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Good morning and welcome to exceptional women I imagine when a six point seven I'm suits have been our guest today. It's a woman who leads a nonprofit that jumps into action when neighbors face a sudden life crisis she is Paoli Mendoza the executive director of neighbor brigade. She's here today to spread awareness discussed the mission of the organization. And of course to share some of the inspiring stories she's witnessed over the years. Good morning and welcome Ali good morning that you. It's an honor to be honest so. Well it is a pleasure and I wanna start with the Mimi birther brigade when I look at that name and I hear that word. The word brigade it sort of conjures up images of people marching together for a common cause which pretty much sums up. What you guys are all about right its neighbors helping neighbors. Right that's exactly very united team of people of caring individuals in your power that want to help you get to you. A temporary crisis when you're going to a difficult time. Now these people that are facing a crisis what types of circumstances. Are people generally dealing with when they reach out to you for help. Yet the good question though it does have to be temporary nature. Nothing chronic. Long term but I think have very remote common situation is that somebody's going to get the treatment. I'm they might also be having surgery. Perhaps they got into a car accident a recent death in the family. Complicated pregnancy. Anything that really have grave site injured so we. Here you are hoping that packer thing is unique and recovering. And getting to you Lou you know there I did during that time so roughly. On average are typical service flats from anywhere from one of four months but it can get goal line for up to a year. And what type of services you provide. Is it meals is at aaron's what types of things. Yet so we wanna copy here they think he's while you're here crisis mode and then number one circuit that we do it Leo. And like a leopard I want. That might be going to ask you or you know they can't have it back in his victory. And for the Leo it's been number one and we provide someone and all the crap in there you know great in the engine. People comfort that eyes you know. And and pick it up either immediate exit the market I think even and go to a local pact signed it and they wanted to be so kind and I'm back from Leo that. I've looked commentary that we have the we have lots of others as well. I'm rides the medical appointment so is there crisis is genetically days you know again and there aren't surgery. I'll be well take them there. The equipment. Helped them. You know get the exact time and expecting their doctor and everything. We ought to do right to you know pharmacy pick up their prescription and we can all you rise to the supermarket how often do some shopping. And then we do that care do not boarding pet care. One of our common activity that we do is stop blocking. You know when someone had that surgery they've broken leg is broken arm to get it here their pet anymore and their pet is very much a part of their family. Oh yeah I was gonna say that must be a big one because people love their pets and pet doesn't understand that you play take a lot gore. So that's that's a big one I'm sure you know what it's all free which is what. I don't I was just like wow how did they do that so our office service is donating. That there is come from the volunteers themselves which is beautiful you have somebody in your pound. That is. Buying ingredients and cooking a meal or they're driving the person in their car. Or there he if they can't afford to help in other ways they can block it which is you know just take time it doesn't take any. You know monetary assistance on the part of the volunteer so. Bill is completely free for the recipient could receiving services. But obviously if you're a volunteer. You're paying for some of the ingredients that go into the food and things like that but for anyone who eat those services. It's a 100% free there are no requirements. You know and no parameters anyway. It can't repeat it services and that's what makes sense of that as a inclusive to everybody in the community. And that's there's gonna ask you how do people qualified but I guess that's not the right word to use the you don't have to qualify how do people find you. Yeah happy. Have to qualify on me saying that he's remembered is that the capacity temporary by nature so. One the common confusion that some people might have it. They'll call and a half an aging parents but hey. And we'll that you know my. My there is. Nine years old and she ran out. And she needs help unfortunately that's not the best fit for yeah well we give them referrals to places that can help them. And we've got some great resources. Our policy is never know if we do have to think you know our own services. We that we think now we have this service for you that we can offered via. So. The only thing that makes them qualify is that it does need to be a crisis that's temporary nature. Not as a percent related to their financial situation. Though is that you know someone's car broke down that can't afford to pay to fix the car. And then they can't get in there annual tech but the doctor. That wouldn't be fit because that is the under and I can't. And it that the annual check up but not for cancer treatment by their car broke down and they're going to campaign treatment okay that cancers temporary we can within. And the birdies will come and help them out. Okay yeah that that's actually really important clarification. Yeah. And I want to talk about how widespread you guys are I was surprised that this neighbor brigade has 33 chapters many are here in the Boston area. Are they are run by volunteers. They that we have quite that they are in Massachusetts but we have six others in the other states and we're growing. He's here we add on about five or exceed chapters. On average though. Just in 2016 we started expanding the Connecticut. Mean Rhode Island. 2017. We thought it Jerry becoming into the picture and that I think about an eighteen Lee. Opened up our frequent cuts factored in Seattle L well dad so it's fun to see it expanding and every time we expand it because. Cell lines that somehow affected either directly or indirectly. From our services in Massachusetts. And they'll. They had a family member I had a friend who receive services they were so inspired by it that they wanted to bring it there out. And about how actors start we don't. Question actors on any town or any person it is a 100% a volunteer. In that pound and a call the chapter leader but it ahead volunteer. And they're the ones that want to bring how they act as a point person. And they did the community outreach frat that we provide a lot of marketing materials for sure. Com we'll get information off on local web site and agencies. But that's I think that's quite pertinent that the caring individual in that pound I want to bring this free service. Today how men and it's great for volunteers to get and he can get involved in helping people. That might actually be there and you there. If you're just waking up into earning it you're listening to exceptional women on magic on a six point seven I'm suits have been or chatting with piling Mendoza. The executive director of neighbor for aid an organization that works to support people who are facing a side in life crisis. Polly has been sharing the mission and the reliance on volunteers and the impact the work has in the community. Let's get back track conversation. And it's it's really cool like you said it's probably somebody who has a personal connection to the organization whether they've been involved as a volunteer. Providing a service or whether they better recipient. And and they have seen the impact and the difference it makes and then they wanna carry that on and bring it to another community. That's right you know it's interesting so our most dedicated volunteers but ones that sign up. You know every week to do something are off one who received services BBC three years ago and they know. What it felt like I have that helping hand. And there were times when they most needed and how it all to have somebody who. You actually don't know you know one thing to have different and Stanley which is great from people who don't have that network. But there that have support that you never before. In my live a couple of miles away from you ma and you know it time to cook for me at all. Saturday aid to drive and an appointment. And it something really actually beautiful about that connection and sometimes you know I'd I'd do the captain I found. And and I feel friendship for people who have never before because of this. You know act of kindness. They've built a new friendship and that will be a lifelong friendship it's really need it. That's so cool and and I can imagine. Oh when you have a family members bring something not that it's not important it you don't feel good about that but. It's different when a stranger shows up because you know. It's not an obligation for hey it's not like oh look they you know they have to comment whatever this is somebody who truly authentically. Just from the goodness of their heart has come to provide some assistance or relief to you. That's great it's great and copy cat people here are recipients say oh my god I wish I had we gotten Geithner you know it hired. Except that you're in crisis and it tie the to. You know reach out for help and just accept that help you out there about what we're here for. That's quite a volunteer sign up they want to help and so. They're ready and waiting and then the recipient only fair I could only be got a little bit you know. Yes. I want to talk a little bit highly about the charities routes because it all began with a woman by the name of hand washing act tell me a little bit about her and her legacy. You know. People that you hear about in your life that you wish he had met personally I. I wish I had met her but I do feel like guy gets in you know her. Personality. And who she was the root of volunteers that are built with our organization that fit me act. And we're kind of recruited by her because. She. She lives Whalen residents. And see you lay diagnosed with cancer in 2002. For the first time and hurt and that your frenzy inside and booklet Geithner later on the scene Hyman and gateway. They realize they're I think he looked there and eat together and unite the maximum on the bike ride. Talking about the support that they had these books have a beautiful network of friends they were friends and and they had similar friends and them. They're friends with cook and you know they both had children and I think he had three beautiful daughters. And Sheen have two children and so they needed help getting their case activities. That is very young at that time. And they got Leo they got pet care you know they've got everything that neighbor for these guys now is because favorite feed those. Services from our friends and when they let you let their feet. They. Significant difference for. People who had that support group and people who didn't and they felt very flat. And very fortunate to have the apartment but they were always aware that not everyone you know hurt. There is reason maybe you live far away from your family. You know maybe assembly has passed away whatever it and you might not have that support it they wanted to make sure that everybody had that network. And they started interpret it now originally it was called but we haven't seen. And it's beautiful name that they didn't want. You know they didn't want anyone who perhaps wasn't related to our. I'm for whatever reason not to and join the group and they'd they'd changed the name can you replicate in 2000 and and when it formally became. A nonprofit organization so. I am yet started the wailing means. She. Sit. The end of the network and so many different pound. She applied for nonprofit status in 2000 and pat. And then unfortunately she locked her out of the campaign 2000 and clout. Her legacy to live and that kind of thing dying every day all across the achievement but that was her dream. That happened expand into other states and are not happy that we can carry out the dream for her and we're now learning and others say it is exciting. That's really exciting would think Pam would say today. About neighbor brigade and sort of how far you've come you've grown. Had you know I. Hope. And I beyond that she would that be. So there that and hacked by all the stories that we continue to hear. Neighbors helping the injured. Been in this week that basic ED. I felt last year. The weather fifth anniversary of Pam I'm I'm gonna talk a little bit about him and it flopped back. Because it was the anniversary. Our organization event. I went through all of hand book I have a lot of her notebook. Our halftime and mean. When she was starting are going to be and then she went. She was. Rating CPC rapid fire at all her ideas. And she wanted it to be an inclusive organization that really incorporated everybody in the community. And last year we were so fortunate to get. Significant grants from the middle effect animal feeding foundation. In order to help but be more inclusive we translated. Our commercial way. And thanks to encrypt caught Matt and translation we translated our brochures Spanish Portuguese and Chinese. Add. To get more translations. Two other grant in the future as well but we want to make sure every one. These sorts in the community and I think Pam. Would really. Approve of that. He wouldn't be happy in that we're reaching out there every line. In and that pounds that we kept actors because. Everyone knows how amazing it he you know when someone be without a helping hand thing here you're part of. If you're just waking up and tuning your listening to exceptional women on magic on a six point seven I'm suits have been were chatting with Polly Mendoza. The executive director of neighbor Purdue aid an organization that works to support people who are facing a side in life crisis. Polly has been sharing the mission and the reliance on volunteers and the impact the work has in the community. Let's get back track conversation. And tell us a little bit about the running notes in the follows in October cams around. It is not over every year the annual ham sandwiches October 14. And it's Sunday in the wail and and that trend in view. I'd be here community that. We have a five K ten K and they can walk or ride. The five day and it and it is that correct and it arm. Problem and and then we have had in mind that it is that Leo can participate in their own run it is really need to see. L watts in a parent or loved ones and stick may in the make it to do it there on the Bowery that Sydney. And we've got and it can block in the past. I don't teach your family there it. We got patent ideas I would have been music group you know local music group and so it's really fun event and enough folic just beautiful in New England. And we get caught you know we have. Opens treatment is we've got circles for hereditary all these great businesses that have supported that. I'm can make the event possible. It has been great day though. For any walkers or runners very good people want a common have a good time. You know it on October 14 in Wayland and administration has opened. And we're always looking for community sponsors that are there any businesses out there that would like to get involved. And support our efforts. Well is there a web sites Polly that people can go to get more information about it. Gap so. Pam Wright dot com is the right let's say and then you can. Find links to cancer and feel our organization's web site which is. He favors free yeah ORG. And so book that I view information about a guy. Labor brigades went by information act services and how to volunteer. Sign up is easy to receive their bases. Well. Yeah I don't want to say it's a neighbor Kirk made it dot org yes can donate there or you can and find out how to get help with you need help. If you want to volunteer. And I don't imagine that there's ways to volunteer even beyond. Showing up to somebody's house and knocking on the door that maybe union administrative help for things like that as well. Aero is that people can help in they have more administrative skills. You know maybe they wanna help with marketing social media. Handing out red shirt to different faces and their pound. There are always ways that people can help. It's part chapters throughout the year. Legal. And be on the regular that we do community drive. Physically way when things might be a little could be kind of go. View. You know patents that are in my pocket and I'm that are a little bit slower and and the summer can be a little bit slower. So community drive and though are actors will partner up with a local organization usually non profit or or. A town agency of some sort potentially. Dignity that is that the local organizations that help homeless woman. We you know we have churches that we partner with. And will be collecting items that whenever you have for example in Natick. They're collecting items. Though and I'm the only. That can't get back to school but I think they're doing that right now a backpack. Applied and old Sony's. Hold on to backpack and low income families that are getting into the act school. Something like that you know some of volunteers can only help there in those communities. As they might work you know. 95 and just like it did the right now for them to vote sign up for the community guy and up that way yeah. Yeah. We. You replicated. Leave. We. If you volunteer once a year ago there once a week we value. Everybody. And you know in both the art such issues how. And we have this need all year long and a lot of ways to get involved. And again you know your local and you wanna support actor is India after bonds. You can get your business and great marketing tool do. Connections we have about 3500. Volunteers. That are out in in yet been greatly from local business owners who might want you probably got those volunteers and that and now. About what city have offered. And we we're we're almost at a time but I want to ask one last question and that is as I speak Q what strikes me is the on the passion in your voice for what you do you've been doing this awhile and yet. You still talk about it like. You just love every minute out and I want to ask you what keeps you excited and so involved in this cause because you didn't know Pam. And yet you you talk so highly of her and I heard legacy. Yeah I love that question. You know what I. Started working within their brigade out it was really hard this year all of this story you know he would have. Our recipient call requesting help and you know you talk to them for thirty minutes to an hour to discuss what they're going to do. And it it was really hard for me I get off the and just start crying if we have so many people out there are going to that would be difficult times. But then I often get calls from volunteers thing. You know way they've just changed my life you know and I was feeling bad about my own personal particularly and I got help somebody else out. And now I did feel much better about myself and I know I'm helping my community. And different story that you hear about. People reaching out to one another. Independent beautiful way. Listing it makes it look you know want to go to work the next day. It inspires view and it makes you grateful for what you have. And you know I love my job about what is your film very like he could that he wouldn't advocate. We'll thank you so much for out of time thank you Paula for being with us on exceptional women today we are so grateful for organizations like neighbor brigade in B which she continued success of your mission to help you neighbors. 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