Meet Jack GreenDuxbury Crew & Easton Volunteer
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?: Going on a river cruise from Budapest to Prague next Fall.
Favorite sports team: Red Sox
Favorite book: Histories, anything by David McCullough
Favorite meal: Anything that Connie and the gang cook up is good with me.
Favorite Quote: St. Francis of Assisi “Preach the gospel at all times, when necessary, use words.”
Bucket list: Travel more in the United States, maybe to the Northwest or the Canadian Rockies.
Could you tell me a little about yourself-where you grew up, what lead you to where you are today?
I grew up in Dorchester. I went to Boston College for my Bachelor’s Degree and went to Boston University for my Master’s Degree in Communication. I started out as a teacher and then I switched to business in the training and development area, which is where I worked for most of my life. I am now retired and I have a wife and two kids. I have a daughter Jonna who is 29 and a son Martin who is 27.
What are your interests outside of My Brother’s Keeper?
I have always been interested in photography but I never did a lot with it until I was retired. I have more time to do it now. I enjoy the photography in combination with taking pictures on trips. I like to travel so I have also been doing a little bit of that. My wife and I have gone on trips throughout the US and Europe. I try to keep going to different places but I like London a lot and have been there several times and I also like San Francisco. We have been to Russia, the Baltic, Italy, Iceland and other places.
I hear that you are part of the “Duxbury Crew,” can you tell me a little about that and your involvement with it?
There are six or seven of us guys in the “Duxbury Crew.” We pick up furniture donations locally and keep them in the garage at Holy Family parish. Once we have multiple pieces of furniture, My Brother’s Keeper sends a truck from Easton or Dartmouth. I have been doing that for about 15 years now, it’s a great group of guys. It’s not a lot of hours but it’s a lot of fun. Bob O’Toole started this back in the 90’s. Jim Sullivan has been in charge since Bob passed in 2004 and Jim does a good job with keeping it all organized and scheduling the pick-ups and deliveries.
When and why did you start volunteering?
I first heard about My Brother’s Keeper through my church bulletin. My Church also has a small fair each year that highlights the different organizations and programs parishioners can volunteer at. I stopped to talk to someone at the My Brother’s Keeper table and that’s how I got started.
In addition to being part of the “Duxbury Crew,” you also volunteer at the Easton facility, correct?
Yes, on Tuesdays. I do previews of furniture deliveries where I go out to homes ahead of time to say hello and take a look at the locations. I check measurements and doorways and stairways to make sure that the volunteers can actually get the furniture up the stairs and into the homes when they come to deliver it. I do the previews with another volunteer, Ron Pagliarani.
We also do supplemental volume food shopping. Whatever we can’t get from the Boston Food Bank we buy in volume at a discount so that we have enough food to fill our food orders for the week. The food is usually items like canned goods, pasta, beans and cookies.
I’m also involved with the Christmas program. Since I have retired I have been doing 2 or 3 days a week at My Brother’s Keeper during the Christmas season. I do the dispatching in the back— making calls to verify the routes and make sure everyone will be home during their scheduled deliveries.
What is your favorite part of My Brother’s Keeper?
The Christmas program is my favorite event. It is amazing to see everything come together and all the volunteers and the volume of people that we are able to deliver Christmas presents to. It is a very impressive operation to see and I like being a part of it. It’s good to help people out and its fun.
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