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Volunteers clean up Peabody Square with the Martin Richard Foundation on One Boston Day in 2016. Photo: Getty Images

One Boston Day is around the corner, and if you’re still looking for ways to get involved, Mayor Marty Walsh has some suggestions.

One Boston Day on April 15 is an opportunity, according to the city, to “recognize the good in our community, celebrate one another and reflect on the spirit and resilience of the people of Boston that was exemplified in response to the loss and tragedies of April 15, 2013.”

Across the city this Sunday, Bostonians will commit random acts of kindness, spread goodwill and come together through charity activities. You can see some individual and organizations’ plans at, as well as via the hashtag #OneBostonDay.

But if you need help figuring out exactly how to partake, the city of Boston has organized some efforts as well. Here’s how you can help out:


Blood Drive on City Hall Plaza
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 13, the Brigham & Women’s bloodmobile will be on City Hall Plaza. Sign up to donate blood here.

John Hancock and St. Francis House Sneaker Drive
Donate new or gently used adult-sized sneakers to support the men and women of St. Francis House. Donation boxes can be found in City Hall, in the third-floor lobby and on the fifth floor outside the Mayor’s office.

Locks and Socks Drive
Donate locks for lockers and new socks —two of the most in-need items — to help the men and women of Pine Street Inn. Donation boxes can be found in the lobby of 444 Harrison Avenue between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on April 15 and at 26 Court Street. 

Operation Thank A Vet
Boston's Veterans Service Office is looking for volunteers for a citywide effort to reach and thank veterans and provide them with information on available resources. Register for the April 15 event here.

Walsh also noted other volunteer opportunities are available through the MR8 Foundation, formed in honor of Martin Richard, which is looking for volunteers for morning and afternoon service shifts. You can register for those at

The city of Boston is also partnering with the nonprofit Building Impact to help out the Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation. The city is looking for volunteers on Sunday from 12 to 2 p.m. in Dorchester who can help put together backpacks filled with personalized items for patients at Brigham and Women’s Hospital who are suffering from traumatic injuries.

More volunteer opportunities can be found at

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