November 2017 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

November 2017 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

November 2017 - Boston
DGT's Annual Thanksgiving Family Service Event
Doing Good Together & Heading Home
Date/Time: Sunday, November 19, 10 - 11:30am
Location: Cambridge (Location to be provided upon registration.)

Doing Good Together and Heading Home are partnering once again to celebrate the holidays with service and compassion. With your family's help, we will assemble Thanksgiving Bags for Heading Home client families (mothers and children) so they have everything they need for a festive and delicious holiday meal. Our goal is to create 25 bags. Participant families will donate the materials needed for the bags such as Stop & Shop Gift Cards, canned goods, decorations, etc. Children can make holiday arts & crafts decorations and personalized cards. We gratefully accept donation drop-offs prior to the event if you cannot join us. Contact Kira for more info. 

Ages: Families with children 16 and under are welcome to participate.
Time Commitment: One and one-half hours
Contact: Kira Hower, Contact Kira to register and choose items to donate, Space is limited. Please sign up early!
Cards & Care Packages for Soldiers
Kid Kindness
Date/Time: Saturday, November 4, noon - 2pm
Location: The Savings Bank, 351 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 be making "Thank You for Keeping Us Safe" cards and collecting donations for soldier care packages. These will be sent to the service women and men from Massachusetts currently serving overseas. We will be sending everything we collect to Helping Our Troops in Stoneham, who will send the packages in time for the holidays. Please bring items from the following Wish List to include in the soldier care packages:

WISH LIST: Standard or Travel size goods are best because they can be easily transported. Travel sizes can also be carried with a soldier during missions! No glass bottles, plastic containers or anything under pressure (i.e. shaving creams, applesauce/fruit cups)

DRINKS: Dunkin Donuts Coffee any flavor (most requested item!), Tea bags, Cider mix, Individual Crystal Light, Hot Chocolate, Presweetened Kool Aid
SNACKS: Anything Little Debbie, Beef Jerky, Beef Sausage Logs (Hickory Farms), Chewing Gum, Lifesavers, Pretzels (small package only so they can fit in our care package boxes), Pumpkin Seeds, Sardines, Tuna, Salmon, Dry Fruit, Nuts of all kinds, Small canned fruit (plastic cups break during shipping.)
EVERYDAY ITEMS:  Room Fresheners, Hand Sanitizers, Wet-naps, Band Aids, Odor Eaters, Mouthwash (small plastic bottles), Hand & Foot Warmers, Mini Kleenex packs
HEALTH AIDS: Tylenol, Motrin, Aspirin, Rolaids, Pepto-Bismol, Tums, Imodium AD, Cortisone Cream, Neosporin, Small First Aid Kits
FUN ITEMS: Playing Cards, Dice, Dominos, Poker Games, Chess Sets, Baseballs, Softballs, Soccer Balls Basketballs, Tennis Balls, Footballs
Ages: All ages are welcome. A guardian must accompany children.
Time Commitment: Drop by any time between 12:00 and 2:00 on November 4th to make your card.
Contact: Registration is available online.

Family Service Day on the Farm!
The MSPCA at Nevins Farm
Date/Time: Friday, November 10, 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. But 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 we offer the MSPCA at Nevins Farm's "Family Service Day" series. At the Family Service Day on the Farm, 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. This program is a fun and educational opportunity for families to make a meaningful contribution to the MSPCA's animal care efforts.

Ages: This program is for children ages 6 - 10. Each child must attend with a parent or adult guardian.
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact:, 978.687.7453. Registration is available online.  Families are also welcome to join our kids programs Facebook group! 
Boston River Run
Andrew Graham Semper Fi Fund
Date/Time: Sunday, November 12, 7 - 11am
Location: Artesani Park, Brighton

The Andrew Graham Semper Fi Fund is a 501(C)(3) public charitable organization created to honor the life of Corporal Andrew Graham Narcus (USMC). The Andrew Graham Semper Fi Fund was founded in 2012, ten years after Andrew's death. The AGSF Fund is volunteer-based and 100% of donations go directly towards endowing scholarships. The organization's mission is to generate funds through the Boston River Run fundraiser and endow scholarships at Massachusetts community colleges. Flat, family-friendly, scenic, safe 5K charity run/walk along the Charles River.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to come but most opportunities will be best for older kids and adults. Younger kids are welcome to walk/run or cheer.
Time Commitment: Three to four hours
Contact: Sarah Narcus Click here for online volunteer registration and here to participate in the races.
Pie in the Sky Pie Selling Project
Community Servings
Date/Time: Now until November 19
Location: Community Servings, 18 Marbury Terrace, Jamaica Plain
Join the Community Servings Pie Selling team on their 25th Anniversary! Pie Sellers help Community Servings sell more than 21,000 pies each year! Be a part of this one-of-a-kind Thanksgiving bake sale and sign up to be a Pie Seller. There's no fundraising minimum and you'll have access to tips and tools to make it easy to sell pies to friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers and reach your goal. It's a great activity for elementary and middle school children. They can form a team and become Pie Sellers.
Ages: All ages, with an adult "Team Captain"
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Darcy Pfeifer, 617-522-7777x231

Pie in The Sky Pie Pick-Up and Delivery
Community Servings
Date/Time: Monday, November 20 - Wednesday, November 23; volunteers are needed for the following dates and times:
  • Monday, November 20: 9am - 1pm, 10am - 2pm, 11am - 3pm & 2pm-6pm
  • Tuesday, November 21:  9am - 1pm & 1 - 4pm
  • Wednesday, November 22:  8:30am - noon & 11am - 3pm
Location: Pie Central, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Sumner Street, Boston

You and your children can help Community Servings during the home stretch of their Pie in the Sky pie sale with this very important task of picking up and delivering pies to locations around Greater Boston. Pies will be picked up from bakers and delivered to Pie Central. Then, completed pie orders need to be delivered from Pie Central to designated pick-up sites. Fill up your car, turn on your GPS and away you go! Pie in the Sky raises money to provide free, medically tailored and nutritional meals for Greater Boston's critically ill and their families. Community Servings provides a week's worth of meals each week to over 1,600 people.

Ages: All ages with adult with a drivers' license
Time Commitment: Four hours
Contact: Taylor Stevens, Volunteer Coordinator, or 617.522.7777, ext. 227. To sign up for a shift, please visit our volunteer opportunity website.
Thanksgiving Meal Delivery
Community Servings
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 22, 9, 10 or 11am
Location: Community Servings, 18 Marbury Terrace, Jamaica Plain

Join the Community Servings Thanksgiving Meal Delivery team! Volunteers are needed to help deliver Thanksgiving meals to individuals and families living with critical illnesses across Boston. Volunteers will need to deliver meals in their own vehicle. (One person per vehicle to sign up for the shift.) All volunteers will go through a delivery orientation during the first half an hour of the shift and you will be prepared to deliver Thanksgiving Meals.

Ages: Families are welcome to participate. Adult supervision is required for those under 18.
Time Commitment: Deliveries can take anywhere from one to three hours.
Contact: Taylor Stevens, Volunteer Coordinator, or 617.522.7777, ext. 227 To sign up for a shift, please visit our volunteer opportunity website 
Family Volunteer Day
Boston Cares
Date/Time: Saturday, November 18, 10am - noon
Location: IUEC Local 4: International Union of Elevator Constructors located at 50 Park Street, Dorchester

Come out and make a difference with families from all over Boston! Volunteers of all ages and their families and friends will gather to participate in the nation-wide Family Volunteer Day, a signature Points of Light day of service, powered by generationOn. Volunteers will work together to create ESOL learning materials for immigrants in Boston, including Journals, Lap Desks and Conversation "Jenga" games.

Ages: Families with children ages 5 and older are welcome to volunteer. This project is open to Boston Cares members and pending members who have registered with Boston Cares. You do not need to have attended an orientation first in order to participate.
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: First, please register and sign up online for any volunteers who are over 13. Then immediately email Allegra Marra at with 5-12 year old participants' full names and birthdates (00/00/0000).
The Giving Factory Warehouse
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. Volunteers help to quality-check, sort and package donations at our specific stations to ultimately be distributed to the children we serve.
Ages: We allow children as young as 5 to volunteer. Any child under the age of 18 needs an adult present with them for the entire shift when they come to volunteer.
Time Commitment: Two hour shifts
Contact: Start the registration process by filling out the inquiry form on the Volunteer in the Giving Factory page.
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: Keyton Sheely, or 617.497.7968 x 36. Volunteers must preregister and registration is available online.
Food Rescue Volunteers Needed
Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Inc.
Date/Time: Varies
Location: Throughout Massachusetts

Rescuing Leftover Cuisine aims to become the worlds most widely used volunteer organization for companies and individuals who wish to donate uneaten food. RLC has successfully recovered over 52,000 pounds of food, providing over 42,000 meals so far this year from their headquarters in NYC, and we are actively growing our Massachusetts branch to follow suit.

We ask our volunteers to pick up surplus food from restaurants, events and weddings and deliver it to their local shelter or soup kitchen, who will then provide this food to those experiencing hunger in Massachusetts (about 10% of our State's population). Using a model similar to businesses like Uber and Lyft, volunteers have the option to claim or ignore any notification, depending on your schedule and location at the time. We believe in Power in Numbers: the more people we have signed up who are willing to participate, the better our odds of fulfilling our mission to feed the hungry. We aim to grow enough volunteers to provide food rescue throughout Massachusetts 24/7. This will result in more businesses and individuals being willing to donate food, and more hungry people benefiting from this collaborative effort. Whether you're 9 or 99, travel by 4 wheels, 2 wheels or 2 feet, you can volunteer!

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer. An adult must accompany children under age 16.
Time Commitment: There is no set time commitment: Food Pickup Volunteers will receive a notification when there is food available within 4 miles from the address provided. Each volunteer has the option to claim or ignore that pickup. Altogether, each pickup takes about 20-40 minutes to complete (picking up at Food Donor and drop off at local Soup Kitchen or Shelter), depending on logistics.
Contact: Sign up at: or email
Cook a Meal at a Shelter
Doing Good Together

Date/Time: Flexible

Location: A homeless shelter or soup kitchen in your community.

Many homeless shelters and soup kitchens rely on volunteers to provide meals for their guests. You and your family can help by providing a meal or meals. To find a local shelter or soup kitchen, Google homeless shelters along with your city name. Once you find a shelter, contact their volunteer coordinator to see if they are looking for volunteers and check for any age requirements. The shelter will help you schedule a date and provide you with any specific instructions. Find more information and ideas on the Doing Good Together Cook a Meal at a Shelter Project page.

Ages: Everyone can participate

Time Commitment: Varies


In this month of gratitude and giving, Minnesota holds its traditional "Give to the Max Day" on November 16th, and the global effort "Giving Tuesday" donation day takes place this year on November 28th. Kindly consider a gift to DGT to help us grow more kindness among more big-hearted families. We appreciate your support


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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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