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

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