Spring is here, and it’s time to celebrate. It is a time of growth and renewal. It also gets us jumping; literally! It makes us hopeful that winter jackets and heavy boots will find their way into storage and soon, open windows will invite in fresh breezes.

This wonderful season of renewal and expected change is a time to look around our communities and evaluate our roles in them. What better time to consider volunteering and offering a bit of our time to others who need our help? If you need a role model to get you motivated, our communities are full of them. However, one group that you might not have considered are the students and staff at Shriver Job Corps Center, Devens.

In addition to its technical, vocational and scholastic programs, Shriver teaches its students the value and importance of community service. Evidence of this can be seen throughout our communities. Take a minute to read a few of the volunteer projects they have completed successfully (below) and while you tip your hat to this great group of students, teachers and staff, grab a pen and sign up to volunteer. You’ll be surprised at how fast volunteering will put the “spring” back in your step!

Sidewalk for the town of Ayer, 700 linear feet

State Police barracks in Devens and Leominster

Gardner Animal Shelter, running pad for the animals

The Bridge of North Central Mass-Gardner, general painting,

Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry

Shop for Your Parents

New Hope Community Church, Ayer

Ayer Town Hall

Old and new Shirley Town Hall

Lura A. White School handicap ramp, Shirley

Hands on Art Museum, Shirley

Ayer Kiddie Depot

Littleton Elementary School

Worcester War Memorial



Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce