As the weather gets cooler and the holiday season inches nearer, thoughts naturally turn toward friends, family … and helping those less fortunate
This year we wanted to make it even easier for you so we put together a list of local nonprofits who could use your support to help our neighbors, both now and throughout the year.
Bread of Life strives to provide food for body and soul to the hungry, homeless and isolated. They hold evening community meals several times a week and operate food pantries in Malden and Everett. They also deliver groceries and meals to seniors in public housing and homeless families in local motels.
Needed: Volunteers to help at food pantries in Malden and Everett and monetary donations.
Contact: http://www.breadoflifemalden.org or email@example.com.
Housing Families aims to end family homelessness. They provide safe shelter and affordable housing as well as supportive programs for at-risk children and families. They are hosting their annual toy drive again this year through Dec. 8.
Needed: New and unwrapped gifts and gift cards, with a particular need for teen gifts. See their website, housingfamilies.org, for most requested gift items. Volunteers and monetary donations also welcome.
Contact: Patty Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mystic Valley Elder Services helps support the dignity and independence of elders and adults with disabilities, as well as their caregivers, in Malden and surrounding cities.
Needed: Volunteers in several areas, including as an advocate, ambassador, or helping with their food pantry program, always welcome.
Contact: http://www.mves.org or email@example.com.
Kitty Connection is a volunteer-run organization dedicated to helping rescued animals find forever homes. They provide low-cost spay and neutering programs and run a Trap-Neuter-Return program help control the population of feral cats.
Needed: postage stamps, paper towels, canned cat food (Pate). Volunteers and monetary donations also appreciated.
Contact: http://www.kittyconnection.net or firstname.lastname@example.org.
RESPOND Inc. is a Somerville-based organization that works to end domestic violence through prevention, intervention and education.
Needed: Gift cards (especially to local grocery stores and pharmacies), Charlie cards, toiletries, baby items, laundry detergent and cleaning supplies (see website for a complete list of items needed).
Contact: https://www.respondinc.org or email@example.com.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Medford and Somerville, formerly the Boys & Girls Club of Middlesex County, strives to help all children reach their potential as productive and responsible citizens.
Needs: Volunteers (many opportunities both directly with the children, like mentors and tutors, or not with children, such as data entry, fundraising and repairs); basic school supplies (scissors, markers, notebooks) - see their website for detailed list.
Contact: http://bgcms.org/ or 781-391-5958.