February 2017 - Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

February 2017 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities


February 2017 - Boston

Boston Fight for Air Climb
American Lung Association
Date/Time: Saturday, February 4, 7am
Location: One Boston Place, 201 Washington St., Boston
By joining the Fight for Air Climb, you are helping to make a positive impact in the lives of those affected by lung disease. Participants raise funds to support the mission of the American Lung Association while training to climb the stairs of a skyscraper, stadium, or other landmark building. Make the most of your experience and climb as a part of a team. Teams consist of friends, family and co-workers who want to help raise awareness and funds to support research, patient programs and advocacy efforts. Children and families can climb! Participants must be at least ten years old. There is a fundraising requirement of $100 that is due on/by the day of the event. Volunteer duties include registration/check-in, water/rest stops, finish line, and cheering squad. 
Ages: 10 years old for participation, 15 years for volunteering
Time Commitment: Five or eight hour shift
Contact: Judy Deane, 413.505.5061, Judy.Deane@Lung.org
Wish List Supply Drive
Heading Home
Date/Time: Flexible, contact Lauren to make arrangements
Location: The Schrafft Center, 529 Main Street, Suite 100, Charlestown

Heading Home is one of the largest providers of shelter for homeless families and individuals in the Commonwealth. Our 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. You and your family can help! Our shelters are always in need of new and/or gently used donations for our clients. By running a donation drive, you can supply our families and individuals with critical day-to-day items. Our most pressing needs are:
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Household items (kitchenware, toiletries, etc.)
  • New linens (twin size, please!)
  • New pillows
  • New mattress pads
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Lauren Jackson, ljackson@headinghomeinc.org
Write a Letter!
Operation Gratitude
Date/Time: Ongoing
Location: All your cards and letters can be sent together in one large mailing envelope or box to:
Operation Gratitude
21100 Lassen Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311-4278
ATTN: Letter Writing Program
Please include a donation form in your large mailing envelope or box.

Operation Gratitude annually sends 200,000+ Care Packages filled with food, entertainment, hygiene, and handmade items, plus personal letters of appreciation to Veterans, First Responders, New Recruits, Wounded Heroes, their Care Givers, and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home. Of all the items included in these packages, the most cherished are the personal letters of appreciation! Our goal is to include several letters and colorful drawings in every Care Package and tell our troops "WE CARE!" Writing a letter is a meaningful way for Americans to show support for our Military. It only takes five minutes of your day, but will bring lasting joy to our troops. Letters are accepted year-round. Right now, we have a special need for those specifically written to our New Recruits, Veterans, and First Responders. Holiday cards need to be received two to three months prior to the holidays in order for them to reach our service members on time. Once we receive letters it takes us time to screen, sort and assemble them into our care packages and then we have to factor in the shipping time. If your letters will arrive at a later date it will work well to make them general letters of appreciation so that they may be used year round. Don't know where to start? Click here for the Write a Letter flyer.

Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Flexible
Contact: OpGrat@gmail.com or info@operationgratitude.com
Nevins Farm Reading Program
Date/Time: First Sunday of the month, 11am - 2pm
Location: The MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen

Accompanied by a parent or guardian, children will read out loud to an adoring canine, feline, or even rabbit audience in this fun family event. While your child practices reading, you'll also be providing valuable social time to our adoptable animals. Bring your favorite book, or borrow one from the MPSCA library.

Ages: For children ages six to ten and a parent/guardian. All participants must have a parent or guardian present for the duration of the program. This event is appropriate for children who are learning to read, and/or could benefit from some practice reading out loud (~ 1st - 4th grade). Please note that due to the nature of this program, and the limited space, we regretfully cannot accommodate younger siblings at this event (or any other unregistered guests).
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: humaneeducation@mspca.org. Advanced registration is required and is  available online. Families are also welcome to join our kids programs Facebook group!
Family Service Day on the Farm!
The MSPCA at Nevins Farm
Date/Time: Monday, February 20, 9am -noon
Location: The MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen
Many children want to help animals on a farm, but the MSPCA requires children to be 16 or older to work with the animals. Younger kids can also experience what it's really like to roll up their sleeves and get a little dirty on a farm - cleaning cages and mucking stalls! That's why they offer the MSPCA at Nevins Farm's "Family Service Day" series. Eleven times a year (most often on a Monday holiday), adult-child pairs are able to participate as hands-on volunteers at the MSPCA. Each group participates in three activities: an animal care chore, support chores, and an educational presentation that includes a fun activity and animal meet & greet. Animal care chores include cleaning cat cages, walking gentle dogs, or mucking horse stalls. The program provides a fun and educational opportunity for families to make a meaningful contribution to the MSPCA's animal care efforts.

This program is for children in grades 2-6. Each child must attend with a parent or adult guardian.
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: humaneeducation@mspca.org, 978.687.7453. Registration is available online.  Families are also welcome to join our kids programs Facebook group!
Making Lunch for the Ladies
On The Rise, Inc.
Date/Time: Flexible, this opportunity is available six days a week. 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. Entrée should serve 15 adults; sides and dessert are optional. Fresh fruit is encouraged with lunch donations. Click here for more specific lunch preparation and delivery information.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to 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, taylor.bartley@ontherise.org or 617.497.7968 x 36. Volunteers must preregister and registration is available online.

Disaster Preparedness Themed goCreate!
Boston Cares
Date/Time: Sunday, March 19, noon - 2pm
Location: Full opportunity address and directions will be sent to you by e-mail after you sign up.
Join us in March for a goCreate project in collaboration with the Boston Cares Disaster Program. Volunteers will be working on preparedness related craft!
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. Volunteer spots fill up quickly so sign-up soon!
Playmats Family Volunteer Opportunity
Room to Grow
Date/Time: Saturday, February 25, 10am - noon
Location: 142 Berkeley St, Boston

Room to Grow provides parents raising babies in poverty with one-to-one parenting support and essential baby items throughout their children's critical first three years of life. Parents receive developmental information, customized support, and all of the needed baby items to ensure a healthy and secure start for their child. Volunteers can help 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 patricia.hunter@roomtogrow.org for more information or to sign up. Space is limited.
Friendship Bracelets
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: Flexible
Location: Your home or other community location

Your family can create these colorful bracelets to share with others. Making friendship bracelets for new students, or kids who seem to need more friends, is the perfect activity for the Valentine's season! Visit the Doing Good Together Friendship Bracelets Project Page to learn how to make the bracelets and for reflection materials and resources for this kindness activity.

Ages: Everyone can participate

Time Commitment: Varies

Have you and your family used our DGT™ resources to share kindness and/or serve others? We want to hear from you! Take part in our STORIES FOR STORIES giveaway. We'll send a DGT-selected big-hearted book to the first five families who share their stories (via the form on this page) along with a photo or video! (Submitted stories may be used on the DGT website and/or social media.) Deadline for submissions: February 15th!
P.S. Remember, your family's act of kindness and service *must* come from a DGT web page, listing, newsletter, or blog.


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