Life Science Cares Holiday Directory

Your guide to doing good this holiday season

We have compiled a comprehensive list of holiday opportunities for you! Everything from drives, to responsible gift buying, to volunteering! There’s no better way to build holiday spirit than by giving to others.

Don’t see what you are looking for or want to brainstorm a program to meet your company’s needs? Email amber@lifesciencecares.org to set up a unique holiday opportunity!

LSC Holiday Helpers

 

Help hospitalized children

We are partnering with the Happy Hope Factory to bring Hope Kits to 4,500 children in inpatient and outpatient services this winter.

*Great for large or small groups! Cost of $100 per person.

Shifts: December 4th, 10:00 am and 1:00 pm 

Location: 100 Tech Square

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Make this Christmas one to remember

Christmas in the City

We are recruiting 50 volunteers to join our team and give the kids of the Home For Little Wanderers the best Christmas possible at Christmas in the City. We need help on Saturday, December 15th to sort through and wrap toys, and help on Sunday, December 16th, to support the families.

Shifts: 10:00 am- 12:30 on December 15th ; 9:30 am -5:00 pm December 16th

Location: Convention Center, Seaport

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Cookin’ and Carolin’ with CASPAR 

Join us for a special holiday dinner service at the shelter, or sign up to bring a team of your own!

Shift: December 19th, 2:00- 6:30 pm

Location: CASPAR Shelter, Cambridge

Group size: 12 volunteers

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Books

More Than Words relies on a steady stream of donations to operate their youth run bookstore. All books, as well as video games, dvds, and cds are accepted.

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Gift Cards

Please consider donating a store gift card to the International Institute of New England, which is then used by recent immigrants and refugees  for the purchase of groceries or needed household goods.

Most needed stores

 

  • Amazon
  • Target
  • Primark
  • Marshalls
  • Roche Bros.
  • Shaws
  • Stop-N-Shop
  • Market Basket

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Somerville Backpack Program

Every week, Food For Free sends two days worth of food home to children in Cambridge and Somerville living below the poverty line. Holiday weekends can be especially tough on families that rely on reduced lunch programs, and Food For Free tries to mitigate this by sending additional items home over the holidays, set up a drive today collecting $15  Market Basket gift cards to help them feed Somerville.

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Home Goods

Welcome Baskets

Create a welcome home basket for Pine Street Inn to help a formerly homeless individual set up their new home.

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Outfits

Give Back with an Outfit

Through the Give Back with an Outfit Pack program, you can help Cradles to Crayons provide local children living in low-income or homeless situations with essential winter clothing to ensure that they are safe and warm throughout the cold winter months.

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Adopt a Neighbor

Help CASPAR share the warmth of the holidays with our 200 neighbors experiencing homelessness right here in Cambridge. Add one or more homeless neighbors to your gift list to provide them with URGENTLY needed winter boots, jeans and underwear

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Gifts

Christmas in the City 

This year, Life Science Cares is partnering with Christmas in the City to give the kids of the Home for Little Wanderers the best Christmas possible! We have “adopted”  the shelter for December 15th and 16th and are collecting toys for 175 children. Lists of specific items will be released the week after Thanksgiving!

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Adopt a Family

Help Camp Harbor View families by committing to providing a family with winter necessities and Christmas gifts.

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In Office

 

Make No Sew Fleece Blankets for Nurtury

Get your employees involved in this fun in office volunteer opportunity!

*Great for groups of any size! Cost is $15 per person.

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Donate Leftovers from your Office Holiday Party

Don’t let that ham go to waste! Support our homeless neighbors at CASPAR while reducing food waste by emailing us to set up a pick up! We can arrange a pickup anywhere in the Cambridge area within 24 hours (advance notice preferred when possible)

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Host a Pop-up shop in your lobby

If your lobby has a little extra room, why not host a pop-up bookstore for the holiday season? Your employees can do a little last minute Christmas shopping while feeling good about their purchases!

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Corporate Volunteering

 

Serve someone with a smile

Pine Street needs volunteers to help serve breakfast and dinner, as well as to host a game night for residents.

*Larger groups can sign up to do a “Chop-A-Thon” to help prep food for 2 days worth of meals at Pine Street for $35 a person

Shifts: 6:00- 7:30 am; 4:30- 6:30 pm; 6:30-8:30 pm

Location: 444 Harrison Ave, Boston

Group Size: 10

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Work in the Giving Factory

Winter is a busy time for Cradles to Crayons, you can help by signing a team up to work n one of their donations stations. Activities include making outfit packs, sorts donations, and assembling kits.

*Great for larger groups of up to 100 for $100 per person!

Shifts: 10:00 am- 12:00 pm ; 1:30- 3:30 pm

Location: Brighton

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Pack a lunch for a local child

Help Food For Free make sandwiches, pack bags of food for Somerville students for the weekend. 

Shifts: Friday mornings, 8:30-10:30 am

Location: Connexion Church, Somerville

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Shop

 

Buy your office Christmas presents from Beantown Blankets! For every blanket you buy, they donate a blanket to a local homeless shelter, just tell them Life Science Cares sent you and we will handle the donation!

Buy personalized gifts for the office from Made Possible.

Buy books and gifts with a social purpose  from More Than Words.

Have your office party catered by iCater.

 

Amazon Smiles

Whenever you buy off of Amazon, remember to go through the  Amazon Smile page of your favorite nonprofit and a percentage of what you buy is donated directly to them!

To find one of our partners on Amazon Smile, visit this link and search using the search term listed below!

 

Life Science Cares 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay Inc.

Bottom Line, Inc.

Breakthrough Greater Boston

Camp Harbor View Foundation Inc

CASPAR, Inc.

Citizen Schools Inc

College Bound Dorchester Inc.

Cradles To Crayons, Inc.

Food for Free Committees, Inc.

The Home For Little Wanderers

Just A Start Inc.

More Than Words Inc

Nurtury

Pine Street Inn

The Possible Project

Year Up