UMass Boston Athletics Begins Yearlong Commitment to Pine Street Inn

Office of Communications | October 08, 2015
Olivia Murphy (second from left) and her basketball teammates started work in the kitchen at the Pine Street Inn on October 1.

Olivia Murphy (second from left) and her basketball teammates started work in the kitchen at the Pine Street Inn on October 1.
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All 18 Beacons Teams to Volunteer at Homeless Shelter

UMass Boston Athletics last week became the first program in the state to make a full-year commitment to the Pine Street Inn.

By the end of the year, all 18 Beacons teams will have volunteered at the Pine Street Inn, one of the largest homeless shelters in Boston. The women’s basketball team was part of the meal prep team last Thursday.

“Helping the Pine Street Inn was a great experience because we gave back to our community,” said senior Olivia Murphy. “My teammates and I loved the fact that we were able to contribute to this great organization, even if it was for a little while.”

Twice a month, members of Beacons sports teams will serve on the meal prep team and will take part in the meal service portion in the kitchens. The Pine Street Inn prepares more than 2,000 meals for their permanent and temporary tenants each day.

“We are excited by the opportunity to extend student athlete community service into another area of great need,” Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation, Special Projects and Programs Charlie Titus said about the partnership. “Homelessness affects so many in our society, both young and old, men and women. The work of the Pine Street Inn is legendary and has been a staple in our city’s fight against homelessness for many years. We are pleased to have the opportunity to provide assistance to an organization that has such a positive impact on the homeless in the city of Boston.”

Founded in 1969, the Pine Street Inn serves more than 1,600 homeless individuals daily and nearly 9,000 annually, providing the full spectrum of services to help men and women reach their highest level of independence and get back to a place they can call home.

In addition to providing short- and long-term shelter, the Pine Street Inn also provides job training, placement services, and residential addiction treatment programs, and works on a policy level towards bringing legislation to help the homeless population.

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