December 2017 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

December 2017 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities


December 2017 - Boston

Playmats Family Volunteer Opportunity
Room to Grow
Date/Time: Saturday, December 2, 10am - noon
Location: 142 Berkeley St, Boston

Room to Grow is dedicated to enriching the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development. Parents receive developmental information, customized support, and all of the needed baby items to ensure a healthy and secure start for their child. You and your family can make a difference in the lives of babies being raised in poverty by crafting playmats for Room to Grow clients.

Ages: Families with children ages eight and older are welcome to volunteer. A parent must accompany all children.
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Email for more information. Registration is available online. Space is limited.
Holiday Basket Delivery
Community Servings
Date/Time: Saturday, December 9 - shifts start at 9, 10, or 11am
Location: 179 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain

Join Community Servings during the holiday season to help deliver holiday baskets to individuals and families living with critical illnesses across Boston. This is a perfect opportunity for the whole family to bring some holiday cheer to Community Servings clients! Volunteers will need to deliver baskets in their own vehicle. Please note the following requirements:
  • Must have a vehicle and valid driver's license.
  • Must volunteer with a friend or partner - deliveries must be made by a minimum of two people. (Only 1 person required to register.)
  • Must have a clean car with ample storage. (Preferably a cargo van or SUV.)
  • Must have a cellphone.
  • Navigation (Google Maps, Waze) or a good sense of direction.
  • Willingness to deliver/pickup to/from Greater Boston suburbs.
Ages: Families are welcome to participate. Adult supervision is required for those under 18. Registration is available online. Only the driver needs to register.
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Alexandra Fioretti,, 617.522.7777x228
Winter Break Kits
Heading Home
Date/Time: Winter Kits should be delivered by December 14. Contact Zoa Mish to schedule delivery at, 617.935.1236
Location: Deliver kits to The Schrafft Center, 529 Main Street, Suite 100, Charlestown

Heading Home's mission is to end homelessness in Greater Boston by providing a supported pathway to self-sufficiency that begins with a home, together with critical services such as life skills, financial literacy and job training. Holiday vacation week, the time when children are off from school between Christmas and New Year's Day, is always a challenging time for our families. Beyond relying on school for child care, our families depend on school to provide two meals a day for their children. Fighting homelessness and poverty causes stress and anxiety on a daily basis as families worry about meeting basic needs. As a new holiday tradition, Heading Home would like to partner with YOU to help our families ENJOY winter break together, alleviating parents' burden and stress of providing healthy meals; entertainment; and the opportunity for creativity. These kits, supplied by our community, should be designed for four people and include a restaurant gift card, grocery gift card, passes to an activity (museum, Skyzone, movies, pottery studio, etc.) and a board game. Once the essentials are included, each kit can take on a theme by adding enhancements. Following are suggestions, and we welcome other ideas!
  • Outdoor Winter Adventure Kit: sled, hot chocolate mix, marshmallows, hats, gloves;
  • Boston Adventure Kit: T pass, Children's Museum or Legoland passes, books about Boston for kids, ice skating passes for Frog Pond (including skate rental);
  • Arts and Crafts Kit: art project kit, markers, coloring books;
  • Lego Kit: passes to Legoland, The Lego Movie DVD, Lego sets;
  • Tea Party Kit: muffin tins, muffin mix, measuring cups, icing, decorations, tea set
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Leora Kimmel Greene, or 617.864.8140.
Holiday Meal Deliveries to Seniors
Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly
Date/Time: Christmas Day, flexible between 10am and 2pm.
Location: Multiple neighborhoods throughout Boston
Little Brothers volunteers make holiday visits and deliver meals to elders throughout the city who are without family or friends to celebrate the holiday. During the holiday season, volunteers are needed to provide companionship while delivering nutritious meals and beautiful flowers to the homes of elders throughout Boston. A car is helpful, but many elders are located on public transportation.

Ages: All ages can participate. Youth under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult.
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Airlie Parham, Online registration for new volunteers begins December 8th at
Give the Gift of Play - Annual Toy Drive
Room to Grow
Date/Time: Holiday Toy Drive runs through December. Drop off donations Monday through Friday, 9:30am - 4pm. Please call the front desk at 617.859.4545 when you are five minutes away and staff will meet you outside the front of the building for curbside assistance. If you need to make other arrangements for drop-off, contact Emma.
Location: Room to Grow, 142 Berkeley Street, Boston

Now in its fifth year, Room to Grow's Annual Holiday Toy Drive collects thousands of toys for babies in low-income families. During a child's first three years, toys play a critical role in helping babies learn and grow. At every three-month visit to Room to Grow, social workers guide families in choosing five educational toys to support their baby's development, preparing them for future learning and success.
By providing educational toys to Room to Grow, you are helping babies:
  • Develop new skills such as reaching, grasping, and crawling
  • Learn colors, numbers, and shapes
  • Strengthen memory skills
Ways you can contribute:
  1. Register to hold a toy drive in your community.
  2. Celebrate your toy drive by sharing your stories and pictures on social media (@roomtogroworg) and using #Giveplay
  3. Donate new or nearly new toys appropriate for newborns through children age three.
  4. Purchase urgently needed toys from our Amazon wishlist.
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Emma Milford,
Donation Sorting and Kitchen Help
Daily Table
Date/Time: Monday - Saturday, 9:30am - 12:30pm, 1 - 4pm, 4:30 - 7:30pm; Sunday, 11am - 2pm
Location: 450 Washington St., Dorchester
The Daily Table is a not-for-profit retail store that offers a variety of tasty, convenient, and affordable foods. The store offers both "grab-n-go" ready to eat meals, and a selection of produce, bread, dairy and grocery items at prices designed to fit every budget. Daily Table receives donations of surplus produce that must be sorted and organized for quality assurance. Volunteers are needed to sort through donations and triage produce for use in the commissary kitchen, for sale on the floor, and for composting. Volunteers may also help in the kitchen with food preparation, packaging, and labeling, or by preparing and distributing samples in our engagement zone. Plan to be busy and on your feet! By volunteering, you and your family will be helping to address the wastefulness of our food system, and actively contributing to increasing food security and improving diets in Boston.

Ages: Ages 18 and up; 15 and up with parental supervision
Time Commitment: Three hours (or more if you'd like!)
Holiday Meal Drive
Greater Boston Food Bank
Date/Time: Through December 31
Location: Your home or community
For too many people, their dinner plates will be empty this holiday season. In fact, 1 in 10 people in eastern Massachusetts is facing hunger and seeking help. That's why the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is holding their annual Holiday Meal Drive, which provides children, seniors, veterans, and families with a warm, traditional holiday meal. That means that families in need here in Eastern Massachusetts will sit down to a hot meal of turkey (or an alternative main dish), stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, corn, green beans, and potatoes. Help the Greater Boston Food Bank reach their goal of providing 12 million healthy meals during the 2017 holiday season. Just $20 will provide a nutritious, complete holiday meal to a family of five in need in our community. You and your family can help in a variety of ways:
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: For Food Donations: Food Drive Coordinator at For Holiday Meal Drive questions, Melanie Gordon,
Display a Kindness Quilt
Create a Kindness Quilt
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: Anytime
Location: Your home
During this busy holiday season sharing kind acts can be a wonderful way for your family to reconnect. Your family can take time to celebrate small acts of kindness with a paper quilt. Designed to accompany The Kindness Quilt by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, this project will have your family doing a kind act, drawing a picture of it, and sharing it with one another in the form of a beautiful, continuously growing paper quilt. Find project templates and more information on the Doing Good Together Display a Kindness Quilt project page.
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Just in time for Holiday Shopping... DGT™ debuts a SHOP KIND Store!

You've relied on DGT for tips, activities, book recommendations, and more. Now we have another resource to offer: our SHOP KIND Store. This online store now features a page of kindness-themed Amazon store items (because, yes, DGT is an Amazon Affiliate Advertiser). Coming soon: Another SHOP KIND page will be featuring like-minded organizations offering outstanding, mission-driven products. You'll be able to try these unique items for your next service project or when you're shopping for big-hearted gifts for yourself or others. We'll be launching soon and then continually adding more items, so revisit often to find something new. We think you'll like what we've found, and we look forward to your feedback and suggestions for more SHOP KIND products!


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