April 2017 - Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

April 2017 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities


April 2017 - Boston

Food Drive & Bag Decoration
Kid Kindness
Date/Time: Saturday, April 1, 10  - 11:30am
Location: Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry, 467 Main St, Wakefield

Kid Kindness is an organization that focuses on getting our youngest ones involved in philanthropy through community service projects that are both educational and fun. We believe you are never too young to make a difference! Kid Kindness will visit the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry to learn how they help our community and decorate shopping bags for their customers. There is no cost to join us but we do encourage you to consider taking your kid(s) to the grocery store to pick out a few items to donate or host a drive in your neighborhood. The following items are always needed:
  • Canned soups
  • Stews
  • Chili
  • Peanut butter
  • Brand name cereals
  • Canned coffee
  • Baked beans
  • Jars of pasta sauce
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Bath soap 
  • Shampoo 
Ages: All ages are welcome. A guardian must accompany children.
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: kidkindnessgroup@gmail.com. Registration is available online.
Family Table Distribution with JF&CS
Jewish Family and Children's Service

Date/Time: Sunday, April 2, 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 450 families each month with groceries and connections to other services. Volunteers are needed to help with the following tasks:
  • Setting up the pantry
  • Packaging and delivering food orders to recipient families 
Ages: All ages are welcome and encouraged to volunteer when accompanied by an adult.

Time Commitment: One to four hours depending on the activity.

Contact: Email familytable@jfcsboston.org two weeks before distribution date to sign up. All adult volunteers must complete a JF&CS administered CORI background check prior to volunteering.
goCreate Craft Cards for Seniors at ETHOS
Boston Cares
Date/Time: Sunday, April 2, 12:30 - 2:30pm
Location: ETHOS, 555 Amory St, Jamaica Plain
GoCreate is an initiative to engage youth and families in service. Boston Cares offers a hands-on portable project on one Sunday each month for kids to get crafty while making an impact. Each month's project will meet a community need and the completed goods will be donated to local agencies to fulfill that need. In April join Boston Cares at Ethos to create crafts and cards for the elderly and disabled. Ethos is a non-profit organization that serves over 3,000 individuals and families in the Greater Boston area, assisting the elderly and disabled to live at home. Cards will be donated to seniors through one of their many impactful services to brighten up a seniors' day.
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: Katie Edelman, kedelman@bostoncares.org, 617.422.0910, ext. 208. Registration is available online and an orientation with Boston Cares is required.
Container Days
NuDay Syria
Date/Time: Friday, April 7, 4 -7pm and Sunday,  April 9, 10am-3pm
Location: 1 Chestnut Street, Nausha, NH

Help Nuday Syria with packing shipping containers with clothes, bedding, hospital and medical items, food, and hygiene products. Making a container and sending it off is extremely demanding and hard work, but each shipment contains actual aid that reaches the people and hospitals in need within 6-8 weeks of being loaded. The NuDay Syria community has found each container to be a very rewarding and beneficial project. Volunteers needed to sort, box, and pack items for women and children on the outskirts of Syria who have lost everything. Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty (we're in a warehouse and you'll sweat). Bring a smile, an open heart, and a work ethic! The fruits of your labor will be tenfold.
Ages: All ages are welcome. Children must be supervised in the warehouse.
Time Commitment: Two to four hours
Contact: info@NudaySyria.org
Sorting Donations For Children In Need
Cradles to Crayons
Date/Time: A variety of weekday and weekend shifts are available. Check the website for details.
Location: 155 N. Beacon Street, Brighton

Cradles to Crayons offers families the opportunity to teach their children the values of service and philanthropy while volunteering together to help children and families in need. Every year, thousands of volunteers pass through the doors of the Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory warehouse to roll up their sleeves and help disadvantaged young children in Massachusetts. Together, youth and adults inspect, sort, and package all new and like-new donations into customized "KidPacks".
Ages: For safety reasons, all children present during a volunteer shift must be at least five years old. Volunteers under 18 years old must have a chaperone and a signed waiver form with them when they volunteer.
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Volunteers must sign up for a shift by registering at https://cradlestocrayons.org/volunteer-inquiry/
Quick Acts of Kindness
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: Flexible, quick ways to add kindness to daily family life
Location: Your home and community

Not all acts of kindness require planning. Check out the Doing Good Together 24+ Quick Acts of Kindness project page for ideas. You can also print out our Design Your Own Kindness Cards to include with your quick kindness activities.
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
We're proud of our DGT™ Partnerships

DGT is proud to have amazing partnerships with a variety of organizations. Yours can be next! If your group or organization is interested in hosting a fun family service event, offering a workshop on raising caring kids, or in need of custom materials to introduce children and families to important social issues, we'd love to help. To learn more, contact Jenny by email (jenny@doinggoodtogether.org).


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 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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