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December 2014 - Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

December 2014 - Boston

 

Holiday Drive  

East End House

 

Date/Time: Thursday, December 18, 4-7pm or December 19, 9am-6pm

 

Location: 105 Spring Street, Cambridge  

 

For the December Holiday Drive the East End House is collecting new, unwrapped educational games and activity sets, books, warm clothing, and basic necessities for the families that utilize East End House services. They are looking for volunteers to assist with sorting and organizing donations and/or wrapping gifts for their Holiday Drive. They welcome assistance from both individuals and groups of volunteers. 

 

Ages: Children ages 10 and up are welcome to volunteer

 

Time Commitment: Shifts range from two-nine hours (depending on your availability)

 

Contact: Lizet Medina, lizet@eastendhouse.org or Timothy Severyn, timothy@eastendhouse.org, 617.876.4444
www.eastendhouse.org 

 

 

Donate, Make or Serve Food   

Bread of Life

 

Date/Time: Ongoing

 

Location: 54 Eastern Avenue Rear, Malden  

 

Bread of Life (BOL) is a volunteer organization serving the hungry, homeless, needy and isolated that brings together 35 churches, synagogues, high schools and community organizations from the north Boston area to offer free evening meals four nights a week, an emergency food pantry, free clothing and grocery delivery to senior citizens in public housing. Bread of Life collaborates with local agencies to help low-income residents obtain counseling, furniture, housing, and financial assistance. BOL provided the equivalent of over 1,032,000 meals to hungry, homeless and isolated people in 2013. BOL is always looking for more volunteers. Although children under 13 cannot volunteer onsite, families can shop for and deliver food to BOL, which can be a meaningful volunteer experience for families with younger children.    

 

Ages: All ages can participate offsite; ages 13 and older can volunteer onsite 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Gabriella Snyder Stelmack at 781.397.0404, info@thebreadoflifeonline.org
www.thebreadoflifeonline.org 

 

 

Holiday Spoon Project  

Project Bread

 

Date/Time: Through Dec. 18. Photos of Spoons are due by Dec. 18 for the Spoon Contest.

 

Location: Email your photos to lauren_santilli@projectbread.org by Thursday, December 18 to take part in the contest. Voting will take place from Friday, December 19 to Tuesday, January 6. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, January 7. Photos can also be mailed to:
Project Bread
Attn: Lauren Santilli
145 Border Street
East Boston, MA 02128   

 

For more than 200,000 children in Massachusetts, skipping a meal is not a choice: it is a very real part of their daily lives. Children at risk of hunger and food insecurity need consistent and predictable help they can rely on year-round. Hungry children struggle to concentrate and learn. They are likely to have higher rates of absenteeism, get sick more frequently and recover more slowly. They are often at a disadvantage relative to their peers. When you see a spoon, you probably think of eating soup, cereal, or frozen yogurt. Of course, all of those foods are great, but it is also important to recognize that many people do not have any food to eat at all. There is much that we can do to help, and that we can teach our youth that they can too. When children decorate their spoons, we can teach them about hunger and how they can make a difference in their community. This year, Jordan's Furniture will match every dollar raised up to $10,000 -doubling your efforts to help those in need in Massachusetts.

  • Register! Register your family or group of friends for the Spoons Project.
  • Teach! Access the Spoons Project Curriculum and engage children in learning about hunger.
  • Create! Check out fun decorating tips and help children take an ordinary wooden spoon and create a work of art.
  • Serve! By using the fundraising tips, help children serve their community by selling their spoons and collecting donations to prevent hunger.
  • Win! Email or mail in photos of your child's spoons and enter a chance to win group tickets to Jordan's Furniture IMAX Theater.

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies 

 

Contact: Lauren Santilli, lauren_santilli@projectbread.org
www.projectbread.org 

 

 

The Giving Tree Project  

Mass Appeal International

 

Date/Time: Ongoing through December 16; pick up will be on December 17, 18 and 19   

Location: Local businesses or stores, please contact Karla Romero at 781.321.0406 or uxmagazine@yahoo.com (put Giving Tree in the subject heading) before starting your project  

 

The painfully slow economic recovery has left countless Massachusetts families in a prolonged fight to maintain the bare essentials. For them, the day after Thanksgiving is not a chance to get a great buy at the mall; it is another painful reminder that they may lack the means to provide their children a merry Christmas. You can help by setting up a Giving Tree donation box at your business or at local stores, where people can donate an unwrapped gift for a child in need. A Giving Tree is an artificial tree that your family or a business sponsor can donate and then you and your children can make paper ornaments decorated with gift tags of the children's name, age, and gift request. Mass Appeal International will provide you with the names of children and their wish lists.
Once the gift tag ornaments are made, set up the Giving Tree in a place that is public. (Your office or local stores or mall.) People can pick a nametag/ gift label with the name and/or gender, age, and in most cases, the gift request of the child. Do not lose this label! It will need to be secured to the gift so that Mass Appeal International can make sure it is given to the proper child. Please DO NOT wrap the gift. Call Karla at MAI when the donation box is ready to be picked up. The suggested monetary range for gifts is $15-$25 or more depending on your budget.  

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies 

 

Contact: Karla Romero at 781.321.0406 or uxmagazine@yahoo.com (Put Giving Tree in the subject heading)
www.massappealint.org 

 

 

Join a Nationwide Movement of Volunteerism and Giving  

#GivingTuesday

 

Date/Time: Tuesday, December 2

 

Location: Nationwide  

 

You've heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday! But what about #GivingTuesday? It's a day to kick off the giving season! #Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to charitable giving, volunteering and harnessing the power of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities. Now in its third year, #GivingTuesday is a worldwide movement that celebrates the power of giving in all its forms! #GivingTuesday inspires innovative personal philanthropy and encourages bigger, better and smarter charitable giving during the holiday season, showing that the world truly gives as good as it gets.  

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: http://www.givingtuesday.org/contact-us/
www.givingtuesday.org

 

 

The Light Princess - Volunteer Ushers Needed!  

The American Repertory Theater

 

Date/Time: Saturday, December 6 through Sunday, January 4

 

Location: The Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge  

 

The A.R.T. is getting ready to open The Light Princess, the Theater for Young Audiences Holiday show! Volunteer Ushers get a glimpse behind the scenes and work closely with the Front of House operations. Under the supervision of the House Manager and working with the Front of House Staff, volunteers are assigned duties that might include distributing programs, providing information about the show, scanning patrons' tickets at the door, light clean up after the performance, and completing other tasks during and after the show. Volunteers must wear white tops and black slacks or skirts; no jeans, t-shirts or sneakers. Arrival time is normally 90 minutes before the performance but this may vary depending on the production. Volunteer Ushers will be able to see the performance free of charge but may have to join Standing Room Only if the show is sold-out.    

 

Ages: Parents with children 14 and over can volunteer together.  Teens 16 and older can volunteer unaccompanied.  

 

Time Commitment: Approximately three hours- 90 minutes prior to the show plus the 70 minute show.

 

Contact: The A.R.T. Administrative Offices, 617.495.2668. Volunteer registration in available online. Please indicate in the comment section how many volunteers are 14 or 15. Sign up early!
www.americanrepertorytheater.org 

 

 

Donate Goods or Toys for the Holidays  

Horizons for Homeless Children

 

Date/Time: Ongoing

 

Location: 1705 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury  

 

Horizons for Homeless Children is one of the few organizations in Massachusetts focused exclusively on the needs of young homeless children and their families. They are recognized as a national leader in the education of homeless children. Today, they provide high-quality early education, opportunities for play, and family support services to more than 2,000 homeless children each week in Massachusetts. Horizons for Homeless Children relies on the support of the many individuals, corporations, and community groups who donate goods and services. If you are interested in donating goods, please review their wish list or create a toy drive with your friends and family. When donating goods: 

  • Please call their office prior to delivering your items. This will allow them to schedule a drop-off appointment and plan for distribution.
  • Please include your name, address and estimated value of your donation so that they may thank you for your donation and provide a receipt for tax purposes.
  • Items should be in new or like new condition. All toys must be new. Items should not be wrapped and should be age appropriate for children ages two months to six years old, except where noted.

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: name and contact info

www.horizonsforhomelesschildren.org 

 

 

Make Handmade Cards for Meals on Wheels Deliveries  

Ethos

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: 555 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain  

 

Ethos is a Boston-based, nonprofit organization that has served the elderly and disabled since 1973. Its mission is to promote personal well-being, dignity and autonomy through the delivery of high quality, affordable and culturally competent home and community-based care. For Christmas, Chanukah, Valentine's Day, and all kinds of holidays in between, children and their families make homemade cards for Meals on Wheels deliveries. Make a bunch of cards and Meg Licht, Volunteer Coordinator has kindly offered to pick them up or you can mail them directly to Ethos. Ethos would also be happy to host a group or family at their office in Jamaica Plain to work on a project together.  

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies depending on volunteer project 

 

Contact: Meg Licht at 617.477.6623, mlicht@ethocare.org
www.ethocare.org 

 

 

Make and/or Deliver Holiday Gift Baskets: 

Community Servings

 

Date/Time: Ongoing through Dec. 13 (Holiday Basket Delivery Day)

 

Location: Work Inc., 25 Beach Street, Dorchester  

 

Community Servings provides food and nutrition services throughout Massachusetts to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses. They give their clients, their dependent families, and caregivers appealing, nutritious meals, and send the message to those in greatest need that someone cares. The Community Servings Holiday Basket Program brings basic necessities and holiday gifts to our clients with life-threatening illnesses and their families. With 94% of their clients living in poverty, they have little to spend on items like toiletries, cleaning products, and clothing. Through the Holiday Basket Program, clients call Community Servings with their holiday wishes, and they match those "wish lists" with volunteer Basket Makers willing to shop for the gifts. Typically, wish lists contain requests for basic necessities like warm clothing and toiletries. Consider becoming a Basket Central Volunteer with your family and help sort and organize gift baskets. Volunteers are especially needed on Holiday Basket Delivery Day, Saturday, December 13. This can be a fun family activity because your children can join you in delivering the baskets.  

 

Ages: Volunteering at Basket Central requires a 1:1 parent to child ratio for children under eight years old or a 1:2 ratio of parent to children for ages eight and over.

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Kate White, kwhite@servings.org 617-522-7777 x.228. Click here to sign up for volunteer slots. Register quickly as spots are filling up!

www.servings.org 

 

 

Sell Project Bread Holiday Cards and help feed the hungry   

Project Bread 

 

Date/Time: Ongoing through the holidays 

 

Location: Flexible   

 

Project Bread anticipates and responds to immediate needs in our communities with emergency and short-term programs - provided with dignity and kindness. They also connect people to local food resources, and enable them to participate in their local food economies and the marketplace. In 2013, Project Bread invested more than $5 million in community based programs, food pantries, health centers, summer meal programs, elder meal programs, their FoodSource Hotline and more-all to reach the state's most vulnerable populations: children, working poor families, immigrants, and seniors-and to bolster our local food economies.

A fun and easy way to support Project Bread is to sell Project Bread holiday cards through your school or neighborhood.

Project Bread holiday cards: 

  • Come shrink-wrapped in packs of 10 and retail for $15
  • Are 5 x 7" and include matching envelopes
  • Are designed by local artists
  • Are printed in Massachusetts on high-quality recycled paper using soy-based inks


How it Works: 

  • Choose your favorite holiday card design. Click here to see the collection.
  • Sell the cards to your friends, family, or teachers for $15 per pack.
  • Give $12.50 to Project Bread and keep $2.50. You may also donate 100% of the proceeds.
  • At the end of the season, if you haven't sold all of the packs you ordered, simply mail back any unsold packs to Project Bread; they will reimburse you for postage.
  • All stores and organizations are asked to sign a consignment agreement upon placement of an order. 

Ages: All ages can participate.

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Morgan Bleimeyer, 617.239.2539  or morgan_bleimeyer@projectbread.org.
www.projectbread.org  

 

 

One Book at A Time  

Family-to-Family

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: Your home 

 

Family-to-Family is a non-profit national hunger and poverty relief organization dedicated to connecting, one-to-one, families with enough to share to impoverished American families with profoundly less. Family-to-Family programs create a bridge between communities with "more" and some of our country's poorest areas. You and your family can sponsor a child with one book a month through Family-to-Family's One Book at a Time program. The holiday season is the perfect time to take on a broader commitment that will carry your urge to give back through the whole year to come. Part pen pal, part book club, the One Book at a Time program will inspire both the book lovers who give the books and the ones who receive them. Family-to-Family will match you to a child living in poverty in one of the communities they serve, give you the child's name, age, grade, reading level, and list of favorite books or authors, and ask you to send him or her one new book, along with a letter, each month. Your family will commit to the program for one year, sending a total of 12 books and 12 letters. The child who receives the books will be encouraged to write back to you. Visit the DGT™ Feed Hungry Minds project page for reflection ideas, book suggestions, and ways to take this project further.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate as a sponsor; recipient children are primarily between the ages of 7 and 12.  

 

Time Commitment: One year 

 

Contact: Email books@family-to-family.org with your name, address and phone number and you will be matched with a child.  

www.family-to-family.org 

 

 

 

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November 2014 - Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

 November 2014 - Boston

 

Family Volunteer Day!    

Boston Cares 

 

Date/Time: Saturday, November 22, 10am-noon  

 

Location: TBD 

 

Come out and make a difference with families from all over Boston! Volunteers of all ages and their families and friends will gather at a location TBD to participate in the nationwide Family Volunteer Day program hosted by the HandsOn Network and sponsored by Disney. Participants will create bedtime bear kits that include a homemade teddy bear, a bedtime story, a toothbrush and toothpaste, which will then be sent to children living in family shelters all around Greater Boston. Creativity is encouraged! Family Volunteer Day will be jam packed with fun times, good food, and community involvement! Family shelters being served: the Bridge Home at St. Mary's, Casa Nueva Vida, the Italian Home for Children, and Christopher's Haven.
Note: This project is open to members and pending members who have registered with Boston Cares- you do not need to have attended an orientation to participate on Family Volunteer Day. 

 

Ages: Ages five and older can participate. If you are least 14 years old and have registered with Boston Cares, you may sign up and attend this project on your own. All volunteers under 18 years old must bring a permission form signed by a parent or guardian to give to the Project Leader.

 

Time Commitment: Two hours 

 

Contact: Kelly Dwyer kdwyer@bostoncares.org, 617.422.0910 x 206

www.bostoncares.org 

 

Looking for a Great Holiday Gift that Gives Back?  

Doing Good Together™

 

Location: Order online. Your young recipient can enjoy the Big-Hearted Book Club right at home every month.  

 

Have kids on your gift-giving list? Looking for something you feel GOOD about giving? ALL the proceeds help DGT™ continue to serve children and families. In addition, the gifts themselves teach children about the joy of doing for others. Most important of all, though, children will LOVE this fabulous book club! Each month your recipient will receive one high-quality children's book, along with a kindness activity, fun stickers and an original recipe. Turn family night into a book-centered kindness practice! Choose between a one-month, three-month, six-month or full-year subscription. (You can decide which month your subscription will begin.) Learn more and subscribe at our DGT Store.

 

Ages: Most appropriate for children 4-10 years old   

   

Contact:  Laurie at laurie@doinggoodtogether.org with any questions  
www.doinggoodtogether.org  

 

 

Garden on the Greenway  

Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

 

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 11, 10am-noon

 

Location: Dewey Square Park at the intersection of Summer St. & Atlantic Ave., Boston  

 

The Conservancy is the designated steward of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, a mile-and-a-half of contemporary parks in the heart of Boston that connect people and the city with beauty and fun. The non-profit Conservancy maintains and improves the Greenway on behalf of the public and in partnership with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Bring the whole family and experience volunteering together on this Veteran's Day holiday. Volunteers will do light gardening work, such as planting bulbs, in the Dewey Demonstration Garden. Children must have a waiver signed by their parent or guardian and must be supervised at all times.
Pre-registration is required.  

 

Ages: All ages are welcome 

 

Time Commitment: Two hours 

 

Contact: Keelin Purcell, 617.603.7737 or volunteer@rfkgc.org with any questions or to register.
www.rosekennedygreenway.org 

 

 

Operation Birthday Child  

Cheerful Givers

 

Date/Time: Flexible, ongoing 

 

Location: Your home  

 

Donate one gift bag filled with an assortment of small new toys for kids ages 3-12, such as balls, puzzles, stickers, crayons, etc. as well as candy treats. Click for specific birthday bag instructions. Ask your friends and colleagues to pitch in as well to make as many gift bags as possible! Each birthday bag will allow one parent to be able to recognize their child's birthday. This is an easy way for groups or families to support the community and does not cost a lot. After you have collected all of the birthday bags, take them to a local food shelf or shelter and let Cheerful Givers know how many bags you donated (contact karen@cheerfulgivers.org). You can find the local food shelf nearest you on the Greater Boston Food Bank's website.  

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible 

 

Contact: karen@cheerfulgivers.org 

www.cheerfulgivers.org 

 

 

Nephcure Walk Boston  

The NephCure Foundation

 

Date/Time: Saturday, November 1, 8am-3pm

 

Location: Artesani Park, 1255 Soldiers Field Rd., Brighton  

 

NephCure Kidney International is the only organization committed exclusively to supporting research seeking the cause of the potentially debilitating kidney disease Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and the diseases that cause Nephrotic Syndrome. NephCure has joined this global consortium dedicated to sharing ideas, combining strengths and supporting one another as they strive to find a cure. Please join them for the NephCure Walk Boston. This family-friendly event raises awareness and vital funds to find improved treatment options and a cure for Nephrotic Syndrome and FSGS. Come out and meet other families in your area, enjoy children's activities and learn more about NephCure Kidney International. You can set up a Team Page and fundraise or you can volunteer at the walk. There are many volunteering opportunities; from helping with registration, handing out flyers, to locating sponsors to bringing a batch of cookies. There's a great need for snacks at the walk. Making or donating baked goods would be a perfect family-friendly volunteering option. There will also be a station set up where teams can create signs to hold as they walk. This is great for families to do together, especially if the volunteer families could bring some craft supplies for the activity. Every little bit helps. The walk is focused on children and will include face-painting, arts and crafts, trick-or-treat, and other games and activities.  

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Meredith Wilson 610.540.0186 x 18, mwilson@teamnephcure.org.
For questions or more information, please contact The NephCure Events Team at 1.866.NephCure (637.4287), events@nephcure.org.
www.nephcure.org 

 

 

Nurture and Play in the Nurturing Room  

Youville House Assisted Living Center

 

Date/Time: Wednesdays, 3-4pm

 

Location: Youville House, 1573 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

 

Youville House and Youville Place are members of Covenant Health Systems, a New England-wide, Catholic, not-for-profit health and elder care system. On Wednesday afternoons Youville House invites families with children of all ages in the neighborhood to come play and connect with the resident seniors in their second floor common area. Space, toys and snacks are provided. Older children are welcome to bring their own games or activities to do with the seniors. The residents interact with the children and their parents or caregivers. It's a pleasant way to spend time in the warm comfort of loving adults and inquisitive playmates. Drop in and join the activities and start your family volunteering at a young age! Babies are more than welcome. Youville House is located in the heart of Cambridge, just minutes from Harvard and Inman Squares.   

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: One hour

 

Contact: Georgiana Swords at 617.491.1234
www.youvilleassistedliving.org

 

 

Help Bring Local, Healthy Food to JP & Roxbury  

Egleston Farmers Market

 

Date/Time: Saturdays, 10am-2pm

 

Location: The Brewery Complex, 29 Germania Street, Jamaica Plain, across from the Sam Adams Brewery entrance (Note: this is a new location)  

 

Egleston Farmers Market is a volunteer, community-led initiative to make fresh, healthy, locally-grown food accessible to residents of Jamaica Plain and Roxbury and to support the local economy. The market is co-sponsored by Egleston Square Main Street, Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition, and Good Egg Marketing.
Volunteer with your children at the market on Saturdays to help them set up, make coffee, run children's activities, provide information and assist vendors. Or you can volunteer on your own schedule and help them spread the word by distributing postcards and flyers together in the neighborhood during the week. They also need assistance with posting calendar announcements and writing press releases. Children can help with counting patrons on market day, as they would like to get an accurate count. This is something fun that a child and parent could do together. Vendors include farmers, fishers, food producers, crafters and other local businesses and nonprofits. They offer free coffee, children's activities, music, and other activities.  

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible, one to four hours  

 

Contact: Kate Peppard at eglestonfarmersmarket@gmail.com; please put VOLUNTEER in the message subject line
www.eglestonfarmersmarket.org

 

 

Save a Furry Life - Open Your Home to a Homeless Dog  

PAWS New England

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: Varies 

 

Do you and your family love dogs? Volunteer with PAWS New England and introduce your children to the joys and responsibility of taking care of an animal in need of love and care.
Paws News England works to rescue abandoned, neglected, and abused dogs from high-kill shelters and desperate situations, provide them with veterinary care and much needed TLC, and bring them to New England where they place them in safe, loving homes. Want to join the PAWS NE team? They are always looking for people who can share their time and talents with them. They are currently looking for Adoption Coordinators, Fosters, Fundraising Coordinators, Grant writers, Marketing and Transportation Volunteers. Many Transport Volunteers bring their children to transport their dogs. Fostering a dog changes lives - for the dogs being fostered and the families fostering them.   

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: info@pawsnewengland.com
pawsnewengland.com 

 

 

Sell or Deliver Pies for Community Servings  

Pie in the Sky

   

Date/Time: Variety of dates and times from mid-November through Thanksgiving 

 

Location: Pie Central, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 415 Summer Street, Boston  

 

More than a fundraiser, Pie in the Sky fosters community spirit and engages the public in the mission of Community Servings -- Massachusetts' free home-delivered meals and nutrition program for the critically ill. Each November since 1993, Boston's best restaurants, bakeries, caterers and hotels donate thousands of pies that over 700 volunteers then sell to family, friends and colleagues. Each pie costs $28, providing a week's worth of hearty home-delivered meals to a Community Servings' client and a tasty Thanksgiving treat to the buyer. With the help of hundreds of volunteers, business, and corporate sponsors, and their dedicated staff and board members, they prepare and deliver 8,500 lunches and dinners each week to the homes of almost 850 individuals and families who are homebound with an acute life-threatening illness.


Community Servings would love to have you volunteer this November - and there are MANY opportunities for families to volunteer together. If you and your children are interested in sales, become a pie seller! Every year during the Pie in the Sky  annual bake sale 700 amazing volunteers sell 18,000 pies to friends, family and co-workers. Because of their hard work they are able to raise a half a million dollars to feed the critically ill. Every pie you sell will feed one of their clients for a week. The secret ingredient is you! Click to learn more about becoming a Pie Seller. 


Your family can also help Pie in the Sky during the home stretch of the pie sale by picking up and delivering pies to locations around Greater Boston. Pies need to be picked up from participating bakers and delivered to Pie Central. Then, completed pie orders need to be delivered from Pie Central to designated pick-up sites. The Saturday meal delivery volunteer opportunity and meal delivery for Thanksgiving and Holiday Basket/meal delivery are well suited for younger children. These opportunities require you to have your own vehicle and a GPS. Click to register for Pie Pick Up & Delivery volunteer opportunities. Click to register for other Pie in the Sky 2014 volunteer opportunities. Spaces are filling up fast!    

 

Ages: All ages can participate in delivering pies with adult drivers and pie selling. Ages 13 and older are allowed to volunteer in the Community Servings kitchen.

 

Time Commitment: Varies depending on volunteer job 

 

Contact: Kate White, Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator, 617.522.7777 x228, kwhite@servings.org
www.pieinthesky.org 

 

 

Thanksgiving Day Boston Volvo 5K Road Race  

National MS Society - Greater New England Chapter

 

Date/Time: Thursday, November 27, 7:30am registration; 9am start time

 

Location: Boston Volvo Village, 75 North Beacon St., Brighton, Mass. Parking available at Stop & Shop behind Boston Volvo Village and at the garage on Guest St. (directions)  

 

The National MS Society, Greater New England Chapter and Boston Volvo Village have teamed up to offer a 5K Road Race on Thanksgiving Day. The mission of the National MS Society is to end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis. Your participation in the Boston Volvo Village 5K Road Race provides help for today and hope for tomorrow through education, support, advocacy, and research funded by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater New England Chapter. That makes a huge difference to the nearly 21,000 people and their families in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Vermont who live with MS every day of their lives. The success of these events is directly related to the wonderful volunteers who help make the event go off without a hitch. There is only one requirement: to want to do something about MS NOW. There are many jobs to choose from including registration, office help, photography, and much more. Children are welcome to pass out water, cheer on the runners and more.  Last year there were over 1200 runners! Come out and make this year's Boston Volvo Village 5K Road Race a great success. Volunteers and runners/walkers can register online. Fees for race participation are $20 for online registration through noon on Tuesday, November 25, or $25 on-site registration at the event. You can pick-up your registration packet with your bib and timing chip starting at 7:30am on Thursday morning.  

 

Ages: All ages can participate in volunteering, walking or running.

   

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Jared Wayne, Event Manager, 1.800.344.4867, Volvo5K@nmss.org
www.nationalmssociety.org 

 

 

No Sew Blankets  

Project Linus

 

Date/Time: Flexible, ongoing need

 

Location: Deliver your blankets to your  local Project Linus chapter   

 

As the weather grows colder, why not share something snuggly with those in need? Project Linus provides homemade blankets to children in need. Our blankets are lovingly made by adults and children from all walks of life and many different sources. Volunteer blanket makers help provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans. You and your family can make easy, no sew blankets to donate to children in need. Click for blanket making instructions.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Check the chapter listings page to find your local Project Linus chapter
www.projectlinus.org 

 

 

 

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October 2014 - Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

October 2014 - Boston

 

Making Lunch for the Ladies

On The Rise, Inc.

 

Date/Time: Flexible, this opportunity is available six days a week. Meals should be dropped off between 8-11am, prior day delivery can be arranged if needed.

 

Location: 341 Broadway, Cambridge  

 

For the homeless women at On The Rise, a healthy and hearty meal enjoyed in a safe home is invaluable. They rely on the kind hearts and culinary talents of volunteers to cook a meal in their own kitchen and deliver it to On The Rise. This volunteer opportunity fills one of their greatest needs by being able to offer a healthy and hearty meal to a woman who otherwise would not have many options. Don't shy away from this opportunity even if you don't consider yourself a cook; store bought and pre-made items are also welcome. As the women are as diverse as their palates, you choose what you would like to make; it is sure to be appreciated and enjoyed! Shopping, preparing and cooking these meals is a wonderful opportunity to give back with your children, as they can get involved at any age. To respect the privacy of the women, volunteers do not serve lunch at On The Rise. Lunch is set up family-style in the comfy kitchen and the women help themselves. Entrée should serve 15 adults, sides and dessert are optional. Click for more specific lunch preparation and delivery information.  

 

Ages: All ages can participate.

 

Time Commitment: Flexible, this can be a one-time opportunity or you may sign up for multiple shifts throughout the year

 

Contact: Angelique Kopilevich, Interim Community Relations Manager, 617.497.7968, ext. 36, angelique.kopilevich@ontherise.org
www.ontherise.org

 

 

In-Kind Donation Drive  

On The Rise, Inc.

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: Drop-off your donations to On The Rise, 341 Broadway. Deliveries are accepted on Monday and Thursday from 3-5 pm (not on holidays), or by appointment. Please do not leave donations at the door.   

 

You can volunteer to organize a drive with your children to collect clothing and toiletries for the women at On The Rise. Click here for a list of items they are currently looking for; right now they are running especially low on travel size toothbrushes, toothpaste, and conditioner.  

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible 

 

Contact: Angelique Kopilevich, Interim Community Relations Manager, 617.497.7968, ext. 36, angelique.kopilevich@ontherise.org
www.ontherise.org 

 

 

Moving Home Drive  

On The Rise, Inc.

 

Date/Time: Flexible, but drives need to be completed within three weeks

 

Location: Deliver to On The Rise, 341 Broadway, Cambridge  

 

You can coordinate a home drive to collect NEW basic household items for one woman as she moves into her new apartment. With your help, she can get settled a little more quickly and continue to work on the challenges that surround her. On The Rise will send you a bio of the woman you are helping, along with her personal wish list. Click here for more information. There are currently two women who recently found housing and need assistance furnishing their new places.  

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Angelique Kopilevich, Interim Community Relations Manager, 617.497.7968, ext. 36, angelique.kopilevich@ontherise.org
www.ontherise.org 

 

 

Create a Cheerful Drawing  

Color A Smile

 

Date/Time: Flexible 

 

Location: Send your children's drawings to Color a Smile, P O Box 1516, Morristown, NJ 07962-1516. It is okay to fold the drawings to fit them in an envelope.  

 

Color A Smile collects colorful, crayon drawings from school children. Every month they distribute these drawings to Nursing Homes, Meals on Wheels Programs, and individuals all across the country. This activity is a simple one that younger children love to do. Visit the Color A Smile volunteer page for additional coloring instructions.  

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: info@colorasmile.org, 973.540.9222

www.colorasmile.org 

 

 

2014 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5-Mile Walk   

American Cancer Society (ACS)

 

Date/Time: Prep Day: October 4, 12-4pm; Walk Day: Sunday, October 5 at 8am (Rolling start from 8-10am)

 

Location: DCR Hatch Shell, 47 David G. Mugar Way, Boston  

 

The American Cancer Society's 22nd Boston Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, facebook.com/BostonMSABC, is a special fundraising walk that unites the community to honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors, educates women about the importance of prevention and early detection, and raises funds to help ACS do the most for people with breast cancer today to end the disease tomorrow. Volunteers are vital to the success of Making Strides in Boston, by assisting and supporting 40,000 dedicated participants. Volunteers are needed the day before the event to help prepare snack bags for walkers, and to set up for the following day's event. On event day, volunteers are needed to help set up, clean up, cheer on walkers, and act as route monitors. Sign up online to volunteer, or to form a team for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Boston and help finish the fight against breast cancer! 

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Saturday, noon-4pm; Sunday, 8am-1pm. Exact shift times will vary depending on the volunteer role. All day and hourly opportunities are available.

 

Contact: Michael Duff, Michael.duff@cancer.org or 508.897.4398
www.MakingStridesWalk.org/BostonMA  

 

Moving Day® Boston Walk (5K walk and shorter)  

National Parkinson Foundation

 

Date/Time: Saturday, October 11, 9am - noon

 

Location: Artesani Park, 1255 Soldiers Field Rd, Boston  

 

Moving Day® Boston is the National Parkinson Foundation's annual fundraising walk event. It is a fun and inspiring fundraising event that unites families, friends and communities both large and small in the fight against Parkinson's disease. This celebration of movement will feature a family friendly walk course (5K and one shorter, easier route around the Charles River), a kids area, a caregivers relaxation tent and a special Movement Pavilion featuring yoga, dance, Tai Chi, Pilates, etc., all proven to help manage the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Moving Day® Boston raises awareness of Parkinson's both nationally and in the Boston community. This is a great opportunity for children to practice fundraising prior to an event too. The event will take place rain or shine. If cancellation of the event is warranted due to dangerous weather conditions, announcements will be made on the event day at the event site. The event will not be canceled in advance. All decisions regarding cancellation will be made on site.  

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Four hours or less 

 

Contact: Patrick Nelson, pnelson@parkinson.org, 508.423.8004
www.parkinson.org/ 

 

 

Help Save the Environment & Wildlife  

Nicodemus Wilderness Project / Apprentice Ecologist Initiative

   

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: Nature areas in and around Boston  

 

The Apprentice Ecologist Initiative has engaged tens of thousands of young people from around the world in environmental cleanup and conservation projects since 1999. View recent Apprentice Ecologist Projects and past Apprentice Ecologist Awards to get ideas for your own environmental stewardship project. Here's how to become an official Apprentice Ecologist:  

  1. Conduct your own local environmental stewardship project.
  2. Take a few digital photos of your project in action.
  3. Write an essay about your project and what it meant to you.
  4. Register and upload your favorite project photo along with your essay.

Examples of projects that other Apprentice Ecologists have completed in the past include: 

  • Removing and recycling trash from a local park, river, beach, or other natural area
  • Planting native trees at a school, local park, or in a deforested area
  • Starting a community or school recycling program
  • Protecting a terrestrial or aquatic area for native wildlife
  • Promoting the conservation of an endangered species or area
  • Educating others about wildlife or conservation issues
  • Removing graffiti from natural areas
  • Taking steps to prevent pollution/contamination locally
  • Removing nonnative vegetation so that native vegetation can flourish
  • Improving awareness about the importance of using renewable energy sources
  • Reducing soil erosion by maintaining established trails and closing off short-cuts
  • Assisting the elderly with their yards by planting/maintaining vegetation that provides native wildlife habitat
  • Building a rain garden that utilizes roof runoff to grow vegetation that provides native wildlife habitat

After uploading your project photo and essay, your work will be published on the Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists and you will receive links to download an official Certificate of Achievement and an Apprentice Ecologist heat transfer (for T-shirt).  

 

Ages: All ages can participate. Projects submitted by participants age 13-21 will be considered for one of three annual $850 scholarships.

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Rob Dudley, mail@wildernessproject.org
www.wildernessproject.org  

 

Harry Potter: Mistory and Mayhem  

The Shirley-Eustis House

 

Date/Time: Saturday, October 11 and Saturday, October 18.  Volunteers must commit to both dates as the 11th is a dress rehearsal and the 18th is the actual event.

 

Location:  33 Shirley Street, Roxbury  

 

The Shirley-Eustis House is a nonprofit history house museum. It was built in 1747 for Royal Governor William Shirley and later became the home of Commonwealth Governor William Eustis. The organization leads tours of the house and grounds, does educational programming and conducts various events throughout the year.

The Harry Potter event is in its second year. These are currently the roles/positions they need to bring the magic to Shirley Place: 

  • Moving Portraits - Adults (Need two - one really friendly and complimentary or very sad and weepy. The other, very mean, and hates muggles! Wishes they did not have to hang around on the wall with other muggles)
  • Death eaters in costume (something dark...can be hooded or not). We would like six people to play roles. They can be adults or children and they will wear washable tattoos of the dark mark and try to encourage participation in the dark side. They will also be responsible for replenishing dry ice as necessary in the Dark Orchard.
  • Need someone to dress in a crazy outfit to play a boggart that jumps out of a closet
  • Need a prefect to assist with O.W.L.s Gryffindor
  • Need a prefect to assist with Herbology Ravenclaw
  • Need a prefect to assist with Potions Slytherin

 

All prefects will have pins to wear and must be in costume. Volunteers are also needed to help at admissions to hand out ribbon wands and stamp people's hands.  

 

Ages: Eight to adult 

 

Time Commitment: Saturday, October 11 (three to four hours) and Saturday, October 18 (eight hours). Volunteers who will be playing a role or character must commit to both dates as the 11th is a dress rehearsal and the 18th is the actual event. Volunteers who help out on concessions or admissions must be available from noon to 4pm on October 18.

 

Contact: Patricia Violette, Governorshirley@gmail.com, 617.442.2275
www.shirleyeustishouse.org 

 

 

Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes  

American Diabetes Association (ADA)

 

Date/Time: Saturday, October 18, shifts are available between 5:30am-3pm  

 

Location: Boston Common 

 

This is the ADA's largest fundraising walk in New England. The money raised from this event goes towards the ADA's mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. In order to run this event, the ADA needs volunteers to ensure a smooth event day experience for the participants. Roles vary from set-up, clean up, greeting, registration, cheering, rest stop, helping at tents and more. There is something for everyone. It will be a beautiful autumn day on the Boston Common.  

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies, dependent on assigned role. Shifts run between two and six hours. You can select multiple assignments for longer shifts if desired.

 

Contact: Rachel Feinberg, rfeinberg@diabetes.org or 617.482.4580 ext 3451 to receive the volunteer sign up form.
www.diabetes.org/stepoutboston 

 

 

 

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September 2014 - Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

September 2014 - Boston

 

Operation Sock Drop  

Friends of Boston's Homeless

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: Drop your donations off at The Woods Mullen Shelter - 794 Mass Ave. Boston (between Albany and Melnea Cass), or The Long Island Shelter - East Squantum St., Quincy.  

Starting in September, donation bins will be at both shelters and drop offs can happen 24/7.


We all put on a clean pair of socks every morning with hardly a thought. But for our community's homeless men and women these items are often a luxury. By participating in Operation Sock Drop you not only help keep our community's neediest, most vulnerable citizens safe, warm and healthy, but you also help maintain their dignity and comfort during this most difficult time in their lives. You can organize a drive at your work, school, place of worship, community organization, or even with friends, family and neighbors, and it's very easy to run. To participate, all you need do is donate at least one new pair of men's or women's socks, a pair of underwear or an undershirt (men's XL and 2XL are always needed). It's an easy and inexpensive way to make a big impact on the comfort, health, safety and dignity of our community's homeless. The Friends of Boston's Homeless supports the Woods Mullen Shelter in Boston's South End and the Long Island Shelter on Boston Harbor. These shelters serve over 850 homeless individuals every day. The shelters provide safe, dignified care and basic emergency services including a nutritious meal, hot shower, a warm bed, clothing and toiletries to each and every individual in need.    

 

Ages: All ages can participate

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: MariannBucina@fobh.org
www.fobh.org 

 

 

Housewarming Gift Baskets  

Friends of Boston's Homeless

 

Date/Time: Flexible 

 

Location: Drop off at either The Woods Mullen Shelter - 794 Mass Ave. Boston (between Albany and Melnea Cass), or The Long Island Shelter - East Squantum St., Quincy

 

Remember moving into your first apartment or home and the anticipation and excitement of finally having a space to call your own? You can help people who may have spent years living on the streets or in shelters feel that same warmth and excitement as they move into their new home by providing the essential items we all need to make our house a home. By assembling and donating Housewarming Gift Baskets, you'll play an important part in welcoming people into their new homes where they'll find the stability and serenity they need to begin their journey to restoration. It's as simple as assembling new (not used) items (cleaning supplies, dish soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper, a set of sheets or towels) in a basket to be given as a housewarming gift to "Housing First" beneficiaries. And don't forget to include a nice welcome note! Your gifts will transform someone's new apartment into a warm, welcoming home.

   

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: MariannBucina@fobh.org
www.fobh.org 

 

 

Community Meals Program  

Friends of Boston's Homeless

 

Date/Time: Any evening. Dinner begins around 5pm and ends around 8pm, but volunteer groups vary in the amount of time they spend onsite. 

 

Location: The Woods Mullen Shelter - 794 Mass Ave. Boston (between Albany and Melnea Cass), or The Long Island Shelter - East Squantum St., Quincy 

 

Serving a hot, nutritious meal at Woods Mullen Shelter in the South End or Boston's Long Island Shelter in Quincy is a great family volunteer opportunity. Volunteers help with meal set up, serving, clean up, and will also often host a game of BINGO after the meal. Dinner is served 365 evenings a year. The shelters greatly appreciate the help and your presence means a lot to the people you serve. You pick the location and night you would like to serve. For just a couple dollars per guest, some families also help sponsor all or a portion of the meal they'll serve. Sponsoring a meal allows the shelter to serve something a little more special on the day you serve and helps support the shelter's kitchen. (They serve 2,000 meals a day.) However, sponsoring is not a requirement to serve - your donation of your time, energy, and your presence are greatly appreciated.

 

Ages: Ages 14 and over with adult supervision

 

Time Commitment: Two to three hour shifts

 

Contact: MariannBucina@fobh.org
www.fobh.org 

 

 

ReVision Urban Farming  

ReVision Urban Farm

 

Date/Time: Three-hour shifts, Tuesday-Friday, between 9am and 4pm. Morning shifts are 9am-noon and afternoon shifts are 1-4pm

 

Location: 38 Fabyan Street, Dorchester

 

Victory Programs' ReVision Urban Farm relies on the support of volunteers to help feed the families residing at ReVision Family Home, a shelter for homeless women and their children.  Most volunteers work on the farm, assisting with the physical tasks necessary to keep the farm growing. Volunteering at the Farm Stand, 1062 Blue Hill Avenue, at the corner of Arbutus Street, is also possible. When you volunteer at ReVision Urban Farm, not only will you get your hands dirty, but you'll also be part of the movement to grow fresh, healthy food in the city and help women and children in need of good food.    

 

Ages: During the height of the season (May through mid-October) the Farm prefers children ages 12 and over because the nature of the work requires both speed and efficiency. During the months of March and April, and mid-October through mid- November, children as young as two years old can volunteer with their family.

 

Time Commitment: Two hour minimum 

 

Contact: Joy Gary, Volunteer Coordinator, 617.822.3276 or jgary@vpi.org
www.vpi.org/revision/ 

 

 

Throw a Birthday Party!  

Heading Home

 

Date/Time: Various dates throughout the year, based on client birthdays. Parties take place from 6-7:30pm.

 

Location: Heading Home's family shelters are in Dorchester 

 

Heading Home's client families consist of a single mom with 1-2 young children, which represents the demographics of homeless families in Massachusetts. Like all of Heading Home's programs, these shelters provide families with a safe and homelike environment where they can receive the critical support they need to work towards permanent housing. Volunteers can help provide what every child deserves -- a birthday party! Volunteers provide a cake, decorations, goodie bags and 1-3 gifts, as well as planning a party activity for the birthday boy or girl and the other shelter residents.

 

Ages: All ages are welcome. Children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Time Commitment: Approximately one to one-and-a-half hours

 

Contact: Caitlin Quinn, Development Coordinator, cquinn@headinghomeinc.org or 617.864.8140
www.headinghomeinc.org 

 

 

Donations for Heading Home Clients  

Heading Home

 

Date/Time: Flexible and year-round 

 

Location: The Schrafft Center, 529 Main Street, Suite 100, Charlestown. Contact Caitlin Quinn to arrange a drop off time. (Weekdays only for drop offs)

 

Heading Home's clients gratefully accept new and gently used in-kind donations so they can focus their limited resources on saving for a brighter future. The following items are always in high demand: 

  • Furniture (dressers, sofas, kitchen tables)
  • Extra-long twin bedding (new)
  • Pillows (new)
  • Towels (new)
  • Kitchenware and utensils
  • Toiletries
  • Laundry supplies  
  • Backpacks (adult and child)
  • Winter boots and jackets
  • Thermal clothing and socks
  • Hats and gloves
  • Non-perishable food

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies 

 

Contact: Caitlin Quinn, cquinn@headinghomeinc.org or 617.864.8140
www.headinghomeinc.org 

 

 

JDRF One Walk Boston (5K)  

JDRF

 

Date/Time: September 27, 8:30am-1:30pm. Registration begins at 9:30am and the walk begins at 10:30am.

 

Location: DCR Hatch Shell, 47 David G Mugar Highway, Boston


Each year, JDRF One Walk (formerly JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes) brings together more than 900,000 people to change the future of type 1 diabetes (T1D) and they need YOUR help! Volunteers sustain JDRF's leadership in T1D research funding. Share your talent and time and make a meaningful difference to people living with T1D. This is a family-friendly 5K walk. Info on how to create a fund-raising team is on the JDRF website.    

 

Ages: Open to all ages for fundraising and the walk. Walk volunteers must be a minimum of 15 years old and accompanied by an adult.

 

Time Commitment: Five hours 

 

Contact: Nichole Messier, nmessier@jdrf.org; 781.431.0700. To sign up to become a volunteer please fill out the online form
www.newengland.jdrf.org 

 

 

Spy Pond Park Work Day  

Friends of Spy Pond Park

 

Date/Time: Saturday, September 6, 1-4pm

 

Location: Spy Pond Playground, Pond Lane, Arlington

 

Join the Friends of Spy Pond Park for native planting, shoreline maintenance, park cleanup tasks and Family Fun Day activities for kids. Please bring water, gloves, waterproof boots, and tools or you can borrow from their small supply.

 

Ages: Families are welcome; children need to be accompanied by an adult. Teens can earn community service credits.

 

Time Commitment: Flexible; one to three hours

 

Contact: Lally Stowell, lallystow@yahoo.com
www.friendsofspypondpark.org 

 

 

Moving Day® Boston Walk (5K walk and shorter)  

National Parkinson Foundation

 

Date/Time: Saturday, October 11, 9am-noon

 

Location: Artesani Park, 1255 Soldiers Field Rd, Boston


Moving Day® Boston is the National Parkinson Foundation's annual fundraising walk event. It is a fun and inspiring fundraising event that unites families, friends and communities both large and small in the fight against Parkinson's disease. This celebration of movement will feature a family friendly walk course (5K and one shorter, easier route around the Charles River), a kids area, a caregivers relaxation tent and a special Movement Pavilion featuring yoga, dance, Tai Chi, Pilates, which have all been proven to help manage the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Moving Day® Boston raises awareness of Parkinson's both nationally and in the Boston community. This is a great opportunity for children to practice fundraising prior to an event as well. The event will take place rain or shine. If cancellation of the event is warranted due to dangerous weather conditions, announcements will be made on the event day at the event site. The event will not be canceled in advance. All decisions regarding cancellation will be made on site. We would love for kids to volunteer, ideally under the supervision of their parents. Kids can help out as fantastic cheerleaders, water servers, snack passers, temporary tattoo artists, poster/signage-makers, etc.

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Four hours or less 

 

Contact: Patrick Nelson, pnelson@parkinson.org, 508.423.8004
www.parkinson.org 

 

 

SPECIAL DGT VOLUNTEER EVENT

Welcome Basket Marathon Event  

Heading Home, Inc. / Doing Good Together™

 

Date/Time: Thursday, September 25, 4-6pm  

 

Location: Cambridge 

 

Kira Hower, DGT™ Boston Coordinator, and Caitlin Quinn, Development Coordinator at Heading Home, will co-host a fun and meaningful event in Cambridge at Kira's home studio. Volunteers of all ages will create Welcome Baskets for formerly homeless families, primarily single mothers with 1-3 children, who are making the milestone move from Heading Home shelters to permanent housing. Volunteer families will donate materials like toiletry items and kitchen supplies to fill the Welcome Baskets. This event will be limited to 15 families but we will gratefully accept donations of materials, gift cards and tax-deductible monetary contributions from everyone. Your support will benefit families as they transition into their new permanent homes, provided alongside intensive support services to help them stay on track.  

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Two hours 

 

Contact: Please email Kira Hower at kira@doinggoodtogether.org more details about the event or to register.

www.doinggoodtogether.org & www.headinghomeinc.org 

 

 

Pajama Program Book & Pajama Drive  

Big-Hearted Families™ Book Club

 

Date/Time: Flexible 

 

Location: The Pajama Program will contact you with the name of an organization that would love to receive your donation, or you can contact your local Pajama Program chapter.


Join with our Big-Hearted Families Book Club subscribers to help the Pajama Program collect one million new pajamas, one million new books and the resources needed to get them in the hands of children in need by December 31, 2015. The Pajama Program provides new pajamas and new books to children in need, many who are waiting and hoping to be adopted. These children live in various situations including group homes, shelters and temporary housing facilities and are often shuffled from one place to another. Many of them have been abandoned, abused or neglected. Most of these children have never enjoyed the simple comfort of having a mother or father tuck them in at bedtime with warm, clean pajamas and a bedtime story. Some of the children we serve are living with their families below the poverty level, in desperate need of food, clothing and shelter. Your family can conduct a pajama and book drive, have a pajama/book themed party, or you can simply send a pair of pajamas and a book from your family to the Pajama Program. Click for information and instructions from the Pajama Program. Once you've completed your drive, report your results here, and the Pajama Program will contact you within seven days with the name of an organization that would love to receive your donation.   

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: info@pajamaprogram.org, 212.716.9757
www.pajamaprogram.org 

 

 

 

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