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2017 Wrap-Up Celebration!

Our year-end Wrap-up for 2017 Volunteers and Clients was held on Tuesday, June 6th. 

CCT in the News

Wellesley Townsman, September 12, 2016, Wellesley MBAs Volunteer Expertise, Reap Rewards 

Weston/Wayland Town Crier, September 12, 2016, Wayland and Weston MBAs Help Nonprofits

Newton Tab, September 13, 2016, Newton MBAs Volunteer for Nonprofit Consulting Projects

Belmont Citizen-Herald, September 26, 2016, Belmont MBAs Give Back to the Commu

Concord Journal, September 22, 2016, 

2017 All Client Event Sizzled with Energy!

The 2017 launch event for clients and volunteers was held on Saturday, January 21 at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge. 

 

Reports from the Field

CCT teams are now well into their projects, presenting midpoint reports to clients and developing final recommendations. A few of our Project Managers shared updates…

More Than a Sign… The familiar signs on the bridges to the Cape that say,”Desperate? Call the Samaritans,” are how most people know Samaritans, anorganization whose mission is to reduce the incidence of suicide by listening and offering hope through their 24/7 phone and text lines to people in the greater Boston area. They field over 75,000 calls and 1800 text messages a year from people who are lonely, uncertain or depressed. A fraction of the calls come from teens, yet teens are particularly vulnerable to suicide, and Samaritans wants to find an effective way of reaching this population. Our CCT team is exploring various channels as well as the best messages to reach teens through school partnership programs, other peer organizations and social media to leverage their helpline, online chat and texting services.

Volunteer Profile - Aish Agrawal

Current CCT Role: Project Manager for Charles River Conservancy

Volunteer Since: 2013

First Project: Cristo Rey Boston

MBA: Fuqua (Duke) School of Business, 2011

How You Discovered CCT: An email to all Fuqua grads from Duke’s Boston chapter

Describe Your CCT Experience: CCT has been a rewarding experience in many ways - honing my skills, meeting and working with folks from different industries, learning about the nonprofit world, and more importantly, working for clients who would otherwise find it challenging to get some of their critical projects off the ground. At one point or the other, each project became demanding and the teams worked together to deliver the project on time for clients who were always pleased not just with the outcome but the passion that the teams brought to the project. In every project, I have seen the client have at least one “Aha” moment, demonstrating the value CCT teams bring to the Boston area nonprofits.

What Don’t We Know About You? I learned I was claustrophobic when I stepped into the Great Pyramid of Giza. I made people behind me in the line turn around so I could get out. Some were not happy.

Volunteer Profile: Carol Krauss

Current CCT Role: Advancement Chair

Volunteer Since: 2009

How She Discovered CCT: Carol Krauss responded to an email from her alma mater, Tuck School at Dartmouth, about a small all-volunteer nonprofit that did consulting for other Boston nonprofits. Having worked in management consulting before business school and then afterwards for Arthur D. Little, this seemed like a natural fit.

First CCT Project: In her first project in 2009 for NEADS Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans, she connected so much with the organization that she became a long-term volunteer Weekend Puppy Raiser raising two dogs for veterans with PTSD.

Volunteer Profile - Gabriele Loebbert

Current CCT Role: Board Co-Chair

Volunteer Since: 2008

First CCT Project: Judge Baker Children’s Center

MBA: Darden School of Business at UVA

How She Discovered CCT: Gabriele says she is, “forever grateful to Julie Rowe who introduced me to CCT.” Gabriele and Julie had known each other from having worked on a start-up together.

CCT Experience: Although there certainly have been challenges while leading the organization during this recent period of growth and evolution, Gabriele describes her board experience as, “a lot of fun with such a talented group of individuals.” Gabriele has been involved with many facets of CCT’s operations. When asked what she has enjoyed the most, she responds, “I love the project work as that is the core of our mission - I’ve been a team member, project manager and sponsor.” In addition to project work, Gabriele also admits to a passion for client development. She co-chaired the Client Development Committee and still loves doing client outreach during the summer months as well as conducting site visits with applicants in the fall. Gabriele shares, “I love meeting with potential clients, learning about the incredible work they are doing and figuring out how a CCT team could best help.”

Volunteer Profile: Julie Rowe

CCT has been fortunate to have Julie on the team for nearly 10 years. Julie started with CCT in 2006 and has worked with a number of CCT client organizations including ImprovBoston, Charles River Conservancy, Danforth Art, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and twice with Helping Hands Monkey Helpers.   Julie started as a team member and progressed to project manager; she was appointed to the CCT Board of Directors as Co-Chair of the Volunteer Relations Committee in 2011. In this role, she is critical in assessing, growing and building CCT’s work with volunteers. If you have a volunteer question, Julie is the one to ask!   Julie has very much enjoyed her involvement with CCT. Julie noted that it’s rewarding to apply one’s skillset to the business problems of Boston’s nonprofit organizations, in addition to learning from other teammates. Additionally, she emphasizes that CCT’s culture is fun and collaborative.  This year Julie is heavily involved with implementing Salesforce.com, software that will streamline the management of CCT’s volunteer database. Over the next several years, Julie would like to see CCT further spread the word about its organization and grow its volunteer membership. Last year CCT served 11 nonprofit clients but had to turn away a number of others.

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