6 month period.

MSPCA – For all of you animal lovers, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA), is looking for volunteers in multiple categories.  The need dog walkers, cage cleaners, administrative assistance, and people to simple spend time with and take care of the animals.  You can also become an Advocacy/Legislative Affairs Volunteer, meaning you can help promote and support animal friendly legislation.  For anyone who loves animals, this is an ideal chance to make a difference in their lives.

Don’t wait to start giving back!  There are countless organizations across the state that can use all of the assistance they can possibly get.  Find a cause that you are passionate about and learn how you can help!

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