February 2016 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

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February 2016 - Boston

Family Service Day on the Farm!
The MSPCA at Nevins Farm
Date/Time: Monday, February 15, 9am -noon
Location: The MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen
Many children want to help animals on a farm, but the MSPCA requires children to be 16 or older to work with the animals. Younger kids can also experience what it's really like to roll up their sleeves and get a little dirty on a farm - cleaning cages and mucking stalls! That's why they offer the MSPCA at Nevins Farm's "Family Service Day" series. Eleven times a year (most often on a Monday holiday), adult-child pairs are able to participate as hands-on volunteers at the MSPCA.

Each group participates in three activities: an animal care chore, support chores, and an educational presentation that includes a fun activity and animal meet & greet. Animal care chores include cleaning cat cages, walking gentle dogs, or mucking horse stalls. The program provides a fun and educational opportunity for families to make a meaningful contribution to the MSPCA's animal care efforts.
Ages: This program is for children in grades 2-6. Each child must attend with a parent or adult guardian
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: humaneeducation@mspca.org, 978.687.7453. Registration is available online.
Boston Fight for Air Climb
American Lung Association
Date/Time: Saturday, February 6, 7am
Location: One Boston Place, 201 Washington St., Boston
By joining the Fight for Air Climb, you are helping to make a positive impact in the lives of those affected by lung disease. Participants raise funds to support the mission of the American Lung Association while training to climb the stairs of a skyscraper, stadium, or other landmark building. Make the most of your experience and climb as a part of a team. Teams consist of friends, family and co-workers who want to help raise awareness and funds to support research, patient programs and advocacy efforts. Children and families can climb! Participants must be at least ten years old. Use coupon code FFA2016 for $10 off the registration fee for participation. There is a fundraising requirement of $100 that is due on/by the day of the event. Volunteer duties include registration/check-in, water/rest stops, finish line, and cheering squad.
Ages: 10 years old for participation, 15 years for volunteering
Time Commitment: Five or eight hour shift
Contact: Erin Hickey-Reardon, 781.314.9005, ehickey@LungNE.org
Cook at Home for Those in Need
Community Cooks
Date/Time: Flexible - all year long
Location: In your kitchen
Community Cooks is a nonprofit that mobilizes hundreds of volunteers who make home-cooked meals for hungry and vulnerable neighbors in their community. For nearly 25 years, they've been bringing their home-cooked meals to people in shelters, low-income families and seniors, at-risk women and kids, veterans, and so many others who are struggling. Volunteer cooks are assigned to a team to cook for a specific agency in their area. Once a month cooks make a specific course of a meal (main course, veggies/salad, dessert, etc.) in their own home and deliver it to a designated drop-off location.
All you will need is:
1. A recipe and ingredients from the grocery store to make your assigned dish.
2. A kitchen to make it in - with a stove, oven, fridge, cookware, etc.
3. Transportation so you can deliver your food once it's made.
Ages: Old enough to help cook with help from your parents or another grown-up
Time Commitment: One to two hours once a month
Contact: Mary Todd, Program Coordinator at Community Cooks, mary@ccooks.org or 617.501.1073. You can also email info@ccooks.org.
goCreate: Smile Kits for the Boston Living Center
Boston Cares
Date/Time: Saturday, February 27, 1 - 3pm
Location: 90 Canal Street, Suite 610, Boston
Bring a smile to the ladies of The Boston Living Center! Volunteers will be wrapping toothbrushes and crafting note cards for Welcome Bags that are distributed the Center's new arrivals. Be prepared to craft and don't forget to bring a smile!
Ages: This project is intended for families with young children, five and older. An adult 18 or older must accompany all volunteers under age 13.
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Aysia Rodriguez, arodriguez@bostoncares.org. Registration and orientation with Boston Cares is required. An Express Orientation is available at 12:30pm on the same day as the project.
Distributing Food at the Harvest Food Pantry
Boston Cares
Date/Time: Saturday, March 5, 9-11:30am
Location: Full opportunity address and directions will be emailed to you after you sign up.
Join Boston Cares for a day of family volunteering at the Harvest Food Pantry!  Kids, teens, and families with children as young as six are invited to help  distribute food to those in need! At the Harvest Food Pantry, volunteers get the opportunity to assist pantry clients in a unique "shopping" experience for donated food. Instead of distributing pre-packed bags of food, volunteers will assist clients in selecting their food products and help them carry bags to their car when necessary.
Ages: This project is intended for families with young children, six and older. An adult 18 or older must accompany all volunteers under age 15.
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
Contact: Aysia Rodriguez, arodriguez@bostoncares.org, Registration and orientation with Boston Cares required before participating. Project registration is available online.
Give An Award
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: Anytime you like
Location: Your home or community
Looking for an alternative to giving out valentines? Your children can celebrate someone they admire with a creative, homemade award. Help recognize the everyday heroes that inspire your family! Visit the Doing Good Together Give an Award project page for award ideas and reflection questions. 
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org

Keep up with your New Year's resolutions by making a plan to connect as a family. Our Family Mission Statement activity helps you turn your lofty goals into a simple, artistic reminder of your family's priorities. Find this project and other ways to connect with your kids in the Parent With Purpose section of our website.


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