What I had envisioned as an energizing and upbeat e-mail as we lead up to GiveCamp weekend is now tempered and steeped in sadness given the horrific events today in Boston. As Bostonians and New Englanders we are all profoundly affected, and I do hope that each of you, your friends and your family are safe and sound in the wake of the tragedy.

As the events of the day have sunk in for me personally, they have strenghtened my own personal resolve that we can and must make a difference, and I do hope that you too will continue in your plans to join us at New England GiveCamp on April 26-28th.

We have just over two dozen area charities that will be benefitting from your expertise, and we are still seeking a few more volunteers. As a registrant, you’ll be receiving a few more emails over the next two weeks to keep you updated on the event.

Each of those e-mails will also include a reminder (like this!) to please let us know if/when your plans change and you cannot attend. We will be making initial staffing assignments for each of the teams over the next week, and as part of a small dedicated team it’s important we have an accurate roster of those attending. A ‘no-show’ profoundly affects the team to which that volunteer was assigned, so if you do need to cancel, it’s ok, but do just send a quick e-mail to negivecamp@hotmail.com or go into EventBrite and cancel your ticket.

If you have any questions as the event draws near, negivecamp@hotmail.com is the place to ask! I’ll be putting out some more specific and logistically focused e-mails as we draw near – regarding things like parking (yes, it’s free all weekend and in the building), arrival times, overnight options, etc.

I’m looking forward to reuniting with past campers, meeting new ones, and most of all experiencing the tremendous positive energy that we all so sorely need at this moment.

Jim O’Neil
New England GiveCamp co-chair