February 2017 - Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

February 2017 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

February 2017 - Boston

 
Boston Fight for Air Climb
American Lung Association
 
Date/Time: Saturday, February 4, 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. 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: Judy Deane, 413.505.5061, Judy.Deane@Lung.org
BostonClimb.org
 
 
Wish List Supply Drive
Heading Home
 
Date/Time: Flexible, contact Lauren to make arrangements
 
Location: The Schrafft Center, 529 Main Street, Suite 100, Charlestown

Heading Home is one of the largest providers of shelter for homeless families and individuals in the Commonwealth. Our mission is to end homelessness in Greater Boston by providing a supported pathway to self-sufficiency that begins with a home, together with critical services. You and your family can help! Our shelters are always in need of new and/or gently used donations for our clients. By running a donation drive, you can supply our families and individuals with critical day-to-day items. Our most pressing needs are:
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Household items (kitchenware, toiletries, etc.)
  • New linens (twin size, please!)
  • New pillows
  • New mattress pads
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Lauren Jackson, ljackson@headinghomeinc.org
http://www.headinghomeinc.org/
 
 
Write a Letter!
Operation Gratitude
 
Date/Time: Ongoing
 
Location: All your cards and letters can be sent together in one large mailing envelope or box to:
Operation Gratitude
21100 Lassen Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311-4278
ATTN: Letter Writing Program
Please include a donation form in your large mailing envelope or box.

Operation Gratitude annually sends 200,000+ Care Packages filled with food, entertainment, hygiene, and handmade items, plus personal letters of appreciation to Veterans, First Responders, New Recruits, Wounded Heroes, their Care Givers, and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home. Of all the items included in these packages, the most cherished are the personal letters of appreciation! Our goal is to include several letters and colorful drawings in every Care Package and tell our troops "WE CARE!" Writing a letter is a meaningful way for Americans to show support for our Military. It only takes five minutes of your day, but will bring lasting joy to our troops. Letters are accepted year-round. Right now, we have a special need for those specifically written to our New Recruits, Veterans, and First Responders. Holiday cards need to be received two to three months prior to the holidays in order for them to reach our service members on time. Once we receive letters it takes us time to screen, sort and assemble them into our care packages and then we have to factor in the shipping time. If your letters will arrive at a later date it will work well to make them general letters of appreciation so that they may be used year round. Don't know where to start? Click here for the Write a Letter flyer.

Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Flexible
 
Contact: OpGrat@gmail.com or info@operationgratitude.com
www.operationgratitude.com
 
Nevins Farm Reading Program
MPSCA
 
Date/Time: First Sunday of the month, 11am - 2pm
 
Location: The MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen

Accompanied by a parent or guardian, children will read out loud to an adoring canine, feline, or even rabbit audience in this fun family event. While your child practices reading, you'll also be providing valuable social time to our adoptable animals. Bring your favorite book, or borrow one from the MPSCA library.

Ages: For children ages six to ten and a parent/guardian. All participants must have a parent or guardian present for the duration of the program. This event is appropriate for children who are learning to read, and/or could benefit from some practice reading out loud (~ 1st - 4th grade). Please note that due to the nature of this program, and the limited space, we regretfully cannot accommodate younger siblings at this event (or any other unregistered guests).
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: humaneeducation@mspca.org. Advanced registration is required and is  available online. Families are also welcome to join our kids programs Facebook group!
http://www.mspca.org/nevinseducation
 
 
Family Service Day on the Farm!
The MSPCA at Nevins Farm
 
Date/Time: Monday, February 20, 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.  Families are also welcome to join our kids programs Facebook group!
http://www.mspca.org/nevinseducation 
 
 
Making Lunch for the Ladies
On The Rise, Inc.
 
Date/Time: Flexible, this opportunity is available six days a week. Meals should be dropped off between 8 - 11am, prior day delivery can be arranged if needed.
 
Location: 341 Broadway, Cambridge

For the homeless women at On The Rise, a healthy and hearty meal enjoyed in a safe home is invaluable. They rely on the kind hearts and culinary talents of volunteers to cook a meal in their 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. Fresh fruit is encouraged with lunch donations. Click here for more specific lunch preparation and delivery information.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to 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, taylor.bartley@ontherise.org or 617.497.7968 x 36. Volunteers must preregister and registration is available online.
www.ontherise.org

 
 
Disaster Preparedness Themed goCreate!
Boston Cares
 
Date/Time: Sunday, March 19, noon - 2pm
 
Location: Full opportunity address and directions will be sent to you by e-mail after you sign up.
 
Join us in March for a goCreate project in collaboration with the Boston Cares Disaster Program. Volunteers will be working on preparedness related craft!
 
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: Katie Edelman, kedelman@bostoncares.org, 617.422.0910, ext. 208. Registration is available online and an orientation with Boston Cares is required. Volunteer spots fill up quickly so sign-up soon!
www.bostoncares.org
 
 
Playmats Family Volunteer Opportunity
Room to Grow
 
Date/Time: Saturday, February 25, 10am - noon
 
Location: 142 Berkeley St, Boston

Room to Grow provides parents raising babies in poverty with one-to-one parenting support and essential baby items throughout their children's critical first three years of life. Parents receive developmental information, customized support, and all of the needed baby items to ensure a healthy and secure start for their child. Volunteers can help make a difference in the lives of babies being raised in poverty by crafting playmats for Room to Grow clients.

Ages: Families with children ages eight and older are welcome to volunteer. A parent must accompany all children.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours

Contact: Email patricia.hunter@roomtogrow.org for more information or to sign up. Space is limited.
www.roomtogrow.org
 
Friendship Bracelets
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your home or other community location

Your family can create these colorful bracelets to share with others. Making friendship bracelets for new students, or kids who seem to need more friends, is the perfect activity for the Valentine's season! Visit the Doing Good Together Friendship Bracelets Project Page to learn how to make the bracelets and for reflection materials and resources for this kindness activity.

Ages: Everyone can participate

Time Commitment: Varies

Contact:
mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org 
 
 
WE'RE SHARING STORIES FOR STORIES
Have you and your family used our DGT™ resources to share kindness and/or serve others? We want to hear from you! Take part in our STORIES FOR STORIES giveaway. We'll send a DGT-selected big-hearted book to the first five families who share their stories (via the form on this page) along with a photo or video! (Submitted stories may be used on the DGT website and/or social media.) Deadline for submissions: February 15th!
P.S. Remember, your family's act of kindness and service *must* come from a DGT web page, listing, newsletter, or blog.
 

 

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

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January 2017 - Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

January 2017 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

January 2017 - Boston

 
Martin Luther King Day of Service
Boston Cares
 
Date/Time: Monday, January 16, 10am - 1pm. Kick off is at 10am sharp
 
Location: Boston Latin School, 78 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston. (T-Accessible, Green Line- E Train at Longwood Medical Area)

For MLK Day 2017, Boston Cares has created opportunities for 750 volunteers to support Boston youth through STEM education tools and beds for kids in need. 650 MLK Day volunteers will create "make your own robot kits", engineering kits, science-themed murals, math games and math flash cards for Boston Public Schools, providing classrooms with exciting tools for learning. Additionally, 100 volunteers will join us in launching our new twin bed design, for children who do not have a bed of their own. Volunteers will select a STEM tool activity station based on age and interest. There is a project for all ages! Completed STEM tools will be distributed to Boston Public Schools, and beds will be distributed to agency partners serving low-income and homeless families in our community.

Ages: Children as young as five and their families are welcome to attend.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Allegra Marra, amarra@bostoncares.org or 617.422.0910 ext.206. Pre-registration is required and available online. Space is limited so sign-up soon!
www.bostoncares.org/mlk_day

 
The 7th Annual Cambridge MLK Day of Service
Many Helping Hands 365
 
Date/Time: Monday, January 16, 2 - 5 pm
 
Location: Central Square, Cambridge City Hall, Senior Center, YWCA, and St. Peter's Episcopal Church
 
Come spend an afternoon making a difference in the lives of others. 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. Projects include:
  • Making fleece scarves and blankets for homeless children and adults.
  • Making Valentines for elders and veterans.
  • Sorting food, winter clothing, books and toiletries for people in need and more.
Don't come empty handed! Bring a can of food, a children's book or a gently used item of winter clothing.

Ages:
 All ages can participate. Children should be accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Flexible, up to three hours
 
Contact: info@manyhelpinghands365.org. Registration is available online .
www.manyhelpinghands365.org
 
 
Operation Sock Drop
Friends of Boston's Homeless
 
Date/Time: Anytime (we need socks all year round)
 
Location: Anywhere (at your school, place of worship, club, or with friends, family, and neighbors)

Fresh, clean socks (and underwear!) are vital for people's health, warmth, comfort, and dignity and are the least donated items to people in the greatest need. The shelters we support give out over 8,000 pairs of socks each year. By participating in Operation Sock Drop you not only help keep our community's neediest, most vulnerable citizens safe, warm, and healthy, but you'll them help maintain their dignity and comfort during this most difficult time in their lives. Friends of Boston's Homeless supports the Woods Mullen Women's Shelter and the 112 Southampton Men's Shelter in the South End. These shelters serve over 800 homeless individuals every day.  To get started, just download this flyer and share it with everyone you'd like to participate.

Ages:
Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Mariann Bucina Roca, mariannbucina@fobh.org
 www.fobh.org 
 


Learn more about
helping the homeless
 
Make Housewarming Baskets for Newly Housed People
Friends of Boston's Homeless
 
Date/Time: Anytime (we're helping 150 people a year move beyond homelessness into their own safe, dignified housing)
 
Location: Anywhere (at your school, place of worship, club, or even with friends, family, and neighbors)

You and your family can help people who've spent years living on our streets and in shelters feel warmth and excitement as they move into their new place and get started on their new lives by providing the essential items we all need to make our house a home. By assembling and donating Housewarming Baskets, you'll be an important part of welcoming people into their new homes where they'll find the stability and serenity they need to begin their journey to hopeful, peaceful futures. It's as simple as assembling new (not used) items like cleaning supplies, dish soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper, a set of sheets or towels, in a basket to be given as a housewarming gift to someone about to move into a place of their own- many for the first time in their lives. And please include a welcome note, it means a lot to the person who receives it.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Mariann Bucina Roca, mariannbucina@fobh.org
www.fobh.org

 
 
Family Table Distribution
Jewish Family & Children's Service
 
Date/Time: Sunday, January 8 or Sunday, February 5; 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 450 families each month with groceries and connections to other services. Volunteers are needed to help with the following tasks:
  • Setting up the pantry
  • Packaging and delivering food orders to recipient families
Ages: All ages are welcome and encouraged to volunteer when accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: One to four hours depending on the activity.
 
Contact: familytable@jfcsboston.org, 781.693.5593. Please note that advance sign up is required and all adult volunteers must complete a JF&CS administered CORI background check.
www.jfcsboston.org/Our-Services/Community-Services/Center-for-Basic-Needs-Assistance/Family-Table
 
 
Donation Sorting and Kitchen Help
Daily Table
 
Date/Time: Monday - Saturday, 9am to 8pm; Sunday, 11am-6pm
 
Location: 450 Washington St., Dorchester
 
The Daily Table is a not-for-profit retail store that offers a variety of tasty, convenient, and affordable foods. The store offers both "grab-n-go" ready to eat meals, and a selection of produce, bread, dairy and grocery items at prices designed to fit every budget. Daily Table receives donations of surplus produce that must be sorted and organized for quality assurance. Volunteers are needed to 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: Youth 14 and up with parental supervision; 16 and up may volunteer independently.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours (or more if you'd like!)
 
 
 

DIY Kindness Journal
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: This is a great project to begin in the New Year, but you can start anytime.
 
Location:  Your home
 
Keeping a compassion-themed journal is a wonderful way to build kindness into busy weeks and shine a spotlight on acts of kindness. Plus, you'll have a place to record family volunteering memories! Decorate a composition notebook with duct tape. Scatter compassion-themed prompts and quotes throughout it. Then make time periodically to discuss, draw, and write about those kindness prompts as a family. Visit the Doing Good Together DIY Kindness Journal page to find printable Family Service Memory Sheets, Kindness Journal Prompts, and ideas for keeping your kindness journal.
 
Ages: Everyone in the family can participate
 
Time Commitment: We suggest scheduling at least fifteen to thirty minutes each week to discuss the journal prompts and write or draw together.
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
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 When calling to volunteer for any of the opportunities listed above, please let the coordinator know you found it through this listing. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have of the sponsoring organization before committing to a project.
Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

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