2015 Tech Gives Back Nonprofit Project Sites

MULTI FACETED OUTDOOR/INDOOR/SKILL BASED PROJECTS

Community Work Services (Individual Volunteer Spots Remaining)

Mather School (5 Volunteer Spots Remaining)

Maud Morgan Arts (Individual Volunteer Spots Remaining)

Steps to Success (Individual Volunteer Spots Remaining)

Manual Labor Outdoor Projects

Boys and Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster (10 Volunteer Spots)

Muriel S. Snowden International School (Individual Volunteer Spots Remaining)

Neighbors In Need (8 Volunteer Spots Remaining)

People Helping People - Burlington Community Victory Garden (10 Volunteer Spots Remaining)

Thompson Island Outward Bound Recreation Center (10 Volunteer Spots Remaining)

Indoor LABOR Projects

Charlestown High School (Individual Volunteer Spots Remaining)

Community Servings (5 Afternoon Volunteer Spots Remaining)

Elliot K-8 Innovation School (Individual Volunteer Spots Remaining)

Extras for Creative Reuse (100 Volunteer Spots)

First Teacher (10 Volunteer Spots)

Gardner Pilot Academy (10 Volunteer Spots Remaining)

National Brain Tumor Society (Individual Volunteer Spots Remaining)

North End Waterfront Health - Children's Center (Individual Volunteer Spots Remaining)

Perry K-8 School (Individual Volunteer Spots Remaining)

Salvation Army (7 Volunteer Spots Remaining)

Saugus YMCA (45 Volunteer Spots)

St. Jude Hospital for Children (Individual Volunteer Spots Remaining)

SKILL BASED PROJECTS

Alzheimer's Association (10 Volunteer Spots Remaining)

New England Center For Homeless Veterans (Individual Volunteer Spots Remaining) 


MULTI FACETED OUTDOOR/INDOOR/SKILL BASED PROJECTS

COMMUNITY WORK SERVICES (INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEER SPOTS REMAINING)

Founded in 1877, CWS helps adults transform their lives through employment, providing effective job training, placement, and support services.  In addition to its workforce development program that provides both classroom and hands-on training, CWS has an earned income model in which it operates various business enterprises, employing CWS graduates.  On a yearly basis CWS helps over 800 people to overcome barriers to employment, including those with disabilities, people on public assistance, the homeless, veterans, mature workers, and individuals in poverty.

Location: 174 Portland Street #2, Boston, MA

Project: Volunteers will conduct mock job interviews for adults involved in the CWS program and will also work together on an office improvement effort.

RESERVED - FUTURE CHEFS (~20 VOLUNTEER SPOTS)!

Future Chefs, a TUGG portfolio nonprofit, prepares urban teens for quality work and life after high school by providing early employment and education opportunities in the restaurant industry, transferable skills training, and ongoing coaching and support.

Location:  560 Albany Street, Boston, MA

Indoor Project (~15 spots): Volunteers will help Future Chefs prepare for two major catering projects that are earned income opportunities for the program. Volunteers will help make chili for Future Chef’s booth at the Boston Local Food Festival as well as popcorn bags for TUGG’s Tech Gives Back afterparty.

Project (2 spots): Volunteers will help craft social media messages around the Boston Local Food Festival and TUGG events as well as a third event, the Rodman Ride, all of which will take place in September.

RESERVED - HARRIET A. BALDWIN EARLY LEARNING PILOT ACADEMY (20 VOLUNTEER SPOTS)

CORI FORM REQUIRED

The Baldwin Early Learning Pilot Academy is a Boston public school based in Brighton focused on early childhood education (pre-K to first grade).

Location: 121 Corey Road, Boston, MA

Outdoor Project: Volunteers will repaint the school’s primary playground including re-painting a running track, 4-square, and other playground games on asphalt as well as the tops and benches of 6 picnic tables. 

Skills Based Project: Volunteers will help teachers create classroom webpages on the Boston Public School’s Schoolwires platform and will help provide guidance around social media strategies for the school.

MATHER SCHOOL (5 VOLUNTEER SPOTS REMAINING)

CORI FORM REQUIRED

The Mather Elementary School is a Boston public school serving 610 students kindergarten through grade 5 in Dorchester, and is the oldest public elementary school in North America.  Over 80% of Mather students are from low-income families.

Location:  1 Parish Street, Boston, MA

Project:  Volunteers will work on several projects including painting outside, preparing a science classroom, and assisting in the library.

Maud Morgan Arts (Individual Volunteer Spots Remaining)

Maud Morgan Arts is a community arts program within the Agassiz Baldwin Community, a nonprofit community center serving Cambridge residents from pre-k through adulthood.  Maud Morgan Arts supports art education for all by providing space and programming for children, teens, and established and emerging artists of all ages and all levels to create, teach, exhibit, and collaborate.

Location: 20 Sacramento Street, Cambridge, MA

Project: Volunteers will help Maud Morgan Arts prepare for its largest fundraising event of the year, the Spirits Awards Benefit, which provides funding for scholarships and outreach programming. Volunteers will help with landscaping clean up projects, set up tents and tables, organize materials and set up decorations.

RESERVED - THE POSSIBLE PROJECT (10 VOLUNTEER SPOTS)

 

The Possible Project utilizes entrepreneurship to inspire young people who have untapped potential, empowering them with the skills required to achieve enduring personal and professional success. The program guides students through a novel dynamic curriculum, hands-on work experience, and assists with entrepreneurial endeavors and career goals. 

As part of its programming, the Possible Project has in-house businesses called TPP Enterprises.  The businesses educate students through practical, collaborative work experience, and also provide earned income for The Possible Project to support ongoing programming.  Students that participate in the in-house businesses take on various entrepreneurial tasks including research, product development, marketing, negotiations, customer service, and sales.

Location:  955 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA

Volunteers will help one of the TPP Enterprises, We Sell Possible, an online resale business that allows students to sell items donated or consigned to TPP using online marketplaces like eBay or Amazon.

Indoor Project:  Volunteers will assist in sorting and organizing inventory.

Skills Based Project: Volunteers will help developing a user-friendly tracking system for inventory.

STEPS TO SUCCESS (INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEER SPOTS REMAINING)

The mission of Steps to Success (STS) is to enhance educational outcomes for students from low-income families in order to defeat the cycle of poverty. STS offers a comprehensive achievement program for students from low-income families living in Brookline’s public housing, serving ~300 young people in Grades 4-12 and, through a College Success Initiative (CSI), an additional 80+ students in college or other post-secondary programs.

Location: 115 Greenough St., Brookline, MA

Indoor Project:  Volunteers will provide clean-up and organizational support to the Steps to Success Career Center located in Brookline High School. 

Skills-based Project: Volunteers will participate in a mock “Career Day” at the career center in which volunteers will explain career paths and education requirements for positions within their organizations to students.

RESERVED - UNITED SOUTH END SETTLEMENTS (15 VOLUNTEER SPOTS)

United South End Settlements has a mission to build a strong community through neighborhood engagement by improving the education, health, safety and economic security of low-income individuals and families in Boston’s historic South End/Lower Roxbury.

Location:  566 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA

Project:  Volunteers will assist with indoor/outdoor painting and landscaping projects.

RESERVED - VERONICA B. SMITH MULTI-SERVICE SENIOR CENTER (30 VOLUNTEER SPOTS)

The Veronica B. Smith Multi-Service Senior Center is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for Boston's senior citizens in the greatest economic and social need.  The Center plans, coordinates, and monitors the delivery of services to the elderly including health and nutrition services, seminars around legal issues and health benefit options, on-site English as a Second Language classes and translation services, as well as medical escort services for non-English speaking seniors.

Location: 20 Chestnut Hill Avenue, Brighton, MA

Project: Volunteers will assist with indoor/outdoor painting and landscaping projects.


MANUAL LABOR OUTDOOR PROJECTS

RESERVED - ARTHUR D. HEALY SCHOOL (20 VOLUNTEER SPOTS)

The Arthur D. Healy School is a Somerville public school serving 500 students grades pre-K through grade 8.

Location:  5 Meacham Street, Somerville, MA

Project. The back play lot courts are heavily used both in school, after school and during summer programs, as well as by neighborhood children.  Volunteers will repaint these back play lots to create a colorful, fun and more inviting space for students to play.    

RESERVED - BENJAMIN B. BROWN SCHOOL (10 VOLUNTEER SPOTS)

Located half mile from Davis Square in Somerville, the Benjamin G. Brown School is the oldest public elementary school in Somerville, serving 288 students from kindergarten through grade 6.

Location:  201 Willow Avenue, Somerville, MA

Project:  The back play lot courts are heavily used both in school, after school, and during summer programs, as well as by neighborhood children.  Volunteers will repaint these back play lots, as well as paint new playlots, to create a colorful, fun and more inviting space for students to play.      

RESERVED - Boston Natural Areas Network – Bessie Barnes Memorial Garden and Park (Individual Volunteer Spots Remaining)

Boston Natural Areas Network, organized in 1977, works to preserve, expand, and improve urban open space through community organizing, acquisition, ownership, programming, development and management of special kinds of urban land - urban wilds, greenways, and community dardens. This year, volunteers will work on the Bessie Barnes Memorial Garden in Lower Roxbury, a community garden.  The community garden welcomes gardeners from the surrounding neighborhood, providing 5’x9’ to 14’x28’ plots to grow and harvest a variety of food, flowers, and plant material. 

Location: 25 Warwick Street, Boston, MA

Project: Volunteers will help to pull weeds, clear fence line debris, and perform other seasonal maintenance

RESERVED - BOSTON WATER AND SEWER COMMISSION (UP TO 40 VOLUNTEER SPOTS)

The Boston Water and Sewer Commission’s Storm Drain Stenciling Program is designed to inform people that much of what is dumped onto our streets ends up in our rivers, beaches and harbor.

Location:  Flexible in and around Boston

Project:  Volunteers will work, in pairs, to apply “Don’t Dump” decals to storm drains in the area in which they work, which will provide a valuable message for those who might otherwise dump trash in the drains, which are sources of our drinking water.

RESERVED - BOSTON YOUTH SANCTUARY (7 VOLUNTEER SPOTS REMAINING)

The Boston Youth Sanctuary (BYS) is an innovative, inner city after school program serving at-risk, child survivors of trauma ages 6 through 11.  BYS provides both clinical and case management services to help its students develop sustainable coping skills. One program within the BYS is a Mindfulness Garden. The garden provides nutritious vegetables and herbs for its cooking group, connecting kids to nature and their food, while also bringing many therapeutic benefits. 

Location:  2216 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA

Project:  Volunteers will build and prepare new beds for planting fall crops.

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF FITCHBURG AND LEOMINSTER (10 VOLUNTEER SPOTS)

The Boys and Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster provides after-school programming that focuses on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM), providing youth with an extra opportunity to practice and reinforce the skills and concepts they learn in school. The Club also makes sure to instill youth with a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging, and power/influence through their youth development programs.

Location: 365 Lindell Avenue, Leominster, MA

 Project: Volunteers will assist in landscaping around the Club

RESERVED - CITY SPROUTS (10 VOLUNTEER SPOTS REMAINING ACROSS 4 SITES, HALF DAY PROJECTS)

CitySprouts develops, implements, and maintains schoolyard gardens and related curriculum and programming for Boston public schools. CitySprouts gardens inspire teachers, students, and families with a deep, hands-on connection to the food cycle, sustainable agriculture, and the natural environment.

Project: Volunteers will build garden beds and participate in other outdoor projects in support of CitySprouts programming.

Locations:

Higginson/Lewis K-8 School, 131 Walnut Avenue, Roxbury, MA

Mathe Elementary School, 1 Parish Street, Dorchester, MA

Ellis Elementary School, 302 Walnut Avenue, Roxbury, MA

Orchard Gardens Pilot School, 906 Albany Street, Roxbury, MA 02119

RESERVED - GAINING GROUND (15 VOLUNTEER SLOTS)

Gaining Ground is a nonprofit organic farm in Concord, MA.  Through the work of volunteers, the farm grows organic produce to donate to meal programs, food pantries, and shelters across Greater Boston.

Location:  341 Virginia Road, Concord, MA

Project: Volunteers will work with the farm manager on various farming-related projects, including preparing garden beds for the winter.

RESERVED - HEADING HOME (7 VOLUNTEER SPOTS REMAINING)

Heading Home’s mission is to end homelessness in Massachusetts by providing emergency, transitional, and permanent housing, as well as support services, to low-income, homeless, and formerly homeless families and individuals. Heading Home currently offers services in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Malden, Everett and Quincy. 

Location:  46 Walnut Park, Roxbury, MA

Project: Volunteers will work on landscaping projects at a Heading Home emergency shelter in Roxbury, MA. 

RESERVED - HOME FOR LITTLE WANDERERS (10 VOLUNTEER SPOTS)

The Home for Little Wanderers serves children from birth to age 22 with the mission to ensure the healthy behavioral, emotional, social and educational development and physical well being of children and families living in at-risk circumstances.  The Home serves over 7,000 children annually through a network of services including behavioral health, therapeutic residential and special education, adoption, and foster care. In addition, a number of innovative programs provide specialized assistance to youth transitioning to adulthood from state systems of care.

Location: 780 American Legion Highway, Roslindale, MA

Project:  Volunteers will paint programming space outside of the main building.

RESERVED - ITALIAN HOME FOR CHILDREN (30 VOLUNTEER SLOTS)

Originally an orphanage for Italian children in the North End Community of Boston, the Italian Home for Children has broadened outside of its original custodial services to provide progressive and therapeutic programs to help children, adults, and families with emotional, behavioral, and educational special needs thrive in their communities.

Location:  1125 Centre Street, Boston, MA

Project:  Volunteers will be working on landscaping and maintenance projects for the center including painting, yardwork, and more.

MURIEL S. SNOWDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEER SPOTS REMAINING)

CORI FORM REQUIRED

The Muriel S. Snowden International School at Copley is a multicultural, multilingual Boston public school in Boston’s Back Bay serving 406 students in grades 9-12.

Location:  150 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

Project:  Snowden has the largest garden on Newbury Street, which is the first thing that people see of the school.  The garden’s appearance impacts the community’s view of the school and school pride.   The school has an active Garden Club working on the improving the garden, but needs volunteers to help paint the railing and fences lining the gardens.

NEIGHBORS IN NEED (8 VOLUNTEER SPOTS REMAINING, HALF DAY)

Neighbors in Need has fed the poor and Hungry of Greater Lawrence for 30 years. All food, formula, diapers, clothing, and household items are provided free of charge to those who request them, without judgement. Neighbors in Need feeds 500 families each week at 11 food pantries strategically located in the Greater Lawrence neighborhoods, providing food to most residents within walking distance of their homes.

Location:  Building 18, Door #8 Dundee Park Andover, MA 01810

Project: Volunteers will assist with selecting and packing food in the warehouse.

RESERVED - OHRENBERGER SCHOOL (15 VOLUNTEER SPOTS)

CORI FORM REQUIRED

The Ohrenberger School is a Boston public school serving over 600 students grades 3 through 8 in West Roxbury. Over 70% of its students are low income and over 25% are English Language Learners.

Location: 175 West Boundary Road, West Roxbury, MA

Project:  Volunteers will help landscape the entrance to the school and improve the outdoor garden and classroom space with weeding, planting, mulching, and painting to make them not only more appealing to the community but also more useful.

Perry K-8 School (Individual Volunteer Spots Remaining)

CORI FORM REQUIRED

The Perry K-8 school is a Boston public school serving 250 students kindergarten through grad 8 in South Boston. 70% of its students are low income and nearly 20% are English Language Learners.

Location: 745 E 7th Street, South Boston, MA

Project: Volunteers will help to paint the school's cafeteria.

RESERVED - P.A. SHAW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (20 VOLUNTEER SPOTS)

CORI FORM REQUIRED

PA Shaw Elementary is a Boston public school focused on early education.  The school offers pre-K, kindergarten, and first grade classes to students in Dorchester.

Location:  429 Norfolk Street, Dorchester, MA

Project:  Volunteers will participate in landscaping and beautification of the outside space of the school including planting and gardening in planter boxes, painting exterior doors, and repainting the playground structure and blacktop.

PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE - BURLINGTON COMMUNITY VICTOR GARDEN (10 VOLUNTEER SPOTS REMAINING)

People Helping People is volunteer-led program in the town of Burlington, MA with a mission to provide residents in need food, medicine, heat or utilities, and to provide for holiday food baskets and gifts for children.  People Helping People works in the Burlington Community Victory Garden grows fresh vegetables for the Burlington Food pantry.

Project: Volunteers will harvest ripe vegetables and bring them to the food pantry, weed planting beds and weed and mulch walk ways, water plants, dig out soil to level the gardens, and complete a fence to deter unwelcome critters.

Location:  41 Terrace Hall Avenue, Burlington, MA

RESERVED - Roger Clap Innovation School (15 volunteers)

CORI FORM REQUIRED

The Roger Clap Innovation School is a Boston public school serving nearly 200 students kindergarten through grade 8. Roger Clap opened in 2011 as Boston’s first innovation school.  Nearly 80% of Roger Clap’s students are low income and over 25% are English Language Learners.

Location:  35 Harvest St, Boston, MA 02125

Project:  Volunteers will clean, organize, and paint the cafeteria and storage space of the school.

Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center (10 Volunteer Spots Remaining)

The Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center is part of Boston's "Island Classroom", which supports Boston public schools through environmental programming, experiential education and development opportunities.

Location:  Thompson Island, accessible via boat from the Marine Industrial Park off of Dry Dock Avenue in the Seaport.  Note project is only accessible via water taxi, which leaves the Marine Industrial Park at 7:30 am.

Project:  Volunteers will spend the day on Thompson Island, one of the Boston Harbor Island, helping to prepare the island for its annual 4K Trail Run in support of the Harbor Island.  Volunteers will clear trails, weed, rake, cut back brush, install trail markers, etc. 

Note: Because volunteers will be on the island, we will not be able to deliver lunch.  Lunch is available for purchase on the island, or volunteers can bring their own.

RESERVED - VICTORY PROGRAM’S REVISION URBAN FARM (INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEER SPOTS REMAINING, HALF DAY)

Victory Programs’ Revision Urban Farm is an innovative community-based urban agriculture project that grows produce and provides access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food to residents of the ReVision Family Home and its extended community. In association with ReVision Family Home, the farm also provides job training for youth and Boston’s homeless.

Location: 38 Fabyan Street, Dorchester, MA

Project: Volunteers will help weed and maintain the gardens, harvest root crops, and prepare the garden beds for the winter.


Indoor Labor Projects

RESERVED - A BED FOR EVERY CHILD (12 VOLUNTEER SPOTS - HALF DAY)

A Bed for Every Child, a TUGG portfolio nonprofit, provides beds, bed frames, linens, and pillows to children of low-income families to ensure that they have their own bed to sleep in, helping them get a good night sleep and be prepared for school. Education is a proven pathway out of the cycle of poverty, and A Bed For Every Child’s mission is to provide to children the tools they need to succeed in their education. One of these tools is a bed.

Location: 15 Bubier Street, Lynn, MA

Project:  Volunteers will help paint and reenergize bed frames 

RESERVED - AIDS ACTION COMMITTEE- BOOMERANGS (12 VOLUNTEER SPOTS)

Boomerangs is a thrift store, owned and operated by AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts.  The profit generated from donated merchandise sold in Boomerangs stores goes directly to AIDS Action’s work focused on preventing new HIV infections, supporting those who are affected by HIV, and tackling the root causes of HIV/AIDS.

Location: 1870 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA

Project: Volunteers will assist in sorting donated merchandise and stocking the store with new donations.

RESERVED - BENJAMIN FRANKLIN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (15 VOLUNTEER SPOTS)

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) is an affordable, urban college serving the Boston region and committed to student success and career readiness in technology fields.  The school provides hands-on education (mostly associate degree programs) in over a dozen fields from automotive service to health information technology. The college enrolls 500 students from the greater Boston area. Many students are first generation college students; 70% are minority; and most are low income.

Location:  41 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA

Project: Volunteers will help the school with various cleaning projects.  While the college has funding for basic maintenance, it lacks resources to deep clean the school regularly.  Having a clean environment for students is an important part of their success!

RESERVED - BOSTON CENTER FOR THE ARTS (10 VOLUNTEER SPOTS REMAINING)

The Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) is a nonprofit performing and visual arts campus that connects the arts to the community, developing new audiences, and supports working artists to create, perform, and exhibit new works, incubating and showcasing the performing and visual arts of our time.  Each year, more than 200,000 visit the BCA to experience the arts.

The value that art brings to sustain a vibrant cultural community is not always tangible or measurable, but supporting the arts is crucially important to both artists and the city of Boston so that we can experience, participate, and connect both to the art and to each other.

Location: 539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

Project: Volunteers will help to refresh the South End artist studio space by cleaning out artist studios and refreshing/painting gallery space in common areas to prepare for the Open Studios event.  Volunteers will also help refresh elements within the performing arts common space, the BCA Plaza Theatres, which house some of the most experimental and challenging theatre productions in the city.

RESERVED - BROOKLINE TEEN CENTER (30 VOLUNTEER SPOTS)

The Brookline Teen Center is a drop-in, out of school facility that provides an environment for local teens to engage in educational, constructive, and leisure activities.  The Brookline Teen Center strives to develop and empower diverse leaders who will enrich the Brookline community.

Location: 40 Aspinwall Avenue, Brookline, MA

Project: Volunteers will participate in maintenance projects to help remodel (painting) and organize (equipment/space set-up) the Center.

RESERVED - CAMBRIDGE COMMUNITY CENTER (30 VOLUNTEER SPOTS)

The Cambridge Community Center has served the Cambridge community for nearly a century, working to promote community cooperation and unity as well as empowering youth, individuals, and families. The Center offers four youth programs that run 51 weeks a year including two after-school programs, a summer enrichment program, and a teen volunteer program. 

Location: 5 Callender Street, Cambridge, MA

Project: Volunteers will paint and prepare a classroom for future student use.

CHARLESTOWN HIGH SCHOOL (INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEER SPOTS REMAINING)

CORI FORM REQUIRED 

Charlestown High School is a Boston public school serving over 900 students grades 9-12 in Charlestown. Nearly 90% of students are low income, 40% are English Language Learners, and 25% are in special education programs. Charlestown High School is also home to a BUILD entrepreneurship classroom.  BUILD is a TUGG portfolio graduate.

Location:  240 Medford Street, Charlestown MA

Project:  Volunteers will help with office organizational tasks, creating display boards, cleaning of stairwell walls, scraping of gum from cafeteria tables, and photographing students in action for use on a future website.

COMMUNITY SERVINGS (5 AFTERNOON VOLUNTEER SPOTS REMAINING)

Volunteers can volunteer all day, or can break the projects into half day increments with a morning and afternoon

Community Servings is a Boston based organization that provides meals for the critically ill as well as food-service job training and nutrition counseling programs in 20 cities and towns in Massachusetts.  Community Servings prepares and delivers nearly 10,000 lunches and dinners weekly to individuals and families that are homebound with an acute, life-threatening illness.

Location: 18 Marbury Terrace, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Project: Volunteers will assist in preparing meals for Community Servings families and clients.

RESERVED - CURTIS GUILD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (30 VOLUNTEER SPOTS)

CORI FORM REQUIRED

The Curtis Guild Elementary School is a Boston public school serving 300 students pre-K through grade 5 in East Boston.  80% of its students are low income and nearly 70% are English Language Learners.

 Location: 195 Leyden Street, East Boston

Project: Volunteers will participate in a number of different projects - painting, cleaning, and making student study materials.

ELLIOT K-8 INNOVATION SCHOOL (INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEER SPOTS REMAINING)

CORI FORM REQUIRED

Based in the North End of Boston, the Elliot School is a Boston public school serving ~400 students from kindergarten through Grade 8.  The Elliot school was initially opened as the North End Writing School in 1713, and educated both Samuel Adams and Paul Revere.  In 2007 the school was low performing and in consideration for closure.  The school hired new principal Traci Walker Griffith and following a campaign for expansion was recategorized as an “innovation school”, which allowed for more creative strategies for curriculum, staffing, teaching methods, and assessment strategies. In 2012 the Elliot School was recognized as a “Commendation School”.

Project:  Volunteers will participate in a number of different projects - painting, cleaning, and making student study materials.

Location: 16 Charter Street, Boston, MA

RESERVED - ETHOS (20 VOLUNTEER SPOTS, HALF DAY)

Since 1973, Ethos has served Boston’s elderly and disabled citizens, delivering high quality, affordable, and culturally competent home and community-based care, neighborhood by neighborhood.  Ethos’ services include home and personal care, nutrition counseling, protective services, and money management counseling.  They have two neighborhood specific programs for those communities with the highest concentration of elderly citizens including AgeWell West Roxbury and JP@Home.

Location: 555 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA

Project: Volunteers write cards to seniors receiving meals and decorate placemats in preparation for a Thanksgiving meal service this fall.

EXTRAS FOR CREATIVE REUSE (100 VOLUNTEER SPOTS)

Extras for Creative Reuse (Extras) provides reusable, recycled, and surplus materials from local businesses to classrooms and other educational programs and institutions to support arts education in the community.  Through workshops, partnerships, collaborations, and community outreach events, Extras is able to give hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of materials to the Greater Boston and North Shore communities, making education and the arts more accessible and affordable. 

Location: 20 Wheeler St. #302, Lynn, MA 01901

Project: Volunteers will remodel and reorganize the Extras warehouse space to make it more efficient and useful to the community.

FIRST TEACHER (10 VOLUNTEER SPOTS)

First Teacher is a nonprofit focused on creating collaborative, community based environments that parents can come together to share best practices for the early education of their children. By enabling a model where “parents teach parents”, First Teacher helps strengthen the relationship parents have to their children’s education.

Location:  221 Blue Hill Avenue, Roxbury, MA

Project:  Volunteers will help First Teacher establish their new headquarters (furniture assembly and painting) and will help create gift/activity bags with materials for the 150 First Teacher participants attending the a September 19 community day for parents and children.

RESERVED - FRIENDS OF BOSTON’S HOMELESS – WOODS MULLEN SHELTER (10 VOLUNTEER SPOTS)

The mission of the Boston Public Health Commission's Homeless Services Bureau is to improve the quality of life of Boston's homeless citizen's by providing emergency shelter, social services, and housing search services.

In October 2014 the City of Boston announced the closing of BPHC’s Long Island Shelter, transitional and rehabilitation programs.  This has required the shifting of services and programs to other locations throughout the city. As part of this, the Woods Mullen Shelter was converted from a co-ed emergency facility that processed up to 600 guests daily to an all female shelter.  There is a need to help transition this space to a warm and welcoming space for women in need.

Location: 794 Mass Ave, Boston, MA

Project:  Volunteers will help to clean, paint and otherwise beautify the shelter.

GARDNER PILOT ACADEMY (10 VOLUNTEER SPOTS REMAINING)

CORI FORM REQUIRED

The Gardner Pilot Academy is a full-service Boston public community school serving 350 students pre-k through grade 8 in Allston, MA.  Over 85% of Gardner Pilot Academy students are eligible for free or reduced price lunch.

Location: 30 Athol Street, Allston, MA

Project:  Volunteers will help to relocate the school book room to a more student/staff accessible area.

RESERVED - HELEN Y. DAVIS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY (20 VOLUNTEER SPOTS)

CORI FORM REQUIRED

The Davis Leadership Academy is a Boston public charter school serving students grades 6-8 in the Field’s Corner section of Dorchester, MA.  The school serves 200 children, 95% of which are low income, English language learners, and/or students with disabilities.

Location: 23 Leonard St, Dorchester, MA 02122

Project: Volunteers will participate in direct service projects with students.

RESERVED - HOUSING FAMILIES (25 VOLUNTEER SPOTS, HALF DAY)

Housing Families works to end family homelessness by providing safe, temporary shelter, and quality affordable housing to homeless and at-risk families. They also offer individualized supportive services to enrich children’s lives, nurture the potential of each family member, and help families maintain permanent housing.

Location: 354 Cross Street, Malden, MA

Project: Volunteers will prepare Housing Families’ housing units for families by painting and assembling furniture.

RESERVED - JP KIDSARTS (12 VOLUNTEER SPOTS)

The Jamaica Plain Multicultural After School Arts Program (KidsArts) is a non-profit afterschool program committed to offering school age children a supportive and cooperative environment that celebrates cultural diversity through the arts. KidsArts advocates mutual respect, teamwork, and sensitivity to each child's needs and development.

Location: 6 Eliot Street, Boston, MA

Project: Volunteers will be remodeling and the organizing KidsArts program space.

RESERVED - MELROSE YMCA (30 VOLUNTEER SPOTS)

The Melrose Family YMCA offers programs and services that provide opportunities for all members of the community to learn new skills, build relationships, and give back to others in the community. The Melrose Family YMCA is focused on improving their community’s health and well-being through fitness, sports, and fun shared interests, giving back and providing support to their neighbors, and nurturing the potential of every child and teen.

Location: 106 Main Street, Melrose, MA

Project: Volunteers will work on making the Melrose YMCA more appealing through beautification projects, and also help organize materials.

RESERVED – MORE THAN WORDS – BOSTON (10 VOLUNTEER SPOTS)

More Than Words, a TUGG portfolio nonprofit, empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business – a bookstore. More Than Words began as an online bookselling training program for youth in DCF custody in 2004 and opened its vibrant bookstore on Moody St in Waltham in 2005.  It has since added a Starbucks coffee bar in 2008 and a new bookstore in the South End of Boston.

Location: 242 East Berkeley St. 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02118

Project: Volunteers will help scan and sort books in the More Than Words Warehouse located in Boston.

RESERVED - MORE THAN WORDS – WALTHAM (15 VOLUNTEER SPOTS)

More Than Words, a TUGG portfolio nonprofit, empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business – a bookstore. More Than Words began as an online bookselling training program for youth in DCF custody in 2004 and opened its vibrant bookstore on Moody St in Waltham in 2005.  It has since added a Starbucks coffee bar in 2008 and a new bookstore in the South End of Boston.

Location: 376 Moody Street, Waltham, MA

Project: Volunteers will help scan and sort books in the More Than Words Warehouse located in Waltham.

RESERVED - MURPHY SCHOOL (25 VOLUNTEER SPOTS)

This project has been matched and reserved.

The Murphy K-8 School is a Boston public school serving 900 students pre-k through grade 8 in Dorchester.  Nearly 70% of students are low income and 20% of students are English language learners.

Location:  1 Worrell Street, Dorchester, MA

Project:  Volunteers will perform a variety of cleaning/painting/beautification projects in the Murphy and adjacent/attached Leahy Holloran Community Center.

RESERVED - MUSIC & YOUTH INITIATIVE - BLUE HILL BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB (25 VOLUNTEER SPOTS)

The Music & Youth Initiative, a TUGG portfolio nonprofit, brings music resources and programs, “Music Clubhouses” to local Boys and Girls clubs serving economically underserved urban communities.  The program offered at the Blue Hill Boys and Girls Club provides instruments and staffing for free music lessons, in addition to hot meals, homework help, college prep and workforce development.

Location: 15 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester, MA

Project: Volunteers will help paint and refresh the rooms dedicated to the Music Clubhouse

NATIONAL BRAIN TUMOR SOCIETY (INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEER SPOTS REMAINING, HALF DAY)

The National Brain Tumor Society is committed to finding better treatments and improving the lives of all those affected by brain tumors. The NBTS aims to improve the understanding of all brain tumors to transform research into new and effective treatments, as quickly as possible. To achieve these goals, the NBTS also fosters collaboration with leaders in the private sector, government, and academia to drive systemic change within all facets of the drug discovery and development landscape.

Location: 55 Chapel Street, Suite 200, Newton, MA

Project: Volunteers will help organize the supplies and materials at the National Brain Tumor Society.

NORTH END WATERFRONT HEALTH – CHILDREN’S CENTER (INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEER SPOTS REMAINING)

The North End Waterfront Health Center is a nonprofit health center committed to improve the quality of life for the residents of Boston’s North End by providing high quality healthcare that is consumer oriented, culturally appropriate, neighborhood-based, affordable, and produces positive outcomes.   Their Children's Center program is an on-site day care that has been in continuous operation since 1826.   Regrettably, the Center has been forced to close effective September 2015 due to lack of funding and other economic factors.

Location:  332 Hanover Street, Boston, MA

Project: Volunteers will pack up the classrooms of the Children's Center, and transport the items to beneficiaries.

RESERVED - ROOM TO GROW (20 VOLUNTEER SPOTS, HALF DAY, AFTERNOON)

Room to Grow is dedicated to enriching the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development. Parents are referred to Room to Grow by a network of prenatal programs assisting low-income families. Upon their referral, families visit Room to Grow's warm and inviting space once every three months from just before the birth of the baby until their child turns three. During their one-on-one appointments with on-staff social workers, typically lasting two hours, parents receive developmental information, customized support, and all of the needed baby items to ensure a healthy and secure start for their child.

Location: 142 Berkeley Street #22, Boston, MA

Project: Volunteers will assist with processing donations of clothes, books, toys, and baby gear.

SALVATION ARMY (7 VOLUNTEER SPOTS REMAINING)

The Salvation Army’s provides support for adults, children, and families both within the U.S. and internationally. Services include adult rehabilitation, veterans’ affairs services and services for the elderly, hunger relief through soup kitchens, housing, youth recreation and much more.

Location:  34 Alder Street, Waltham, MA

Project:  Volunteers will prepare, serve, and clean up after meals in the soup kitchen, and will also organize and stock shelves and assists clients shopping in the food pant

SAUGUS YMCA (45 VOLUNTEER SPOTS)

The Saugus Family YMCA offers community programs and services to families and individuals of all ages. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every child and teen, improves the nation’s health and well-being, and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors.

Location: 298 Main Street, Saugus, MA

Project: Volunteers will work on making the Saugus YMCA more appealing through beautification projects, and also help organize materials.

RESERVED - THE SECOND STEP (12 VOLUNTEER SPOTS)

The Second Step fosters the safety, stability, and well-being of survivors of domestic violence through residential and community-based programs and services offered to more than 300 adults and 500 children, and transitional housing in two homes for up to 30 families.

Location:  449 Walnut Street, Suite 100, Newtonville, MA.

Note: For security and confidentiality purposes, volunteers will meet at The Second Step offices and then go to the family home.

Project:  Volunteers will help with a painting project for a Second Step family home.

ST. JUDE HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN (INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEER SPOTS REMAINING)

St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases.  In the last 50 years, St. Jude pushed the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent, and is working in the next decade to drive the overall survival rate to 90%. Crucially, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.

Location:  313 Washington Street #310, Newton, MA

Project:  September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness month. St. Jude will be hosting two major events in September, the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer and the National St. Jude Up til Dawn Recruitment Day. Volunteers will help prep for events including helping to assemble bib packets for all participants for the Walk/Run, sending out a mailing to Team Captains for the Walk/Run, and assisting with assembling gold ribbons and information cards for National Recruitment Day.

RESERVED - WASHINGTON IRVING MIDDLE SCHOOL (25 VOLUNTEER SPOTS)

CORI FORM REQUIRED

The Washington Irving Middle School is a Boston public school serves over 400 students grades 6 through 8 in Roslindale.  Over 80% of its students are low income and nearly 25% are English Language Learners.

Location: 105 Cummins Highway, Roslindale

Project: Volunteers will perform a variety of cleaning/painting/beautification projects, along with assembly of student study materials


Skill Based Projects

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION (10 VOLUNTEER SPOTS REMAINING)

The mission of the Alzheimer's Association is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

The Alzheimer’s Association has a signature event called The Longest Day, in which it hosted its first ever #ENDALZ Hackathon. Engineers, developers, and designers teamed up to create app prototypes aimed at helping the Alzheimer's community.  The organization now needs to test and provide feedback for the top apps developed such that the organization can fine-tune the best prototypes and bring some of these products to market.

Location:  480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472

Project: Volunteers will provide insight and feedback on the apps, working with members of the Alzheimer’s Association who have experience and expertise in the population that would use the apps.

RESERVED - CAMBRIDGE COLLEGE (10 VOLUNTEER SPOTS)

Cambridge College is a nonprofit college dedicated to providing academically excellent, time-efficient, flexible, and cost-effective higher education for a diverse population of working adults for whom those opportunities may have been limited or denied.

Location:  1000 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Project:  Volunteers will help execute the College's engagement campaign by supporting efforts around conducting video interviews, assisting photography of students and student life, and administering media release forms as needed.

RESERVED - MORGAN MEMORIAL GOODWILL INDUSTRIES (12 VOLUNTEER SPOTS, HALF DAY)

Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries' mission is to help individuals with barriers to self-sufficiency to achieve independence and dignity through work and opportunity.   Goodwill is a leading Massachusetts provider of job training, career development, and youth programs focused on skill building and employment opportunity.  Volunteers will be participating in Goodwill’s First Step program, designed to provide services and resources to participants looking to advance their careers and achieve financial independence.

Location:  1010 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02119

Project:  Volunteers will help program participants create a LinkedIn profile page to aid in their job search.

NEW ENGLAND CENTER FOR HOMELESS VETERANS (INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEER SPOTS REMAINING)

The New England Center for Homeless Veterans (NECHV) was founded in 1989 and is one of the nation’s largest private resources for veterans of every era who may be facing challenges and are at-risk of homelessness. Their experienced professionals provide the tools and direct veterans to resources that enable successful independent living and meaningful employment.

Location: 17 Court St., Boston, MA

Project: Volunteers will participate in a skill-based volunteer activities including social media consultation and mock interviewing.