SOURCE: Neighbor Brigade

Neighbor Brigade

June 21, 2011 10:05 ET

Massachusetts Non-Profit Neighbor Brigade Sees Explosive Growth in First Year, Bringing Relief to Hundreds of Massachusetts Residents in Crisis

Chapters Increase by 63 Percent to Serve 26 Communities, Expanding Further Into MetroWest and Beyond

WAYLAND, MA--(Marketwire - Jun 21, 2011) - Growing almost exclusively through word-of-mouth, one-year-old, non-profit Neighbor Brigade (www.neighborbrigade.org) is successfully spreading its mission of neighbors-helping-neighbors into towns throughout the MetroWest and beyond. When the organization officially launched last May, it had nine founding chapters. That number has nearly tripled to a total of 24 chapters serving 26 Massachusetts communities.

Neighbor Brigade provides a proven method for local communities to create and maintain volunteer networks that support neighbors in crisis due to an acute illness, sudden tragedy, debilitating/late stage chronic disease or terminal illness. To-date, the organization has signed up more than 2,400 volunteers who have delivered more than 2,500 meals and given more than 200 rides to families in crisis.

"It has been a tremendous first year for us as we've seen people in town after town sign up to start chapters, volunteer to help their neighbors and make donations to support our mission," said Pam Washek, co-founder and executive director of Neighbor Brigade. "People are really embracing this concept of creating warm, caring communities and seeing the value of pulling together to help in times of trouble. By this time next year, we hope to have three to four times the number of total chapters up and running across Massachusetts. Just imagine a state where every town has a way of coming together to help their neighbor whenever a personal crisis hits. That's our goal and can you imagine living anywhere better?"

Today, there are Neighbor Brigade chapters serving the following communities:

  • Bedford
  • Billerica
  • Concord/Carlisle
  • East Bridgewater
  • Easton
  • Framingham
  • Halifax
  • Holliston
  • Leominster
  • Medfield
  • Medway
  • Middleborough
  • Natick
  • Needham
  • Norfolk
  • North Attleboro
  • North Reading
  • Northborough/Southborough
  • Stow
  • Wayland
  • West Bridgewater
  • Winchendon
  • Woburn
  • Wrentham

"We've had such a positive reaction from our town," said Joanne Hall, a leader of Neighbor Brigade's West Bridgewater chapter. "People have quickly embraced the Neighbor Brigade concept and our recipient families are so grateful that help is available from their own neighbors. A recipient of our help said to me just last week, 'You can do that? Your group is amazing.'"

To start a new chapter, volunteer to help an existing chapter in your town or give to Neighbor Brigade, visit: http://www.neighborbrigade.org/.

About Neighbor Brigade
Neighbor Brigade is a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation that provides a blueprint for local communities to create and maintain volunteer networks using proven online tools, resources and best practices. A Neighbor Brigade chapter starts with a dedicated leader, the chapter leader, who builds the neighborhood volunteer network. Neighbor Brigade provides "how to" technology tools and information that streamline this process and allow leaders to support one another. Using a simple web-based system, volunteer networks efficiently organize and schedule the necessary services for their neighbors in need. To learn more, visit www.neighborbrigade.org.

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