Food Drive on Saturday, October 20th

At Roche Bros. Supermarket
1800 Centre St, West Roxbury, MA


Rosebuddies (members of our youth chapter), board members, and volunteers will be stationed in front of Roche Bros. Supermarket in West Roxbury on Saturday, October 20, 2018, collecting donations of peanut butter for Rosie’s Place and the Roslindale Food Pantry. Although it’s called a peanut butter drive, donations are not limited to peanut butter. Other non-perishable foods such as cereal and canned goods are welcomed. Our peanut butter drive and others like it, along with donations made by individuals and businesses, help to keep the shelves at the Roslindale Food Pantry and Rosie’s filled. Your donations make a difference and are very much appreciated!

Friends share fun – and share with others – at our 16th Annual Spring Community Dinner

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us and contributed so generously to our 16th Annual Spring Community Dinner and Fundraiser on March 24, 2018 at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in West Roxbury.


Attended by over 250 guests, our annual spring dinner benefits Rosie’s Place, a sanctuary for poor and homeless women; the Roslindale Food Pantry; and summer camperships for children in need.

(Mayor's Office Photo by Jeremiah Robinson)
Photo Credit: Jeremiah Robinson

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh joined us and shared his thoughts about the progress Boston has made in combatting homelessness, the work still to be done, and the difference that organizations like WRFORP make for women, children, and families. Rosie’s Place Director of Fundraising, Michael Oliver, also thanked our guests, and we were happy as always for the consistent support of District 6 City Councilor Matt O’Malley.

Beth Germano of WBZ-TV was our spectacular MC, and music for dining and dancing from DJ Michael O’Neil of MCO Productions added to the success of the evening.

We are very grateful to Rockland Trust, Gold Sponsor for this and all of our events.  And thanks to East Boston Savings Bank, Brookline Bank, and Blue Hills Bank, which also contributed to make our work possible.


Gift certificates, gift baskets, sports items, scratch lottery tickets, and more – all donated by local individuals, organizations, and businesses – were raffled during silent and live auctions.  (See the full list of generous donors in our event program.)

The event’s success is due in large part to the support of the St. George church community and Pastor Father Timothy Ferguson, who have hosted us for many years in their lovely space, and spacious kitchen!


And our Board members, Rosebuddies, and many volunteers worked tirelessly before and during the dinner to ensure it was a wonderful evening for everyone.

(Mayor's Office Photo by Jeremiah Robinson)
Photo Credit: Jeremiah Robinson

WRFORP is a non-profit, all volunteer organization. We are so fortunate to have so many loyal supporters. We hope you will join us again next year!

Rosebuddies – The youth chapter of the WRFORP

Rosebuddies Colin, Hannah & Teddy Johnston

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.

Many 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 Doris Corbo at