November 2016 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

November 2016 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities


November 2016 - Boston

Family Volunteer Day Thanksgiving Baskets
Doing Good Together and Heading Home
Date/Time: Saturday, November 19, 10 -11:30am
Location: Cambridge. You'll be given directions once you register

Doing Good Together and Heading Home have partnered to provide a venue for you and your children to create Thanksgiving Baskets for at least 25 families in the Boston area. We hope to make many more than 25, but we can only do that with your generous donations. Volunteer families are asked to contribute approximately $75 worth of materials but that is only a guideline. Whatever amount you feel comfortable donating is greatly appreciated. Please check out the event flyer and the materials donation sheet for the event. There will be a brief video on Heading Home and it's mission, along with arts & crafts to make decorations and cards for the baskets. If you cannot make the event PLEASE consider making a donation to Heading Home or to the event for Thanksgiving Basket supplies.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: One and one-half hours
Contact: Kira Hower, Please email Kira  as soon as possible to register as there are only a few spots still available!
Fall Clean-up and Bulb Planting
Southwest Corridor Park Conservancy
Date/Time: Saturday, November 5, 10am - noon
Location: Southwest Corridor by Orange Line MBTA Massachusetts Ave Stop.

Here is an opportunity for your family to restore and enrich a public park in the city. The 4.7-mile, 50-acre park is sited along the MBTA's Orange Line transit corridor and serves 130,000 residents and commuters. In partnership with the public, adjacent businesses, educational and cultural institutions, the Southwest Corridor Park Conservancy gathers resources to restore and maintain the Park, its plantings, structures, play areas, and community programs.  Volunteers will (weather permitting) participate in a general park clean up, transplant shrubs and perennials, and plant bulbs for the fall. Please wear long pants and closed toed shoes. Bring a water bottle along too!
Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer but an accompanying adult must supervise all children. Dress children appropriately for the weather and garden work.
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Email for more information.
Food Distribution at Belmont Food Pantry
Belmont Food Pantry
  • 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, 8:30 - 9:30am
  • 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, 5:30 - 6:30pm
Location: 222 Concord Ave, Belmont. Starting November 5, the Belmont Food Pantry will be located at Mount Hope Church, 51 Lexington St near Waverley Square. There is NO street parking in front of the church or in the driveway next to the church. You can park in the Municipal parking lot and on the side streets: Thayer Road & Sycamore Street.

The Belmont Food Pantry Inc. depends entirely on volunteers! Volunteers are needed to help on distribution days to help sort, shelve, and distribute food. 

Ages: All ages welcome but children under 12 must be supervised and must work with their accompanying adult.
Time Commitment: One hour per shift. Most jobs are a small bi-monthly time commitment, yet very important to keeping the Belmont Food Pantry running and serving those in need.

Learn more about
fighting hunger

Sort & Inspect Food
Greater Boston Food Bank
Date/Time: Saturday, November 5 and November 19, 9:30am - noon
Location: 70 South Bay Avenue, Boston

Volunteers are needed to help the Greater Boston Food Bank to inspect, sort, and box food to be sent to 600+ hunger relief agencies (food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, etc.). With volunteer efforts, the Food Bank can feed more than 87,000 hungry people per week.

Ages: Children older than eight are encouraged to attend. An adult must supervise all children. This project can be physically tiring.
Time Commitment: Two to three hours
Contact: Call 617.427.5200 to sign up.
Family Table Distribution
Jewish Family & Children's Services
Date/Time: Sunday, November 6 and November 20, 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 400 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.
Sort Donations for Catie's Closet
Catie's Closet
Date/Time: 12 School Street, Dracut
Location: Saturday, November 5 and November 19, 9am - noon

Catie's Closet provides an in-school resource for students who are homeless or living in poverty. Access to clothing and basic necessities are important in order for children to feel valued and build self-esteem and allow our students to better focus on their education. Volunteers will assist in our Distribution Center accepting donations and sorting, hanging and folding clothing that is then distributed to school partners. From these school closets, students in need are able to select the clothes they like as well as need in a safe, welcoming, and discreet space.

Ages: Families with children ages six and older and welcome to volunteer.  Children must be supervised by a parent or another adult
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: or call 978.957.2200
Create Holiday Cards and Crafts for Veterans
Boston Cares
Date/Time: Sunday, November 6, noon - 2pm
Location: Boston Cares (downtown Boston location will be sent upon registration)

Join Boston Cares in November to get crafty making Holiday decorations for the New England Center & Home for Veterans! Make a variety of holiday decor, snowflakes, and cards to beautify someone's holiday and show your appreciation for their service. All items made will be donated directly to clients at NECHV. Get your fix of Holiday spirit while making an impact in someone's life!

Ages: Children five and older are welcome to attend with an accompanying adult. 
Time Commitment: Two hours (participants are required to attend a mini orientation session right before the volunteer project begins)
Contact: Email the first name, last name, birthdate (00/00/0000), and emergency contact info of all children under 13 you intend to bring to the project. Advanced registration is required and available online.

Pie In The Sky Pie Sales, Pick-Up and Delivery
Community Servings

 Monday, November 21 - Wednesday, November 23; volunteers are needed for the following dates and times:
  • Monday, 11/21, 9am - 1pm
  • Monday, 11/21, 1 - 5pm
  • Tuesday, 11/22, 9am -1pm
  • Tuesday, 11/22, 1 - 6pm
  • Wednesday, 11/23, 8:30am - noon
  • Wednesday, 11/23, 9am - noon
Location: Pie Central, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Sumner Street, Boston

You and your children can help Community Servings during the home stretch of their Pie in the Sky pie sale with this very important task to pick up and deliver pies to locations around Greater Boston. Pies will be picked up from bakers and delivered to Pie Central. Then, completed pie orders need to be delivered from Pie Central to designated pick-up sites. Fill up your car; turn on your GPS and away you go! Pie in the Sky raises money to provide free, medically tailored and nutritional meals for Greater Boston's critically ill and their families. Community Servings provides a week's worth of meals each week to over 1,600 people. Volunteers can also help out by selling pies. Every pie you sell will feed one of Community Servings clients for a week! Click to learn more about becoming a Pie Seller.
Ages: All ages with adult with a drivers' license
Time Commitment: Four hours
Contact: Alexandra Fioretti, Manager of Volunteer Services, 617.522.7777 Ext. 228 or Volunteer registration is available online.
Thanksgiving Meal Deliveries
Community Servings
Date/Time: Thanksgiving Meal deliveries on Wednesday, November 23,  10am - 1pm or 11am - 2pm
Location: Community Servings, 18 Marbury Terrace, Jamaica Plain

Join Community Servings to help deliver Thanksgiving meals to individuals and families living with critical illnesses across Boston. Volunteers will need to deliver meals in their own vehicle. All volunteers will go through a delivery orientation during the first half an hour of the shift. 

Ages: Families are welcome to participate. Adult supervision is required for those under 18. 
Time Commitment: Three or four hours
Contact: Alexandra Fioretti, Manager of Volunteer Services, 617.522.7777 X 228 or Volunteer registration is available online

1000 Blessing Bags for the Homeless
United Sisters of Color
Date/Time: Saturday, November 26, 9am - 2pm
Location: Lena Park Community Development Center, 150 American Legion Highway, Dorchester. Completed bags must be dropped off at Dudley Library or at the Lena Park Community Center by November 12. Meet at Lena Park Community Center on November 26 at 9am to distribute bags.

United Sisters of Color is a group dedicated to community building and grassroot efforts that advance social change. In an effort to help homeless men and women in our community the United Sisters of Color will be passing out "Blessing Bags." Volunteers are needed to help donate and distribute these bags. Each bag is filled with daily essentials (and snacks) that we tend to take for granted. Our goal is distribute 1000 bags. Volunteers should commit to donating at least one complete bag. Please fill the bags with new, unused, unexpired, non-alcoholic items. Volunteers are also invited to distribute bags to the homeless within the community on November 26.

Blessing Bag Suggestions:
  • gallon size ziplock bags
  • chap stick
  • packages of tissues
  • toothbrush and toothpaste
  • comb
  • soap
  • travel size shampoos
  • trail mix
  • granola bars
  • crackers
  • pack of gum
  • band aids
  • pair of socks
  • hand wipes
  • razor and shaving cream
  • sanitary napkins and other feminine hygiene products in bags for women
Ages: All ages welcomed to participate in creating blessing bags and giving out bags to the community. Must be supervised by an accompanying adult.
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: or reach them through their Facebook site: 

Learn more about
helping the homeless

Sponsor a Family  
The Box Project
Date/Time: Flexible
Location: The Box Project will match you with a family that lives in an area of rural poverty in the Mississippi Delta.
You and your family can make a difference by sponsoring a family with The Box Project. You'll enrich the lives of a family living in poverty in rural America by establishing a meaningful, long-term relationship and providing needed supplies. The Box Project helps to create supportive, personal relationships directly between a sponsor family and a family in need living in rural America. The Box Project acts as matchmaker, pairing sponsors with carefully screened individuals or families that need help. The sponsors offer long term, meaningful interactions including encouragement, advice, and boxes of needed supplies about once a month. Box items will vary from family to family and month to month, but typically include household supplies, food, school supplies, clothing or seasonal items.
Ages: Families are welcome to participate.
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact:, 662.449.5002 or 800.268.9928. Sponsorship registration is available online.
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