Welcome to the 90K...It's All About Time Blog!

To celebrate the 90th Anniversary of Emmanuel College, we asked you to take time to make a difference by raising 90,000 alumni volunteer hours during our anniversary year...and you have!

Over the past several months, I have so enjoyed hearing what you are doing to contribute to 90K. Now, with the launch of the 90K blog, you can share your experiences and ideas with everyone in the Emmanuel community. Please let us know what you are doing to make a difference.

With best wishes,

Jennifer Puccetti, '89 Chair, 90K...It's All About Time

Monday, July 13, 2009

131K and Counting

Wow...when Emmanuel Alums set out to accomplish something, "just barely" is not even a concept. We've racked up 131,000 hours to date. Please get you last hours in as there are only a few days left!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


In the tradition of Emmanuel College Alumni, the “Friends of Betty” have been meeting monthly for the about 10 years to assist the Development and Alumni office with their various projects. The current group represents alums from the classes of 1943, 1946, 1947 and 1951. They are Jean Connolly Clancy ’47, Mary Cashman Cullin ’46, Dorothea Phair ’46, Lois O’Hara ’51, Mary Cunning Coulon ’46, Joan McAuliffe ’43, Ruth O’Brien White ’47, Elizabeth “Betty” McCarty Grimes ’46 and of course Elisabeth “Betty” O’Hearn ’47 who has been a dedicated and loyal Alum since 1947. Some of the loyal members who are no longer able to attend these monthly gatherings include Margaret “Peggy” Salmon ‘47, Elizabeth “Betty” Mahoney ’45, and Lorraine Harding ’48.

In addition to their volunteer hours at Emmanuel, these women volunteer at the following:

  • Joan McAuliffe ’43 has been volunteering at the Faulkner Hospital Gift Shop since 1984. Joan was recently honored at their annual volunteer luncheon for completing 25 years and 5000 hours of volunteer service. Her dedication to volunteerism continues at the Faulkner Hospital. Joan, also, has volunteered countless hours to Emmanuel College Alumni Association.
  • Mary Cashman Cullin ’46 is Pro Life chairman for 2 parishes.Dorothea Phair ’46 volunteers at Lahey Clinic and bakes bread for Communion at her parish.
  • Lois O’Hara ’51 has volunteered many hours at Emmanuel for many years on the Alumnae Board and many of the alumnae activities.
  • Jean Connolly Clancy ’47 is a member of the choir at St. Theresa Church in West Roxbury.
  • Mary Cunning Coulon ’46 volunteers for the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the Lyons Club, the Neighborhood Club and makes calls for the Pantry House.
  • Ruth O’Brien White ’47 has been volunteering at the Norwood Hospital for the past five years.
  • Elizabeth “Betty” McCarty Grimes ’46 is a Eucharistic Minister at her parish and drives patients for eye appointments.
  • Elisabeth “Betty” O’Hearn ’47 has been volunteering at Emmanuel since 1947 and has served on the Alumni Board of Directors. She organizes this volunteer group and spends countless hours on the phone calling alums to inquire for their health and that of their families. She, also, assists the Development Office.

This tribute to these women would not be complete if the deceased members of this group were not mentioned – Helen McEttrick Colgan ’41 and M. Rosamond Collins ’47.

These women represent what Emmanuel Alumni have done over the past 90 years for Emmanuel and their communities.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Katie gets the Bronze!

Just heard from Katie Player, who got involved with Boston Cares while volunteering on behalf of 90K...


You aren’t going to believe it but I am already winning volunteer awards at Boston Cares!! Yes it is true. I tied for Bronze with a few other volunteers. (see Volunteer Challenge section on bottom of pg 1). Needless to say it was a surprise. I had forgotten all about the volunteer drive during the month of February until they contacted me last week with the news. I know it’s only 3rd place but I shall do my best to move up the ranks next time! Now that I have some idea what the competition is!"

You rock, Katie!!!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

90K Volunteer Activity at Room to Grow on April 25th

This just in from Carolyn Francisco and Katie Player...

We have booked our 90K volunteer event for Saturday, April 25 at Room To Grow http://www.roomtogrow.org/ at 142 Berkeley Street, Boston.

"Room to Grow's innovative program provides parents raising babies in poverty with one-on-one parenting support and essential baby items throughout their children's critical first three years of life. Parents visit Room to Grow every three months, starting at the mother's third trimester of pregnancy and then throughout the baby's first three years of life. At each visit, our clinicians monitor the baby's developmental progress and help parents navigate the challenges and celebrate the joys of parenting. This includes helping parents understand their child's developmental stages, offering strategies to recognize and respond to their child's many needs, and providing resources and support to help cope with raising a child in typically stressful circumstances. At every visit parents also receive age-appropriate material necessities, allowing them to provide fully for their baby in an immediate and meaningful way."

Much like our Fall activity at Cradles to Crayons, volunteers will sort, organize and prepare an inventory of infant and toddler clothing, toys, books and equipment. We will host two shifts: the first from 10 - 12 and the second from 1 - 3. Space is limited. There will be an email blast shortly telling you how to sign up.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Alumni Opportunity: Seniors' Spring Meet and Greet, Monday April 13th from 6 to 7:30PM.

Dr. Joe Onofretti, the Dean of Students/Senior Advisor is sponsoring a Meet and Greet Networking Event for Emmanuel Seniors on Monday, April 13th from 6pm-7:30pm at Cambridge1 Pizza (near Best Buy and the Cinemas) 1381 Boylston Street, Boston.

This is a great opporuntity for alums to help soon-to-be grads practice their "networking" skills. Parking is available on campus and there is no Red Sox Game that day! Please get out the word to alums in the area!

Flatbread pizza and soda are on the house. The Internship and Career Development folks will help provide a little structure with some fun mingling exercises, but we need your help to make this a success. Remember you can count the volunteer hours toward your 90K pledge.

Please let Nicole Grenon [nicolegrenon@hotmail.com] know if you can attend so she can be sure there is enough pizza!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Breast Cancer Walk - crew? volunteer?

Hi! Anyone interested in joining me as a Crew member for the Avon Breast Cancer Walk? The walk is 5/16 & 5/17. A crew member is basically a weekend long volunteer. If you can't commit to crew, there are many volunteer opportunities available for a few hours not only during the walk....but in the months before and after.

Unfortunately, breast cancer touches so many people........myself, as a survivor, included.

So sign up if you are interested in participating....this would be a great group opportunity. Let me know so that we can get together!!

If you can give time over the weekend - THANK YOU! If you've given time in the past - THANK YOU. If you make time to give time in the future - THANK YOU (in advance)!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Lisa Altieri Miller, ’83, is a Director at Large on the Alumni Board, where she has co-chaired the Red Sox fundraiser with Karen Salhaney for two years and Diana Kenneally, this past year. Lisa and Karen, a former Emmanuel Alumni Board VP, devote huge amounts of energy to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, where they have organized friends and family to do fundraising events for more than 12 years.

This year, Lisa is volunteering to raise awareness among her family and friends for the 3rd annual St. Jude’s family event “Tuning into St. Jude Kids”, which will be held on March 29th at the Lantana in Randolph, MA. Lisa is clearly very good at getting folks to volunteer on behalf of Emmanuel. So far this year, she and her friends and family have already exceeded her 1500 hour pledge with an amazing 1675 hours to date. To learn more about “Tuning in for Kids”, contact Lisa at clarmil@comcast.net.