CASPAR Kitchen Clean Up
January 22nd, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
How you can help: Join us as we help CASPAR’s emergency shelter by giving their kitchen a face lift! We will be moving all of the kitchen equipment out, giving it a deep clean, and organizing the pantry.
About CASPAR: CASPAR has built a comprehensive array of outreach, shelter, stabilization, and residential programs in Cambridge and Somerville. They focus on programs that are safe, accessible, and supportive and that meet the needs of a diverse population of high-risk men and women, most of whom are uninsured and indigent.
Location: 240 Albany St, Cambridge
We need: 8 volunteers ready to get their hands dirty!
Snow date: January 29th
Year Up Closet Clear Out
January 24th, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
How you can help: Out with the old and in with the new! Help us get Year Up students ready for graduation by sorting through the professional clothing closet and organizing new donations.
About Year Up: Year Up Greater Boston delivers a rigorous 12-month employment-training program, which combines hands-on technical and professional skill development, stipends, professional internships, and wraparound services. Within four months of graduation, at least 85% of our students are employed earning an average wage of $16.50/hour and/or enrolled in postsecondary education.
Location: 45 Milk St, Boston
We need: 10 volunteers
Pine Street Inn Breakfast Shift
February 5th, 6:00 to 7:30 am
How you can help: Serve breakfast to the residents of Pine Street Inn’s Emergency Shelter.
About Pine Street Inn: Pine Street Inn is a nonprofit organization that supports homeless men and women in moving from the streets and shelter to a home and assists individuals in retaining housing. Pine Street provides street outreach, emergency services, supportive housing, job training and connections to employment. Our goal is to help individuals gain stability and their highest level of independence as they move back to a home.
Valentine’s Day Happy Hope Bags
Hope Bags are therapeutic activity kits filled with simple gifts that make a huge impact for hospitalized children. These gifts of hope bring much needed smiles to children with special needs, chronic illnesses, and life threatening diseases.
*Great for large or small groups! Cost of $100 per person.
Shifts: February 12th, 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
Location: 100 Tech Square
Somerville Backpack Program
March 8th, 8:30 to 10:00 am
How you can help: Make sandwiches, pack bags of food for Somerville students for the weekend.
About The Backpack Program: Food For Free’s Weekend Backpack Program improves access to healthy food for students in the City of Cambridge and now Somerville. Students receive two lunches, two breakfasts, milk, and fresh fruit. The food is discreetly packed in the students’ backpacks each Friday afternoon ensuring that students are better prepared to learn the following week.
Location: Connexion Church in East Somerville
We need: 15 volunteers
IT Department Internships
About Just-A-Start: JAS is a community development corporation dedicated to building the housing security and economic stability of low- to moderate-income people in Cambridge and nearby communities. Through comprehensive and integrated programs, JAS creates and maintains affordable housing, provides housing resources and services, offers education and workforce training, and builds community engagement. Just-A-Start’s Information Technology (IT) Careers Program is a free educational and career skills program that prepares individuals for Computer User Support Specialist positions in a business environment. Students gain knowledge and hands-on experience in Computer Hardware, Windows OS support, Networking techniques, Help Desk-targeted skills such as trouble-shooting and critical thinking and Business Communication.
How you can help: Host an intern! Internships provide students with on the job training and the professional networks needed to secure permanent employment.
Become a Citizen Teacher
About Citizen Schools: Citizen Schools partners with public middle schools to provide a combination of academic support; high school, college and career readiness activities; and ten-week apprenticeships led by corporate and community volunteers. Their mission is to close the cyclical opportunity gap facing many of our students. They generate moments of discovery, and connect those sparks with steps students can take to pursue their dreams.
How you can help: We’re recruiting “Citizen Teachers” from the life sciences community to teach middle school students in Somerville after-school courses in Social Entrepreneurship, Design Thinking, or Science Experiments. Volunteers teach for 90 minutes each week for 11 weeks and receive up-front training, weekly lesson-plan assistance, and are paired with a trained Citizen Schools AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow for on-going in-class support. Gather a group of volunteers from your organization OR reach out and let us know you’re interested and we can put together teams.
Commitment: Tuesday OR Thursday afternoons, 3:30-5:00 pm for 11 weeks at a Somerville Middle East
Location: Somerville Community School OR Winter Hill Somerville
We are looking for: Two groups of 3 volunteers
No Sew Fleece Blankets
Nurtury gives Greater Boston’s youngest children in need, birth to age five, the opportunity to reach their full potential by investing in school readiness, promoting healthy development, and strengthening families. At six early learning centers and 118 Family Child Care sites, Nurtury provides robust educational programming, which is designed to develop children’s social/emotional, physical, and cognitive skills in safe, nurturing environments.
How you can help: Get a team together and make special no-sew fleece blankets for the children at Nurtury! We will provide the instructions and materials, we ask that interested companies cover the cost of supplies.
Location: Your office!
After School Workshops
About Breakthrough Greater Boston: BTGB works to improve educational equity by inspiring excitement for learning, creating paths to college, and promoting careers in education. BTGB is unique from other college access programs in that we offer a comprehensive academic support that intervenes early (before 7th grade) and offers six-years of programming through a Students Teaching Students model, featuring near-peer instruction and mentoring.
How you can help: Does your company have an act you’d like to take on the road? We are looking for small company groups to put on science workshops for students at one of Breakthrough Greater Boston’s after school programs.
Big Brother Big Sister Mentor 2.0
How you can help: Mentor2.0 is a one-to-one mentoring program operated by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay that provides transformative support for low-income and first-generation high school students to prepare them for high school success, college matriculation and workforce readiness. This program makes it easier than ever to become a mentor through weekly online communication and monthly in-person meetings during the school year at either Boston Green Academy in Brighton or the Edward Kennedy Academy of Health Careers in the Fenway.
The Possible Project 1,000 Laptop Challenge
Life Science Cares has set a goal of collecting 1,000 used laptops for The Possible Project’s We Sell Possible student business. Using the donated equipment and reselling it online, students learn all facets of a business including research, item listing, customer service & correspondence, merchandising, digital photography, sales, packaging and shipping.
Share Your Story
A number of our partners regularly seek guest speakers to share personal career journeys and general reflections of working in the life science industry. If you or someone you know is a woman or minority professional willing to share your story with one of our partners please reach out to us to find an opportunity that is right for you!
Host a company tour, networking night or special event at your office!
Hosting is an excellent way to introduce the young adults and children in our partner’s programs to a new world. Consider hosting a mock interview day, a career exploration event, tutoring, a networking night, or take on one of our youth as an intern!