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Sit on a Pitch Panel
Where: 17 Sellers St, Cambridge
Listen to students pitch their business plans and provide feedback to help them receive funding to build a prototype.
Who: 1-3 volunteers
Issue Area: Youth Entrepreneurship
Assemble Kid Packs
When: December 7th, 10 am-12 pm
Where: 155 N Beacon St, Brighton
Support Cradles Gear Up for Winter initiative at Cradles’ Un-Gala. Volunteers will sort donations and assemble packs for families in need.
*Donation is required.
Issue Area: Basic Human Survival : Children
Help Throw a Holiday Party
When: December 14th, 2-6:30 pm
Where: BU Rec Center, Boston
Help Big Brothers Big sisters throw a party for all of their Bigs and Littles this holiday season!
Who: 10 volunteers
Issue Area: Education
Serve Breakfast at Pine Street Inn
When: December 17th, 5:45-7:30 am
Where: Pine Street Inn, 444 Harrison Ave, South End Boston
Serve breakfast to the men and women of Pine Street Inn’s shelter in the South End.
Who: 8 volunteers
Issue Area: Homelessness
Christmas in the City
When: December 21 and 22
Where: Boston Convention and Exhibit Center, Boston
Every year, Christmas in the City throws a spectacular, go-all-out holiday event for children living in homeless shelters.
Life Science Cares is sponsoring the kids from the Home for Little Wanderers attending the event and we need over 100 volunteers to make their holidays special.
The Prep, December 21
Entry Decorations: Help make the entry into the party as spectacular as possible for guests. Wrap large presents and help to decorate large trees and anything else the Entry Designer has dreamed up!
Hours: 10:00am-1:00pm amd 2:00-5:00 pm
Age Requirement: 12+
Location: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Backpack: Sort toys and stuff backpacks with books, stuffed animals, socks and other items to be distributed to the children at the Party on Sunday.
Hours: 12:00 – 1:30 and 1:30 – 3:00
Age Requirement: None, great for families with young children.
Location: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
The Party, December 22
You will be working in Life Science Cares teams to make the party as special a day as possible for the children and families from The Home for Little Wanderers. You will greet and register guests, help serve them food, help every child receive a gift from their wish list and then, in the end, send them off with many warm memories.
Hours: 9:30 am-5 pm
Age Requirement: 16+
Location: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Team Captain: Sign up a team of your own, or commit to being assigned a team of volunteers and work with LSC staff to communicate information to your teams and make sure everyone has the support they need.
Email email@example.com to sign up for an upcoming drive.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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
Citizen Schools’ Catalyst program partners STEM industry experts and those with science backgrounds with educators through meaningful in-class volunteer opportunities that enable you to drive deeper learning in science classes and ignite students’ passion for STEM and interest in STEM careers. Work with an experienced classroom teacher to support student project work and bring relevance to middle school learning in topics like thermal energy, climate science, and metabolism.
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.
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
Give Back as a Company
Email email@example.com 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.
Home For Little Wanderers
Street Outreach Kits
Welcome Home Baskets
Job Shadow Day
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Create a welcome home basket for Pine Street Inn to help a formerly homeless individual set up their new home.
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.
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!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay Inc.
Citizen Schools Inc
College Bound Dorchester Inc.
Cradles To Crayons, Inc.
Just A Start Inc.
More Than Words Inc
Pine Street Inn
The Possible Project