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
 
 

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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.
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