Lisa Cerci knows the power one person can have to impact their community.
Now, Cerci, a Waltham resident, is expanding her philosophy to a city-wide volunteer project. Cerci, a Wayland middle school teacher, has organized Waltham Works, a seven-week volunteer event that has volunteers complete service projects for community organizations.
The series kicks off on Sunday, April 1 at the Waltham Day Center at 1:30 p.m. with Brandeis University and Waltham High School students along with Mayor Jeanette McCarthy. A new garden for Healthy Waltham will be created as one of the first service projects.
The series will end on May 19 and a party for volunteers will be held on May 20 at the Arthur J. Clark Government Center at 119 School St., according to Cerci.
Among the community groups participating: students from Waltham High School, Bentley University, Waltham Fields, WATCH CDC, Brandeis University, More Than Words, the YMCA and several others, according to Cerci.
So far, Cerci said more than 500 volunteers have signed up to be volunteers for the more than 30 projects on the list.
Cerci came up with the idea for the event several years ago when her mother was terminally ill. Cerci said she wanted to organize an event that would increase community involvement and bring positive vibes to the city. She said she also wants to highlight the wonderful things that happen in the city where negative news stories often overshadow good deeds.
“Hopefully it will give people an opportunity [to regularly volunteer in Waltham.] The power of one person … is really very profound.”
Below is a list of service projects, subject to change:
- Sunday, April 29, River Church work on Beautification and Clean Projects
- Tuesday, May 8, Boy Scouts work on Beautification, Clean-up and Garden Projects
- Friday, May 11, ChesterBrook-Healthy Waltham Garden, Painting and Spring Clean-up
- Friday, May 11, Waltham High School, McDevitt Junior High and Waltham Womens Club host a social at the Council on Aging Senior Center
- Friday, May 11, Waltham High School works at Waltham Fields Community Farm
- Friday, May 18, Waltham Fields Community Farm, 10 spaces available, High School aged or older Transplanting and Greenhouse Work, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
- Saturday, May 19, WATCH CDC, Home Weatherization Project.
- TBD: Bentley University to prep garden and work on Dana Court Playground
- 4/1 - 4/27, More Than Words, Book Drive-drop off center is at McDevitt School/Junior Honor Society.
- 4/1 - 5/19, Operation American Solider, Letters of Appreciation and Warm Hats, Scarves, Gloves for Care Packages.
- 4/1 - 5/19, Jewish Family and Childrens Services/Family Table Food Drive, drop off location to be determined.