September 2017 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

September 2017 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities


September 2017 - Boston

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.
Contact: Sign up at or email
Boston Heart Walk
American Heart Association
Date/Time: Saturday, September 9, 7:30am - 1:30pm. Check in at the Volunteer Tent, located to the left of the stage near the start line. Please arrive by 7:30am.
Location: Boston Hatch Shell, 1 David G. Mugar Way, Boston. Please note - there is no onsite parking available. Volunteers are encouraged to use public transportation the day of the event. Check out for nearby parking garages and transportation information.

The Boston Heart Walk is the American Heart Association's premier event in the Greater Boston Area, bringing together about 10,000 people from the community each year. The event raises money to fund cardiovascular research and education, advocate for health, and save lives. By focusing on creating a culture of health, the AHA is striving to reach our 2020 impact goal of improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% and reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20%, by the year 2020. Volunteer opportunities include directing walkers, manning water stops, working the healthy snacks tent, overseeing our Kids Heart Challenge obstacle course, and a variety of other tasks! Tasks begin at 7:30am with set-up, and conclude around 1:30pm with breakdown. Your task will be assigned to you upon arrival to the event.

Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer. Anyone under 18 will need a parent/guardian to sign a waiver.
Time Commitment: It is ideal to stay for the entire event, but we will accept any help that you are able to give.
Contact: Leigh Wynne, Event Coordinator, 781.373.4503, Registration is available online. Please note your organization, company, volunteer group, or family name under "Company Name" on the form so we can do our best to assign you to the same station.
JF&CS Family Table Distribution
Jewish Family and Children's Service
Date/Time: Sunday, September 17, 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 at least two weeks before distribution date to sign up. All adult volunteers must complete a JF&CS administered CORI background check.
Peace of Mind
Children's Services of Roxbury (CSR)
Date/Time: Saturday, Sept 23. The event is from 10am - 12:30pm. Volunteers are needed between 6am - 1pm)
Location: Parade Grounds on the Boston Common

Children Services of Roxbury (CSR) is one of the largest, minority operated, human service providers in Massachusetts. CSR, through our four regional offices (Roxbury, Tewksbury, Worcester and Northampton), serves more than 6,000 people annually, providing high quality service and programming to economically disadvantaged children, youth, families and individuals. CSR addresses the most basic needs for food, shelter and safety, as well as family support, through promoting and strengthening healthy families and individuals, permanency placements for foster children and family unification. We are looking for 200+ volunteers to help facilitate the smooth running of our Guinness World Record setting attempt for the largest human peace sign. The current record is 5,800 people, so we are shooting to get over 6,000 in attendance! Volunteers are needed to:
  • Help set up
  • Run registration tables
  • Escort VIPs
  • Most importantly, the record-setting attempt must take place in an "enclosed" environment, and thus we need volunteers to surround the massive human peace sign holding a giant rope (this method is approved by the Guinness World Record organization). 
Volunteers will receive free entry on the day of the event!

Ages: Ideally volunteers will be 12 or older, but families with younger children are welcome, with adult supervision.
Time Commitment: Two, three or four hour shifts
Contact: Rebecca Coll, Volunteer and participant registration is available online. Click on the Tickets button and select the correct option.
Ride For Food Hunger Relief Charity Ride: Direction Helpers / Human Arrows
Three Squares New England
Date/Time: Sunday, September 24, two to three hour shifts between the hours of 7:30am and 12:30pm
Location: Towns on the route include Dedham, Needham, Dover, Sherborn, Millis, Medway, Holliston, Westwood and Norfolk. Specific times and locations will be provided at a later date (after police have confirmed their details).

The mission of Three Squares New England (TSNE) is to eliminate food insecurity through building out the capacity of local area hunger relief organizations by assisting with fundraising, visibility and community engagement. TSNE organizes an annual charity bike ride, the Ride for Food, to raise money for local food pantries, kitchens, community farms and food rescue organizations. Volunteer teams of two volunteers are needed to hold signs at "confusing" intersections along the 10, 25 and 50-mile routes. Click here for route maps. These volunteers hold bright yellow arrows to point cyclists in the right direction. All routes are well marked with arrows on the road; however, we have found that cyclists still get confused at certain intersections.
Ages: Youth ages 12 and older can participate with a parent or guardian.
Time Commitment: Two to three hours
Contact: Kati Sigel, Registration is available online.
2017 Walk to End Alzheimer's Greater Boston Walk
Alzheimer's Association
Date/Time: Sunday, September 24, 8am - 1pm; multiple shifts are available.
Location: DCR's North Point Park in Cambridge

The Greater Boston Walk will be held on September 24 at DCR's North Point Park in Cambridge. Families can volunteer in one of the following three areas:
  • Children's Activities: Help with a variety of activities that may include, games, face painting, crafts, etc.
  • Promise Garden: Help hand out color-coded Promise Garden flowers to Walk participants to personalize, and then display them during the pre-Walk ceremony.
  • Water stops: Hand out water along the Walk route to participants and cheer them on.
Ages: Families with children ages eight and older are welcome to volunteer.
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Christine M. Brown, 617.868.6718, Register to volunteer by clicking on the purple "Volunteer" button on the Boston Walk page and following the prompts. Both Promise Garden and Water Stop are specific categories on the registration page. Children's Activities is not a category, but volunteers can indicate their preference for that area by filling in the comments section.
Playmats Family Volunteer Opportunity
Room to Grow
Date/Time: Saturday, September 30, 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 or to sign up. Space is limited.
Adopt Everyday Big-Hearted Habits
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: Flexible
Location: Your home and community
We are what we do. By adopting one or two simple, caring routines, you'll give your children a strong sense of themselves as helpers. In this way, big-hearted habits empower kids to become thoughtful, engaged citizens throughout their lives. Visit the Big-Hearted Families Adopt Everyday Big-Hearted Habits page for ideas to add kindness to your everyday family routines.
Ages: There are ideas for families with children of all ages.
Time Commitment: Varies
Take DGT's 30-Day Back-To-School Kindness Challenge!

Big-hearted families may be familiar with our popular 30-Day Kindness Challenge and our Summer of Kindness Bucket List. Now with the fall season upon us, we're offering children and tweens/teens their own "30-Day Back-To-School Kindness Challenge"! These unique ideas help students focus on daily acts of kindness before, during, and after the school day. Let's make the 2017-18 school year the kindest one ever! Print and post yours today. Choose from the elementary grade and/or upper grade challenge.


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