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Individual Volunteering

Share these opportunities with your company! Download our May&June and July&August Summer of Service fliers!

Cook with CASPAR

When: Tuesday, May 21st, 11:00 am-3:00 pm  

Where: CASPAR shelter, 240 Albany St, Cambridge

What: Get creative with the items CASPAR receives in bulk to create delicious make ahead frozen meals and desserts for the chef.-we will make bread puddings, cookies, soups, prechop and freeze vegetables, and more to ensure CASPAR can fully utilize their donations!

Who: 10 volunteers

Issue Area: Homelessness | Addiction

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Prepare Family Meals with Food For Free

When: Friday, May 24th 8:00 am -12:30 pm

Where: Biogen 225 Binney St, Cambridge

What: Every week, Food For Free takes food that would otherwise go to waste and distributes it to the people that need it most. The Family Meals program takes bulk leftovers from corporate cafeterias and portions it out to send healthy frozen meals to individuals unable to buy or prepare food for themselves.

Who: 7 volunteers

Issue Area: Hunger Relief

Clean out the Professional Clothing Boutique at Year Up

When: Thursday, May 30th, 4:30-6:00 pm

Where: Year Up, 45 Milk St, Boston

What: Year Up runs a year round donation based professional clothing boutique to help their clients build a professional wardrobe for their internships. We will be collecting donations for the closet at our Impact Breakfast and then send a group of volunteers to sort and hang all of the donations.

Who: 10 volunteers

Issue Area: Career Development | Young Adults

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Serve Breakfast at Pine Street Inn

When: Tuesday,  June 4th, 5:45-7:30 am

Where: Pine Street Inn, 444 Harrison Ave, South End Boston

What: Serve breakfast to the men and women of Pine Street Inn’s shelter in the South End.

Who: 10 volunteers

Issue Area: Homelessness

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Clean Up Camp Harbor View

When: Saturday, June 15th, 9:30 am-2:30 pm

Where: Boston Long Island (ferry departs from the Seaport)

What: Join us as we get the beach ready for camp! Camp Harbor View is a nonprofit camp run every summer for low income students in Greater Boston. Volunteers will paint, garden, and do any other tasks needed to spruce up the beach for the campers!

Who: 15 volunteers, *Family Friendly!

Issue Area: Education | Youth

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Celebrate World Refugee Day with the International Institute of New England

When: Thursday, June 20th

Where: Your office! We are looking for a company to host this event!

What: Every year on June 20th the world observes World Refugee Day. We will come together to reflect on the global situation as well as honor IINE’s clients and the achievements they have made. We are looking to have an afternoon cook out filled with games and conversations about all refugees and immigrants bring to our community.

Issue Area: Career Development | Immigration

Email amber@lifesciencecares.org to learn more!

Sort Donations at the Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory

When: Saturday, June 22nd, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Where: Giving Factory, 155 N Beacon St, Brighton

What: Work in the Giving Factory sorting through donations, assembling outfits, and packaging items to go out to children in need! Cradles to Crayons takes donations of clothes, toys, books, and more and distributes them to children in need in Greater Boston.

Who: 20 volunteers *Family Friendly!

Issue Area: Basic Needs | Youth

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Lead BINGO Night at Pine Street Inn

When: Monday, June 24th, 6:30-8:00 pm

Where: Pine Street Inn, 444 Harrison Ave, Boston South End

What: Join us at Pine Street’s Women’s Inn for BINGO Night! We will bring snacks and prizes and lead BINGO to give the ladies of the Inn a night of fun!

Who: 10 volunteers

Issue Area: Homelessness

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Empower the Next Generation of Women with Bottom Line

When: Thursday, June 27th, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm

Where: Vertex Pharmaceuticals, 50 Northern Avenue, Boston

What: We are looking forward to bringing together a group of 25 successful and diverse female corporate and community leaders with at least 10-15+ years of work experience in Boston with 40 Bottom Line students and recent alumnae. Over the course of the evening, volunteers will engage in a round table discussion with a group of Bottom Line students and alumnae covering topics ranging from standing out in an interview to building a professional brand.

Who: Women with 10-15+ years of work experience

Issue Area: Career Development | Young Adults | Diversity

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Cookout with CASPAR

When: Wednesday, July 10th, 2:30-6:00 pm

Where: CASPAR shelter, 240 Albany St, Cambridge

What: It’s summer time at CASPAR’s Emergency Shelter! Help us spread a little summertime fun by preparing fruit salad and grilling burgers and hot dogs.

Who: 10 volunteers

Issue Area: Homelessness | Addiction  

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Role Play Tech Support with Year Up Greater Boston

When: Friday, July 12, 12:00-2:00 pm

Where: Year Up, 45 Milk Street, Boston

What: Each of Year Up’s  IT students will sit with a volunteer and go through three help desk customer service scenarios, each one more challenging than the last. We are looking for volunteers who are willing to role play the part of tough customers and provide feedback to our students about their responses. No prior IT knowledge is necessary. These real-life simulations are a great learning opportunity for our students.

Who: 10 volunteers

Issue Area: Career Development | Young Adults

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Host a STEM Fair booth for Camp Harbor View

When: Wednesday, July 17th and August 7th from 8:00 am-3:00 pm

Where: Camp Harbor View, Long Island, Boston Harbor

What: Host a hands-on STEM activities for Camp Harbor View campers as they rotate through a STEM Fair. If your company has a STEM activity you have developed or organized, just let me know what it is and you can claim that one! Otherwise, we can help put together an activity!

Who: Small company groups (About 5 people)

Issue Area: Education | STEM| Youth

Email amber@lifesciencecares.org to learn more!  

Farm for Food for Free

When: Wednesday; July 24th, August 21st, September 4th, and October 2nd from 8:00 am-12:00 pm

Where: Lindentree Farm, 10 Old Concord Rd, Lincoln

What: Help us farm produce for the Pine Street Inn from Food For Free’s Field of Greens Farm in Lincoln. Volunteers will harvest, plant, weed, and maintain the quarter acre of donated farm land. Sign up for one of the above dates.

Who: 10 volunteers

Issue Area: Hunger Relief

Manage Inventory at the More Than Words Warehouse

When: Saturday, July 27th, 11:00 am-1:30 pm

Where: More Than Words, 56 Felton St, Waltham

What: Volunteers will work alongside the young staff (ages 16-20) to sort through donations of books and prescan at the More Than Words warehouse. The books are posted online for sale across the world at the warehouse and available for purchase in the cozy, youth run bookstore which doubles as an art gallery. The bookstore also plays host to community events such as poetry slams and musical performances.

Who: 10 volunteers

Issue Area: Career Development | Young Adults

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Be on a Career Panel Discussions at the International Institute of New England

When: Tuesday, July 30th, 6:30-8:00 pm

Where: IINE, 2 Boylston Place, Boston

What: To help support the career development of their clients IINE is looking for volunteers to participate in an employer panel. They would like to have employees who are varied in their career level who can provide insight to interview techniques, challenges they have overcome, advice on career development, and insight into their career field. All students who attend will be English language learners in a variety of employment fields and stages.

Who: Volunteers of all backgrounds and experience levels welcome!

Issue Area: Career Development | Immigration

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Mentoring and Speaking Opportunities

Looking for a deeper commitment? Check out these opportunities!

Email amber@lifesciencecares.org to learn more and get started! 

Big Brothers Big Sisters  Mentor 2.0

Mentor2.0 is a technology-enhanced one-to-one mentoring program that provides transformative 1-1 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 Big through weekly online communication and monthly in-person meetings. We work with Boston Green Academy in Brighton and the Edward Kennedy Academy of Health Careers in the Fenway, both accessible by car and the Green Line.

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Breakthough Greater Boston After School Workshops

One time or ongoing

After School STEAM Workshops: During the school year, Breakthrough’s 7th and 8th-grade students engaged in a weekly after-school, hands-on workshop-based program with a STEAM curriculum for 19 weeks during the school year. Each workshop was developed around a particular challenge that gave students the opportunity to create their own solutions.

Some examples of the STEAM workshops delivered included:

• Solar Hotdog Cookers: Students began with a discussion of how to focus the sun to cook a hot dog using reflective surfaces. In teams, students then built solar cookers, tested them, and discussed their designs.

• Density Column: Students observed how two objects of different densities behave when placed in water (one sinks, the other floats) and discussed how their observations could be used to extrapolate how liquids of different densities would behave when mixed. Using their new knowledge, students worked in teams to design a test that they used to sort five liquids in order of density.

Monday – Cambridge (Cambridge Rindge and Latin) à 7th Grade After School Program + High School Study Hall

Tuesday – Boston (New Mission Charter Academy in Hyde Park) à 7th Grade After School Program + High School Study Hall

Tuesday – Somerville (Argenziano) à 7th Grade After School Program

Wednesday – Cambridge (Cambridge Rindge and Latin) à 8th Grade After School Program

Citizen Schools Catalyst Program- Work Alongside a Science Teacher

Work in partnership with an experienced teacher to deliver engaging, high quality STEM learning experiences for middle school students in topics like engineering, computer science, and architecture.

Volunteers visit a classroom 4-5 times over the course of a 6 week lesson to help teams of students improve their designs and presentations and work on strategies for collaboration and problem solving. Volunteers receive one 1.5 hour training session as well as a 30 minute call before their first classroom visit where they will get to connect with the teacher they are partnered with and learn more about the classroom project.

Catalyst is offered in partnership with a select set of schools in: Boston, Chelmsford, Everett, Fall River, Hudson, Lynn, Revere, Salem, Stoneham, and Watertown.

Sign up now for the chance to participate in this program from April – May 2019.

Year Up – Guide a Young Adult to Success.

Year Up creates a supportive community for our students—and we’re always looking for new faces to help. A mentorship is an especially personal way to impact a young adult’s life. As a mentor to a Year Up student, you’ll have a unique opportunity to help young adults navigate new experiences and shape their careers. It’s your chance to inspire—and be inspired by—motivated, up and-coming talent in the workforce. You’ll also have opportunities to network with like-minded professionals.

What’s Involved:

Email or call your mentee once a week
Meet face-to-face with your mentee once a month for an 8-month period
Assist in building and accessing professional networks and in reviewing resumes and college forms
Encourage continuous learning and problem solving
Attend the Year Up graduation and recognize your student

What mentors bring:

The ability and desire to work with young adults (ages 18-24) from diverse urban backgrounds
A positive attitude and good listening skills
The willingness to share your knowledge and experiences
Patience, understanding, and a sense of humor

Sign up!

Give Back as a Company

Email amber@lifesciencecares.org to learn more

In Office Volunteering

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 $10 per person.

Make Sandwiches for Food For Free

Help the Somerville Backpack Program feed children facing food insecurity by making sandwiches with your team. We can help you with all logistics, ordering, pick up, and drop off. Cost is $300-$400 depending on size of project.

Assemble kits:

Make Sandwiches

Home For Little Wanderers

Street Outreach Kits

Welcome Home Baskets

Host:

Networking Night

Job Shadow Day

Career Exploration

Lab/ Facilities Tour Field Trip

Around the office

Donate Leftovers from your Office 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)

Donate Leftovers from your Corporate Cafeteria

Have leftover food on an ongoing basis? Support Food For Free’s Family Meals Program by donating your cafeteria leftovers.

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!

Donate your Used Electronics

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.

See a full list of drive opportunities!

Hire an Intern

IT Department Internships

About Just-A-Start: 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.

Commitment: Fall

Bottom Line

Project On Ramp

Bottom Line Project Onramp
The four leading life science organizations—MassBio, MassBioEd, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center,
and Life Science Cares—are joining forces to connect passionate, high-achieving four-year college
students with paid internships of up to 12 weeks starting summer 2019. Across the state, leading
companies will collectively be reserving a minimum of 50 internship slots for our new Life Sciences
Scholars Program.
Project Onramp is partnering with Bottom Line, a nationally acclaimed nonprofit that helps
first-generation-to-college students from low-income backgrounds get into college and successfully
graduate. Bottom Line will provide our Life Science Scholars with one.

Drive Ideas

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.

Get Involved!

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

Get Involved!

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.

Get Involved!

Home Goods

Welcome Baskets

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

Get Involved!

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.

Get Involved!

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