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Individual Volunteering

 

Repurpose surplus food for families in need with Food for Free

Monday, February 10th, Thursday, February 20th, Tuesday, March 17th, Friday, March 27th, Wednesday, April 15th, Tuesday, April 28th, Friday, May 8th, Monday, May 18th, Monday, June 1st, Thursday, June 18th 

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. Volunteers portion out, pack and seal meals to be distributed.

Biogen, 225 Binney St, Cambridge

We need: 7 volunteers 

Issue Area: Hunger Relief

Teach adults digital literacy with Pine Street Inn

Thursday, February 13th, April 9th, June 4th, July 30th, September 24th, November 20th

11 am-1 pm

Work alongside the Adult Digital Literacy workshop students to give 1:1 support to the instructors lesson. The Digital Literacy workshop prepares trainees with the skills, technology, and documentation necessary for successful reintegration into the workforce. This practical, instructor-led course assists trainees in resume building, creation of a GoogleSuite account, job application practice, and online employment networking, in addition to many other relevant skill-building activities.

Volunteer Roles:

  • Serve as a “teacher’s aide”
  • Work 1 on 1 with students (approximately three students to each volunteer) and help PSI staff facilitate the already approved curriculum
  • Share tips and tricks as well as personal anecdotes throughout class in support of the curriculum

Pine Street Inn, 444 Harrison Ave, Boston

We need: 5 volunteers 

Issue Area: Adult Education: Homelessness

Speak on the Women in Medicine panel for Girls Inc.

Thursday, February 13th, 4:30-5:30 pm

Increase awareness of future career options of our high school members, girls ages 14-18 years old.

Girls Inc, 50 High Street, Lynn

We need: Women interested in speaking about their careers

Issue Area: Women in STEM

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Mock Interview ESOL students with International Institute of New England

February 20th, 10:00  – 11:30 am and 6:30-8:30 pm

Make a real difference in the lives of recent Americans living in Boston. Join us as we conduct mock interviews with IINE’s job training program students from English level 1-4 classes. Mock interviews help the students practice English in real world scenarios and help them better prepare to enter the workforce. No HR experience required! 

IINE, 2 Boylston Street, Boston

We need: 15 volunteers

Issue Area: Immigration

Wear your pajamas to work for Cradles to Crayons

Friday, February 21st

For Cradles to Crayons, new children’s pajamas are a critical need, particularly in the winter months.  Encourage employees to bring in a pair of new children’s pajamas or make a donation to Cradles to Crayons in order to participate in an office Pajama Day on February 21st. We provide the marketing materials and logistical support to help you get your drive up and running! Consider challenging another company or your investors to see who can collect more!

Issue Area: Basic needs; Children

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Play BINGO with homeless adults at Boston Healthcare for the Homeless

Friday, March 13th, 12-3 pm

Play Bingo with the patients at the Barbara McInnis House, a 104-bed respite program for medically frail homeless men and women. Patients are recovering from a variety of ailments or illnesses, and playing Bingo is a great way to brighten their day. 

Barbara McInnis House, 780 Albany St, Boston

We need: 10 volunteers

Issue Area: Homelessness 

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Prepare hygiene kits for kids with Hope & Comfort

Monday, March 16th, 10:30 am-12 pm

Volunteers will sort and count hygiene products, make well wish cards and  pack hygiene kits to be distributed to partner homeless shelters and other organizations that serve children in need.

Hope & Comfort, 659 Highland Ave, Needham

We need: 20 volunteers

Issue Area: Basic Needs; Children 

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Help Just-A-Start residents shop in their new food pantry

Wednesday, March 25th, 12-2 pm 

Just-A-Start is opening a Food Pantry at their affordable housing units at Rindge Towers and is looking for volunteers to work alongside residents as they shop for their necessities. 

Rindge Apartments, 402 Rindge, Cambridge

We need: 3 volunteers

Issue Area: Hunger Relief

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Prepare and serve lunch at Rosie’s Place

Sunday, March 29th, 10 am- 12:30 pm

Join us as we prepare and serve lunch to homeless women at Rosie’s Place.

We need: 10 volunteers

Rosie’s Place, 889 Harrison Ave, Boston

Issue area: Homelessness; Women

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Support student businesses at BUILD Boston

Tuesday, March 31st, 4-6 pm

Volunteer as a Secret Shopper Judge and meet BUILD ninth grade entrepreneurs from six different Boston Public Schools! Students will be selling their products for the very first time. In addition to shopping, judges will evaluate the student businesses based on product, sales pitch, customer service, display, and more.

District Hall, 75 Northern Ave, Boston

We need: 15 volunteers

Issue Area: Youth Entrepreneurship

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Prepare donations to be distributed to individuals in need with Household Goods

Thursday, April 9th, 9 am-12 pm 

Household Goods provides a full range of donated furniture and household items, free of charge, to help people in need make a home. Volunteers test and clean small kitchen appliances and electronics, measure and create sheet sets, and get furniture and rugs ready or display in the showroom. Volunteers who are able are needed to help load and unload trucks. 

Household Goods, 530 Main Street, Acton 

We need: 12 volunteers

Issue Area: Basic Needs: Homeless Adults

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Make Sandwiches for the Food for Free Backpack Program

Thursdays, April 9th, May 7th, June 11th

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. Company commits to purchasing the supplies (approximately $300 each shift) and sandwiches are delivered to students the following Friday to help them through the weekend.

Your office!

We need: 10 volunteers each shift

Issue Area: Hunger Relief

Madison Park Development Corporation Job Fair Prep

Saturday April 10th, 11am-1pm

MPDC is seeking volunteers to assist with a pre-Career Fair job readiness workshop. These pre-fair workshops are held to ensure that job seekers are as prepared as possible to effectively market themselves for available employment opportunities. Volunteers will help with resume and cover letter development,  completing a job application, mock interviews, and more.

Roxbury

We need: 10 volunteers

Issue Area: Workforce Development 

Email Amber@lifesciencecares.org to sign up

Sort donations at the Room to Grow warehouse

Thursday, April 23rd, 1-3 pm

Room to Grow, which provides parent education and baby necessities to families of kids aged 0-3 in Boston, needs volunteers to help quality check, sort, fold, package, and prepare baby items for clients. 

We need: 15 volunteers

Room to Grow, 63 Sprague Street, Hyde Park

Issue Area: Early Childhood Development 

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Work the farm at Waltham Fields Community Farm

Wednesday, May 13th, 1:15-4 pm

Help the farm get ready for the season by planting, weeding, and more. 

Waltham Fields, 240 Beaver Street, Waltham

We need: 15 volunteers

Issue Area: Hunger Relief

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Tutor an ABCD student

Thursdays, 4 -6 pm, minimum 8 week commitment

ABCD’s Youth Services Department is looking for tutors to support high school students in its WorkSMART afterschool program for Boston Public School students. Volunteer tutors provide small group or one-on-one tutoring and help the participants improve their study habits.

Near Roxbury Crossing and Boylston Street MBTA stations

Issue Area: Education; STEM

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Host an 8th grade class from Breakthrough Greater Boston for a company visit

Ongoing

Company visits are a great way to support teens from local schools in their career exploration curriculum. Breakthrough groups consist of about 40 8th grade students from disadvantaged backgrounds participating in an after school and summer STEM program. Companies should have representatives from various departments speak about their role in the company to provide a better understanding of career pathways in the life sciences. Planning support, including possible agendas and activities can be provided for companies interested in hosting!

In your office

Issue Area: STEM

Email amber@lifesciencecares.orgto sign up!

Prepare lunches for CASPAR’s Street Outreach 

Ongoing, any day

Prepare a lunch pack with a sandwich, water, fruit, a cookie, and trail mix to go out to individuals unable to come into the shelter. Company commits to covering the cost of supplies, approximately $500.

*If you would like to do something with your kids, consider baking chocolate chip cookies at home and bringing them in for the lunch packs! 

In your office

We need: 20 volunteers and about an hour of your time

Issue Area: Homelessness

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Teach a class with Science from Scientists

Weekdays, during school hours

Come into middle schools (Grades 7-8) and give 30 minute presentations on your career journey before leading students through a hands-on activity. We provide support for your presentation and the development of a simple activity that will engage the students based on what they are currently working on in science. We’ll match you with a school based on availability, location, and topics requested by the teacher. 

*You don’t need to be a bench scientist – we also need lawyers, administrators, technicians, human resources, finance, and more to expose students to the wide variety of career opportunities available. 

Local schools, based on volunteer availability

Issue Area: STEM

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Support Tech Goes Home as a classroom aide 

Tech Goes Home empowers communities to access and use digital tools to overcome barriers and advance lives. Support TGH instructors by becoming a digital skills coach in the Tech Goes Home classroom by offering one-on-one support to learners. Help a working adult create a compelling resume or a family learn how to do homework online.

Various locations, Boston and Cambridge

12-15 hours over 1-2 months 

Issue Area: STEM

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