November 2016 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

November 2016 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

November 2016 - Boston

 
Family Volunteer Day Thanksgiving Baskets
Doing Good Together and Heading Home
 
Date/Time: Saturday, November 19, 10 -11:30am
 
Location: Cambridge. You'll be given directions once you register

Doing Good Together and Heading Home have partnered to provide a venue for you and your children to create Thanksgiving Baskets for at least 25 families in the Boston area. We hope to make many more than 25, but we can only do that with your generous donations. Volunteer families are asked to contribute approximately $75 worth of materials but that is only a guideline. Whatever amount you feel comfortable donating is greatly appreciated. Please check out the event flyer and the materials donation sheet for the event. There will be a brief video on Heading Home and it's mission, along with arts & crafts to make decorations and cards for the baskets. If you cannot make the event PLEASE consider making a donation to Heading Home or to the event for Thanksgiving Basket supplies.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: One and one-half hours
 
Contact: Kira Hower, kira@doinggoodtogether.org. Please email Kira  as soon as possible to register as there are only a few spots still available!
 
 
Fall Clean-up and Bulb Planting
Southwest Corridor Park Conservancy
 
Date/Time: Saturday, November 5, 10am - noon
 
Location: Southwest Corridor by Orange Line MBTA Massachusetts Ave Stop.

Here is an opportunity for your family to restore and enrich a public park in the city. The 4.7-mile, 50-acre park is sited along the MBTA's Orange Line transit corridor and serves 130,000 residents and commuters. In partnership with the public, adjacent businesses, educational and cultural institutions, the Southwest Corridor Park Conservancy gathers resources to restore and maintain the Park, its plantings, structures, play areas, and community programs.  Volunteers will (weather permitting) participate in a general park clean up, transplant shrubs and perennials, and plant bulbs for the fall. Please wear long pants and closed toed shoes. Bring a water bottle along too!
 
Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer but an accompanying adult must supervise all children. Dress children appropriately for the weather and garden work.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Email info@swcpc.org for more information.
http://www.swcpc.org/
 
 
Food Distribution at Belmont Food Pantry
Belmont Food Pantry
 
Date/Time:
  • 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, 8:30 - 9:30am
  • 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, 5:30 - 6:30pm
Location: 222 Concord Ave, Belmont. Starting November 5, the Belmont Food Pantry will be located at Mount Hope Church, 51 Lexington St near Waverley Square. There is NO street parking in front of the church or in the driveway next to the church. You can park in the Municipal parking lot and on the side streets: Thayer Road & Sycamore Street.

The Belmont Food Pantry Inc. depends entirely on volunteers! Volunteers are needed to help on distribution days to help sort, shelve, and distribute food. 

Ages: All ages welcome but children under 12 must be supervised and must work with their accompanying adult.
 
Time Commitment: One hour per shift. Most jobs are a small bi-monthly time commitment, yet very important to keeping the Belmont Food Pantry running and serving those in need.
 
Contact: Belmontfoodpantry@gmail.com
https://sites.google.com/site/thebelmontfoodpantry/


Learn more about
fighting hunger

 
Sort & Inspect Food
Greater Boston Food Bank
 
Date/Time: Saturday, November 5 and November 19, 9:30am - noon
 
Location: 70 South Bay Avenue, Boston

Volunteers are needed to help the Greater Boston Food Bank to inspect, sort, and box food to be sent to 600+ hunger relief agencies (food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, etc.). With volunteer efforts, the Food Bank can feed more than 87,000 hungry people per week.

Ages: Children older than eight are encouraged to attend. An adult must supervise all children. This project can be physically tiring.
 
Time Commitment: Two to three hours
 
Contact: Call 617.427.5200 to sign up.
 
 
Family Table Distribution
Jewish Family & Children's Services
 
Date/Time: Sunday, November 6 and November 20, 9am - 1:30pm
 
Location: 1430 Main Street, Waltham

Family Table provides healthy food on a monthly and emergency basis to individuals and families in need. Their mission is to offer food in a way that meets nutritional and spiritual needs. Family Table serves more than 100 towns across Greater Boston, the North Shore, and the South Area. Currently, Family Table is helping more than 400 families each month with groceries and connections to other services. Volunteers are needed to help with the following tasks:
  • Set-up the pantry
  • Sort food donations
  • Package orders for recipient families
  • Deliver food to recipients
Ages: All ages are welcome and encouraged to volunteer when accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment:  One to four hours depending on the activity.
 
 
 
Sort Donations for Catie's Closet
Catie's Closet
 
Date/Time: 12 School Street, Dracut
 
Location: Saturday, November 5 and November 19, 9am - noon

Catie's Closet provides an in-school resource for students who are homeless or living in poverty. Access to clothing and basic necessities are important in order for children to feel valued and build self-esteem and allow our students to better focus on their education. Volunteers will assist in our Distribution Center accepting donations and sorting, hanging and folding clothing that is then distributed to school partners. From these school closets, students in need are able to select the clothes they like as well as need in a safe, welcoming, and discreet space.

Ages: Families with children ages six and older and welcome to volunteer.  Children must be supervised by a parent or another adult
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: info@catiescloset.org or call 978.957.2200
www.catiescloset.org
 
 
Create Holiday Cards and Crafts for Veterans
Boston Cares
 
Date/Time: Sunday, November 6, noon - 2pm
 
Location: Boston Cares (downtown Boston location will be sent upon registration)

Join Boston Cares in November to get crafty making Holiday decorations for the New England Center & Home for Veterans! Make a variety of holiday decor, snowflakes, and cards to beautify someone's holiday and show your appreciation for their service. All items made will be donated directly to clients at NECHV. Get your fix of Holiday spirit while making an impact in someone's life!

Ages: Children five and older are welcome to attend with an accompanying adult. 
 
Time Commitment: Two hours (participants are required to attend a mini orientation session right before the volunteer project begins)
 
Contact: Email kedelman@bostoncares.org the first name, last name, birthdate (00/00/0000), and emergency contact info of all children under 13 you intend to bring to the project. Advanced registration is required and available online.
www.bostoncares.org

 
 
Pie In The Sky Pie Sales, Pick-Up and Delivery
Community Servings

Date/Time:
 Monday, November 21 - Wednesday, November 23; volunteers are needed for the following dates and times:
  • Monday, 11/21, 9am - 1pm
  • Monday, 11/21, 1 - 5pm
  • Tuesday, 11/22, 9am -1pm
  • Tuesday, 11/22, 1 - 6pm
  • Wednesday, 11/23, 8:30am - noon
  • Wednesday, 11/23, 9am - noon
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: Alexandra Fioretti, Manager of Volunteer Services, 617.522.7777 Ext. 228 or afioretti@servings.org. Volunteer registration is available online.
www.servings.org
 
 
Thanksgiving Meal Deliveries
Community Servings
 
Date/Time: Thanksgiving Meal deliveries on Wednesday, November 23,  10am - 1pm or 11am - 2pm
 
Location: Community Servings, 18 Marbury Terrace, Jamaica Plain

Join Community Servings to help deliver Thanksgiving meals 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. 

Ages: Families are welcome to participate. Adult supervision is required for those under 18. 
 
Time Commitment: Three or four hours
 
Contact: Alexandra Fioretti, Manager of Volunteer Services, 617.522.7777 X 228 or afioretti@servings.org. Volunteer registration is available online
www.servings.org

 
 
1000 Blessing Bags for the Homeless
United Sisters of Color
 
Date/Time: Saturday, November 26, 9am - 2pm
 
Location: Lena Park Community Development Center, 150 American Legion Highway, Dorchester. Completed bags must be dropped off at Dudley Library or at the Lena Park Community Center by November 12. Meet at Lena Park Community Center on November 26 at 9am to distribute bags.

United Sisters of Color is a group dedicated to community building and grassroot efforts that advance social change. In an effort to help homeless men and women in our community the United Sisters of Color will be passing out "Blessing Bags." Volunteers are needed to help donate and distribute these bags. Each bag is filled with daily essentials (and snacks) that we tend to take for granted. Our goal is distribute 1000 bags. Volunteers should commit to donating at least one complete bag. Please fill the bags with new, unused, unexpired, non-alcoholic items. Volunteers are also invited to distribute bags to the homeless within the community on November 26.

Blessing Bag Suggestions:
  • gallon size ziplock bags
  • chap stick
  • packages of tissues
  • toothbrush and toothpaste
  • comb
  • soap
  • travel size shampoos
  • trail mix
  • granola bars
  • crackers
  • pack of gum
  • band aids
  • pair of socks
  • hand wipes
  • razor and shaving cream
  • sanitary napkins and other feminine hygiene products in bags for women
Ages: All ages welcomed to participate in creating blessing bags and giving out bags to the community. Must be supervised by an accompanying adult.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Info@unitedsistersofcolor.org or reach them through their Facebook site:  www.facebook.com/unitedsistersofcolor 



Learn more about
helping the homeless

 
Sponsor a Family  
The Box Project
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: The Box Project will match you with a family that lives in an area of rural poverty in the Mississippi Delta.
 
You and your family can make a difference by sponsoring a family with The Box Project. You'll enrich the lives of a family living in poverty in rural America by establishing a meaningful, long-term relationship and providing needed supplies. The Box Project helps to create supportive, personal relationships directly between a sponsor family and a family in need living in rural America. The Box Project acts as matchmaker, pairing sponsors with carefully screened individuals or families that need help. The sponsors offer long term, meaningful interactions including encouragement, advice, and boxes of needed supplies about once a month. Box items will vary from family to family and month to month, but typically include household supplies, food, school supplies, clothing or seasonal items.
 
Ages: Families are welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: info@boxproject.org, 662.449.5002 or 800.268.9928. Sponsorship registration is available online.
 
 
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October 2016 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

October 2016 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

October 2016 - Boston

 
Harvesting Seeds of Hope
Pine Street Inn
 
Date/Time: Saturdays in October, noon - 2pm
 
Location: 3368 Washington St, Jamaica Plain

Ripples of Hope is a nonprofit organization that engages diverse groups of families in local and global service journeys. Through service, Ripples families delve into the heart of communities by working side-by-side with community residents and leaders on transformational and sustainable service projects. The goal of Harvesting Seeds of Hope is to provide an opportunity for residents of the Pine Street Inn - Paul Sullivan Housing Unit located in Jamaica Plain to learn the basics of growing and harvesting fresh vegetables, the importance of fresh produce in maintaining a healthy diet, and to provide an opportunity for residents to connect with their surrounding community. Pine Street Inn partners with homeless individuals to help them move from the streets and shelter to a home and assists formerly homeless individuals in retaining housing. Harvesting Seeds of Hope volunteers will have the opportunity to help maintain and harvest the garden side by side with residents. Once finished in the garden volunteers will move inside to participate in the weekly arts and crafts activity.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome but an accompanying guardian or parent must supervise children.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours a week (families can sign up for one or more weeks)

Contact:
email info@ripplesofhope.org or call 781.858.2305
 
 
Food Distribution at Belmont Food Pantry
Belmont Food Pantry
 
Date/Time: Distribution days are held on:
  • 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, 8:30 - 9:30am
  • 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, 5:30 - 6:30pm
Location:  1010 Pleasant St, Belmont

The Belmont Food Pantry Inc. depends entirely on volunteers! Volunteers are needed to help on distribution days to help sort, shelve, and distribute food. 

Ages:
 All ages welcome but children under 12 must be supervised and must work with an accompanying adult
 
Time Commitment: One hour per shift. Most jobs are a small bi-monthly time commitment, yet very important to keeping the Belmont Food Pantry running and serving those in need.
 
Contact: Belmontfoodpantry@gmail.com
https://sites.google.com/site/thebelmontfoodpantry/
 
 
Farm at a CSA Farm
Stearns Farm CSA
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 8, 9:30am -12:30pm
 
Location: 862 Edmands Rd, Framingham

Stearns Farm offers opportunities to learn about growing food by getting your hands in the soil. Working at Stearns Farm is a great way to learn about the growing cycles of different crops. Depending on the season you may spend time seeding, planting, weeding, and mulching. Volunteers will be planting vegetables and doing a variety of farm work tasks. It is strongly suggested that volunteers wear long pants and bring a bottle of water due the physical nature of the work. An orientation to the farm and tasks that day will occur at 9:45am. Please note that cell phones are not allowed on the farm, so volunteers should keep them with their cars/other belongings. Also, there are no trash facilities at the farm. Whatever is brought in must be carried out.
 
Ages: All ages welcome but children must be supervised and each child accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Sara Abramovitz, saralarry@verizon.net, 508.202.0387
http://stearnsfarmcsa.org/
 
 
Family Table Distribution
Jewish Family & Children's Services
 
Date/Time: Sunday, October 9, 9am - 1:30pm
 
Location: 1430 Main Street, Waltham

Family Table provides healthy food on a monthly and emergency basis to individuals and families in need. Their mission is to offer food in a way that meets nutritional and spiritual needs. Family Table serves more than 100 towns across Greater Boston, the North Shore, and the South Area. Currently, Family Table is helping more than 400 families each month with groceries and connections to other services. Volunteers are needed to help with the following tasks:
  • Set-up the pantry
  • Sort food donations
  • Package orders for recipient families
  • Deliver food to recipients
Ages: All ages are welcome and encouraged to volunteer when accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: One to four hours depending on the activity.
 
 
 
Sort & Inspect Food
Greater Boston Food Bank
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 15, 9:30am - noon
 
Location: 70 South Bay Avenue, Boston

Volunteers are needed to help the Greater Boston Food Bank to inspect, sort, and box food to be sent to 600+ hunger relief agencies (food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, etc.). With volunteer efforts, the Food Bank can feed more than 87,000 hungry people per week.

Ages: Children older than eight are encouraged to attend. An adult must supervise all children. This project can be physically tiring. 
 
Time Commitment: Two to three hours
 
Contact: Call 617.427.5200 to sign up.
http://www.gbfb.org

 
Park Restoration and Cleanup
The Esplanade Association
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 22, 9am - noon (other dates are also available)
 
Location: Hatch Shell, Boston

These horticulture and conservation projects are specially designed to accommodate kids and families! We'll be doing some heavy lifting but also light gardening tasks, suitable for kids five and older with adult supervision. All we ask for this project is that you sign up with at least one other person -- child, parent, friend, or colleague! Bring hats, water bottles, and appropriate clothing.

Ages: Children five and older are encouraged to attend with an accompanying adult.
 
Time Commitment: Two to three hours
 
Contact: Email Kyle Richard at krichard@esplanadeassociation.org. Registration is available online.  
http://www.esplanadeassociation.org/
 
 
Trick or Treat for UNICEF
UNICEF
 
Date/Time: The 2016 UNICEF campaign runs from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017
 

Location:
Check the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF website for donation instructions

Add a giving component to your child's trick or treat experience! When children Trick or Treat for UNICEF, the donations they collect help add up to lifesaving change for children. UNICEF helps improve the health and wellness of children in over 150 countries and territories. You can help your children learn about issues facing other kids around the world including education, health care, nutrition, clean water and sanitation. Visit the Doing Good Together Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF project page for more ideas and reflection questions.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
 
 

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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 2016 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

September 2016 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

September 2016 - Boston

 
Food Distribution at Belmont Food Pantry
Belmont Food Pantry
 
Date/Time:
  • 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, 8:30 - 9:30am
  • 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, 5:30 - 6:30pm
Location: 1010 Pleasant Street, Belmont

The Belmont Food Pantry Inc. depends entirely on volunteers! Volunteers are needed to help on distribution days to sort, shelve, and distribute food. 

Ages: All ages are welcome but children under 12 must be supervised and must work with their accompanying adult.
 
Time Commitment: One hour per shift. Most jobs are a small bi-monthly time commitment, yet very important to keeping the Belmont Food Pantry running and serving those in need.
 
Contact: Belmontfoodpantry@gmail.com
https://sites.google.com/site/thebelmontfoodpantry/
 
 
Farm at a CSA Farm
Stearns Farm CSA
 
Date/Time: Saturday, September 3 and September 24, 9:30am -12:30pm
 
Location: 862 Edmands Rd, Framingham

Stearns Farm offers opportunities to learn about growing food by getting your hands in the soil. Working at Stearns Farm is a great way to learn about the growing cycles of different crops. Depending on the season you may spend time seeding, planting, weeding, and mulching. Volunteers will be planting vegetables and doing a variety of farm work tasks. It is strongly suggested that volunteers wear long pants and bring a bottle of water due the physical nature of the work. An orientation to the farm and tasks that day will occur at 9:45am. Please note that cell phones are not allowed on the farm, so volunteers should keep them with their cars/other belongings. Also, there are no trash facilities at this farm. Whatever is brought in must be carried out.
 
Ages:
 All ages welcome but children must be supervised and each child must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours

Contact: Sara Abramovitz, saralarry@verizon.net, 508.202.0387
http://stearnsfarmcsa.org/  
 
 
Volunteer with the Stray Pets in Need Booth at Natick Day
Stray Pets in Need (SPIN)
 
Date/Time: Saturday,  Sep 10, 8am - 4pm.
 
Location: Natick Common, Natick

SPIN provides care for lost, homeless and abandoned animals throughout the western suburbs with the mission of finding them permanent homes. Volunteers are needed at The SPIN booth on Natick Day. Help with children's games, raffles, selling Spin T-shirts and more.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome to participate but an accompanying adult must supervise children under 15.
 
Time Commitment: Flexible. Volunteer for an hour or more between 8am and 4pm.
 
Contact: Call 781.235.1218 or email tiwat@aol.com
http://straydogsandcats.com/
 
 
Sort & Inspect Food
Greater Boston Food Bank
 
Date/Time: September 10 or September 17, 9:30am - noon

Location: 70 South Bay Avenue, Boston

Volunteers are needed to help the Greater Boston Food Bank to inspect, sort, and box food to be sent to 600+ hunger relief agencies (food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, etc.). With volunteer efforts, the Food Bank can feed more than 87,000 hungry people per week.

Ages: Children older than eight are encouraged to volunteer. An adult must supervise all children. This project can be physically tiring. 
 
Time Commitment: Two to three hours

Contact: Call 617.427.5200 to sign up
http://www.gbfb.org 
 
 
A 9/11 Tribute: Plant 3,000 Flags in the Public Garden
The Massachusetts 9/11 Fund
 
Date/Time: Sunday, September 11, 5:30am or 7:30pm
 
Location: Boston Public Garden, corner of Arlington and Bolyston Street, Boston

Volunteers are needed to help plant flags by the 9/11 Memorial at the Boston Public Garden. Three thousand flags will be planted, one for each person lost in the 9/11 attacks. The flags will be planted at dawn and removed at dusk. Volunteers at the 5:30am shift will be planting flags, while volunteers at the 7:30pm shift will be removing the flags.
 
Ages: All ages welcome but an accompanying adult must supervise children.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Alyse Mazerolle, alyse.mazerolle@massfund.org
www.massfund.org/
 
 
Family Table Distribution
Jewish Family & Children's Services
 
Date/Time: Sunday, September 11, 9am - 1:30pm
 
Location: 1430 Main Street, Waltham

Family Table provides healthy food on a monthly and emergency basis to individuals and families in need. Their mission is to offer food in a way that meets nutritional and spiritual needs. Family Table serves more than 100 towns across Greater Boston, the North Shore, and the South Area. Currently, Family Table is helping more than 400 families each month with groceries and connections to other services. Volunteers are needed to help with the following tasks:
  • Set-up the pantry
  • Sort food donations
  • Package orders for recipient families
  • Deliver food to recipients
Ages: All ages are welcome and encouraged to volunteer when accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: One to four hours depending on the activity.
 
 
 
Family and Friends Volunteer Days
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
 
Date/Time: Saturday, September 24, 10am - noon
 
Location: 185 Kneeland Street, Boston

These horticulture and conservation projects are specially designed to accommodate kids and families! We'll be doing some light gardening tasks, suitable for kids 5+ with adult supervision. All we ask for this project is that you sign up with at least one other person--child, parent, friend or colleague!

Ages: Children five and older are encouraged to attend with an accompanying adult.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Email volunteer@rfkgc.org or call 617.292.0020 to sign up.
www.rosekennedygreenway.org
 
 
Magic Mail Center
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Anytime
 
Location: Set up in your own home

Creating a Magic Mail Center in your home can make it easy to keep kindness part of your family's fall routine! As your fall family schedule gets busy, keep this simple worksheet on hand. When you have unexpected free time, send a letter and make a difference. Visit the Doing Good Together project page to for more ideas and reflection questions.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
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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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August 2016 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

August 2016 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

August 2016 - Boston

 
Donation Sorting
The Daily Table
 
Date/Time: Sunday, August 7, 2 - 5pm
 
Location: 450 Washington St., Dorchester

The Daily Table receives donations of surplus, excess produce that must be sorted and organized for quality assurance. Volunteers will sort through donations and triage produce for use in the commissary kitchen, for sale on the floor, and for composting. Volunteers may also help in the kitchen with food preparation, packaging and labeling, or preparing and distributing samples in our engagement zone. Plan to be busy and on your feet! By volunteering, you and your family will be helping to address the wastefulness of our food system, and actively contributing to increasing food security and improving diets in Boston.
 
Ages: Children who can work with supervision are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: info@dailytable.org, 617.506.0249. Registration is available online.
www.dailytable.org
 
 
Sort & Tag Clothes at Boomerangs
AIDS Action Committee
 
Date/Time: Saturday, August 13, 1 - 3pm
 
Location: 1870 Centre St., West Roxbury

Boomerangs is a family of thrift stores owned and operated by the AIDS Action Committee of MA, Inc., New England's leading provider of HIV prevention and wellness services. All proceeds from Boomerangs support AIDS Action's work to prevent new infections, support those affected, and tackle the root causes of HIV/AIDS. Volunteers are needed to sort and tag clothes for the various Boomerangs stores.

Ages: Children are welcome but must be supervised by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: volunteer@aac.org
www.aac.org
 
 
Family Table Distribution
Jewish Family & Children's Services
 
Date/Time: Sunday, August 14, 9am - 1:30pm
 
Location: 1430 Main Street, Waltham

Family Table provides healthy food on a monthly and emergency basis to individuals and families in need. Their mission is to offer food in a way that meets nutritional and spiritual needs. Family Table serves more than 100 towns across Greater Boston, the North Shore, and the South Area. Currently, Family Table is helping more than 400 families each month with groceries and connections to other services. Volunteers are needed to help with the following tasks:
  • Set up the pantry
  • Sort food donations
  • Package orders for recipient families
  • Deliver food to recipients
Ages: All ages are welcome and encouraged to volunteer when accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: One to four hours depending on the activity.
 
 
Tend the Butterfly Garden
Southwest Corridor Park Conservancy
 
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 17 and August 31, 8 - 10am
 
Location: Butterfly garden near SW Corridor Park by Massachusetts Ave.

The Southwest Corridor Park was created with the goal of connecting neighborhoods and providing green space, gardening, sports, playgrounds, pedestrian and bicycle paths, and more to neighborhood residents. Volunteers are needed to help take care of the Butterfly Garden on the SW Corridor Park. Volunteer tasks may include seasonal clean up, weeding, pruning and deadheading butterfly bushes. Other tasks include transplanting and removing unwanted plants and bushes. Wear clothes you can get dirty!
 
Ages: Children who can work with supervision are encouraged to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Franco Campanello, SWCPC President, 617.642.5223, fcamp195@gmail.com.
www.swcpc.org/
 
 
Back to School Backpack Drive
JFS Metrowest
 
Date/Time: Monday, August 22, 10am - noon, and Tuesday, August 23, 10am - noon
 
Location(s):
  • Wellesley Public Library, 530 Washington Street, Wellesley , August 22
  • Framingham Public Library, 49 Lexington St, Framingham, August 23
With summer flying by, it's time to start getting ready for the upcoming school year by lending a helping hand to children in the Metrowest area. This is the fifth consecutive year of the Build-a-Backpack event, where the goal is to give away 330 backpacks full of school supplies to families in our community who need them the most. Every year, JFS collects school supplies for children ages five to ten through corporate donations and local supply drives. Volunteers (often families with young children) are asked to bring new backpacks to the event where they stuff them full of school supplies, choosing who the backpack will go to, i.e. 2nd grade girl, 4th grade boy, etc. Then JFS distributes the filled backpacks to the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in Framingham as well as the parent information center for the Framingham Public Schools. Please bring a backpack or two with you.

Ages:
 Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Kayla Hopkins at 508.875.3100 x220 or khopkins@jfsmw.org
www.jfsmw.org
 
 
Hunger Doesn't Take a Summer Break
Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB)
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Food donations can be delivered to 70 South Bay Ave., Boston. Fill out this form to arrange a drop-off time. Click here for information on making financial contributions.

Most of us look forward to summer's relaxing pace, good food and fun. But, for too many in eastern Massachusetts, summer is no vacation. For thousands of children, summer vacation means they lose the free or reduced-price school meal programs they rely on during the school year. Already tight budgets are squeezed even harder as parents struggle to buy enough healthy food for their families. Last summer, of the more than 400,000 children in Massachusetts eligible for free or reduced price meals, only 14% actually received meals due to the lack of summer feeding programs in our communities. That leaves hundreds of thousands of children that may have to go without. You and your children can make a difference by holding your own Food and Fund Drive for the Greater Boston Food Bank. To raise more money for this important cause, consider a lemonade stand, a bake sale, a neighborhood car wash, or a fundraising party. You can visit the Doing Good Together Host a Fundraiser page for more ideas.

Ages:
 Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: 617.427.5200, info@gbfb.org
 
 
Feed Hungry Minds One Book at a Time
Family-to-Family
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your home
 
As your family gets ready to go back to school, signing up for this unique, monthly, bookish service opportunity will set the stage for a year of learning and kindness. Family-to-Family is a national nonprofit hunger and poverty relief organization dedicated to connecting, one-to-one, families with enough to share to impoverished American families with profoundly less. You and your family can sponsor a child with one book a month through Family-to-Family's One Book at a Time program. Part pen pal, part book club, the One Book at a Time program will inspire both the young readers who give the books and the ones who receive them. Family-to-Family will match you to a child living in poverty in one of the communities they serve, give you the child's name, age and reading level, and ask you to send him or her one new book, along with a letter, each month. Your family will commit to the program for one year, sending a total of 12 books and 12 letters. The child who receives the books will be encouraged to write back to you. Visit the DGT™ Feed Hungry Minds project page for reflection ideas, book suggestions, and ways to take this project further.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: One year
 
Contact: Email books@family-to-family.org with your name, address and phone number and you will be matched with a child.
www.family-to-family.org
 
 
Add good news and good ideas to your family-focused newsletter or website!

If your organization has a newsletter or website that targets families, DGT™ can help you share kindness and service ideas with them. Once again, we've compiled a school year's worth of Service and Smiles Kindness Tips that you can dole out once a week from September 2016 through May 2017. You'll find service projects, kindness practices, and other simple ideas that teach children about giving, caring, and compassion. They're free to use with attribution to Doing Good Together, of course. Visit our Service and Smiles web page to sign up! Already signed up? Please share your stories or examples with DGT!
 
 

 

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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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July 2016 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

July 2016 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

July 2016 - Boston

 
Food Distribution
Belmont Food Pantry
 
Date/Time: Distribution days are:
  • 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, 8:30 - 9:30am
  • 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, 5:30 - 6:30pm
Location: 222 Concord Ave, Belmont

The Belmont Food Pantry Inc. depends entirely on volunteers! Volunteers are needed to help on distribution days to help sort, shelve, and distribute food. 

Ages: All ages are welcome but children under 12 must be supervised and must work with their accompanying adult.
 
Time Commitment: One hour per shift. Most jobs are a small, bi-monthly time commitment, yet they are very important in keeping the Belmont Food Pantry running and serving those in need.
 
Contact: Belmontfoodpantry@gmail.com
https://sites.google.com/site/thebelmontfoodpantry/
 
 
Stock the Food Pantry
Elizabeth Peabody House
 
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 5, 9:30am - noon
 
Location: 275-277 Broadway, Somerville. Please ring the doorbell on the  pink house.

The mission of EPH is to support families in our community in reaching their full potential through early childhood education, youth development and enrichment, and family services. Volunteers are needed to unload the food donation van and stock the pantry with donated items. Volunteers will be required to carry some heavier items. All volunteers should dress appropriately for the weather as they will be in and outdoors while transporting items; be sure to wear sneakers or work boots (no open-toed shoes or sandals, please).

Ages:
 All ages are welcome and encouraged to volunteer when accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
 
Contact: Call 617.623.5510 to sign up as a volunteer.
www.teph.org

 
 
Farm at the CSA Farm in Framingham
Stearns Farm CSA
 
Date/Time: Saturday, July 9, 9:30am -12:30pm
 
Location: 862 Edmands Rd, Framingham

Stearns Farm offers opportunities to learn about growing food by getting your hands in the soil. Working at Stearns Farm is a great way to learn about the growing cycles of different crops. Depending on the season you may spend time seeding, planting, weeding, and mulching. Volunteers will be planting vegetables and doing a variety of farm work tasks. It is strongly suggested that volunteers wear long pants and bring a bottle of water due to the physical nature of the work. An orientation to the farm and tasks that day will occur at 9:45am. Please note that there are no cell phones allowed on the farm, so volunteers should keep them with their cars/other belongings. Also, there are no trash facilities at the farm. Whatever volunteers bring in with them must be carried out.
 
Ages: All ages welcome but children must be supervised and each child accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours

Contact: Sara Abramovitz, saralarry@verizon.net, 508.202.0387
http://stearnsfarmcsa.org/  
 
 
Donation Sorting
The Daily Table
 
Date/Time: Sunday, July 10, 2 - 5pm
 
Location: 450 Washington St., Dorchester

The Daily Table receives donations of surplus, excess produce that must be sorted and organized for quality assurance. Volunteers will sort through donations and triage produce for use in the commissary kitchen, for sale on the floor, and for composting. Volunteers may also help in the kitchen with food preparation, packaging and labeling, or preparing and distributing samples in our engagement zone. Plan to be busy and on your feet!  By volunteering, you and your family will be helping to address the wastefulness of our food system, and actively contributing to increasing food security and improving diets in Boston.

Ages: Children who can work with supervision are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: info@dailytable.org, 617.506.0249.
www.dailytable.org
 
 
Sorting Books
More Than Words
 
Date/Time: Saturday, July 16, 1:30 - 3:30pm
 
Location: 56 Felton St., Waltham

More Than Words empowers young people ages 16-21 who are court involved, homeless, in the foster care system, or out of school to take control of their lives by taking control of a business. They operate an online book business, as well as a brick-and-mortar bookstore and cafe on Moody Street in Waltham. Volunteers will have a youth-led tour of the business, and then work alongside youth in various projects to support the daily operations such as pre-scanning and sorting donated books and organizing store displays. Volunteers should wear comfortable clothing that they don't mind getting dirty--donations come in all sorts of conditions and the basement can be very dusty!

Ages: Children are welcome to volunteer but must be supervised by an adult at all times.
 
Time Commitment: About two hours
 
Contact: info@mtwyouth.org or nparker@mtwyouth.org;
www.mtwyouth.org
 
 
Family Table Distribution
Jewish Family & Children's Services
 
Date/Time: Sunday, July 17, 9am - 1:30pm
 
Location: 1430 Main Street, Waltham, MA

Family Table provides healthy food on a monthly and emergency basis to individuals and families in need. Their mission is to offer food in a way that meets nutritional and spiritual needs. Family Table serves more than 100 towns across Greater Boston, the North Shore, and the South Area. Currently, Family Table is helping more than 400 families each month with groceries and connections to other services. Volunteers needed to help with the following tasks:
  • Set up the pantry
  • Sort food donations
  • Package orders for recipient families
  • Deliver food to recipients
Ages: All ages are welcome and encouraged to volunteer when accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: From one to four hours depending on the activity.
 
Contact: Vfamilytable@jfcsboston.org, 781.693.5593
www.jfcsboston.org/
 
 
Host a Fundraiser
 
Date/Time: Anytime this summer!
 
Location: Anywhere in your community
 

Support a cause that's special to your family by holding a family fundraiser. Your children will learn about working together to make a real difference, and they'll love to brainstorm themes for their fundraiser. Visit the Doing Good Together Host a Fundraiser Project Page for ideas for your next family fundraiser!
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Flexible, whatever fits in your schedule
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
School is OUT, but summer reading is IN. We've got big-hearted story ideas for your family.

Summer is a great time for big-hearted reading! Encourage your child to expand their reading with titles carefully selected by DGT™. Whether you find books at the library, your local bookstore, or online*, we've got recommendations on discussion-worthy topics, such as gratitude, diversity, mindfulness, citizenship, and nature. Our Read Together page not only features picture book and chapter book lists, we also include Conversation Starters For Any Story.

To round out our selection of children's books, we offer adult-oriented titles, along with website and video recommendations on our Complete DGT™ Resource Collection pages.

*Please note: Our DGT™ website features affiliate links to Amazon, which allows DGT™ to earn advertising fees on purchases made from those pages. Thank you!

 

 

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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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June 2016 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

June 2016 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

June 2016 - Boston

 
goCreate: Picnic Party Bags for the Boys and Girls Club!
Boston Cares
 
Date/Time: Sunday, June 5, 1 - 3pm
 
Location: Full opportunity address and directions will be sent to you by e-mail after you sign up

Designed by the Boston Cares Junior Teen Advisory Council, volunteers will craft and pack Picnic Party Bags to spread sustainable ideas and present a fun way to learn about our environment.
 
Ages: This project is intended for families with young children, five and older. An adult 18 or older must accompany all volunteers under age 13.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Aysia Rodriguez, arodriguez@bostoncares.org. Registration is available online and first-time Boston Cares volunteers must attend an orientation. Interested volunteers who have not yet attended an orientation can sign up for an Express Orientation, offered 45 minutes prior to the project.
www.bostoncares.org
 
 
Friendship and Flowers
Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly
 
Date/Time: Saturday, June 11, 11am - 3pm
 
Location: The Guerin House, 3305 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain. Stop by The Guerin House in Jamaica Plain for a brief orientation, and to pick up flowers and your assignment.

Volunteers are needed to visit with elders in assisted living and nursing homes across the city. You and your family will visit with an elder who lives in an assisted living home and make their day a bit brighter. All buildings are MBTA accessible and offer free parking for volunteers. The staff will know that you are coming and will help you locate your elder when you arrive at the facility. You can visit in your choice of indoor and outdoor community spaces at their residence. Feel free to bring a deck of cards or your favorite magazine to share during the visit. Each elder has something unique to share and offer and is looking forward to making new friends!

Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer. An adult must accompany youth under the age of 18.
 
Time Commitment: Plan on spending two to three hours volunteering.
 
Contact: aparham.bos@littlebrothers.org. Registration is available online. Please register by Monday, June 6. New volunteers must complete a CORI background check, which is available on the registration page.
www.littlebrothersboston.org/
 
 
goCreate: Smile Kits for the Boston Cares D.A.R.T. Program
Boston Cares
 
Date/Time: Sunday, June 12, 1 - 3pm
 
Location: Full opportunity address and directions will be sent to you by e-mail after you sign up

Join Boston Cares to make hygiene kits, which will be used in disaster preparedness kits made by the Boston Cares D.A.R.T. program! Volunteers will assemble bags of toothbrushes, dental floss, toothpaste, and other hygiene necessities and will craft tags of encouragement for each bag.
 
Ages: This project is intended for families with young children, five and older. An adult 18 or older must accompany all volunteers under age 13.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Aysia Rodriguez, arodriguez@bostoncares.org. Registration is available online and first-time Boston Cares volunteers must attend an orientation. Interested volunteers who have not yet attended an orientation can sign up for an Express Orientation, offered 45 minutes prior to the project.
www.bostoncares.org
 
 
Provide Hospitality and Hope to Children and Families
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. Nineteen houses of worship open their doors one week at a time, three or four times a year, to provide safe shelter, meals and hospitality for up to fourteen guests. Volunteers can help by:
  • Preparing meals
  • Providing dinner hosting and companionship
  • Purchasing supplies
  • Setting up bedrooms
  • Doing laundry
  • Leading 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
 
 
Making Lunch for the Ladies
On The Rise, Inc.
 
Date/Time: Flexible, meals are needed six days a week. Check the calendar on Meal Train for available dates. Meals should be dropped off between 8-11am, prior day delivery can be arranged if needed
 
Location: 341 Broadway, Cambridge

For the homeless women at On The Rise, a healthy and hearty meal enjoyed in a safe home is invaluable. They rely on the kind hearts and culinary talents of volunteers to cook a meal in their kitchen and deliver to On the Rise directly. This volunteer opportunity fills one of their greatest needs by being able to offer a healthy and hearty meal to a woman who otherwise would not have many options. Don't shy away from this opportunity even if you don't consider yourself a cook; store bought and pre-made items are also welcome. As the women are as diverse as their palates, you choose what you would like to make; it is sure to be appreciated and enjoyed! Shopping, preparing and cooking these meals is a wonderful opportunity to give back with your children, as they can get involved at any age. To respect the privacy of the women, volunteers do not serve lunch at On The Rise. Lunch is set up family-style in the comfy kitchen and women help themselves. Entrées should serve 15 adults, sides and dessert are optional. Click for more specific lunch preparation and delivery information.
 
Ages: All ages can participate.
 
Time Commitment: Flexible, this can be a one-time opportunity or you may sign up for multiple shifts throughout the year
 
Contact: Taylor Bartley at taylor.bartley@ontherise.org or 617.497.7968 x 36.
www.ontherise.org
 
 
New England MG Walk
Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America
 
Date/Time: Saturday, June 11, 8am - 12:30pm. Walk participant check-in begins at 9am and the Walk Ceremony begins at 10am
 
Location: Pope John Paul II Park, Boston

The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA) is the only national volunteer health agency in the United States dedicated solely to the fight against myasthenia gravis. MGFA serves patients, their families and caregivers. The MG Walk is the signature fundraising campaign for MGFA. Volunteer tasks include:
  • Walker Check In
  • Distributing food & beverages
  • Walk Route Marshals
  • Rest Stop volunteers
Ages: A parent or guardian must accompany volunteers younger than age 14. Families with children are also welcome to participate as walkers.
 
Time Commitment: Volunteer shifts are four and one-half hours.

Contact: Info@MGWalk.org or 1.855.MG.WALKS. Click here to register to volunteer. Click here to register for the walk.
www.mgwalk.org/newengland/ 
 
 
Operation Sock Drop
Friends of Boston's Homeless
 
Date/Time: Ongoing
 
Location: 112 Southampton Men's Shelter (formerly Long Island Shelter), Boston
 
Operation Sock Drop is an easy and inexpensive way to have a big impact on the health, safety, and comfort of our community's homeless. All you need to do is donate at least one new pair of men's or women's socks (wool or cotton work best). 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. Friends of Boston's Homeless gives out 8,000 pairs/year so there is always in great need for more socks! Click here for more information.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: 617.942.8671 or email mariannbucina@comcast.net
www.fobh.org
 
 
Park Restoration and Clean Up
The Esplanade Association
 
Date/Time: Flexible; volunteer projects take place throughout the Esplanade and vary by season, weather conditions, and parks needs.
 
Location: Volunteers meet at several locations along the Esplanade. The exact location will be provided by the Esplanade Association when you sign up to volunteer.

The Association hosts both individual volunteers and groups of volunteers during the spring, summer and fall seasons. Volunteers participate in a host of park beautification and maintenance projects that include planting, raking, weeding, cutting back invasive species, rubbish removal, and bench painting.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome. An adult must supervise children under 16.
 
Time Commitment: Varies but plan on at least two hours for the activity.
 
Contact: Call 617.227.0365 or email info@esplanadeassociation.org. Volunteers must register online
www.esplanadeassociation.org
 
 
Care for Shelter Cats
Gifford Animal Shelter
 
Date/Time: Friday, June 18, 10am - noon
 
Location: 30 Undine Rd, Brighton

Spend Friday morning playing with cats while helping to clean up the shelter. Volunteers will help with tasks such as refilling food and water, cleaning surfaces, and most importantly playing with cats! The Mission of Gifford Cat Shelter is to provide a safe haven for abandoned, abused, neglected and injured cats with the goal of rehoming.

Ages: Families with children six and older are welcome. Parents must supervise children.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Call 617.787.8872 or email Giffordcats@giffordcatshelter.org
www.giffordcatshelter.org/
 
 
July Learn & Serve
Boston Cares
 
Date/Time: Session 1: (Back to Basics): Monday, July 11 - Thursday, July 14, 10am - 4pm
Session 2: (Children Are the Future): Monday, July 25 - Thursday, July 28, 10am - 4pm
 
Location: 90 Canal Street, Suite 610 Boston

Learn & Serve is back! Don't miss out on this opportunity for teens to gain 24 hours of community service over summer break! Boston Cares will be hosting two separate service-learning sessions throughout the month of July that will focus on Boston Cares partners that provide basic needs for local residents and organizations that empower Boston's youth. Click here to learn more about the program, applications, and pricing.
 
Ages: Learn and Serve is for youth ages 13 through 17
 
Time Commitment: Six hours per day
 
Contact: Aysia Rodriguez, arodriguez@bostoncares.org
www.bostoncares.org
 
 
Make this a Summer of Kindness with DGT's Summer Bucket List
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: All summer long
 
Location: Your home or community
 
Print and post one or both of DGT's two innovative Summer of Kindness bucket lists. These creative kindness projects will keep your family making big-hearted memories all summer long.
 
Ages: Preschool to teen
 
Time Commitment: 15 minutes to 1 hour per week depending upon the activities you choose to complete.
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodogether.org
 
 
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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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May 2016 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

May 2016 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

May 2016 - Boston

 
Watertown Helps Out
Watertown Community Foundation
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 7, 8:30am - 12:30pm
 
Location: Meet at the Arsenal Project, 500 Arsenal Street, Watertown, Old Navy entrance.

The Watertown Community Foundation is hosting its third annual Watertown Helps Out Day. There are several volunteer projects throughout the community where families can volunteer together. You do not have to be a Watertown resident to participate. Some of the projects include:
  • Church of the Good Shepherd - Prep gardens for Vacation Garden School
  • Department of Public Works - Fillipello Park cleanup and Whitney Hill Park cleanup
  • Watertown Family Network - Family Center cleanup
  • Watertown Boys and Girls Club - Painting and outdoor cleanup
  • Sen. Will Brownsberger and Rep. John Hecht - Bike path cleanup
  • MetroWest Collaborative Development - Outdoor cleanup and landscaping
  • Waltham Fields Community Farms - Field work
Ages: Everyone is welcome. Adults must supervise children.
 
Time Commitment: Depends on the project. Most activities will be completed by noon.
 
Contact: Watertown Community Foundation, 617.926.1500. Registration is available online.
www.watertownfoundation.org
 
 
Make Goody Bags for Birthday Wishes!
Birthday Wishes!
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: 11 Homer Street, Newton Centre. Click for information on arranging a donation delivery.

The mission of Birthday Wishes is to provide birthday parties for homeless children. They believe that all children, regardless of their living situation, should celebrate their birthdays joyfully, surrounded by family, friends, and others who care. The Greater Boston office serves over 200 children living in shelters or motels on a monthly basis. Volunteers are needed to make goody bags for children who attend the parties. Visit the Birthday Wishes website for detailed information on how to make the perfect goody bags.

Ages:  Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Flexible
 
Contact: Sarah Hennessy, 866.388.9474 ext. 8
Birthdaywishes.org
 
 
Annual Park Cleanup at Ringer Park
The Ringer Park Partnership Group
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 7, 9am - 1pm
 
Location: Ringer Park, 1 Webley Street, Allston. Meet at the softball field

It's time to get your hands dirty at the annual Ringer Park Cleanup! Stanley A. Ringer Playground is a 12.38-acre public park on Allston Street between Commonwealth and Brighton Avenues. The park consists of two tennis courts, two basketball courts, a baseball diamond, a playground and many walkways. This is a Boston Shines Collaborative Project.
Volunteer tasks include:
  • Litter/Trash Removal
  • Fallen Branch Removal
  • Raking Leaves/Debris
  • Plantings
  • Sweeping Walkways/Recreation Areas
  • Define Walking/Hiking Pathways
Tools and gloves will be provided and lights refreshments served.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Joan Pasquale, PCBGinc@Mail.com
www.parentsandcommunitybuildgroup.org
 
 
Distribute Food and Stock Food Donations
East End House Food Pantry
 
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 17, 11am - 3pm or Friday, May 27, 9am - 1pm
 
Location: East End House, 105 Spring Street, Cambridge

The East End House Emergency Food Pantry serves residents throughout the Boston area, primarily from East Cambridge. They support over 300 families per month by offering healthy fresh and shelf-stable foods in a dignified setting. By increasing access to good food, they promote the flourishing and achievement of children from low-income families. The East End house receives food from the Greater Boston Food Bank, Food for Free, and Lovin' Spoonfuls. In addition, they receive donations from local food drives and individuals in the community. Volunteers set up and clean up the pantry space, help receive weekly produce donations, and assist clients as they choose their own groceries from available fresh produce and shelf-stable foods.

Ages: Families with children age seven and older are welcome to volunteer. Children must be supervised at all times by an adult family member.
 
Time Commitment: Three or four hours
 
Contact: Tim Severyn, Senior Consultant of Community Programs, timothy@eastendhouse.org or 617.876.4444.
www.EastEndhouse.org
 
 
Crafting with Seniors
Cooperative Elder Services
 
Date/Time: Saturdays from 10:30 - noon
 
Location: 37 Broadway, Arlington

Do you enjoy playing board games or bingo? Come volunteer at Cooperative Elder Services and interact with seniors from all over the Greater Boston Area. Cooperative Elder Services is a nonprofit organization that offers a caring and secure alternative to nursing home placement for frail elders and disabled adults with medical, emotional, or cognitive impairments, while offering their family caretakers peace of mind and respite. Volunteer duties may include interacting and assisting with word games, card games, arts & crafts, and additional fun activities! Volunteers must be comfortable with seniors who may have Alzheimers or early stages of dementia.
 
Ages: Children are welcome but must be supervised at all times by an adult family member. Please be aware that some seniors may have early stages of Alzheimer's or dementia.
 
Time Commitment: One and one-half hours per week
 
Contact: Julia Nickrosz, 781.863.1166 or 781.6411070
www.elderdayservices.com
 
 
Garden Along the Greenway
The Rose Kennedy Greenway
 
Date/Time:  Projects take place in the Greenway parks from Chinatown to the North End. The exact location varies based on the project needs and will be provided prior to the project.
 
Location: Wednesday, May 11 or 25, 10am - noon

The Rose Kennedy Greenway is a mile-and-a-half of contemporary parks in the heart of Boston. The Greenway, a roof garden atop a highway tunnel, connects people and the city with beauty and fun. Volunteers have a unique opportunity to help with the organic maintenance of this dynamic green space! Working alongside Greenway Horticulture staff, volunteers can learn more about the Greenway and gardening. Projects are based on current park needs and primarily include light duty gardening tasks such as raking, weeding, mulching, pruning, and planting. Volunteers are required to wear closed toe shoes and should wear comfortable clothing that can get dirty. Water and light snacks will be provided.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate. Children must be supervised. The work can sometimes be fast paced and can involve bending and lifting.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Keelin Purcell, Volunteer and Education Manager, volunteer@rfkgc.org
www.rosekennedygreenway.org
 
 
Farm at the CSA in Framingham
Stearns Farm CSA
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 21, 9:30am - noon. There will be an orientation to the farm at 9:45am.
 
Location: 862 Edmands Road, Framingham

The mission of the historic Stearns Farm is to preserve the farm as a sustainable all-natural garden, providing locally grown food in partnership between the land, the farmer, and the community. This is done by:
  • Using the CSA model
  • Providing fair compensation, adequate working conditions, and support to the farmer
  • Practicing good stewardship
  • Donating excess food to the needy
  • Encouraging the community to actively participate in the farming process
  • Providing learning opportunities
  • Fostering relationships between the CSA and the wider community
  • Providing a beautiful place that is nourishing to body and soul.
Volunteers are needed to help with planting vegetables and doing a variety of farm work tasks. It is strongly suggested that volunteers wear long pants and bring a bottle of water due to the physical nature of the work. Please note that no cell phones are allowed on the farm, so volunteers should keep their phones in their cars or with their other belongings.

Ages: The farm welcomes all ages. An adult family member must supervise children. Please contact the farm with the ages of your children before volunteering.
 
Time Commitment: One and one-half hours
 
Contact: 508.202.0387, contact@stearnsfarmcsa.org. Registration is available online.
 
 
Selecting Books for Prisoners
Prison Book Program
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 21, 10am-4pm (volunteers can come at any point during this time)
 
Location: Lucy Parsons Bookstore, 1306 Hancock Street, Suite 100, Quincy

The Prison Book Program has been supplying individuals and groups of prisoners with quality reading material since 1972. With more than 2 million people locked up in American prisons and jails, and with limited educational programming available, the need for the Prison Book Program's services is great. The Prison Book Program gives books to individual prisoners in the United States. Prisoners have limited access to books and the program provides them with free books for personal development during incarceration. The Prison Book Program believes that education is a powerful tool that reduces the likelihood that a prisoner will return to the prison system. Volunteers will read letters from prisoners, fill their book requests, and package books to be shipped. Attention to detail is a very important component of this project!
 
Ages: Suitable for children eight and older with adult supervision.
 
Time Commitment: Flexible
 
Contact: volunteer@prisonbookprogram.org or call 617.423.3298
www.prisonbookprogram.org
 
 
Brown Bag Lunch Food Distribution
Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services

Date/Time:
 Every second Tuesday of the month, from 8:30-11am
 
Location: The Arts at the Armory building, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville

Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services (SCES) promotes the right of all individuals to live with dignity, in the setting of their choice by offering older people, younger people with disabilities, and caregivers the information, services and support needed to make choices which enhance health, well-being and independence. SCES depends on volunteers to make many of its programs possible.  In conjunction with the Greater Boston Food Bank, SCES supplies 650 low-income seniors with a free bag of groceries. Each registered senior receives a grocery bag of fresh and canned food to help them make it through the month. Fifteen to twenty volunteers are URGENTLY needed to help unload the Food Bank truck, sort food, and fill brown bags.

Ages: Families with children ages six and older can help with food distribution and sorting but all ages welcome to help with welcoming seniors.
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
 
Contact: 617.628.2601, x3051 or vol@eldercare.org.
www.eldercare.org
 
 
Shawmut Garden Clean Up
Shawmut Corridor Gardens
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 7,  10am - noon
 
Location: Shawmut Station

The mission of the Shawmut Corridor Gardens project is to promote community pride and cleanliness by decreasing litter and gardening at the Shawmut Train station. The Shawmut Garden is a teaching garden. Teachers and students from area schools, as well as adult learners, are invited visit and learn. 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. The Garden is the result of a multi-year collaborative effort between designers, artisans, architects, scientists, teachers, elected officials, and community advocates. Volunteers are needed to rake mulch, pull weeds, remove dead plants, prune, and pick up trash and debris. Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty and closed toe shoes. 
 
Ages: All ages are welcome but an adult family member must supervise younger children.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours

Contact: 617.822.8733 or email info@mydorchester.org
www.mydorchester.org/shawmutgarden 
 
 
Host Families for High School International Exchange Students
International Student Exchange
 
Date/Time: Students arrive in August and January, and stay five months, ten months or one year and attend local public high schools.
 
Location: Your home and community

ISE 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. Host families are expected to provide basic room and board. Students coming to the United States through ISE will arrive with spending money and health insurance. Students may share a room with siblings of the same sex. International students are between the ages of 15 and 18 ½. Host families are assigned a supervising area representative to help you through the entire process from beginning to end. The supervising representative will be with you every step of the way providing extensive guidance and support during the student's exchange program.

Ages: Families of all shapes and sizes are welcome. An adult over the age of 25 must be part of the household.
 
Time Commitment: Five months, ten months or one year.
 
Contact: Lisa, 800.766.4656x103 for additional information or referral to a local representative. Click here for the link to becoming a host family.
www.iseusa.org
 
 
Download DGT's Feelings Flashcards and Play Empathy-Building Games
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Anytime
 
Location: Your home or community
 
Download and print our Feelings Flashcards and use them to play a variety of games that help kids of all ages recognize and converse about different emotions.
 
Ages: Preschool on up
 
Time Commitment: Games will take 15 to 60 minutes.
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 

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April 2016 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

April 2016 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

April 2016 - Boston  

 
Sort Baby Items at Room to Grow
Room to Grow
 
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 5, 5:30 - 7:30pm
 
Location: Room to Grow, 142 Berkeley Street, Boston
 
Room to Grow provides parents raising babies in poverty with one-on-one parenting support and essential baby items for their child's critical first three years of development. Volunteers will be checking  (i.e. playing with) toys, folding and shelving baby clothes, and organizing our client space so that it stays beautiful for the families we serve. This is an easy and fun way to contribute to the lives of children living in poverty. The program serves babies aged 0-3 and the work you do will help ensure that these babies have all of the books, toys, clothes, and supplies they need to have an awesome start in life. There isn't usually heavy lifting involved (unless you want to!!) and you don't have to worry about getting dirty. Please wear comfortable clothing as you may be sitting on the floor to sort and fold clothing.
 
Ages: Families with children five and older are welcome to participate. Children must be supervised.
 
Time Commitment: Two-hour shifts. Volunteers may also sign up for ongoing sorting and cleaning projects.

Contact: Patricia Hunter, 617.859.4545 or patricia.hunter@roomtogrow.org
www.roomtogrow.org 
 
 
Work for Wildlife
Mass Audobon
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 30, 9am - noon
 
Location:  A variety of Mass Audobon locations in and around Boston:

Greater Boston:
  • Blue Hills Trailside Museum, Milton: Butterfly Gardening; Light Spring Landscaping
  • Boston Nature Center, Mattapan: Boston Food Forest and Education Garden - Spring Cleanup and Planting; Butterfly Garden, Nature Nook, and Surrounding Landscaped Areas; Trail Maintenance
  • Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, Belmont: Trails, Gardens, Meadows and More
North of Boston
  • Cedar Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, Wenham: Invasive Plant Removal
  • Endicott Wildlife Sanctuary, Wenham: Create an Exploration & Play Area; Maintain a Nature Trail; Prepare Sunken Garden for Science Study & Plantings
South of Boston
  • Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, Dartmouth: Blazin' Trails and Battling Invasives!
  • Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, Sharon: Creating a Better Camp Yard; Visitor Center Garden Bed Clean-up; Weeding and More at the CSA Fields
  • North River Wildlife Sanctuary, Marshfield: Down with Bittersweet; Nature Play Area; Spring Garden Cleanup
  • Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary, Attleboro: Invasive Removal; Spring Garden Cleanup; Trail Maintenance
You and your family can spend the morning helping one of the wildlife sanctuaries get a jump on spring cleaning while you reconnect with nature. Click on the projects you are interested in for more information. There will be a variety of volunteer projects suitable for all ages at 14 sites across Massachusetts.
 
Ages: Families with children are welcome to volunteer at most projects. Check individual projects for any specific age requirements. Children must be supervised by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: volunteers@massaudobon.org or 781.259.2185. Registration is available online. Click on the projects you are interested to register.  
www.massaudubon.org
 
 
Earth Day at Fresh Pond
Friends of Fresh Pond
 
Date/Time: Friday, April 22, 10am - 12:30pm
 
Location: Location at Fresh Pond TBD upon registration

A volunteer event perfect for both kids and adults! Come help remove garlic mustard, an invasive plant that crowds out native plants and puts toxins in the soil that inhibit native seeds from sprouting. Fortunately, it's easy to recognize and easy to pull! No experience necessary. All tools are provided. Long sleeves, pants and a water bottle are recommended. In addition, volunteers are invited to help sprout wildflowers around your home by making "seed-bombs" out of compost, clay and seeds! Take them home with you and spread throughout town. Native wildflower species are not only beautiful, they also provide nectar and seed for wildlife, and reduce erosion.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate. Children are welcomed and encouraged to volunteer with a supervising adult.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Catherine Pedemonti, friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.
www.friendsoffreshpond.org
 
 
Family Service Day on the Farm!
The MSPCA at Nevins Farm
 
Date/Time: Monday, April 18, 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 they offer the MSPCA at 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 of $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: humaneeducation@mspca.org, 978.687.7453. Registration is available online.
www.mspca.org

 
Family Table Food Distribution
Jewish Family & Children's Services (JF&CS)
 
Date/Time: Sunday, Apr 10, 9 - 11am
 
Location: Jewish Family & Children's Services, 1430 Main Street, Waltham
 
JF&CS Family Table is New England's largest kosher food pantry, providing healthy food on a monthly and emergency basis to individuals and families in need. Volunteers help set up the pantry, sort food donations, package orders for recipient families, and deliver to recipients. Jewish Family & Child Services Family Table is the response of the Greater Boston Jewish community to the needs of area Jewish families who cannot afford the basic necessities of life. Family Table collects food, paper goods, personal hygiene items, as well as Shabbat candles, challah, and ritual items appropriate to various Jewish holidays.
 
Ages: Children are welcome to volunteer when accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours. Monthly opportunities are available.
 
Contact: familytable@jfcsboston.org or 781.693.5593
www.jfcsboston.org
 
 
Global Youth Service Day 2016
Boston Cares
 
Date/Time:  Saturday, April 16, 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 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! This year's Global Youth Service Day event with Boston Cares will focus on making literacy fun for kids in local Boston Public Schools! Finished projects will be donated to the Roger Clap Innovation School, Dr. William W. Henderson Inclusion School, and Dante Aligheiri Montessori School. GYSD volunteers will be working on the following projects:
  • Building, sanding, and painting 10 bookshelves
  • Crafting 250 reading journals
  • Assembling 225 lap desks 
Ages: This is a great opportunity for families with children age five and older. An adult must accompany all volunteers under the age of 15, with at least one adult for every three youth volunteers under the age of 18. All volunteers under the age of 18 must bring a signed permission form.  Forms will be available at the projects for parents/guardians who will be attending the project with their youth volunteer. Youth volunteers ages 15-17 who plan to have their forms signed at home can download one here.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Aysia Rodriguez, arodriguez@bostoncares.org. Registration is available online. Email arodriguez@bostoncares.org the first name, last name, birthdate (00/00/0000), and emergency contact info for all children you intend to bring to the project.
www.bostoncares.org
 
 
Annual Charles River Clean Up
Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA)
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 30, 9am - noon
 
Location: There are a number of locations along the Charles River in the greater Boston area

The Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup brings together over 3,000 volunteers each year to pick up litter, remove invasive species and assist with park maintenance. You and your family can give back to the community while enjoying the beauty and wildlife along the Charles River. Volunteers build on the connections they establish during this day of stewardship by returning to the Charles to exercise, play and enjoy nature throughout the year.

Ages: All ages are welcome but an adult must supervise children.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Check website for specific location contacts. Registration is available online.
www.crwa.org
 
 
Collect Supplies for Cradles to Crayons
Project 351
 
Date/Time: Saturday and Sunday, April 9 & 10
 
Location:  Click here for a list of Project 351's regional drop-off locations.

Project 351 is an innovative statewide youth-driven service organization that unites an 8th grade Ambassador from every city and town in Massachusetts for a transformative year of leadership development, enrichment, and impact. Through unique service opportunities, Ambassadors gain valuable skills, create positive change in communities, build a statewide network of values-aligned peers, and unite the Commonwealth in common purpose. For the fifth year in a row, their Spring Service program will mobilize schools and communities in support of Cradles to Crayons. From now until April 8, 289 Ambassadors across the state will collect children's clothing, shoes, and books for Cradles to Crayons at 331 service sites, including 281 schools. This statewide effort will impact thousands of children and help ensure we meet the rising demand for KidPacks® (Cradles to Crayons customized packages containing one week's worth of clothing, shoes, and other essentials). In the first four years of this partnership, Project 351 has already impacted more than 50,000 local children! You and your family can help by collecting and donating items. Click here for a list of items that Cradles to Crayons needs and accepts for their KidPacks®.

Ages: Everyone can particpate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Julia at jboyaval@cradlestocrayons.org
 
 
One Boston Day

April 15th, 2015 marked the beginning of a new annual Boston tradition: One Boston Day. Each year, the day will serve as an opportunity to celebrate the resiliency, generosity, and strength demonstrated by the people of Boston and those around the world in response to the tragedy of April 15th, 2013. How will you make a difference?
www.onebostonday.org
 
 
Seeds for Change
Family-to-Family
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location:  Seeds can be sent to one of the locations on the Family-to-Family Seeds for Change page

You and your family can help a family in need to grow their own food by starting a collection of seed packets. You can raise money through a yard sale or a bake sale and purchase the seeds from your local gardening or hardware store. Visit the Doing Good Together Send Seeds for Change Project page for more ideas and reflection questions.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: kids@family-to-family.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org, www.family-to-family.org
 
 

Have you and your family worked on a Project of the Month from our monthly listings? Please tell us about it using our Good Stories form!  Here's a quote from Noah who participated in the Assemble CWS Kits project:

"I bet in the places the [Syrian] refugees have to stay, they don't have a school, so they need the same things I do like notebooks and pencils."

Noah's mom added: "This was a great project for Noah for two reasons: First, he has been very interested and concerned about the Syrian refugees, so it was nice to have something proactive for him to do; and second, he loves his schooling so much, the idea that refugees would not have the supplies to keep doing their schooling was very upsetting to him. With this project, he was able to help. "
 

 

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March 2016 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

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March 2016 - Boston

 
Brown Bag Lunch Distribution
Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services
 
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 8, 11am - 1:30pm
 
Location: The Arts at the Armory building, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville
 
Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services (SCES) promotes the right of all individuals to live with dignity, in the setting of their choice by offering older people, younger people with disabilities, and caregivers the information, services and support needed to make choices which enhance health, well being and independence. SCES, in conjunction with the Greater Boston Food Bank, supplies 650 low-income seniors with a free bag of groceries. Each registered senior receives a grocery bag of fresh and canned food to help them make it through the month. Fifteen to twenty volunteers are URGENTLY needed to help unload the Food Bank truck, sort food, and fill brown bags.
 
Ages: Families with children ages six and older can help with food distribution and sorting; all ages can help with welcoming seniors.
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
 
Contact: Call the volunteer coordinators at 617.628.2601, x3051 or vol@eldercare.org
eldercare.org/home/
 
Craicfest
Cambridge 5K
 
Date/Time: Sunday, March 13, 7:30 - 10:30am
 
Location: Cambridgeside Galleria, 100 Cambridgeside Pl, Cambridge
 
Cambridge 5K Craicfest is an Irish-themed road race that benefits the East End House and the Ahern Family Charitable Foundation. Volunteers are needed to help with the water stops, finish line and bag check.
  • Water stops: Volunteers pour water in cups, hand water to runners, and rake up used cups.
  • Finish line: Volunteers hand out water at finish line, congratulate and high five runners!
  • Bag Check: Volunteers greet runners, and organize bags after they are dropped off at the VIP Ten.
Ages: All ages are welcome to cheer on the runners. Ages six and up can participate at the water spots and finish lines. Ages ten and up can volunteer at bag check. All children must have adult supervision.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Melissa at melg@onebrick.org or registration is available online
www.cambridge5k.com/craicfest
 
Food Distribution with American Red Cross Boston
Boston Food Pantry
 
Date/Time: Saturday, March 26, 8am - noon. Additional volunteer shifts are available on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.
 
Location: 1033 Massachusetts Ave, Roxbury. Please note there are limited parking spaces behind the Red Cross Food Pantry.
 
Volunteers will help distribute food to clients, prepare bags of perishable items for distribution, and pack food bags for the next distribution date. All volunteers are REQUIRED to wear sturdy shoes or sneakers. For safety reasons no open-open toed shoes or sandals will be allowed in the warehouse. In cold weather, dress warmly because work both inside and outside the pantry can be very cold! Gloves, hats and warm coats are recommended. 
 
Ages: Families with children eight and older are welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: David, david.andre@redcross.org, 617.375.0735
www.redcross.org/local/massachusetts/food-nutrition

 
Land Stewardship at Mass Audubon
Mass Audubon Habitat
 
Date/Time: Saturday, March 19, 10am - noon
 
Location: Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 10 Juniper Road, Belmont. Click for directions.
 
Volunteers are needed to cut and pull unwanted plants, pile brush, and plant native shrubs. Volunteers will learn how the Habitat cares for the land and its inhabitants. Must wear closed toed shoes. Volunteers will be given gardening gloves and other tools.
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Sandy Vorce, svorce@massaudubon.org or 617.489.5050. Registration is available online
www.massaudobon.org
 
Book Sorting
More than Words (MTW)
 
Date/Time: Saturday, March 19, 1-3:30pm
 
Location: More Than Words, 56 Felton St, Waltham. Look for the More Than Words signs.
 
More Than Words empowers young people ages 16-21 who are court involved, homeless, in the foster care system, or out of school to take control of their lives by taking control of a business. MTW operates an online book business, as well as a brick-and-mortar bookstore and cafe on Moody Street in Waltham. Volunteers are needed to help the youth in various projects to support the daily operations of the store such as pre-scanning and sorting donated books and organizing book store displays. Wear comfortable clothing that you don't mind getting dusty and dirty!
 
Ages: Families with children eight or older are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
 
Contact: volunteer@mtwyouth.org or call 781.788.0035
www.mtwyouth.org
 
Birthday Giving Project  
Family-To-Family
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Contact birthdays@family-to-family.org to ask for the name of a shelter or pantry where you can deliver the birthday boxes or call your local food pantry to ask if they accept birthday in a box donations
 
It's hard for many of us - adults or children - to imagine celebrating a child's birthday without a party or presents. Family-to Family's Birthday Giving Project is designed to help families by providing a small "party in a box" for a child in need, and at the same time gives children with "more" the opportunity to learn empathy in a concrete way by helping another child. You and your children can decorate and fill shoeboxes with everything needed for a small birthday party. Each box goes to a different child. If you are making a lot of boxes, please make them for different ages!

Directions:
  • Pick an age (or ages), and choose either boy(s) or girl(s) to send your box to.
  • Find a large sneaker-sized shoebox or party bag and buy the things needed for a party.
Include: 
  • Box of cake mix and a can of frosting
  • Birthday candles (no matches please!)
  • Wall decoration (like streamers, or a happy birthday banner)
  • New or gently used children's book
  • Small $5-$10 gift appropriate to the age and gender of child.
  • Optional: goody bag filled with small surprises
Then:
  • Wrap the book and the gift in birthday paper.
  • Wrap the top and bottom of the shoebox separately (so that even wrapped, the box can be opened), and fill the wrapped box with the birthday items.
  • If you want to give your recipient a chance to write you back, include a stamped postcard with your name, c/o Family to Family, P.O. Box 255, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, 10706. Then email kids@family-to-family.org, put "birthday postcards" in the subject line, say you may get a return postcard, and provide your name and address.
  • You can also make a birthday card to put inside the box. Then tie the box closed with ribbon, and label it with the age and "boy" or "girl". (For example, you might write "6-7 year old boy" or "10-11 year old girl".)
  • Ship or deliver the box(es) you've assembled
Visit the Doing Good Together Birthday Giving Project page for more ideas and reflection questions.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org or birthdays@family-to-family.org 
 
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Family Service Day on the Farm!
The MSPCA at Nevins Farm
 
Date/Time: Monday, February 15, 9am -noon
 
Location: The MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen
 
Many children want to help animals on a farm, but the MSPCA requires children to be 16 or older to work with the animals. Younger kids can also 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 they offer the MSPCA at 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 animal meet & 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.
 
Ages: This program is for children in grades 2-6. Each child must attend with a parent or adult guardian
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: humaneeducation@mspca.org, 978.687.7453. Registration is available online.
www.mspca.org
 
 
Boston Fight for Air Climb
American Lung Association
 
Date/Time: Saturday, February 6, 7am
 
Location: One Boston Place, 201 Washington St., Boston
 
By joining the Fight for Air Climb, you are helping to make a positive impact in the lives of those affected by lung disease. Participants raise funds to support the mission of the American Lung Association while training to climb the stairs of a skyscraper, stadium, or other landmark building. Make the most of your experience and climb as a part of a team. Teams consist of friends, family and co-workers who want to help raise awareness and funds to support research, patient programs and advocacy efforts. Children and families can climb! Participants must be at least ten years old. Use coupon code FFA2016 for $10 off the registration fee for participation. There is a fundraising requirement of $100 that is due on/by the day of the event. Volunteer duties include registration/check-in, water/rest stops, finish line, and cheering squad.
 
Ages: 10 years old for participation, 15 years for volunteering
 
Time Commitment: Five or eight hour shift
 
Contact: Erin Hickey-Reardon, 781.314.9005, ehickey@LungNE.org
www.FightForAirClimb.org
 
 
Cook at Home for Those in Need
Community Cooks
 
Date/Time: Flexible - all year long
 
Location: In your kitchen
 
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 home and deliver it to a designated drop-off location.
All you will need is:
1. A recipe and ingredients from the grocery store to make your assigned dish.
2. A kitchen to make it in - with a stove, oven, fridge, cookware, etc.
3. Transportation so you can deliver your food once it's made.
 
Ages: Old enough to help cook with help from your 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
 
 
goCreate: Smile Kits for the Boston Living Center
Boston Cares
 
Date/Time: Saturday, February 27, 1 - 3pm
 
Location: 90 Canal Street, Suite 610, Boston
 
Bring a smile to the ladies of The Boston Living Center! Volunteers will be wrapping toothbrushes and crafting note cards for Welcome Bags that are distributed the Center's new arrivals. Be prepared to craft and don't forget to bring a smile!
 
Ages: This project is intended for families with young children, five and older. An adult 18 or older must accompany all volunteers under age 13.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Aysia Rodriguez, arodriguez@bostoncares.org. Registration and orientation with Boston Cares is required. An Express Orientation is available at 12:30pm on the same day as the project.
www.bostoncares.org
 
 
Distributing Food at the Harvest Food Pantry
Boston Cares
 
Date/Time: Saturday, March 5, 9-11:30am
 
Location: Full opportunity address and directions will be emailed to you after you sign up.
 
Join Boston Cares for a day of family volunteering at the Harvest Food Pantry!  Kids, teens, and families with children as young as six are invited to help  distribute food to those in need! At the Harvest Food Pantry, volunteers get the opportunity to assist pantry clients in a unique "shopping" experience for donated food. Instead of distributing pre-packed bags of food, volunteers will assist clients in selecting their food products and help them carry bags to their car when necessary.
 
Ages: This project is intended for families with young children, six and older. An adult 18 or older must accompany all volunteers under age 15.
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
 
Contact: Aysia Rodriguez, arodriguez@bostoncares.org, Registration and orientation with Boston Cares required before participating. Project registration is available online.
www.bostoncares.org
 
 
Give An Award
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Anytime you like
 
Location: Your home or community
 
Looking for an alternative to giving out valentines? Your children can celebrate someone they admire with a creative, homemade award. Help recognize the everyday heroes that inspire your family! Visit the Doing Good Together Give an Award project page for award ideas and reflection questions. 
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
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January 2016 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

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January 2016 - Boston

 
Doing Good Together™ is looking to expand our volunteer team in Boston!
 
We are seeking people for two roles:

1) The DGT Boston Listing Coordinator:
  • Researches nonprofits in the Boston area
  • Contacts identified nonprofits, either by email and/or phone, to find out about potential family-friendly volunteer opportunities
  • Identifies 4-6 different family-friendly volunteer opportunities each month
  • Writes up the opportunities for the Boston monthly listing
DGT staff will help you with the steps you can take to find those opportunities, answer your questions and provide materials to help you find family-friendly volunteer opportunities in your community.

Time Commitment: Five to ten hours per month. One-year commitment preferred.

2) The DGT Boston Marketing Coordinator:
  • Promotes DGT in local newspapers, magazines, and other press resources
  • Finds creative and effective ways to increase the database of families who receive the newsletter
Time Commitment: Approximately five hours per month. One-year commitment preferred.
 
 
Baby Mobiles for Toddlers at the Paige Academy
Boston Cares
 
Date/Time: Sunday, January 10, 1 - 3pm
 
Location: Full opportunity address and directions will be sent to you by e-mail after you sign up.

In honor of MLK Day, Boston Cares first goCreate project of the month will focus on Dr. King's vision of true education by encouraging young children at the Paige Academy to dream, by crafting inspirational baby mobiles. Volunteers will make ten baby mobiles to support the Academy's comprehensive, culturally affirming and developmentally based educational environment.
 
Ages: This project is intended for families with young children, five and older. An adult 18 or older must accompany all volunteers under age 13.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Aysia Rodriguez, arodriguez@bostoncares.org. Registration and orientation with Boston Cares required. An Express Orientation is available at 12:30pm on the same day as the project.
www.bostoncares.org
 
 
Valentines for the Ladies of The Women's Lunch Place
Boston Cares
 
Date/Time: Saturday, January 30, 1 - 3pm
 
Location: Full opportunity address and directions will be sent to you by e-mail after you sign up.
 
Bring a smile to a woman at The Women's Lunch Place this Valentine's Day. Volunteers will craft lip balm holder valentines to remind the ladies that they're the balm! Join Boston Cares to ensure that every woman at the Lunch Place is able to take home a much-needed donation of chapstick during this winter.
 
Ages: This project is intended for families with young children, five and older. An adult 18 or older must accompany all volunteers under age 13.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Aysia Rodriguez, arodriguez@bostoncares.org. Registration and orientation with Boston Cares required. An Express Orientation is available at 12:30pm on the same day as the project.
www.bostoncares.org
 
 
The 6th Annual Cambridge MLK Day of Service
Many Helping Hands 365
 
Date/Time: Monday, January 18, 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 in Cambridge and Somerville. They've designed the projects to encourage even the littlest hands to be able to participate. Projects include:
  • Make fleece scarves and blankets for homeless children, teens and adults.
  • Make Valentines for shut-in elders and veterans.
  • Make activity kits for kids waiting in hospital emergency rooms.
  • Make bookmarks for children and adults in literacy programs.
  • Sort donated food, children's books, winter clothing and toiletries.
Have ideas for additional projects? Contact info@manyhelpinghands365.org

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. Your helping hands will help thousands of Cambridge and Somerville families in need. In 2014, MLK Day of Service reached more than 7000 people in need through more than 70 local organizations and agencies.
 
Ages: All ages can participate. Children should be accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Flexible, up to three hours
 
Contact: info@manyhelpinghands365.org. Please pre-register to help the organizers plan and make sure they have enough supplies. A large turnout is expected at 2pm. You can come any time during the afternoon (even if you have not pre-registered).
www.manyhelpinghands365.org
 
 
Swim for MS
Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Flexible (Any pool, Any time!)
 
Swim for MS encourages volunteers to create their own swim challenge while recruiting online donations to support the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA). There are no specific locations, dates, or times - you can swim at any pool, any time! You can participate individually or recruit a team. The top fundraiser each month will receive an autographed photo of US Olympic Gold Medalist and Swim for MS Ambassador, Missy Franklin! Through the participation of Swim for MS, you will help spread awareness of multiple sclerosis and promote the positive benefits of swimming for people of all ages and skill levels. For information about community service hours, please contact swim@mymsaa.org.
 
Ages: All ages can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact:  swim@mymsaa.org. Please visit SwimForMS.org to register.
www.mymsaa.org/swimforms/
 
 
Warm Hands Warm Hearts
Friends of Boston's Homeless
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Contact Mariann Bucina Roca at mariannbucina@fobh.org for drop-off information.

We all put on gloves, hats, scarves and a warm pair of socks every winter morning with hardly a thought, but for the homeless these items are often a luxury. By participating in Warm Hands Warm Hearts you will not only help keep our community's neediest, most vulnerable citizens warm and safe during the winter months, but you will also help maintain their dignity and comfort during the most difficult time of year. To participate, all you need do is donate at least one brand-new (or gently used) winter hat, scarf, pair of gloves, mittens or pair of socks. It's a simple and inexpensive way to make a lasting impact for the homeless women and men in our community. Friends of Boston's Homeless supports the Woods Mullen Women's Shelter and 112 Southampton Men's Shelter (formerly Long Island Shelter) in Boston's South End. These shelters serve over 700 of our community's homeless men and women every day (about 70% of those served are men and 30% women) by providing safe dignified care and vital emergency services including, a nutritious meal, hot shower, clean bed and clothing and toiletries to each and every individual in need.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Mariann Bucina Roca at mariannbucina@fobh.org
http://www.fobh.org/
 
 
Make Lunch for the Ladies
On The Rise, Inc.
 
Date/Time:  Flexible, this opportunity is available six days a week. Meals should be dropped off between 8 - 11am, prior day delivery can be arranged if needed. Check the On the Rise Meal Train calendar for available dates
 
Location: 341 Broadway, Cambridge
 
For the homeless women at On The Rise, a healthy and hearty meal enjoyed in a safe home is invaluable. They rely on the kind hearts and culinary talents of volunteers to cook a meal in their kitchen and deliver to On the Rise directly. This volunteer opportunity fills one of their greatest needs by being able to offer a healthy and hearty meal to a woman who otherwise would not have many options. Don't shy away from this opportunity even if you don't consider yourself a cook; store bought and pre-made items are also welcome. As the women are as diverse as their palates, you choose what you would like to make; it is sure to be appreciated and enjoyed! Shopping, preparing and cooking these meals is a wonderful opportunity to give back with your children, as they can get involved at any age. To respect the privacy of the women, volunteers do not serve lunch at On The Rise. Lunch is set up family-style in the comfy kitchen and women help themselves. Entrée should serve 15 adults, sides and dessert are optional. Click for more specific lunch preparation and delivery information.
 
Ages: All ages can participate
 
Time Commitment: Flexible, this can be a one-time opportunity or you may sign up for multiple shifts throughout the year. Click here to select a date to deliver lunch.

Contact: Marisa at 617.497.7968 x 36 or marisa.serrano@ontherise.org
www.ontherise.org
 
 
Almost Instant Kindness Quests
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Anytime
 
Location: Your home or other convenient location
 
Follow up on your family's kindness resolutions with these Almost Instant Kindness Quests from Doing Good Together. Print and post this cheat sheet on your refrigerator or cork board and your family will have a readily available list of almost instant kindness activities to choose from. Check out the Doing Good Together project page for more ideas for your family kindness practice.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
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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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