Latest CS Opportunities Winter-Spring 2021

Community Service Winter/Spring 2021
Posted on 02/11/2021

COMMUNITY SERVICE FROM HOME, 2021
Click above to be directed to the original document with links. 


RETURN TO OLD TIMELINE:
Started SEPT. 1, 2020: ALL WORK
MUST BE TURNED IN WITHIN 90 DAYS!


NEW OPPORTUNITIES ARE LISTED BELOW DOTTED LINE AS THEY COME IN.

REMEMBER THAT IT’S BETTER TO DO ONE OF THESE (OR ANOTHER ACTIVITY ON OUR APPROVED LIST ON THE LS WEBSITE) THAN ONE THAT ISN’T PRE-APPROVED. (Though you are welcome to email us to pre-check!)
Here is the regular-year, pre-approved list, but WARNING some of these activities may not be observing strict covid distancing guidelines. The last column on the spreadsheet says whether activities are remote or in person.
MLK Pre-Approved Providers


Also remember to check here for ongoing in person opportunities here:
Events and Ongoing Opportunities <<This has the most up-to-date postings.

HOW YOU GET HOURS TO US:

FOR NOW PLEASE CONTINUE TO EMAIL US YOUR HOURS, RATHER THAN TURN THEM IN IN PERSON. TAKE A PICTURE OF YOUR FORM* or FILL IT OUT AND ATTACH IT TO AN EMAIL TO Susan_Frommer@lsrhs.net or Danielle_Weisse@lsrhs.net

Here is a link to the form:
Community Service Form here

Parents/Guardians may continue to sign off as the supervisors on these forms if you cannot get another adult to do so. (FOR NOW; this will change for fall 2021).
However, you should still fill out the CS form yourself to tell us what you got out of it.

*IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO TAKE A PICTURE OF YOUR COMMUNITY SERVICE FORM NO MATTER WHAT, SO YOU HAVE A RECORD OF IT!
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NEW OPPORTUNITIES:

Updated added 2/11/21

Do your research to see if the organization is accepting volunteers and what opportunities are offered. Opportunities are not always consistent due to Covid circumstances. Also, some opportunities listed on some sites may not fit our guidelines, so if you have questions about whether an opportunity counts, please check with us first!

REMEMBER FOR ACCEPTABLE HOURS TO COUNT, THEY MUST BE TURNED IN WITHIN 90 DAYS OF COMPLETION.

1. Food Pantries and Shelters.

A. Open Table is accepting volunteers (https://www.opentable.org/volunteer/). Boston Cares https://www.bostoncares.org/gbfb Age restrictions may apply.
List of Food Pantries in and around Boston https://www.foodpantries.org/ci/ma-boston
List of Food Pantries in and around Lincoln: https://www.foodpantries.org/ci/ma-lincoln

B. Volunteering at Sudbury Community Food Pantry
We can use volunteers for:
• Accompanying clients as they use the food pantry
• Registering clients
• Stocking the shelves
• Picking up donated & purchased food
• setting up the Pantry for clients, Tuesday or Thursday mornings
For more information on volunteering contact Mary Novak 978-443-8565.

Takes place at :
Our Lady of Fatima Church
160 Concord Road
Sudbury, MA 01776.



2. Hold a drive to:
Collect books, childrens items, household items and more to donate to local nonprofits, libraries and more.
A drive means that you are organizing others to contribute to a collection for a cause.
From our guidelines: “for clothing [and other] drives, the time spent sorting/packing and up to an hour of travel time to deliver the goods will be counted.”

Cradles to Crayons has a drop bin in Newton. Not all drop-off locations are open. https://www.cradlestocrayons.org/boston

https://mtwyouth.org/donate-books/

Household Goods in Acton https://householdgoods.org

Check with your local library to see if they collect books for book sales or other locations you could donate books

Collect used sports equipment for donation to organizations serving underserved youth . https://playingif.org/about/get-involved/


3. Hold a pet supply collection drive
for one of the many animal shelter pantries.
List of pet food pantries found here:
https://www.mspca.org/animal_protection/massachusetts-food-pantries/


4. Contact your local Council on Aging Department
to learn of potential volunteer opportunities working with older citizens.

Letters: https://loveforourelders.org/letters

Two groups making connections with older adults:

A.Connections Joanna Schwartz (schwartzj21@lsrhs.net)
Sunshine from Home
A simple phone call can brighten someone's day! As the pandemic continues to persist, senior citizens are growing increasingly lonesome. Because they are at increased risk of severe illness, seniors have been forced to become isolated from their friends and family. To help ease the loneliness that seniors are feeling during this time, high school students can connect with them via phone call, Zoom call, or hand written letters. Want to get involved? First, fill out the brief survey BELOW with your availability, interests, and preferred connection method. Next, you will be matched with a senior citizen, which will be contacted to you via email. Finally, you will have 10-30 minute weekly connections with your partner over a four week session.

"Session 4 begins the week of May 10th, and survey responses are due Friday May 7th at midnight. SENIORS: Note that this session extends into senior week (and therefore beyond the last day of class for seniors), but DOES finish before graduation, June 6th."

For more information, check out connections01773.org
Don't hesitate to email Joanna Schwartz (schwartzj21@lsrhs.net) with questions!
Student Survey Link: Survey

B. This came in from a student from Lexington High
My name is Mahad Sohail. I am a sophomore at Lexington Highschool. I have been working with an organization called Covid Networks. It is an organization created to combat loneliness in seniors through the pandemic by connecting with them and doing various activities over zoom. Seniors are an essential part of our society, and we want to show our appreciation for them. I believe it is very important for our generation to connect with seniors since they hold a lot of wisdom and insight that many of us may need. Covid Networks was started in California but has expanded throughout the country. I am in charge of the north-east chapter and was wondering if you could help us reach out to more students at your high school since I believe it is a great opportunity for students. For more information, you can visit our website https://covidnetworks.org/. We would love to have your school join us in our cause. If you are interested in our service or have any feedback, feel free to contact me.


5. Take part in a Virtual Walk or Fundraising Event
or organize or volunteer to help. Research organizations to see if walks are coming up or ongoing. Some possibilities found at these sites:
https://danafarber.jimmyfund.org/site/SPageServer/?pagename=jfw_virtualwalker_cancer&fr_id=
https://runsignup.com/Race/HungerWalk5KRun/Page-12
https://www.eventbrite.com/d/online/charity-and-causes--races/

6. Musical Opportunities
A. Organize a group of a few to play instrumental music or sing outside windows at elder living or care facilities. Call the facility to see if they would welcome and can schedule your singing or playing outside the windows of the residents.

B. Music lessons for all! Teen musicians serving others: https://www.projectprotege.org/

7. Contact your local Public Works Department
to coordinate roadside or street trash pick up in your neighborhood or a location you have identified.

Shovel Hydrants: You can shovel out fire hydrants in your community.
Take a picture of the ones you shoveled
There is also an map on the Sudbury town website that tells you where
The hydrants are!

8. Outdoor/ Environmental opportunities:

A. Contact organizations that might need trail or outdoor work such as Sudbury Valley Trustees, Minuteman National Park, Trustees of Reservations, Appalachian Mountain Club
https://www.svtweb.org/volunteer
https://www.nps.gov/mima/getinvolved/volunteer.htm
https://www.volunteermatch.org/search/org829924.jsp ( Boston)
https://www.volunteermatch.org/search/org47611.jsp
https://thecharles.org/volunteer/
https://www.outdoors.org/volunteer

B. Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm (Lincoln and Belmont) often has opportunities for students aged 14+ https://www.massaudubon.org/get-involved/volunteer

C. Habitat Restoration Volunteer Sessions
Locations: At three Mass Audubon sanctuaries - Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, Habitat in Belmont, and Broadmoor in Natick.
Mass Audubon’s Metro West Sanctuaries consist of diverse field, forest, and wetland habitats that support many plant and animal species. We work hard to create and maintain high quality environments but need your help. Join us if you are interested in: improving habitat quality for native species; learning about plant ID and restoration techniques; and spending time outside with like-minded people. Volunteer sessions will be scheduled throughout the winter and spring. Join us for the dates you can attend. For everyone’s safety each session is capped at ten volunteers. Mask and social distancing are required.
Qualifications: Teens, age 15 and older. The tasks are physical and require walking on uneven surfaces.
Interested? Contact Pam for more information and session dates at psowizral@massaudubon.org

D. See if Lincoln Conservation can use any volunteers.

E. Pull invasive plants with guidance from local natural resources programs https://cisma-suasco.org/invasive/garlic-mustard/

9. Use your talents
to make blankets, Teddy Bears
https://www.projectlinus.org/
https://www.concordcarlisle.org/blog/opportunity/emerson-hospital-auxiliary-2/

These organizations are far away, but they have interesting ideas that you might copy or start up around here in terms of things that you can make:
https://enchantedmakeovers.org/programs-projects/
https://anticruelty.org/diy
https://warmupamerica.org/

10. Make up care packages
for serving military or for Wounded Warriors/ hygiene packages, gift packages, etc.

11. Help youth register to vote:
https://www.rockthevote.org/how-to-vote/election-dates-deadlines-bk/massachusetts/
https://www.rockthevote.org/


12. TUTORING
A. For underserved communities and people
Tutoring students who are underserved :https://teensgive.org/

Or
B. VolunTeachables: volunteering to teach English to international students (no foreign language knowledge required).
Contact Greg Marchev via email marchevg22@lsrhs.net. Their website is volunteachable.com

Or
C. http://www.kidsempoweringkids.org/
Kids Empowering Kids is a website designed to pair teen volunteers with children in our (homeless shelter) program. Families at the shelter can log into their accounts to contact trained teen volunteers to schedule arts and crafts, sports lessons, music lessons, or help with homework

13. Baking: Bake treats for first responders:
Cookies for Caregivers


14. Library Related Work

A. Goodnow Library https://goodnowlibrary.org/get-involved/volunteers/

B. Find and facilitate the Little Free Library sites. If you can, build one. Littlefreelibrary.org

15. Check with Historical Societies in your Community

A. Sudbury Historical society: Contact: Diana Cebra - (978-443-1383)
Usually in the spring there are LOTS of comm service opp. For example spreading mulch at the Hosmer House or anywhere else around town.

16. GENERAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEENS

SEE THE LINK BELOW (Paid positions don’t count) https://www.familypromisemetrowest.org/volunteer/opportunities-for-teens.html


17. LS Activities
Remote Work on MLK Website
The MLK Action project is seeking one or more responsible volunteers to take on the updating of one page of the website.
Volunteers would call those vendors on the Pre-Approved Provider list and go through the contacts, making sure they are still accepting volunteers during Covid (or in what capacity we could help).
This should be at least 5 hours of work and maybe more.
Contact Ms Weisse at danielle_weisse@lsrhs.net for more information.
**Especially good for seniors needing immediate hours or students who need to do their service remotely.[site is currently up to date; check later in case we renew]

Cambodia Club: Needs a person with excellent web skills to create a new page for the LS Memorial School in Cambodia Club. Must have good graphic design skills and be able to work independently to complete the task by next fall. Will probably entail at least 15-25 hours of work. Person won’t get hours unless task is completed satisfactorily.
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18: Homemade cards

Extensive instructions below.

HOURS CLARIFICATION:

New information/ clarification:
Specified hours for each activity:
--HANDMADE cards sent to nursing homes, children, military or vets, etc=
1 hr/ 5 cards THE CARDS MUST BE HOMEMADE TO GET THE FULL HOURS!!!!! (Otherwise it’s only half an hour for 5 cards)

-- Pre-printed Postcards for causes (like voter registration)= 1 hr/ 20 cards


WRITING FROM HOME: REMEMBER TO TAKE PICTURES TO SEND TO US FOR VERIFICATION!

HOME MADE Cards for Older Citizens, Children’s Hospitals, Prisons, Vets, Orphanages

You can get 1 hour of Community Service for every 5 cards you design and write.
(half the hours if you print it out from online or use stationery)
THE CARDS MUST BE HOMEMADE TO GET THE FULL HOURS!!!!!
To get credit:
Take photos of your cards before sending them (inside and out) and email them to us with a note from your parent/guardian. Email them to Ms. Weisse or Ms. Frommer (danielle_weisse@lsrhs.net or susan_frommer@lsrhs.net)


FORMAT FOR RETURN ADDRESS AND SIGNING:
For the return address: (Your first name only and the LS address)
Your First Name (only!)
@LSRHS
390 Lincoln Rd.
Sudbury MA 01776

Also, only use your first name only when you’re signing it
(ex: Best wishes, Danielle from Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School)

Content Possibilities: Suggest you wish them a happy Spring, tell them how you’re doing in this time of difficulty, tell them something you like to do, your favorite book you might recommend, places you like to travel, pets you have etc. maybe end with good wishes for their safety and expressions of empathy for what it’s like to be cooped up and isolated.


SOME LOCATIONS HOME-MADE CARDS CAN BE WRITTEN AND SENT TO:
These are two nursing homes we’ve gotten permission from to send cards to for now. (Some institutions are concerned about virus transmission through the paper). Many of the hospitals might also take cards- for the children, so try Boston Medical, Children’s Hospital , St. Judes etc.

Address it to:
Dear Bear Mountain Resident, (Or Bridges Resident)
1. Bear Mt Sudbury Llc
136 Boston Post Rd, , Sudbury, Massachusetts

2. Bridges by EPOCH Memory Care Assisted Living at Sudbury.
Mary Gregory
Attn: Cards for Seniors
1 Farmstead Lane
Sudbury, MA 01776


More places to send cards or letters.
https://lovefortheelderly.org/letters

http://www.cardsforhospitalizedkids.com/make-cards.html

https://medium.com/swlh/volunteer-from-home-opportunities-that-writers-and-creatives-will-love-f548f1efab5a

https://createtodonate.org/handmade-cards-for-charity-send-a-smile-today/

Military-active/veterans
http://www.operationwearehere.com/IdeasforSoldiersCardsLetters.html
Follow instructions on the site-- some of the links don’t work anymore but many of them do, so just explore a bit
1 hour for every 5 letters written (try to personalize). Take a picture of the letters before sending them and share it with us (danielle_weisse@lsrhs.net or susan_frommer@lsrhs.net)

Letter writing for Amnesty International-- Follow instructions on the site
USA
https://write.amnestyusa.org/
International
https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/write-for-rights/

1 hour for every 5 letters written (try to personalize). Take a picture of the letters before sending them and share it with us (danielle_weisse@lsrhs.net or susan_frommer@lsrhs.net)