January 2016 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

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January 2016 - Boston

Doing Good Together™ is looking to expand our volunteer team in Boston!
We are seeking people for two roles:

1) The DGT Boston Listing Coordinator:
  • Researches nonprofits in the Boston area
  • Contacts identified nonprofits, either by email and/or phone, to find out about potential family-friendly volunteer opportunities
  • Identifies 4-6 different family-friendly volunteer opportunities each month
  • Writes up the opportunities for the Boston monthly listing
DGT staff will help you with the steps you can take to find those opportunities, answer your questions and provide materials to help you find family-friendly volunteer opportunities in your community.

Time Commitment: Five to ten hours per month. One-year commitment preferred.

2) The DGT Boston Marketing Coordinator:
  • Promotes DGT in local newspapers, magazines, and other press resources
  • Finds creative and effective ways to increase the database of families who receive the newsletter
Time Commitment: Approximately five hours per month. One-year commitment preferred.
Baby Mobiles for Toddlers at the Paige Academy
Boston Cares
Date/Time: Sunday, January 10, 1 - 3pm
Location: Full opportunity address and directions will be sent to you by e-mail after you sign up.

In honor of MLK Day, Boston Cares first goCreate project of the month will focus on Dr. King's vision of true education by encouraging young children at the Paige Academy to dream, by crafting inspirational baby mobiles. Volunteers will make ten baby mobiles to support the Academy's comprehensive, culturally affirming and developmentally based educational environment.
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 required. An Express Orientation is available at 12:30pm on the same day as the project.
Valentines for the Ladies of The Women's Lunch Place
Boston Cares
Date/Time: Saturday, January 30, 1 - 3pm
Location: Full opportunity address and directions will be sent to you by e-mail after you sign up.
Bring a smile to a woman at The Women's Lunch Place this Valentine's Day. Volunteers will craft lip balm holder valentines to remind the ladies that they're the balm! Join Boston Cares to ensure that every woman at the Lunch Place is able to take home a much-needed donation of chapstick during this winter.
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 required. An Express Orientation is available at 12:30pm on the same day as the project.
The 6th Annual Cambridge MLK Day of Service
Many Helping Hands 365
Date/Time: Monday, January 18, 2 - 5 pm
Location: Central Square, Cambridge at multiple locations: Cambridge City Hall, the Citywide Senior Center and the YWCA. (Easily accessible by public transportation - the Red Line and #1 Bus.)
Many needs. Many people. Many helping hands. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., lend your hands and come work with your children, friends and neighbors for hands-on service projects that will touch the lives of thousands of people in need in Cambridge and Somerville. They've designed the projects to encourage even the littlest hands to be able to participate. Projects include:
  • Make fleece scarves and blankets for homeless children, teens and adults.
  • Make Valentines for shut-in elders and veterans.
  • Make activity kits for kids waiting in hospital emergency rooms.
  • Make bookmarks for children and adults in literacy programs.
  • Sort donated food, children's books, winter clothing and toiletries.
Have ideas for additional projects? Contact info@manyhelpinghands365.org

Don't come empty handed! Bring a can of food, a children's book or a gently used item of winter clothing. Your donations of food, clothing and books are greatly valued by local food pantries, clothing exchanges and literacy organizations. Your helping hands will help thousands of Cambridge and Somerville families in need. In 2014, MLK Day of Service reached more than 7000 people in need through more than 70 local organizations and agencies.
Ages: All ages can participate. Children should be accompanied by an adult.
Time Commitment: Flexible, up to three hours
Contact: info@manyhelpinghands365.org. Please pre-register to help the organizers plan and make sure they have enough supplies. A large turnout is expected at 2pm. You can come any time during the afternoon (even if you have not pre-registered).
Swim for MS
Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
Date/Time: Flexible
Location: Flexible (Any pool, Any time!)
Swim for MS encourages volunteers to create their own swim challenge while recruiting online donations to support the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA). There are no specific locations, dates, or times - you can swim at any pool, any time! You can participate individually or recruit a team. The top fundraiser each month will receive an autographed photo of US Olympic Gold Medalist and Swim for MS Ambassador, Missy Franklin! Through the participation of Swim for MS, you will help spread awareness of multiple sclerosis and promote the positive benefits of swimming for people of all ages and skill levels. For information about community service hours, please contact swim@mymsaa.org.
Ages: All ages can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact:  swim@mymsaa.org. Please visit SwimForMS.org to register.
Warm Hands Warm Hearts
Friends of Boston's Homeless
Date/Time: Flexible
Location: Contact Mariann Bucina Roca at mariannbucina@fobh.org for drop-off information.

We all put on gloves, hats, scarves and a warm pair of socks every winter morning with hardly a thought, but for the homeless these items are often a luxury. By participating in Warm Hands Warm Hearts you will not only help keep our community's neediest, most vulnerable citizens warm and safe during the winter months, but you will also help maintain their dignity and comfort during the most difficult time of year. To participate, all you need do is donate at least one brand-new (or gently used) winter hat, scarf, pair of gloves, mittens or pair of socks. It's a simple and inexpensive way to make a lasting impact for the homeless women and men in our community. Friends of Boston's Homeless supports the Woods Mullen Women's Shelter and 112 Southampton Men's Shelter (formerly Long Island Shelter) in Boston's South End. These shelters serve over 700 of our community's homeless men and women every day (about 70% of those served are men and 30% women) by providing safe dignified care and vital emergency services including, a nutritious meal, hot shower, clean bed and clothing and toiletries to each and every individual in need.
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Mariann Bucina Roca at mariannbucina@fobh.org
Make 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. Check the On the Rise Meal Train calendar for available dates
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 kitchen and deliver to On the Rise directly. 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 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. Click here to select a date to deliver lunch.

Contact: Marisa at 617.497.7968 x 36 or marisa.serrano@ontherise.org
Almost Instant Kindness Quests
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: Anytime
Location: Your home or other convenient location
Follow up on your family's kindness resolutions with these Almost Instant Kindness Quests from Doing Good Together. Print and post this cheat sheet on your refrigerator or cork board and your family will have a readily available list of almost instant kindness activities to choose from. Check out the Doing Good Together project page for more ideas for your family kindness practice.
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org

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This list was compiled by Doing Good Together™ (www.doinggoodtogether.org)
 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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