February 1, 2022 | Volunteering
Garbage to Garden
Greetings, Volunteers!

We love our volunteers and hope you are all staying healthy and warm this season! Show some love for your community by volunteering at one of the organizations below. Make a difference and earn a month of free service at the same time! Below you can find a list of new and ongoing volunteer opportunities for the month of February. Make a difference and earn free service at the same time! Below you can find a list of new and ongoing volunteer opportunities for the month of February.

We are actively seeking new volunteer partners --- are you or anyone you know involved with an organization that would be interested in hosting GTG participants to volunteer in exchange for free composting service? Let us know!

As always, to sign up for an event this month and receive a month of free Garbage to Garden service, RSVP by email, and we will help answer any questions you may have. Then simply send confirmation of your volunteer hours to volunteer@garbagetogarden.org to receive credit. Remember, events are first-come, first-serve. 

Happy Composting,

Help us spread the word!
We have the following opportunities to spread the word about our curbside composting service in exchange for free service: 
Door hanging: Hit the streets with your mask and your favorite podcast to help distribute ~50 GTG door hangers (# varies based on street assignment)
for 1 month of free service.
Write your local paper! Write a letter to the local paper (in Medford, Somerville, Arlington, or Belmont) encouraging residents of your community to compost.

Food Link
Food Link is a food rescue organization in Arlington, MA and are looking for people who are interested in volunteering with food rescue operations and who want to make a difference in the community by reducing food waste and helping to provide healthy food to people in need.
Volunteers can help with the collection and distribution of donated food and work in groups to collect food from grocery stores, sort the food and pack it for deliveries 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 sorting and packing food.
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! 

Belmont PorchFest 
Plans for the Belmont PorchFest will begin in April for the event on September 10, 2022.  

We are looking for volunteers who are enthusiastic about Porchfest and have an interest in fundraising, marketing, communications, event coordination (part of a team that coordinates music, food vendors, and an art project at a local park), writing articles, editing, overseeing volunteers, brainstorming, and much more!  

Second Chances
Second Chances serves clients who are sheltered or homeless in the Somerville and Cambridge areas by providing free, empowering clothing. They thrive with the help of motivated, dependable volunteers and those committed to helping those in need.
There are many ongoing volunteer opportunities at Second Chances, which may include:
-Picking up clothes for donations
-Hosting a clothing drive 
-Various virtual opportunities
Somerville Winter Farmers Market
The Center for the Arts at the Armory is excited to announce that the Somerville Winter Farmers Market is coming back for it's 12th season! This weekly market offers the best locally grown and regionally produced agricultural items including vegetable produce, cheese, eggs, meats, fish, breads, pastries, and chocolate.  

This season, the market will return to what it looked like in previous years -- indoor, with live in-person shopping. There will be live music provided by local musicians along with a cozy seating area in our ROOTED cafe. We are looking for five volunteers each week to help foster a welcoming market environment and ensure all the details run smoothly.

The market will take place:
Saturdays through April 16

Mystic Community Market (Mystic Valley YMCA)
The YMCA's Mystic Community Market in Medford is looking for volunteers to help with pre-packing grocery bags, stocking shelves, unloading deliveries, and distributing food outdoors to Market (food pantry) participants. There is some lifting required for any volunteer position in this program - delivery support on Thursdays and Fridays would require more lifting than others. This is a great opportunity to help feed people in need in our community in a hands-on way in a fast-paced, positive environment. 

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.

Volunteer with Food Link!

Food Link is looking for volunteers to help on a regular basis with the collection and distribution of donated food. Volunteers generally work in groups to collect food from grocery stores and bakeries, sort the food and then deliver it to social services agencies in the area.
Click here to fill out a volunteer form!
Mass Audubon
At Mass Audubon, they believe that every person can make a positive impact on protecting the nature of Massachusetts. One enjoyable way to have an impact on the environment is by volunteering at their wildlife sanctuary in Belmont or at their headquarters in Lincoln. 
They currently host volunteers in Belmont on:
Wednesdays 2:30pm - 4pm
Thursdays 9:30am - 11:30am 
Projects are generally related to invasive plant removal, trail monitoring, wildlife monitoring, and seasonal property clean ups.

Community Cooks
Community Cooks mobilizes individuals, businesses, civic, educational and faith-based groups to prepare home-cooked food for vulnerable populations seeking assistance from human service agencies in the Greater Boston area. We proudly partner with these agencies that, due to lack of funds and/or facilities, struggle to provide food for those they serve.
This is a great opportunity for you if you enjoy feeding your neighbors and are looking for a regular volunteer schedule. Community Cooks is looking for regularly scheduled, monthly volunteers to help with their program. 
Garbage to Garden Curbside Composting
Phone: (617)977-4547
Email: info@garbagetogarden.org

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