September 2016 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

September 2016 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities


September 2016 - Boston

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: 1010 Pleasant Street, Belmont

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

Ages: All ages are 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.
Farm at a CSA Farm
Stearns Farm CSA
Date/Time: Saturday, September 3 and September 24, 9:30am -12:30pm
Location: 862 Edmands Rd, Framingham

Stearns Farm offers opportunities to learn about growing food by getting your hands in the soil. Working at Stearns Farm is a great way to learn about the growing cycles of different crops. Depending on the season you may spend time seeding, planting, weeding, and mulching. Volunteers will be planting vegetables and doing a variety of farm work tasks. It is strongly suggested that volunteers wear long pants and bring a bottle of water due the physical nature of the work. An orientation to the farm and tasks that day will occur at 9:45am. Please note that cell phones are not allowed on the farm, so volunteers should keep them with their cars/other belongings. Also, there are no trash facilities at this farm. Whatever is brought in must be carried out.
 All ages welcome but children must be supervised and each child must be accompanied by an adult.
Time Commitment: Three hours

Contact: Sara Abramovitz,, 508.202.0387  
Volunteer with the Stray Pets in Need Booth at Natick Day
Stray Pets in Need (SPIN)
Date/Time: Saturday,  Sep 10, 8am - 4pm.
Location: Natick Common, Natick

SPIN provides care for lost, homeless and abandoned animals throughout the western suburbs with the mission of finding them permanent homes. Volunteers are needed at The SPIN booth on Natick Day. Help with children's games, raffles, selling Spin T-shirts and more.
Ages: All ages are welcome to participate but an accompanying adult must supervise children under 15.
Time Commitment: Flexible. Volunteer for an hour or more between 8am and 4pm.
Contact: Call 781.235.1218 or email
Sort & Inspect Food
Greater Boston Food Bank
Date/Time: September 10 or September 17, 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 volunteer. 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 
A 9/11 Tribute: Plant 3,000 Flags in the Public Garden
The Massachusetts 9/11 Fund
Date/Time: Sunday, September 11, 5:30am or 7:30pm
Location: Boston Public Garden, corner of Arlington and Bolyston Street, Boston

Volunteers are needed to help plant flags by the 9/11 Memorial at the Boston Public Garden. Three thousand flags will be planted, one for each person lost in the 9/11 attacks. The flags will be planted at dawn and removed at dusk. Volunteers at the 5:30am shift will be planting flags, while volunteers at the 7:30pm shift will be removing the flags.
Ages: All ages welcome but an accompanying adult must supervise children.
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Alyse Mazerolle,
Family Table Distribution
Jewish Family & Children's Services
Date/Time: Sunday, September 11, 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.
Family and Friends Volunteer Days
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
Date/Time: Saturday, September 24, 10am - noon
Location: 185 Kneeland Street, Boston

These horticulture and conservation projects are specially designed to accommodate kids and families! We'll be doing some light gardening tasks, suitable for kids 5+ with adult supervision. All we ask for this project is that you sign up with at least one other person--child, parent, friend or colleague!

Ages: Children five and older are encouraged to attend with an accompanying adult.
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Email or call 617.292.0020 to sign up.
Magic Mail Center
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: Anytime
Location: Set up in your own home

Creating a Magic Mail Center in your home can make it easy to keep kindness part of your family's fall routine! As your fall family schedule gets busy, keep this simple worksheet on hand. When you have unexpected free time, send a letter and make a difference. Visit the Doing Good Together project page to for more ideas and reflection questions.
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
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