October 2017 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

October 2017 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities


October 2017 - Boston

Boston Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes
American Diabetes Association
Date/Time: Saturday, October 21, 5:30am - 2pm
Location: Boston Common, 139 Tremont St, Boston

This is the American Diabetes Association's largest fundraising walk in New England. The money raised from this event goes towards the American Diabetes Association's mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. In order to run this event, the American Diabetes Association needs volunteers to ensure a smooth day of event experience for the participants. Roles vary, including set-up, clean up, greeting, registration, cheering, rest stop, helping at tents, and more. There is something for everyone!
Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer
Time Commitment: Varies, dependent on volunteer role.
Contact: Christina Sayer, csayer@diabetes.org or 617.482.4580 ext. 3502. Volunteer registration is available online.

JF&CS Family Table Distribution
Jewish Family and Children's Service
Date/Time: Sunday, October 22, between two to three hours.
  • 9am: If interested, participate in setting up for the food distribution.
  • 10:15-11:45am: Receive your assignment and pack and deliver groceries. You may arrive anytime during this time frame. You will receive a quick orientation and can then begin packing groceries for several families.
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 end hunger in the Greater Boston Jewish community while serving people who need our assistance, regardless of religious affiliation. Family Table fulfills its mission by providing Kosher food, creating a caring Jewish connection, and empowering people to make healthy eating a part of their daily lives. Family Table serves more than 100 towns across Greater Boston, the North Shore, and the South Area. Currently, Family Table is helping more than 500 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
Packing will take approximately 30 - 45 minutes. Your delivery location will not be more than 30 minutes from your hometown but not in your hometown for confidentiality reasons. The clients know that you are just dropping off the food and not visiting.
Ages: All ages are welcome and encouraged to volunteer when accompanied by an adult.
Time Commitment: One to three hours depending on the activity. Volunteers can arrive at 9am to help with setup.
Contact: Email familytable@jfcsboston.org at least two weeks before distribution date to sign up. All adult volunteers must complete a JF&CS administered CORI background check.
Craft Playmats and Blankets
Room to Grow
Date/Time: Saturday, October 28, 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 and tied fleece blankets 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 infoboston@roomtogrow.org for more information. Registration is available online. Space is limited.
Organize a Collection Drive for Baby Items
Room to Grow
Date/Time: Up to you! We recommend you choose a two to three-week period.
Location: Schools, community centers, libraries, places of worship, indoor play spaces

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 organizing a drive in your community or at your child's school for new or nearly new baby items such as toys, books, clothes, and gear. Hold a general drive, pick a special item (e.g. books), or do a themed drive! Click here for a list of the items we accept.
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate.
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Email infoboston@roomtogrow.org for more information and to receive customized flyers to help spread the word.
Operation Sock Drop
Friends of Boston's Homeless

Date/Time: Anytime (we need socks all year round)

Location:  Anywhere (at your school, place of worship, club, or even with friends, family, and neighbors)

Fresh, clean socks (and underwear!) are vital for people's health, warmth, comfort, and dignity, and are the least donated item to people in greatest need. The shelters we support give out over 8,000 pairs of socks each year. By participating in Operation Sock Drop you not only help keep our community's neediest, most vulnerable citizens safe, warm, and healthy, but you'll them help maintain their dignity and comfort during this most difficult time in their lives. Friends of Boston's Homeless supports the Woods Mullen Women's Shelter and the 112 Southampton Men's Shelter in the South End. These shelters serve over 800 homeless individuals every day.  To get started, just download this flyer and share with everyone you'd like to participate.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate

Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: Mariann Bucina Roca, mariannbucina@fobh.org
Make Housewarming Baskets for Newly Housed People
Friends of Boston's Homeless
Date/Time:  Anytime (we're helping 150 people a year move beyond homelessness into their own safe, dignified housing)
Location: Anywhere (at your school, place of worship, club, or even with friends, family, and neighbors)

You and your family can help people who've spent years living on our streets and in shelters feel warmth and excitement as they move into their new place and get started on their new lives by providing the essential items we all need to make our house a home. By assembling and donating Housewarming Baskets, you'll be an important part of welcoming people into their new homes where they'll find the stability and serenity they need to begin their journey to hopeful, peaceful futures. It's as simple as assembling new (not used) items like cleaning supplies, dish soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper, a set of sheets or towels, in a basket to be given as a housewarming gift to someone about to move into a place of their own - many for the first time in their lives. And please include a welcome note, it will mean a lot to the person who receives it.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Mariann Bucina Roca, mariannbucina@fobh.org
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). With a model mimicking 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.
Start a Bake Sale to Benefit No Kid Hungry
No Kid Hungry - Share Our Strength
Date/Time: Flexible - choose a time that works for you.
Location: You choose! Simply find a local business, school, place of worship, community center or neighborhood that will allow you to hold your bake sale. It's that simple. We have more ideas for good locations in our Location Guide.

Funds raised through Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry support Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America. Nationally, the campaign provides leadership, raises awareness and advocates for change that will make sure no kid in America ever goes hungry. Locally, Share Our Strength funds the most effective anti-hunger organizations and builds partnerships that bring together public officials, nonprofits, community groups, private funders and businesses to end childhood hunger in a particular state or city. Click here for more information on how to start your own Bake Sale. Our online Bakers' Resources includes lots of how-to tips, signage and much more. If you are looking for something that is not on the list, please call or email us with your suggestions.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: bakesale@strength.org, 800.761.4227
Make Sandwiches for the Hungry
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: Flexible
Location: A homeless shelter your community.

Many homeless shelters really appreciate having a supply of sandwiches on hand to give to their residents for lunch. You and your family can help by making sandwiches to bring to a local homeless shelter in your community. First, find a local shelter interested in your donation, check on any specific instructions, and arrange a delivery date and time. Then gather your supplies, make your sandwiches, and deliver them as a family. Find more information and ideas on the Doing Good Together Make Sandwiches Project page.
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
As you know, Doing Good Together promotes lessons in kindness and empathy through big-hearted conversations which often take place during storytime. Reading DGT's recommended books on topics such as kindness, gratitude, and mindfulness leads to great discussions. Likewise, DGT offers book lists on challenging issues, like bullying, hunger, and global poverty. Our newest book list focuses on the important subject of Death & Grief. We hope these books help you and your young ones start age appropriate conversations on a tough topic that deserves discussion.


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