August 2018 - Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

August 2018 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

August 2018 - Boston

 
Themed Party at a Family Shelter
Heading Home
 
Date/Time: Monday-Thursday, 6 - 7:30pm. Please book your party once month in advance
 
Location: Shelters are located in Dorchester, Roxbury or Medford

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. Volunteers are needed to host themed parties for children living at one of our seven family congregate shelters. Children in our family programs love the chance to meet and play with volunteers! Heading Home will give you suggested themes for your party, as well as a checklist of what volunteers are expected to bring. Volunteers provide dinner and utensils, dessert, an activity (and materials necessary), as well as small toys/gift bags for the children to keep. We can provide you with names and ages of kids living in the shelter up to two weeks in advance of your party. Decorations are suggested but not required. Volunteers should expect to spend between $150 - $300.

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate, but parents should consider the maturity of their children before volunteering. All volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: An hour and a half, plus prep time
 
Contact: Jillian Smith, 617.864.8140 ext. 135, jismith@headinghomeinc.org 
 
 
Meal-Serving at a Local Emergency Shelter for Individuals 
Heading Home

Date/Time: Daily, 5:30 - 8am or 5:30 - 8pm

Location: Cambridge
 
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.
Volunteers are needed to cook and serve a meal for the 22 clients living in our emergency shelter in Cambridge. Once you've finished serving, sit down and enjoy some time with the residents! Volunteers provide breakfast or dinner foods and drinks. Heading Home will provide an overview of what volunteers are expected to prepare and bring.

Ages: Families with children age seven and older are welcome to participate

Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours, plus prep time

Contact: Jillian Smith, 617.864.8140 ext. 135, jismith@headinghomeinc.org
http://www.headinghomeinc.org
 
 
Food Rescue Volunteers Needed
Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Inc.
 
Date/Time: Varies
 
Location: Throughout Massachusetts

Rescuing Leftover Cuisine provides a volunteer platform to bridge the gap between surplus prepared food from businesses and local shelters and soup kitchens who give this food to those in need. Learn more by reading our Volunteer FAQ's.

SIGN UP INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Visit: www.rescuingleftovercuisine.org/users/sign_up 
  2. Visit our Events Calendar to view Volunteer Opportunities in Boston, MA. Sign up for events that fit your schedule.
Ages: Whether you're 9 or 99, travel by 4 wheels, 2 wheels or 2 feet, you can volunteer! An adult must accompany children under age 14.
 
Time Commitment: An average event rescues 50 pounds of food, accommodates 40 meals, and takes 30-60 minutes
 
Contact: Dana Siles, New England Coordinator, Dana@RescuingLeftoverCuisine.org
www.rescuingleftovercuisine.org/MA

 
 
Back to School Backpack Drive
JFS Metrowest

Date/Time: Monday, August 27, 10am - noon, and Tuesday, August 28, 10am - noon

Location(s):
  • Framingham Public Library, 49 Lexington St, Framingham, August 27
  • Wellesley Public Library, 530 Washington Street, Wellesley, August 28
With summer flying by, it's time to start getting ready for the upcoming school year by lending a helping hand to children in the Metrowest area. This is the seventh consecutive year of the Build-a-Backpack event, where the goal is to give away 275 backpacks full of school supplies to families in our community who need them the most. Every year, JFS collects school supplies for children ages five to ten through corporate donations and local supply drives. Volunteers (often families with young children) are asked to bring new backpacks to the event where they stuff them full of school supplies, choosing who the backpack will go to, i.e. 2nd grade girl, 4th grade boy, etc. Then JFS distributes the filled backpacks to the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in Framingham as well as the parent information center for the Framingham Public Schools. Please bring a backpack or two with you.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate

Time Commitment: Very flexible. The event runs for two hours but time needed will depend on how long it takes for your family to pack the backpack you bring.

Contact: Kayla Hopkins at 508.875.3100 x220 or khopkins@jfsmw.org. Registration is available online.
 
 
Family Service Day on the Farm!
The MSPCA at Nevins Farm
 
Date/Time: Monday, September 3, 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 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 http://www.mspca.org/nevinseducation
 
 
JDRF One Walk Boston
JDRF
 
Date/Time: Saturday September 29. There are a variety of shifts between 6:30am and 2pm.
 
Location: DCR Hatch Shell, Boston
 
Our JDRF One Walk weekends would not be possible without the support of our amazing volunteers. By being a JDRF One Walk Volunteer, you are not only helping ensure our Walkers have the best experience on Walk day, but you are also helping JDRF create a world without type 1 diabetes! Below please find the volunteer sign-up form and a list of volunteer job descriptions. We ask that you register as a volunteer no later than one week prior to the Walk you are attending so JDRF staff can plan accordingly and ensure all areas are covered. JDRF staff will be in touch with you prior to event weekend with more details.
 
Ages: Children under 13 are more than welcome to volunteer with their parents at water stops and as route cheerleaders. Other volunteers must be at least 13 years of age and all volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
 
Time Commitment: Varies by volunteer task.
 
Contact: Holly Maloney, HMaloney@jdrf.org. Click here for registration form.
http://www.jdrf.org/newengland/
 
 
Back to School Drive
School on Wheels Massachusetts (SOWMA)
 
Date/Time: The SOWMA office is open from 10am to 5pm Monday through Friday.
 
Location: SOWMA, 100 Laurel Street, East Bridgewater

The mission of School on Wheels of Massachusetts is to support the academic, social and emotional growth of students impacted by homelessness. We provide students with the tools they need for success in the classroom. Each child is given a new backpack filled with customized school supplies and grade-level books that help foster a love for reading. You and your family can help by collecting and donating school supplies. Click here for a list of needed supplies. Please note that all donated supplies must be new.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Barbara Fox, bfox@sowma.org 
 
 
Back to School Kindness Challenge
Doing Good Together

Date/Time: Starting September 1

Location: Your home and community
 
Take the Back to School Kindness Challenge! The back-to-school season is a great time to re-orient ourselves to our priorities. Let's resolve to make this a big-hearted school year full of compassion, reflection, and thoughtful acts of kindness. These unique ideas help students focus on daily acts of kindness before, during, and after the school day. Choose from the elementary grade and/or upper grade challenge. Starting on September 1 you can follow along with DGT on social media, both on Instagram and in our Big-Hearted Families community on Facebook, for kindness reminders and personal stories.

Ages: Everyone can participate

Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org 

 
DGT's Big-Hearted E-Books

Families who are part of our Membership Circle may already know about our big-hearted e-books which expand on important topics and offer in-depth learning opportunities. We're proud to introduce our newest e-book "Host a Mini Family Service" created just in time for National Night Out™ on August 7th. Choose any of the three e-books (on building community, exploring nature, or becoming an upstander) for just $4.99 each in our online store. Or, become a member (for just $29.99) and receive all three of these e-books for free! As always, your purchase supports DGT and helps us offer free and budget-friendly resources to families nationwide.
 

 

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This list was compiled by Doing Good Together™ (www.doinggoodtogether.org)
 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.
Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

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July 2018 - Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

July 2018 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

July 2018 - Boston

 
Friends & Family Community Service Day
BINA Farm Center (BINA)
 
Date/Time: Sunday, July 8, 3 - 5pm
 
Location: 55 Allen Street, Lexington
 
BINA Farm Center brings together individuals with and without special needs by offering a variety of inclusive enrichment programs that help them to both thrive personally and make their best contribution towards the communities in which they live. BINA provides a comprehensive therapeutic and recreational environment utilizing Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies, Vocational Training Programs and Creative and Complementary Therapies for children and some Summer Cleaning at BINA Farm Center! The chores around a working therapeutic riding center are endless. We count on volunteers to help us with the day to day care and keeping of our herd of wonderful horses, as well as all of the chores that come with keeping up the property. Projects will include weeding, planting, raking, pruning, and more! Grab your work gloves, rakes and shovels and come on out to BINA Farm Center!
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: RSVP to Nicole@binafarm.org with the names and ages of the people in your group.

 
Operation Crop Mob!
Waltham Fields Community Farm
 
Date/Time: Saturday, July 14, 9am - noon
 
Location: 240 Beaver Street, Waltham
 
Come on out and help us weed the fields! No experience necessary, we will teach you.
We are out in a working farm field so children must understand how to stay in the row, not step on the plants, etc. Please wear close-toed shoes and dress for the weather. Light refreshments will be served at the end of the morning.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome but children must remain supervised by parent.
 
Time Commitment: Up to three hours; come anytime between 9 and noon.
 
Contact: Marla@communityfarms.org.
www.communityfarms.org/
 
 
JF&CS Family Table Distribution
Jewish Family and Children's Service
 
Date/Time: Sunday, July 15 or Sunday, August 5, 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 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. If you have volunteered at Family Table previously, you can sign up one week before the distribution date.
www.jfcsboston.org/Our-Services/Community-Services/Center-for-Basic-Needs-Assistance/Family-Table
 
 
Jimmy Fund Theatre Collections
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/The Jimmy Fund
 
Date/Time: Volunteers are needed Monday - Sunday, from now until July 28. Four-hour shifts are offered throughout the day from 12:30 - 10:30pm
 
Location:  Select movie theaters throughout MA, RI, CT, NY, and OH.

The Jimmy Fund/Variety Children's Charities Theatre Collections Program is looking for local movie lovers with big hearts and a few spare hours to help raise money for cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute this summer. Now in its 69th year, the program launched in 1949 and is the Jimmy Fund's oldest annual fundraising effort. Since its inception, the program has raised more than $30 million. Volunteers are needed to pass collection canisters to guests in movie theatres following a brief Jimmy Fund trailer. All contributions go directly to the Jimmy Fund, which supports lifesaving adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
 
Volunteers can earn exciting incentives from a volunteer t-shirt to complimentary National Amusements movie passes, to Blue Man Group or Boston Red Sox tickets (while supplies last)! Volunteer and learn more today!

Ages: All ages encouraged (if under 12, you must be accompanied by an adult)
 
Time Commitment: Four-hour shifts
 
Contact: Suzanne Crane, Suzanne_Crane@dfci.harvard.edu or 617.632.5344. Registration is available online.
 
 
New England Kids Triathlon
Kids Triathlon, Inc
 
Date/Time: Sunday, July 15. There are volunteer opportunities Friday, July 13 through Sunday, July 15. There is a pre-race packet pick-up and bike drop-off on Saturday from 4 -7pm. Race start times are Sunday between 7:30am and 10:15am depending on the age of the participants.
 
Location: M.I.T. Campus 
 
The New England Kids Triathlon is one of very few kids triathlons sanctioned by USATriathlon in New England during 2015, and it will be the largest kids triathlon ever held in the Northeast. Race distances are set by the USATriathlon and are designed to be challenging but achievable for kids. Ages 6 - 10 will swim 100 yards; bike 3 miles; and run 0.5 miles. Ages 11 - 15 will swim 200 yards; bike 6 miles; and run 1 mile. Triathlon is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world, and this event introduces kids to a healthy, positive lifestyle that encourages daily exercise, good nutrition and making the right choices. It is a sport that rewards preparation, strength, endurance, and attention to detail. We want to connect with kids who would not otherwise even dream about competing in a triathlon.

Ages: Children ages 6 - 15 can participate in the triathlon and teens 14 and older can volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Depends on whether you are a race participant or volunteer. 
 
Contact: shelda@kidstriathloninc.org. Click here for race registration and click here to volunteer.
 
 
JDRF One Walk Boston
JDRF
 
Date/Time:  Saturday September 29
 
Location:  DCR Hatch Shell, Boston
 
Our JDRF One Walk weekends would not be possible without the support of our amazing volunteers. By being a JDRF One Walk Volunteer, you are not only helping ensure our Walkers have the best experience on Walk day, but you are also helping JDRF create a world without T1D! Below please find the volunteer sign-up form and a list of volunteer job descriptions. We ask that you register as a volunteer no later than one week prior to the Walk you are attending so JDRF staff can plan accordingly and ensure all areas are covered. JDRF staff will be in touch with you prior to event weekend with more details.
 
Ages: Children under 13 are more than welcome to volunteer with their parents at water stops and as route cheerleaders. Other volunteers must be at least 13 years of age and all volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
 
Time Commitment: Varies by volunteer task.
 
Contact: Holly Maloney, HMaloney@jdrf.org. Click here for registration form.
http://www.jdrf.org/newengland/
 
 
Write Letters to a Soldier
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible, at your convenience
 
Location: Contact A Million Thanks or Operation Gratitude for information on where to mail your letters

Practice gratitude as well as kindness. You and your family can send some appreciation and cheer to men and women who are serving our country far from home. Reach out to a soldier that you know or contact A Million Thanks or Operation Gratitude, two nonprofit organizations that  make it easy to send letters to soldiers eager for mail from home. Visit the Doing Good Together Write a Letter to a Soldier project page for reflection questions and other ways your family can make a positive difference for soldiers.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org. If you have specific letter-writing questions please contact www.amillionthanks.org/contactus.php or info@operationgratitude.com directly.
www.doinggoodtogether.org

 
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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.
Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

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June 2018 - Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

June 2018 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

June 2018 - Boston

 
15th Annual Boston Walk with Us to Cure Lupus
Lupus Research Alliance (LRA)
 
Date/Time: Saturday, June 2, 7:30 - 11:30am
 
Location: DCR's Baxter Park at Assembly Row, Somerville

The Lupus Research Alliance's signature national fundraising program Walk with Us to Cure Lupus began in 2002 with its first Walk in Washington, DC. Today, tens of thousands of volunteers from across the country have joined the LRA's quest to find a cure for lupus. Friends, families and co-workers share their stories and their spirit, while raising funds for lupus research. To date, the Walk with Us to Cure Lupus program has raised over $31 million for lupus research. 100% of all the money raised through the Walk program goes directly to support lupus research. Volunteers will spend the morning outside in a fun and inspiring environment, helping to raise both awareness of lupus and funds for lupus research. Volunteers are needed to assist with the following event tasks:
  • Set-up: Event set-up is a great opportunity for early risers.
  • Route Marshals: Ensure that the walkers are staying on the walk route.
  • T-shirt Pick Up: Hand out incentive t-shirts to qualifying walkers.
  • Food Area: Help set up the food area and distribute snacks and beverages.
  • Clean Up: Help with post event clean up, break down, and packing of supplies.
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate; volunteers 16 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
 
Time Commitment: Up to four hours, depending on activity
 
Contact: Maddy Cocchiarella, mcocchiarella@lupusresearch.org, 646.884.6030. Registration is available online.
www.lupuswalkboston.org
 
 
Lincoln Elementary School Beautification Project in Lowell
The Mission Continues
 
Date/Time: Saturday, June 9, 10:30am -3pm
 
Location: Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, 300 Chelmsford Street, Lowell

Come join The Mission Continues Lowell 1st Service Platoon as we host a service project at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School. We have several tasks to complete and are looking for at least 50 veterans and community volunteers to come serve with us. Volunteers are needed to:
  • Remove shrubs that are collecting trash and debris.
  • Build two benches to beautify the front of the school.
  • Paint playground ground games like 4-square and hopscotch to help students have fun and be active.
  • Paint the outdoor amphitheater and poles at the entryway to make the front more colorful and inviting.
  • Landscape and cleanup around the school.
Wear clothing that you don't mind getting dirty! Lunch will be provided.
 
Ages: Families with children ages eight and older are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian throughout the service day
 
Time Commitment: Four and one-half hours
 
Contact: Vanessa Whittington, vwhittington@missioncontinues.org, 706.951.5937. Registration is available online.
https://missioncontinues.org
 
 
Second Saturdays
Emerald Necklace Conservancy
 
Date/Time: Second Saturday of the month, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10; 10am - 1pm.
 
Location: Olmsted Park, 217 Jamaicaway, Boston; or Franklin Park, 1 Franklin Park Rd, Boston

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy connects people and parks and conserves the Emerald Necklace through projects and programs to enrich the visitor experience and restore and renew the landscape, waterways, and parkways. Volunteers are needed to work in the woodlands to remove invasive plants and support a healthy, urban forest! All tools and instruction provided. No experience necessary except a willingness to be outside and get your hands dirty!

Ages: Families with children ages eight and over are welcome to volunteer; if you have younger children, let us know. We can usually accommodate them as well.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Kelsey Tustin, ktustin@emeraldnecklace.org, 617.522.2700. Registration is available online. After you've registered you will received an email with additional details and reminders.
www.emeraldnecklace.org

 
 
JF&CS Family Table Distribution
Jewish Family and Children's Service
 
Date/Time: Sunday, June 10, or Sunday, July 15, 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 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. If you have volunteered at Family Table previously, you can sign up one week before the distribution date.
www.jfcsboston.org/Our-Services/Community-Services/Center-for-Basic-Needs-Assistance/Family-Table
 
 
Tuesdays with Roses
Emerald Necklace Conservancy
 
Date/Time: Tuesdays, 5:30 - 7:30pm, starting the last Tuesday of May and running through September.
 
Location: Kelleher Rose Garden, located in the Back Bay Fens, 125 Fenway, Boston

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy connects people and parks and conserves the Emerald Necklace through projects and programs to enrich the visitor experience and restore and renew the landscape, waterways and parkways. Volunteers are needed to work in the rose garden to weed the plant beds and deadhead roses. All tools and instruction provided. No experience necessary except a willingness to be outside and get your hands dirty!
 
Ages: Families with children ages eight and over are welcome to volunteer; if you have younger children, let us know. We can usually accommodate them as well.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Kelsey Tustin, ktustin@emeraldnecklace.org, 617.522.2700. Registration is available online. After you've registered you will received an email with additional details and reminders.
www.emeraldnecklace.org
 
 
Farm Volunteers Needed
Mill City Grows Inc
 
Date/Time: Thursdays and Saturdays through November 17, 8am - noon
 
Location: Volunteer days are at the "Big Farm" in Pawtucketville, Lowell. Please contact for specific address.
 
Mill City Grows is growing a healthier community by creating new opportunities for residents to access healthy, fresh, affordable foods. Our mission is to foster food justice in Lowell, MA by improving physical health, economic independence, and environmental sustainability through increased access to land, locally grown food and education. When you volunteer on our farms, you aid in providing Lowell with local, organic food that you've helped to plant, cultivate, and harvest. Join us for a breath of fresh air in a fun, physically demanding, and rejuvenating environment. Come to get dirty! Volunteers will learn more about farming and growing in our community, enjoy a rejuvenating outdoor experience, and increase healthy food access to thousands of Lowell residents.
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Two to four hours
 
Contact: volunteer@millcitygrows.org, 978.455.2620. Registration is available online.
www.millcitygrows.org
 
 
Grow Extra to Share
Ample Harvest
 
Date/Time: Ongoing
 
Location: Your own garden or join a community garden near you.

Do you like to garden? One out of six Americans is food insecure, meaning they don't know where their next meal will come from. No matter where you live, there are people in your community that are experiencing hunger. Food pantries help fill in the gaps but are continuously lacking in healthy, fresh produce to offer. Luckily, you can help alleviate this issue in your own neighborhood! By planting just a little extra to donate, you can improve the health of your community as well. When you donate your excess garden bounty, you are helping to relieve hunger and making an impact on obesity and other food-related diseases. Consider planting an extra row or even a few additional plants to donate to a local food pantry. And if you find yourself with a runaway zucchini plant or another bountiful crop that gives you more than you can eat, don't let it go to waste! Even a small donation will help increase food security in your area.
 
Ages: All ages can participate, depending on the garden or farm
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: You can find an interested local food pantry near you on the Ample Harvest website. www.ampleharvest.org
 
 
Making Lunch for the Ladies
On The Rise, Inc
 
Date/Time: Flexible, meals are needed six days a week. Check the calendar on Meal Train for available dates. 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. The women self-serve lunch; please package lunch buffet or family style (no individually wrapped items). Entrées should serve 20 - 25 people. Click here for more specific lunch preparation and delivery information.
 
Ages: All ages can 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, keyton.sheely@ontherise.org, 617.497.7968. Volunteers self schedule dates on Meal Train. Dates in blue mean a person has already signed up to cook a lunch for that day. Dates in green are available for lunch. Simply click on the day you'd like and register! You'll get a reminder email one week before your scheduled date as well as a one day before reminder.
www.ontherise.org
 
 
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.
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
 

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May 2018 - Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

May 2018 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

May 2018 - Boston

 
Drop by the Farm and Get Your Hands Dirty for Hunger Relief
Community Harvest Program
 
Date/Time: Drop in Monday through Saturday, 9am - noon, now through September (except for holiday weekends)
 
Location: Brigham Hill Community Farm, 37 Wheeler Road, Grafton
 
Community Harvest Project is a nonprofit farm that engages volunteers to grow fresh fruits and vegetables to donate to those experiencing hunger throughout our community. Through our volunteer farming programs, education initiatives, and community partnerships, we bring thousands of community members together each year to improve access to healthy foods for individuals and families in need across Central and Eastern Massachusetts. The farm is a great place to help children understand how food is grown and instill the value of volunteering and helping others while impacting their awareness of hunger, nutrition, and food access. No gardening experience is necessary. Please wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty. Bring a water bottle, hat, sneakers, and sunscreen. All work is outdoors and, in the fields, harvest happens rain or shine, so please dress accordingly. Season length can vary due to the nature of farming, so check Facebook for up to date openings and closings.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome. An adult must accompany children under 16.5
 
Time Commitment: Up to three hours per shift. Volunteer anytime Monday through Saturday, 9am - noon.
 
Contact: Wayne McAuliffe, wayne@community-harvest.org
www.community-harvest.org

 
 
Watertown Helps Out
Watertown Community Foundation
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 5. 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 Hosmer School Cafeteria, 1 Concord Rd, 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! The following activities allow children, as long as they are supervised by an adult:
  • Watertown Bike Path Cleanup
  • Historical Society of Watertown
  • Cunniff Elementary School
  • Operation American Soldier
  • Watertown Middle School
  • Town of Watertown-DPW
  • Watertown Health Center
  • Hatch Makerspace by the WFPL
  • Wayside Youth & Family Support Network
  • Vacation Garden School at Church of the Good Shepherd
  • Vocational Advancement Center (VAC)
  • Watertown Middle School Library
  • Trees for Watertown
  • Belmont Watertown United Methodist Church: 
Ages: There are several projects that are available for families with children of all ages.
 
Time Commitment: Varies by project
 
Contact: All volunteers must register online. If you have additional questions, email who-volunteer@watertownfoundation.org
 
 
Set up for The Walk to End Elder Isolation
FriendshipWorks
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 19, 2 - 5pm
 
Location: Rogerson House, 434 Jamaicaway, Jamaica Plain. (Enter from Beaufort St.; use 30 Beaufort for GPS)

FriendshipWorks is a Boston nonprofit whose mission is to reduce social isolation, enhance quality of life, and preserve the dignity of older adults in Greater Boston. We accomplish this by recruiting and training volunteers of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds who provide friendship, advocacy, education, assistance, and emotional support. To prepare for our walk, we need to set up 200 chairs and 40 tables inside the tent. Then we will be making Arts & Crafts signs. We will provide the supplies to make signs for the bathrooms, Registration, water stop, etc. We also welcome you to join the walk the next day!

Ages: All ages are welcome. Children under 18 must be supervised by adults at all times.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Julie Kaufmann, 617.482.1510 x121, events@fw4elders.org. Walk registration is available online.
www.fw4elders.org

 
 
The Walk to End Elder Isolation
FriendshipWorks
 
Date/Time: Sunday, May 20, 9:15am - 12:15pm
 
Location: Rogerson House, 434 Jamaicaway, Jamaica Plain. (Enter from Beaufort St.; use 30 Beaufort for GPS)

FriendshipWorks is a Boston nonprofit whose mission is to reduce social isolation, enhance quality of life, and preserve the dignity of older adults in Greater Boston. We accomplish this by recruiting and training volunteers of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds who provide friendship, advocacy, education, assistance, and emotional support. We are walking around Jamaica Pond as a fundraising walk. We need volunteers to run the water stops (handing out water and snacks), to stand at junctures and point people in the right direction, and to be cheerleaders.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome. Children under 18 must be supervised by adults at all times.

Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Julie Kaufmann, 617.482.1510 x121, events@fw4elders.org.
www.crowdrise.com/walk4elders
 
 
Food Rescue Volunteers Needed
Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Inc.
 
Date/Time: Varies
 
Location: Throughout Massachusetts

Rescuing Leftover Cuisine provides a volunteer platform to bridge the gap between surplus prepared food from businesses and local shelters and soup kitchens who give this food to those in need. Learn more by reading our Volunteer FAQ's.

SIGN UP INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Visit: www.rescuingleftovercuisine.org/users/sign_up 
  2. Visit our Events Calendar to view Volunteer Opportunities in Boston, MA. Sign up for events that fit your schedule.
Ages: Whether you're 9 or 99, travel by 4 wheels, 2 wheels or 2 feet, you can volunteer! An adult must accompany children under age 14.
 
Time Commitment: An average event rescues 50 pounds of food, accommodates 40 meals, and takes 30-60 minutes
 
Contact: Dana Siles, New England Coordinator, Dana@RescuingLeftoverCuisine.org
www.rescuingleftovercuisine.org/MA

 
 
Mother's Day Walk For Peace
Louis D. Brown Peace Institute
 
Date/Time: Sunday, May 13, 5am - 2pm (flexible timing for different volunteer positions)
  • Day of Walk registration begins at 6 am
  • Opening remarks at 8 am
  • Walk begins at 8 am
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.

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 when 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 to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Scott Mizrachi, Volunteer Coordinator, scott@ldbpeaceinstitute.org. Please fill out our online application and our Volunteer Coordinator will follow up with you.
www.mothersdaywalk4peace.orgwww.ldbpeaceinstitute.org/
 
 
Newton Kids PMC Bike Ride
PMC Kids Rides
 
Date/Time: Sunday, May 20, 8 - 11am
 
Location: 180 Wells Ave., Newton

The PMC is a 38-year-old cycling event that has raised over $500 million for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund to support cancer patients and medical staff working to eradicate this terrible disease. The PMC donates 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly to Dana-Farber and is the institute's largest single contributor, raising more than 52 percent of the annual revenue at The Jimmy Fund. Adult riders bike one of 12 routes throughout Massachusetts annually during the first weekend of August. Building on that success, the PMC launched an extension of the event called the PMC Kids Ride. PMC Kids Rides are mini bike-a-thons that involve kids ages 2 to 15 in the PMC mission by providing them the opportunity to fight cancer just like adults. This is a great way to get kids involved in raising money for an amazing cause. There is a minimum $30 fundraising requirement, although we encourage riders to raise at least $50, if possible. Two-wheeled riders will zoom around a one-mile loop on Wells Avenue in Newton as many times as they can from 9 to 10am. The 3-wheeled and balance bike crowd will tear it up on a separate tot course. Be sure to stick around for the post-ride party starting at 10am. There will be food, face painting, bike decorating, raffles, and more.

Ages: The ride is for children ages 3 to 13. Teens 14 and older are welcome to volunteer at the event.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Christina Perez, cperezmail@yahoo.com. Registration for the ride is available online.
http://www.kids.pmc.org/newton.aspx
 
 
Explore Nature with a Scavenger Hunt
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Anytime you can get outdoors with your family!
 
Location: Your local park or nature center

When children learn to appreciate and enjoy nature, they are more likely to grow into adults who value and protect our environment. You and your family can use Doing Good Together's printable Nature Scavenger Hunt checklist to liven up your next walk in the woods. Enjoy exploring nature as a family, invite friends along, or bring this activity to your scouts meeting, classroom, or community gathering. Check out Doing Good Together's Nature Scavenger Hunt project page for more ideas and reflection questions.

Ages: The whole family is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
Celebrate Milestones This May!

Whether you are celebrating the graduation of a preschooler or college student - or any big moment in between - these milestone moments offer opportunities for sharing gifts that encourage kindness and giving. Visit our Shop Kind Vendor Page for our favorite gift-giving books. And for advice on tackling transitions (by kids and parents), revisit this post from our Blogger: www.doinggoodtogether.org/bhf/blog/masterful-transitions.

 

 

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March 2018 - Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

March 2018 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

March 2018 - Boston

 
Sorting Donations at the Warehouse
WISH Project
 
Date/Time: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:30 am- noon; Saturday 9 - 11 am. All volunteers need to be scheduled in advance.
 
Location: 1A Foundry St., Lowell

The mission of the Wish Project is to provide basic goods to 35,000 qualified needy clients living in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts each year. Only when people have their basic needs met can they move forward and out of the social services system. By providing basic goods to people in crisis, we help end needless suffering in the short term while helping to end homelessness in the long term. The Wish Project is looking for volunteers to help out at their warehouse. Some of the volunteer tasks in the warehouse include sorting and putting away clothes, linens, home goods, and furniture.

Ages: Minimum age to volunteer without an adult is 15. Minimum age to volunteer with a parent is five. No preschool age children.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: To sign-up for a volunteer shift, call 866. 947.4360 x703 or contact Patty at volunteer@thewishproject.org
 
 
The Giving Factory
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. A volunteer shift in The Giving Factory Warehouse involves hands-on processing of the donated goods that flow in on a regular basis. Each station in the warehouse includes inspecting, sorting, and packaging donations to ultimately be distributed to the children served by Cradles to Crayons. Please visit the website for more specific information about volunteering.

Ages: Children as young as five are allowed 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 hours
 
Contact: Interested volunteers are required to register with our volunteer coordinators in advance. Click here to fill out an inquiry form.
www.cradlestocrayons.org
 
 
JF&CS Family Table Distribution
Jewish Family and Children's Service
 
Date/Time: Sunday, March 25 or Sunday, April 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. If you have volunteered at Family Table previously, you can sign up one week before the distribution date.
www.jfcsboston.org/Our-Services/Community-Services/Center-for-Basic-Needs-Assistance/Family-Table
 
 
The Birthday Giving Project -- Birthday in a Box
Family-to-Family
 
Date/Time: Flexible, at your convenience
 
Location: Please email birthdays@family-to-family.org before you start your boxes.
If you are making five or more boxes, Family-to-Family will connect with a pantry, battered women's shelter, or a homeless shelter in your area where you can deliver them. If you make fewer than five boxes, they should be shipped to one of the impoverished communities we serve through our hunger relief program.

It's hard for many of us - adults or children - to imagine celebrating a child's birthday without a party or presents. But for many of the families served by Family-to-Family, finding the extra money to afford a child's birthday celebration is a struggle at best, and frequently impossible. You and your family can help by providing a small "party in a box" for a child in need which will also help give your children an opportunity to learn empathy in a concrete way by helping another child. Decorate and fill shoe boxes with everything needed for a small birthday party. (Or, pretty, decorated shopping bags can be used instead.) Each box goes to a different child. You can make a birthday box for one child, or you can put together multiple boxes for a group of children. If you are making multiple boxes, please make them for different ages! Learn more on the Birthday Giving Project page.
 
First:
Pick an age (or ages) and choose either boy(s) or girl(s) to send your box to. Find a large sneaker-sized shoe box (or use a party bag), and buy the things needed for a party. Please include:
  • Box of cake mix
  • Can of frosting
  • Birthday candles (no matches please!)
  • Wall decoration (like streamers, or a happy birthday banner)
  • Children's book for the aged child you are making the box for
  • Another ($10-$15) gift for that child.
  • If you like, you can also include a goody bag filled with small surprises
Next:
  • Wrap the book and the gift in birthday paper.
  • Wrap the top and bottom of the shoe box separately (so that even wrapped, the box can be opened), and fill the wrapped box with the things you have gathered.
  • If you would like to give the child you're giving your box to a chance to write back to you, include a postcard with a stamp on it, addressed to you, c/o Family to Family, PO Box 255, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, 10706. Then email us at birthdays@family-to-family.org, put "birthday postcards" in the subject of the email, and tell us your name and address. Also tell us that you've included a postcard in your box, so we'll be able to forward the postcard to you if we get it.
  • You can also make a birthday card to put inside the box. Then tie the box closed with ribbon, and label it with the age and "boy" or "girl".
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: birthdays@family-to-family.org
www.family-to-family.org
 
 
Family Volunteer Opportunity
Room to Grow
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 28, 10am - 12pm
 
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. You and your family can help make a difference in the lives of babies being raised in poverty by helping us process donations of baby items and maintain the boutique look of our space.

Ages: Families with children ages eight and older are welcome to volunteer. A parent must accompany all children.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Sign up here or email infoboston@roomtogrow.org for more information. Space is limited.
www.roomtogrow.org
 
 
19th Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup
Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA)
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 28, 9am -noon
 
Location: Various locations - click here for the Charles River clean-up map

Join the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) and partner organizations for the 19th Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup, where thousands of volunteers and community groups will come together to beautify the banks of the Charles River. The Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup brings together over 3,000 volunteers each year to pick up litter, remove invasive species and assist with park maintenance.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Check website for specific location contacts. Registration is available online.
www.crwa.org
 
 
2018 Walk for Hunger
Project Bread
 
Date/Time: Sunday, May 6. Four hour shifts between 5:30am and 7pm.
 
Location: Various locations along our walk route in Boston, Brookline, Cleveland Circle, Newton, Watertown, and Cambridge with various positions

The 50th Walk for Hunger & 5K Run is an annual community movement of neighbors helping neighbors across the Commonwealth. Since its inception in 1969, the Walk for Hunger has raised more than $100 million to support local programs that alleviate hunger. This year, more than 300 local programs in more than 100 Massachusetts communities will be supported through money raised by Walkers (and runners!) including food pantries, meal programs, food rescue, urban agriculture, and critical child nutrition programs. There are a variety of volunteer positions available, including:
  • Course Monitor
  • Check in and Registration Tent
  • Checkpoint Volunteers
  • Entertainers
  • 5K Run Support
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Four hour shifts
 
Contact: volunteer@projectbread.org, 617.239.2523. Registration is available online
www.projectbread.org/walk-for-hunger/
 
 
Become a Senior Angel
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Once a week
 
Location: A  senior in your community

You can help create a more age-integrated society and instill positive attitudes toward aging by providing your child with positive contacts with seniors. By becoming a Senior Angel your family will let a senior know they are remembered and loved through an ongoing weekly correspondence. Seniors who may be home-bound, confined to nursing homes, or in convalescent hospitals will look forward to your weekly greetings! You can reach out to a relative, neighbor or senior you know in your community.

What you'll need:
  • Stationery, greeting cards, pens, drawing or art supplies
  • Occasional small, inexpensive, gifts ($2-$5), such as a box of tea or bar of scented soap
  • Postage
Once-a-week send your older friend chatty letters, friendly cards, uplifting notes, children's drawings and perhaps an occasional small gift. Learn more by visiting the Doing Good Together Become a Senior Angel page.
 
Ages: Your whole family can participate!
 
Time Commitment: Varies, but please plan on making an ongoing, long-term commitment to your senior.
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org

 
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February 2018 - Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

February 2018 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

February 2018 - Boston

 
Boston Fight for Air Climb
American Lung Association
 
Date/Time: Saturday, February 3, 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 
 
 
JF&CS Family Table Distribution
Jewish Family and Children's Service
 
Date/Time: Sunday, February 11 or Sunday, March 25, 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. If you have volunteered at Family Table previously, you can sign up one week before the distribution date.
www.jfcsboston.org/Our-Services/Community-Services/Center-for-Basic-Needs-Assistance/Family-Table
 
 
Food Rescue Volunteers
Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Inc.
 
Date/Time: Varies
 
Location: Throughout Massachusetts

Rescuing Leftover Cuisine bridges the gap between nutritious surplus prepared food from businesses and the local shelters and soup kitchens who provide this food to those in need. We rely 100% on our volunteers. Throughout 2017, nearly 489,000 pounds of food were rescued from food businesses in NYC, where RLC is based, resulting in over 407,000 nutritious meals. Our mission is to follow suit here in MA, where nearly 1 in 10 households is experiencing some level of food insecurity. Learn more by reading our Volunteer FAQ's.

SIGN UP INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Visit www.rescuingleftovercuisine.org/massachusetts. 
  2. Click Volunteer and fill out the Volunteer Sign Up Form. Note: under Preferred Region, click Massachusetts; then under Preferred Location, only check off one area for now. Under Availability, it's best to check All. It would be wonderful if you also check the box for Emergency Rescues!
  3. Visit our Events Calendar to view Volunteer Opportunities. Sign up for any Event that fits your schedule, up to 24 hours in advance.
Ages: Whether you're 9 or 99, travel by 4 wheels, 2 wheels or 2 feet, you can volunteer! An adult must accompany children under age 14.
 
Time Commitment: Events at Rescuing Leftover Cuisine typically last 30 minutes (Some events are longer, some are shorter). On each event, we rescue an average of 50 pounds of food, which feeds about 40 people. It only takes 30 minutes to help feed over 40 people. Anyone can volunteer for Regular Rescues at their leisure via our Volunteer Calendar; and for Emergency Rescues, volunteers may claim or ignore any pickup (like Uber/Lyft).
 
Contact: Sign up at www.rescuingleftovercuisine.org/MA or email Boston@RescuingLeftoverCuisne.org
 
 
Cambridge Winter Farmers Market
Cambridge Community Center
 
Date/Time: Every Saturday now until April 7; 8 - 10am and 2 - 4pm
 
Location: Cambridge Community Center (Inside the Gymnasium), 5 Callender St., Cambridge

Do you love farmers markets? Are you interested in the local food movement? Do you want to spend more time getting to know your community and having fun lending a hand? Then join us at the Cambridge Winter Farmers Market! The market is a program of the Cambridge Community Center and is held inside the CCC gymnasium, located just outside of Central Square in Cambridge. There are over two dozen vendors, live music, and fun community events that run alongside the market every week. We are looking for help with set up and clean up each market day, which involves helping the vendors bring in/out big crates produce and other food products and setting up and breaking down the market space.

Ages: Youth 12 and older are welcome to volunteer with a parent or guardian.
 
Time Commitment: Two hour shifts
 
Contact: Anna Pierce-Slive, annaps@cambridgecc.org
www.cambridgewinterfarmersmarket.com
 
 
Make Cards for Clients
Community Servings
 
Date/Time: Cards can be dropped off Monday through Friday, 9am - 5pm
 
Location: You can drop-off or mail cards to:
Community Servings
Attn: Volunteer Department
18 Marbury Terrace
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Card making is a fun project for children of all ages. Community Servings is a not-for-profit food and nutrition program providing services throughout Massachusetts and in Rhode Island to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses. Our comforting, made-from-scratch meals send the message to those in greatest need that someone cares. We invite children (and adults) of all ages to help brighten our clients' day with handmade cards throughout the year. Your cards will be sent to our critically ill clients. Our clients range in age from 3 to 101 years of age and many are homebound and living alone. Your cards will brighten a client's day and let them know we're thinking of them and wishing them well. Cards should include only positive messages; please avoid saying things that might remind them of their illness. Please review the following Guidelines for Card Making.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Taylor Stevens, Volunteer Coordinator, tstevens@servings.org or 617.522.7777, ext. 227
www.servings.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? Follow these letter writing guidelines:
  • Start with a generic salutation, such as "Dear Hero" or "Dear Brave One."
  • Express your thanks for their selfless service.
  • Avoid politics completely and religion in excess; however, saying you will pray for them is wonderful.
  • Share a little about yourself: Family, Hobbies, Work, School, Pets, Travel, etc.
  • Talk about life and interests: Sports, Weather, Music, Movies, Food, Books, etc.
  • Adults: Include your contact information (mail or email) so the letter recipient can reply. (Recipients may or may not write back; please do not be disappointed if you do not receive a response.)
  • Children's Letters: Include first names only and do not include addresses (an adult's address can be used).
  • Can't find the words? Consider drawing or painting a picture instead; please add a note to kids' drawings with their age.
  • No glitter or confetti please!
  • Do not put your individual cards or letters in envelopes-they are not needed and create a burden for our letter screeners.
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: OpGrat@gmail.com or info@operationgratitude.com
 
 
Car Window Poetry
Words Matter: Harness the Power of Poetry
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Anytime
 
Location: Your home and community

At Doing Good Together, we know how the right turn of phrase can encourage more kindness. We know how a great book can cultivate empathy, opening a child up to the feelings and experiences of a stranger. The instructions for this project are as simple as its name.
  1. Create short, heart-warming poems, jokes, or artwork. You may want to use the free Car Window Poetry cards available here.
  2. Place your poems on car windows outside your school, playground, library, a busy grocery store, or wherever you happen to be. Note: if it's raining or remarkably windy, postpone this step a bit.
  3. Post your poems on Instagram with the #CarWindowPoetry. While you're at it, kindly add #DoingGoodTogether as well!
Learn more by visiting the Doing Good Together Words Matter: Harness the Power of Poetry project page.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
Let's take the lovely day called Valentine's Day and make it a month-long kindness endeavor! Prepare now by printing and posting our 28-Day Valentine Kindness Challenge. Pick and choose your favorite days for doing something extra good for others or challenge yourselves for the entire month of February. This is a great project for families, community or faith groups, or even classrooms. And if you participate in this challenge, kindly let us know how it goes!


 

 

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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.
Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

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January 2018 - Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

January 2018 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

January 2018 - Boston

 
JF&CS Family Table Distribution
Jewish Family and Children's Service
 
Date/Time: Sunday, January 7 or Sunday, February 11 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. If you have volunteered at Family Table previously, you can sign up one week before the distribution date.
www.jfcsboston.org/Our-Services/Community-Services/Center-for-Basic-Needs-Assistance/Family-Table
 
 
The Cambridge MLK Day of Service
Many Helping Hands 365
 
Date/Time: Monday, January 15, 2 - 5 pm
 
Location: Cambridge City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
 
Come spend an afternoon making a difference in the lives of others. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., lend your hands and come work with your children, friends and neighbors for hands-on service projects that will touch the lives of thousands of people in need. Projects include:
  • Making fleece scarves and blankets for homeless children and adults.
  • Making Valentines for elders and veterans.
  • Sorting food, winter clothing, books and toiletries for people in need and more
Don't come empty handed! Bring a can of food, a children's book or a gently used item of winter clothing.

Ages: All ages can participate. Children should be accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Flexible, up to three hours
 
Contact: info@manyhelpinghands365.org. Registration is available online.
 
 
Operation Sock Drop
Friends of Boston's Homeless
 
Date/Time: Anytime (we need socks all year round)
 
Location: Drop off donations at the 112 Southampton Street Shelter right in the South End. Please contact John Comaschi, in-kind donations coordinator at 617.947.6852. Just let John know when you'd like to drop off your donations and he or someone from the shelter will meet you and unload your car so you don't have to park.
 
Fresh, clean socks (and underwear!) are vital for people's health, warmth, comfort, and dignity and 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
www.fobh.org
 
 
Make Housewarming Baskets for Newly Housed People
Friends of Boston's Homeless
 
Date/Time: Anytime (we're helping 150 people/yr. move beyond homelessness into their own safe, dignified housing)
 
Location: Drop off donations at the 112 Southampton Street Shelter right in the South End. Please contact John Comaschi, in-kind donations coordinator at 617.947.6852. Just let John know when you'd like to drop off your donations and he or someone from the shelter will meet you and unload your car so you don't have to park.
 
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 means a lot to the person who receives it.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Mariann Bucina Roca, mariannbucina@fobh.org
www.fobh.org
 
 
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 2018
Boston Cares
 
Date/Time: Monday, January 15, 10am - 1pm
 
Location: Full opportunity address and directions will be sent to you by e-mail after you sign up.

Since 2006, Boston Cares has organized A Day ON, Not a Day OFF projects for MLK Day that have collectively engaged 6,250 individuals of all ages from Boston's neighborhoods and surrounding communities. This year, Boston Cares will organize 600 volunteers to support Boston families who are immigrants and refugees through the creation of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) learning tools for community organizations and schools throughout the city of Boston. Volunteers will create English journals, conversation games, mobile lap desks, and vocabulary and citizenship flashcards for organizations for immigrant and refugee families learning English and preparing for the citizenship exam. Additionally, volunteers will join us in building beds for families who do not have a bed of their own. Volunteers will select an activity station based on age and interest.
 
Ages: MLK Day is always kid-friendly and open to youth ages five and older. There must be one adult for every three youth under 18. If you are under 18 years old, you will need to bring a signed waiver in order to participate. You can download the waiver here.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Simon Pringle-Wallace at springle-wallace@bostoncares.org. Registration is available online and pre-registration is required.
www.bostoncares.org/

 
Nevins Farm Reading Program
MPSCA

Date/Time: First or second Sunday of the month, 11am - 2pm. Check website for 2018 dates. The next available date is Sunday, February 4.

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 at 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. Registration for February (the next available date) will open at the end of December. Families are also welcome to join our kids programs Facebook group!
www.mspca.org/nevinseducation
 
 
Make No-Sew Blankets
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your home or community
 
Enjoy a cozy family kindness project for a cold month! Your children can help make these simple, fleece  blankets and provide comfort to a child in need. No sewing is required. Many local organizations would appreciate your donations of these easy-to-create fleece blankets. Check with hospitals, homeless shelters, care facilities, or police and fire stations to gauge interest. Or you can deliver them to your local chapter of Project Linus or Binky Patrol. These two groups will distribute them to organizations with the greatest need. Visit the Doing Good Together Make No-Sew Blankets Project page for blanket-making instructions and reflection questions.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
 
Resolve to make 2018 your year to stand for kindness!

Want to make kindness a priority? You're not alone! In fact, there are big-hearted families nationwide who've decided sharing acts of kindness and service should be a top priority in 2018. The Big-Hearted Families Membership Circle can help! Our big-hearted experts are at your service to provide inspiration, motivation, and advice. Plus there are members-only perks too. All for just $24.99 annually.

Get started by joining in conversation with like-minded people. Our Facebook Big-Hearted Conversation Group is now available (free of charge) to anyone who wants to start or continue their family kindness practice. Discuss your goals, challenges, and ideas with other big-hearted families. And enjoy the tips posted by our Big-Hearted Families™ Director, Sarah Aadland.
 

 

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Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

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Doing Good Together, 5141 16th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55417
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