June 2016 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

June 2016 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities


June 2016 - Boston

goCreate: Picnic Party Bags for the Boys and Girls Club!
Boston Cares
Date/Time: Sunday, June 5, 1 - 3pm
Location: Full opportunity address and directions will be sent to you by e-mail after you sign up

Designed by the Boston Cares Junior Teen Advisory Council, volunteers will craft and pack Picnic Party Bags to spread sustainable ideas and present a fun way to learn about our 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 is available online and first-time Boston Cares volunteers must attend an orientation. Interested volunteers who have not yet attended an orientation can sign up for an Express Orientation, offered 45 minutes prior to the project.
Friendship and Flowers
Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly
Date/Time: Saturday, June 11, 11am - 3pm
Location: The Guerin House, 3305 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain. Stop by The Guerin House in Jamaica Plain for a brief orientation, and to pick up flowers and your assignment.

Volunteers are needed to visit with elders in assisted living and nursing homes across the city. You and your family will visit with an elder who lives in an assisted living home and make their day a bit brighter. All buildings are MBTA accessible and offer free parking for volunteers. The staff will know that you are coming and will help you locate your elder when you arrive at the facility. You can visit in your choice of indoor and outdoor community spaces at their residence. Feel free to bring a deck of cards or your favorite magazine to share during the visit. Each elder has something unique to share and offer and is looking forward to making new friends!

Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer. An adult must accompany youth under the age of 18.
Time Commitment: Plan on spending two to three hours volunteering.
Contact: aparham.bos@littlebrothers.org. Registration is available online. Please register by Monday, June 6. New volunteers must complete a CORI background check, which is available on the registration page.
goCreate: Smile Kits for the Boston Cares D.A.R.T. Program
Boston Cares
Date/Time: Sunday, June 12, 1 - 3pm
Location: Full opportunity address and directions will be sent to you by e-mail after you sign up

Join Boston Cares to make hygiene kits, which will be used in disaster preparedness kits made by the Boston Cares D.A.R.T. program! Volunteers will assemble bags of toothbrushes, dental floss, toothpaste, and other hygiene necessities and will craft tags of encouragement for each bag.
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 is available online and first-time Boston Cares volunteers must attend an orientation. Interested volunteers who have not yet attended an orientation can sign up for an Express Orientation, offered 45 minutes prior to the project.
Provide Hospitality and Hope to Children and Families
Family Promise Metrowest
Date/Time: Flexible
Location: 13 Common Street, Natick

Family Promise Metrowest serves homeless families with children 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Family Promise Metrowest is a cooperative, interfaith partnership offering hope to homeless families with children through safe transitional shelter, meals, and supportive case management as they seek permanent housing. Nineteen houses of worship open their doors one week at a time, three or four times a year, to provide safe shelter, meals and hospitality for up to fourteen guests. Volunteers can help by:
  • Preparing meals
  • Providing dinner hosting and companionship
  • Purchasing supplies
  • Setting up bedrooms
  • Doing laundry
  • Leading children's activities
Ages: All ages are welcome. Everyone over the age of 12 who interacts with FPM guests must complete a one time volunteer orientation.
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Judy Mongiardo, judy@familypromisemetrowest.org, 508.318.4820
Making Lunch for the Ladies
On The Rise, Inc.
Date/Time: Flexible, meals are needed six days a week. Check the calendar on Meal Train for available dates. Meals should be dropped off between 8-11am, prior day delivery can be arranged if needed
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. Entrées 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
Contact: Taylor Bartley at taylor.bartley@ontherise.org or 617.497.7968 x 36.
New England MG Walk
Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America
Date/Time: Saturday, June 11, 8am - 12:30pm. Walk participant check-in begins at 9am and the Walk Ceremony begins at 10am
Location: Pope John Paul II Park, Boston

The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA) is the only national volunteer health agency in the United States dedicated solely to the fight against myasthenia gravis. MGFA serves patients, their families and caregivers. The MG Walk is the signature fundraising campaign for MGFA. Volunteer tasks include:
  • Walker Check In
  • Distributing food & beverages
  • Walk Route Marshals
  • Rest Stop volunteers
Ages: A parent or guardian must accompany volunteers younger than age 14. Families with children are also welcome to participate as walkers.
Time Commitment: Volunteer shifts are four and one-half hours.

Contact: Info@MGWalk.org or 1.855.MG.WALKS. Click here to register to volunteer. Click here to register for the walk.
Operation Sock Drop
Friends of Boston's Homeless
Date/Time: Ongoing
Location: 112 Southampton Men's Shelter (formerly Long Island Shelter), Boston
Operation Sock Drop is an easy and inexpensive way to have a big impact on the health, safety, and comfort of our community's homeless. All you need to do is donate at least one new pair of men's or women's socks (wool or cotton work best). By participating in Operation Sock Drop you not only help keep our community's neediest, most vulnerable citizens safe, warm, and healthy, but you will also help maintain their dignity and comfort during this most difficult time in their lives. Friends of Boston's Homeless gives out 8,000 pairs/year so there is always in great need for more socks! Click here for more information.
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: 617.942.8671 or email mariannbucina@comcast.net
Park Restoration and Clean Up
The Esplanade Association
Date/Time: Flexible; volunteer projects take place throughout the Esplanade and vary by season, weather conditions, and parks needs.
Location: Volunteers meet at several locations along the Esplanade. The exact location will be provided by the Esplanade Association when you sign up to volunteer.

The Association hosts both individual volunteers and groups of volunteers during the spring, summer and fall seasons. Volunteers participate in a host of park beautification and maintenance projects that include planting, raking, weeding, cutting back invasive species, rubbish removal, and bench painting.
Ages: All ages are welcome. An adult must supervise children under 16.
Time Commitment: Varies but plan on at least two hours for the activity.
Contact: Call 617.227.0365 or email info@esplanadeassociation.org. Volunteers must register online
Care for Shelter Cats
Gifford Animal Shelter
Date/Time: Friday, June 18, 10am - noon
Location: 30 Undine Rd, Brighton

Spend Friday morning playing with cats while helping to clean up the shelter. Volunteers will help with tasks such as refilling food and water, cleaning surfaces, and most importantly playing with cats! The Mission of Gifford Cat Shelter is to provide a safe haven for abandoned, abused, neglected and injured cats with the goal of rehoming.

Ages: Families with children six and older are welcome. Parents must supervise children.
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Call 617.787.8872 or email Giffordcats@giffordcatshelter.org
July Learn & Serve
Boston Cares
Date/Time: Session 1: (Back to Basics): Monday, July 11 - Thursday, July 14, 10am - 4pm
Session 2: (Children Are the Future): Monday, July 25 - Thursday, July 28, 10am - 4pm
Location: 90 Canal Street, Suite 610 Boston

Learn & Serve is back! Don't miss out on this opportunity for teens to gain 24 hours of community service over summer break! Boston Cares will be hosting two separate service-learning sessions throughout the month of July that will focus on Boston Cares partners that provide basic needs for local residents and organizations that empower Boston's youth. Click here to learn more about the program, applications, and pricing.
Ages: Learn and Serve is for youth ages 13 through 17
Time Commitment: Six hours per day
Contact: Aysia Rodriguez, arodriguez@bostoncares.org
Make this a Summer of Kindness with DGT's Summer Bucket List
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: All summer long
Location: Your home or community
Print and post one or both of DGT's two innovative Summer of Kindness bucket lists. These creative kindness projects will keep your family making big-hearted memories all summer long.
Ages: Preschool to teen
Time Commitment: 15 minutes to 1 hour per week depending upon the activities you choose to complete.
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
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