October 2015 - Family Volunteer Opportunities



October 2015 - Boston


Last month, a number of DGT Boston middler schoolers from the Shady Hill School in Cambridge attended a Boston Cares goCreate project. Together they made Lunch Bags of Love for Rosie's Place. They found the opportunity in the September DGT newsletter! We want to hear from YOU! Please send us stories or photos from your own family service experiences. We'd be happy to put it into an upcoming newsletter.

We need your input! Be on the lookout for our upcoming DGT communications survey, which will be emailed to you mid-October. We appreciate your feedback!

Walk for Primary Immunodeficiency
Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF)
Date/Time: Sunday October 4, 7am - 1:30pm
Location: The Boston Common, 139 Tremont Street, Boston
Lend a hand to support the Immune Deficiency Foundation's (IDF) Walk for Primary Immunodeficiency! This annual event raises awareness and funds to support people with primary immunodeficiency (PI) diseases. IDF is a national organization committed to serving individuals with primary immunodeficiency and their families. Event day volunteers are needed to assist in a variety of different areas, such as: registration, route support, set-up, clean-up, and much more. This is the perfect volunteer opportunity for families and groups! There are a variety of shifts to fit your busy schedule.

Ages: Volunteers must be 12 or older. Families with younger children may participate in the walk.

Time Commitment: Three volunteer shifts to chose from: 7am - 9am, 9am - noon, 10am - 1:30pm, or all day.
Contact: Evette Watson, 443.218.6413 or walk@primaryimmune.org. Walk participants can  register online.
Boston Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes!
American Diabetes Association
Date/Time: Saturday, October 17; shift times vary based on volunteer tasks. Race check-in and registration begins at 9am. Volunteers are also needed the day before the event from noon - 5pm.
Location: Parkman Bandstand at Boston Common (corner of Boylston and Tremont streets) in Boston

Please join the ADA for the Boston Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes! This is a one-day signature fundraising walk benefiting the American Diabetes Association. Walkers have the choice of walking a 1, 2 or 3-mile loop around the historic Boston Common. The ADA depends on volunteers to organize and help the event run smoothly. Volunteering with ADA is a great opportunity to meet friendly faces, support a healthy lifestyle and have a fun day. Check out their website for information on specific volunteer positions. 
Ages: All ages can participate
Time Commitment: Varies, depending on job assignment.
Contact: Kait Allaby, kallaby@diabetes.org, 617.482.4580 ext.3476
Family and Friends Volunteer Day
Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
Date/Time: Monday, October 12, 10am - noon
Location: Rose Kennedy Greenway (exact location will be sent to volunteers prior to project)
Bring the whole family and experience volunteering together on this important holiday. These projects are the perfect opportunity to spend some quality outdoor time with someone important. Tasks will include light gardening, with no experience needed. Pre-registration is required.
Ages: Families with children ages five and older are welcome to volunteer. Children must have a waiver signed by their parent or guardian and children under 14 must be supervised at all times.
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Keelin Purcell, Volunteer Coordinator, volunteer@rfkgc.org, 617.603.7737
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Boston
American Cancer Society
Date/Time: Saturday, October 3, 3 - 6pm or Sunday, October 4, various times. The walk starts at 8am.
Location: DCR Hatch Shell, 1 David G. Mugar Way, Boston
Volunteers are vital to the success of Making Strides in Boston, assisting and supporting 40,000 dedicated participants. Volunteers are needed on Saturday to help prepare snack bags for walkers and to set up for the following day's event. On Sunday volunteers are needed to help set up, clean up, cheer on walkers, and act as route monitors. Please sign up to volunteer, or form a team, for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Boston and help finish the fight against breast cancer! 
Ages: All ages can participate
Time Commitment: Times vary depending on the volunteer role. All day and hourly opportunities are available.
Contact: Tara Shea, 508.270.4705 or BostonMAStrides@cancer.org. Register online to volunteer or to participate as a walker.
FARE Walk for Food Allergy - Boston
Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE)
Date/Time: Sunday, October 4, 10am - 3pm
Location: DCR Baxter Park @ Assembly Row
The FARE Walk for Food Allergy raises critical funds and awareness each year to create a safer, more inclusive world for the 15 million Americans with food allergies. This year, tens of thousands of people will gather at walks in nearly 60 communities nationwide to support their loved ones, friends, co-workers and neighbors living with life-threatening food allergies. Benefitting Food Allergy Research & Education, the FARE Walk for Food Allergy offers fun activities for the entire family while helping to advance food allergy research, education, advocacy and awareness initiatives. Volunteer help is needed with set-up, break-down, and children's craft area.
Ages: Ages 14 and older are welcome to volunteer
Time Commitment: Four to five hours
Contact: Rachel Wissinger, rwissinger@foodallergy.org, 703.563.3084
goCreate: Positivity Project
Boston Cares
Date/Time: Sunday, October 11, 1 - 3pm
Location: 90 Canal Street, Suite 610, Boston
In support of the Martin Richard Bridge Builder campaign, volunteers will pledge to incorporate non-violence, encouragement, tolerance, fairness, togetherness, and acts of kindness in their daily lives by adding goals to a positivity chain. Volunteers will also create peace posters to promote self-confidence and the strength to overcome the effects of bullying, mental health disorders, and low self-worth. The finished projects will be given to the Gardner Pilot Academy in Allston to spread Martin Richard's message of peace to children throughout the school. 
Ages: Ages 5-12 with an adult.

Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Aysia Rodriguez, arodriguez@bostoncares.org, 617.422.0910, Ext. 208. Registration is available online
Shawmut Garden Clean-up
Boston Cares
Date/Time: Saturday, October 3, 8:30 - 10:30am
Location: Full opportunity address and directions will be sent to you by e-mail after you sign up.
The Shawmut Garden is a teaching garden. Teachers and students from area schools, as well as adult learners, are invited to visit and learn. Signs at the garden offer information about some of the plants. Spending time observing a garden can be an educational experience by itself: watching pollinators, observing colors and textures, and viewing the seasonal changes that take place. Shawmut Garden extends from Centre Street to Melville Avenue. It was built with assistance from the City of Boston's Department of Neighborhood Development, and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). Volunteers will rake away mulch, pull weeds, remove dead plants, prune, and pick up trash. This project is reserved for Boston Cares members who have attend an orientation.
Ages: Families with children 5 and older are welcome to volunteer. All volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years old. All volunteers under 18 years old must bring a Permission Form signed by a parent or guardian to give to the volunteer leader.
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Please email youth@bostoncares.org or call 617.422.0910x208 if you have any questions. Registration is available online
Clean Up Your Neighborhood
Nicodemous Wilderness Project
Date/Time: Flexible
Location: Pick a location to clean up in your community
Fall winds are sending wayward wrappers flying out of open car doors and fluttering school papers out of our hands. In spring, everyone is in the mood for neighborhood clean up, but by October, the Earth Day influence seems to have worn off. Recommit to cleaning up during your fall walks. Clear out litter from a section of park, beach, vacant lot or your own neighborhood. Take all necessary precautions, including wearing sturdy gloves, being careful on riverbanks or near roads, having adults handle dangerous items and supervising children closely. You can pick your favorite walk and do a one-time sweep, or make clean up a regular family event. Take a few digital photos of what you've picked up. Then have your family send an essay about your experience along with your favorite photo, your names, age(s) and address to mail@wildernessproject.org. Your essay will be published on the Nicodemus Wilderness Project website, your children's names will appear in the Registry of Apprentice Ecologists, and you'll get an official certificate. Visit the DGT™ Clean Up Your Neighborhood project page for reflection ideas, book suggestions, and ways to take this project further.
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: mail@wildernessproject.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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