November 2017 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

November 2017 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

 
November 2017 - Boston
 
DGT's Annual Thanksgiving Family Service Event
Doing Good Together & Heading Home
 
Date/Time: Sunday, November 19, 10 - 11:30am
 
Location: Cambridge (Location to be provided upon registration.)

Doing Good Together and Heading Home are partnering once again to celebrate the holidays with service and compassion. With your family's help, we will assemble Thanksgiving Bags for Heading Home client families (mothers and children) so they have everything they need for a festive and delicious holiday meal. Our goal is to create 25 bags. Participant families will donate the materials needed for the bags such as Stop & Shop Gift Cards, canned goods, decorations, etc. Children can make holiday arts & crafts decorations and personalized cards. We gratefully accept donation drop-offs prior to the event if you cannot join us. Contact Kira for more info. 

Ages: Families with children 16 and under are welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: One and one-half hours
 
Contact: Kira Hower, kira@doinggoodtogether.org. Contact Kira to register and choose items to donate, Space is limited. Please sign up early!
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
Cards & Care Packages for Soldiers
Kid Kindness
 
Date/Time: Saturday, November 4, noon - 2pm
 
Location: The Savings Bank, 351 Main St, Wakefield

Kid Kindness is an organization that focuses on getting our youngest ones involved in philanthropy through community service projects that are both educational and fun. We believe you are never too young to make a difference! Kid Kindness will be making "Thank You for Keeping Us Safe" cards and collecting donations for soldier care packages. These will be sent to the service women and men from Massachusetts currently serving overseas. We will be sending everything we collect to Helping Our Troops in Stoneham, who will send the packages in time for the holidays. Please bring items from the following Wish List to include in the soldier care packages:

WISH LIST: Standard or Travel size goods are best because they can be easily transported. Travel sizes can also be carried with a soldier during missions! No glass bottles, plastic containers or anything under pressure (i.e. shaving creams, applesauce/fruit cups)

DRINKS: Dunkin Donuts Coffee any flavor (most requested item!), Tea bags, Cider mix, Individual Crystal Light, Hot Chocolate, Presweetened Kool Aid
SNACKS: Anything Little Debbie, Beef Jerky, Beef Sausage Logs (Hickory Farms), Chewing Gum, Lifesavers, Pretzels (small package only so they can fit in our care package boxes), Pumpkin Seeds, Sardines, Tuna, Salmon, Dry Fruit, Nuts of all kinds, Small canned fruit (plastic cups break during shipping.)
EVERYDAY ITEMS:  Room Fresheners, Hand Sanitizers, Wet-naps, Band Aids, Odor Eaters, Mouthwash (small plastic bottles), Hand & Foot Warmers, Mini Kleenex packs
HEALTH AIDS: Tylenol, Motrin, Aspirin, Rolaids, Pepto-Bismol, Tums, Imodium AD, Cortisone Cream, Neosporin, Small First Aid Kits
FUN ITEMS: Playing Cards, Dice, Dominos, Poker Games, Chess Sets, Baseballs, Softballs, Soccer Balls Basketballs, Tennis Balls, Footballs
 
Ages: All ages are welcome. A guardian must accompany children.
 
Time Commitment: Drop by any time between 12:00 and 2:00 on November 4th to make your card.
 
Contact: kidkindnessgroup@gmail.com. Registration is available online. www.kidkindness.weebly.com/

 
Family Service Day on the Farm!
The MSPCA at Nevins Farm
 
Date/Time: Friday, November 10, 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. But 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 we offer the MSPCA at Nevins Farm's "Family Service Day" series. At the Family Service Day on the Farm, 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. This program is 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 ages 6 - 10. 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! 
 
 
Boston River Run
Andrew Graham Semper Fi Fund
 
Date/Time: Sunday, November 12, 7 - 11am
 
Location: Artesani Park, Brighton

The Andrew Graham Semper Fi Fund is a 501(C)(3) public charitable organization created to honor the life of Corporal Andrew Graham Narcus (USMC). The Andrew Graham Semper Fi Fund was founded in 2012, ten years after Andrew's death. The AGSF Fund is volunteer-based and 100% of donations go directly towards endowing scholarships. The organization's mission is to generate funds through the Boston River Run fundraiser and endow scholarships at Massachusetts community colleges. Flat, family-friendly, scenic, safe 5K charity run/walk along the Charles River.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to come but most opportunities will be best for older kids and adults. Younger kids are welcome to walk/run or cheer.
 
Time Commitment: Three to four hours
 
Contact: Sarah Narcus sarah@agsffund.org. Click here for online volunteer registration and here to participate in the races.
www.Bostonriverrun.com
 
 
Pie in the Sky Pie Selling Project
Community Servings
 
Date/Time: Now until November 19
 
Location: Community Servings, 18 Marbury Terrace, Jamaica Plain
 
Join the Community Servings Pie Selling team on their 25th Anniversary! Pie Sellers help Community Servings sell more than 21,000 pies each year! Be a part of this one-of-a-kind Thanksgiving bake sale and sign up to be a Pie Seller. There's no fundraising minimum and you'll have access to tips and tools to make it easy to sell pies to friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers and reach your goal. It's a great activity for elementary and middle school children. They can form a team and become Pie Sellers.
 
Ages: All ages, with an adult "Team Captain"
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Darcy Pfeifer, dpfeifer@servings.org 617-522-7777x231
www.pieinthesky.org/

 
 
Pie in The Sky Pie Pick-Up and Delivery
Community Servings
 
Date/Time: Monday, November 20 - Wednesday, November 23; volunteers are needed for the following dates and times:
  • Monday, November 20: 9am - 1pm, 10am - 2pm, 11am - 3pm & 2pm-6pm
  • Tuesday, November 21:  9am - 1pm & 1 - 4pm
  • Wednesday, November 22:  8:30am - noon & 11am - 3pm
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 of picking up and delivering 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.

Ages: All ages with adult with a drivers' license
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Taylor Stevens, Volunteer Coordinator, tstevens@servings.org or 617.522.7777, ext. 227. To sign up for a shift, please visit our volunteer opportunity website.
www.servings.org/
 
 
Thanksgiving Meal Delivery
Community Servings
 
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 22, 9, 10 or 11am
 
Location: Community Servings, 18 Marbury Terrace, Jamaica Plain

Join the Community Servings Thanksgiving Meal Delivery team! Volunteers are needed 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. (One person per vehicle to sign up for the shift.) All volunteers will go through a delivery orientation during the first half an hour of the shift and you will be prepared to deliver Thanksgiving Meals.

Ages: Families are welcome to participate. Adult supervision is required for those under 18.
 
Time Commitment: Deliveries can take anywhere from one to three hours.
 
Contact: Taylor Stevens, Volunteer Coordinator, tstevens@servings.org or 617.522.7777, ext. 227 To sign up for a shift, please visit our volunteer opportunity website 
 
 
Family Volunteer Day
Boston Cares
 
Date/Time: Saturday, November 18, 10am - noon
 
Location: IUEC Local 4: International Union of Elevator Constructors located at 50 Park Street, Dorchester

Come out and make a difference with families from all over Boston! Volunteers of all ages and their families and friends will gather to participate in the nation-wide Family Volunteer Day, a signature Points of Light day of service, powered by generationOn. Volunteers will work together to create ESOL learning materials for immigrants in Boston, including Journals, Lap Desks and Conversation "Jenga" games.

Ages: Families with children ages 5 and older are welcome to volunteer. This project is open to Boston Cares members and pending members who have registered with Boston Cares. You do not need to have attended an orientation first in order to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: First, please register and sign up online for any volunteers who are over 13. Then immediately email Allegra Marra at youth@bostoncares.org with 5-12 year old participants' full names and birthdates (00/00/0000).
 
 
The Giving Factory Warehouse
Cradles to Crayons
 
Date/Time: A variety of weekday and weekend shifts are available. Check the website for details.
 
Location: 155 N. Beacon Street, Brighton

Cradles to Crayons offers families the opportunity to teach their children the values of service and philanthropy while volunteering together to help children and families in need. Every year, thousands of volunteers pass through the doors of the Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory warehouse to roll up their sleeves and help disadvantaged young children in Massachusetts. Volunteers help to quality-check, sort and package donations at our specific stations to ultimately be distributed to the children we serve.
 
Ages: We allow children as young as 5 to volunteer. Any child under the age of 18 needs an adult present with them for the entire shift when they come to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Two hour shifts
 
Contact: volunteerboston@cradlestocrayons.org. Start the registration process by filling out the inquiry form on the Volunteer in the Giving Factory page.
www.cradlestocrayons.org
 
 
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: Keyton Sheely, keyton.sheely@ontherise.org or 617.497.7968 x 36. Volunteers must preregister and registration is available online.
 
 
Food Rescue Volunteers Needed
Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Inc.
 
Date/Time: Varies
 
Location: Throughout Massachusetts

Rescuing Leftover Cuisine aims to become the worlds most widely used volunteer organization for companies and individuals who wish to donate uneaten food. RLC has successfully recovered over 52,000 pounds of food, providing over 42,000 meals so far this year from their headquarters in NYC, and we are actively growing our Massachusetts branch to follow suit.

We ask our volunteers to pick up surplus food from restaurants, events and weddings and deliver it to their local shelter or soup kitchen, who will then provide this food to those experiencing hunger in Massachusetts (about 10% of our State's population). Using a model similar to businesses like Uber and Lyft, volunteers have the option to claim or ignore any notification, depending on your schedule and location at the time. We believe in Power in Numbers: the more people we have signed up who are willing to participate, the better our odds of fulfilling our mission to feed the hungry. We aim to grow enough volunteers to provide food rescue throughout Massachusetts 24/7. This will result in more businesses and individuals being willing to donate food, and more hungry people benefiting from this collaborative effort. Whether you're 9 or 99, travel by 4 wheels, 2 wheels or 2 feet, you can volunteer!

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer. An adult must accompany children under age 16.
 
Time Commitment: There is no set time commitment: Food Pickup Volunteers will receive a notification when there is food available within 4 miles from the address provided. Each volunteer has the option to claim or ignore that pickup. Altogether, each pickup takes about 20-40 minutes to complete (picking up at Food Donor and drop off at local Soup Kitchen or Shelter), depending on logistics.
 
Contact: Sign up at: www.rescuingleftovercuisine.org/MA or email Boston@RescuingLeftoverCuisne.org
www.rescuingleftovercuisine.org/
 
 
Cook a Meal at a Shelter
Doing Good Together

Date/Time: Flexible

Location: A homeless shelter or soup kitchen in your community.

Many homeless shelters and soup kitchens rely on volunteers to provide meals for their guests. You and your family can help by providing a meal or meals. To find a local shelter or soup kitchen, Google homeless shelters along with your city name. Once you find a shelter, contact their volunteer coordinator to see if they are looking for volunteers and check for any age requirements. The shelter will help you schedule a date and provide you with any specific instructions. Find more information and ideas on the Doing Good Together Cook a Meal at a Shelter Project page.

Ages: Everyone can participate

Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 

In this month of gratitude and giving, Minnesota holds its traditional "Give to the Max Day" on November 16th, and the global effort "Giving Tuesday" donation day takes place this year on November 28th. Kindly consider a gift to DGT to help us grow more kindness among more big-hearted families. We appreciate your support
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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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October 2017 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

October 2017 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

October 2017 - Boston

 
Boston Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes
American Diabetes Association
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 21, 5:30am - 2pm
 
Location: Boston Common, 139 Tremont St, Boston

This is the American Diabetes Association's largest fundraising walk in New England. The money raised from this event goes towards the American Diabetes Association's mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. In order to run this event, the American Diabetes Association needs volunteers to ensure a smooth day of event experience for the participants. Roles vary, including set-up, clean up, greeting, registration, cheering, rest stop, helping at tents, and more. There is something for everyone!
 
Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Varies, dependent on volunteer role.
 
Contact: Christina Sayer, csayer@diabetes.org or 617.482.4580 ext. 3502. Volunteer registration is available online.
www.diabetes.org/

 
 
JF&CS Family Table Distribution
Jewish Family and Children's Service
 
Date/Time: Sunday, October 22, between two to three hours.
  • 9am: If interested, participate in setting up for the food distribution.
  • 10:15-11:45am: Receive your assignment and pack and deliver groceries. You may arrive anytime during this time frame. You will receive a quick orientation and can then begin packing groceries for several families.
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 end hunger in the Greater Boston Jewish community while serving people who need our assistance, regardless of religious affiliation. Family Table fulfills its mission by providing Kosher food, creating a caring Jewish connection, and empowering people to make healthy eating a part of their daily lives. Family Table serves more than 100 towns across Greater Boston, the North Shore, and the South Area. Currently, Family Table is helping more than 500 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
Packing will take approximately 30 - 45 minutes. Your delivery location will not be more than 30 minutes from your hometown but not in your hometown for confidentiality reasons. The clients know that you are just dropping off the food and not visiting.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome and encouraged to volunteer when accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: One to three hours depending on the activity. Volunteers can arrive at 9am to help with setup.
 
Contact: Email familytable@jfcsboston.org at least two weeks before distribution date to sign up. 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
 
 
Craft Playmats and Blankets
Room to Grow
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 28, 10am - noon
 
Location: 142 Berkeley St, Boston

Room to Grow is dedicated to enriching the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development. Parents receive developmental information, customized support, and all of the needed baby items to ensure a healthy and secure start for their child. You and your family can make a difference in the lives of babies being raised in poverty by crafting playmats and tied fleece blankets 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 infoboston@roomtogrow.org for more information. Registration is available online. Space is limited.
www.roomtogrow.org
 
 
Organize a Collection Drive for Baby Items
Room to Grow
 
Date/Time: Up to you! We recommend you choose a two to three-week period.
 
Location: Schools, community centers, libraries, places of worship, indoor play spaces

Room to Grow is dedicated to enriching the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development. Parents receive developmental information, customized support, and all of the needed baby items to ensure a healthy and secure start for their child.  You and your family can make a difference in the lives of babies being raised in poverty by organizing a drive in your community or at your child's school for new or nearly new baby items such as toys, books, clothes, and gear. Hold a general drive, pick a special item (e.g. books), or do a themed drive! Click here for a list of the items we accept.
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Email infoboston@roomtogrow.org for more information and to receive customized flyers to help spread the word.
www.roomtogrow.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 even 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 item to people in 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 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
 
 
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 will mean a lot to the person who receives it.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Mariann Bucina Roca, mariannbucina@fobh.org
 
 
Food Rescue Volunteers Needed
Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Inc.
 
Date/Time: Varies
 
Location: Throughout Massachusetts

Rescuing Leftover Cuisine aims to become the worlds most widely used volunteer organization for companies and individuals who wish to donate uneaten food. RLC has successfully recovered over 52,000 pounds of food, providing over 42,000 meals so far this year from their headquarters in NYC, and we are actively growing our Massachusetts branch to follow suit.

We ask our volunteers to pick up surplus food from restaurants, events and weddings and deliver it to their local shelter or soup kitchen, who will then provide this food to those experiencing hunger in Massachusetts (about 10% of our State's population). With a model mimicking businesses like Uber and Lyft, volunteers have the option to Claim or Ignore any notification, depending on your schedule and location at the time. We believe in Power in Numbers: the more people we have signed up who are willing to participate, the better our odds of fulfilling our mission to feed the hungry. We aim to grow enough volunteers to provide food rescue throughout Massachusetts 24/7. This will result in more businesses and individuals being willing to donate food, and more hungry people benefiting from this collaborative effort. Whether you're 9 or 99, travel by 4 wheels, 2 wheels or 2 feet, you can volunteer!

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer. An adult must accompany children under age 16.
 
Time Commitment: There is no set time commitment: Food Pickup Volunteers will receive a notification when there is food available within 4 miles from the address provided. Each volunteer has the option to Claim or Ignore that pickup. Altogether, each pickup takes about 20-40 minutes to complete (picking up at Food Donor and drop off at local Soup Kitchen or Shelter), depending on logistics.
 
 
 
Start a Bake Sale to Benefit No Kid Hungry
No Kid Hungry - Share Our Strength
 
Date/Time: Flexible - choose a time that works for you.
 
Location: You choose! Simply find a local business, school, place of worship, community center or neighborhood that will allow you to hold your bake sale. It's that simple. We have more ideas for good locations in our Location Guide.

Funds raised through Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry support Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America. Nationally, the campaign provides leadership, raises awareness and advocates for change that will make sure no kid in America ever goes hungry. Locally, Share Our Strength funds the most effective anti-hunger organizations and builds partnerships that bring together public officials, nonprofits, community groups, private funders and businesses to end childhood hunger in a particular state or city. Click here for more information on how to start your own Bake Sale. Our online Bakers' Resources includes lots of how-to tips, signage and much more. If you are looking for something that is not on the list, please call or email us with your suggestions.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: bakesale@strength.org, 800.761.4227
http://gabs.nokidhungry.org 
 
 
Make Sandwiches for the Hungry
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: A homeless shelter your community.

Many homeless shelters really appreciate having a supply of sandwiches on hand to give to their residents for lunch. You and your family can help by making sandwiches to bring to a local homeless shelter in your community. First, find a local shelter interested in your donation, check on any specific instructions, and arrange a delivery date and time. Then gather your supplies, make your sandwiches, and deliver them as a family. Find more information and ideas on the Doing Good Together Make Sandwiches Project page.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
As you know, Doing Good Together promotes lessons in kindness and empathy through big-hearted conversations which often take place during storytime. Reading DGT's recommended books on topics such as kindness, gratitude, and mindfulness leads to great discussions. Likewise, DGT offers book lists on challenging issues, like bullying, hunger, and global poverty. Our newest book list focuses on the important subject of Death & Grief. We hope these books help you and your young ones start age appropriate conversations on a tough topic that deserves discussion.
 
 

 

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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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Doing Good Together, 5141 16th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55417
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September 2017 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

September 2017 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

September 2017 - Boston

 
Food Rescue Volunteers Needed
Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Inc.
 
Date/Time: Varies
 
Location: Throughout Massachusetts
 
Rescuing Leftover Cuisine aims to become the worlds most widely used volunteer organization for companies and individuals who wish to donate uneaten food. RLC has successfully recovered over 52,000 pounds of food, providing over 42,000 meals so far this year from their headquarters in NYC, and we are actively growing our Massachusetts branch to follow suit.

We ask our volunteers to pick up surplus food from restaurants, events and weddings, and deliver it to their local shelter or soup kitchen, who will then provide this food to those experiencing hunger in Massachusetts (about 10% of our State's population). With a model mimicking businesses like Uber and Lyft, volunteers have the option to Claim or Ignore any notification, depending on your schedule and location at the time. We believe in Power in Numbers: the more people we have signed up who are willing to participate, the better our odds of fulfilling our mission to feed the hungry. We aim to grow enough volunteers to provide food rescue throughout Massachusetts 24/7. This will result in more businesses and individuals being willing to donate food, and more hungry people benefiting from this collaborative effort. Whether you're 9 or 99, travel by 4 wheels, 2 wheels or 2 feet, you can volunteer!
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer. An adult must accompany children under age 16.
 
Time Commitment: There is no set time commitment: Food Pickup Volunteers will receive a notification when there is food available within 4 miles from the address provided. Each volunteer has the option to Claim or Ignore that pickup. Altogether, each pickup takes about 20-40 minutes to complete (picking up at Food Donor and drop off at local Soup Kitchen or Shelter), depending on logistics.
 
Contact: Sign up at www.rescuingleftovercuisine.org/MA or email Boston@RescuingLeftoverCuisne.org
www.rescuingleftovercuisine.org/
 
 
Boston Heart Walk
American Heart Association
 
Date/Time: Saturday, September 9, 7:30am - 1:30pm. Check in at the Volunteer Tent, located to the left of the stage near the start line. Please arrive by 7:30am.
 
Location: Boston Hatch Shell, 1 David G. Mugar Way, Boston. Please note - there is no onsite parking available. Volunteers are encouraged to use public transportation the day of the event. Check out Bostonheartwalk.org for nearby parking garages and transportation information.

The Boston Heart Walk is the American Heart Association's premier event in the Greater Boston Area, bringing together about 10,000 people from the community each year. The event raises money to fund cardiovascular research and education, advocate for health, and save lives. By focusing on creating a culture of health, the AHA is striving to reach our 2020 impact goal of improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% and reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20%, by the year 2020. Volunteer opportunities include directing walkers, manning water stops, working the healthy snacks tent, overseeing our Kids Heart Challenge obstacle course, and a variety of other tasks! Tasks begin at 7:30am with set-up, and conclude around 1:30pm with breakdown. Your task will be assigned to you upon arrival to the event.

Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer. Anyone under 18 will need a parent/guardian to sign a waiver.
 
Time Commitment: It is ideal to stay for the entire event, but we will accept any help that you are able to give.
 
Contact: Leigh Wynne, Event Coordinator, 781.373.4503, Bostonheartwalk@heart.org. Registration is available online. Please note your organization, company, volunteer group, or family name under "Company Name" on the form so we can do our best to assign you to the same station.
 
 
JF&CS Family Table Distribution
Jewish Family and Children's Service
 
Date/Time: Sunday, September 17, between two to three hours
  • 9am: If interested, participate in setting up for the food distribution.
  • 10:15-11:45am: Receive your assignment and pack and deliver groceries. You may arrive anytime during this time frame. You will receive a quick orientation and can then begin packing groceries for several families.
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 end hunger in the Greater Boston Jewish community while serving people who need our assistance, regardless of religious affiliation. Family Table fulfills its mission by providing Kosher food, creating a caring Jewish connection, and empowering people to make healthy eating a part of their daily lives. Family Table serves more than 100 towns across Greater Boston, the North Shore, and the South Area. Currently, Family Table is helping more than 500 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
Packing will take approximately 30 - 45 minutes. Your delivery location will not be more than 30 minutes from your hometown but not in your hometown for confidentiality reasons. The clients know that you are just dropping off the food and not visiting.

Ages: All ages are welcome and encouraged to volunteer when accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: One to three hours depending on the activity. Volunteers can arrive at 9am to help with setup.
 
Contact: Email familytable@jfcsboston.org at least two weeks before distribution date to sign up. 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
 
 
Peace of Mind
Children's Services of Roxbury (CSR)
 
Date/Time: Saturday, Sept 23. The event is from 10am - 12:30pm. Volunteers are needed between 6am - 1pm)
 
Location: Parade Grounds on the Boston Common

Children Services of Roxbury (CSR) is one of the largest, minority operated, human service providers in Massachusetts. CSR, through our four regional offices (Roxbury, Tewksbury, Worcester and Northampton), serves more than 6,000 people annually, providing high quality service and programming to economically disadvantaged children, youth, families and individuals. CSR addresses the most basic needs for food, shelter and safety, as well as family support, through promoting and strengthening healthy families and individuals, permanency placements for foster children and family unification. We are looking for 200+ volunteers to help facilitate the smooth running of our Guinness World Record setting attempt for the largest human peace sign. The current record is 5,800 people, so we are shooting to get over 6,000 in attendance! Volunteers are needed to:
  • Help set up
  • Run registration tables
  • Escort VIPs
  • Most importantly, the record-setting attempt must take place in an "enclosed" environment, and thus we need volunteers to surround the massive human peace sign holding a giant rope (this method is approved by the Guinness World Record organization). 
Volunteers will receive free entry on the day of the event!

Ages: Ideally volunteers will be 12 or older, but families with younger children are welcome, with adult supervision.
 
Time Commitment: Two, three or four hour shifts
 
Contact: Rebecca Coll, rcoll@csrox.org. Volunteer and participant registration is available online. Click on the Tickets button and select the correct option.
 
 
Ride For Food Hunger Relief Charity Ride: Direction Helpers / Human Arrows
Three Squares New England
 
Date/Time: Sunday, September 24, two to three hour shifts between the hours of 7:30am and 12:30pm
 
Location: Towns on the route include Dedham, Needham, Dover, Sherborn, Millis, Medway, Holliston, Westwood and Norfolk. Specific times and locations will be provided at a later date (after police have confirmed their details).

The mission of Three Squares New England (TSNE) is to eliminate food insecurity through building out the capacity of local area hunger relief organizations by assisting with fundraising, visibility and community engagement. TSNE organizes an annual charity bike ride, the Ride for Food, to raise money for local food pantries, kitchens, community farms and food rescue organizations. Volunteer teams of two volunteers are needed to hold signs at "confusing" intersections along the 10, 25 and 50-mile routes. Click here for route maps. These volunteers hold bright yellow arrows to point cyclists in the right direction. All routes are well marked with arrows on the road; however, we have found that cyclists still get confused at certain intersections.
 
Ages: Youth ages 12 and older can participate with a parent or guardian.
 
Time Commitment: Two to three hours
 
Contact: Kati Sigel, kati@threesquaresne.org. Registration is available online.
www.therideforfood.org
 
 
2017 Walk to End Alzheimer's Greater Boston Walk
Alzheimer's Association
 
Date/Time: Sunday, September 24, 8am - 1pm; multiple shifts are available.
 
Location: DCR's North Point Park in Cambridge

The Greater Boston Walk will be held on September 24 at DCR's North Point Park in Cambridge. Families can volunteer in one of the following three areas:
  • Children's Activities: Help with a variety of activities that may include, games, face painting, crafts, etc.
  • Promise Garden: Help hand out color-coded Promise Garden flowers to Walk participants to personalize, and then display them during the pre-Walk ceremony.
  • Water stops: Hand out water along the Walk route to participants and cheer them on.
Ages: Families with children ages eight and older are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Christine M. Brown, 617.868.6718, cbrown@alz.org. Register to volunteer by clicking on the purple "Volunteer" button on the Boston Walk page and following the prompts. Both Promise Garden and Water Stop are specific categories on the registration page. Children's Activities is not a category, but volunteers can indicate their preference for that area by filling in the comments section.
 
 
Playmats Family Volunteer Opportunity
Room to Grow
 
Date/Time: Saturday, September 30, 10am - noon
 
Location: 142 Berkeley St, Boston
 
Room to Grow is dedicated to enriching the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development. Parents receive developmental information, customized support, and all of the needed baby items to ensure a healthy and secure start for their child. You and your family can 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 infoboston@roomtogrow.org for more information or to sign up. Space is limited.
www.roomtogrow.org
 
 
Adopt Everyday Big-Hearted Habits
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your home and community
 
We are what we do. By adopting one or two simple, caring routines, you'll give your children a strong sense of themselves as helpers. In this way, big-hearted habits empower kids to become thoughtful, engaged citizens throughout their lives. Visit the Big-Hearted Families Adopt Everyday Big-Hearted Habits page for ideas to add kindness to your everyday family routines.
 
Ages: There are ideas for families with children of all ages.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
Take DGT's 30-Day Back-To-School Kindness Challenge!

Big-hearted families may be familiar with our popular 30-Day Kindness Challenge and our Summer of Kindness Bucket List. Now with the fall season upon us, we're offering children and tweens/teens their own "30-Day Back-To-School Kindness Challenge"! These unique ideas help students focus on daily acts of kindness before, during, and after the school day. Let's make the 2017-18 school year the kindest one ever! Print and post yours today. Choose from the elementary grade and/or upper grade challenge.
 
 

 

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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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August 2017 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

August 2017 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

August 2017 - Boston

 
We Need You!
DGT Boston Listing Coordinator

You can make a difference for families and nonprofits in your community. Doing Good Together is looking for a volunteer listings coordinator to help us research and curate our monthly family-friendly volunteer listing. The 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 offer step-by-step instructions, answer your questions and provide all the materials you need to find family-friendly volunteer opportunities in your community. Learn about the great work of local organizations and help grow more big-hearted families -- all while working from home, on your own schedule!

Time Commitment: Five to ten hours per month. One-year commitment preferred.
 
Contact: Laurie, laurie@doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
Drop by the Farm and Get Your Hands Dirty for Hunger Relief
Community Harvest Program
 
Date/Time: Drop in Monday through Saturday, 9am - noon, now through September (except for holiday weekends)
 
Location: Brigham Hill Community Farm, 37 Wheeler Road, Grafton
 
Community Harvest Project is a nonprofit farm that engages volunteers to grow fresh fruits and vegetables to provide to those experiencing hunger. Through our volunteer farming programs, education initiatives, and community partnerships, we bring thousands of community members together each year to improve access to healthy foods for individuals and families in need across Worcester County. The farm is a great place to help children understand how food is grown, about volunteering while impacting their awareness of hunger and our efforts to improve the food supply for those seeking hunger relief. No gardening experience is necessary. Please wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty. Bring a water bottle, hat, sneakers and sunscreen. Gloves are available onsite. All work is outdoors and in the fields, harvest happens rain or shine so please dress accordingly. Season length can vary due to the nature of farming, so check Facebook for up-to-date openings and closings.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome. An adult must accompany children under 16.5
 
Time Commitment: Up to three hours per shift. Volunteer anytime Monday through Saturday, 9am-noon for as long as you like.
 
Contact: Wayne McAuliffe, wayne@community-harvest.org
 
 
Back to School Backpack Drive
JFS Metrowest
 
Date/Time: Monday, August 21, 10am - noon, and Tuesday, August 22, 10am - noon
 
Location(s):
  • Wellesley Public Library, 530 Washington Street, Wellesley, August 21
  • Framingham Public Library, 49 Lexington St, Framingham, August 22
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 sixth 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. Registration is available online.
www.jfsmw.org
 
 
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: Keyton Sheely, keyton.sheely@ontherise.org or 617.497.7968 ext. 36. Volunteers must preregister and registration is available online.
www.ontherise.org
 
 
Family Service Day on the Farm!
The MSPCA at Nevins Farm
 
Date/Time: Monday, September 4, 9am -noon
 
Location: The MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuem

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. At the Family Service Day on the Farm, 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 ages 6 - 10. 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! www.mspca.org/adoption-centers/nevins-farm-adoption-center/humane-education-programs-at-nevins-farm/ 
 
 
Backpack Attack - Help fill 2500 backpacks!
The Wish Project
 
Date/Time: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday, 9am-2pm from August 1 - September 7 (Drop off by August 19, if possible, so backpacks can get to children before they start school. However, donations will be accepted through September 7.)
 
Location: The Wish Project, 1 A Foundry St., Lowell  
 
It's back to school time! As you prepare for getting back to school yourselves, collect and donate school supplies and new backpacks for needy children. You will be helping The Wish Project reach their goal of 2500 backpacks. New and filled backpacks are distributed to the children from more than 59 homeless shelters and other social service programs in the Merrimack Valley. Items must be NEW for this project. Check out the Backpack attack flier for items each backpack should contain. The contents are kept similar so that all children are gifted equally.  

Ages: All ages can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: info@thewishproject.org, 978.441.9474. For other volunteer opportunities contact patty@thewishproject.org
 
 
Creative for A Cause
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your home or community

Visit the Doing Good Together Creative for a Cause Project Page for a variety of ideas for nurturing creativity and compassion in your children. When we can understand how someone else is feeling and how they might experience life differently, we can search for innovative ways to help. Creativity in its many forms will inspire children to approach problem solving in new ways, which will help them navigate the many roads to kindness in our complex society. Your family can choose a project or projects that inspire you and apply your creativity to an act of kindness

Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies, depending on project
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
 
 

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July 2017 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

July 2017 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

July 2017 - Boston

 
Doing Good Together™ (DGT™) 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 Boston monthly listing
Time Commitment: Approximately five hours per month. One-year commitment preferred.
 
goCreate: Craft 4th of July Cards & Decorations for Veterans!
Boston Cares
 
Date/Time: Saturday, July 1, noon - 2pm
 
Location: Full opportunity address will be emailed to you once you are signed up

GoCreate is an initiative to engage youth and families in service. Boston Cares offers a hands-on portable project on one Sunday each month for kids to get crafty while making an impact. Each month's project will meet a community need and the completed goods will be donated to local agencies to fulfill that need. Join Boston Cares in July to brighten up a Veterans Fourth of July! Volunteers will create cards of thanks and appreciation to be distributed to community members at the New England Center & Home for Veterans in Boston. Volunteers will also be creating various decorations to be displayed in the center to celebrate the holiday.

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

 
Family Friendly Volunteer Days
Brookwood Community Farm
 
Date/Time: Saturday, July 8, 10 - 11:30am or 11:30am - 1pm
 
Location: 11 Blue River Hill Road, Canton

Brookwood Community Farm's mission is to build a farm-centered community that members call their own. You can teach your children the joy of working with their hands, spending time outside, and the values of knowing where their food comes from as well as the importance of community service. Join us for family friendly volunteer days the second Saturday of each month during the growing season! We'll be doing fieldwork or a special farm project that even little hands can do. Don't forget snacks, water, sunscreen and a hat!

Ages:
Families with children of all ages are welcome. Children under age 12 must participate with a caregiver.
 
Time Commitment: One and one-half hour shifts.
 
Contact: education@brookwoodcommunityfarm.org. Registration is required to tailor the project to the group or provide activities while parents volunteer.
www.brookwoodcommunityfarm.org
 
 
JF&CS Family Table Distribution
Jewish Family and Children's Service
 
Date/Time: Sunday, July 16, between two to three hours
9 - 11:30am to set up the pantry and pack and deliver groceries
10:15am - 12:45pm to pack and deliver groceries
 
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 end hunger in the Greater Boston Jewish community while serving people who need our assistance, regardless of religious affiliation. Family Table fulfills its mission by providing Kosher food, creating a caring Jewish connection, and empowering people to make healthy eating a part of their daily lives. Family Table serves more than 100 towns across Greater Boston, the North Shore, and the South Area. Currently, Family Table is helping more than 500 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 three hours depending on the activity. Volunteers can arrive at 9am to help with setup.
 
Contact: Email familytable@jfcsboston.org at least two weeks before distribution date to sign up. All adult volunteers must complete a JF&CS administered CORI background check.
 
 
Playmats Family Volunteer Opportunity
Room to Grow
 
Date/Time: Saturday, July 22, 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. You and your family 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 infoboston@roomtogrow.org for more information or to sign up. Space is limited.
 
 
Summer Saturday Volunteers
Needham Community Farm
 
Date/Time: Saturday mornings, 8am - noon
 
Location: Pine Street site; please be sure to verify the location of the specific volunteer day that you signed up for. Check website for location and directions.
The mission of the Needham Community Farm is to deepen our community's connection to nature, our food system and each other.  We focus on three intertwined program areas:
  • Providing farm-based educational opportunities for learning about sustainable growing and nutrition.
  • Increasing access to healthy produce for those in our community who experience food insecurity.
  • Building community through volunteerism.
Saturday volunteers help by harvesting produce for the Needham Community Council Food Pantry (if anything is ready). Then, volunteers will do other farm projects, such as bed preparation, moving compost, weeding, trellising, mulching and more. Learn more about volunteering here.

Ages: Although families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer, tasks vary over the course of the growing season. On a given day, there is a chance that there may not be tasks available that are appropriate for very young children, though they are still welcome to come and enjoy the Farm while supervised by their parent or guardian. Youth 12 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult or an older sibling (at least 15 years old) who will volunteer along with them.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
 
 
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
 
 
Jimmy Fund Theatre Collections
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/The Jimmy Fund
 
Date/Time: Volunteers are needed Monday - Sunday, from now until July 28. Four-hour shifts are offered throughout the day from 12:30pm - 10:30pm
 
Location: Select movie theaters throughout MA, RI, CT, NY, OH.

The Jimmy Fund/Variety Children's Charities Theatre Collections Program is looking for local movie lovers with big hearts and a few spare hours to help raise money for cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute this summer. Now in its 68th year, the program launched in 1949 and is the Jimmy Fund's oldest annual fundraising effort. Since its inception the program has raised more than $30 million. Volunteers are needed to pass collection canisters to guests in movie theatres following a brief Jimmy Fund trailer. All contributions go directly to the Jimmy Fund, which supports lifesaving adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
 
Volunteers can earn exciting incentives from a volunteer t-shirt, to complimentary National Amusements movie passes, to Blue Man Group or Boston Red Sox tickets (while supplies last)! Volunteer and learn more today!
 
Ages: All ages encouraged (if under 12, you must be accompanied by an adult)
 
Time Commitment: Four hour shifts
 
Contact: Elizabeth Weber, elizabetha_weber@dfci.harvard.edu or 617.582.7724. Registration is available online
www.jimmyfund.org/theatre

 
 
Become a Citizen Scientist
Doing Good Together/SciStarter

Date/Time: Flexible, on your own schedule

Location: Your home or community
 
Make science your next family service project! A citizen scientist is a curious person wiling to volunteer time, effort, and resources to further scientific endeavors, often - though not always - in collaboration with researchers. Choose one among hundreds of research projects searchable through SciStarter.com. Some are online only. Others get you out into nature. Still others put you to work analyzing results. The truly great thing about citizen science through SciStarter is that you can choose a project based on your interests, the financial investment you're prepared to make, and your child's ability. Visit Doing Good Together's Be a Citizen Scientist project page for more ideas and resources.

Ages: There are projects for children of all ages

Time Commitment: Varies, depending on project

Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org

 
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June 2017 Boston Family Volunter Opportunities

June 2017 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

June 2017 - Boston

 
Girls on the Run Spring 5K
Girls on the Run Greater Boston
 
Date/Time: Saturday, June 3, 7am - noon
 
Location: Hopkinton High School, 90 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton

The Girls on the Run Spring 5K is the culminating event of our spring season. Over 550 girls will complete their first 5K and we need your help to make the day super special for each one of them! Join us for the Girls on the Run Festival prior to the run to get pumped up for the run with music, bling your bib, and a photo booth. Volunteers are needed during the race to help at cheer zones and water stops.

Ages: Volunteers younger than 16 may participate with a parent at one of the cheer zones or water stops. Volunteers 16 and older can also help with parking, course marshal tasks, registration, and merchandise sales.

Time Commitment: Two - four hours
 
Contact: gotr5Kvolunteer@gmail.com. Volunteer registration is available online.
www.girlsontherunboston.org
 
goCreate: Assemble Self-Care Kits for Kids!
Boston Cares
 
Date/Time: Saturday, June 3, noon - 2pm
 
Location: Full opportunity address will be emailed to you once you are signed up

GoCreate is an initiative to engage youth and families in service. Boston Cares offers a hands-on portable project on one Sunday each month for kids to get crafty while making an impact. Each month's project will meet a community need and the completed goods will be donated to local agencies to fulfill that need. In June, volunteers will be creating and assembling items that promote self-care, positive coping strategies, and overall mental health. The kit will include items such as 'calm down' glitter jars, coloring books, reflection journals, and more! The kits will be donated to kids in the Boston community.

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
 
Friendship & Flowers
Little Brother's- Friends of the Elderly (LBFE)
 
Date/Time: Saturday, June 10 (Orientation for new volunteers is at 11:30 am, service from 1 - 3pm)
 
Location: The orientation takes place at our office in Jamaica Plain at 3305 Washington Street.

Following the orientation session, volunteers will create bouquets of flowers and choose 1-2 elders to visit across the city. All elders can be reached using the MBTA and many places offer free parking. Friendship & Flowers is an opportunity for people of all ages to connect. We provide the volunteers with flowers and information about the elders your family will deliver the flowers to and visit with. There is an orientation at 11:30 am that is essential for all volunteers. They will learn about our history, mission, and current volunteer opportunities.

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome, but an adult must accompany volunteers under the age of 18.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours (including orientation and travel)
 
Contact: Airlie Parham, Assistant Program Manager, aparham.bos@littlebrothers.org. Volunteer registration is available from the online calendar
 
 
Food Drive & Bag Decoration
Kid Kindness
 
Date/Time: Saturday, June 10, 10:30  - 11:30am
 
Location: Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry, 467 Main St, Wakefield

Kid Kindness is an organization that focuses on getting our youngest ones involved in philanthropy through community service projects that are both educational and fun. We believe you are never too young to make a difference! Kid Kindness will visit the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry to learn how they help our community and decorate shopping bags for their customers. There is no cost to join us but we do encourage you to consider taking your kid(s) to the grocery store to pick out a few items to donate or host a drive in your neighborhood. The following items are always needed:
  • Canned soups
  • Stews
  • Chili
  • Peanut butter
  • Brand name cereals
  • Canned coffee
  • Baked beans
  • Jars of pasta sauce
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Bath soap 
  • Shampoo
Ages: All ages are welcome. A guardian must accompany children.
 
Time Commitment: One hour
 
Contact: kidkindnessgroup@gmail.com. Registration is available online. Space is limited, with only 10 spots left! Once the maximum of 20 kids has been reached, registration will be closed.
http://kidkindness.weebly.com
 
 
Grow Extra to Share
Ample Harvest
 
Date/Time: Ongoing
 
Location: Your own garden or join a community garden near you
 
Do you like to garden? One out of six Americans is food insecure, meaning they don't know where their next meal will come from. No matter where you live, there are people in your community that are experiencing hunger. Food pantries help fill in the gaps but are continuously lacking in healthy, fresh produce to offer. Luckily, you can help alleviate this issue in your own neighborhood! By planting just a little extra to donate, you can improve the health of your community as well. When you donate your excess garden bounty, you are helping to relieve hunger and making an impact on obesity and other food-related diseases. Consider planting an extra row or even a few additional plants to donate to a local food pantry. And if you find yourself with a runaway zucchini plant or another bountiful crop that gives you more than you can eat, don't let it go to waste! Even a small donation will help increase food security in your area.

Ages: All ages can participate, depending on the garden or farm
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: You can find an interested local food pantry near you on the Ample Harvest website.
www.ampleharvest.org
 
 
Sorting Donations For Children In Need
Cradles to Crayons
 
Date/Time: A variety of weekday and weekend shifts are available. Check the website for details
 
Location: 155 N. Beacon Street, Brighton

Cradles to Crayons offers families the opportunity to teach their children the values of service and philanthropy while volunteering together to help children and families in need. Every year, thousands of volunteers pass through the doors of the Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory warehouse to roll up their sleeves and help disadvantaged young children in Massachusetts. Together, youth and adults inspect, sort, and package all new and like-new donations into customized "KidPacks."

Ages: For safety reasons, all children present during a volunteer shift must be at least five years old. Volunteers under 18 years old must have a chaperone and a signed waiver form with them when they volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Volunteers must sign up for a shift by registering at www.cradlestocrayons.org/volunteer-inquiry/
www.cradlestocrayons.org
 
 
goCreate: Craft 4th of July Cards & Decorations for Veterans!
Boston Cares
 
Date/Time: Saturday, July 1, noon - 2pm
 
Location: Full opportunity address will be emailed to you once you are signed up

GoCreate is an initiative to engage youth and families in service. Boston Cares offers a hands-on portable project on one Sunday each month for kids to get crafty while making an impact. Each month's project will meet a community need and the completed goods will be donated to local agencies to fulfill that need. Join Boston Cares in July to brighten up a veterans Fourth of July! Volunteers will create cards of thanks and appreciation to be distributed to community members at the New England Center & Home for Veterans in Boston. Volunteers will also be creating various decorations that will be put up in the center to celebrate the holiday.
 
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
 
 
Create DIY Kindness Kits for Gratitude on the Go
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your home and community
 
Anytime is a good time to express your gratitude to other people. Keep your car stocked with a DIY Kindness Kit and be ready to create thank you notes at any time. Fill your kit with:
  • Candy (melt-resistant works best in the summer)
  • Blank cards
  • Stickers
  • Colorful pens and markers
Read more about Gratitude on the Go and other Kindness Practices on the Doing Good Together website.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
Let your summer family gathering, school reunion, or community event be a chance for big-hearted giving. Our DGT Family Service Fairs are an ideal way for families to have fun while doing good for others as they connect with local nonprofits to help others in their community. And, our DIY Family Service Fair Manual makes them easy to host!

 

 

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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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May 2017 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

May 2017 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

May 2017 - Boston

 
Family Table Distribution with JF&CS
Jewish Family and Children's Service
 
Date/Time: Sunday, May 14, 9am - 1:30pm, and Sunday, June 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 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: Email familytable@jfcsboston.org at least two weeks before distribution date to sign up. All adult volunteers must complete a JF&CS administered CORI background check.
 
 
Watertown Helps Out
Watertown Community Foundation
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 6. The Kick-off event will run from 8:30 - 9:30am; individual project times vary during the day.
 
Location: The Kick-Off event will be at The Arsenal Project, 500 Arsenal Street, Watertown. Volunteer projects are located in various locations around Watertown.

Watertown Helps Out is an annual volunteer day organized by the Watertown Community Foundation. Light refreshments will be available at the Kick-Off Event as everyone fuels up for a day of helping out, meeting other volunteers, and talking about the work of WCF and the other organizations participating in Watertown Helps Out. Free T-shirts will be handed out to volunteers at the breakfast.  If you'd like to wear your T-Shirt from a prior year, please do! If you can't make it to the kick-off event, you can go directly to the site of your volunteer project.  We will try to have some spare T-shirts at each location for those who can't make it to the breakfast. After the kick-off event, volunteers will head out to help local organizations garden, paint, clean up, and more!

Ages: Check individual projects for age requirements. There are several projects that are available for families with children of all ages.
 
Time Commitment: Most projects are between two to four hours.
 
Contact: All volunteers must register on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/rWLMPn
More information can be found at www.watertownfoundation.org/who2017/
www.watertownfoundation.org
 
 
Container Days
NuDay Syria
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 6, 4 - 9pm
 
Location: 1 Chestnut Street, Nausha, NH

Help Nuday Syria pack shipping containers with clothes, bedding, hospital and medical items, food, and hygiene products. Making a container and sending it off is extremely demanding and hard work, but each shipment contains actual aid that reaches the people and hospitals in need within 6-8 weeks of being loaded. The NuDay Syria community has found each container to be a very rewarding and beneficial project. Volunteers are needed to sort, box, and pack items for women and children on the outskirts of Syria who have lost everything. Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty (we're in a warehouse and you'll sweat). Bring a smile, an open heart, and a work ethic! The fruits of your labor are tenfold.

Ages: All ages are welcome. Children must be supervised in the warehouse.
 
Time Commitment: Two to four hours
 
Contact: info@NudaySyria.org
www.NuDaySyria.org
 
 
Mother's Day Walk For Peace
Louis D. Brown Peace Institute
 
Date/Time: Sunday, May 14, 6am - 2pm (flexible timing for different volunteer positions)
  • Day of Walk registration begins at 6am
  • Opening remarks at 8am
  • Walk begins at 8:30am
Location: The walk has two starting points:
  • Town Field Park, Fields Corner, 1520 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester (6.8 mile route)
  • Madison Park High School, 75 Malcolm X Blvd, Roxbury Crossing (3.1 mile route)
The walk ends at Boston City Hall. Click here for more walk day information
 
The Mother's Day Walk for Peace is a celebration of our potential to create more peaceful communities. Every year families from across the state and region walk together toward peace because in unity, there is healing! The Mother's Day Walk for Peace is an annual fundraiser for families across the region to honor the lives of our loved ones who have been killed, celebrate the courage of community, and sustain the Peace Institute's programs and services. The Walk benefits the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, a center of healing, teaching, and learning. Over the past twenty-one years, the Mother's Day Walk has become a time-honored tradition where families of homicide victims can honor the memory of their loved ones and neighbors can commit to creating more peaceful communities. Every year thousands of people participate including survivors, allies, business owners, elected officials, providers, the faith community, and law enforcement. We would love to have families come and volunteer for the walk. Families can help out by being "cheerleaders" along the walk to encourage and direct our walkers, or families can work at one of our tables handing out maps, buttons, flyers and fun swag!
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome!
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Ruby Sarron, Volunteer Coordinator,ruby@ldbpeaceinstitute.org, 617.435.7898
www.mothersdaywalk4peace.orgwww.ldbpeaceinstitute.org/
 
 
Donation Sorting and Kitchen Help
Daily Table
 
Date/Time: Monday - Saturday, 9:30am - 12:30pm, 1 - 4pm, 4:30 - 7:30pm; Sunday, 11am - 2pm
 
Location: 450 Washington St., Dorchester, 02124

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: Ages 16 and up; 12 and up with parental supervision
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
 
 
goCreate: Assemble Self-Care Kits for Kids!
Boston Cares
 
Date/Time: Saturday, June 3, noon - 2pm
 
Location: Full opportunity address will be emailed to you once you are signed up

GoCreate is an initiative to engage youth and families in service. Boston Cares offers a hands-on portable project on one Sunday each month for kids to get crafty while making an impact. Each month's project will meet a community need and the completed goods will be donated to local agencies to fulfill that need. In June, volunteers will be creating and assembling items that promote self-care, positive coping strategies, and overall mental health. The kit will include items such as 'calm down' glitter jars, coloring books, reflection journals, and more! The kits will be donated to kids in the Boston community.
 
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
 
 
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
 
 
Let's multiply kindness!

Thank you to everyone who attended our April 20th Celebration and helped us raise funds to empower families to raise children who care and contribute!

If you weren't able to attend our event, here's your chance to make an impact. Every $25 raised helps DGT™ engage with a new family who wants to share more acts of kindness and service. Those big-hearted efforts have a multiplying effect: As families do more good for others, they start a family routine of giving that benefits others now and in the future.

Whether you want to support one family or several, your donation helps us multiply kindness and extend DGT's reach to families across the nation.

Click here to make your donation.

And to instill a habit of kindness and service in your own family, be sure to join our Membership Circle if you haven't already.

 

 

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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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April 2017 - Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

April 2017 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

April 2017 - Boston

 
Food Drive & Bag Decoration
Kid Kindness
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 1, 10  - 11:30am
 
Location: Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry, 467 Main St, Wakefield

Kid Kindness is an organization that focuses on getting our youngest ones involved in philanthropy through community service projects that are both educational and fun. We believe you are never too young to make a difference! Kid Kindness will visit the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry to learn how they help our community and decorate shopping bags for their customers. There is no cost to join us but we do encourage you to consider taking your kid(s) to the grocery store to pick out a few items to donate or host a drive in your neighborhood. The following items are always needed:
  • Canned soups
  • Stews
  • Chili
  • Peanut butter
  • Brand name cereals
  • Canned coffee
  • Baked beans
  • Jars of pasta sauce
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Bath soap 
  • Shampoo 
Ages: All ages are welcome. A guardian must accompany children.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: kidkindnessgroup@gmail.com. Registration is available online.
http://kidkindness.weebly.com/
 
 
Family Table Distribution with JF&CS
Jewish Family and Children's Service

Date/Time: Sunday, April 2, 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: Email familytable@jfcsboston.org two weeks before distribution date to sign up. All adult volunteers must complete a JF&CS administered CORI background check prior to volunteering.
www.jfcsboston.org/Our-Services/Community-Services/Center-for-Basic-Needs-Assistance/Family-Table
 
 
goCreate Craft Cards for Seniors at ETHOS
Boston Cares
 
Date/Time: Sunday, April 2, 12:30 - 2:30pm
 
Location: ETHOS, 555 Amory St, Jamaica Plain
 
GoCreate is an initiative to engage youth and families in service. Boston Cares offers a hands-on portable project on one Sunday each month for kids to get crafty while making an impact. Each month's project will meet a community need and the completed goods will be donated to local agencies to fulfill that need. In April join Boston Cares at Ethos to create crafts and cards for the elderly and disabled. Ethos is a non-profit organization that serves over 3,000 individuals and families in the Greater Boston area, assisting the elderly and disabled to live at home. Cards will be donated to seniors through one of their many impactful services to brighten up a seniors' day.
 
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.
www.bostoncares.org
 
 
Container Days
NuDay Syria
 
Date/Time: Friday, April 7, 4 -7pm and Sunday,  April 9, 10am-3pm
 
Location: 1 Chestnut Street, Nausha, NH

Help Nuday Syria with packing shipping containers with clothes, bedding, hospital and medical items, food, and hygiene products. Making a container and sending it off is extremely demanding and hard work, but each shipment contains actual aid that reaches the people and hospitals in need within 6-8 weeks of being loaded. The NuDay Syria community has found each container to be a very rewarding and beneficial project. Volunteers needed to sort, box, and pack items for women and children on the outskirts of Syria who have lost everything. Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty (we're in a warehouse and you'll sweat). Bring a smile, an open heart, and a work ethic! The fruits of your labor will be tenfold.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome. Children must be supervised in the warehouse.
 
Time Commitment: Two to four hours
 
Contact: info@NudaySyria.org
 
Sorting Donations For Children In Need
Cradles to Crayons
 
Date/Time: A variety of weekday and weekend shifts are available. Check the website for details.
 
Location: 155 N. Beacon Street, Brighton

Cradles to Crayons offers families the opportunity to teach their children the values of service and philanthropy while volunteering together to help children and families in need. Every year, thousands of volunteers pass through the doors of the Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory warehouse to roll up their sleeves and help disadvantaged young children in Massachusetts. Together, youth and adults inspect, sort, and package all new and like-new donations into customized "KidPacks".
 
Ages: For safety reasons, all children present during a volunteer shift must be at least five years old. Volunteers under 18 years old must have a chaperone and a signed waiver form with them when they volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Volunteers must sign up for a shift by registering at https://cradlestocrayons.org/volunteer-inquiry/
 
 
Quick Acts of Kindness
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible, quick ways to add kindness to daily family life
 
Location: Your home and community

Not all acts of kindness require planning. Check out the Doing Good Together 24+ Quick Acts of Kindness project page for ideas. You can also print out our Design Your Own Kindness Cards to include with your quick kindness activities.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
 
We're proud of our DGT™ Partnerships

DGT is proud to have amazing partnerships with a variety of organizations. Yours can be next! If your group or organization is interested in hosting a fun family service event, offering a workshop on raising caring kids, or in need of custom materials to introduce children and families to important social issues, we'd love to help. To learn more, contact Jenny by email (jenny@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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March 2017 - Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

March 2017 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

March 2017 - Boston

 
Stock the Food Pantry
Elizabeth Peabody House
 
Date/Time: Friday, March 3, 9:30am - noon
 
Location:  275-277 Broadway, Somerville (ring 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 the 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 when transporting items; be sure to wear sneakers or work boots (no open-toed shoes or sandals, please).

Ages: Children are welcome but must be supervised. An adult must supervise children under ten.
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
 
Contact: Call 617.623.5510 to sign up as a volunteer.
www.teph.org
 
 
Packing Shipping Containers for Refugee Support
NuDay Syria
 
Date/Time: Friday, March 3, 4 - 6pm
 
Location: 1 Chestnut Street, Nashua, NH

NuDay Syria needs help sorting, packing and loading donations into containers that will be shipped to northern Syria. These containers will be filled to the brim with clothes, bedding, hospital and medical items, food, and hygiene products. Making a container and sending it off is extremely demanding and hard work, but each shipment contains actual aid that reaches people and hospitals in need within 6-8 weeks of being loaded.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome to participate but children under 12 must remain with an adult and be supervised. We encourage families to attend and serve together!
 
Time Commitment: Two hours (can stay longer if desired)
 
Contact: info@NuDaySyria.org
 
 
Family Table Distribution
Jewish Family and Children's Service
 
Date/Time: Sunday, March 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.
 
 
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 email after you sign up.

Join Boston Cares in March for a goCreate in collaboration with the Boston Cares Disaster Program for a preparedness related craft! Participants will be assembling emergency preparedness binders, prepping a sustainable meal to add to their preparedness kit, and packing folders for distribution. Each family will be able to take home an emergency binder for personal use, as well as a preparedness meal to jumpstart their readiness.

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!
 
 
You are Beautiful Campaign - Packing Beauty Supplies for Refugee Women
Boston Friends for Refugee Support
 
Date/Time: Sunday, March 19, 2 - 5pm
 
Location: 60 Mason Terrace, Brookline

You can help Boston Friends for Refugee Support assemble beauty bags to donate to refugee women. Please bring some of the following items with you to the event; hopefully we will be able to put together a ton of lovely and diverse offerings. We will also make notes to attach to each of the kits!

Items you can collect and bring:
  • Cosmetic bags/purses
  • Lip gloss
  • Unopened makeup
  • Lotions
  • Black eyeliner 
  • Nail polish 
  • Hair products
  • Brushes
  • Face wipes 
  • Compact mirrors
  • Tweezers
  • Leave in hair conditioner
  • Coconut oil
  • Crochet bracelets
  • Dry shampoo
  • Wash cloths
  • Accessories
  • Jewelry 
  • Fuzzy socks 
If you can't make it to Brookline on this day, feel free to put together beauty bags on your own and drop them off in a bag labeled "You are Beautiful"

Ages: Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend
 
Time Commitment: One to three hours
 
Contact: lisanowakwikins@gmail.com
 
 
Collect and Sort items for Refugees
Boston Friends For Refugee Support
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Donations can be dropped off at the following locations through the month of March:
  • 60 Mason Terrace, Brookline
  • 29 Hunt Street, Watertown
  • 1 Oak Street, Burlington
  • 356 Linden Street, Wellesley
Boston Friends for Refugee Support (BFFRS) is a platform for volunteers to unite in creative collaboration, exchange ideas, and act on various issues that impact the lives of refugees both locally resettled, and internationally displaced. In essence, our goal is to help others be helpful. BFFRS collects and organizes donations to be sent through NuDay Syria to Refugee Camps in Greece. The following nonperishable items are always needed:
  • Lentils
  • Rice
  • Canned tuna
  • Beans
  • Socks of all sizes
  • Sanitary napkins
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: lisanowakwikins@gmail.com
 
 
Cook a Meal at a Shelter
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible -- find something that works for your families schedule
 

Location:  
Check the national Homeless Shelter Directory or Emergency Food Programs Directory for shelters or soup kitchens in your area.

Your family can work together to help hungry people in your community by volunteering to cook a meal or bring food to a local homeless shelter or soup kitchen. When you contact a shelter or soup kitchen, ask for the volunteer coordinator, see if they need volunteers and ask if they have any age requirements. Find more information and resources on the Doing Good Together Cook a Meal at a Shelter Project Page.

Ages: Will vary depending on the shelter or soup kitchen's volunteer policy.
 
Time Commitment: Varies; volunteers can typically make either a one-time or ongoing commitment.
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
 
 

One of the hallmarks of DGT™ is that we do more than simply offer opportunities and ideas for sharing kindness and serving others. We also expand on those experiences with important tips that help families prepare for and reflect on the unique situations they encounter during their time spent volunteering. Our newest Reflection Activities are geared specifically to the frequent topics we cover in our listings, e.g. helping the hungry and caring for animals. Look for the reflection banners in our listings to find conversation starters, book recommendations and more. And be sure to bookmark this collection of reflection offerings for easy reference during big-hearted discussions with your family.
 
 

 

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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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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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Doing Good Together, 5141 16th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55417
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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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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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