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CityDays Serve-Off Service Projects

CityDays Serve-Off participants will have a chance to work with one of these great local community organizations. Register now to join us for a fun day of community service.

Aboretum Park Conservancy

The long-term goal of the Conservancy is to use our financial resources and advocacy to increase public use and enjoyment of the Arnold Arboretum, particularly the Bussey Brook Meadow section of the Arboretum. Further we seek to strengthen our ties to the communities surrounding the Arboretum, such as Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, Roxbury, and West Roxbury; and to seek their support for our goals.

CityDays Serve-Off tasks: Volunteers will be pruning, pulling weeds, picking us trash on the area along the Blackwell Foot Path and the South Street and Washington Street walls in the urban wild section of the Arnold Arboretum.

To volunteer with this organization after the CityDays Serve-Off, contact Virginia Marcotte, virginia_marcotte@hotmail.com, (617) 522-9877, 3 Post Office Square, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02109.

AIDS Action Committee - Boomerangs

AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts is a leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS, advocating at the city, state, and federal levels for fair and effective AIDS policies, conducting cutting edge HIV prevention programs and providing health and wellness services to people already living with HIV. Founded in 1983, AIDS Action is New England’s largest AIDS service organization.

CityDays Serve-Off tasks:Volunteers will be tagging clothes for our Boomerangs stores.  Boomerangs is AIDS Action Committee’s award-winning family of thrift stores, with locations in the greater-Boston area.

To volunteer with this organization after the CityDays Serve-Off, contact the Volunteer Manager, Liz Donovan, ldonovan@aac.org, (617) 323-0262, 1870 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA.

Alzheimer's Association
Elderly, Health

The Alzheimer's Association's mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

CityDays Serve-Off tasks: Volunteers will help the Alzheimer’s Association gear up for our 11 upcoming Walks to End Alzheimer's. Potential tasks will include coordinating mailings of important information to team captains and potential walkers, responding to walker and donor inquiries, creating promotional materials, assisting with resource information research, assisting with the maintenance of our database and accurate data entry, and other various assignments as they come up.

To volunteer with this organization after the CityDays Serve-Off, contact Meg Burdt, mburdt@alz.org, (617) 868-6718, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.

Cambridge Historical Society
Preservation of history and culture

The Cambridge Historical Society acts as a living repository for Cambridge's tradition and history. It maintains property entrusted to it and collects, preserves and interprets items of historical and antiquarian significance. The Society encourages research and involvement in these efforts by its members and the community at large. In so doing, it promotes a better understanding of history as an important factor in the everyday affairs of the City and its residents.

CityDays Serve-Off tasks: We would like to continue our photo documentation project of the city of Cambridge. We've been working with MIT City Days for the past three years and are hoping to photograph every building in the city of Cambridge, to give a snap shot of what the city looked like at the begining of the 21st century for future researchers.

To volunteer with this organization after the CityDays Serve-Off, contact Gavin Kleespies, info@cambridgehistory.org, (617) 547-4252, 159 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Community Art Center
Arts, Education, Mentoring/Tutoring

Founded in 1932, the Community Art Center has established an excellent track record of youth development with a diverse population of under-resourced children and teens dedicated to propelling Area 4 youth to develop themselves artistically, academically, and socially.

CityDays Serve-Off tasks: Volunteers will be assisting with facilities, such as painting, cleaning the floors and re-taping, supply organization, bathroom & kitchen scrub-down.

To volunteer with this organization after the CityDays Serve-Off, contact Laura Hill, laura@communityartcenter.org, (617) 868-7100, 18 Marbury Terrace, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.

Community Servings
Health, Hunger

Community Servings is a not-for-profit food and nutrition program providing services throughout Massachusetts to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses. We give our clients, their dependent families, and caregivers appealing, nutritious meals, and send the message to those in greatest need that someone cares. Our goals are to help our clients maintain their health and dignity and preserve the integrity of their families through free, culturally appropriate, home-delivered meals, nutrition education, and other community programs.

CityDays Serve-Off tasks: Volunteers are needed in the Community Servings kitchen to help us prepare and package food that is delivered to our home bound clients who are suffering from critical illnesses. These tasks could include packaging desserts, working on the food assembly line, ladling soup, and more.

To volunteer with this organization after the CityDays Serve-Off, contact Adam Seigal, aseigal@servings.org, (617) 522-7777, ext. 228, 18 Marbury Terrace, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.

Cradles to Crayons

Cradles to Crayons endeavors to provide homeless and low-income children with the essentials they require to thrive – to feel safe, warm, ready to learn, and valued. At the same time, we lay a foundation for lasting change by providing meaningful, tangible volunteer opportunities to thousands of families and individuals and hundreds of corporations each year.

CityDays Serve-Off tasks: At The Giving Factory, volunteers sort, inspect, and package donations for children in need in Massachusetts. Whether the items be books, clothing, shoes, or toys, it is the job of our volunteers to make sure that every donation put into our individualized "kidpacks" is of the best quality possible, are fun for kids, and is something you would have wanted to receive as a gift as a child.

To volunteer with this organization after the CityDays Serve-Off, contact Marissa Ferber, marissa@cradlestocrayons.org, (617) 779-4755, 155 North Beacon Street, Brighton, MA 02135.

Esplanade Association

The Esplanade Association (TEA) works to protect, restore, and enhance the Charles River Esplanade. A designated Boston Landmark, the Esplanade is one of the oldest and most popular urban parks in the country. As the shared backyard of every resident in the greater Boston area, three million people walk, jog, bicycle, play, and relax here each year. With the high traffic of the city, this park requires constant care. As the only non-profit group focused solely on the Esplanade, TEA is dedicated to working with the Department of Conservation and Recreation to create a healthier park and a richer experience for park users.

CityDays Serve-Off tasks: Volunteers will help clean up the areas along the Esplanade.

To volunteer with this organization after the CityDays Serve-Off, contact Jessica Pederson, jpederson@esplanadeassociation.org, (617) 227-0365, ext. 104, 376 Boylston Street, Suite 503, Boston, MA 02116.

Greater Boston Food Bank

The Greater Boston Food Bank's mission is to end hunger in eastern Massachusetts. By 2013, our objective is to distribute enough food to provide at least one meal a day to those in need.

CityDays Serve-Off tasks: All volunteers are trained in food safety at the beginning of the shift.  Volunteers will inspect, sort and pack donated grocery products that are then distributed to hunger relief agencies. Volunteers work together as a team on an assembly line, and may be working alongside other groups. Some volunteers load boxes onto conveyer belts, other volunteers inspect products, others sort products, and to lift a box of about 30 pounds, but the majority of positions simply require that a volunteer can stand and inspect products for a few hours. Your group project may involve frozen packaged meat sorting;  we provide gloves for this project. If a volunteer strongly objects to working with meat, we can reassign a work area.

To volunteer with this organization after the CityDays Serve-Off, contact Melissa Dussek, mdussek@gbfb.org, (617) 427-5200, ext. 5096, 70 South Bay Avenue, Boston, MA 02118.

Jumpstart for Young Children

Jumpstart's mission is to work toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. To this end, we train and support caring adults to work in preschool classrooms with children from low-income backgrounds on language, literacy, social, and initiative skills for one year.

CityDays Serve-Off tasks: Volunteers will be helping us prepare materials for our preschool classrooms for our Jumpstart sessions. This will include creating poster and song charts for "Five Green and Speckled Frogs" as well as the "Barnyard Song." In addition, volunteers will assist with other session materials creation, such as creating post office mailboxes for our dramatic play area. 

To volunteer with this organization after the CityDays Serve-Off, contact Amy Schroeder, amy.schroeder@jstart.org, (857) 413-4531, 308 Congress Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02110.

Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts
Education, Mentoring/Tutoring

LVM trains volunteers who provide free, confidential and individualized tutoring to adults in basic literacy and English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). With improved literacy skills and the confidence that comes with them, adults are able to pursue a better life and a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

CityDays Serve-Off tasks: Each LVM volunteer works one-on-one with an LVM student to help him or her with computer skills. Because it's one-to-one, each volunteer can work with the student at the appropriate level and answer specific questions. Our students range from those who have never used a computer before to those who have basic skills but may have more questions about specifics like MS Office, various internet applications, etc. During the event, LVM will have a brief 15-20 minute orientation and provide a break for volunteers to have lunch between two 90-minute tutorials with our students.

To volunteer with this organization after the CityDays Serve-Off, contact Kirstin Griffiths, kgriffiths@lvm.org, (617) 367-1313, 8 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02109.

Prison Book Program
Education, Multiculturalism, Prisoner Outreach

Prisoners have limited access to educational materials, and we provide them with free books for personal development during incarceration. We do so because education is a powerful tool that reduces the likelihood that a prisoner will return to the prison system.

CityDays Serve-Off tasks: Volunteers will be picking and packing books for prisoners according to requests.  Other tasks may include processing book donations and incoming mail.

To volunteer with this organization after the CityDays Serve-Off, contact Pam Boiros, pam.boiros@gmail.com, (617) 423-3298, 1306 Hancock Street, Suite 100, Quincy, MA. 

Youthbuild Just-A-Start

Youthbuild Just-A-Start (YBHAS) serves young people between the ages of 17-24 who did not complete high school.  YBJAS prepares and supports students in their transition to college and a long-term career.  Students spend about half their time in education, working toward their GED or high school diploma, and half their time in construction training, renovating affordable housing in the community.

CityDays Serve-Off tasks:Volunteers will work on painting sites and help provide construction training for youth. Wear and old shirt and old sneakers. No flip flops!

To volunteer with this organization after the CityDays Serve-Off, contact Bill Timmins, billtimmins@justastart.org, (617) 492-1460 x17, 1175 Cambridge St. Cambridge, MA 02139.