Once again on the first Saturday of May, the 36th Annual Wake Up The Earth (WUTE) Festival brought thousands of people across Boston together to celebrate community and kick off the spring weather.
The first WUTE Festival got its start in 1979 when a local group of individuals got together to stop the expansion of Interstate 95 into Jamaica Plain. It celebrated the accomplishment of a diverse community uniting for a common cause. Now 36 years later, WUTE brings together neighbors, businesses, organizations and nonprofits more diverse in age, race and class than ever before.
Dozens of nonprofits were present, and although they each have distinct causes and goals, they all want to better the community in one way or another.
JP NET was present, marching with the South Street Parade, supporting WUTE’s growing tradition of community engagement and participation. JP NET along with the other organizations give the festival value by taking part and bringing awareness to their nonprofits and local businesses.
The fellows and volunteers at JP NET spent the entire afternoon educating festival goers about JP NET and its current projects. Fellows shared their experiences working as a Community Leadership Fellow (CLF) and answered questions throughout the day.
Some of the projects highlighted during the WUTE Festival were those highlighted on this year’s amazing display. The display was designed and created by CLF’s and volunteers. Perfectly incorporating the “NET” in JP NET, they decided to build the display on a net bound by a ring. The net and ring hold together all that JP NET does, symbolizing how they all connect to one another.
JP NET’s current projects are its effort for a Cancer-Free economy, the Food Forest, the Time Exchange, the Community Leader Fellowship and its partnership with JP Forum.
This year’s WUTE Festival was about building relationships and connecting with people we normally would not connect with during our busy lives. JP NET was honored to be part of a great community event and is proud to support what WUTE stood for over three decades ago and continues to stand for today.