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WRFORP is an all-volunteer organization, founded in 1981 by Boston activist, Alice Hennessey. We are deeply grateful to the many volunteers, businesses, and organizations who give their time and treasure to support our work for Boston’s women, children, and families in need.

Alice Hennessey & Kip Tiernan
Alice Hennessey, one of the founding members of WRFORP, with Rosie’s Place Founder Kip Tiernan.  Photo credit: Bruce Hamilton

Doris Corbo, Chair
Jean Corbo-Hudak
Jim “Strad” Engler
Kathy Johnston
Beth McLean
Janine Mullaney
Mary Murphy
Nate Nickerson

Alicia O’Brien
Lisa Sankowski
Ann Seigle
Sally Shuman
Michelle Tomlinson
Katherine Walsh

Alice & Bill Hennessey
Helen & Bob Haley
Helen & Tom O’Brien

Rosebuddies-The youth chapter of the WRFORP
The Rosebuddies program began in 2003 with three young, dedicated students: Kara, Laura, and Michaela. They began by having food drives for the Roslindale Food Pantry and serving meals at Rosie’s Place. This youth volunteer group has grown, and over the past 13 years has included many middle and high school boys and girls from the Roslindale and West Roxbury community.

rosebuddiesbannerMany schools now recognize the importance of community service and require their students to gather community service points or hours by participation in worthwhile community service activities. Participation in the Rosebuddies is a great community service opportunity, and the group currently enjoys over 20 volunteers who routinely help with our food drives and major events.

  • Food Drives     Food Drives help the Rosebuddies to collect various food items for Rosie’s Place and the Roslindale Food Pantry. Items may include peanut butter, canned goods, cereal or other non-perishable items. Roche Bros. Supermarket has been the site of many of our food drives.
  • Harvest Brunch & Community Dinner     Rosebuddies play a key role at our two major annual fundraising events. Before the events, they stuff envelopes and help prepare invitations for mailing. During the events, they mingle with donors and sell raffle tickets to our loyal and generous supporters.

Our current group of Rosebuddies represents six different schools in the Boston area: Joyce Kilmer K-8 School, Boston Latin School, Holy Name School, Ursuline Academy, Catholic Memorial School, and St. Sebastian’s School. If you are interested in joining the Rosebuddies, please contact us.