News | February 28

Spring Into Action-Volunteer Now

There are lots of new ways to volunteer with us! Be sure to check back or subscribe to our newsletter for updates!

Individual Volunteering

Work in a bookstore!

Tuesday March 5th, 11:00 am-1:30 pm

More Than Words empowers youth in foster care, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. Youth run an incredible bookselling business, while developing critical skills and work experience. Our volunteers process, scan and organize donated books that become inventory for More Than Words. This is ideal for anyone who loves books!

Location: South End, Boston

9 volunteers

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Somerville Backpack Program

March 8th, 8:30 to 10:00 am

How you can help: Make sandwiches, pack bags of food for Somerville students for the weekend.

Food For Free’s Weekend Backpack Program  improves access to healthy food for students in the City of Cambridge and now Somerville. Students receive two lunches, two breakfasts, milk, and fresh fruit. The food is discreetly packed in the students’ backpacks each Friday afternoon ensuring that students are better prepared to learn the following week.

Location: Connexion Church in East Somerville

We need: 15 volunteers

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Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory

March 14th 1:30-3:30 pm

Celebrate Pi Day with us! Work in the giving factory sorting through donation, 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. Every child receives donations customized to his or her needs and specifically requested for them by their social worker. They serve over 140,000 children a year in Boston.

Location: Giving Factory, Brighton

We need: 20 volunteers

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Leah  Mock Interview Day

March 15th 3:00-6:30 pm

Join the LEAH Project for an afternoon of helping youth learn how to promote themselves and learn interviewing skills by being their mock interviewers.

The Leaders through Education, Action and Hope (LEAH) Project trains Boston Public high school students, to teach STEM activities and build caring relationships with Boston Public elementary school children. This unique model operates at two levels: LEAH Mentors inspire children to explore through scientific inquiry, while they themselves gain the skills and experience to pursue their own interests – often in the fields of STEM and education.

Location: 2 Boylston St, Boston

We need: 5-10 volunteers

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Serve Breakfast at Pine Street Inn

Monday March 25th, 6:00 to 7:30 am

Serve breakfast to the residents of Pine Street Inn’s Emergency Shelter.

Pine Street Inn is a nonprofit organization that supports homeless men and women in moving from the streets and shelter to a home and assists individuals in retaining housing.

Pine Street provides street outreach, emergency services, supportive housing, job training and connections to employment. Their goal is to help individuals gain stability and their highest level of independence as they move back to a home.

Location: 444 Harrison Ave, Boston

10 volunteers

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Mock Interviews with IINE

April 2nd 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 student practice English in real world scenarios and help them better prepare to enter the workforce. No HR experience required!

The International Institute of New England was founded in 1918 to welcome immigrants to Massachusetts. Today 2,000 refugees and immigrants participate annually in resettlement, education, case management, cultural orientation and job training programs at IINE’s three service sites in two states.

Location: 2 International Place, Boston

We need: 20 volunteers

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Women in STEM Panel

April 11th 5:00-7:00 pm

Description: Join the LEAH Project for a panel discussion and round robin to help approximately 60 LEAH youth learn more about opportunities in STEM and hear about the trajectories of women working in STEM.

The Leaders through Education, Action and Hope (LEAH) Project trains Boston Public high school students, to teach STEM activities and build caring relationships with Boston Public elementary school children. This unique model operates at two levels: LEAH Mentors inspire children to explore through scientific inquiry, while they themselves gain the skills and experience to pursue their own interests – often in the fields of STEM and education.

Location: TBD, Boston area and T-accessible

We need: 5-7 women working in STEM jobs

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Mentoring and Speaking Opportunities

Looking for a deeper commitment? Check out these opportunities!

Email 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

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

Give Back as a Company

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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


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


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





Roche Bros.



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!


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


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


Pine Street Inn

The Possible Project

Year Up