April 2018 - Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

April 2018 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities


April 2018 - Boston

9th Annual Walk Away Homelessness Event
Family Promise Metrowest (FPM)
Date/Time: Saturday, April 7. Registration at 8am; walk begins at 9am
Location: Natick Community Senior Center, 117 E Central St. (Rte 135), Natick
Family Promise Metrowest is a cooperative, interfaith partnership offering hope to homeless families with children through safe transitional housing, meals, and supportive case management as they seek permanent housing. You and your family can join the fun and help raise funds for Family Promise Metrowest's Family Shelter and Transitional Housing Program. In addition to the walk, activities include music, children's crafts, face painting and much more. Proceeds support families served by FPM with Temporary Shelter, Job Placement, Tutoring, Health Services, Life Skills Counseling, Clothing, Advocacy, Transportation and Transitional Housing.
Ages: All ages can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: 508.318.4820. Walk registration is available online.
Friends & Family Community Service Day
BINA Farm Center (BINA)
Date/Time: Sunday, April 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 adults with physical, developmental and emotional challenges. Volunteers are needed to help with Spring 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
Marathon Monday Cheering Section
Alzheimer's Association, MA/NH Chapter
Date/Time: Monday, April 16, 11:30am - 3pm
Location: Wellesley Hospital, 2014 Washington St., Newton   
The MA/NH Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association has a team of 36 charity runners participating in the Boston Marathon as part of Team END ALZ. On Marathon Monday, we will be hosting a Cheering Station for them near Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Come on out and support these dedicated runners by giving high fives and enthusiastic greetings as they pass by. Let's make lots of noise and give these runners some energy before they hit the Newton hills. With all their hard work in training and fundraising, let's make sure they feel the love!
Ages: All ages can participate. 
Time Commitment: Flexible- feel free to come for as long or as little as you can!
Contact: 617.868.6718, volunteersMANH@alz.org
JF&CS Family Table Distribution
Jewish Family and Children's Service
Date/Time: Sunday, April 22 or Sunday, May 13, 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.

 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.
Family Service Day on the Farm!
The MSPCA at Nevins Farm
Date/Time: Monday, April 16, 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
12th Annual Statewide Volunteer Day
Mass Audobon
Date/Time: Saturday, April 28, 9am - noon
Location(s): There are 17 wildlife sanctuaries throughout the state with a variety of projects suitable for all ages and abilities. The following Greater Boston sites have projects for families and children:

Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill Street, Mattapan
  • Butterfly Garden, Nature Nook, and Surrounding Landscaped Areas
  • Food Forest and Community Garden - Spring Clean Up and Planting
Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 10 Juniper Road, Belmont
  • Gardens, Trails and Meadows
Museum of American Bird Art, 963 Washington Street Canton
  • Planting and Garden Tidy Up
The mission of Mass Audubon is to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. Mass Audubon protects 37,500 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to everyone. You and your family can spend the morning helping one of the wildlife sanctuaries get a jump on spring cleaning while you reconnect with nature.
Ages: Families with children are welcome to volunteer at the above projects. Check individual projects for specific age requirements. Children must be supervised by an adult.
Time Commitment: Two to three hours, depending on the project
Contact: Check individual projects for contact and registration information.  
Family Volunteer Opportunity
Room to Grow
Date/Time: Saturday, April 28, 10am - noon
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.
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
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.

  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

Start a Community Garden (or help at an existing Community Garden)
Metro Area Community Gardens
Date/Time: Ongoing
Location: Varies

Do you like to garden? Starting or joining a community garden is a great way to volunteer with your children and to introduce them to the idea of helping people in their community access healthy food. Click here for ideas on how to start a community garden. Many local food shelves would love to receive donations of fresh produce from your garden. You can find an interested local food shelf near you on the Ample Harvest website.
Ages: All ages can participate, depending on the garden or farm
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Search for an existing garden at the American Community Gardening Association's website or check out the following website for information about Boston Community Gardens.
Set-up for The Walk to End Elder Isolation
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.

The Walk to End Elder Isolation
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.
Become a Citizen Scientist
Doing Good Together/SciStarter

Date/Time: Flexible, on your own schedule

Location: Your home or community
Make science your next family service project! A citizen scientist is a curious person wiling to volunteer time, effort, and resources to further scientific endeavors, often - though not always - in collaboration with researchers. Choose one among hundreds of research projects searchable through SciStarter.com. Some are online only. Others get you out into nature. Still others put you to work analyzing results. The truly great thing about citizen science through SciStarter is that you can choose a project based on your interests, the financial investment you're prepared to make, and your child's ability. Visit Doing Good Together's Be a Citizen Scientist project page for more ideas and resources.

Ages: There are projects for children of all ages

Time Commitment: Varies, depending on project

Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org

Spring into a season of kindness! Join our DGT™ Membership Circle
Spring is the season of renewal, so it's an ideal time to focus on big-hearted activities for the
entire family. When you join the DGT™ Membership Circle you have year-round access to our experts who provide inspiration, motivation, advice, and ideas. Plus, there are members-only perks, including our Challenges Download. Perfect for those who want to focus their acts of kindness on a weekly topic, such as environmentalism or generosity. Membership costs just $24.99 annually and benefits DGT's programming. Sign up today!
Don't forget: our Facebook Big-Hearted Conversation Group is open to anyone interested in connecting with other big-hearted families. Discuss your kindness and volunteering goals, challenges, and service project ideas, and enjoy the tips posted by our Big-Hearted Families™ Director, Sarah Aadland.


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