Volunteers, sponsors sought for beach festival on Aug. 8

To the Editor:
The Friends of Savin Hill Shores and the Columbia Savin Hill Civic Association invite you to The Dorchester Beach Festival on August 8th at Savin Hill and Malibu Beaches from 11a.m. to 4p.m. The one-day outdoor event features games, interactive presentations and activities celebrating the ever-improving Dorchester waterfront.
A goal of the free event is to encourage families and individuals to enjoy the Savin Hill / Malibu shoreline while heightening awareness of conservation, water safety, health & wellness, recycling, the environment, area history and more. Approximately 5000 people spent a day enjoying our beaches during our inaugural event last year.
To efficiently and safely execute an event as ambitious as the Dorchester Beach Festival the committee needs many volunteers to assist with the event set-up, breakdown, clean-up, event-day activities, etc. We need additional support from fellow Dorchester residents, community leaders, church and/or youth groups, etc. Please volunteer your time, even an hour or two is greatly appreciated and needed. Forward your name, phone number, email address and availability along with how you would like to help to volunteer@dorchesterbeachfestival.com.
This is a perfect opportunity for students to earn community service credits or for a youth or church-group to contribute to their community. All sponsors, volunteers and participating agencies will be recognized on our website, dorchesterbeachfestival.com. Groups such as the Boston Natural Areas Network, New England Aquarium, Dorchester Historical Society, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Franklin Park Zoo, DotWell, DotBike, UMASS Boston and more will help facilitate events such as ‘Under the Sea’ sidewalk chalk drawing, canoeing and sailing in the cove, eco-scavenger hunts led by naturalists, field games and contests, kite decorating/flying, face painting, health screenings, fitness demonstrations and much more.
The group was awarded a $2500 grant from Save the Harbor Save the Bay, with funding provided by the Boston Foundation, Comcast and National Grid; the Department of Conservation and Recreation and the University of Massachusetts Boston are key sponsors.
With little more than three weeks to the event date we still have some unmet needs. Please inquire at info@dorcheterbeachfestival or donate@dorchesterbeachfestival to see how you can assist. Please become a fan on our Facebook page and visit dorchesterbeachfestival.com regularly for details
Maureen Mc Quillen and Paul Nutting,
Co-Chairmen and Co-Founders
Deirdre Habershaw, Volunteer Coordinator
Dorchester Beach Festival