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COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES!!!  Get your required service hours done with a local nonprofit.  Check out the programs below that are all looking for volunteers.  Note:  These are only some of the great opportunities that exist in the area.

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Household Goods
530 Main Street
Acton, MA

Household Goods is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization located at 530 Main Street in Acton that provides a full-range of household items free of charge to people in need.  Household Goods is looking for new volunteers to help out in a variety of roles but especially needs help Saturday mornings (9-12) to help donors with drop-offs and Saturday and Sunday afternoons (1-4) to help clients select items they need.  Additional volunteer roles include truck drivers (no special licenses are required but you must be 25 or older) and crew to pick up donations, furniture movers to help clients load items, workshop and furniture repair, office work, public relations, client scheduling, grant writing and fundraising.  Some of these jobs can even be done at home.  Volunteers are asked to commit to one three-hour shift every week or every other week.  To learn more about becoming one of the nearly 150 volunteers who give time each week visit www.householdgoods.org, or contact Bob at 978-635-1710, ext. 6.


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The Miracle League of Massachusetts
Mailing Address
PO Box 524
Acton, MA 01720

http://www.miracleleagueofma.com/

At its core, the Miracle League of Massachusetts is an all volunteer, non-profit organization that gives children with disabilities a chance to play baseball as part of a team in an organized league at no cost to their family. But it's really so much more...

It's hundreds of dedicated players, parents, coaches, buddies, fans and volunteers who come together on Saturdays to support, encourage and inspire each other. It's what happens when everyone is included and diversity is embraced. It's a true community.

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COR UNUM - Meal Center
118 South Broadway
Lawrence, MA  01843
978-688-8900

www.corunummealcenter.org

From the organization's site:

The Cor Unum Meal Center is a not-for-profit meal center located in South Lawrence, MA. We provide free, nutritious meals in a safe environment to anyone who is in need of food, regardless of race, color, creed, sex, or way of life.We serve hundreds of people every day, with a small core staff and a large army of generous volunteers. We opened the doors of the Cor Unum Meal Center on September 30, 2006 and in our first four years we served over 650,000 guests! At the current rate of meal service, approximately 250,000 meals are served annually at Cor Unum.  The Cor Unum Meal Center relies on the assistance of volunteers to function. As a volunteer, you will not be an "extra helper" but rather a vital element of our ability to serve the many poor in our community.


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Library Volunteer - Westford Public Library

From the Town of Westford website
Library volunteers assist the Library Staff in the realization of the Library’s goals. Tasks may include collection maintenance; collection repair and mending; clerical, serials, ILL and acquisitions support, and; archival and public relations support. All volunteer applicants must undergo a CORI evaluation.

Who to contact: Zoe Daniel (978) 692-5557

**Keep in mind that most town libraries will allow and appreciate the work of volunteers, contact your local library today!

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Library Volunteer - Littleton Public Library

From the Town of Littleton website
High School students
 fulfill their community service obligations in numerous ways -- helping with the Friends' book sales,  joining the Teen Advisory Board, keeping shelves in order and assisting with Summer Reading programs.

Library Contact Information:
41 Shattuck Street

Littleton, MA 01460
Phone: 978-540-2600

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Habitat for Humanity - North Central Massachusetts
Volunteering is a great way to support Habitat's mission, meet interesting people and learn new skills!  Join with us to end poverty housing in our communities and create a world in which everyone has a decent place to live.

www.ncmhabitat.org/volunteer

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Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, Inc.

234 Barnum Rd., Devens, MA 01434

Contact: Patricia Stern
Phone: 978-772-4627

Loaves & Fishes exists as a mission of love and faith to serve people of Ayer, Devens, Groton, Harvard, Littleton, and Shirley by providing food, emergency shelter, resource referral, and other temporary services, and by advocating for changes by its clients that will promote independence and self-reliance.

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Merrimack Valley Food Bank
735 Broadway Street - Lowell, MA  01854
978-454-7272

The Merrimack Valley Food Bank is a community-supported 501C-3 non-profit organization that provides nutritious food and personal care items to emergency feeding programs serving the low-income, homeless and hungry. We are one of four food banks in Massachusetts that serves food pantries, shelters and meal programs that in turn, serve individuals and families.

Individuals:  Age 15 and up are welcome at the food bank during designated hours.  We require at least one week notice to secure a place on our weekly volunteer schedule.  Please complete our application and submit to dcallery@mvfb.org.  Volunteer opportunities are limited and scheduled on a first come basis.  School & Summer Vacations as well as early release days work out perfect.

www.mvfb.org


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CHELMSFORD BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Volunteers Needed-Rail Trail Light Maintenance Crew

When: Ongoing-with flexible days, hours and commitment

Where: Along Town of Chelmsford stretch of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

What’s Needed: Ability to monitor, maintain and cleanup sections of the trail as needed and independently.

What is provided: Flexibility! Volunteers will be in direct contact with a committee member who will oversee volunteer opportunity as well as sign off on community service documentation.

Volunteers will be needed for picking up trash, raking, clipping and removing old weeds, branches and other debris. Trash bags will be provided.

Students are invited to reach out to the Chelmsford Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee at any time. Many hands make light work so consider giving what time you can.

Email: Chelmsford.BPAC@gmail.com to let us know if you can help or are interested in accruing volunteer hours!

Thank you!

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Pepperell Farmers Market

Looking for volunteers to help vendors set up, break down, put out signs and sell items at the managers table.

If you would like to join us for the summer we would love to have you!  Please contact me if you would like to be a volunteer!

Erica McLellan
ericastampin@charter.net

978-502-9641


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Pepperell Garden Club

The purpose of PGC is to beautify the Town of Pepperell, but also to make the public aware of horticulture, landscape and floral design, and gardening and environmental concerns. September through May, we bring in speakers for education, design, and hands-on projects at our monthly meetings.  Membership is open to all surrounding towns. We are very interested in younger members to help carry on our beautifying of Pepperell. We offer junior memberships to students.

PGC maintains the flower beds at the rotary, the town hall, the VFW, the clock tower along the rail trail, the bandstand on the town field, as well as 38 barrels throughout businesses on Main Street in Pepperell. Maintenance includes weeding, trimming, dividing, planting, and watering if necessary. Cleaning up and preparing the beds and barrels for Memorial Day is a busy time.  During the summer months, maintenance is done on a monthly basis.  Most PGC projects involve ongoing maintenance of the areas listed above.

The only equipment students need are hand tools (trowel, fork), work gloves and knee pads (if desired). PGC members bring along larger tools, buckets, and any other tools/equipment needed for the area.

Projects typically occur from the Spring through the Fall.  If you would like more information on how you can volunteer with PGC, please contact Linda Bisbo (Treasurer and Plant Sales Chairperson):  lindabisbo@gmail.com or at 978-501-4118


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A great idea for vacation time (school breaks and summer)

Pepperell Senior Center
37 Nashua Road - Pepperell, MA  01463
Phone:  978-433-0326
Hours:  Monday - Friday (9:00 am - 3:00 pm)

 

The Pepperell Council on Aging is dedicated to providing services and programs for the senior citizens in the Town of Pepperell that will promote independence, dignity, and well being.  We achieve this mission by providing a gathering place for seniors to enjoy social, recreational, health and education activities.

The Senior Center has over 130 volunteers who together have worked over 8,000 hours. Without our incredible volunteers we would not be able to provide the services we do. Local service organizations, such as Our Lady of Grace Church, Pepperell Christian Fellowship, Lions Club, and Rotary Club, as well as many local businesses volunteer their time at the Center, cooking meals or presenting programs. The Friends of the Pepperell Seniors has been vital in supplying equipment and ongoing support.

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