We are New Beginnings Singles Support Group, a non-profit, non-sectarian support organization located in Abington, Massachusetts. The focus of our self-help group is to provide a safe, supportive place for recently single, widowed, divorced, or newly separated adults who are in need of support in dealing with the day to day issues associated with their situation.
Through small group interaction, led by a facilitator, the members learn to begin the process of building a single life and eventually re-enter the social world in a safe environment.
We are non-sectarian and self-supporting. The meetings are topic driven group discussions, usually offered by one of the members in the group, with the intent of helping the newly single person see that this is a temporary setback, not a permanent way of life. We also offer planned events that give members a safe place to go to socialize.
Our interaction as individuals during refreshment time or at planned functions helps to build new friendships and social circles. Many of us have lived through similar situations and are proof that a new, happy life is possible.
If you or someone you know would benefit from our meetings and hospitality please come to a meeting on Monday evening or give us a call at 781-499-2659 or Email us at email@example.com for further information.
VOLUNTEERING: IT’S PERSONAL
Let’s recognize why people volunteer. Researchers agree on six motivators. People volunteer to make a difference in others’ lives; to support an organization, community, or cause; to learn something new; to develop personally or professionally; to feel better about themselves; and to meet people.
But the truth is that many motivations are personal. They want to develop new skills, enhance self-esteem, they often are seeking to grow or connect in some way, and expand their social network.
To encourage people to get involved, publicize what’s in it for them. “Don’t just advertise that ‘We need people’ or ‘You should be giving back,’. Better messages include “You can meet friends like you” and “It’s a good way to learn about oneself and develop skills.” Different messages will reach different volunteers, and an appeal to why someone might want to volunteer is better than just stating what the volunteer will be doing.
As you assess your volunteer needs at the start of the year, consider how to publicize these needs in ways that might match individuals’ goals. Need someone to help decide on the programs this year? This could provide volunteers with a chance to gain experience in event planning. Need a person to log fundraising income into a database? Maybe that’s an opportunity for someone to practice basic functions in Excel. Need someone to become facilitator? That volunteer will get to meet the other people in her organization.
Arlene Volpe and Joe McCann Co-Presidents
Please bring an item for the Abington Food Pantry on the first Monday of each month.