Service Opportunities for Families in Cambridge

Some of the most accessible opportunities for family volunteering are group volunteering days. Examples include Charles River Conservancy which has clean up days along the banks of the Charles River or Fresh Pond Reservation which has weekly teams of volunteers controlling invasive plants.

There are one day community service events like Many Helping Hands MLK Day of Service.

Cambridge nursing homes like Neville Place and Youville Place and Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services welcome families to come visit and spend time with elders – think about gathering a group to play games, sing songs or just come to visit. Organize a neighborhood lightbulb exchange with Cambridge Energy Alliance.  Or help stock food at one of Cambridge’s 13 food pantries (they are profiled on this site).  Or gather some friends and make a meal to deliver to homeless women at On the Rise or homeless adults at Heading Home’s School Street Shelter. Or help sort clothes at Childrens’ Clothing Exchange. Or help tend one of the CitySprouts schoolyard gardens during the summer.

The city of Cambridge has a Junior Forester program which is looking for kids aged 5-13 to “adopt”  and take care of newly planted city trees in their neighborhood by watering, weeding and mulching them.

Explore this website, check out the tags for “family friendly” and “volunteer with children”.

Check back often for new possibilities.  And please let us know if you find a great family volunteering option so that we can share it with others.

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