December 1, 2023 | Volunteering
Garbage to Garden
Greetings, Volunteers!

Happy December! As the days get darker and the air gets cooler, you may be looking for an activity or hobby to help make these short days feel a little brighter. May I recommend volunteering?

 Check out this month's events and featured organizations, and get involved with Garbage to Garden. To sign up for an event this month and receive a month of free composting service! RSVP by email and we will help answer any questions you may have. Then simply send confirmation of your volunteer hours to to receive credit.

Happy Composting,

Volunteer with Second Chances

Second Chances provides empowering, free clothing to 600+ neighbors in need and distributes more than 3,000 pairs of new socks and underwear to folks in Somerville and Cambridge, Massachusetts each year.

We raise part of our organizational budget through a year end appeal mailing to approximately 500 generous community members. Volunteers are crucial to getting this mailing out on time and having it be as effective as possible to raise the funds needed to serve our community.

This year we have openings for up to six volunteers to help personalize letters and stuff envelopes. Please have neat writing, a willingness to work on an important administrative project, and good attention to detail as you'll be matching letters and envelopes. 

The dates and times are:
Monday, December 4, 2023 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday, December 5, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Please let us know at least a two-hour block and which time/date you're available. You are welcome to sign up for more than a two-hour block of time and/or multiple days.

Our office is located in Union Square, Somerville, Massachusetts. We'll be working in a second floor conference room which is up a flight of stairs. We will send confirmation and the address and contact information on Friday, December 1, 2023 toward the end of the day.
If you are interested please email

Mass Audubon
At Mass Audubon, they believe that every person can make a positive impact on protecting the nature of Massachusetts. Projects are generally related to invasive plant removal, trail monitoring, wildlife monitoring, and seasonal property clean ups.
See below for their current volunteer opportunities! 
Visitor services: Help us out at the front desk. Answer phones, greet visitors, help in the gift shop, and more! Sign up here.
Drop in volunteer days (Wednesdays 10 - 12): Help care for the sanctuary and enjoy a few hours of fresh air, fun and fulfillment. Come once or every week and become part of our growing group of sanctuary volunteers. Together with Mass Audubon staff, put up signs and markers, look for wildlife tracks, pick up branches, and fill the bird feeders. Projects are primarily outside. Some tasks may require heavy lifting. Ability to work without supervision required. Carpentry skills welcome. Nature lovers appreciated.
Sign up here.
Property Management Tuesdays (9:00 - 12): Help care for the sanctuary and enjoy a few hours of fresh air, fun, and fulfillment. Assist with a wide variety of property, maintenance, and ecological projects such as buildings and grounds work, trail clearing, gardening, and wildlife monitoring.
Sign up here.

Help out at Somerville Winter Farmers Market!

Somerville Winter Farmers Market occurs every Saturday from now until 4/6/24 with the exception of 12/30. See the list of volunteer opportunities below and reach out to Juliana at to sign up!

Volunteer 1: 8:00 am - 9:00 am - help with vendor and unloading traffic
Volunteer 2: 8:15 am-9:30 am - help with vendor and market set up and traffic
Volunteer 3: 8:15 am-9:30 am - help with vendor and market set up and traffic
Volunteer 4: 9-1:30 pm - Downstairs counter/floater
Volunteer 5: 9-1:30 pm - Downstairs counter/floater
Volunteer 6: 9:15 am-1:30 pm - SNAP booth questions, merch
Volunteer 7: 9:15 am-12:00 pm - 2nd SNAP booth 
Volunteer 8: Photograper/social media
Volunteer 9: 1:30-2:00 pm cleanup
Volunteer 10: 1:30-2:00 pm cleanup
Volunteer 11: 1:00-2:00 pm help with vendor and loading traffic
Volunteer 12: 1:30 pm take donated produce to Somerville community fridge(s), car required
Volunteer 13: 9:30-1:30 pm Mandarin Interpreter
Mutual Aid Medford & Somerville
MAMAS (Mutual Aid Medford And Somerville) facilitates neighbors helping neighbors.  For example: we connect people who need groceries with people who have cars to deliver them, we accept monetary donations and redistribute the money to people who request it, we help people organize neighborhood events and set up neighborhood group communication channels, we find people who have yard space for gardening and coordinate volunteers to set up and maintain shared gardens to grow food for their communities.

...or email about other volunteer roles!
Rescuing Leftover Cuisine
Volunteer Food Rescuers help transport food from food donor partners to local homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and other human service agencies in our communities. Each rescue averages 40 pounds of food, provides 32 meals and takes 45 minutes of time! Food rescues may be completed by public transport, by personal vehicle, on foot and even by bicycle. Whether it’s once-a-month, once-a-week, or once-a day volunteers are needed to provide a reliable food rescue service by fostering community connections to reduce food waste and food insecurity! Click here to sign up.

Food Link
Food Link is a food rescue organization in Arlington, MA and is looking for people who want to make a difference in the community by reducing food waste and helping to provide healthy food to people in need. Volunteers help with the collection and distribution of donated food. We work in groups to collect food from grocery stores, sort and pack it for delivery to social services agencies in the area. We also have shifts that involve picking up and delivering food to various locations and shifts at our building in Arlington.
Food Link operates seven days a week and there are several shifts available in the morning, afternoon, and evening depending on the day. Click here to learn more! 
Mystic River Watershed Association
Become a River Rep
Help connect your community to the Mystic River! Complete a brief training to learn about Mystic River Watershed Association programs and volunteer to be a MyRWA River Representative at a community event near you. Interest form here.

Self-Guided Trash Cleanup
Conduct a self-guided trash cleanup with MyRWA's help! For self-guided cleanup guidelines and suggested locations around the watershed, see the links under "River and Park Cleanups" here.

Garbage to Garden Curbside Composting
Phone: (617)977-4547

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