May 2017 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

May 2017 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities


May 2017 - Boston

Family Table Distribution with JF&CS
Jewish Family and Children's Service
Date/Time: Sunday, May 14, 9am - 1:30pm, and Sunday, June 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 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 at least two weeks before distribution date to sign up. All adult volunteers must complete a JF&CS administered CORI background check.
Watertown Helps Out
Watertown Community Foundation
Date/Time: Saturday, May 6. The Kick-off event will run from 8:30 - 9:30am; individual project times vary during the day.
Location: The Kick-Off event will be at The Arsenal Project, 500 Arsenal Street, Watertown. Volunteer projects are located in various locations around Watertown.

Watertown Helps Out is an annual volunteer day organized by the Watertown Community Foundation. Light refreshments will be available at the Kick-Off Event as everyone fuels up for a day of helping out, meeting other volunteers, and talking about the work of WCF and the other organizations participating in Watertown Helps Out. Free T-shirts will be handed out to volunteers at the breakfast.  If you'd like to wear your T-Shirt from a prior year, please do! If you can't make it to the kick-off event, you can go directly to the site of your volunteer project.  We will try to have some spare T-shirts at each location for those who can't make it to the breakfast. After the kick-off event, volunteers will head out to help local organizations garden, paint, clean up, and more!

Ages: Check individual projects for age requirements. There are several projects that are available for families with children of all ages.
Time Commitment: Most projects are between two to four hours.
Contact: All volunteers must register on
More information can be found at
Container Days
NuDay Syria
Date/Time: Saturday, May 6, 4 - 9pm
Location: 1 Chestnut Street, Nausha, NH

Help Nuday Syria pack 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 are 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 are tenfold.

Ages: All ages are welcome. Children must be supervised in the warehouse.
Time Commitment: Two to four hours
Mother's Day Walk For Peace
Louis D. Brown Peace Institute
Date/Time: Sunday, May 14, 6am - 2pm (flexible timing for different volunteer positions)
  • Day of Walk registration begins at 6am
  • Opening remarks at 8am
  • Walk begins at 8:30am
Location: The walk has two starting points:
  • Town Field Park, Fields Corner, 1520 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester (6.8 mile route)
  • Madison Park High School, 75 Malcolm X Blvd, Roxbury Crossing (3.1 mile route)
The walk ends at Boston City Hall. Click here for more walk day information
The Mother's Day Walk for Peace is a celebration of our potential to create more peaceful communities. Every year families from across the state and region walk together toward peace because in unity, there is healing! The Mother's Day Walk for Peace is an annual fundraiser for families across the region to honor the lives of our loved ones who have been killed, celebrate the courage of community, and sustain the Peace Institute's programs and services. The Walk benefits the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, a center of healing, teaching, and learning. Over the past twenty-one years, the Mother's Day Walk has become a time-honored tradition where families of homicide victims can honor the memory of their loved ones and neighbors can commit to creating more peaceful communities. Every year thousands of people participate including survivors, allies, business owners, elected officials, providers, the faith community, and law enforcement. We would love to have families come and volunteer for the walk. Families can help out by being "cheerleaders" along the walk to encourage and direct our walkers, or families can work at one of our tables handing out maps, buttons, flyers and fun swag!
Ages: Everyone is welcome!
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Ruby Sarron, Volunteer Coordinator,, 617.435.7898
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, 02124

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 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 16 and up; 12 and up with parental supervision
Time Commitment: Three hours
goCreate: Assemble Self-Care Kits for Kids!
Boston Cares
Date/Time: Saturday, June 3, noon - 2pm
Location: Full opportunity address will be emailed to you once you are signed up

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 June, volunteers will be creating and assembling items that promote self-care, positive coping strategies, and overall mental health. The kit will include items such as 'calm down' glitter jars, coloring books, reflection journals, and more! The kits will be donated to kids in the Boston community.
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,, 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!
Make this a Summer of Kindness with DGT's Summer Bucket List
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: All summer long
Location: Your home or community
Print and post one or both of DGT's two innovative Summer of Kindness bucket lists. These creative kindness projects will keep your family making big-hearted memories all summer long. 
Ages: Preschool to teen
Time Commitment: 15 minutes to 1 hour per week depending upon the activities you choose to complete.

Let's multiply kindness!

Thank you to everyone who attended our April 20th Celebration and helped us raise funds to empower families to raise children who care and contribute!

If you weren't able to attend our event, here's your chance to make an impact. Every $25 raised helps DGT™ engage with a new family who wants to share more acts of kindness and service. Those big-hearted efforts have a multiplying effect: As families do more good for others, they start a family routine of giving that benefits others now and in the future.

Whether you want to support one family or several, your donation helps us multiply kindness and extend DGT's reach to families across the nation.

Click here to make your donation.

And to instill a habit of kindness and service in your own family, be sure to join our Membership Circle if you haven't already.



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