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For one day in October, over 1,500 Boston techies get out of the office and into the community to give back to local nonprofits. Teams both small and large as well as individuals donate their time across over 50 volunteer sites, giving over 9,000 hours of volunteer service in one day.  

Preceding our day of service, TUGGers celebrate the community at an epic Pep Rally Style Pre-Party at Brooklyn Boulders. The party includes great food, drink, music and an opportunity to meet your volunteer teams and connect with a variety of benefitting nonprofit organizations and collect supplies ahead of the day of service.


Wednesday, October 18 @ 6pm - 9:30pm

PRE-PARTY, hosted by Brooklyn Boulders: Everyone comes together for a community pre-party to celebrate ahead of the big day! This is your chance to get to know the group you'll be volunteering with, get to know the nonprofit you'll be working with, gather your supplies, decorate your T-shirt and bond over some beers and free food! Note: the pre-party is 21+ and is free for all participating volunteers.

Discounted rides to and from the pre-party thanks to Uber, the Exclusive Transportation Partner of Tech Gives Back 2017. 


Thursday, October 19 @ 9am - 5pm (times vary)

DAY OF SERVICE: Registered participants volunteer at nonprofit project sites throughout the Boston area making an immense impact in just one day!


We work with our partner Building Impact to curate dozens of impactful projects serving nonprofits throughout the Boston area, reworking to address many important social causes.

Below are the remaining public projects still available.

1. Allston: Improving Park Access @ Ringer Park

@ 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Project Details

Outdoor Project:Assist the Ringer Park Partnership Group with creating more visible and inviting park entrances, and conducting a fall clean-up including litter removal, flower bulb planting, gardening, and landscape Improvements throughout the 12+ acres of Ringer Park. 


4. cambridge: Fresh Pond Reservation

@ 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Project Details

Help keep herbicides out of one of the largest sources of drinking water in Cambridge by cleaning up and removing invasive weeds. Volunteers are recommended to wear long pants and sleeves, sturdy closed toe shoes.

3. Boston: Boston Center for the Arts - Book Fair

@ 10:00 AM - 3:00

Project Details

Indoor/Outdoor project: Volunteers will prepare and set up the exhibition and programming spaces by cleaning  outdoor Plaza space, setting up tables and chairs in the Mills Gallery and Martin Hall, and assisting in preparing our exhibition and public programming spaces. 


5. Jamaica Plain: Gratitude Cards for Elderly

@ 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Project Details

Volunteers will design fall cards and write a cheerful message to brighten a senior citizen's day! The cards will be  delivered with  the  Meals on Wheels lunch food program when they bring hot, nutritious   meals to the homes of isolated elders everyday. 

4. Brookline: Teen Center - Road to Success

@ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Project Details

Volunteers will help with multiple projects ranging from Fall landscaping, painting, indoor cleaning, data entry in addition to social media/marketing consultation (if expertise is available within the group).



6. Medford: Restore the Mystic River

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Project Details

MyRWA heavily relies on dedicated volunteers to restore the river to a native and diverse habitat. Volunteers will be working to remove invasive species from Medford's Macdonald Park. Your efforts are part of a broader decade-long effort to restore the river to a native habitat.

Our goal for the day is not only to volunteer, but to create community through the outreach of our peers in tech. Have a team of 10 or more. Email for sponsorship opportunities.

Guppy Tank Pilot with Boston Public Schools

This year TUGG is piloting a new program in partnership with Boston Public Schools where we will bring 6th graders into 10 select tech companies for an experiential learning activity. Originally ideated, developed, and tested by Salsify this model allows for a unique STEM learning experience for the students and meaningful employee engagement for your team. TUGG is excited to scale Guppy Tank to 10 new companies as a part of Tech Gives Back 2017.
These participating companies are leading by example: BuildiumHubspot, InsightSquared, MendixRapid7, Salsify, Threat Stack, ToastWayfair, WeWork.
TUGG's Tech Gives Back Guppy Tank Pilot is brought to you by Silicon Valley Bank and The Boston Foundation and powered by Building Impact.

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10/18 tech gives back Pre-party FEATURING:


Why sponsor? At TUGG, we take a fresh perspective on event sponsorship.

By sponsoring TUGG's Tech Gives Back you are establishing your company as a leader in the tech and civic community. 

All TUGG sponsors donate what they can, whether it's $1,000 or $15,000, based on the stage and growth of their company. All event sponsorship funds go towards TUGG grants to our portfolio of nonprofits.

It's no secret that cash is tight in the start-up community, but TUGG sponsors have their priorities straight. They believe in giving back to their community, the same community that allows them to prosper and that makes Boston a great place to work and live.

All sponsors receive:

  • Marketing exposure in all event materials and via social media...are you stepping up to be a leader in our community? We want to shout your name from the rooftops!
  • T-shirts for their team
  • Preference for the nonprofit project site of your choice for volunteer groups of 50+, based on project availability

Interested in sponsoring Tech Gives Back? Contact Elizabeth at