December 2016 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

December 2016 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities


December 2016 - Boston

Heading Home's Holiday Gift "Shop" Event
Heading Home
Date/Time: Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17
  • Shop Set Up: Friday, December 16, 4 - 7pm
  • Shop Event: Saturday, December 17, 9am - 3pm
Location: Leahy Holloran Community Center, One Worrell Street, Dorchester

Stocked with donated gifts, Heading Home family clients "shop" the store to pick out holiday gifts for their children. Volunteers help organize gifts, operate the store and assist with childcare.

Ages: Eight years and older (volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult)
Time Commitment: Three-hour shifts available. To sign-up and learn more:
Contact: Emily Smaldon, Development Director, 617.864.8140, ext. 107 or
Donation Sorting and Kitchen Help
Daily Table
Date/Time: Monday - Saturday, 9am to 8pm; Sunday, 11am-6pm
Location: 450 Washington St., Dorchester

The Daily Table is a not-for-profit retail store that offers a variety of tasty, convenient, and affordable foods. The store offers both "grab-n-go" ready to eat meals, and a selection of produce, bread, dairy and grocery items at prices designed to fit every budget. Daily Table receives donations of surplus produce that must be sorted and organized for quality assurance. Volunteers are needed to sort through donations and triage produce for use in the commissary kitchen, for sale on the floor, and for composting. Volunteers may also help in the kitchen with food preparation, packaging, and labeling, or preparing and distributing samples in our engagement zone. Plan to be busy and on your feet!  By volunteering, you and your family will be helping to address the wastefulness of our food system, and actively contributing to increasing food security and improving diets in Boston.

Ages: Youth 14 and up with parental supervision; 16 and up may volunteer independently.
Time Commitment: Three hours (or more if you'd like!)
Giving Tree
Watertown Boys and Girls Club

Date/Time: The Giving Tree will be at the Arsenal Project until December 14.

Location: Arsenal Project of Watertown, 485 Arsenal Street, Watertown. The tree is located inside the Marshalls and Gap entrance.

The Watertown Boys and Girls Club has their annual giving tree at the Arsenal Project of Watertown. Families can take a tag and buy a gift for a child in need served by the Watertown Boys and Girls Club. Please bring the tag and the unwrapped gift by December 14 to the management office located between Old navy and Dunkin Donuts

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate

Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: Call the Watertown Boys and Girls Club at 617.926.0968 for further information or for other ways to give.

Family Table Distribution
Jewish Family & Children's Service
Date/Time: Sunday, January 8, 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:
  • Set up the pantry
  • Sort food donations
  • Package orders for recipient families
  • Deliver food to recipients
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:, 781.693.5593
Please note that advance sign up is required and all adult volunteers must complete a JF&CS administered CORI background check.
Sort Infant Clothing and Items
Room to Grow
Date/Time: Please contact to schedule a date and time
Location: 142 Berkeley Street, Boston

Room to Grow provides parents raising babies in poverty with one-to-one parenting support and essential baby items throughout their children's critical first three years of life. Parents receive developmental information, customized support, and all of the needed baby items to ensure a healthy and secure start for their child. Volunteers are needed to sort and inventory clothing, toy, bedding and book donations from the community as well as assist in displaying them in Room to Grow's baby boutique.

Children ages 12 and older are welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Call 617.859 4545 or email for more information


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Giving Plates
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: Flexible
Location:  Your own home or community location

Making some baked goods to bring along to a holiday gathering? You and your family can bake up some extra treats to share as a holiday gift with new or isolated neighbors, sick or stressed friends, or even service providers you meet on a regular basis, like the mail carrier or school bus driver. Then your family can design giving plates to place your home baked goodies on as part of your gift! Visit the Doing Good Together Design a Giving Plate for directions to make your plates and for additional ideas and reflection questions
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Thank You for Your Giving
During this season of thanks, we want to thank each one of you for your commitment to making a positive difference in your communities. We are especially thankful for all the families who are living our mission of kindness and volunteering by using these monthly lists to find local volunteering opportunities. These free offerings would not be available if it weren't for the generosity of our donors. If you believe these lists are a value to you and your family, please include Doing Good Together your year-end giving plans.


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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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