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Volunteer with Habitat ReStore

ReStore is our open to public retail outlet that sells donated new and gently used home furnishings and building materials! The proceeds from all items sold at ReStore go to funding our home build missions. The MetroWest/Greater Worcester ReStore generates enough funds to build a home a year, while also keeping over 450 tons of usable materials out of landfills! Volunteer tasks at ReStore will consist of sort/assemble donations, moving items to the store floor, assisting in pricing items, assisting in creating displays, reorganizing/cleaning departments. Never a dull moment! All volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. Those under 18 will have to have our waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. Safety waivers will be provided by Habitat. All volunteers must wear closed toed shoes. Gravity is real, and we like all of volunteers to keep the toes they have. Also wear comfortable clothing that you won't mind getting dirty. The shift will start with a brief introduction and safety orientation.

Worcester, MA

Through 9/20/19

Trail Work Volunteers

Throughout the year, we schedule trail clearing, blazing, and maintenance activities to keep our conservation areas available and easily accessible to the public. We supply the tools but need volunteers who can spend a couple of hours helping us trim vegetation, clear fallen trees and limbs, paint trail blazes, and whatever is required to keep the trails passable. For specific times and locations, please contact GWLT or check our website or Facebook Postings for event listings.


10/1/18 9:00 AM +more

Sign and Timber Hewing

Throughout the year, we have ongoing property& signage projects that include layout, timber hewing, routing, and installation. Sign and Timber Hewing Events happen every other Thursday morning from 9am to noon at Cascading Waters (135 Olean Street, Worcester). Occasionally the location changes if we are planning on installing a sign or collecting logs for timber hewing. Best to contact GWLT or check our website ( or Facebook to confirm location.

Worcester, MA

12/20/18 9:00 AM +more

Homework Help-Afterschool Program

Assist with Homework Help in our after school program, Monday-Friday from 4:00-5:30 pm.

Worcester, MA

Through 9/18/20

Memory Cafe Volunteer

The Worcester Area Memory Cafe meets once a month, the third Tuesday of each month from 2:00 -;3:30 pm at the Worcester Senior Center. TheMemory Cafe is for individuals with memory loss along with their caregivers, and/or friends and family in a safe, supportive, engaging environment. It is a time to socialize, enjoy a program, activity or entertainment, and spend time in a judgement free zone with others experiencing similar journeys. The goal is to make every guest feel as comfortable and welcome as possible. Volunteer assistance is needed 1/2 hour prior through clean-up (1:30pm-4:00pmThe Making Connections Memory Cafe Volunteers assist the Memory Cafe Staff with decorating tables, welcoming and socializing with guests, helping with activities and clean up. Though experience with Alzheimers/Dementia is not necessary, volunteers must possess patience and a calm demeanor. Training on the disease is provided to all new volunteers. Volunteers receive complimentary snacks during their shift.

Worcester, MA

Through 9/18/20

Dining Center Kitchen Volunteers

Dining Center Kitchen Volunteers assist with serving nutritious meals at one of our 19 Centers. At sites outside of Worcester Kitchen Volunteers may also assist with packing Meals on Wheels for delivery. Participants gather together in their community to enjoy a meal and have the opportunity for socialization. Kitchen Volunteers may commit to one or more days per week. Most Centers are open Monday -Friday and serve at noon. This role is essential to the functions of the Congregate Program. Service Area: Auburn, Barre, Boylston, Grafton, Holden, Leicester, Millbury, Oakham, Paxton, Rutland, Shrewsbury, West Boylston & Worcester.

Pembroke, MA

Through 9/18/20

Homework Club Volunteer/Mentor

Pernet Family Health Service mission is to support the physical, social, psychological and spiritual development of individuals and families by providing home-based health and social services that lead to long-term strengthening and enhancement of family and community life. Pernet is a vibrant, family-centered and resource-rich partner in the development of strong, healthy and self-sufficient families and individuals who participate actively in community life. The neighborhood we serve has no public schools, community development corporation, branch library, grocery store, post office or bank. The youth in our neighborhood ride school buses to five different elementary schools. As a result, they often do not know their neighbors. This lack of social interaction can easily lead to lack of trust. Children and youth need deliberate and intentional opportunities in their neighborhood to meet one another, develop positive peer relationships, and have adult mentors who are role models who support youth activities by sharing their time and talent. Program Description The Homework Club is an after-school program that runs Mondays through Thursdays during the school year. For the first half hour, the youth go to the park for recreation and exercise. After the park, the youth do their homework with the assistance of either college students or high school students. If the youth do not have homework then they are given worksheets to complete. After they are done with their homework or worksheets they are allowed to play until the program ends. Snack and water are provided. Homework Club Volunteer We are looking for Highschool and college-age students who want to engage with elementary students to be both a tour and mentor the young people in our community. This is a once a week 1.5-hour commitment for the school year. Volunteers Expectations: Volunteer will come on time and notify volunteer coordinator or program supervisor if they are unable to attend a session. Sign in the volunteer log book Interact and play with youth in the park Assist in tutoring and/or homework help Be an positive adult mentor while with the youth

Worcester, MA

12/11/18 3:00 PM +more

Holiday Program Intern

From September to December Pernet runs a Holiday PRogram supporting over 350 families and giving Christmas presents to over 1,000 children. In order to accomplish this, we need an intern who can do data entry, organizing and phone calls. We are looking for a Holiday Program Intern who can: Be able to be at Pernet 6 -10 hours per week Have excellent organizational skills Be able to follow instructions well, but also work independently Have respect and compassion for Pernet’s clients, and understand and follow our confidentiality statement Have some experience with administrative work and or data entry Responsibilities will include: Assisting the Director of Family & Community DEvelopment with any and all aspects of the Holiday Program including but not limited to : Data entry of all families and children participating in the Holiday Program Sorting through and assigning donors to registered families Creating labels for both the Thanksgiving baskets and GIving Trees Sorting through and organizing gift donations Making deliveries to clients if necessary and possible

Worcester, MA

9/24/18 10:00 AM

School Gardens Internship

REC’s School Gardens program is seeking an intern to support school garden programming, for our network of 20 schools gardens throughout the city of Worcester. Schools in our network receive free workshops based around garden education, free seedlings and compost in the spring, and year-round garden support. We are seeking an intern to support garden management needs at our school gardens sites. Intern will work closely with our Garden Education Fellow and will be involved in working with garden coordinators and kids. Responsibilities include assisting with fall check-ins and school garden visits, planting/gardening support, workshop development, and other physical/administrative tasks. All internships are unpaid but provide invaluable insight into: urban agriculture, food justice, environmental justice, non-profit management, and customer service. Interns will learn what it is like working in a hugely diverse city like Worcester and the importance of honoring food justice by working in low-income, food-insecure neighborhoods. Interns are an integral part to the success of the REC’s Farmer’s market program and are part of what makes the program sustainable. If available through your educational institution, the REC is willing to help interns obtain credit for their work with us. Skills Needed: Enjoy working with children Ability to work independently, and in team Comfort working outdoors and getting their hands dirty Enthusiastic about local food, food justice, and environmental education Reliable transportation: access to a vehicle a plus Ability to work 6-10 hours per week.

Worcester, MA

Through 12/31/18

Mobile Market Internship

The Regional Environmental Council is a grassroots environmental and food justice organization that has been working in Worcester since 1971. The REC’s primary goal with the Farmers Market Program is to provide fresh, healthy, and affordable produce to Worcester’s most underserved and low-income neighborhoods. By placing our Mobile Farmers' Market stops in the most food-insecure neighborhoods in Worcester, we commit to creating access to healthy, affordable, local food to the families and individuals who need it most. The REC Mobile Market operates Tuesday through Friday through the end of October and serves 16 stops per week. We run market stops on a more limited schedule in November and December. We are seeking interns to support staff at our Mobile Market sites. These positions will work directly with our market managers to best serve customers. Candidates must commit to a minimum of 8 hours per week and have access to their own transportation or be able to work around the Mobile Market stop schedule. Duties include: loading produce into van, market display set-up/breakdown, stocking produce, selling produce, answering customer questions and organizing produce storage at our walk-in cooler. Responsibilities could also include administering surveys, taking pictures, creating social media content, and gathering customer stories at each market location. All internships are unpaid but provide invaluable insight into: urban agriculture, food justice, environmental justice, non-profit management, and customer service. Interns will learn what it is like working in a hugely diverse city like Worcester and the importance of honoring food justice by working in low-income, food-insecure neighborhoods. Interns are an integral part to the success of the REC’s Farmer’s market program and are part of what makes the program sustainable. If available through your educational institution, the REC is willing to help interns obtain credit for their work with us. Skills Needed Ability to lift 50 pounds and work in adverse weather Enthusiasm for working directly in the communities we serve Being comfortable with and respectful of diversity Reliable transportation required, access to a vehicle is a plus Familiarity with the regional food system and food justice work is a plus Spanish, Vietnamese, Albanian, Nepali, and other non-English languages are a plus To be considered for this position, please send a resume and cover letter to Ashley Carter at farmersmarket@recworcester.org. Positions will be filled on a rolling basis to start ASAP.

Worcester, MA

Through 12/31/18

Volunteer to help Abused and/or Neglected children in Foster Care

Thank you for looking at this opportunity. This is for a VOLUNTEER opportunity. If you have a heart for helping children in foster care, we would LOVE to hear from you. CASA works with children that have been abused and/or neglected and are currently in the foster care system.You will be trained to become an advocate for the child(ren) on your case so that you can help the courts know what is in the best interest of the child in terms of helping them find a permanent "forever" home. You will be the "eyes and the ears" for the judge by visiting the child(ren) once a month. You will advocate for what would be best for the child in terms of their future placement, typically to be reunified with their biological parents or to find a new adoptive home. This is such an important work and is rewarding both to see your impact on helping a child have a voice as well as to enrich your own life. To take the first step in joining our volunteer team, please complete the short application which can be found here: https://www.casaworcestercounty.org/volunteer-application-2 Please contact us today at 508-TRY-CASA x106, go to www.casaworcester.org, or email us. volunteers@thecasaproject.org Don't wait! We would love to get you into our next training class as soon as possible Thanks so much!

Worcester, MA

Through 6/4/30

Volunteer Gardner 1-2times a week

Position Title: Volunteer Gardner Department: Buildings and Grounds Department Contact: Manager of Facilities Duration: ongoing April - October Position Summary: The EcoTarium is a family-friendly, indoor-outdoor museum located in Worcester, Massachusetts. We offer three floors of interactive exhibits, exciting shows in the digital planetarium, daily Science Discovery programs, live animal habitats, hikes through forest and meadow nature trails, outdoor imaginative play, and a train ride around the grounds (seasonal). The EcoTarium has 40 acres of grounds and additional conservation land across the street. Volunteer gardeners will assist EcoTarium staff in weeding beds, pruning, invasive removal, planting, watering, and spring and fall clean-up. This is an active outdoor position and requires a lot of walking to and from jobs around the property. Responsibilities: Weed beds Mulch Remove invasives in beds and on natural forest trails Pick-up litter around the property and on conservation land Help with spring and fall clean-up Water new plantings Edge beds Qualifications: Must be able to work outside and walk between jobs on the EcoTarium’s 40 acres of grounds. Must be able to squat or kneel with padding to do bed work Ability to lift up to 20 lbs. Individuals should be comfortable working in a variety of weather conditions Must be able to take direction and work independently and in teams Must pass a CORI background check in accordance with EcoTarium guidelines

Worcester, MA

Through 10/31/18

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