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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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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