November 2014 - Family Volunteer Opportunities



 November 2014 - Boston


Family Volunteer Day!    

Boston Cares 


Date/Time: Saturday, November 22, 10am-noon  


Location: TBD 


Come out and make a difference with families from all over Boston! Volunteers of all ages and their families and friends will gather at a location TBD to participate in the nationwide Family Volunteer Day program hosted by the HandsOn Network and sponsored by Disney. Participants will create bedtime bear kits that include a homemade teddy bear, a bedtime story, a toothbrush and toothpaste, which will then be sent to children living in family shelters all around Greater Boston. Creativity is encouraged! Family Volunteer Day will be jam packed with fun times, good food, and community involvement! Family shelters being served: the Bridge Home at St. Mary's, Casa Nueva Vida, the Italian Home for Children, and Christopher's Haven.
Note: This project is open to members and pending members who have registered with Boston Cares- you do not need to have attended an orientation to participate on Family Volunteer Day. 


Ages: Ages five and older can participate. If you are least 14 years old and have registered with Boston Cares, you may sign up and attend this project on your own. All volunteers under 18 years old must bring a permission form signed by a parent or guardian to give to the Project Leader.


Time Commitment: Two hours 


Contact: Kelly Dwyer, 617.422.0910 x 206 


Looking for a Great Holiday Gift that Gives Back?  

Doing Good Together™


Location: Order online. Your young recipient can enjoy the Big-Hearted Book Club right at home every month.  


Have kids on your gift-giving list? Looking for something you feel GOOD about giving? ALL the proceeds help DGT™ continue to serve children and families. In addition, the gifts themselves teach children about the joy of doing for others. Most important of all, though, children will LOVE this fabulous book club! Each month your recipient will receive one high-quality children's book, along with a kindness activity, fun stickers and an original recipe. Turn family night into a book-centered kindness practice! Choose between a one-month, three-month, six-month or full-year subscription. (You can decide which month your subscription will begin.) Learn more and subscribe at our DGT Store.


Ages: Most appropriate for children 4-10 years old   


Contact:  Laurie at with any questions  



Garden on the Greenway  

Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy


Date/Time: Tuesday, November 11, 10am-noon


Location: Dewey Square Park at the intersection of Summer St. & Atlantic Ave., Boston  


The Conservancy is the designated steward of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, a mile-and-a-half of contemporary parks in the heart of Boston that connect people and the city with beauty and fun. The non-profit Conservancy maintains and improves the Greenway on behalf of the public and in partnership with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Bring the whole family and experience volunteering together on this Veteran's Day holiday. Volunteers will do light gardening work, such as planting bulbs, in the Dewey Demonstration Garden. Children must have a waiver signed by their parent or guardian and must be supervised at all times.
Pre-registration is required.  


Ages: All ages are welcome 


Time Commitment: Two hours 


Contact: Keelin Purcell, 617.603.7737 or with any questions or to register. 



Operation Birthday Child  

Cheerful Givers


Date/Time: Flexible, ongoing 


Location: Your home  


Donate one gift bag filled with an assortment of small new toys for kids ages 3-12, such as balls, puzzles, stickers, crayons, etc. as well as candy treats. Click for specific birthday bag instructions. Ask your friends and colleagues to pitch in as well to make as many gift bags as possible! Each birthday bag will allow one parent to be able to recognize their child's birthday. This is an easy way for groups or families to support the community and does not cost a lot. After you have collected all of the birthday bags, take them to a local food shelf or shelter and let Cheerful Givers know how many bags you donated (contact You can find the local food shelf nearest you on the Greater Boston Food Bank's website.  


Ages: All ages can participate 


Time Commitment: Flexible 





Nephcure Walk Boston  

The NephCure Foundation


Date/Time: Saturday, November 1, 8am-3pm


Location: Artesani Park, 1255 Soldiers Field Rd., Brighton  


NephCure Kidney International is the only organization committed exclusively to supporting research seeking the cause of the potentially debilitating kidney disease Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and the diseases that cause Nephrotic Syndrome. NephCure has joined this global consortium dedicated to sharing ideas, combining strengths and supporting one another as they strive to find a cure. Please join them for the NephCure Walk Boston. This family-friendly event raises awareness and vital funds to find improved treatment options and a cure for Nephrotic Syndrome and FSGS. Come out and meet other families in your area, enjoy children's activities and learn more about NephCure Kidney International. You can set up a Team Page and fundraise or you can volunteer at the walk. There are many volunteering opportunities; from helping with registration, handing out flyers, to locating sponsors to bringing a batch of cookies. There's a great need for snacks at the walk. Making or donating baked goods would be a perfect family-friendly volunteering option. There will also be a station set up where teams can create signs to hold as they walk. This is great for families to do together, especially if the volunteer families could bring some craft supplies for the activity. Every little bit helps. The walk is focused on children and will include face-painting, arts and crafts, trick-or-treat, and other games and activities.  


Ages: All ages can participate 


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: Meredith Wilson 610.540.0186 x 18,
For questions or more information, please contact The NephCure Events Team at 1.866.NephCure (637.4287), 



Nurture and Play in the Nurturing Room  

Youville House Assisted Living Center


Date/Time: Wednesdays, 3-4pm


Location: Youville House, 1573 Cambridge Street, Cambridge


Youville House and Youville Place are members of Covenant Health Systems, a New England-wide, Catholic, not-for-profit health and elder care system. On Wednesday afternoons Youville House invites families with children of all ages in the neighborhood to come play and connect with the resident seniors in their second floor common area. Space, toys and snacks are provided. Older children are welcome to bring their own games or activities to do with the seniors. The residents interact with the children and their parents or caregivers. It's a pleasant way to spend time in the warm comfort of loving adults and inquisitive playmates. Drop in and join the activities and start your family volunteering at a young age! Babies are more than welcome. Youville House is located in the heart of Cambridge, just minutes from Harvard and Inman Squares.   


Ages: All ages can participate 


Time Commitment: One hour


Contact: Georgiana Swords at 617.491.1234



Help Bring Local, Healthy Food to JP & Roxbury  

Egleston Farmers Market


Date/Time: Saturdays, 10am-2pm


Location: The Brewery Complex, 29 Germania Street, Jamaica Plain, across from the Sam Adams Brewery entrance (Note: this is a new location)  


Egleston Farmers Market is a volunteer, community-led initiative to make fresh, healthy, locally-grown food accessible to residents of Jamaica Plain and Roxbury and to support the local economy. The market is co-sponsored by Egleston Square Main Street, Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition, and Good Egg Marketing.
Volunteer with your children at the market on Saturdays to help them set up, make coffee, run children's activities, provide information and assist vendors. Or you can volunteer on your own schedule and help them spread the word by distributing postcards and flyers together in the neighborhood during the week. They also need assistance with posting calendar announcements and writing press releases. Children can help with counting patrons on market day, as they would like to get an accurate count. This is something fun that a child and parent could do together. Vendors include farmers, fishers, food producers, crafters and other local businesses and nonprofits. They offer free coffee, children's activities, music, and other activities.  


Ages: All ages can participate 


Time Commitment: Flexible, one to four hours  


Contact: Kate Peppard at; please put VOLUNTEER in the message subject line



Save a Furry Life - Open Your Home to a Homeless Dog  

PAWS New England


Date/Time: Flexible


Location: Varies 


Do you and your family love dogs? Volunteer with PAWS New England and introduce your children to the joys and responsibility of taking care of an animal in need of love and care.
Paws News England works to rescue abandoned, neglected, and abused dogs from high-kill shelters and desperate situations, provide them with veterinary care and much needed TLC, and bring them to New England where they place them in safe, loving homes. Want to join the PAWS NE team? They are always looking for people who can share their time and talents with them. They are currently looking for Adoption Coordinators, Fosters, Fundraising Coordinators, Grant writers, Marketing and Transportation Volunteers. Many Transport Volunteers bring their children to transport their dogs. Fostering a dog changes lives - for the dogs being fostered and the families fostering them.   


Ages: All ages can participate 


Time Commitment: Flexible





Sell or Deliver Pies for Community Servings  

Pie in the Sky


Date/Time: Variety of dates and times from mid-November through Thanksgiving 


Location: Pie Central, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 415 Summer Street, Boston  


More than a fundraiser, Pie in the Sky fosters community spirit and engages the public in the mission of Community Servings -- Massachusetts' free home-delivered meals and nutrition program for the critically ill. Each November since 1993, Boston's best restaurants, bakeries, caterers and hotels donate thousands of pies that over 700 volunteers then sell to family, friends and colleagues. Each pie costs $28, providing a week's worth of hearty home-delivered meals to a Community Servings' client and a tasty Thanksgiving treat to the buyer. With the help of hundreds of volunteers, business, and corporate sponsors, and their dedicated staff and board members, they prepare and deliver 8,500 lunches and dinners each week to the homes of almost 850 individuals and families who are homebound with an acute life-threatening illness.

Community Servings would love to have you volunteer this November - and there are MANY opportunities for families to volunteer together. If you and your children are interested in sales, become a pie seller! Every year during the Pie in the Sky  annual bake sale 700 amazing volunteers sell 18,000 pies to friends, family and co-workers. Because of their hard work they are able to raise a half a million dollars to feed the critically ill. Every pie you sell will feed one of their clients for a week. The secret ingredient is you! Click to learn more about becoming a Pie Seller. 

Your family can also help Pie in the Sky during the home stretch of the pie sale by picking up and delivering pies to locations around Greater Boston. Pies need to be picked up from participating bakers and delivered to Pie Central. Then, completed pie orders need to be delivered from Pie Central to designated pick-up sites. The Saturday meal delivery volunteer opportunity and meal delivery for Thanksgiving and Holiday Basket/meal delivery are well suited for younger children. These opportunities require you to have your own vehicle and a GPS. Click to register for Pie Pick Up & Delivery volunteer opportunities. Click to register for other Pie in the Sky 2014 volunteer opportunities. Spaces are filling up fast!    


Ages: All ages can participate in delivering pies with adult drivers and pie selling. Ages 13 and older are allowed to volunteer in the Community Servings kitchen.


Time Commitment: Varies depending on volunteer job 


Contact: Kate White, Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator, 617.522.7777 x228, 



Thanksgiving Day Boston Volvo 5K Road Race  

National MS Society - Greater New England Chapter


Date/Time: Thursday, November 27, 7:30am registration; 9am start time


Location: Boston Volvo Village, 75 North Beacon St., Brighton, Mass. Parking available at Stop & Shop behind Boston Volvo Village and at the garage on Guest St. (directions)  


The National MS Society, Greater New England Chapter and Boston Volvo Village have teamed up to offer a 5K Road Race on Thanksgiving Day. The mission of the National MS Society is to end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis. Your participation in the Boston Volvo Village 5K Road Race provides help for today and hope for tomorrow through education, support, advocacy, and research funded by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater New England Chapter. That makes a huge difference to the nearly 21,000 people and their families in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Vermont who live with MS every day of their lives. The success of these events is directly related to the wonderful volunteers who help make the event go off without a hitch. There is only one requirement: to want to do something about MS NOW. There are many jobs to choose from including registration, office help, photography, and much more. Children are welcome to pass out water, cheer on the runners and more.  Last year there were over 1200 runners! Come out and make this year's Boston Volvo Village 5K Road Race a great success. Volunteers and runners/walkers can register online. Fees for race participation are $20 for online registration through noon on Tuesday, November 25, or $25 on-site registration at the event. You can pick-up your registration packet with your bib and timing chip starting at 7:30am on Thursday morning.  


Ages: All ages can participate in volunteering, walking or running.


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: Jared Wayne, Event Manager, 1.800.344.4867, 



No Sew Blankets  

Project Linus


Date/Time: Flexible, ongoing need


Location: Deliver your blankets to your  local Project Linus chapter   


As the weather grows colder, why not share something snuggly with those in need? Project Linus provides homemade blankets to children in need. Our blankets are lovingly made by adults and children from all walks of life and many different sources. Volunteer blanket makers help provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans. You and your family can make easy, no sew blankets to donate to children in need. Click for blanket making instructions.  


Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: Check the chapter listings page to find your local Project Linus chapter 




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