December 2015 - Family Volunteer Opportunities

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November 2015 - Boston

 
Project Bead Party
Doing Good Together

Date/Time: Saturday, November 21, 1 - 3:30pm
 
Location: Cambridge; location given upon registration
 
Help support Project Bead by attending the DGT Bead Party on Family Volunteer Day to raise money to make it possible for students in Ghana to continue their education and finish high school. Not all children in Ghana have the opportunity to go to high school. In fact, it costs $1,000 per year to attend high school; a cost that many families cannot afford. Project Bead operates as a social enterprise that uses 100% of profits to fund education for children in Ghana. These profits are generated through retailing and wholesaling beaded products made by Ghanaian entrepreneurs. For only $20 per person, you receive a full cup of beads, enough to make four to five bracelets. Premade bracelets will also be available for $10 each. This is a great opportunity for you and your children to make holiday gifts for friends, family and teachers! Open to 15 DGT Boston families. Please register early with your RSVP here!
 
Ages: Ages five and older are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
 
Contact: Kira Hower, kira@doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
Holiday Visiting
Little Brother's - Friends of the Elderly
 
Date/Time: Thanksgiving Day
 
Location: Multiple neighborhoods throughout Boston
 
Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly is a national network of non-profit volunteer-based organizations committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly. Little Brothers volunteers make holiday visits to elders throughout the city who are without family or friends to celebrate the holiday. You and your family can provide companionship while delivering nutritious meals and beautiful flowers to the homes of elders throughout Boston.
 
Ages: All ages can participate. Youth under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Flexible
 
Contact: Airlie Parham, 617.524.8882. aparham.bos@littlebrothers.org
 
 
Boston River Run 5K 
Andrew Graham Semper Fi Fund
 
Date/Time: Sunday, November 8, 6:30am - 11am (exact times TBD)
 
Location: Artesani Park at 1255 Soldiers Field Road, Boston
 
The Boston River Run 5K is a spirited, patriotic run that takes place Veterans Day weekend. The run offers a family-friendly course that welcomes runners and walkers of all ability levels. From first time 5k'ers to competitive running club enthusiasts, everyone is welcome. The Boston River Run 5K was created to honor Corporal Andrew Narcus and is represented by all branches of US service men and women. The course is a 3.1 mile loop on the Charles River along Soldiers Field Road and Greenough Boulevard. Volunteers will be deployed to direct runners, hand out snacks, give out medals, take photos, or handle t-shirts. Assignments will be based on age/group size and arrival time. All volunteers will receive breakfast and a t-shirt (while supplies last.) Volunteers will receive additional information closer to the event date. In addition, volunteers are needed  to help flyer the community through the start of November.
 
Ages: Ages 13 and older are welcome to participate. All volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.
 
Time Commitment: Approximately five hours
 
Contact: Sarah Basch, sarah@agsffund.org. Volunteers should register online by October 31.
www.bostonriverrun.com
 
 
Fall Yard Work for Seniors
Ethos
 
Date/Time: Now through the end of November
 
Location: Southwest Boston: Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale, and West Roxbury
 
Each fall, Ethos sends volunteer groups to the homes of local seniors to help with raking. Generally this program works best if volunteers are broken into groups of five to seven people (or one-two families per yard), but Ethos can take as many groups of people as possible! Please note that they will do their best to place volunteers with yards as conveniently located as possible, but this project may require taking a short bus ride from Forrest Hills to reach the seniors' yards (if traveling by MBTA). Each volunteer needs to fill out a CORI Background Check to participate.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Between one and three hours
 
Contact: Tierra Jackson, tjackson@ethocare.org, 617.522.6700 x 540
www.ethocare.org
 
 
Pie In The Sky Pie Sales, Pick-Up and Delivery
Community Servings
 
Date/Time: Monday, November 23 - Wednesday, November 25;  volunteers are needed for the following dates and times:
  • Monday, 11/23, 9am-1pm
  • Monday, 11/23, 1pm-5pm
  • Tuesday, 11/24, 9am-1pm
  • Tuesday, 11/24, 1pm-6pm
  • Wednesday, 11/25, 8:30am-12pm
  • Wednesday, 11/25, 9am-12pm
Location: Pie Central, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Sumner Street, Boston
 
You and your children can help Community Servings during the home stretch of their Pie in the Sky pie sale with this very important task to pick up and deliver pies to locations around Greater Boston. Pies will be picked up from bakers and delivered to Pie Central. Then, completed pie orders need to be delivered from Pie Central to designated pick-up sites. Fill up your car, turn on your GPS and away you go! Pie in the Sky raises money to provide free, medically tailored and nutritional meals for Greater Boston's critically ill and their families. Community Servings provides a week's worth of meals each week to over 1,600 people. Volunteers can also help out by selling pies. Every pie you sell will feed one of Community Servings clients for a week! Click to learn more about becoming a Pie Seller.

Ages: All ages with adult with a drivers' license
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Kate White, Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator, kwhite@servings.org. Volunteer registration is available online.
www.servings.org
 
 
Thanksgiving, Holiday Meal and Holiday Basket Deliveries
Community Servings
 
Date/Time: Thanksgiving Meal deliveries:
Wednesday, November 25; 9am-12pm; 10am-1pm or 11am-2pm
Holiday Meal deliveries:
Wednesday, December 23; 9am-12pm; 10am-1pm or 11am-2pm
Holiday basket deliveries: variety of dates and times in early and mid-December
 
Location: Community Servings, 18 Marbury Terrace, Jamaica Plain
 
Join Community Servings during the holiday season to help deliver Thanksgiving meals, holiday meals and holiday baskets to individuals and families living with critical illnesses across Boston. Volunteers will need to deliver meals in their own vehicle. All volunteers will go through a delivery orientation during the first half an hour of the shift. Click here to learn more about Community Servings holiday volunteer opportunities. 
 
Ages: Families are welcome to participate. Adult supervision us required for those under 18. 

Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Kate White, Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator, kwhite@servings.org. Volunteer registration is available online
www.servings.org
 
 
Host families for International Students  
Academic Year in America
 
Date/Time: Ongoing
 
Location: Your home and community
 
The local chapter of Academic Year in America is seeking families to host incoming international exchange students. This is a fantastic opportunity for families who wish to enrich their families' culture, to build memories and friendships, and to showcase their culture and values.  
 
Ages: Families of all shapes and sizes are welcome.
 
Time Commitment: Families can choose to host a student for six weeks, for a semester, or for an academic year.
 
Contact: Jackie, jfedor@aifs.org, 203.399.5043
http://academicyear.org/
 
 
Jingle Bell Run/Walk
Arthritis Foundation New England Region
 
Date/Time: Sunday, November 22, 8am - 1pm; race starts at 10:30am
 
Location: Fessenden School, 250 Waltham Street, West Newton
 
The Arthritis Foundation's long-running Jingle Bell Run is a festive race that helps champion arthritis research and brings people from all walks of life together, to say yes to furthering a great cause. This annual event is a fun way to get out, get moving and raise funds and awareness. Whether you prefer to walk or run, wear your ugly Christmas sweater or tie jingle bells to your shoes, this 5K is sure to spread smiles, holiday cheer and a winning spirit.
 
Ages: All ages can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Elaine Oppenheimer, emooney@arthritis.org or 617.762.2126. Race registration is available online
www.JBR.org/NewtonMA
 
 
Repackage Rice and Beans- Help Stock the Food Pantry
Feeding America
 
Date/Time: Ongoing
 
Location: Find a food pantry in your local community
 
One in seven people in America are food insecure, living in households that lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis. Rice and beans are nourishing, filling, and infinitely adaptable food staples. You and your family can help feed the hungry in your community by transforming inexpensive bulk-packaged goods into meal-sized portions. Check out the  Doing Good Together project page for project instructions and reflection questions. 
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Find your local food pantry on the Feeding America website
www.FeedingAmerica.org
 
 


During this season of thanks, we'd like to extend our appreciation to all of our donors, subscribers, website visitors, and social media followers. And a special thanks to the families who use and enjoy the vast array of DGT™ programs, projects, and resources. These free offerings would not be available if it weren't for the generosity of our donors. Please include Doing Good Together™ in your giving plan for #Giving Tuesday on December 1.

 

 

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Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

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November 2015 - Family Volunteer Opportunities

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November 2015 - Boston

 
Project Bead Party
Doing Good Together

Date/Time: Saturday, November 21, 1 - 3:30pm
 
Location: Cambridge; location given upon registration
 
Help support Project Bead by attending the DGT Bead Party on Family Volunteer Day to raise money to make it possible for students in Ghana to continue their education and finish high school. Not all children in Ghana have the opportunity to go to high school. In fact, it costs $1,000 per year to attend high school; a cost that many families cannot afford. Project Bead operates as a social enterprise that uses 100% of profits to fund education for children in Ghana. These profits are generated through retailing and wholesaling beaded products made by Ghanaian entrepreneurs. For only $20 per person, you receive a full cup of beads, enough to make four to five bracelets. Premade bracelets will also be available for $10 each. This is a great opportunity for you and your children to make holiday gifts for friends, family and teachers! Open to 15 DGT Boston families. Please register early with your RSVP here!
 
Ages: Ages five and older are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
 
Contact: Kira Hower, kira@doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
Holiday Visiting
Little Brother's - Friends of the Elderly
 
Date/Time: Thanksgiving Day
 
Location: Multiple neighborhoods throughout Boston
 
Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly is a national network of non-profit volunteer-based organizations committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly. Little Brothers volunteers make holiday visits to elders throughout the city who are without family or friends to celebrate the holiday. You and your family can provide companionship while delivering nutritious meals and beautiful flowers to the homes of elders throughout Boston.
 
Ages: All ages can participate. Youth under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Flexible
 
Contact: Airlie Parham, 617.524.8882. aparham.bos@littlebrothers.org
 
 
Boston River Run 5K 
Andrew Graham Semper Fi Fund
 
Date/Time: Sunday, November 8, 6:30am - 11am (exact times TBD)
 
Location: Artesani Park at 1255 Soldiers Field Road, Boston
 
The Boston River Run 5K is a spirited, patriotic run that takes place Veterans Day weekend. The run offers a family-friendly course that welcomes runners and walkers of all ability levels. From first time 5k'ers to competitive running club enthusiasts, everyone is welcome. The Boston River Run 5K was created to honor Corporal Andrew Narcus and is represented by all branches of US service men and women. The course is a 3.1 mile loop on the Charles River along Soldiers Field Road and Greenough Boulevard. Volunteers will be deployed to direct runners, hand out snacks, give out medals, take photos, or handle t-shirts. Assignments will be based on age/group size and arrival time. All volunteers will receive breakfast and a t-shirt (while supplies last.) Volunteers will receive additional information closer to the event date. In addition, volunteers are needed  to help flyer the community through the start of November.
 
Ages: Ages 13 and older are welcome to participate. All volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.
 
Time Commitment: Approximately five hours
 
Contact: Sarah Basch, sarah@agsffund.org. Volunteers should register online by October 31.
www.bostonriverrun.com
 
 
Fall Yard Work for Seniors
Ethos
 
Date/Time: Now through the end of November
 
Location: Southwest Boston: Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale, and West Roxbury
 
Each fall, Ethos sends volunteer groups to the homes of local seniors to help with raking. Generally this program works best if volunteers are broken into groups of five to seven people (or one-two families per yard), but Ethos can take as many groups of people as possible! Please note that they will do their best to place volunteers with yards as conveniently located as possible, but this project may require taking a short bus ride from Forrest Hills to reach the seniors' yards (if traveling by MBTA). Each volunteer needs to fill out a CORI Background Check to participate.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Between one and three hours
 
Contact: Tierra Jackson, tjackson@ethocare.org, 617.522.6700 x 540
www.ethocare.org
 
 
Pie In The Sky Pie Sales, Pick-Up and Delivery
Community Servings
 
Date/Time: Monday, November 23 - Wednesday, November 25;  volunteers are needed for the following dates and times:
  • Monday, 11/23, 9am-1pm
  • Monday, 11/23, 1pm-5pm
  • Tuesday, 11/24, 9am-1pm
  • Tuesday, 11/24, 1pm-6pm
  • Wednesday, 11/25, 8:30am-12pm
  • Wednesday, 11/25, 9am-12pm
Location: Pie Central, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Sumner Street, Boston
 
You and your children can help Community Servings during the home stretch of their Pie in the Sky pie sale with this very important task to pick up and deliver pies to locations around Greater Boston. Pies will be picked up from bakers and delivered to Pie Central. Then, completed pie orders need to be delivered from Pie Central to designated pick-up sites. Fill up your car, turn on your GPS and away you go! Pie in the Sky raises money to provide free, medically tailored and nutritional meals for Greater Boston's critically ill and their families. Community Servings provides a week's worth of meals each week to over 1,600 people. Volunteers can also help out by selling pies. Every pie you sell will feed one of Community Servings clients for a week! Click to learn more about becoming a Pie Seller.

Ages: All ages with adult with a drivers' license
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Kate White, Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator, kwhite@servings.org. Volunteer registration is available online.
www.servings.org
 
 
Thanksgiving, Holiday Meal and Holiday Basket Deliveries
Community Servings
 
Date/Time: Thanksgiving Meal deliveries:
Wednesday, November 25; 9am-12pm; 10am-1pm or 11am-2pm
Holiday Meal deliveries:
Wednesday, December 23; 9am-12pm; 10am-1pm or 11am-2pm
Holiday basket deliveries: variety of dates and times in early and mid-December
 
Location: Community Servings, 18 Marbury Terrace, Jamaica Plain
 
Join Community Servings during the holiday season to help deliver Thanksgiving meals, holiday meals and holiday baskets to individuals and families living with critical illnesses across Boston. Volunteers will need to deliver meals in their own vehicle. All volunteers will go through a delivery orientation during the first half an hour of the shift. Click here to learn more about Community Servings holiday volunteer opportunities. 
 
Ages: Families are welcome to participate. Adult supervision us required for those under 18. 

Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Kate White, Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator, kwhite@servings.org. Volunteer registration is available online
www.servings.org
 
 
Host families for International Students  
Academic Year in America
 
Date/Time: Ongoing
 
Location: Your home and community
 
The local chapter of Academic Year in America is seeking families to host incoming international exchange students. This is a fantastic opportunity for families who wish to enrich their families' culture, to build memories and friendships, and to showcase their culture and values.  
 
Ages: Families of all shapes and sizes are welcome.
 
Time Commitment: Families can choose to host a student for six weeks, for a semester, or for an academic year.
 
Contact: Jackie, jfedor@aifs.org, 203.399.5043
http://academicyear.org/
 
 
Jingle Bell Run/Walk
Arthritis Foundation New England Region
 
Date/Time: Sunday, November 22, 8am - 1pm; race starts at 10:30am
 
Location: Fessenden School, 250 Waltham Street, West Newton
 
The Arthritis Foundation's long-running Jingle Bell Run is a festive race that helps champion arthritis research and brings people from all walks of life together, to say yes to furthering a great cause. This annual event is a fun way to get out, get moving and raise funds and awareness. Whether you prefer to walk or run, wear your ugly Christmas sweater or tie jingle bells to your shoes, this 5K is sure to spread smiles, holiday cheer and a winning spirit.
 
Ages: All ages can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Elaine Oppenheimer, emooney@arthritis.org or 617.762.2126. Race registration is available online
www.JBR.org/NewtonMA
 
 
Repackage Rice and Beans- Help Stock the Food Pantry
Feeding America
 
Date/Time: Ongoing
 
Location: Find a food pantry in your local community
 
One in seven people in America are food insecure, living in households that lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis. Rice and beans are nourishing, filling, and infinitely adaptable food staples. You and your family can help feed the hungry in your community by transforming inexpensive bulk-packaged goods into meal-sized portions. Check out the  Doing Good Together project page for project instructions and reflection questions. 
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Find your local food pantry on the Feeding America website
www.FeedingAmerica.org
 
 


During this season of thanks, we'd like to extend our appreciation to all of our donors, subscribers, website visitors, and social media followers. And a special thanks to the families who use and enjoy the vast array of DGT™ programs, projects, and resources. These free offerings would not be available if it weren't for the generosity of our donors. Please include Doing Good Together™ in your giving plan for #Giving Tuesday on December 1.

 

 

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 When calling to volunteer for any of the opportunities listed above, please let the coordinator know you found it through this listing. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have of the sponsoring organization before committing to a project.
Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

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October 2015 - Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

October 2015 - Boston

 


Last month, a number of DGT Boston middler schoolers from the Shady Hill School in Cambridge attended a Boston Cares goCreate project. Together they made Lunch Bags of Love for Rosie's Place. They found the opportunity in the September DGT newsletter! We want to hear from YOU! Please send us stories or photos from your own family service experiences. We'd be happy to put it into an upcoming newsletter.

We need your input! Be on the lookout for our upcoming DGT communications survey, which will be emailed to you mid-October. We appreciate your feedback!

 
Walk for Primary Immunodeficiency
Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF)
 
Date/Time: Sunday October 4, 7am - 1:30pm
 
Location: The Boston Common, 139 Tremont Street, Boston
 
Lend a hand to support the Immune Deficiency Foundation's (IDF) Walk for Primary Immunodeficiency! This annual event raises awareness and funds to support people with primary immunodeficiency (PI) diseases. IDF is a national organization committed to serving individuals with primary immunodeficiency and their families. Event day volunteers are needed to assist in a variety of different areas, such as: registration, route support, set-up, clean-up, and much more. This is the perfect volunteer opportunity for families and groups! There are a variety of shifts to fit your busy schedule.

Ages: Volunteers must be 12 or older. Families with younger children may participate in the walk.

Time Commitment: Three volunteer shifts to chose from: 7am - 9am, 9am - noon, 10am - 1:30pm, or all day.
 
Contact: Evette Watson, 443.218.6413 or walk@primaryimmune.org. Walk participants can  register online.
www.primaryimmune.org
 
 
Boston Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes!
American Diabetes Association
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 17; shift times vary based on volunteer tasks. Race check-in and registration begins at 9am. Volunteers are also needed the day before the event from noon - 5pm.
 
Location: Parkman Bandstand at Boston Common (corner of Boylston and Tremont streets) in Boston

Please join the ADA for the Boston Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes! This is a one-day signature fundraising walk benefiting the American Diabetes Association. Walkers have the choice of walking a 1, 2 or 3-mile loop around the historic Boston Common. The ADA depends on volunteers to organize and help the event run smoothly. Volunteering with ADA is a great opportunity to meet friendly faces, support a healthy lifestyle and have a fun day. Check out their website for information on specific volunteer positions. 
 
Ages: All ages can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies, depending on job assignment.
 
Contact: Kait Allaby, kallaby@diabetes.org, 617.482.4580 ext.3476
 www.diabetes.org
 
 
Family and Friends Volunteer Day
Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
 
Date/Time: Monday, October 12, 10am - noon
 
Location: Rose Kennedy Greenway (exact location will be sent to volunteers prior to project)
 
Bring the whole family and experience volunteering together on this important holiday. These projects are the perfect opportunity to spend some quality outdoor time with someone important. Tasks will include light gardening, with no experience needed. Pre-registration is required.
 
Ages: Families with children ages five and older are welcome to volunteer. Children must have a waiver signed by their parent or guardian and children under 14 must be supervised at all times.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Keelin Purcell, Volunteer Coordinator, volunteer@rfkgc.org, 617.603.7737
www.rosekennedygreenway.org
 
 
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Boston
American Cancer Society
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 3, 3 - 6pm or Sunday, October 4, various times. The walk starts at 8am.
 
Location: DCR Hatch Shell, 1 David G. Mugar Way, Boston
 
Volunteers are vital to the success of Making Strides in Boston, assisting and supporting 40,000 dedicated participants. Volunteers are needed on Saturday to help prepare snack bags for walkers and to set up for the following day's event. On Sunday volunteers are needed to help set up, clean up, cheer on walkers, and act as route monitors. Please sign up to volunteer, or form a team, for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Boston and help finish the fight against breast cancer! 
 
Ages: All ages can participate
 
Time Commitment: Times vary depending on the volunteer role. All day and hourly opportunities are available.
 
Contact: Tara Shea, 508.270.4705 or BostonMAStrides@cancer.org. Register online to volunteer or to participate as a walker.
www.cancer.org
 
 
FARE Walk for Food Allergy - Boston
Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE)
 
Date/Time: Sunday, October 4, 10am - 3pm
 
Location: DCR Baxter Park @ Assembly Row
 
The FARE Walk for Food Allergy raises critical funds and awareness each year to create a safer, more inclusive world for the 15 million Americans with food allergies. This year, tens of thousands of people will gather at walks in nearly 60 communities nationwide to support their loved ones, friends, co-workers and neighbors living with life-threatening food allergies. Benefitting Food Allergy Research & Education, the FARE Walk for Food Allergy offers fun activities for the entire family while helping to advance food allergy research, education, advocacy and awareness initiatives. Volunteer help is needed with set-up, break-down, and children's craft area.
 
Ages: Ages 14 and older are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Four to five hours
 
Contact: Rachel Wissinger, rwissinger@foodallergy.org, 703.563.3084
www.foodallergywalk.org/boston2015
 
 
goCreate: Positivity Project
Boston Cares
 
Date/Time: Sunday, October 11, 1 - 3pm
 
Location: 90 Canal Street, Suite 610, Boston
 
In support of the Martin Richard Bridge Builder campaign, volunteers will pledge to incorporate non-violence, encouragement, tolerance, fairness, togetherness, and acts of kindness in their daily lives by adding goals to a positivity chain. Volunteers will also create peace posters to promote self-confidence and the strength to overcome the effects of bullying, mental health disorders, and low self-worth. The finished projects will be given to the Gardner Pilot Academy in Allston to spread Martin Richard's message of peace to children throughout the school. 
 
Ages: Ages 5-12 with an adult.

Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Aysia Rodriguez, arodriguez@bostoncares.org, 617.422.0910, Ext. 208. Registration is available online
www.bostoncares.org/youth
 
 
Shawmut Garden Clean-up
Boston Cares
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 3, 8:30 - 10:30am
 
Location: Full opportunity address and directions will be sent to you by e-mail after you sign up.
 
The Shawmut Garden is a teaching garden. Teachers and students from area schools, as well as adult learners, are invited to visit and learn. Signs at the garden offer information about some of the plants. Spending time observing a garden can be an educational experience by itself: watching pollinators, observing colors and textures, and viewing the seasonal changes that take place. Shawmut Garden extends from Centre Street to Melville Avenue. It was built with assistance from the City of Boston's Department of Neighborhood Development, and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). Volunteers will rake away mulch, pull weeds, remove dead plants, prune, and pick up trash. This project is reserved for Boston Cares members who have attend an orientation.
 
Ages: Families with children 5 and older are welcome to volunteer. All volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years old. All volunteers under 18 years old must bring a Permission Form signed by a parent or guardian to give to the volunteer leader.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Please email youth@bostoncares.org or call 617.422.0910x208 if you have any questions. Registration is available online
www.bostoncares.org/youth
 
 
Clean Up Your Neighborhood
Nicodemous Wilderness Project
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Pick a location to clean up in your community
 
Fall winds are sending wayward wrappers flying out of open car doors and fluttering school papers out of our hands. In spring, everyone is in the mood for neighborhood clean up, but by October, the Earth Day influence seems to have worn off. Recommit to cleaning up during your fall walks. Clear out litter from a section of park, beach, vacant lot or your own neighborhood. Take all necessary precautions, including wearing sturdy gloves, being careful on riverbanks or near roads, having adults handle dangerous items and supervising children closely. You can pick your favorite walk and do a one-time sweep, or make clean up a regular family event. Take a few digital photos of what you've picked up. Then have your family send an essay about your experience along with your favorite photo, your names, age(s) and address to mail@wildernessproject.org. Your essay will be published on the Nicodemus Wilderness Project website, your children's names will appear in the Registry of Apprentice Ecologists, and you'll get an official certificate. Visit the DGT™ Clean Up Your Neighborhood project page for reflection ideas, book suggestions, and ways to take this project further.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@wildernessproject.org
www.wildernessproject.org/
 
 
BIRTHDAY PARTIES THAT GIVE BACK
 
Is this the year you want to host a child's birthday party that's less materialistic but still lots of fun? Our e-book 12 Fun, Creative Birthday Parties That Give Back ($5.99) inspires kids and parents to creatively re-imagine the joy a birthday party can bring. Download it today, or better yet, join our Big-Hearted Families Membership Circle ($24.99) and receive the e-book for free!
 
 

 

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Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

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September 2015 - Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

September 2015 - Boston

 

It's Our Anniversary!  
 
This month marks one year since we sent out our first Boston DGT family friendly volunteer opportunities listing and we'd like to hear from you, our subscribers. How have you and your family used this information? Please send us your photos, stories, and feedback. We'd love to hear from you! 
 
goCreate Lunch Bags of Love
Boston Cares
 
Date/Time: Sunday, September 13, 1 - 3pm
 
Location: To be shared upon registration
 
goCreate is an initiative to engage youth and families in service. Boston Cares offers a hands-on portable project on one Sunday each month for kids to get crafty while making an impact. Each month's project will meet a community need and the completed goods will be donated to local agencies to fulfill that need. Make Lunch Bags of Love: insulated lunch bags filled with homemade placemats, icepacks, conversation cards, and simple food recipes that aim to create a lively dinner table and make cooking nutritious food for deserving Bostonians easier. Put together and decorated by generous local volunteers, Lunch Bags of Love are being donated to Boston food banks and services like Lovin' Spoonfuls and Rosie's Place. These agencies will distribute them to lower income families throughout the city.
 
Ages: Ages 5-12 with an adult
 
Time Commitment:Two hours

Contact: Aysia Rodriguez, arodriguez@bostoncares.org, 617.422.0910, Ext. 208. Registration is available online
www.bostoncares.org
 
17th Annual 5k Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition - Massachusetts Chapter
 
Date/Time: Sunday, September 13, 8am - noon
 
Location: 25 William J. Day Blvd., DCR Mother's Rest Area & Day Blvd. on Carson Beach, South Boston
 
This event raises funds for research, celebrates ovarian cancer survivors, remembers those lost to the disease, and promotes ovarian cancer education and awareness. Volunteer activities include: Day-Of Registration Envelopes, Parking Attendants (waive cars into parking lots), Course Patrol, Refreshment Tent, Volunteer Check-in, Set-up/ Tear-down, Face Painting, Balloon Animals and more. Volunteer registration is available online
 
Ages: Families with children can participate in the walk/run. Click here to register. If you are attending the run/walk with children under the age of 6, you need to fill out the waiver form and bring it with you the day of the run/walk. Volunteers need to be 13 or older.

Time Commitment: Flexible
 
Contact: Massachusetts@ovarian.org, 781.643.980
 
 
2015 Boston Heart Walk
American Heart Association
 
Date/Time: Saturday, September 12, 8am - 1pm
 
Location: DCR Hatch Shell, Boston
 
The Boston Heart Walk, a non-competitive walk, will bring together over 100 of the top companies and hospitals in the Boston Metro area. On average, more than 10,000 people from throughout Greater Boston participate each year. The Boston Heart Walk raises money to fund research and education, advocate for health, and save lives. Help make an impact and join us! Volunteer positions include helping out in the activity tents, passing out waters to walkers, cheering walkers along the routes, and more.
 
Ages: Families with children can participate in the walk; teens and adults are welcome to volunteer at the event.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: heartwalk@conventures.com.
www.BostonHeartWalk.org
 
 
Walk to End Alzheimer's®
Alzheimer's Association (MA/NH Chapter)
 
Date/Time:  Sunday, September 27. Registration is at 8:30am; the ceremony is at 10am, and the walk begins at 10:30am
 
Location: Paul Revere Park, Boston (Route Length: 1.5 miles and 3.5 miles)
 
The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's® is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide and 11 locations in our region, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Families with children can volunteer at water stops, cheer along the route or at the start/finish line and even distribute promise garden flowers.
 
Ages: Families with children are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: 617.868.6718, alzwalkMANH@alz.org. Volunteer registration is available online.
www.act.alz.org
 
 
Plum Island Beach Cleanup: COASTSWEEP
Mass Audobon
 
Date/Time: Saturday, September 12, 9am - 5pm
 
Location: Newbury at Joppa Flats, Plum Island. Meeting spot: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Parking Lot #1
 
Pitch in with other volunteers for the annual beach clean-up on Plum Island. COASTSWEEP is the annual statewide cleanup of Massachusetts's coastal and riverine environments. For more than 20 years, COASTSWEEP has engaged thousands of volunteers in cleaning hundreds of miles of shoreline and riverbanks. This COASTSWEEP project will involve removing trash and debris from the beaches on Plum Island, including the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Sandy Point State Reservation, and the north end of the island. In the past eight years, they have collected over 15 tons of debris! Activities for children are offered via our COASTSWEEP Free-for-All. Give them a hand and help protect the nature of Massachusetts. Participation in COASTSWEEP is free, and people of all ages are welcome. Mass Audubon staff will provide supplies, but volunteers are advised to bring their own work gloves. The event will be held rain or shine, so be sure to dress for the weather.
 
Ages: All ages can participate.
 
Time Commitment: Participants do not need to preregister and may show up at any time between 9am and 5pm.
 
Contact: David Larson, dlarson@massaudubon.org, 978.462.9998
 www.massaudubon.org
 
 
JDRF One Walk Boston (5K)
JDRF
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 3, 9:30am- 1:30pm
 
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.
 
Ages: Open to all ages for fundraising and the walk. Click here to register for the walk. Volunteers must be a minimum of 15 years old and accompanied by an adult. To sign up to volunteer please complete the online form.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Jillian Boston, Development Coordinator jboston@jdrf.org, 781.431.0700 (main) or 617.831.1125 (direct)
www.newengland.jdrf.org
 
 
Hunger Action Month
Feeding America
 
Date/Time: Throughout September. Hunger Action Day is Thursday, September 3.
 
Location: Your local community
 
During Hunger Action Month, the national network of Feeding America food banks unites to generate awareness about hunger in America and to mobilize the public to take action. One in nine residents of eastern Massachusetts doesn't know where their next meal will come from. And, of that number, as many as one in four are children. This September, Feeding America has made the spoon the icon for Hunger Action Month. Follow the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can post a spoon selfie on social media with a fact about hunger and challenge others to do the same! Your efforts can make a difference in someone's life, whether it's one meal, one hour volunteering, or even one selfie! Visit GBFB's website for more information about how you can make a difference during Hunger Action Month.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: info@gbfb.org
 
 
Sponsor a Family
Family-to-Family
 
Date/Time: Once a month
 
Location: Click here to see the communities where Family-to-Family sponsors families
 
Start a new school year with a new kindness commitment that will keep giving on your calendar month after month. Family-to-Family is a nonprofit 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. Start the new school year with a new kindness commitment that will keep giving on your calendar month after month. You and your family can help an American family living in poverty with a monthly box of groceries. Your monthly donation or the box of food you ship will ensure that "your" family gets the food they need the last week of every month, when food stamps often run out.  After you sign up we'll send you details about the family you're helping. Visit the DGT™ Sponsor a Family project page for reflection ideas, book suggestions, and ways to take this project further.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: Nancy Hennessee, nhennessee@family-to-family.org. Visit the Family-to-Family Sponsor A Family page for sign-up options.
www.family-to-family.org 
 
 
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August 2015 - Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

August 2015 - Boston

 

goCreate: Mystery Project  

Boston Cares

 

Date/Time: Sunday, August 2, 1 - 3pm

 

Location: Boston Cares Office near North Station  

 

goCreate: Mystery Project is a special opportunity for youth to attend a project that was created by and will be run by teens! Five handpicked Boston Cares teens are working to identify a community need and develop a service project to address that need. This will be a family-friendly and youth run event with the help of Boston Cares staff. Volunteers who sign-up for goCreate in August will be notified of details one week before the opportunity.  

 

Ages: Five and older

 

Time Commitment: Two hours 

 

Contact: Ginelle Testa, gtesta@bostoncares.org
www.bostoncares.org  

 

Junior Forester Adopt a Tree Program 

City of Cambridge - Urban Forestry Dept.

 

Date/Time: Ongoing

 

Location: Various neighborhoods (throughout Cambridge)  

 

Calling all young tree lovers! Do you know a budding tree enthusiast who might be interested in improving the life of a young tree near their home or school? Volunteers will learn about the importance of trees, how to measure moisture around tree roots with a moisture meter, how to weed and apply mulch, and how to water a street tree using a gator bag.
Junior Forrester tasks include: 

  • Weeding around the base of the tree.
  • Watering the tree.
  • Mulching or adding compost to the soil.
  • Picking up litter.

Ages: The Junior Forester Program is open to all local youth ages 5-13 years  

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: David Lefcourt, City Arborist, 617.349.6433 or dlefcourt@cambridgema.gov. To become a Junior Forester, the child and a parent or guardian must complete the Junior Forester Application and return it to DPW with an adult's signature.
www.cambridgema.gov/theworks

 

 

Provide hospitality and hope to children and families who have lost their homes  

Family Promise Metrowest

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: 13 Common Street, Natick  

 

Family Promise Metrowest serves homeless families with children 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Family Promise Metrowest is a cooperative, interfaith partnership offering hope to homeless families with children through safe transitional shelter, meals, and supportive case management as they seek permanent housing. Seventeen houses of worship open their doors one a time, three or four times a year, to provide safe shelter, meals and hospitality for up to fourteen guests. Volunteer families are needed to eat and play with guest families and their children. They can also set-up bedrooms, prepare meals and plan children's activities.  

 

Ages: All ages are welcome. Everyone over the age of 12 who interacts with FPM guests must complete a one time volunteer orientation.

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Judy Mongiardo, judy@familypromisemetrowest.org, 508.318.4820
www.familypromisemetrowest.org

 

 

Drop by the Farm and Get Your Hands Dirty for Hunger Relief  

Community Harvest Program

 

Date/Time: Anytime Monday through Saturday, 9am - noon, now through October 3 (except for holiday weekends) 

 

Location: 37 Wheeler Road, North Grafton  

 

This is a great experience for families with members of all ages (with at least one adult). The farm is a great place to help children understand how food is grown, about volunteering while impacting their awareness of hunger and our efforts to improve the food supply for those seeking hunger relief. Connect with others in the community and have fun while harvesting a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables from the fields, from green beans to zucchini! All produce is donated through the hunger relief network in Worcester County. No gardening experience is necessary. Please wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty. Bring a water bottle, hat, sneakers and sunscreen. Gloves are available onsite. All work is outdoors and in the fields, harvest happens rain or shine so please dress accordingly.  

 

Ages: All ages are welcome. An adult must accompany children under 16.

 

Time Commitment: Flexible. Volunteers can drop-in anytime Monday through Saturday, 9am-noon, and volunteer for as long as they like.

 

Contact: Wayne McAuliffe, volunteer@community-harvest.org, 774.551.6544.
www.community-harvest.org 

 

 

Backpack Attack - Help fill 2500 backpacks!  

The Wish Project

 

Date/Time: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday, 9am-2pm from August 1 - September 7 (Drop off by August 19, if possible, so backpacks can get to children before they start school. However, donations will be accepted through September 7.)

 

Location: 1 A Foundry St., Lowell  

 

It's back to school time! As you prepare for getting back to school yourselves, collect and donate school supplies and new backpacks for needy children. You will be helping The Wish Project reach their goal of 2500 backpacks. New and filled backpacks are distributed to the children from more than 59 homeless shelters and other social service programs in the Merrimack Valley. Items must be NEW for this project. Visit their website for items each backpack should contain. The contents are kept similar so that all children are gifted equally.   

 

Ages: All ages can participate.

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: info@thewishproject.org, 978.441.9474. For other volunteer opportunities contact patty@thewishproject.org
www.thewishproject.org 

 

 

Shop for a Cause at Macy's  

Cradles to Crayons

 

Date/Time: Sell coupons now through August 29. Shop for a Cause sale date is Saturday, August 29

 

Location: Macy's at the Cambridgeside Galleria Mall in Cambridge   

 

Help Cradles to Crayons raise money through this unique one-day sale! You and your children can sell Macy's $5 tickets for people to receive up to 25% discount on all purchases on Saturday, August 29 only. If you prefer to be shoppers and not sales people, go the extra mile and buy some of C2C's most needed items with your own discount card!   

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Julia Boyaval, 617.779.4742

www.cradlestocrayons.org/boston 

 

 

Host a Bead Party to Support Children in Ghana  

Project Bead

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: Your home! 

 

Help support Project Bead by hosting a Bead Party to raise money to make it possible for students in Ghana to continue their education and finish high school. Not all children in Ghana have the opportunity to go to high school. In fact, it costs $1000 per year to attend high school  - a cost that many families cannot afford. Project Bead operates as a social enterprise that uses 100% of profits to fund education for children in Ghana. These profits are generated through retailing and wholesaling beaded products made by Ghanaian entrepreneurs.  

 

Ages: Ages three and older. (Children should be old enough to not swallow beads.)  

 

Time Commitment: Varies 

 

Contact: Mandy Monty, Director of Beads, amandalynn1224@gmail.com 413.539.1673, info@projectbead.com
www.projectbead.com

 

 

Harry Potter Boston: Behind-The-Scenes Volunteer Day  

The Shirley-Eustis House

 

Date/Time: Saturday, August 29, 10am - 4pm

 

Location: 33 Shirley Street, Boston  

 

On October 17, the Shirley-Eustis House will host their third annual Harry Potter event. Volunteers are needed to paint, work with wood, stencil on paper, sew, and work with technology to help get the 'behind-the-scenes' magic started. Refreshments will be available. Learn more about the event on their Facebook page.  

 

Ages: Volunteers 12 and older are welcome. A parent or guardian must accompany volunteers younger than 16.

 

Time Commitment: Four to six hours 

 

Contact: Minister of Magic, Glorius Umbridge, dumbledoresarmySEH@gmail.com or Patricia Violette, Executive Director 617.442.2275, governorshirley@gmail.com. RSVPs are encouraged.
www.shirleyeustishouse.org

 

 

Sign a Petition  

Change.org

 

Date/Time: Anytime

 

Location: Your own location 

 

This is a great summer activity that will challenge your kids to think critically and take action about causes that matter to them. Take time as a family to learn about and support a cause that you and your children care about through online petitions. You can start a petition or sign a existing petition at Change.org. This way you can participate in initiatives that are up and running, or start a petition for a cause that's meaningful to you. Check out Doing Good Together's Sign a Petition page for ideas on how to get started!

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: www.Change.org 

 

 

Share Kindness Campaign  

Doing Good Together

 

Date/Time: Now through July 31 only 

 

It's a kindness campaign! It's a fundraiser! It's a fashion statement! Doing Good Together™ is holding a limited-time fundraising sale of these fun 2-sided "Share kindness" T-shirts. When you wear our colorful shirt, you'll be spreading a positive message, building awareness of DGT™ and helping our nonprofit raise funds to continue our big-hearted programming efforts. T-shirts must be ordered no later than July 31.  

 

Order your t-shirts at www.booster.com/doinggoodtogether. Youth and adult size shirts are available.  

 

 

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July 2015 - Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

July 2015 - Boston

 

Friendly Visiting Program   

Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly Boston

 

Date/Time: Ongoing. Visits can be done on weekdays or weekends

 

Location: Little Brothers provides companionship and service to elderly women and men living in their homes in several Boston area neighborhoods.    

 

The friendly visiting program is really the heart of the efforts at Little Brothers. Through this program, volunteers are matched with an elder with whom they visit three to four times a month for about an hour. Elders and volunteers share time reminiscing, playing cards, going for walks, or sharing a meal. The primary goal of this program is to establish a true friendship between volunteers and elders. In order to accomplish their mission, volunteers must be able to commit to visiting their elder for at least one year.  

 

Ages: All ages can participate; an adult must accompany youth under 18.

 

Time Commitment: One hour, three to four times a month for one year.

 

Contact: Airlie Parham, 617.524.8882, aparham.bos@littlebrothers.org
www.littlebrothersboston.org 

 

 

Light Up a Child's Life with LEGOS

Cradles to Crayons

 

Date/Time: Ongoing

 

Location: Drop off in Cambridge  

 

A DGT family from Cambridge would like to get LEGOS to kids who don't have access to them. Their children have offered to sort, reassemble, and deliver mismatched LEGO sets to Cradles to Crayons, an organization helping children living in homeless or low-income situations. Volunteers should contact the family for drop off location information. Families can drop off complete or incomplete LEGO sets and their children will complete the set with their own LEGOs if needed and deliver the set to Cradles to Crayons  

 

Ages: All ages can participate

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Karen Biemann, kabiemann@gmail.com
www.cradlestocrayons.org

 

 

ADA 25th Anniversary Celebration on the Boston Common  

New England ADA Center

 

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 22, 9am - 4pm

 

Location: Boston Common - corner of Beacon Street and Charles Street. Marchers will gather at 11am at the corner of Boylston and Tremont Streets  

 

Please join the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which includes a march, performances, speakers, and family-friendly activities. Bring along the whole family for a fun-filled, family-friendly celebration. This is a FREE public event. A New Orleans Style marching band will accompany the marchers. Feel free to make your own joyful noise. Chanting and noisemakers encouraged. Volunteers are needed to guide participants from transportation drop off to the seating area.  

 

Ages: Volunteers need to be 14 or older; everyone can participate in the event

 

Time Commitment: Two to three hour shifts

 

Contact: Katherine Blakeslee, 617.695.1225 x 224 or kblakeslee@IHCDesign.org. Volunteers can register online.
www.newenglandada.org/ada25boston

 

 

Throw a Summer 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 in Dorchester

 

Heading Home's client families consist of a single mom with one to two young children, representing the demographics of a homeless family 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 one to three gifts, as well as plan a party activity for the birthday boy or girl and the other shelter residents.   

 

Ages: All ages can participate; an adult must accompany youth under 16.

 

Time Commitment: Approximately one and one-half hours.

 

Contact: Caitlin Quinn, Heading Home Development Coordinator, cquinn@headinghomeinc.org or 617.864-8140
www.headinghomeinc.org 

 

 

New England Kids Triathlon  

Kids Triathlon, Inc.

 

Date/Time: Saturday & Sunday, July 18 and 19. There are volunteer opportunities Friday, July 17 through Sunday, July 19. There is a pre-race pep rally and packet pick-up on Saturday starting at 4pm. Race start times are Sunday between 7:50am and 9:45am depending on the age of the participants.

 

Location: M.I.T. Campus  

 

The New England Kids Triathlon is one of very few kids triathlons sanctioned by USATriathlon in New England during 2015, and it will be the largest kids triathlon ever held in the Northeast. Race distances are set by the USATriathlon and are designed to be challenging but achievable for kids. Ages 5 - 10 will swim 100 yards; bike 3 miles; and run 0.5 miles. Ages 11 - 15 will swim 200 yards; bike 6 miles; and run 1 mile. The swim will be in the M.I.T. pool, the bike course will be on Memorial Drive, and the run course will be on campus. All aspects of the course will be closed to traffic with the safety of the participants the primary objective. One of the hallmarks of Kids Triathlon, Inc. is our goal to attract as many first-time triathletes as possible. Triathlon is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world, and this event introduces kids to a healthy, positive lifestyle that encourages daily exercise, good nutrition and making the right choices. It is a sport that rewards preparation, strength, endurance, and attention to detail. We want to connect with kids who would not otherwise even dream about competing in a triathlon. At the center of this effort is our Team Fundraising Program through which we encourage schools, neighborhoods, teams, churches, companies, and other organizations to form teams of 10 or more kids. In return for participating as a team, Kids Triathlon donates $10 per child back to the sponsoring organization as a charitable fundraiser.   

 

Ages: Children ages 5 - 15 can participate in the triathlon and teens 16 and older can volunteer.

 

Time Commitment: Depends on whether you are a race participant or volunteer.  

 

Contact: shelda@kidstriathloninc.org. Click here for race registration and click here to volunteer.
www.newenglandkidstriathlon.org 

 

 

Make "Binky" blankets for deserving children  

Binky Patrol

 

Date/Time: Flexible 

 

Location: Greater Boston area 

 

Binky Patrol is devoted to reaching out to needy children, including HIV-positive, drug-addicted, neglected, abused, or children experiencing trauma in any way. Binky Patrol volunteers bring a caring, loving touch by creating and delivering handmade blankets, "binkies", to enrich the children's lives and to meet their most basic needs of warmth, security and comfort. To reach them, "binkies" are distributed through hospitals, shelters, and social service agencies. Binky Patrol volunteers make blankets that can be crocheted, sewn, knitted, tied, and even quilted for ill and traumatized children. Please use machine washable and dryable fabrics and yarns. Check out their website for links on how to make a Binky.  

 

Ages: Ages five and up can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Susan Finch, sfinch@binkypatrol.org; Marlys Vaughan, Area Coordinator, 603.799.1127, marlys@binkypatrol.org
www.binkypatrol.org 

 

 

Gardening for a Cause  

Norfolk County RSVP

 

Date/Time: Saturday mornings, 9am-noon

 

Location: Pine Street, Needham  

 

The Needham Community Farm provides educational opportunities and grows fresh produce for those in need. Volunteers help on Saturday mornings during the growing and harvest season. This is a drop-in activity that does not require a long-term commitment. The Needham Community Farm is also looking for a regular weeding crew to volunteer once a week. This is a great way to help a local nonprofit deliver its services to our community. Teens are welcome to participate in the weeding crew and can earn community service hours!

 

Ages: Youth are welcome for this intergenerational activity. Youth 14 and older can be dropped off and picked up at 11:45am. An adult must accompany volunteers under 13. All volunteers need to bring either a completed adult waiver or youth waiver the first time they volunteer with Needham Farm.  

 

Time Commitment: Three hours 

 

Contact: Carol Barnes, cbarnes4@verizon.net
www.norfolkcounty.org; www.needhamfarm.org

 

 

Support Dean's Round-the-Vineyard Charity Swim  

NoticeAbility Inc 

 

Date/Time: Flexible. The swim will run from July 11 to August 16

 

Location: Flexible for volunteers. Dean's swim will start and finish at 1st Bridge on State Beach in Oak Bluffs, MA.  

 

As the centerpoint of a national crowd funding campaign, NoticeAbility's Founder and Executive Dyslexic, Dean Bragonier, will make the first official circumnavigation swim of Martha's Vineyard. Supported by local and national media coverage, celebrity involvement, and broad community participation, Dean will swim to raise awareness and resources to support NoticeAbility's mission. You and your family can become a part of this courageous endeavor while raising awareness about learning differences. Create a bake sale, host a lemonade stand or start a campaign of your own for Dean. You can have fun tracking his progress too!  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Dean Bragonier, 508.939.1900, dean@noticeability.org. Click here for more information on Dean and his swim.
www.noticeability.org

 

 

Assemble CWS Kits  

Church World Service (CWS)

 

Date/Time: Kits are accepted year-round

 

 

Location: Ship all Kits prepaid to:  

Church World Service
Brethren Service Center Annex 

601 Main Street

P.O. Box 188
New Windsor, MD 21776-0188  

 

CWS Kits are small packages of supplies assembled by volunteers and shipped to people in need around the world. Assembling these kits is a great activity to add kindness to a summer barbeque or other summer family get-together. Church World Service (CWS) collects School Kits, Hygiene Kits, Baby Care Kits and Emergency Clean-up Buckets and distributes them worldwide to those in need. Click the above links for instructions for assembling and shipping the kits. You can make it a party and divide the cost among many families. Doing Good Together's Assemble Kits for CWS page offers suggestions for reflections, resources and ways for your family to take it further.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: 1.800.297.1516, info@cwsglobal.org
www.cwsglobal.org 

 

 
 

 

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June 2015 - Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

June 2015 - Boston

 

Geared Up For Kids 2015 (5k Run/Ride Event)  

A Kids' Brain Tumor Cure-PLGA Foundation

   

Date/Time: Sunday, June 7, 9am - 1pm (rain or shine)

 

Location: DCR's Cutler Park, Needham   

Geared Up for Kids is a Family Fun Festival that has raised over $3.9 million for children's brain tumor research since 2009. With your help, this year they can surpass $4.5 million! The more money they raise, the more research they can fund and the closer they get to a cure!

  • Want to ride first and then volunteer?  GREAT! 
  • Want to volunteer with set up and then participate in the Run/Walk?  GREAT! 
  • Just want to volunteer?  GREAT!  
  • Want to just participate in the Run/Walk?  GREAT! 

Family-friendly volunteer opportunities include helping at the Breakfast/Water Tent and Start line. Click here to view volunteer job descriptions and time slots. Learn more about the Schedule of Events and Event Descriptions. There are no required registration fees but suggested minimum donations are: 

  • $250 per Adult Participant/Volunteer (age 18+)
  • $100 per Child Participant/Volunteer

Ages: Everyone can participate in a walk or ride at the Family Fun Festival. Ages twelve and older and can participate in volunteer activities.

 

Time Commitment: One to four hours. They can provide credit for teen volunteer hours if your school requires it.

 

Contact: Rachelle Robin, rachelle@akidsbraintumorcure.org. Register online to volunteer or participate in the event. Preregistration is preferred.
www.akidsbraintumorcure.org 

 

 

goCreate: Garden Kits  

BostonCares

 

Date/Time: Sunday, June 7, 1-3pm

 

Location: Boston - Full opportunity address and directions will be sent to you by e-mail after you sign up.  

 

Volunteer families will create Gardening Kits that will be given to at-risk and disadvantaged youth to encourage healthy eating and address food inequality. Please note that Boston Cares requests a suggested donation of $5.00 per participating volunteer in order to help provide supplies and management of the goCreate project. This project is reserved for Boston Cares members who have attended an orientation. Click here for information on becoming a member and signing up for an orientation.  

 

Ages: All ages can participate. All volunteers under 13 years old must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years old. All volunteers under 18 years old must bring a permission form signed by a parent or guardian to give to the Volunteer Leader.

 

Time Commitment: Two hours 

 

Contact: Ginelle Testa at Boston Cares, gtesta@bostoncares.org, 617.422.0910 ex. 208.

www.bostoncares.org 

 

 

Start a Community Garden (or help at an existing Community Garden)  

Boston Area Community Gardens

 

Date/Time: Ongoing

 

Location: Varies 

 

Do you like to garden? Starting, or joining, a community garden is a great way to volunteer with your children and to introduce them to the idea of helping people in their community access healthy food. Click here for ideas on how to start a community garden. Many local food pantries would love to receive donations of fresh produce from your garden. You can find an interested local food pantry near you on the Ample Harvest website

 

Ages: All ages can participate, depending on the garden or farm 

 

Time Commitment: Varies 

 

Contact: Search for an existing garden at the American Community Gardening Association's website or contact one of the following local organizations: 

 

The Lost Ladybug Project: Observers Needed!  

Lost Ladybug Project, Cornell University  

 

Date/Time: Ongoing

 

Location: Varies 

 

Over the past twenty years several native ladybug species that were once very common have become extremely rare. During this time several species of ladybugs from other places have greatly increased both their numbers and range. Ladybugs are essential predators in farms and forests that keep us from being overrun with pests (like aphids and mealybugs). To help the nine spotted ladybug and others, scientists need to have detailed information on which species are still out there. You and your child can help! First read about how to find, collect and photograph ladybugs and then:  

  1. Go out and find ladybugs.
  2. Photograph them!
  3. Upload your digital images using their submission form or mail your photos, (along with the time, date, location, and habitat) at Lost Ladybug Project, Comstock Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853.
  4. Return ladybugs to the wild.

Learn more about the different kinds of ladybugs on their website where you can view, sort, map, and graph the 10,000+ lovely ladybugs found so far; find activities to share with children and grandchildren; download or print beautiful ladybug materials; and listen to the ladybug song.    

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: ladybug@cornell.edu

www.lostladybug.org 

 

 

Help Support Nepal  

Multiple Organizations

 

Date/Time: Ongoing 

 

Location: At home 

 

The April 25th earthquake in Nepal was devastating. It's estimated that nearly two million children have been affected by it. It's natural to feel helpless because we are so far away. However, this is a great opportunity to build empathy and awareness of this natural disaster and the impact it has had on so many families. What the relief efforts need most is funding. Here are two sites that list dozens of organizations that need aid: 

You can use this as an opportunity for your family to discuss how to choose an organization to support and then how to raise the money to donate. Lemonade stands or bake sales are also great ways for children to be involved in the process of fundraising!  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Choose a charity from Charity Navigator's list

 

 

Operation Sock Drop  

Friends of Boston's Homeless

 

Date/Time: Ongoing

 

Location: Contact Mariann Bucina Roca for information on drop off locations  

 

The abrupt closing of Boston's Long Island Bridge displaced over 400 people from emergency shelter and vital transitional programs located there. Most people left with just the clothes on their back; everything in the Long Island clothing room that fulfills the needs of over 800 men and women daily had to be left behind. By participating in Operation Sock Drop you not only help keep our community's neediest, most vulnerable citizens safe, warm, and healthy, but you will also help maintain their dignity and comfort during this most difficult time in their lives. The shelters they support give away 8,000 pairs of socks a year so they are always in need! 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 and your group need to do is donate at least one new pair of men's or women's socks, pair of underwear or 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.   

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Mariann Bucina Roca at 617.942.8671, mariannbucina@fobh.org
www.fobh.org  

 

 

Donate Spring Coats to Malagasy Children   

Pivot

 

Date/Time: Drop-off Deadline July 1

 

Location: Cambridge 

 

Please help the children of Madagascar by donating your gently used children's raincoats, lightweight fleece, or thin hooded sweatshirts. They will be hand-delivered by members of the DGT family from Boston. Nine year-old Zoie and her father are going to Madagascar in July to learn more about the organization Pivot - an NGO that is working to improve the health care system in Madagascar. Zoie will give the coats to the children in the village directly so you can be assured your donation will arrive! If you are cleaning out your closets and happen to have some gently used lightweight coats and sweatshirts, please contact Kira Hower directly for drop off information. (Children's sizes only and nothing heavy please.)  

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: kira@doinggoodtogether.org

www.pivotworks.org 

 

 

Share a Story with Heart!

Doing Good Together

 

Date/Time: Ongoing

 

Location: Your home 

 

Writing stories together as a family is a great summer project that gets kids talking, writing, reading, imagining, and building those empathy muscles. Use our Doing Good Together Story Starters with Heart to enjoy a thought-provoking family time activity. Your homemade stories can be a great way to cheer up a sick or lonely friend. Make a gift of your creations! You can also find lots of story starter ideas for kids of all ages on the Journal Buddies website.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: www.doinggoodtogether.org, journalbuddies.com

 

 

 

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May 2015 - Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

May 2015 - Boston

 

The 47th Annual Walk for Hunger  

Project Bread 

 

Date/Time: Sunday, May 3, 6:30am - 4:30pm

 

Location: Arsenal Park, Watertown  

 

Each year, more than 2,000 volunteers come together to make The Walk for Hunger a fun, safe, and successful experience. The Walk covers a 20-mile route through Boston, Brookline, Newton, Watertown and Cambridge. Please join in this beloved event and be part of the effort to eradicate hunger in Massachusetts. The funds raised through The Walk for Hunger will ensure that people of all ages and cultures have sustainable, reliable access to nutritious food - because Project Bread believes the opposite of hungry is not simply full, but healthy. There are many jobs on Walk Day. Plus, you will receive a free Walk for Hunger Volunteer t-shirt! You could pass out water to walkers and stamp walk guides, hand out sandwiches to walkers (must be 18) or help manage the shuttle buses back to Boston Common.  

 

Ages: All ages can participate.

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: To sign up, visit: www.projectbread.org/walk-for-hunger/volunteer
www.projectbread.org

 

 

6th Annual Playworks Run for Recess  

Playworks

 

Date/Time: Saturday, May 9, 7:30am - 11:30am

 

Location: Franklin Park, Playstead Field 1, Franklin Park Road, Dorchester  

 

Want to help make sure that every kid in Massachusetts has the chance for safe, healthy play everyday but don't want to run a 5K? Fun, enthusiastic, and cheerful volunteers are needed to help with the event. Volunteer roles include helping at registration tables, providing water at water stations, directing runners at the start, handing out goody bags to finishing runners, setting up and breaking down, T-shirt distribution, and cheering on the runners. Last year, over 800 runners and walkers participated in this event. Your support in this well-attended community event will help ensure that over 14,000 elementary students have a chance to engage in safe, meaningful play in 28 Massachusetts elementary schools.  

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Four hours 

 

Contact: Marcus Johnson at mjohnson@playworks
www.playworks.org/communities/massachusetts

 

 

Spring Yard Work for Seniors  

Ethos

 

Date/Time: Ongoing/flexible

 

Location: Ethos serves elders in the neighborhoods of Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale, and West Roxbury; they will do their best to place volunteers with yards as conveniently located as possible. If traveling by MBTA, this project will require taking a bus ride from Forrest Hills Station on the MBTA Orange Line to reach the seniors' yards. If multiple groups are volunteering together, they will be placed at yards as near to each other as possible.  

 

Each spring Ethos sends volunteer groups to the homes of local seniors to help with raking, removing debris, trimming hedges and planting for our older neighbors. This work is invaluable in helping older adults live at home with independence and dignity!  Volunteers work in groups of no larger than five to seven people, but we can take as many groups of that number as you like! Each volunteer needs to fill out a CORI Background Check to participate.

 

Ages: All ages are welcome.

 

Time Commitment: About two hours per yard

 

Contact: tjackson@ethocare.org
www.ethocare.org 

 

 

Cambridge Arts Open Studios  

Cambridge Arts Council

 

Date/Time: Saturday and/or Sunday, May 9 & 10; noon - 6pm each day. Shifts are three hours each and volunteers are encouraged to work at least two shifts if possible.

 

Location: Various locations around Cambridge  

 

Cambridge Arts is seeking volunteers to assist with operations during Cambridge Arts Open Studios. Volunteers will serve as representatives of the Cambridge Arts Council and Cambridge Open Studios. Duties include common venue supervision, visitor directory, shuttle assistance, bike tours, and more. Candidates must have an enthusiasm for community arts and engagement with the public. This is a wonderful opportunity to get involved with nonprofit and community events and to meet other artists. Each volunteer will receive an invitation to two events: the Volunteer Planning Pizza Party on Thursday, May 7, where they will receive their assignments and the culminating VIP Reception/Artist Meet & Greet for the Open Studios weekend on Thursday, May 14.  

 

Ages: Volunteers of all ages who are responsible, dedicated, and passionate about art and the community.

 

Time Commitment: Three hour shifts 

 

Contact: Rachel Shank, Volunteer Coordinator, 617.349.4380, rshank@cambridgema.gov
www.cambridgema.gov/arts/programs/openstudios  

 

Avon Walk for Breast Cancer  

The Avon Foundation

 

Date/Time: Friday - Sunday, May 15-17

 

Location: Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer St, and other various locations throughout Boston  

 

Have you been affected by breast cancer? Are you looking for a way to get involved in your community? Volunteer at AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer. There are many shifts and volunteer roles available throughout Walk weekend - some of which will be appropriate for children. For more info or to register go to: www.avon39.org/boston/volunteer 

 

Ages: Volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult and some shifts require volunteers to be age 16 or older

 

Time Commitment: Varies depending on shift/role

 

Contact: Cheryl Prideaux, 415.470.9311, volunteer.boston@AVON39.org
www.avonwalk.org  

 

 

Therapeutic Horse Riding Volunteers  

Challenge Unlimited/Ironstone Farm

 

Date/Time: Ongoing. Volunteers are needed Monday - Saturday during the day and early evenings.

 

Location: 450 Lowell St., Andover  

 

Volunteers assist therapists and instructors by walking alongside or leading the horses, grooming and tacking, and offering support and guidance to the clients. Additional chores may be requested as needed. There is always something to do on the farm! No horse experience is needed to volunteer.  

 

Ages: Minimum age is 13 years old

 

Time Commitment: One 2 -1/4 hour training session is required; volunteers work a minimum of a one-hour shift per week for 8-10 weeks (one full session.) Longer shifts of up to three hours are also available.

 

Contact: Kay Pirrello, 978.475.4056, kaypirrello@challengeunlimited.org
www.IronstoneFarm.org

 

 

Foster a Pet  

Your Local Animal Shelter Organizations

 

Date/Time: Ongoing

 

 

Fostering a pet is one of the most rewarding experiences your family can have. When you foster a pet you: 

  • Free up a spot so the shelter or rescue can take in another pet.
  • Give your foster pet the time he or she needs to be ready for adoption.
  • Help the shelter or rescue learn more about the pet so he or she can end up in the best home possible.
  • Socialize the pet to a home environment.

Visit the DGT™ project page for reflection ideas, book suggestions, and ways to take this project further.   

 

Ages: Fostering a pet is a great family opportunity. Your local animal shelter organizations will let you know if they have any specific age requirements

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Check Petfinder's list of Animal Welfare groups by state to find a rescue group or shelter near you.

 

 

 

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April 2015 - Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

April 2015 - Boston

 

Boston Walk like MADD  

MADD - Mothers Against Drunk Drivers

 

Date/Time: Saturday April 25, 9am-2pm

 

Location: Lake Quannapowitt, Lake Avenue, Wakefield  

 

Come down to MADD's biggest event of the year to help with logistics such as registration, raffle tickets, handing out food, cheering on walkers, timing runners, and handing out water. They need lots of energetic and fun people to help this event be a success. All volunteers are welcome to enjoy food and the party atmosphere once their duties are done. This is a very fun and family-friendly event! Walk Like MADD is intended to raise awareness of the dangers of drunk driving, pay tribute to victims, and raise money for their programs and services. Before and after the walk and run, there is entertainment and kids' activities for everyone to have fun.  

 

Ages: All ages can participate

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: MaryKate DePamphilis, 781.328.0002 Ext 2552, marykate.depamphilis@madd.org. Registration is available online.
www.madd.org 

 

Team for Cures 5K Run/Walk

MMRF Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

   

Date/Time: Sunday, April 26, 7-9:30am, race starts at 8  

 

Location: Carson Beach, 125 William J. Day Boulevard, Boston   

 

This family-friendly 5K walk/run raises both awareness and funds for multiple myeloma. Since its inception in 2001 in Chicago, the MMRF Race for Research program has raised more than $21 million to support the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation's urgent work. The MMRF is a non-profit organization and their mission is to find a cure for multiple myeloma, a deadly blood cancer. They host 5Ks in seven different cities throughout the country during the year. The races are a wonderful family-friendly event filled with hope, camaraderie and knowledge sharing among patients, their families and friends, and health professionals. The funds raised at the Race for Research events are so critical to their mission. They have a variety of volunteer posts they are looking to fill (registration, t-shirt hand out, directions on the race course, and post-race water and banana distribution). 

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Erin Crawford crawforde@themmrf.org or Brittany English englishb@themmrf.org or register online
www.themmrf.org 

 

 

Global Youth Service Day 2015  

Boston Cares

 

Date/Time: Saturday, April 18, 10am-1pm

 

Location: 50 Park Street, Dorchester, International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) building. The actual event will NOT be held at 50 Park Street. Once you have arrived at 50 Park Street, turn onto Mapes Street and follow for about 1/4 mile. The IUEC Local 4 building will be on your left. Plenty of parking is available. The location is less than a ten minute walk from the Fields Corner Red Line MBTA station.  

 

Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is an annual celebration of youth in service. GYSD is the largest service event in the world, engaging youth in over 100 countries and 6 continents. By participating in this project, you will be joining millions of youth everywhere for the world's largest annual day of youth service! During Boston Cares Global Youth Service Day event volunteers will be building and decorating wooden boxes and packing them with gardening supplies to create Healthy Garden Start-Up Kits. These kits will be donated to youth members of the West End House Boys & Girls Club in Allston. Our goal is to promote healthy habits by giving children an outlet to plant and grow their own foods including cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, basil, and oregano. The idea is that when kids grow their own healthy foods, kids eat healthy foods! Toolkits will include Garden Guides developed by the Boston Cares Teen Advisory Council that provide instructions for gardening as well as a healthy recipe booklet. Can't make it to the event? No problem! Boston Cares will provide you with a complete Project Toolkit for groups and/or individuals to participate in the project on their own time and in their own space.  

 

Ages: This is a great opportunity for families with children age five and older. All volunteers under 13 years old must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years old.    

 

Time Commitment: Three hours 

 

Contact: Ginelle Testa, 617.422.0910, Ext. 208 or email Ginelle at youth@bostoncares.org. All volunteers under 18 years old must bring a permission form signed by a parent or guardian to give to the Project Leader.
www.bostoncares.org 

 

 

6th Annual Walk Away Homelessness Event  

Family Promise Metrowest (FPM)

 

Date/Time: Saturday, April 11, Registration is at 7:45am, walk begins at 8:30am, wrap-up and prize drawing at 10:30am.  

 

Location: Natick Common, Intersection Rt. 27 & 135  

 

Family Promise Metrowest is a cooperative, interfaith partnership offering hope to homeless families with children through safe transitional housing, meals, and supportive case management as they seek permanent housing. You and your family can join the fun and help raise funds for Family Promise Metrowest's Family Shelter and Transitional Housing Program. Activities include music, children's crafts, face painting and much more. Proceeds support families served by FPM with Temporary Shelter, Job Placement, Tutoring, Health Services, Life Skills Counseling, Clothing, Advocacy, Transportation and Transitional Housing.

 

Ages: All ages can participate

 

Time Commitment: Two-three hours

 

Contact: 508.318.4820
www.familypromisemetrowest.org

 

 

16th Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup  

Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA)

 

Date/Time: Saturday, April 25, 9am-noon

 

Location: Various locations from Bellingham to Boston  

 

Join Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) and partner organizations for the 16th Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup, where thousands of volunteers and community groups come together to beautify the banks of the Charles River from Bellingham to Boston! This annual event provides volunteers the opportunity to contribute positively to the river's health, while developing a connection to some of Massachusetts' most precious natural resources that far outlasts this one-day event. Individuals, families and groups are welcome to participate and join CRWA at one of three regional picnics following the event. Cleanup supplies including gloves and trash bags will be provided and participating volunteers will receive an official 2015 Charles River Cleanup t-shirt while supplies last.    

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Up to three hours 

 

Contact: 781.788.0007 charles@crwa.org. Registration is available online
www.crwa.org 

 

 

Walk MS: Spring in Concord & Boston  

National MS Society

 

Date/Time: Sunday, April 12, 7:30am - 2pm  

 

Location: Concord & Boston (See website for more location info and alternate dates.)  

 

Volunteers at the Boston or Concord Walk MS will help support more than 2,500 walkers who have joined the movement to create a world free of MS! Volunteer opportunities include: Set-up and registration, Greeters, Route support volunteers (On your bicycle), First aid volunteers (EMT's, Nurses, First Responders, etc.), Route Marker, Wall of Hope, Photographer or route photographer, Finish line cheering and clean up crew, Rest Stop Truck Driver (delivers and picks up rest stop supplies) ...and more!  

 

Ages: Volunteers should be 15 or older 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Aileen Callahan, aileen.callahan@nmss.org, 1.800.344.4867.
www.msnewengland.org  

 

 

Cheering Station for the 2015 Boston Marathon  

Alzheimer's Association, MA/NH Chapter

 

Date/Time: Monday, April 20, 8am - 3pm 

 

Location: Wellesley Hospital, 2014 Washington St., Newton   

 

On Marathon Monday, the MA/NH Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is hoping to rally up a cheering section of 100+ volunteers. They want to make lots of noise and give their 40 runners some energy before they hit the Newton hills. With all their hard work in training and fundraising, they need to make sure they feel the love! Look for the purple -- you won't be able to miss them.   

 

Ages: All ages can participate.  

 

Time Commitment: Flexible- feel free to come for as long or as little as you can!

 

Contact: Autumn, 617.393.2085
www.alz.org/manh

 

 

The 47th Annual Walk for Hunger  

Project Bread 

 

Date/Time: Sunday, May 3, 6:30am - 4:30pm

 

Location: Arsenal Park, Watertown  

 

Each year, more than 2,000 volunteers come together to make The Walk for Hunger a fun, safe, and successful experience. The Walk covers a 20-mile route through Boston, Brookline, Newton, Watertown and Cambridge. Please join in this beloved event and be part of the effort to eradicate hunger in Massachusetts. The funds raised through The Walk for Hunger will ensure that people of all ages and cultures have sustainable, reliable access to nutritious food - because Project Bread believes the opposite of hungry is not simply full, but healthy. There are many jobs on Walk Day. Plus, you will receive a free Walk for Hunger Volunteer t-shirt! You could pass out water to walkers and stamp walk guides, hand out sandwiches to walkers (must be 18) or help manage our shuttle buses back to Boston Common!  

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: To sign up, visit: www.projectbread.org/walk-for-hunger/volunteer
 www.projectbread.org 

 

 

Donate Birthday Baskets   

Heading Home

 

Date/Time: Year-round. Baskets can be delivered to Heading Home's administrative office on weekdays.

 

Location: Heading Home, The Schrafft Center, 529 Main Street, Suite 100, Charlestown  

 

Heading Home's client families consist of a single mom with one to two young children, representing the demographic of a homeless family in Massachusetts. Heading Home's programs provide families with a safe, home-like environment where families can receive the critical support for our youngest shelter residents. Birthday baskets should include: decorations, goodie bags, one to three gifts (suggestions under $40 can be provided), and a cake (or grocery store gift card to cover cake cost). A party activity or an arts and crafts project can also be donated, but not necessary.  

 

Ages: All ages 

 

Time Commitment: Varies; shop and assemble when it works for you!

 

Contact: Caitlin Quinn, Heading Home Development Coordinator, cquinn@headinghomeinc.org or 617.864.8140, ext.135

www.headinghomeinc.org 

 

 

Plant a Row for the Hungry  

Ample Harvest or Garden Writers Association

 

Date/Time: During the growing season  

 

Location: Your garden, community garden, or wherever you have the opportunity  

 

Spring is in the air and gardeners everywhere can't wait to get started. Whether you plant a container garden on a windowsill or a deck, overthrow a patch of lawn in favor of a garden, or join a community effort, planning a row dedicated to the local food shelf can make a world of difference. Donating dedicated produce or extra produce from your garden helps food shelves provide more healthy food options and helps prevent food waste. Check out Doing Good Together's Plant a Row for the Hungry page for more information, reflection questions for your family, and additional resources. To find a food shelf near you that would like to receive your produce donation, visit Ample Harvest's find a food pantry page.   

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact:  Ample Harvest, info@AmpleHarvest.org or Garden Writer's Association, Plant a Row for the Hungry, PAR Hotline 1.877.492.2727
www.ampleharvest.org, www.gardenwriters.org

 

 
 DGT Families Making a Difference

Are you and your family taking advantage of the opportunities in our monthly listings? We'd love to hear about your experiences. Email us your stories and photos and we'll share them with our readers!

In mid March a number of DGT families from the Boston area came together to help support the Cradles to Crayons Pajama Drive. The event was hosted by Kira Hower, our Boston Coordinator and facilitated by Caryn Oppenheim, youth services coordinator at Cradles to Crayons. The program included a short video about C2C, a reading of the children's book Pajamas of My Dreams, and a thoughtful discussion about what types of donations are important and why. The event ended with the kids and adults making "well wishes" cards to go inside backpacks for the kids. Participants donated over 100 pairs of pajamas and raised awareness about the needs of the C2C families.
 

 

 

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March 2015 - Boston

 

Sign Painting for the Walk for Hunger  

Project Bread

 

Date/Time: Saturday, March 7, 9am-12:30pm or 1-4pm  

 

Location: The East Boston Social Center, 68 Central Square, East Boston  

 

Come show off your creative side and help Project Bread make this year's Walk for Hunger a success! Volunteers are needed to help paint signs to line the Walk for Hunger's 20-mile route. These signs are crucial to making the Walk a safe and successful event. Last year, the Walk for Hunger had 42,000 participants and raised $3.6 million. With demand for food in Massachusetts at an all-time high, our community needs your support! Please wear clothes that you don't mind getting a little paint on.

 

Ages: Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Time Commitment: Three to three and one-half hours

 

Contact: Register at www.projectbread.org/signpainting  

www.projectbread.org 

 

Help at the Cambridge Winter Farmers Market   

Cambridge Community Center

 

Date/Time: Saturday, March 7, 14, 21 or 28. Set-up is 8-10am and Clean-up is 1:45-3:30pm

 

Location: 5 Callender Street, Cambridge. The market is inside the CCC gymnasium, located just outside of Central Square  

 

The Cambridge Winter Farmers Market provides healthy, fresh foods to residents of Cambridge and the surrounding area, including those using SNAP benefits. It's a great place to taste and buy a great variety of foods grown and made in New England: fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, cheese, breads, preserves and more. We're supporting the local economy and agricultural land use in New England. There are two-dozen vendors, live music, and fun community events that run alongside the market every week. Volunteers help vendors bring in/out big crates of apples or vegetables. Furniture needs to be set up for the community events and seating area, and some other basics that make the market happen. This volunteer opportunity requires moderate physical labor.  

 

Ages: Volunteers must be 15 or older

 

Time Commitment: Shifts are approximately two hours

 

Contact: janellesc@cambridgecc.org, or call 617.547.6811

www.cambridgecc.org 

 

Become a Snow Angel  

Ethos

 

Date/Time: Ongoing through the winter months

 

Location: In your neighborhood - or West Roxbury (with Ethos)  

 

For your elderly neighbors, even a small amount of snow and ice can increase isolation and the risk of falls. Your help is needed to keep your neighbors safe! Volunteers check in on their elderly neighbors when the snow falls. By clearing your neighbors' steps, sidewalks, and driveways you will truly be a hero by keeping them safe and connected to their community. Volunteers are matched with a specific elderly neighbor, and commit to shoveling for them each time it snows. Each time there is any amount of snow accumulation Angels are asked to drive by the home(s) of the senior(s) they are assigned to and take care of any necessary snow removal. Angels are asked to shovel as soon as possible after the snow stops and within 24 hours.

 

How does the Ethos Snow Angels program work? Share a picture on Facebook or Twitter of you, your family, and your friends shoveling for an elderly neighbor using #ethossnowangels. They'll send you a free Ethos Snow Angel hat, invite you to an end of the season party, and enter you into a raffle to win Red Sox tickets and other great prizes. Each time you shovel, you'll be entered into the raffle - the more you help your elderly neighbors the more chances you have to win.
Know that you have helped some of the most vulnerable among us and that you are a hero in the neighborhood!

 

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate; children under 13 need to be accompanied by an adult  

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Meg Licht, Program Manager, mlicht@ethocare.org or 617.522.6700 Ext 323, www.ethocare.org/agewell-snow-angels
www.ethocare.org 

 

Be a Snack or Lunch Provider  

Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts

 

Date/Time: Ongoing

 

Location: Varies 

 

Be the most popular person on the construction site! Join with your family or friends to make lunch for one of Habitat for Humanity's corporate volunteer teams. They'll really appreciate it and you'll be making a valuable contribution toward building or renovating a home in partnership with a family in need. Create a simple lunch (e.g. sandwich, chips, fruit, dessert) for up to 12 people and deliver to construction site.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Clare, clare@ncmhabitat.org, 978.348.2749 x205
www.ncmhabitat.org 

 

8th Annual Boston Bruins PJ Drive  

Cradles to Crayons

 

Date/Time: Ends March 16 

 

Location: Deliver your donations to Cradles to Crayons, 155 North Beacon Street, Brighton  

 

You can build your child's empathy muscles and donate to a great cause at the same time. Get your family involved in this year's drive by collecting new, unused pajamas for underprivileged children statewide. Kids of all ages love pajamas. Children also love choosing pajamas for other children. Buy a few (or many) new pajamas to donate to deserving children. Want to make an even bigger impact? You can still host a Pajama Drive at your home, school, or organization. Last year's drive supplied Cradles to Crayons with thousands of new pajamas that kept local kids safe and warm throughout the year. Your participation will help them fill this need again.   

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies 

 

Contact: caryn@cradlestocrayons.org or call 617.779.4754, www.cradlestocrayons.org/boston/2015bruinspjdrive

www.cradlestocrayons.org 

 

Donate Your Books  

 

There are many ways to volunteer with your children at home. One way is by donating your used books. This is a great way to clean out your bookcases and help your children build generosity and a sense of giving to others. With multiple organizations accepting books, this can be a fun and easy project for your family.  

 

The following organizations will accept your book donations:   

 

Boomerangs (Aids Action Committee), 716 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain.  

Drop-off hours are Monday-Saturday, 11-6, Sun 12-5.
Contact: 617.524.5120
 www.shopboomerangs.org 

 

Goodwill-Somerville, 230 Elm Street Somerville, or multiple locations throughout the Boston area. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10am-7pm, Sunday, noon-6pm
Contact: 617.628.3618
 www.goodwillmass.org 

 

Women's Lunch Place, 67 Newbury Street, Boston. Donations are accepted Monday-Saturday from 9-11am.
Contact: 617.267.1722
 www.womenslunchplace.org  

 

ReadBoston, 43 Hawkins Street, Boston
Contact: Katie Sullivan, Kathleen.sullivan2@boston.gov, 617.918.5286, Hotline: 617.635.READ
www.readboston.org  

 

Little Free Library, locations throughout the Boston area
Contact: 715.690.2488
www.littlefreelibrary.org     

 

 

Visiting the Elderly  

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: Various Boston area locations 

 

Many seniors in our community face loneliness every day. You and your family can share the kindness of a personal connection with an older adult. When your family visits a senior you help your children become comfortable with our aging population and bring cheer to those who are isolated and lonely. Regular visits with a senior can help enhance the lives of both the senior you visit and your family. Many programs provide training and ongoing support for volunteers; some will ask for a minimum time commitment, typically at least six months. Doing Good Together's Visit the Elderly project page offers lots of suggestions for visiting with seniors, reflection questions for your family, and additional resources. You can contact a local nursing home or care facility or an organization in the Boston area that offer senior visiting programs like Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly or Friendship Works.  

 

Ages: Organizations may have differing age requirements but most will welcome families with children.

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly, boston@littlebrothers.org, 617.524.8882
Friendship Works, 617.482.1510, Bryan Perkins at bperkins@fw4elders.org or Amy O'Dea at aodea@fw4elders.org
You can also search for nursing homes in your area on the Massachusetts Senior Care Association website. 

 

 

 

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February 2015 - Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

February 2015 - Boston

 

Doing Good Together - Special Event!   

Help Kick Off the 8th Annual Boston Bruins PJ Drive  

Doing Good Together/Cradles to Crayons

 

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 3, 3:45-5pm (Program begins at 4pm) 

 

Location: Cambridge (location provided upon registration)   

 

Join this special DGT Boston kick-off event and learn about Cradles to Crayons' mission while you warm your kids up to the idea of giving back with fun and thoughtful activities! Wear your pj's (kids and adults!) and bring at least one pair (if not many more) to donate to Cradles to Crayons. Last year's total drive supplied Cradles to Crayons with thousands of new pajamas that kept local kids safe and warm throughout the year. Your participation will help them fill this need again. Can't make it on February 3? You can still donate pj's to our drive! Just contact Kira@doinggoodtogether.org to make arrangements to deliver your donations.   

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: One and one-quarter hours   

 

Contact: Email Kira@doinggoodtogether.org to register or for more information. Preregistration is required. There are only eight spaces left so register today! 
www.cradlestocrayons.org 
 

GoCreate - Valentine's for Veterans

Boston Cares

 

Date/Time: Sunday, February 1, 1-3pm

 

Location: Boston (Boston Cares provides address when you register.) T-Accessible: Red Line (South Station), Blue Line (Aquarium), and Orange Line (State Street). 

 

Boston Cares offers a new goCreate project one Sunday a month. It is a chance for kids to get crafty while making an impact. Each month's project will meet a community need and the completed goods will be donated to local agencies to fulfill that need. In February, volunteers will be creating Valentine's Day cards for veterans at the New England Center for Homeless Veterans. Please note that Boston Cares requests a suggested donation of $5.00 per participating volunteer in order to help them provide supplies and management of the goCreate project. Thank you in advance for your donation.  

 

Ages: This project is intended for families and young volunteers. Children five and older are welcome to participate. All volunteers under 13 years old must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years old. In order to attend, you must be either under the age of 18, or accompanying a child.

 

Time Commitment: Two hours 

 

Contact: Ginelle Testa, generationOn Coordinator, Boston Cares, gtesta@bostoncares.org, 617.422.0910, Ext. 208 or email Ginelle at youth@bostoncares.org for applications and more information. This project is reserved for Boston Cares members who have attended an orientation. All volunteers under 18 years old must bring a permission form signed by a parent or guardian to give to the Project Leader.

www.bostoncares.org 

 

Cook at Home for Those in Need  

Community Cooks

 

Date/Time: Flexible - once a month

 

Location: Prepare meals in your kitchen and deliver to a designated drop-off location  

 

Community Cooks is a nonprofit that mobilizes hundreds of volunteers who make home-cooked meals for hungry and vulnerable neighbors in their community. For nearly 25 years, they've been bringing their home-cooked meals to people in shelters, low-income families and seniors, at-risk women and kids, veterans, and so many others who are struggling. Volunteer Cooks are assigned to a team to cook for a specific agency in their area. Once a month cooks make a specific course of a meal (main course, veggies/salad, dessert, etc.) in their own homes and deliver it to a designated drop-off location.
All you need is: 

  • A recipe and ingredients from the grocery store to make your assigned dish.
  • A kitchen to make it in - with a stove, oven, fridge, cookware, etc.
  • Transportation so you can deliver your food once it's made.

Ages: Children old enough to help cook with assistance from their parents or another grown-up

 

Time Commitment: One to two hours once a month

 

Contact: Mary Todd, Program Coordinator at Community Cooks; mary@ccooks.org or 617.501.1073. You can also email info@ccooks.org
www.communitycooks.org 

 

The "Stuffed Shirt" Project  

Family to Family

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: Contact pkoner@family-to-family.org and we will link you to a local shelter where you can bring your donations  

 

Many homeless people find themselves moving from one shelter to another, carrying their clothes and other possessions the only way they can - in trash bags. They also have limited and inconsistent access to personal care items, like soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and toothbrushes, etc. This winter, you and your family can help by creating an event to gather the necessary resources to help the homeless. Gather your friends, family, co-workers, etc. and ask them each  to donate either a: 

  • new or gently used soft suitcase
  • duffel bag
  • backpack
  • large sized toiletries or cosmetics bag or a clean, new or gently worn XL t-shirt

Also, donations of small bottles of shampoo, conditioner, soaps, wash cloths, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste, body lotions, shaving cream and any other personal care items are much appreciated.  

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Pam Koner,  pkoner@family-to-family.org
www.family-to-family.org 

 

Warehouse Volunteers  

The Wish Project

 

Date/Time: Warehouse hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday,  9am-2pm; and Monday evenings from 6-8pm

 

Location: 1A Foundry Street, Lowell  

 

The Wish Project's mission is to provide our local people in need with basic furniture, home and baby goods while we help the planet by recycling used goods. Only when people have their basic needs met can they move forward and out of the social services system. By providing basic goods to people in crisis, we help end needless suffering in the short term while helping to end homelessness in the long term. The Wish Project is looking for groups or individuals to help at their warehouse. Some of the tasks volunteers can help with in the warehouse are sorting and putting away clothes, linens, home goods and furniture.  

 

Ages: The minimum age to volunteer in the warehouse is nine years old  

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Patty, patty@thewishproject.org
www.thewishproject.org 

 

Help Grow Big Hearts with the Big-Hearted Families Book Club!   

Doing Good Together

 

Date/Time: Place your order by February 1 to receive before Valentine's Day.    

 

Location: Your young recipient will enjoy this gift right at home   

 

Looking for something you feel GOOD about giving? Give a Valentine's Day gift of the Big-Hearted Families Book Club. You'll transform family night into a fun, book-centered kindness practice. Your recipient will receive a fantastic picture book, conversation starter questions,  a kindness related activity, tasty recipe and fun stickers right to their mailbox each month. You can subscribe for one month, three months, six months or a full year. Learn more and subscribe at our DGT Store.  

 

Ages: Most appropriate for children ages four to ten    

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

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

 
 

Serve & Learn  

Boston Cares

 

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 17 - Friday, February 20; 10am - 4pm each day

 

Location: United South End Settlements (USES) and service opportunities at other sites (More Than Words & Room to Grow)  

 

Discover the community issues behind the Boston Cares service projects and learn about how you can make a bigger impact in your community through Boston Care's February's Learn & Serve (formerly Teen TeamWorks). This program offers youth aged 13-18 the opportunity to participate in a four-day service-learning experience during school vacation. The session includes both classroom learning and hands-on service opportunities to immerse youth in education about the challenges facing Boston residents. February's theme is Youth-Serving-Youth, where participants will be volunteering to benefit youth in need.   

 

Ages: Teens ages 13-17

 

Time Commitment: All sessions are mandatory for participants

 

Contact: Ginelle Testa, generationOn Coordinator, Boston Cares, gtesta@bostoncares.org, 617.422.0910, Ext. 208 or email Ginelle at youth@bostoncares.org for applications and more information. Applications will be accepted until February 6. 

www.bostoncares.org 


 

Boston Food Pantry

American Red Cross of Massachusetts

 

Date/Time: Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8:15am-noon

 

Location: 1033 Massachusetts Ave., Boston  

 

ARC Boston Food Pantry provides a five-day emergency supply of food once a month to low-income clients- about 105,0000 annually or 400-500 families per distribution day- making it one of the largest food pantries in New England. Volunteers assist by preparing 'wet' bags of perishable food, assisting clients with the intake process (multilingual skills are helpful), carrying food bags out of the pantry for clients to their cars, etc. Volunteers need to be able to lift 25 pounds, be able to stand for three or more hours, take direction willingly and to work comfortably in a diverse environment. In cold weather volunteers should dress warmly because work in and outside of the pantry can be very cold. Dress comfortably, but no cut off shorts, mini-skirts, half shirts, open-toed shoes or sandals. Do not bring any valuables or jewelry to your volunteer shift.

 

Ages: Children ages twelve and older with adult supervision

 

Time Commitment: Shifts are for 3.75 hours but it is okay if volunteers need to leave early. 

 

Contact: Peter Hubbard, peter.hubbard@redcross.org, 617.375.0735
www.redcross.org/foodpantry

 

Blood Drive Donor Ambassador  

American Red Cross of Massachusetts

 

Date/Time: Varies by drive 

 

Location: Blood drives are held throughout the state  

 

Volunteer activities include greeting and signing-in blood donors, along with offering refreshments following blood donation.  

 

Ages: Volunteers need to be 14 or older 

 

Time Commitment: Shifts run three to six hours and volunteers commit to a minimum of one shift/month.   

 

Contact: Raven Camara, Volunteer Recruitment Specialist: 617.274.5325 Please complete and submit the online volunteer application.

www.redcross.org/ma 

 

Family Service Day on the Farm!  

The MSPCA at Nevins Farm  

 

Date/Time: Monday, February 16, 9am-noon

 

Location: The MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen  

 

Many children want to help animals on a farm. Younger kids can experience what it's really like to roll up their sleeves and get a little dirty on a farm - cleaning cages and mucking stalls! That's why MSPCA offers the Nevins Farm's "Family Service Day" series. Eleven times a year (most often on a Monday holiday), adult-child pairs are able to participate as hands-on volunteers at the MSPCA. Each group participates in three activities: an animal care chore, support chores, and an educational presentation that includes a fun activity and an animal meet and greet. Animal care chores include cleaning cat cages, walking gentle dogs, or mucking horse stalls. The program provides a fun and educational opportunity for families to make a meaningful contribution to the MSPCA's animal care efforts. 

  • Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
  • All registered families will be contacted via email, one week prior to their registered session, with additional program details
  • There is a program registration fee is $20 per pair (due at registration, non-refundable), and the proceeds help support our many animal care and adoption programs

Ages: Children ages 7-11 with a parent or guardian. For families with more than one child who wants to participate, another adult is required to attend.

 

Time Commitment: Three hours 

 

Contact: For more information contact humaneeducation@mspca.org or 978.687.7453. Registration is available online
www.mspca.org 

 

Buy a Bale Program  

MSPCA at Nevins Farm

 

Date/Time: Ongoing

 

Location: The MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen.  

 

Does your son or daughter LOVE horses and farm animals? As little as $7 a month can make a difference in the life of a neglected horse...$7 can buy a bale of hay to help feed the dozens of horses, goats, sheep, cattle, and rabbits that are cared for every day at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm. Each year, the MSPCA at Nevins Farm's Equine & Farm Animal Center spends almost $60,000 on hay. You can help your child contribute by running a bake sale, encouraging them to use a portion of their allowance, or coming up with other creative ways to raise money to support this worthy cause!  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: humaneeducation@mspca.org.
www.mspca.org

 

 

Meal Packaging Event  

Stop Hunger Now

 

Date/Time: Saturday, February 7, 10am-noon

 

Location: Nashoba Regional High School, 12 Green Rd, Bolton  

 

Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief agency that has been fulfilling its commitment to end hunger for more than 15 years. Since 1998, the organization has coordinated the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid to children and families in countries all over the world. The Stop Hunger Now meal-packaging program has perfected an assembly process that combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 23 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packets. Each meal costs only 29 cents. The food stores easily, has a shelf life of two years and transports quickly. Stop Hunger Now works with international partners that ship and distribute the meals. You and your family can help by volunteering at this fun, meal-packaging event.  

 

Ages: Children age four and older are welcome to volunteer with their family

 

Time Commitment: Two hours 

 

Contact: Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, info@nashobarotary.org. Registration is available online
www.stophungernow.org 

 

Create Pet Toys: 

Stray Pets in Need (SPIN) and Alliance for Animals

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: Stray Pets in Need, contact Sue Webb for drop off information; Alliance for Animals, contact Donna Bishop for drop off information  

 

You and your children can make pet toys to entertain and help animals feel more at home while they're living in shelters. The animal lovers in your family will enjoy the activity of sharing love and toys with lonely pets. You can find lots of ideas at Doing Good Together's Create Pet Toys project page, including ideas for lots of different pet toy projects, reflection questions and other resources.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Sue Webb at Stray Pets in Need, tiwat@aol.com; Donna Bishop at Alliance for Animals, donnabishop@comcast.net or 617.268.7800
www.straypetsinneed.info, www.afaboston.org

 

DGT Boston is expanding! Given the overwhelming response we've had from volunteer families in the suburbs of Boston, we'll be listing opportunities throughout Middlesex County. Please pass on the word and recommend DGT to your friends! Can you pass this on to 10 families who you think would like to learn about family volunteering opportunities? Thank you!

 

 

 

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January 2015 - Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

January 2015 - Boston

 

Help Create a KidPack for a Deserving Child  

Cradles to Crayons

 

Date/Time: Ongoing - Saturdays throughout the year. Requires pre-registration 

 

Location: 155 North Beacon Street, Brighton  

 

Cradles to Crayons (C2C) was launched in 2002 with the mission to provide children from birth through age 12, living in low-income and homeless situations, with the essential items they need to thrive - at home, at school and at play. They supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need. Every year, thousands of volunteers pass through the doors of the Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory warehouse to roll up their sleeves and help disadvantaged young children in Massachusetts. Together, youth and adults inspect, sort, and package all new and like-new donations into customized "KidPacks." Cradles to Crayons "KidPacks" are hand-selected with care to meet a local boy's or girl's specific needs and wants.

 

Ages: Everyone from age five on up is welcome to volunteer at the Giving Factory. Volunteers 18 years old and under must have a chaperone and a signed waiver form with them when they come.

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: volunteerboston@cradlestocrayons.org. To volunteer, register online
www.cradlestocrayons.org 

 

 

Food Rescue 

Food Rescue/Mass Appeal International

 

Date/Time: Flexible/Ongoing

 

Location: Boston Government Center, 3 Center Plaza, Panera Bread  

 

The independent nonprofit organization Food Rescue brings together more than 500 volunteers who donate approximately 90 minutes of their time, one night each month, to rescue unserved restaurant food that otherwise would have been discarded and then deliver it to their local food pantries for distribution to those in need. Food Rescue feeds 2,000 people monthly, who are hit hardest by the recession. Food Rescue picks food up from Trader Joes, Whole Foods and Panera Bread just to name a few. You can involve your children by having them ride along with you and learn about the process.   

 

Ages: All ages can participate

 

Time Commitment: 90 minutes; one night per month

 

Contact: Karla Romero, 781.321.0406 or uxmagazine@yahoo.com

www.massappealint.org  

 

KIDS CAN!

Family to Family

 

Date/Time: Ongoing

 

Location: Family-to-Family will help you identify a food bank in your area that needs your help  

 

Imagine trying to find a job on an empty stomach or showing up at a physically demanding job without any food in your belly...or going to school hungry! Often, food pantries do not have enough food on their shelves to feed all the families that come in for help. You and your child can make a difference by organizing a "KIDS CAN!" Food Drive and  insure your local community's food pantry's cupboard stays stocked! Your efforts will make food available for the hungry in your very own community.     

 

Ages:  All ages can participate, but an adult must supervise the program 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Email kids@family-to-family.org for application forms. In that email make sure you send them your name, your contact email and your zip code.

www.family-to-family.org 

 

 

Make a Kids Bag or a Baby Bag   

Family to Family

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: Contact pkoner@family-to-family.org and we will link you to a local shelter where you can bring your donations.  

 

This winter, you and your family can help provide necessities for babies and children in local shelters. You can make these bags as a family project or you can create an event with relatives, friends or co-workers and make as many bags as you can!  

 

For each Baby Bag, fill a clean, gently used or new diaper bag with any or all of the following: 

  • clean baby clothes
  • wipes
  • diaper cream
  • a changing pad
  • a cuddly small blanket
  • a new pacifier and/or bottle
  • small baby toy

For each Kids Bag, fill a new, kids size medium t-shirt with any or all of the following: 

  • kids shampoo & conditioner
  • soap & plastic soap case
  • kids toothbrush
  • kids toothpaste
  • small hairbrush
  • lip balm
  • kids decorated band-aids
  • small towel or washcloth

For a nice personal touch, you can make a label with a good will wish and attach it with a ribbon or string. If you made a baby bag, please attach a label to the handle of the bag indicating what age baby the clothes inside are for (e.g. 6-9 months).

 

Ages: Everyone can participate  

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Pam Koner,  pkoner@family-to-family.org.
www.family-to-family.org 

 

 

The 5th Annual Cambridge MLK Day of Service   

Many Helping Hands 365

 

Date/Time: Monday, January 19, 2-5 pm

 

Location: Central Square, Cambridge at multiple locations: Cambridge City Hall, the Citywide Senior Center and the YWCA. (Easily accessible by public transportation - the Red Line and #1 Bus.)  

 

Many needs. Many people. Many helping hands. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., lend your hands and come work with your children, friends and neighbors for hands-on service projects that will touch the lives of thousands of people in need. Make fleece scarves and blankets for homeless children and adults. Make Valentines for elders and veterans. Sort food, winter clothing, books and toiletries for people in need and more! Don't come empty handed! Bring a can of food, a children's book or a gently used item of winter clothing. Your donations of food, clothing and books are greatly valued by local food pantries, clothing exchanges and literacy organizations. In 2014, MLK Day of Service reached more than 7000 people in need through more than 70 local organizations and agencies.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible, up to three hours 

 

Contact: info@manyhelpinghands365.org. Advanced registration is preferred but you may come any time during the afternoon, even if you have not registered in advance.   

www.manyhelpinghands365.org 

 

 

Make blankets for people on hospice  

Ascend Hospice

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: Ascend will pick up blankets at your home  

 

Use your knitting, knotting, or sewing skills to make lap blankets for patients on Hospice. Ascend's patients on Hospice can enjoy a nice homemade blanket that will help to keep them warm and cozy, and feel special, and most of all, loved. You can use any color material, fleece or yarn and you choose the pattern. Suggested approximate size for lap blankets is 4'x5' (minimum). Patients will benefit from having your gift because it is made especially for them and the blanket will also serve as a keepsake for their family members. Ascend has patients located throughout the state and will come to you for pickup. No-sew blankets are a great project to do with children who are not able to sew or knit.

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: 866.821.1212, email or fill out their online form
www.ascendhospice.com 

 

 

Foster a Cat or Kitten  

Stray Pets in Need (SPIN)

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: Your home 

 

Care for mom and kittens until they are weaned and ready for adoption. A home visit is made prior to acceptance from experienced foster families. Also, short-term foster homes are needed for an adult cat needing treatment until adoptable. Foster homes are also needed for up to one month for other pets such as rabbits, dogs, or birds.  

 

Ages: The whole family can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Sue Webb, 781.235.1218, tiwat@aol.com  

www.straypetsinneed.info 

 

 

Cat Care

Stray Pets In Need (SPIN)

 

Date/Time: Flexible, there are a variety of morning, afternoon and evening shifts.

 

Location: SPIN Transition House at 5 Overbrook Terrace, Natick, off Rt. 9 westbound at the Wellesley-Natick line behind the California Closet store.  

 

If you and your (slightly older) children love cats, this is a great volunteer opportunity. Activities include cleaning cages, giving food and water for up to 12 cats and providing socialization and playtime. For interested volunteering families, a short one-hour training is required. You can fill in a volunteer application online. Direct Care can be a rewarding experience and Stray Pets In Need appreciates any amount of time you can volunteer. 

 

Cat care activities include:

  • Morning: 8-10am or 9-11am; mostly cleaning help is needed. 
  • Mid-day: Anytime from noon to 4pm; mostly spot cleaning and lots of socialization, playing and exercise for the cats.
  • Evening: 5-8pm; some cleaning (less than in the morning), socializing the cats and sweeping and mopping the floor at the end of your shift. 

Ages: Ages 12 and older are welcome to volunteer. Youth volunteers must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Time Commitment: One 2-hour shift a week or every other week.  

 

Contact: Sue Webb, 781.235.1218, tiwat@aol.com
www.straypetsinneed.info 

 

 

The Souper Bowl of Caring  

 

Date/Time: Ongoing through Super Bowl Sunday 

 

Location: Flexible 

 

Souper Bowl of Caring is a national movement of young people working to fight hunger and poverty in their own communities around the time of the Super Bowl football game. In the weeks leading up to or on Super Bowl Sunday, young people take up a collection (many use a soup pot), asking for cash donations or one item of food for people in need. They then give 100% of their donation directly to the local hunger-relief charity of their choice. You can find a list of local food pantries in the Boston area on the Greater Boston Food Bank food bank locator page. The Souper Bowl of Caring also has many resources to help with the fund raising process.   

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: soup@souperbowl.org, 800.358.SOUP (7687). Participants can register online
 www.souperbowl.org

 

 

goCreate  

Boston Cares 

 

Date/Time: Sunday, January 11, February 1 or March 1  

 

Location: Downtown Boston, specific details will be shared with participants who have signed up.  

 

Boston Cares is excited to kick off a new initiative to engage youth and families in service! We will offer a new goCreate project one Sunday a month. This is a chance for kids to get crafty while making an impact. Each month's project will meet a community need and the completed goods will be donated to local agencies to fulfill that need. This project is reserved for Boston Cares members who have attended an orientation. We have family-friendly memberships.  

 

Ages: Youth ages 5 - 17 and accompanying family members are welcome to volunteer.

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Ginelle Testa, generationOn Coordinator, Boston Cares gtesta@bostoncares.org, 617. 422.0910, Ext. 208 
www.bostoncares.org   

 

Serve & Learn  

Boston Cares

 

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 17 - Friday, February 20; 10am - 4pm each day

 

Location: United South End Settlements (USES) and service opportunities at other sites (More Than Words & Room to Grow)  

 

Serve & Learn is presented by Boston Cares, a nonprofit organization that provides team-based community service opportunities that work to improve the many different communities in Greater Boston. This program is a four-day, small group opportunity designed for high school teens ages 13-17. It is an alternative school-break program and a fantastic chance to give back to the community, gain service hours for graduation requirements, and grow alongside like-minded civically engaged peers. Participants will engage in direct volunteer service correlated with service-learning components that make connections to community needs.  

 

Ages: Teens ages 13-17

 

Time Commitment: All sessions are mandatory for participants

 

Contact: Ginelle Testa, generationOn Coordinator, Boston Cares gtesta@bostoncares.org, 617. 422.0910, Ext. 208 
www.bostoncares.org  

 

 

 

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