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A note from Roberta
Outstanding Volunteer Program
Staff Spotlight
5K Registration is open
Volunteer Profile
Robert Cardoza
Framingham State University
Summer Intern
Robert is a sociology student at Framingham State University who will be entering his final semester of classes this fall. He interviewed at Samaritans and was selected to complete a summer internship helping in our befriending programs. In addition to providing support to volunteers, Robert is providing valuable frontline service, having just completed his second overnight shift. He hopes to use his academic knowledge and practical experience to pursue a professional career in the human service field. Thank you, Robert!
Join Us in 2013!
Wednesday, July 17th
Happier Boston
"Surprise" a Capella
Check our calendar for more information about where and when our Happier Boston singing volunteers will pop up.
Wednesday, July 24th
Happier Boston
Ice Cream on the Common
Check our calendar for more information about what time our Happier Boston volunteers will hand out Hoodsie's on the Common. 
  Saturday, September 28th
A great day to be alive!
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Roberta_make noiseAs we begin a new fiscal year we are thrilled to announce that Samaritans was just selected as one of only three crisis centers in the United States to participate in the launch of a new Crisis Text Line. We are committed as an organization to strategically grow our services to help those in need through the use of new technologies. A year and a half ago we began an online chat service to provide emotional support to high school students and young adults, and so we are excited to participate in a national roll-out offering support through text messaging. There is nothing that can replace the impact of a person to person connection so that someone feels heard and understood, and Samaritans is keeping pace to ensure that those connections can be made in the new ways that people reach out for help (see this interesting recent article on trends in where suicidal teens turn for help).


We also finished our year with other wonderful acknowledgments of the impact of our services. We were one of 100 non-profit organizations selected by the Cummings Foundation to receive a $100,000 grant. Payable over three years, this grant will significantly help underwrite the cost of our crisis services. The Massachusetts Service Alliance also selected Samaritans, for its first Outstanding Non-Profit Volunteer Program Award. We are so proud of our 39+ years of working with amazing volunteers who deliver so many of our front line services.


None of these accomplishments nor these services could exist without the involvement and support of our community. Thank you for the role you have played this past year in ensuring that we will continue to be here for many years to come in serving those who desire to be educated, supported and healed. 

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Executive Director




Outstanding Volunteer Program! 
On June 6th,
Nonprofit award
Roberta Hurtig with Barbara Moffat, MSA Board Vice Chair
the Massachusetts Service Alliance held its conference on Service and Volunteering for more than 400 professionals in the field of community service. During an Awards Luncheon Ceremony, Samaritans was honored to share the stage with four individuals and a corporation as we were all acknowledged for our efforts to embrace the power of service and volunteerism to meet critical needs in Massachusetts. This was the first time MSA offered these awards and the process was a competive one, as they received 70 nominations representing the highest levels of service from across the state. 
Staff Spotlight
Danielle Bolduc
Danielle Bolduc
On June 21st, with the award of our new Crisis Text Line grant to expand our Befriending Services onto a texting platform, Danielle Bolduc's job got a whole lot bigger! Danielle, who holds a Masters in Public Health and Social Work, started as a Boston University School of Social Work Intern the summer of 2008. She was hired as a part time Helpline Coordinator upon the completion of her internship, and became our full time Helpline Manager last year. Danielle has focused on using technology to better understand and manage our helpline operations, as well as to implement new services. She was instrumental to the launch of our chat services last year, and we are thrilled to have her leadership as we embark on the huge project of making our befriending service available by text. In recognition of the increased role that Danielle will be playing as we expand our befriending service, she has been promoted to Director of Crisis Services effective July 1st. Congratulations, Danielle!

The Samaritans 5K  is less than 3 months away, and we've once again gotten a fabulous boost in our event profile through the support of the MBTA, which is running car cards through the months of July, August and September! Join us on Saturday, September 28th at DCR's Artesani Park in Brighton for the Samaritans 5K Run/Walk and Family Fun Festival. The event has grown tremendously and has become the largest annual fundraiser for Samaritans. Last year over 3000 individuals attended this great event, and together, they generated over $300,000 for Samaritans' work to reduce the incidence of suicide in Greater Boston and Metrowest.

John F's TeamThere are many ways to get involved in 2013, including the wonderful Captain Team Kick-Off Event to be held on Wednesday, July 31st.  This exciting event is designed to help team captains take their team to the next level. Attendees will hear from 5K veterans about the tips and tricks they use to make the event memorable and meaningful for their teammates, friends and family members. This Kickoff is also a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow team captains, share stories and experience the amazing sense of togetherness that exists within Samaritans and the 5K community. There is no charge to attend and there will be free food and a cash bar. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Garrett at If you are unable to make this event please feel free to nominate a member(s) of your team to attend so you can still benefit from this valuable information.


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