October 2014 - Family Volunteer Opportunities



October 2014 - Boston


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 own kitchen and deliver it to On The Rise. 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 the women help themselves. Entrée should serve 15 adults, sides and dessert are optional. Click for more specific lunch preparation and delivery information.  


Ages: All ages can participate.


Time Commitment: Flexible, this can be a one-time opportunity or you may sign up for multiple shifts throughout the year


Contact: Angelique Kopilevich, Interim Community Relations Manager, 617.497.7968, ext. 36, angelique.kopilevich@ontherise.org



In-Kind Donation Drive  

On The Rise, Inc.


Date/Time: Flexible


Location: Drop-off your donations to On The Rise, 341 Broadway. Deliveries are accepted on Monday and Thursday from 3-5 pm (not on holidays), or by appointment. Please do not leave donations at the door.   


You can volunteer to organize a drive with your children to collect clothing and toiletries for the women at On The Rise. Click here for a list of items they are currently looking for; right now they are running especially low on travel size toothbrushes, toothpaste, and conditioner.  


Ages: All ages can participate 


Time Commitment: Flexible 


Contact: Angelique Kopilevich, Interim Community Relations Manager, 617.497.7968, ext. 36, angelique.kopilevich@ontherise.org



Moving Home Drive  

On The Rise, Inc.


Date/Time: Flexible, but drives need to be completed within three weeks


Location: Deliver to On The Rise, 341 Broadway, Cambridge  


You can coordinate a home drive to collect NEW basic household items for one woman as she moves into her new apartment. With your help, she can get settled a little more quickly and continue to work on the challenges that surround her. On The Rise will send you a bio of the woman you are helping, along with her personal wish list. Click here for more information. There are currently two women who recently found housing and need assistance furnishing their new places.  


Ages: All ages can participate 


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: Angelique Kopilevich, Interim Community Relations Manager, 617.497.7968, ext. 36, angelique.kopilevich@ontherise.org



Create a Cheerful Drawing  

Color A Smile


Date/Time: Flexible 


Location: Send your children's drawings to Color a Smile, P O Box 1516, Morristown, NJ 07962-1516. It is okay to fold the drawings to fit them in an envelope.  


Color A Smile collects colorful, crayon drawings from school children. Every month they distribute these drawings to Nursing Homes, Meals on Wheels Programs, and individuals all across the country. This activity is a simple one that younger children love to do. Visit the Color A Smile volunteer page for additional coloring instructions.  


Ages: All ages can participate 


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: info@colorasmile.org, 973.540.9222




2014 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5-Mile Walk   

American Cancer Society (ACS)


Date/Time: Prep Day: October 4, 12-4pm; Walk Day: Sunday, October 5 at 8am (Rolling start from 8-10am)


Location: DCR Hatch Shell, 47 David G. Mugar Way, Boston  


The American Cancer Society's 22nd Boston Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, facebook.com/BostonMSABC, is a special fundraising walk that unites the community to honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors, educates women about the importance of prevention and early detection, and raises funds to help ACS do the most for people with breast cancer today to end the disease tomorrow. Volunteers are vital to the success of Making Strides in Boston, by assisting and supporting 40,000 dedicated participants. Volunteers are needed the day before the event to help prepare snack bags for walkers, and to set up for the following day's event. On event day, volunteers are needed to help set up, clean up, cheer on walkers, and act as route monitors. Sign up online to volunteer, or to form a team for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Boston and help finish the fight against breast cancer! 


Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: Saturday, noon-4pm; Sunday, 8am-1pm. Exact shift times will vary depending on the volunteer role. All day and hourly opportunities are available.


Contact: Michael Duff, Michael.duff@cancer.org or 508.897.4398


Moving Day® Boston Walk (5K walk and shorter)  

National Parkinson Foundation


Date/Time: Saturday, October 11, 9am - noon


Location: Artesani Park, 1255 Soldiers Field Rd, Boston  


Moving Day® Boston is the National Parkinson Foundation's annual fundraising walk event. It is a fun and inspiring fundraising event that unites families, friends and communities both large and small in the fight against Parkinson's disease. This celebration of movement will feature a family friendly walk course (5K and one shorter, easier route around the Charles River), a kids area, a caregivers relaxation tent and a special Movement Pavilion featuring yoga, dance, Tai Chi, Pilates, etc., all proven to help manage the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Moving Day® Boston raises awareness of Parkinson's both nationally and in the Boston community. This is a great opportunity for children to practice fundraising prior to an event too. The event will take place rain or shine. If cancellation of the event is warranted due to dangerous weather conditions, announcements will be made on the event day at the event site. The event will not be canceled in advance. All decisions regarding cancellation will be made on site.  


Ages: All ages can participate 


Time Commitment: Four hours or less 


Contact: Patrick Nelson, pnelson@parkinson.org, 508.423.8004



Help Save the Environment & Wildlife  

Nicodemus Wilderness Project / Apprentice Ecologist Initiative


Date/Time: Flexible


Location: Nature areas in and around Boston  


The Apprentice Ecologist Initiative has engaged tens of thousands of young people from around the world in environmental cleanup and conservation projects since 1999. View recent Apprentice Ecologist Projects and past Apprentice Ecologist Awards to get ideas for your own environmental stewardship project. Here's how to become an official Apprentice Ecologist:  

  1. Conduct your own local environmental stewardship project.
  2. Take a few digital photos of your project in action.
  3. Write an essay about your project and what it meant to you.
  4. Register and upload your favorite project photo along with your essay.

Examples of projects that other Apprentice Ecologists have completed in the past include: 

  • Removing and recycling trash from a local park, river, beach, or other natural area
  • Planting native trees at a school, local park, or in a deforested area
  • Starting a community or school recycling program
  • Protecting a terrestrial or aquatic area for native wildlife
  • Promoting the conservation of an endangered species or area
  • Educating others about wildlife or conservation issues
  • Removing graffiti from natural areas
  • Taking steps to prevent pollution/contamination locally
  • Removing nonnative vegetation so that native vegetation can flourish
  • Improving awareness about the importance of using renewable energy sources
  • Reducing soil erosion by maintaining established trails and closing off short-cuts
  • Assisting the elderly with their yards by planting/maintaining vegetation that provides native wildlife habitat
  • Building a rain garden that utilizes roof runoff to grow vegetation that provides native wildlife habitat

After uploading your project photo and essay, your work will be published on the Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists and you will receive links to download an official Certificate of Achievement and an Apprentice Ecologist heat transfer (for T-shirt).  


Ages: All ages can participate. Projects submitted by participants age 13-21 will be considered for one of three annual $850 scholarships.


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: Rob Dudley, mail@wildernessproject.org


Harry Potter: Mistory and Mayhem  

The Shirley-Eustis House


Date/Time: Saturday, October 11 and Saturday, October 18.  Volunteers must commit to both dates as the 11th is a dress rehearsal and the 18th is the actual event.


Location:  33 Shirley Street, Roxbury  


The Shirley-Eustis House is a nonprofit history house museum. It was built in 1747 for Royal Governor William Shirley and later became the home of Commonwealth Governor William Eustis. The organization leads tours of the house and grounds, does educational programming and conducts various events throughout the year.

The Harry Potter event is in its second year. These are currently the roles/positions they need to bring the magic to Shirley Place: 

  • Moving Portraits - Adults (Need two - one really friendly and complimentary or very sad and weepy. The other, very mean, and hates muggles! Wishes they did not have to hang around on the wall with other muggles)
  • Death eaters in costume (something dark...can be hooded or not). We would like six people to play roles. They can be adults or children and they will wear washable tattoos of the dark mark and try to encourage participation in the dark side. They will also be responsible for replenishing dry ice as necessary in the Dark Orchard.
  • Need someone to dress in a crazy outfit to play a boggart that jumps out of a closet
  • Need a prefect to assist with O.W.L.s Gryffindor
  • Need a prefect to assist with Herbology Ravenclaw
  • Need a prefect to assist with Potions Slytherin


All prefects will have pins to wear and must be in costume. Volunteers are also needed to help at admissions to hand out ribbon wands and stamp people's hands.  


Ages: Eight to adult 


Time Commitment: Saturday, October 11 (three to four hours) and Saturday, October 18 (eight hours). Volunteers who will be playing a role or character must commit to both dates as the 11th is a dress rehearsal and the 18th is the actual event. Volunteers who help out on concessions or admissions must be available from noon to 4pm on October 18.


Contact: Patricia Violette, Governorshirley@gmail.com, 617.442.2275



Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes  

American Diabetes Association (ADA)


Date/Time: Saturday, October 18, shifts are available between 5:30am-3pm  


Location: Boston Common 


This is the ADA's largest fundraising walk in New England. The money raised from this event goes towards the ADA'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 ADA needs volunteers to ensure a smooth event day experience for the participants. Roles vary from set-up, clean up, greeting, registration, cheering, rest stop, helping at tents and more. There is something for everyone. It will be a beautiful autumn day on the Boston Common.  


Ages: All ages can participate 


Time Commitment: Varies, dependent on assigned role. Shifts run between two and six hours. You can select multiple assignments for longer shifts if desired.


Contact: Rachel Feinberg, rfeinberg@diabetes.org or 617.482.4580 ext 3451 to receive the volunteer sign up form.




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