TeenLife Boston: Guide to Community Service 2012


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This guide includes more than 50 non-profits in the Greater Boston area with community service opportunities for teens and their families. Categories include: advocacy for a cause, health and well-being, international relief, preserving the environment, and promoting volunteerism.

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  1. 1. 2 0 1 2 FREE GUIDE TO COMMUNITY SERVICE IN GREATER BOSTON W W W. T E E N L I F E . C O M | F R E E200 non-profitopportunities for studentsThe BENEFITS ofteen volunteering A T E E N L I F E M E D I A P U B L I C AT I O N
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  4. 4. Presenting TeenLife’s2012 Guide to CommunityService in Greater Boston!The only free, comprehensiveresource of its kind. oodwill. Helping in the breakthrough moments can happen anywhere. service ■ adventure ■ language ■ life skills community. Even fulfilling 1.800.321.4353 ■ rusticpathways.com community service hours required to graduate. These are all reasons for teens to be actively doing community service work. And that’s not to mention the many other benefits of doing so.Students who get involved with an organization they arepassionate about grow socially and emotionally, buildcharacter, and discover how their time and energy actuallycontributes to the wider world around them. A positivevolunteer experience cannot only be life changing, but it canalso be a tremendous addition to a college application.That’s why each year TeenLife gets so excited to produce itsannual Guide to Community Service in Greater Boston. Flipthrough its pages, and parents and teens like you can easilyfind up to 200 non-profits in Metro Boston who need teenvolunteers!From working with a homeless shelter to using your teenvoice at the legislative level, our guide lists a wide variety ofnon-profits in 12 different categories. Each listing includes amission statement, volunteer coordinator, and web address.So, the research is all done for you.Plus, our student-friendly feature written by teen author LizSuneby highlights how students can get started and the many Because an allowance doesn’t coverways teens can easily get involved (page 4). cars, college or a new phone.TeenLife strongly encourages teen volunteering. We hope New jobs posted every minute. Find yours today.our comprehensive guide leads you to a world of unexploredopportunities. And please, let us know about your charitable Millions of families nationwideefforts. We are always looking for teens who want to share visit Care.com looking for babysitters,their experiences “making a difference.” We can feature your tutors, dog walkers and more. Join now for FREE atstory on our site or in our upcoming guides, just like Maddie Flexible hours www.care.com!MacWilliams and Karly Oettgens Student Profiles on Occasional or part-time jobs Free promotional toolspages 8 and 21. * To join Care.com, you must be at least 17 years old andMarie, Schwartz, President & Founder, TeenLife Media, LLC legally eligible to work in the United States.mschwartz@teenlife.com
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  6. 6. Table of Contents 42 MAKE A DIFFERENCE: PUT ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 4 YOUR TEEN ENERGY AND ENTHUSIASM TO WORK! Recognition of Sponsors & Contributors to the 2012 TeenLife LIVE! Community Service Fair & Expo. The author highlights the many benefits of community service work and how teens can easily get involved. INDEX By Liz Suneby 52 52 Non-Profits—Alphabetical 53 Non-Profits—By Location STUDENT PROFILE 8 56 Sponsors, Contributors Maddie MacWilliams shares how community & Advertisers service work has become her lifelong goal.11 NON-PROFIT LISTINGS 11 Advocacy for a Cause 15 Aging With Dignity 16 Animal Rights & Rescue 16 Community Resources 21 Cultural Organizations 23 Health & Well-Being 24 Homelessness & Hunger 27 International Relief 28 People with Disabilities 30 Preserving the Environment 33 Promoting Volunteerism 34 Youth STUDENT PROFILE21 Karly Oettgen describes what inspires her most when volunteering.Cover Photo: Teen Students giving back to the community on a PEOPLEvolunteers handing out TO PEOPLE Leadership Summit—Service in Actiongoodies to 5K runners Program in New Orleans. See listing on page 49.during the MITOACTIONEnergy Walk & 5K Run.
  7. 7. Make a Difference: Put Your Teen Energy and Enthusiasm to Work! by Liz Suneby “A LT H O U G H T H E W O R L D IS FULL OF SUFFERING, IT IS FULL ALSO O F T H E O V E R C O M I N G O F I T. ” Helen Keller (1880 – 1968) This quote from Helen Keller—author, political activist, But, by working with others to help chip away at universallecturer, and the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor problems, you can have a positive impact on the world, as well.of Arts degree—is one of my favorites. It inspires me to takeresponsibility for repairing the world and it gives me hope thatI can make a difference. Accept responsibility as a citizen of the world Whether you choose to focus on people, animals, or the TeenLife developed this guide to inspire you to make the environment, there are countless ways to make a difference.world a better place and to provide you with practical advice In fact, there are so many problems in the world that it’s naturalfor doing so. If you are not sure where to begin, this guide will to question whether you can actually have a positive effect.help you get going. If you already have ideas, this guide will Don’t get stymied. Accept responsibility for doing your part.give you new ones to consider. Lend a hand. It feels goodto do good. Gain a sense of empowermentWHY COMMIT TO COMMUNITY SERVICE? Service gives you the chance to develop your leadership, communications, and interpersonal skills, as well as an overallMany middle and high schools require community service as sense of accomplishment. It broadens your worldview anda condition of graduation. Whether or not your school does, even has the potential to introduce you to career choices.service offers many benefits—to others as well as to yourself. Appreciate all that you have Make the world a little better As a busy student, it is easy to obsess about the very realYes, you can single-handedly improve the lives of others. pressures you face. But seeing firsthand the challengesConsider the impact of helping an elderly neighbor who no others face and the ways people overcome their challengeslonger can handle yard work, grocery shopping, or simply provides valuable perspective for your own life.reading the Sunday newspaper. Or how you could brightenthe days of children in the hospital by making cards, craft kits,and playlists of upbeat tunes. Or the importance of providing Strengthen your college applicationessentials to families in need by donating books, school In-depth service experiences make you a more multi-supplies, and clothing to a local shelter. dimensional and interesting person and consequently, a stronger candidate for acceptance. College admissionsOther issues are too big for any one person to overcome alone, officers see through checklist or superficial involvement,like saving animals from extinction, curing genetic diseases, so discover your philanthropic priorities and pursue themreversing global warming, or ensuring access to clean water. with passion.4 | THE TEENLIFE 2012 GUIDE TO COMMUNITY SERVICE IN GREATER BOSTON
  8. 8. GETTING STARTED Even if you are committed to the idea of community Favorite school subjects:service, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed about how and where Math, art, biology, chemistry, environmentalto get started. As anthropologist Margaret Mead (1901 – 1978) science, history, foreign languages, English…said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committedcitizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing thatever has.” Extracurricular interests: Acting, ceramics, band, chorus, dance, teamLooking Within or individual sports, student government, babysitting…Interests & Talents: The best place to start is by lookingwithin—to your interests and talents. Connecting yourpassions to fixing problems in the world will lead you to ideasin the short-term, and hopefully to a lifelong commitment to Hobbies/passions:social justice and service to others. Animals, biking, cooking, travel, crafts, camping, computers/electronics, gardening, movies,Think about favorite academic subjects, after-school activities, photography, yoga…or issues that you care deeply about. Is reading the way you liketo relax? Is speaking Spanish how you like to converse? Doeshiking in nature bring you joy? What about making movies onyour laptop? Are you happiest when you are playing the piano? Universal issues:Or kicking a soccer ball? Do you have a grandparent with Education for girls, clean water, global warming,Alzheimer’s disease? A friend with Type 1 diabetes? Do you adoption, bullying, eating disorders, depression,know someone serving overseas in the military? Take a look at domestic violence…the table on the right to start brainstorming. Students hiking with the APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUBS TEEN WILDERNESS ADVENTURES PROGRAM. See listing on page 30.
  9. 9. Ways to Help: Once you have a philanthropic focus, there aremany ways you can make a difference. You can: Make your voice heard: We live in a democracy where every citizen’s voice Volunteer your time: counts. When you turn 18 years old you can vote Have you ever heard the expression “Time is money”? for people whose beliefs are similar to yours to There’s no better gift than the gift of your time, effort, and represent your views in town, state, and national energy. Depending on the opportunity, you can volunteer government. But you don’t have to wait until you alone, with a friend, a group, or with a parent or other turn 18 to make your voice heard. Make your opinion grown-up. You can work directly with the individuals the known to government officials and encourage others non-profit serves, help with administrative duties in the to do so as well. Write letters to the editor in local and office, clean up or paint, or assist at special events. Try national publications about issues of concern to you. to devote AT LEAST 10 hours of your time to one organiza- Spearhead an essay contest at your school with a tion to have more impact. Consider opportunities right teacher or administrator as your sponsor. at your school, in your community, and/or a summer service opportunity in locations across the country and the world. Practice deliberate acts of kindness: While deliberate acts of kindness do not qualify for community service hours, it is important to live your Collect goods for donation: life with integrity, compassion, and respect. Perhaps What do you have that you don’t need anymore, but the writer Henry James summed it up best when he someone else could use? Go through your closet: what proclaimed, “Three things in human life are impor- clothes have you outgrown that someone else could tant: The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. wear? How about used sports equipment or books that And the third is to be kind.” are in good shape? Think about broadening your reach by collecting items from friends, neighbors, even stores to distribute to others in need. Looking Outward Raise funds: Identify organizations to support: How can you find national There are multiple ways to raise funds for donation. You or local organizations that could benefit from your involve- can earn money by charging for your services, such as ment? Start your research right here with the organizations sorting recyclables and dispensing trash, shoveling snow, listed in TeenLife’s 2012 Guide to Community Service. Also, babysitting, or fixing computers. Have you ever thought speak to as many people as possible about organizations about organizing your own fundraiser, such as a bake sale that they know of or are involved with that fit your interests, or carwash? You could participate in a charity run/walk/ including your: readathon and raise money through sponsorships. • guidance counselor • teachers • parents and other relatives Buy items that help others: • neighbors Another way to raise funds is to purchase from organiza- • clergy and lay leaders at your house of worship tions that donate a percent of the money they earn to • friends charity. When you buy these brands of food or clothing, for example, you not only get something you want, but Clarify community service graduation requirements: also you help others. Certain web sites and catalogs do Be sure you are aware of all parameters, including: the same thing. Look carefully when you go shopping • number of hours per year or in total and encourage other people to change the world with a • approved activities simple purchase! • approved organizations • forms, signatures, and deadlines for submission6 | THE TEENLIFE 2012 GUIDE TO COMMUNITY SERVICE IN GREATER BOSTON
  10. 10. Create a plan: Once you have ideas for what you’d like to do who were in a classroom of their own. So he approachedand potential organizations you would like to help, draft an the special needs teacher and together they devised a plan.action plan to organize your thinking. Include: She paired Sam with a boy with Down syndrome, and the two boys ate lunch together once a week in the school cafeteria • a succinct overview of the service project for the entire school year. As the year progressed, both boys • objectives/goals often brought friends to join them. Over lunch, Sam and his • names and contact information for people you buddy spoke about sports, food, and school and formed a will need to work with mutually-beneficial friendship. • required materials and approximate costs • schedule, noting key milestones and dates • success measurements, including how others and Math Student Tutors Younger Kids you will benefit High-school student Lindsay’s favorite subject in school is math. Since middle school, she has been volunteeringTEEN COMMUNITY SERVICE EXAMPLES to tutor elementary school kids in math at a program in Teaneck, New Jersey called Math Adventures and WordThese real-life stories illustrate how a few teens have put Play that offers free access to the entire community. Fortheir various interests and talents to work for others. two hours on Saturdays, Lindsay helps kids complete their homework and study for tests. Many of the students in the program are not able to afford a tutor, which makes itHigh School Girls Focus on Suicide Prevention especially rewarding for Lindsay to help other kidsAccording to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention understand and enjoy a subject she knows so well.(AFSP), suicide is the third leading cause of death, behindaccidents and homicide, of people aged 15 to 24. While Actor, Singer, and Musician Sharesthis statistic is startling, it was the personal connection Love of Musicto classmates who had taken their lives that caused Lexyand Jennifer, two high school seniors, to focus on suicide Alex is an actor, singer, and musician, who by seventhprevention for their community service project. These girls grade had credits on stage and TV. Appreciative of the artsapproached a local, family-owned clothing shop in their town education he enjoyed in his own school district, he wantedwith an idea to sell hand-braided bracelets in their store. The to help kids in other districts that were not able to offer theshop donated colorful cloth and an assortment of buttons same level of opportunities to their students. Alex usedand the girls braided and sold the bracelets in the store. All the money he earned from his acting jobs to purchase 21proceeds were donated to AFSP (www.afsp.org) to support new and used musical instruments (4 guitars, 5 trumpets,their work in suicide prevention. 5 clarinets, 6 flutes, and a drum set) and donated them to a performing arts public school in Yonkers, New York. As a high school student, Alex continues to use his creativeMiddle School Boys Organize Bone Marrow talents to help others. In addition to performing locally forRegistration Drives charitable events, he has traveled to Latin America fourFor people with certain blood cancers or disorders, a bone times on community service trips and always finds a way tomarrow transplant is the only hope for survival. Saving a incorporate music, including performing in the local villageslife is the ultimate service, and exactly how middle school where he has lived. Not surprisingly, in college Alex plans toboys Andrew and Jake wanted to make their mark on the double major in music and Latin American studies in orderworld. Together, and with the help of their mothers, the boys to make positive change in that part of the world throughorganized two bone marrow registration drives for Gift of Life music, business, and education.(www.giftoflife.org) at events in their town. To spread the word,the boys posted fliers around town, and got their local paper Tennis Enthusiast Raises Money forto write a story. Thanks to their hard work, 134 people joined Multiple Sclerosis Societythe registry. Jillian, a middle-school tennis player, hosted a parent/child tennis tournament to raise money for the Multiple SclerosisSchoolmate Gives the Gift of Friendship Society, a disease that affects her aunt and grandmother.Sam attends a big public school and realized he never had Jillian got her tennis club to donate the space, localthe chance to interact with any of the kids with special needs supermarkets and restaurants to donate food, and several
  11. 11. STUDENT PROFILE In Her Own Words rewarding, because we were reaching out to power- MADDIE ful people who had never been challenged by teenagers MacWILLIAMS Senior at Newton before. And we made a real impact—one of the biggest North High School institutions we targeted did make a commitment to use Newton, MA cleaner energy! Our other campaign was to get state Senators and Representatives to support funding for youth programs,What was the name of the Service Program you especially youth jobs and education. We went to a Rally forparticipated in and its mission? Youth Jobs with hundreds of other teenagers, and marchedI participated in Sub/Urban Justice, Boston Mobiliza- through the State House. We met with government of-tion’s summer community organizing program. ficials and had them promise to vote for the youth jobs bill. Some of us even got to meet with Governor Deval PatrickSub/Urban Justice (S/UJ) gives teenagers from the in person and advocate why youth programs need to becity and the suburbs the chance to work together and supported!make real change in their communities. S/UJ empow-ers teenagers to take action around issues that they Before our campaign, the youth jobs bill didn’t pass, butcare about. once we made sure that legislators knew that this was important to us, it became important to them too, and theWe talk in small groups about problems that we see in bill passed almost unanimously! This not only meant thatour schools and communities, like racism, classism, we won a campaign, but that hundreds of teens would haveand sexism. We learn about how our experiences fit summer work. It was rewarding to know that teens, likeinto the larger systems in our society. As a group, adults, have power to promote positive change.we figure out what we feel most passionate about bysharing our own stories. Then we find a specific issuethat we want to change, and something that we can What was the most memorable part of your experience?have an impact on. Then we do it! In the first week of S/UJ, we had an eye-opening assign- ment, called the Homeless Tour of Boston. We traveledS/UJ focuses on community organizing, which is around the city in pairs with a staff member, and searchedtaking action to solve the root of injustice that affects for organizations that would provide homeless people withus all. It’s more than doing something good for people shelter for the night, food, and medical care. The catchonce, it’s doing something to make a lasting impact. was, we couldn’t use any of our own money for the train, so we had to ask strangers for money or make signs askingWhat did you specifically do as your community for money. It was a little uncomfortable at first, but reallyservice work? Projects worked on? got us thinking.There were two main projects I was part of with S/UJ. My partner and I quickly got to be close friends while weThe environment is something that impacts everybody, navigated the city without our usual privileges of a busso one of our campaigns was to get large institutions, pass and money, and we were both struck by how differentlike hospitals and schools, to commit to using cleaner the city is for people who don’t have what we do. Throughenergy. We scheduled meetings with decision-makers this and other hands-on experiences and discussions,in these institutions to tell them about the impact of I found an incredible group of friends, who care deeplyair pollution on our health, and why we care. It was about the world. CONTINUED ON PAGE 18
  12. 12. businesses to donate prizes for the winners. Jillian askedpeople to donate $25 with a check made out directly toMultiple Sclerosis Society (www.nationalmssociety.org). Tomaximize contributions, she even encouraged non-tennis MAKE EVERY DAYplayers to attend to watch some great tennis for a great cause. AN ADVENTURE.Grateful Survivor Cooks for a CureHannah, a cancer survivor, cooked up her familys favorite REI is proud to support therecipe for delicious hot fudge sauce to raise money for the TeenLife Boston Community Service Fairplayroom at the Jimmy Fund Clinic at The Dana FarberCancer Institute (www.jimmyfund.org). After years of makingthe sauce with her mom to give as holiday gifts, she came up REI Boston REI Readingwith the idea to sell it instead to raise money for the childrens 401 Park Drive 279 Salem St.playroom where she had spent many hours during treatment Boston, MA 02215 Reading, MA 01867for leukemia. Her mom approached a locally-owned gift shop, 617-236-0746 781-944-5103and that was where Hannah launched her sales. This firstsuccessful retail experience was the beginning of more REI Hingham REI Framingham 98 Derby St. 375 Cochituate Rdto come. Hingham, MA 02043 Framingham, MA 01701 781-740-9430 508-270-6325NON-PROFITS VALUE TEENSHear directly from several non-profit executives about theirperspectives on teen volunteerism. CAMP CLIMB CYCLE PADDLE SKI TRAVEL“We appreciate the incredible energy and enthusiasm of teenvolunteers at our annual events such as at our fundraisingwalk, NAMIWalks (May 12, 2012, Artesani Park, Soldiers Lifeworks GLOBAL SUMMER SERVICEField Road, Boston), and at our Advocacy Day at the State International ADVENTURES FOR TEENSHouse (April 2, 2012). At our Advocacy Day, teen volunteersinterested in government and public policy also get to learnabout mental health issues in the state and meet aides to ourstate’s elected officials.” Cindy Nelson, Volunteer Coordinator,National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts (www.namimass.org)—improving the quality of life both for peoplewith mental illnesses and for their families through aware-ness, advocacy, and support.Adds Nelson, “Here’s my advice to teens—volunteer for an 800.808.2115organization or cause that you are truly passionate about. It is W W W . L I F E W O R K S - I N T E R N AT I O N A L . C O Mimportant to know yourself—do you want to work with otherteens in a group, or are you willing to work alone? Do you needsome direction, or can you work independently? What skillsdo you have—and what volunteer opportunities are a goodmatch?” If you would like to sign up for"Also, be creative! If you cant find a volunteer opportunity that Vonage in the Greater Boston area,interests you, then write a proposal to an organization that contact Ada Jimenez at (774) 274-9576addresses why you value their work, presents how you can or ajimenez@rbd-sales.com.help them achieve their mission, outlines the resources youwill need (staff assistance, office space, etc.), and the time youare willing to commit,” says Nelson.
  13. 13. where there be dragons Asia, “One way teens help Heifer is by writing personalized Africa, Latin America, notes thanking friends for their donation and interest, and and the Middle East informing them of upcoming Heifer events. Donors have expressed their gratitude for a personalized card and how impressed they are that a teen has taken the initiative to get involved,” remarks Rachel, Area Volunteer Coordinator,semester Eastern MA, Heifer International, Inc. (www.heifer.org)—and giving families in 128 countries self-reliance and hope withsummer programs a source of food rather than short-term relief.w ww. wheretherebedragons . com “Providing a venue for people of all ages to give back to their communities is central to Cradles to Crayons’ mission. Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders, so it is important to engage them in high-quality volunteer experiences and lead- ership programs. We aim to inspire youth to find their passion for helping others and take the lead in creating change." "Teens make a difference every day at Cradles to Crayons. Just this month, a high school student saw our high need for winter coats. She saved up over $500 from her babysit- ting money to purchase 20 brand-new, high-quality coats. Teens like Karly Oettgen featured on page 21 also shine as volunteers in our Teen Leadership Corps. These students take an entire group of 20-25 volunteers into a project area, give them orientation, and lead the team through a two-hour volunteer shift. These teens have the confidence and initiative to direct adults and peers, answer questions, and ensure that quality work is being done,” explains Ashley Tarbet, Giving Corps Volunteer Manager, Cradles to Crayons (www. cradlestocrayons.org)—providing homeless and low-income children with the essentials they require to thrive: to feel safe, warm, ready to learn, and valued. Volunteering in any capacity makes you a better person, inspires you to spread goodwill, and helps you grow in Virtual admissions counseling from so many ways on a personal level. It is a win win for all involved. former admissions officers. www.AcceptU.com (617) 424-0700 Liz Suneby is the author of books for children and teens, including The Mitzvah Project Book: Making Mitzvah Part of Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah…and Your Life, published by Jewish Lights, and the Children’s Choice award-winning, See Whatbe more than a You Can Be: Explore Careers That Could Be For You.Traveler Service Abroad Cross-Cultural exchange Language Immersion Adventure Travelglobalroutes.org Global Routes
  14. 14. Non-Profit Organizations in Greater Boston From working with sheltered animals to advocating for a cause you believe in, TeenLife is sure you can find your non-profit niche by perusing the organizations listed in this guide. There are literally hundreds of non-profits that need—and are actively looking for— teen volunteers in and around Boston! Just remember that no matter where you choose to volunteer your time, engaging in community service work not only helps the organization you are working with, but also helps you—learn valuable life skills, make lifetime memories, and build your resume. Now all you have to do is pick one!Advocacy for a Cause AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION BOSTON (AFSP)ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION, MA/NH CHAPTER AFSP is the leading national not-for-profit organizationThe mission of the Alzheimer’s Association is to eliminate exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicideAlzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; through research, education, and advocacy, and to reaching outto provide and enhance care and support for all affected; to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion Minimum Age for Volunteers: 15of brain health. Volunteer Coordinator(s): Melanie VaradyMinimum Age for Volunteers: 16 Phone: (617) 439-0940Volunteer Coordinator(s): Christine Hodgson Email: mvarady@afsp.orgPhone: (617) 868-6718 Address: 43 Carleton Street, Newton, MA 02458Email: volunteersmanh@alz.org Website: www.afsp.orgAddress: 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472Website: www.alz.org/manh AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION Our mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascularAMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY diseases and stroke. That single purpose drives all we do.We seek to eliminate cancer by preventing it, saving lives, The need for our work is beyond question.and diminishing suffering. Minimum Age for Volunteers: 13Minimum Age for Volunteers: 13 Volunteer Coordinator(s): Kirsten RunkleVolunteer Coordinator(s): Tara Shea Phone: (508) 656-2004Phone: (508) 270-4705 Email: kirsten.runkle@heart.orgEmail: tara.shea@cancer.org Address: 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701Address: 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701 Website: www.heart.orgWebsite: www.cancer.org THE TEENLIFE 2012 GUIDE TO COMMUNITY SERVICE IN GREATER BOSTON | 11
  15. 15. COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONSARTHRITIS FOUNDATION, MA CHAPTER AVON WALK FOR BREAST CANCEROur mission is to improve lives through leadership in The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is a fundraising walkthe prevention, control, and cure of arthritis and related to raise money and awareness for the fight againstdiseases. breast cancer.Minimum Age for Volunteers: 14 Minimum Age for Volunteers: No minimum when with adultVolunteer Coordinator(s): Elaine Mooney Volunteer Coordinator(s): Kara HahnPhone: (617) 219-8236 Phone: (617) 722-4140 x18Email: emooney@arthritis.org Email: volunteer.boston@avonwalk.orgAddress: 29 Crafts Street, Suite 450, Newton, MA 02458 Address: 33 Broad Street, 7th Floor, Boston, MA 02109Website: www.arthritis.org Website: www.avonwalk.orgASTHMA AND ALLERGY FOUNDATION OF BOSTON BIKESAMERICA NEW ENGLAND (AAFANE) Created in 2007 as a part of Mayor Menino’s vision for aAAFANE is dedicated to the control and cure of asthma and vibrant and healthy city, Boston Bikes makes Boston aallergies, including food allergies. world-class bicycling city by creating safe and invitingMinimum Age for Volunteers: 14 conditions for all residents and visitors.Volunteer Coordinator(s): Elaine Erenrich Rosenburg Minimum Age for Volunteers: 16Phone: (781) 444-7778 Volunteer Coordinator(s): Nicole FreedmanEmail: aafane@aafane.org Phone: (617) 918-4456Address: 109 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02494 Email: nicole.freedman.bra@cityofboston.govWebsite: www.asthmaandallergies.org Address: One City Square Hall, Suite 932, Boston, MA 02201 Website: www.bostonbikes.org SAT | ACT Tutoring Programs There’s nothing like individual attention from a Princeton Review tutor. Add a few hours of tutoring onto an SAT® or ACT® prep course or sign up for an 24-hour tutoring program. Either way you’ll bene t from: Exceptional instruction Flexibility and convenience A custom prep plan No distractions Guaranteed* results Learn more at PrincetonReview.com/Tutoring 888-231-7737 | PrincetonReview.com *Visit PrincetonReview.com/guarantee for details. Money back guarantee only valid on 24-hour tutoring programs. Test names are trademarks of their respective 12 owners who are not af liated with The PrincetonTO COMMUNITY SERVICE liated with Princeton BOSTON | THE TEENLIFE 2012 GUIDE Review. The Princeton Review is not af IN GREATER University.
  16. 16. COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONSBOSTON MARATHON JIMMY FUND WALK JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCHSince 1989, participants have raised more than $60 million FOUNDATION (JDRF)to support cancer research. JDRF’s mission is to find a cure for diabetes and itsMinimum Age for Volunteers: 16 complications through the support of research.Volunteer Coordinator(s): Louisa Macy Minimum Age for Volunteers: 13Phone: (617) 632-6263 Volunteer Coordinator(s): Kelly TarantoEmail: louisa_macy@dfci.harvard.edu Phone: (781) 431-0700Address: 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Email: ktaranto@jdrf.orgBrookline, MA 02445 Address: 60 Walnut Street, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481Website: www.kintera.org/faf/home/ccp. Website: www.jdrf.orgasp?ievent=449987&ccp=107717 MELANOMA EDUCATION FOUNDATIONBOSTON MARINE CORPS HONOR RUN The Melanoma Education Foundation is a nonprofitThe Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation has organization devoted to saving lives from melanoma, aawarded over 40 million dollars in scholarships and bonds common skin cancer that is often deadly unless detectedto children of Marine Corps and law enforcement officers early before there are any symptoms.killed in the line of duty. Minimum Age for Volunteers: 16Minimum Age for Volunteers: under 12 Volunteer Coordinator(s): Steve FineVolunteer Coordinator(s): Shannon Crane Phone: (978) 535-3080Phone: (888) 767-7223 Email: steve_fine@comcast.netEmail: scrane@conventures.com Address: 7 Jones Road, Peabody, MA 01960Address: c/o Conventures, Inc., One Design Center Place, Website: www.skincheck.orgBoston, MA 02210Website: www.mchonorrun.com MELANOMA FOUNDATION OF NEW ENGLAND The Melanoma Foundation of New England is a nonprofitBOSTON MOBILIZATION organization dedicated to educating the public about sun-Boston Mobilization is a community organization that engag- safe behavior and the importance of prevention and earlyes young people using social issues as a point of reference. detection. It also provides patient advocacy and supportMinimum Age for Volunteers: 13 to those struggling with the disease.Volunteer Coordinator(s): Christopher Messinger Minimum Age for Volunteers: 14Phone: (617) 492-5599 Volunteer Coordinator(s): Amy MasonEmail: christopher@bostonmobilization.org Phone: (978) 371-5613Address: 30 Bow Street, Cambridge, MA 02130 Email: amason@mfne.orgWebsite: www.bostonmobilization.org Address: 111 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner, Community Agencies Building, Concord, MA 01742 Website: www.mfne.orgGAY & LESBIAN ADVOCATES ANDDEFENDERS (GLAD)Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders is New England’s MINGAleading legal rights organization dedicated to ending dis- Our goal is to end the child sex trade through youthcrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status, empowerment and education.and gender identity and expression. Minimum Age for Volunteers: 13Minimum Age for Volunteers: 17 Volunteer Coordinator(s): Christine StevraliaVolunteer Coordinator(s): Bruce Bell Phone: (617) 584-1305Phone: (617) 426-1350 Email: christine@mingagroup.orgEmail: bbell@glad.org Address: P.O. Box 610004, Newton, MA 02461Address: 30 Winter Street, Suite 800, Boston, MA 02108 Website: www.mingagroup.orgWebsite: www.glad.org THE TEENLIFE 2012 GUIDE TO COMMUNITY SERVICE IN GREATER BOSTON | 13
  17. 17. COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONSNATIONAL MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY PRINCETON PRIZE IN RACE RELATIONSJoin the movement to create a world free of MS. The Princeton Prize in Race Relations was created to identifyMinimum Age for Volunteers: 13 and commend young people who are working to increaseVolunteer Coordinator(s): Brenda Barbour understanding and mutual respect among all races. ApplyPhone: (781) 890-6097 for 2013.Email: brenda.barbour@mam.nmss.org Volunteer Coordinator(s): Jim PamentierAddress: 101A First Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451 Phone: (800) 742-1036Website: www.nationalmssociety.org/chapters/ Email: pprize@princeton.eduMAM/index.aspx Address: P.O. Box 291, Princeton, NJ 08542 Website: www.princeton.edu/pprizeNORTH SHORE MEDICAL CENTER CANCER PROJECT BREAD — THE WALK FOR HUNGERWALK/RUN (NSMC) Project Bread’s mission is to alleviate, prevent, andIn collaboration with their Partners HealthCare colleagues, ultimately end hunger in Massachusetts.NSMC delivers the most advanced care through clinical, Minimum Age for Volunteers: under 12technical, and service excellence. Join their annual Volunteer Coordinator(s): Volunteer CoordinatorWALK/RUN for cancer this June. Phone: (617) 239-2546Minimum Age for Volunteers: under 12 Email: volunteer@projectbread.orgVolunteer Coordinator(s): Meg Wright Address: 145 Border Street East, East Boston, MA 02128Phone: (866) 296-6900 Website: www.projectbread.orgEmail: cancerwalk@partners.orgAddress: 81 Highland Avenue, Salem, MA 01970Website: www.nsmccancerwalk.org SMALL ARMY FOR A CAUSE — BE BOLD, BE BALD! Be Bold, Be Bald! is committed to raising awareness andOVATIONS FOR THE CURE funds for the fight against cancer.We are dedicated to the relentless pursuit of a Minimum Age for Volunteers: 12cure for ovarian cancer. Volunteer Coordinator(s): Jeff FreedmanMinimum Age for Volunteers: 16 Phone: (617) 450-0000Volunteer Coordinator(s): Susan Patterson Email: jfreedman@smallarmy.netPhone: (508) 655-5412 Address: 20 Newbury Street, 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02116Email: susan@ovationsforthecure.org Website: www.beboldbebald.orgAddress: 251 West Central Street, Suite 32,Natick, MA 01760Website: www.ovationsforthecure.org SUSAN G. KOMEN FOR THE CURE — MASSACHUSETTS Join us in our mission to eradicate breast cancer byPAN-MASSACHUSETTS CHALLENGE advancing research, screening, care, and education.The Pan-Mass Challenge raises money for cancer Minimum Age for Volunteers: 16research and treatment through an annual bike-a-thon Volunteer Coordinator(s): Camelle Baynesand programs for kids. Phone: (617) 737-5111 x14Minimum Age for Volunteers: 13 Email: cbaynes@komenmass.orgVolunteer Coordinator(s): Sarah Mercurio Address: 89 South Street, LL01, Boston, MA 02111Phone: (781) 449-5300 x305 Website: www.komenmass.orgEmail: sarah@pmc.orgAddress: 77 Fourth Avenue, Needham, MA 02494Website: www.pmc.org14 | THE TEENLIFE 2012 GUIDE TO COMMUNITY SERVICE IN GREATER BOSTON
  18. 18. COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONSAging With Dignity OLD COLONY HOSPICE Old Colony Hospice, through education and service,BROOKLINE SENIOR CENTER provides highly-skilled pain and symptom management toThe Brookline Senior Center helps Brookline seniors meet the needs of individuals with advanced illness, whilemaintain their independence and continue to be active compassionately assisting patients and their loved onescommunity members. in preserving dignity and quality of life.Minimum Age for Volunteers: 14 Volunteer Coordinator(s): Christina FinelliVolunteer Coordinator(s): Vivian Freeman Phone: (781) 341-4145Phone: (617) 730-2743 Email: cfinelli@oldcolonyhospice.comEmail: vivian_freeman@town.brookline.ma.us Address: One Credit Union Way, Randolph, MA 02368Address: 93 Winchester Street, Brookline, MA 02246 Website: www.oldcolonyhospice.org/volunteer_support.htmWebsite: www.brooklinema.gov PINE KNOLL NURSING CENTERETHOS Our mission is to strive to a level of excellence, andEthos promotes the personal well-being and autonomy of provide the best possible care to our residents, through theseniors by delivering home- and community-based care. services provided by our experienced and devoted staff.Minimum Age for Volunteers: 13 Minimum Age for Volunteers: 14Volunteer Coordinator(s): Alex Freeman Volunteer Coordinator(s): Sandy LawsonPhone: (617) 522-6700 x323 Phone: (781) 862-8151Email: volunteers@ethocare.org Email: info@longtermcentersgroup.comAddress: 555 Armory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 Address: 31 Watertown Street, Lexington, MA 02093Website: www.ethocare.org Website: www.longtermcentersgroup.com
  19. 19. COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS NORTHEAST ANIMAL SHELTER We strive to unite thousands of rescued animals with theAnimal Rights & Rescue perfect adoptive families. Also, provides safe shelter, food, healthcare, and low cost spaying or neutering withoutANIMAL RESCUE LEAGUE OF BOSTON destroying any rescued animal in their care.Our mission is to rescue domesticated animals and wildlife Minimum Age for Volunteers: 16from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect. Volunteer Coordinator(s): Jen AdamsMinimum Age for Volunteers: 13 Phone: (978) 745-9888 x305Volunteer Coordinator(s): Debby Vogel Email: neasvolunteers@gmail.comPhone: (617) 426-9170 x170 Address: 347 Highland Avenue, Salem, MA 01970Email: dvogel@arlboston.org Website: www.northeastanimalshelter.orgAddress: 10 Chandler Street, Boston, MA 02116Website: www.arlboston.org SAVE A DOG Save A Dog is a humane society whose primary focusFRANKLIN PARK ZOO is rescuing and rehoming abandoned dogs.Zoo New England’s mission is to inspire people to protect Minimum Age for Volunteers: 14and sustain the natural world for future generations by Volunteer Coordinator(s): Shirley Moorecreating fun and engaging experiences that integrate wildlife Phone: (978) 443-7282and conservation programs, research, and education. Email: volunteering@saveadog.orgMinimum Age for Volunteers: 15 Address: 604 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, MA 01776Volunteer Coordinator(s): Jen LeFevre Website: www.saveadog.orgPhone: (617) 989-2017Email: jlefevre@zoonewengland.comAddress: One Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA 02121 Community ResourcesWebsite: www.zoonewengland.org AMERICAN RED CROSS OF MASSACHUSETTS BAYTHE HUMANE LEAGUE, BOSTON OFFICE We provide relief during times of disaster—and training inThe Humane League strives to prevent the suffering of first aid and other life-saving skills.animals, particularly farm animals. Minimum Age for Volunteers: 13Minimum Age for Volunteers: under 12 Volunteer Coordinator(s): Amelia Aubourg,Volunteer Coordinator(s): David Coman-Hidy Director of Youth ProgramsPhone: (617) 877-3589 Phone: (617) 274-5320Email: davidcomanhidy@gmail.com Email: massbayvol@usa.redcross.orgAddress: P.O. Box 382466, Cambridge, MA 02238 Address: 139 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142Website: www.thehumaneleague.com Website: www.bostonredcross.orgMILTON ANIMAL LEAGUE ARLINGTON CENTER FOR THE ARTSThe Milton Animal League is a group of volunteers dedicated The Arlington Center for the Arts is a community arts centerto the rescue, care, and adoption of animals in need. devoted to the mission of transforming lives and buildingMinimum Age for Volunteers: 14 community through the arts.Volunteer Coordinator(s): Ida Pittnerova Minimum Age for Volunteers: 16Phone: (617) 698-0455 Volunteer Coordinator(s): Karen DillionEmail: lobosheba@aol.com Phone: (781) 648-6220Address: 181 Governor Stoughton Lane, Email: karen@acarts.orgMilton, MA 02186 Address: Gibbs Center, 41 Foster Street, Arlington, MA 02474Website: www.miltonanimalleague.org Website: www.acarts.org16 | THE TEENLIFE 2012 GUIDE TO COMMUNITY SERVICE IN GREATER BOSTON
  20. 20. COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONSCATHOLIC CHARITIES OF BOSTON (CCAB) ELLIS MEMORIAL & ELDRIDGE HOUSE, INC.Catholic Charities is building a just and compassionate Ellis Memorial, Boston’s first settlement house, has beensociety rooted in the dignity of all people. As one of the larg- caring for children, disabled adults, and families in theest providers of social services in Massachusetts, Catholic South End neighborhoods since 1885. They offer highCharities of Boston offers nearly 100 programs and services quality educational, social, and health support servicesin 33 locations around Eastern Massachusetts. to individuals and families in need.Minimum Age for Volunteers: 13 Minimum Age for Volunteers: 16Volunteer Coordinator(s): Manager of Volunteer Services Volunteer Coordinator(s): Susan BerkowitzPhone: (617) 451-7958 Phone: (617) 695-9307Email: volunteer@ccab.org Email: susanberkowitz@ellismemorial.orgAddress: 51 Sleeper Street, Boston, MA 02210 Address: 95 Berkeley Street, Suite 310, Boston, MA 02116Website: www.ccab.org Website: www.ellismemorial.orgCLOSE TO HOME FAMILIES FOR DEPRESSION AWARENESSClose to Home’s mission is to foster community- Families for Depression Awareness is a national non-profitwide responsibility to prevent and reduce the impact organization helping families recognize and cope withof domestic violence. depressive disorders, get well, and prevent suicides.Volunteer Coordinator(s): Vladimir Albin Minimum Age for Volunteers: 14Phone: (617) 929-5151 Volunteer Coordinator(s): Katie McLoughlinEmail: vladimir@c2home.org Phone: (781) 890-0220Address: 42 Charles Street, Suite E, Dorchester, MA 02122 Email: katie@familyaware.orgWebsite: www.c2home.org Address: 395 Totten Pond Road, Suite 404, Waltham, MA 02451 Website: www.familyaware.orgCOMMUNITY SERVINGSCommunity Servings is a not-for-profit food andnutrition program providing services throughout FENWAY HEALTH LGBT HELPLINE &Massachusetts to individuals and families living with PEER LISTENING LINEcritical and chronic illnesses. We enhance the physical and mental health of theMinimum Age for Volunteers: 13 Fenway community.Volunteer Coordinator(s): Ashley Boyd Minimum Age for Volunteers: 16Phone: (617) 522-7777 x228 Volunteer Coordinator(s): Joanna WischEmail: aboyd@servings.org Phone: (617) 927-6242Address: 18 Marbury Terrace, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 Email: jwisch@fenwayhealth.orgWebsite: www.servings.org Address: 1340 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215 Website: www.fenwayhealth.orgDARE FAMILY SERVICESDare provides mentor homes for children whohave been removed from their biological families.Minimum Age for Volunteers: 12Volunteer Coordinator(s): Michelle Dragone Teen buildingPhone: (617) 427-6500 an outdoor,Email: mdragone@darefamily.org green-certifiedAddress: 504 Dudley Street, Roxbury, MA 02119 classroomWebsite: www.darefamily.org in Gulfport, Mississippi with VISIONS SERVICE ADVENTURES. See listing on page 50.
  21. 21. STUDENT PROFILEIn Her Own Words CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8 What did you learn by participating in this HOSPITALITY HOMES Hospitality Homes places individuals in need of a place to program? stay into the homes of caring people who want to help. I learned so much! I learned the step-by-step Minimum Age for Volunteers: None (families) process of community organizing; how to convince Volunteer Coordinator(s): Caryl Goodman Senators to vote for bills; how to talk to adults in Phone: (617) 482-4338 positions of power; how to research topics I care Email: cgoodman@hosp.org about; and how to reach out to teens from different Address: P.O. Box 15265, Boston, MA 02215 backgrounds to find out what they’re dealing with. I Website: www.hosp.org learned the skills needed to make things happen. iSTARTUP COMMUNITY CENTERS More than that, though, the relationships that I iSTARTUP Community Centers supports startups within developed in S/UJ helped me grow as a person, an inspirational and innovative environment. deepen my awareness of systems in our society, Minimum Age for Volunteers: 15 and figure out what I truly care about. Volunteer Coordinator: Janice Caillet Volunteer Email: Janice.Caillet@istartup.cc How did it shape your future goals in school and Phone Number: (617) 874.6923 life moving forward? Address: 104 Eldredge Street, Newton Corner, MA 02458 Website: startupcommunitycenters.org S/UJ truly changed my life. It gave me a wider perspective, so that I now don’t just think about my own needs, but about how they relate to the needs KEEPING PACE WITH MULTIPLE MIRACLES of others. I feel like I know how to build a community Keeping Pace with Multiple Miracles is a non-profit around social justice issues that are important to support network for families and families-to-be of me, and how to connect with other teens that care multiple birth children. about the world. As I leave high school and go out Minimum Age for Volunteers: under 12 into the world, I am confident that I have the tools to Volunteer Coordinator(s): Pam Pace Phone: (508) 559-0040 bring about change and create a more fair society. Email: keepingpace.multiplemiracles@verizon.net I also received a number of college scholarships Address: 194 S Main Street, West Bridgewater, MA 02379 related to the work that I’ve done with Boston Website: www.keepingpace.org Mobilization, so in the next few years I know I’ll be involved in social justice in school. Beyond college, I THE MARGARET FULLER know that the social justice perspective I gained in NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE S/UJ will be a part of me for my entire life. The mission of the Margaret Fuller House is to strengthen and empower youth, families, and community residents. When I say that S/UJ empowers teens, I really mean Minimum Age for Volunteers: 14 it—I feel like what I’ve learned actually gives me the Volunteer Coordinator(s): Liz Looker power to change our world! Phone: (617) 547-4680 Email: llooker@margaretfullerhouse.org Address: 71 Cherry Street, Cambridge, MA 02139 Website: www.margaretfullerhouse.org Teens with BOSTON MOBILIZATION and other youth groups gathered on Martin Luther JOIN AT King, Jr. Day, 2012 to celebrate this WWW.TEENLIFE.COM NOW! great leader. See listing on page 13.
  22. 22. Environmental Community ServiceMILTON PARKS AND RECREATIONDEPARTMENTThe Milton Parks and Recreation department is dedicatedto providing recreation programs and services for Miltonresidents of all ages, and maintaining and providing cleanand safe park facilities.Minimum Age for Volunteers: 15 sailcaribbean.comVolunteer Coordinator(s): David PerdiosPhone: (617) 898-4941Email: dperdios@townofmilton.orgAddress: 525 Canton Avenue, Milton, MA 02186 What will challenge and inspire you?Website: www.townofmilton.org/Public_Documents/ How do you want to impact the world?MiltonMA_Recreation/recreation At Gann, the only pluralistic Jewish day school in Greater Boston, we’ve created an experience that combines the very best academic program with extraordinaryNEWTON COMMUNITY SERVICE CENTER opportunities for personal growth.We seek to strengthen communities through educationalprograms and a network of support services.Minimum Age for Volunteers: 16Volunteer Coordinator(s): Claire KashuckPhone: (617) 969-5906 x210 WHO WILL YOU BECOME?Email: ckashuck@ncscweb.org 333 Forest Street Waltham, MA (781) 642-6800 Co-ed, Grades 9-12Address: 492 Waltham Street, West Newton, MA 02465 GANNACADEMY.ORGWebsite: www.ncscweb.orgREACH BEYOND DOMESTIC VIOLENCEWe provide direct services and community education ondomestic and dating violence.Minimum Age for Volunteers: 16Volunteer Coordinator(s): Colleen ArmstrongPhone: (781) 891-0724 x119Email: colleen@reachma.orgAddress: P.O. Box 540024, Waltham, MA 02454Website: www.reachma.org/pavenetROOM TO GROWRoom to Grow enriches the lives of babies born into povertythroughout their critical first three years of life by providingdevelopmental information, customized support, andall needed baby items. LPI GLOBAL IMPACTMinimum Age for Volunteers: under 12Volunteer Coordinator(s): Carrie MarshallPhone: (617) 859-4545Email: infoboston@roomtogrow.orgAddress: 142 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116 VolunteerWebsite: www.roomtogrow.org visit us at: LPIABROAD.COM
  23. 23. COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONSSAMARITANS, INC. SOCIAL CAPITAL INC.We are dedicated to reducing the incidence of suicide Social Capital Inc. strengthens communities by connectingby befriending individuals in crisis. diverse individuals and organizations through civic engage-Minimum Age for Volunteers: 15 ment initiatives. They envision a nation where individuals areVolunteer Coordinator(s): Hotline volunteers: strongly connected to their neighbors and play anJonathan Grollman (Boston); Eileen Davis (Framingham); active role in shaping the destiny of their communities.5K volunteer: Garrett Owen Minimum Age for Volunteers: 13Phone: (617) 536-2460 (Boston); Volunteer Coordinator(s): David Crowley(508) 872-1780 (Framingham) Phone: (781) 935-2244Email: jgrollman@samaritanshope.org, Email: dcrowley@socialcapitalinc.orgedavis@samaritanshope.org, gowen@samaritanshope.org Address: 165M New Boston Street, Suite 233,Address: 41 West Street, 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02111 Woburn, MA 01801Website: www.samaritanshope.org Website: www.socialcapitalinc.org UNITED WAY OF MASSACHUSETTS BAY & MERRIMACK VALLEY The UWMB&MV helps improve people’s lives and strengthen the neighborhoods in our region. Minimum Age for Volunteers: under 12 Volunteer Coordinator(s): Lanita Tolentino Phone: (617) 624-8000 Email: ltolentino@supportunitedway.org Address: 51 Sleeper Street, Boston, MA 02210 Website: www.supportunitedway.org WEST SUBURBAN YMCA West Suburban YMCA provides programs and recreation to nurture children and teens, and to improve the communi- ty’s health and well being for families in and around Newton. Minimum Age for Volunteers: 15 Volunteer Coordinator(s): Adrienne Lichten Phone: (617) 244-6050 x3033 Email: adriennel@westsuburbanymca.org Address: 276 Church Street, Newton, MA 02458 Website: www.ymcainnewton.org WESTWOOD YOUTH & FAMILY SERVICES Westwood Youth & Family Services works in close collabora- tion with town agencies, the Westwood Public Schools, and other community based non-profit groups to advocate for the Junior Volunteers hanging out in the YOUTH healthy growth of Westwood children and their families. ENRICHMENT SERVICES rental shop. See Minimum Age for Volunteers: 14 listing on page 41. Volunteer Coordinator(s): Danielle Sutton Phone: (781) 320-1006 Email: dsutton@townhall.westwood.ma.us Address: 288 Washington Street, Islington Community Center, Westwood, MA 02090 Website: www.townhall.westwood.ma.us20 | THE TEENLIFE 2012 GUIDE TO COMMUNITY SERVICE IN GREATER BOSTON
  24. 24. STUDENT PROFILE In Her Own WordsTHE WOMEN’S CENTERThe Women’s Center provides women with the resourcesand support they need to emerge from conditions ofdomestic violence, sexual abuse, poverty, discrimination, KARLYsocial isolation, and degradation. OETTGENMinimum Age for Volunteers: 16 The Park SchoolVolunteer Coordinator(s): Ming Chang Brookline, MAPhone: (617) 354-6394Email: ming@cambridgewomenscenter.orgAddress: 46 Pleasant Street, Cambridge, MA 02139Website: www.cambridgewomenscenter.org Where do you volunteer and what is the organization’s mission?YMCA OF GREATER BOSTON: WALTHAMThe Waltham YMCA is dedicated to improving the health I volunteer for Cradles to Crayons in Brighton, MA.of mind, body, and spirit of individuals in Waltham and This is a non-profit organization that services childrensurrounding communities. from birth to age 12 in low-income or homelessMinimum Age for Volunteers: 15 situations. I help to quality check items donated byVolunteer Coordinator(s): Donny Bautz the community that will help the children receivingPhone: (781) 894-5295 x113 them feel warm, safe, valued, and ready to learn.Email: dbautz@ymcaboston.orgAddress: 725 Lexington Street, Waltham, MA 02452Website: www.ymcaboston.org/waltham What do you do at Cradles to Crayons? I’m a member of the Teen Leadership Corps. Basically, I am a mini-staff member. I lead a groupCultural Organizations of 20 to 25 volunteers on a particular project in the warehouse. Often, I work in the toy stations where IAMERICAN JEWISH HISTORICAL help volunteers clean and sort new and gently-usedSOCIETY (AJHS) toys and puzzles.AJHS was founded in 1892 to foster awareness andappreciation of the American Jewish heritage in Boston.Minimum Age for Volunteers: 16 What have you learned from this experience?Volunteer Coordinator(s): Judi Garner Being in the Teen Leadership Corps has helped mePhone: (617) 226-1245 grow as a leader. Other volunteers rely on me to intro-Email: judi.garner@ajhsboston.org duce them to the organization and how they can helpAddress: 101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116 on site. I wear a purple shirt and a nametag—andWebsite: www.ajhsboston.org am readily available to answer any questions they may have.ARTSBOSTONArtsBoston promotes the arts in Greater Boston by making How did it shape your future goals and lifethe arts accessible and integral to our communities. moving forward?Minimum Age for Volunteers: 14 I used to think that one person couldn’t change theVolunteer Coordinator(s): Kami Smith world, but when I reflect on the number of toys I havePhone: (617) 262-8632 x225Email: kamis@artsboston.org cleaned or the number of outfits I have made andAddress: 31 St. James Avenue, Suite 360, Boston, MA 02116 helped distribute, I realize that that is so untrue!Website: www.artsboston.org Now, I think bigger. I recognize the impact of small deeds on the big picture; therefore, I have begun to take every opportunity I can to help others. I partici- pate in food drives, clothing drives, and anything else I can do to make a difference.
  25. 25. COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONSARTSPANArtSpan provides quality arts programming and outreachto the community of Lexington and beyond.Minimum Age for Volunteers: 15Volunteer Coordinator(s): Lotus LienPhone: (781) 862-6040Email: lotus@munroecenter.orgAddress: 1403 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA 02420Website: www.munroecenter.org/mschools_artspan.htmlBOSTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVALThe Boston Jewish Film Festival presents the bestcontemporary films from around the world on Jewishthemes at its annual Festival and throughout the year.Minimum Age for Volunteers: under 12Volunteer Coordinator(s): Nysselle Clark,Festival Producer Student volunteers attending a MELANOMA FOUNDATION NEW ENGLAND, Teens on Tanning Forum In Cranston,Phone: (617) 244-9899 x216 RI that is offered to high school students who want toEmail: nclark@bjff.org become healthy skin advocates in their communities.Address: 1001 Watertown Street, West See listing on page 13.Newton, MA 02465Website: www.bjff.org FORBES HOUSE MUSEUMCAMBRIDGE ARTS COUNCIL Long considered the Jewel of Milton, the Forbes HouseThe Cambridge Arts Council’s mission is to ensure Museum chronicles the history of an entrepreneurialthat the arts remain vital for people living, working, American family.and visiting Cambridge. Minimum Age for Volunteers: 14Minimum Age for Volunteers: 14 Volunteer Coordinator(s): Joann SaccoVolunteer Coordinator(s): Julie Barry Phone: (617) 696-1815Phone: (617) 349-4381 Email: community@forbeshousemuseum.orgEmail: jbarry@cambridgema.gov Address: 215 Adams Street, Milton, MA 02186Address: 344 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Cambridge, MA 02139 Website: www.forbeshousemuseum.orgWebsite: www.cambridgema.gov/cac/ THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARYDECORDOVA SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAM ART/BOSTON (ICA)We help our visitors learn about art in a contemporary The Institute of Contemporary Art strives to share the plea-art museum and sculpture park setting. sures of reflection, inspiration, provocation, and imaginationMinimum Age for Volunteers: 15 that contemporary art offers through public access to art,Volunteer Coordinator(s): Kate Legg artists, and the creative process.Phone: (781) 259-3604 Minimum Age for Volunteers: 14Email: klegg@decordova.org Volunteer Coordinator(s): Leah Kandel, EducationAddress: 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA 01773 Department AssistantWebsite: www.decordova.org Phone: (617) 478-3136 Email: lkandel@icaboston.org Address: 100 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210 Website: www.icateens.org22 | THE TEENLIFE 2012 GUIDE TO COMMUNITY SERVICE IN GREATER BOSTON
  26. 26. COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONSMUSEUM OF FINE ARTS (MFA) BETH ISRAEL DEACONESS MEDICALThe Museum of Fine Arts houses and preserves CENTER (BIDMC)preeminent collections and aspires to serve a wide variety We train volunteers to provide quality volunteerof people through direct encounters with works of art. service for BIDMC patients.Minimum Age for Volunteers: 15 Minimum Age for Volunteers: 14Volunteer Coordinator(s): Stephen Richardson Volunteer Coordinator(s): Terry MorganPhone: (617) 369-4359 Phone: (617) 667-3026Email: srichardson@mfa.org Email: tmorgan2@bidmc.harvard.eduAddress: 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 Address: 330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215Website: www.mfa.org Website: www.bidmc.org/aboutbidmc/ volunteerservices.aspxMUSEUM OF SCIENCE (MOS)The Museum of Science helps teens learn valuable BEVERLY HOSPITALskills, teach others, and render valuable services to With the mission of providing “The Leading Edge of Caring”the community. to their patients, Beverly Hospital is a community hospitalMinimum Age for Volunteers: 14 that has served North Shore families for over 100 years.Volunteer Coordinator(s): Adrienne Kerman or Minimum Age for Volunteers: 14Lucy Green Volunteer Coordinator(s): Jane F. Karaman, CAVSPhone: (617) 589-0129 Phone: (978) 922-3000 x2307Email: akerman@mos.org or lgreen@mos.org Email: jkaraman@nhs-healthlink.orgAddress: Science Park, Boston, MA 02114 Address: 85 Herrick Street, Beverly, MA 01915Website: www.mos.org Website: www.beverlyhospital.orgPROZDOR OF HEBREW COLLEGE BOSTON AREA RAPE CRISIS CENTER (BARCC)Prozdor of Hebrew College is a Pluralistic Hebrew BARCC’s mission is to end sexual violence through healingHigh School. and social change.Minimum Age for Volunteers: 12 Minimum Age for Volunteers: 16Volunteer Coordinator(s): David List Volunteer Coordinator(s): Tierney ElisonPhone: (617) 559-8805 Phone: (617) 649-1273Email: dlist@hebrewcollege.edu Email: volunteer@barcc.orgAddress: 160 Herrick Road, Newton, MA 02459 Address: 99 Bishop Allen Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139Website: www.prozdor.org Website: www.barcc.orgHealth & Well-Being DOG B.O.N.E.S. THERAPY DOGS OF MASSACHUSETTSAIDS ACTION/STRONGEST LINK We bring fun into someone’s day by providing visits fromAIDS SERVICES, INC. well-trained therapy dog teams across Massachusetts.The mission of Strongest Link, Inc. is to meet the needs Minimum Age for Volunteers: under 12of individuals infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in Essex Volunteer Coordinator(s): Jeanne BrouilletteCounty by providing compassionate support services. Phone: (781) 378-1551Minimum Age for Volunteers: 18 Email: dogbonestherapydogs@comcast.netVolunteer Coordinator(s): Tony Godek Address: 38 Garden Road, Scituate, MA 02066Phone: (617) 437-6200 Website: www.therapydog.infoEmail: office@strongestlink.orgAddress: 75 Amory Street, Boston, MA 02119Website: www.strongestlink.org THE TEENLIFE 2012 GUIDE TO COMMUNITY SERVICE IN GREATER BOSTON | 23