Boston, MA 02118
** Please be sure to sign-up on OneBrick.org for this opportunity here: https://onebrick.org/node/2416475 ** EVENT DESCRIPTION: The American Red Cross works to provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. The Boston Food Pantry provides a 3-day supply of emergency food to 4,500 low-income clients per month. Join other One Brick volunteers to help out at one of our most popular and impactful volunteer events! WHAT WE'LL BE DOING: Distributing food to clients, including loading food bags into client cars if applicable or loading food bags onto tables for clients walking to pick-up Assemble approximately 1500 food bags with perishable food items for distribution day. Translating for our pantry clients during pantry hours - Cantonese, Mandarin, Creole, Russian, Portuguese, Vietnamese, and Spanish. Data entry on mobile devices. WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: Volunteer expectations: Ability to lift 25 lbs. and stand for 3+hours Dressing "comfortably but respectably." Open-toed shoes/sandals are not appropriate dress in the food pantry. Dress warmly as much of the activity is outdoors. Ability to take direction willingly and to work comfortably in a diverse environment COVID Information: Effective January 15, the Red Cross is requiring all onsite volunteers to be fully vaccinated in order to volunteer. All individuals that come to the pantry will need to show either: a CDC vaccination card a digital image of their CDC card an image of any official immunization record, or proof of vaccination through a COVID vaccine verification app. Volunteers will only need to show this the first time they come to the pantry as we will be keeping a record of all vaccinated volunteers. Bring a mask and ARC has plenty of hand sanitizer laying around. NOTE: Unfortunately this event is not wheelchair accessible. We do our best to ensure as many events as possible are accessible. The nonprofit can accommodate volunteers who can do light lifting, counting, and sorting. If you have specific questions in this area, please contact the event manager. WHERE TO MEET: Volunteers are expected to arrive at the Boston Food Pantry at 8:00. Please note there are limited parking spaces behind the Red Cross Food Pantry. Please note the entrance to the Food Pantry is on Proctor Street while the street address is on Massachusetts Avenue. By MBTA - the pantry is about a 15 minute walk from the Andrew Red Line Station. The Newmarket Commuter Rail station on the Fairmount Line is a 4 minute walk. Additionally, MBTA buses 8 and 10 stop right nearby at 1010 Massachusetts Avenue. AMERICAN RED CROSS BOSTON FOOD PANTRY: Hunger affects those most vulnerable in our community, especially the very young and the elderly. For those individuals in low-paying jobs or on fixed incomes, difficult choices must be made between paying the rent or mortgage, putting food in the table, or seeking medical care for their children or themselves. The American Red Cross works within the food network, with food distributors and community-based agencies, to coordinate services and develop local solutions to the problem of hunger. Over 125,000 individuals benefit from our program during the year. Our clients include senior citizens, immigrants, single parents, families in transition, homeless individuals, and those living with HIV. Families and individuals from all areas of Boston and New Bedford visit the Pantries once each month to receive at least a three-day supply of nutritionally-balanced groceries. The Pantry also assists clients in applying for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, otherwise known as the Federal Food Stamps. The Boston food pantry provides a 7-day emergency supply of food once a month to low-income clients about 105,000 annually making it one of the largest emergency food pantries in New England.
Date Posted: May 11, 2022
Boston, MA 02111
We’re One Brick Boston, and we make volunteering fun, easy, and social with no long-term committment required. Want to volunteer once a month? You're our new best friend! Only have time to volunteer once a year? You must be very busy and important, but we are here when you have time. Looking to get back out and help? Now is a great time to get involved with One Brick (onebrick.org) Our mission is to create a community of volunteers by offering fun opportunities for individuals to serve local nonprofits. We provide a calendar of volunteer and social events to help people get involved, have an impact, and have fun! We work with many local nonprofits and provide a variety of unique and fun volunteer opportunities We hold a number of volunteer events per month that consist of 2-5 hours of pure giving back goodness After volunteering, we often regroup at a local eatery or bar to socialize and celebrate a job well-done. We also hold socials and other fun events across the greater Boston area, to allow One Brick volunteers a chance to get to know each other even better, and to truly build a sense of community among our volunteers! Our area of impact is Greater Boston (Boston (all neighborhoods), Cambridge, Brookline, Somerville, Malden, Newton, Quincy, Chelsea, Medford, Revere, Braintree, etc.) We’ve worked with over 120 nonprofits since we've started in Boston in late 2011 and have provided 30,000+ hours of support to benefit our community. Some nonprofits we work with include More Than Words, Friday Night Supper, Room to Grow, Community Servings, Prison Book Program, American Red Cross, New England Center and Home for Veterans, Bikes Not Bombs, and many more! We do things like: Prepare and serve meals for local residents in need Disassemble and sort bicycles to be shipped to developing countries Assist with outdoor cleanups and gardening events Provide volunteer support to fundraiser galas supporting local charities Help judge high school debate competitions And much much more! One Brick Boston is a 100% volunteer run organization. Everyone that keeps One Brick Boston going behind the scenes loves giving back just like you. After all, why else would you be browsing a site solely devoted to finding you a great volunteer opportunity? So come volunteer. And socialize. Give back to this city that we love. www.onebrick.org (or reply to this and we’ll get back to you with more info)
Date Posted: Mar 29, 2022