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

The days are getting longer and spring will be here before we know it! Below you can find a list of new and ongoing volunteer opportunities for the month of March.

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 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.

Mystic River Watershed Association
Volunteer Policy Committee:
Be a river advocate and join our monthly virtual meeting to discuss policies that affect the watershed. Next meeting is March 1st from 7pm to 8pm. Click here for details.
Herring Monitoring:

We will be recruiting herring monitors to help us document this spring's migration up the Mystic River in-person. Monitors need to attend a training and select a 1 hour timeslot (to be completed weekly). Slots fill up quickly and are first come, first serve! Click here to sign up.
Intertidal Biodiversity Monitoring:

In collaboration with the Stone Living Lab and UMass Boston, we are seeking volunteers to help us gather information and explore new research ideas around Boston Harbor. You will be trained to identify key intertidal species and examine temperature patterns.
*All participants must attend a virtual volunteer orientation meeting on Thursday, March 10th at 6:30 PM. Email for more info.*
Bittersweet Removal at Macdonald Park:
Sunday, March 27th from 1-3pm. Register here.
This land-based stewardship activity tackles bittersweet, an invasive vine that can kill trees, impairs habitat value, and degrades park aesthetics. Gloves and clippers are provided to cut and remove this invasive vine.
Self-Guided Trash Cleanup:
Conduct a self-guided trash cleanup with MyRWA's help! For guidelines and suggested locations around the watershed, see the links under "River and Park Cleanups" here.
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! 
Belmont Food Collaborative
The Belmont Food Collaborative runs a community garden plot in the Victory Gardens at Rock Meadow. They are looking for volunteers interested in creating a garden, learning about food from different cultures, and sharing that knowledge with the community. 
Volunteer work will include garden planning, planting, maintenance, and/or education. Hours are flexible.
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! 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.

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!  

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.
They currently host volunteers in Belmont on:
Wednesdays 2:30pm - 4pm
Thursdays 9:30am - 11:30am

Community Cooks
Community Cooks works 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. Click here to sign up!

Email Katherine for more information!
Belmont Farmers' Market
The Belmont Farmers' Market is open from June to October. They are looking for volunteers for two-hour shifts from 12-7pm every Thursday
Shifts involve setting up the market, talking to shoppers and answering questions, taking photos, and posting on social media. You can also volunteer behind the scenes and help out with tasks like writing vendor profiles for the weekly newsletters. 
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