Enjoy the Outdoors & Celebrate Join Hands Day!

Sat 5/4 PMD VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY @ Picturesque Fresh Pond

WHAT    Rebuild water bars and switchbacks 
        to improve and thus to increase public enjoyment
        of Cambridge's drinking water supply since
        the trails have been eroded by snow, melting snow, 
        and rain.
        No experience required. Everyone works at
        his/her own pace and is encouraged to take
        water and rest breaks, as well as to enjoy
        walking around the reservoir.

        This project will include a brown bag lunch with chief
        ranger Jean Rogers, who will also answer questions
        during our tasks.

WHEN    Join Hands Day 2013
        Saturday, May 4
        9:30 AM to 2:30 PM, rain or shine

WHERE   Fresh Pond Reservation, West Cambridge
        (T-accessible via bus from Harvard Square)

WHY     A sanctuary of upland forests, meadows,
        wetlands, and wildlife on the western side
        of densely populated Cambridge, Fresh Pond
        Reservation surrounds and protects the
        ancient glacial pond called Fresh Pond,
        which since 1852 has provided drinking
        water to the City of Cambridge.

HOW     Register online by 4/25 at http://s.zoomerang.com/s/pmd050413
***AFTER 4/25, CALL PMD at 781-963-0373 to sign up since we need more help.***

        PMD cannot accommodate group registrations, so each
        individual member of a small group/family must
        register him-/her-self separately.
        This project is appropriate for most volunteers age 14 and older,
        who must be accompanied by a registered, fully-participating adult.

        Incomplete submissions cannot be honored,
        even if you have previously volunteered with PMD.

        No partial participation can be accommodated
        for this or any other PMD projects. This means
        that we cannot accommodate late arrivals or
        early departures.

        This project requires working on steep slopes.

        After you successfully register online, you will
        see a confirmation screen but receive no email message,
        so be sure to save the date on your calendars AND add
        Lori@pmd.org to your address book and white/allow lists
        so that the week before this project, you will
        receive email with PDF attachments containing
        specific information including directions
        to the project site by public transit and car,
        what to expect, a checklist, maps, and waiver.

WHO     People Making a Difference (PMD) is a
        nonprofit organization that promotes informed and
        responsible volunteerism by involving people
        in tangible, hands-on work that meets 
        local needs and by assisting companies
        and charities in building successful community
        involvement programs that:
       * Produce appreciable results while
         conserving recipients' limited resources,
       * Educate volunteers about broader issues,
       * Bring people together to make a difference.

"Fresh Pond Reservation, at the northwest edge of Cambridge, MA,
 has been described as a 'landscape loved to death.' Certainly it
 is a landscape that has been changed by its various uses over
 the years and one to which Cantabridgeans and Bostonians have
 felt an intense attachment. Henry James returned to it in his
 sixties, looking for some 'echo of the dreams of youth,'
 feeling keenly the 'pleasure of memory'; a Harvard student of
 the 1850s fondly remembered skating parties and the chance of
 'flirtation with some fair-ankled beauty of breezy Boston';
 modern residents argue fiercely over dogs being allowed to run
 free at the reservation and whether soccer or nature is a more
 valuable experience for Cambridge schoolchildren."
Publisher Comments for Fresh Pond: The History of a Cambridge Landscape by Jill Sinclair

***Summary of Upcoming PMD Events***

People Making a Difference (PMD)
PO Box 120189, Boston, MA 02112
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