A South Boston resident is helping out veterans in South Boston, but instead of the traditional methods of raising money, she wants to do it with a twist: a scavenger hunt.
Victoria Montemayor, the 27-year-old organizer, has been working over the past few months to stage her Scavenger in Southie project.
“Something about South Boston grabbed my attention and interest. I’m struck by the history of the neighborhood and the community. It’s different than the rest of the city. It feels like I’m in a different place,” said Montemayor, whose husband is a two-tour veteran of Afghanistan. “I just wanted to bring fun and excitement to my life and the community, and I wanted to get people and help out a good cause.”
With the lofty goal of raising $50,000 for the Andrew Square VFW Post 6536, Montemayor hopes that she can help bring in more members to the organization and raise awareness of the challenges vets face when returning home.
“I’m not going to solve the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder issue, but having communities that talk about it and have a place where vets feel safe to go to makes a difference,” said Montemayor. “It has been able to start conversations that bring people together, I’ve been able to link different people that care about the same issue.”
Helping out the veterans is a major motivator behind the project, but having a little fun never hurt and Montemayor said she hopes that the project not only gets people thinking about their local vets but the community as the whole.
“I want people to have fun and learn about South Boston maybe in a way that haven’t before. I also want to continue the conversation the community is having about veterans,” said Montemayor.
The hunt will take place Sept. 1 and will lead participants on a whirl-wind tour of the neighborhood to scout out all the clues.
There are still plenty of spots open and competitors are encouraged to form teams for the event.
Although the hunt is free, a donation of $5 per person is suggested.
To find out more about taking part in the scavenger hunt, helping out with the organizing or finding out more information about South Boston’s local VFW, click here.