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
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.
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.

 All ages are welcome and encouraged to volunteer when accompanied by an adult.
Time Commitment: One to three hours depending on the activity. Volunteers can arrive at 9am to help with setup.
Contact: Email at least two weeks before distribution date to sign up. All adult volunteers must complete a JF&CS administered CORI background check. If you have volunteered at Family Table previously, you can sign up one week before the distribution date.
The Birthday Giving Project -- Birthday in a Box
Date/Time: Flexible, at your convenience
Location: Please email 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.
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
  • 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, 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
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 for more information. Space is limited.
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.
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:, 617.239.2523. Registration is available online
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.

Reading together is a research-proven, amazingly simple way to practice empathy and support your child's learning on every level. But that isn't why we love it. Story time is the most intimate, thoughtful, tender way to connect with a child. Check out Doing Good Together's awesome collection of favorite picture and chapter books focused on a variety of critical topics, including Kindness, Creativity, Gratitude, Mindfulness, Bullying, Death & Grief, and more


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