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Individual Volunteering

Serve Breakfast at Pine Street Inn 

When: September 12th, October 29th, November 8th and December 13th, 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: 8 volunteers

Issue Area: Homelessness 

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Prepare Family Meals with Food For Free

When: September 27th, October 4th, October 17th, October 23rd, 9:00-12:00 pm 

Where: Biogen 225 Binney St, Cambridge

What: The Family Meals program takes bulk leftovers from corporate cafeterias and repurposes it into healthy frozen meals to individuals unable to buy or prepare food for themselves.

Who: 6 volunteers

Issue Area: Hunger Relief 

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Cradles to Crayons Life Sciences Day

When: October 25th, 10:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:30-3:30 pm 

Where: Giving Factory, 155 N Beacon St, Brighton

What: Sort donated toys and books for local children in need at a very special Life Sciences volunteer shift at Cradles to Crayons, the whole Giving Factory will be filled with entirely Life Science companies! 

Issue Area: Children 

*May require an additional donation, email amber@lifesciencecares.org for groups of larger than 10.

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Assemble Happy Hope Bags

When: November 14th, 10:00-11:00 am, 11:00-12:00 pm, and 1:00-2:00 pm 

Where: 100 Tech Square Atrium, Cambridge 

What: Prepare themed activity kits to send to hospitalized children  

Email amber@lifesciencecares.org to sign up 

Mock Interview a Year Up Student

When: December 4th, 1:00-3:30 pm 

Where: Boston

What: Volunteers will interview 3-4 students and provide critical feedback on the students’ strengths and growth areas in the interview process.

Who: 15- 30 volunteers

Issue area: Career Development

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Repair Boats with College Bound Dorchester

When: December 19th, 12:00 – 2:00pm

Where: Boat Shop, 22 Drydock Ave, Boston, MA 02110

What: Help formerly incarcerated and gang-involved youth as they further their education and participate in a hands-on maritime apprenticeship. You will work with apprentices as they refinish boats and furniture. 

Who: 10 volunteers 

Issue Area: Social Justice, Education & Career Development

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Fundraise

Ride for Food For Free 

Sunday, October 6th

Nineteen incredible hunger-relief organizations have formed teams for this year’s Ride for Food. These diverse food pantries/kitchens, food rescue organizations and community farms run incredible programs to increase the availability of healthy food to those children, adults, seniors and families who are in need. 

How it works

Sign up to fundraise and race in the 10, 25, or 50 miles to support Food For Free, the minimum fundraising goal per person in $350

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Spartains for the Home for Little Wanderers

November 10th

How it works

Individuals to purchase their own tickets ($120 each), and then raise money for The Home using their online fundraising platform.  

Captains & Corporate Partners

The team has been made up primarily of individuals from various corporate partners, including Natixis, Stantec, VHB, Lux Research, STAG Industrial, and others. Captains serve primarily as a point of contact at each company, and help recruit their colleagues to join the team. 

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Upcoming Drives 

Email amber@lifesciencecares.org to sign up for an upcoming drive. 

Books for More than Words (September-October)

Food and Grocery store gift cards for Food For Free (October-November)

Toys for the Home for Little Wanderers (November-December)

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.

Learn more and sign up!

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

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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.

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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.

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