Meeting Community Needs
For Leticia “Tish” Ward, a snippet of the Mathematica mission, “improve public well-being by bringing the highest standards of quality, objectivity, and excellence,” is her inspiration for volunteering. Tish, administrator for the Cambridge office helps lead Mathematica’s volunteers who pledge their time and talents to one of Boston’s most venerable community institutions, East End House.
Our volunteers help East End House, which offers a range of innovative programs to serve vulnerable populations, with a number of their signature initiatives. As part of the youth mentoring program, volunteers commit to mentoring a school-age child for a half semester. East End House’s Cooking for a Cause annual fundraiser is also the focus for many volunteers. During the holiday season, staff pitch in on a number of programs.
“Last year, we helped put together more than 1,000 Thanksgiving food bags—that was a record!” says Tish. During December, staff helped organize a toy drive for East End House’s annual “Toy Sale,” which donates toys to needy families during the holidays, and participated in the organization’s Adopt a Family program during Christmas.
“Volunteering for me, I think, defines your character,” says Tish. “It’s enriching to participate and work alongside others. We all have something to learn and gain by connecting with people; whether they are immediate family, friends, neighbor or colleagues, everyone has something to contribute to this society in their own way.”
She adds, “I want to do what I can to make the playing field more level. I think at Mathematica you’ll find people who just want to make the world a better place for everyone.”
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