December 2015 - Family Volunteer Opportunities

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November 2015 - Boston

Project Bead Party
Doing Good Together

Date/Time: Saturday, November 21, 1 - 3:30pm
Location: Cambridge; location given upon registration
Help support Project Bead by attending the DGT Bead Party on Family Volunteer Day to raise money to make it possible for students in Ghana to continue their education and finish high school. Not all children in Ghana have the opportunity to go to high school. In fact, it costs $1,000 per year to attend high school; a cost that many families cannot afford. Project Bead operates as a social enterprise that uses 100% of profits to fund education for children in Ghana. These profits are generated through retailing and wholesaling beaded products made by Ghanaian entrepreneurs. For only $20 per person, you receive a full cup of beads, enough to make four to five bracelets. Premade bracelets will also be available for $10 each. This is a great opportunity for you and your children to make holiday gifts for friends, family and teachers! Open to 15 DGT Boston families. Please register early with your RSVP here!
Ages: Ages five and older are welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
Contact: Kira Hower,
Holiday Visiting
Little Brother's - Friends of the Elderly
Date/Time: Thanksgiving Day
Location: Multiple neighborhoods throughout Boston
Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly is a national network of non-profit volunteer-based organizations committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly. Little Brothers volunteers make holiday visits to elders throughout the city who are without family or friends to celebrate the holiday. You and your family can provide companionship while delivering nutritious meals and beautiful flowers to the homes of elders throughout Boston.
Ages: All ages can participate. Youth under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult.
Time Commitment: Flexible
Contact: Airlie Parham, 617.524.8882.
Boston River Run 5K 
Andrew Graham Semper Fi Fund
Date/Time: Sunday, November 8, 6:30am - 11am (exact times TBD)
Location: Artesani Park at 1255 Soldiers Field Road, Boston
The Boston River Run 5K is a spirited, patriotic run that takes place Veterans Day weekend. The run offers a family-friendly course that welcomes runners and walkers of all ability levels. From first time 5k'ers to competitive running club enthusiasts, everyone is welcome. The Boston River Run 5K was created to honor Corporal Andrew Narcus and is represented by all branches of US service men and women. The course is a 3.1 mile loop on the Charles River along Soldiers Field Road and Greenough Boulevard. Volunteers will be deployed to direct runners, hand out snacks, give out medals, take photos, or handle t-shirts. Assignments will be based on age/group size and arrival time. All volunteers will receive breakfast and a t-shirt (while supplies last.) Volunteers will receive additional information closer to the event date. In addition, volunteers are needed  to help flyer the community through the start of November.
Ages: Ages 13 and older are welcome to participate. All volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.
Time Commitment: Approximately five hours
Contact: Sarah Basch, Volunteers should register online by October 31.
Fall Yard Work for Seniors
Date/Time: Now through the end of November
Location: Southwest Boston: Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale, and West Roxbury
Each fall, Ethos sends volunteer groups to the homes of local seniors to help with raking. Generally this program works best if volunteers are broken into groups of five to seven people (or one-two families per yard), but Ethos can take as many groups of people as possible! Please note that they will do their best to place volunteers with yards as conveniently located as possible, but this project may require taking a short bus ride from Forrest Hills to reach the seniors' yards (if traveling by MBTA). Each volunteer needs to fill out a CORI Background Check to participate.
Ages: All ages are welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Between one and three hours
Contact: Tierra Jackson,, 617.522.6700 x 540
Pie In The Sky Pie Sales, Pick-Up and Delivery
Community Servings
Date/Time: Monday, November 23 - Wednesday, November 25;  volunteers are needed for the following dates and times:
  • Monday, 11/23, 9am-1pm
  • Monday, 11/23, 1pm-5pm
  • Tuesday, 11/24, 9am-1pm
  • Tuesday, 11/24, 1pm-6pm
  • Wednesday, 11/25, 8:30am-12pm
  • Wednesday, 11/25, 9am-12pm
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 to pick up and deliver 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. Volunteers can also help out by selling pies. Every pie you sell will feed one of Community Servings clients for a week! Click to learn more about becoming a Pie Seller.

Ages: All ages with adult with a drivers' license
Time Commitment: Four hours
Contact: Kate White, Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator, Volunteer registration is available online.
Thanksgiving, Holiday Meal and Holiday Basket Deliveries
Community Servings
Date/Time: Thanksgiving Meal deliveries:
Wednesday, November 25; 9am-12pm; 10am-1pm or 11am-2pm
Holiday Meal deliveries:
Wednesday, December 23; 9am-12pm; 10am-1pm or 11am-2pm
Holiday basket deliveries: variety of dates and times in early and mid-December
Location: Community Servings, 18 Marbury Terrace, Jamaica Plain
Join Community Servings during the holiday season to help deliver Thanksgiving meals, holiday meals and holiday baskets to individuals and families living with critical illnesses across Boston. Volunteers will need to deliver meals in their own vehicle. All volunteers will go through a delivery orientation during the first half an hour of the shift. Click here to learn more about Community Servings holiday volunteer opportunities. 
Ages: Families are welcome to participate. Adult supervision us required for those under 18. 

Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: Kate White, Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator, Volunteer registration is available online
Host families for International Students  
Academic Year in America
Date/Time: Ongoing
Location: Your home and community
The local chapter of Academic Year in America is seeking families to host incoming international exchange students. This is a fantastic opportunity for families who wish to enrich their families' culture, to build memories and friendships, and to showcase their culture and values.  
Ages: Families of all shapes and sizes are welcome.
Time Commitment: Families can choose to host a student for six weeks, for a semester, or for an academic year.
Contact: Jackie,, 203.399.5043
Jingle Bell Run/Walk
Arthritis Foundation New England Region
Date/Time: Sunday, November 22, 8am - 1pm; race starts at 10:30am
Location: Fessenden School, 250 Waltham Street, West Newton
The Arthritis Foundation's long-running Jingle Bell Run is a festive race that helps champion arthritis research and brings people from all walks of life together, to say yes to furthering a great cause. This annual event is a fun way to get out, get moving and raise funds and awareness. Whether you prefer to walk or run, wear your ugly Christmas sweater or tie jingle bells to your shoes, this 5K is sure to spread smiles, holiday cheer and a winning spirit.
Ages: All ages can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Elaine Oppenheimer, or 617.762.2126. Race registration is available online
Repackage Rice and Beans- Help Stock the Food Pantry
Feeding America
Date/Time: Ongoing
Location: Find a food pantry in your local community
One in seven people in America are food insecure, living in households that lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis. Rice and beans are nourishing, filling, and infinitely adaptable food staples. You and your family can help feed the hungry in your community by transforming inexpensive bulk-packaged goods into meal-sized portions. Check out the  Doing Good Together project page for project instructions and reflection questions. 
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Find your local food pantry on the Feeding America website

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