Helping the Homeless - While visiting a local homeless shelter, members of Helping the Homeless noticed the lack of available space for children to do their homework. In order to fix this, the Venture has teamed up with the woodworking shop at their school and has made plans to create a functional homework help kiosk for the shelter. In addition to the space itself, the team plans to make monthly visits and provide tutoring assistance to any children who may be at the shelter. By creating this safe learning zone, the team hopes to give homeless children confidence and an environment to academically thrive.
Horizons for the Homeless - Students at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School saw the perfect opportunity to combine their passion with helping a community they knew needed assistance. The Venture Team, Horizons for the Homeless, joined forces with the cosmetology department at their school and with Horizons for Homeless Children, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of young homeless children and their families by ensuring that they are prepared for school success. The Venture offers low-cost haircuts, coloring and mani/pedicures to the public, with proceeds of each appointment going towards Horizons for Homeless Children. The Venture’s continued efforts not only assist the shelter, but also give community members surrounding the school the opportunity to boost their confidence without hurting their wallets.
2013 – 2014
Monty Tech Cares - The men of Monty Tech Cares knew that it was not just enough to help the community here and there, but instead to make it a systematic part of the school’s mantra. Their venture establishes an annual day of service for the students of Monty Tech to come together and help a part of the community in desperate need. This year they worked with the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Fitchburg to help repair the areas of the building that had fallen to neglect.
Chasing Dreams - Inspired by a love of theater and how it has helped them in their own lives, the Venturers of Chasing Dreams are excited to share this passion with local elementary students. Through their venture, these students will be bringing the theater to the students, engaging them as performers in their own shows and hopefully inspiring them to continue to do theater later on.
2015 – 2016
Colorful Change - Motivated by one of their teammate’s experiences through the foster care system, this Venture Team has decided to take action and work towards creating a better support system for the foster youth of North Central Massachusetts. In order to raise money for this cause, the team has decided to host their very own color run and have the proceeds go towards foster care programs such as the Department of Children and Families. On April 23rd, 2016 at Monty Tech’s outdoor track in Westminster, “Colorful Change” hosted a Color Walk/Run to raise awareness and funds for their cause and received through donations over $2000.00 for children in foster care.
2016 – 2017
(Saving) The Bee's Knees - This Venture Team knows just how great the decline is in the honey bee population. And they’re determined to do something about it. Their mission is to raise awareness about the effect a continuing decline in population will have on food and on people. They host a Honey Festival in the spring and a Farmer’s Market in the summer. These events will help to raise awareness, but will also raise funds to support larger efforts committed to the same cause, such as Burt’s Bees and the Haagen Dazs’ Honey Bee Haven.
2017 – 2018
Thoughts for POTS - Having seen firsthand the difficulties of their teammate experiencing Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), students at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School wanted to raise awareness and education around the syndrome. POTS is a form of dysautonomia that is estimated to impact between 1 and 3 million Americans and millions more around the world. Like many others with POTS, it took Victoria a long time to get diagnosed due to the lack of awareness and research going to the illness. Her two teammates have seen her pass out, be unable to speak, and felt the scariness of not knowing how to help, so these three students set out to solve the problem and launched their Venture, Thoughts for POTS. Their goal – an educated community around them, future patients getting faster and more accurate diagnosis, and ultimately, a cure.
2018 – 2019
Meals for Shields - Two senior boys realize how much firefighters sacrifice during the holidays by being away from their families when they are scheduled to work. These students raised money and sponsorships to be able to bring hams and pies on Christmas to every single firehouse in the cities nad towns in the Monty Tech district.