COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunities & Resources
List of Local Support links, Volunteer Information, & Miscellaneous Resources
May 22, 2020
Please email or text Jacky Foster to add opportunities or resources for support. She is sharing with as many people as she can. jackyfoster@comcast.net, 978-580-5581.
 
FOOD SERVICE AND NEEDS
 
Acton Food Pantry
Distribute Wednesdays from 10-7 and Thursdays from 9:30-11:30. To donate or volunteer or if you need services, call 978-635-9295.
 
Open Table
https://www.opentable.org/covid-19/ - Register for services from the website or call 978-369-2275.
https://opentable.volunteergopher.com/VMS/register/ - Register to volunteer (easy to do): Click on Sign Up Here link.
Multiple volunteer opportunities, including maintenance of broken things in Concord & Maynard facilities, pick & pack food for the pantry, and distribute food.
 
Open Table Fresh Air Pantry by appointment on Tuesdays (ages over 55: 12:45-3 / other: 3-6:30) & Thursdays from 3-6:30 PM @ Maynard Municipal Parking lot (Main Street by the Fine Arts Theater).  Check the website or call:
978-369-2275.
 
Stow Food Pantry
Open for pick-ups three time a week. To donate (funds only, no food or gift cards).
Stow Food Pantry, PO Box 437, Stow, MA 01775.
To volunteer or for services, email or call: stowfoodp@gmail.com, 978-897-4230.
 
WHEAT
Need volunteers to deliver meals to elderly in Clinton & Lancaster:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044bada928a0ff2-wheat
 
Sudbury Food Pantry
Open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-2:15. To volunteer (15 needed each time), call Mary Novak: 978-443-8565.
 
Loaves & Fishes (Devens)
 
Greater Boston Food Bank
Provides food to local food pantries. Donations requested.
 
Provide Fresh Fruits & Vegetables
 
OTHER SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES: LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS
 
Bolton Community Fund
Contact Mary Garcia for updated needs: leapforward@aol.com, 978-337-3571.
 
Warm Hearts - No Rotary volunteer opportunities at this time.
To donate, see the website. (Catherine Hamill is investigating future opportunities.)
 
Stow Neighbor Brigade
 
Acton-Boxborough United Way
Plenty of volunteer opportunities: See website.
 
Acton-Boxborough Neighbor Brigade
 
Clear Path for Veterans
https://www.clearpathne.org/  They are providing boxed meals at Devens:
Looking for volunteers to help with a community garden.
 
Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts
Contact Carolyn for volunteer opportunities: office@ncmhabitat.org or (978) 348-2749. No urgent needs at this time, and she will update the club as needed.
 
Healing Garden
https://healinggardensupport.org/    
Closed now, but they have a wish list for donations. See the website, and email Kelly as instructed: Kelly@healinggardensupport.org
 
Household Goods
https://householdgoods.org/   Closed through May 4.
 
Red Cross Blood Bank
Sudbury location has openings starting April 30. Bob Johnson suggested donating platelets as well. Keep checking the site for locations and openings.
 
FPC  Guest Table – aka First Parish Church of Stow and Acton  Community Dinners
Looks like they plan to start back up Friday, June 5 – Our club has volunteered for these dinners many times,
 
Other SERVICE AND DONATION OPPORTUNITIES
 
Make Masks for Neighbors
Email Ann Marie in Bolton for instructions and more information: kahershberger@comcast.net.
 
Make Face Shields
Massachusetts Face Shields is a volunteer organization providing face shields for front line staff at hospitals, medical centers, and doctor's offices. They need people to help with 3D printing and assembling face shields. They also need supplies and donations.
 
Support Nurses & Other Medical Staff – Next Drop Sunday, April 19
Folks are actively collecting snacks and other packaged goodies for nurses and other responders to give them nourishment as they perform their duties. To donate, contact Jacky to arrange pick-up or drop-off:  jackyfoster@comcast.net, 978-580-5581.
 
Provide Meals to Front-Line Personnel
Blackbird Café in Acton has connected with Emerson Hospital and local police and fire departments to prepare and deliver meals to them. Currently they make two deliveries per week of sixty meals each to Emerson, and will increase the number based on donations: myblackbirdcafe.com. Click on Meals for Frontline Workers. A box that says “ORDER FOR PICKUP” comes up.  Leave the “order now, ready in 15-20 min.” circle filled.  (Although confusing, leave it.) Click on that box and you will see a display of choices of how many meals you want to donate.  Choose what you want and check out.  

Stow Community Chest - No Posted Volunteer Opportunities

Donate to Covid-19 Relief Fund: https://www.stowcommunitychest.org/relief-fund.
 
Help “Plant” Native Flowers
Time to use up that extra yarn! In honor of Earth Day, Sudbury Valley Trustees is seeking knitted or crocheted flowers of any color, size, or design for the Arlington Park in Framingham. Donations accepted throughout May. For more information: www.svtweb.org/yarn.
 
Cheer Up Seniors Letter Writing -   The RCNV is writing notes &  letters to cheer up Quarantined Residents of 2 local Nursing Homes. If you would like to participate, please contact Chris Mudgett  at  cmudgett@greatbrook.com
 
Volunteers Serge - TIME IS CRITICAL. Become a Telehealth or Community Health Worker. FREE Training - Please go to https://theglobalimpactgroup.org/ to learn more and decide how you, your friends, and family can participate. And share this link with others on email, and all social media.
 
Other IMPORTANT resources
 
Coronavirus Testing
PhysicianOne is offering drive-through testing in Waltham. For more information and to register, visit the website.
 
Domestic Abuse
 
MA Legal HELP
General information if needed.

Stow Community Chest

Stow Council on Aging - No Rotary Request At This Time

Executive Director: Alyson Toole: coa@stow-ma.gov
Outreach Coordinator: Martha Shea: coa2@stow-ma.gov
Office: 978-897-1880
No posted volunteer opportunities unless you want to be a full-time volunteer. Complete the application and provide a CORI submission.
 
Stow Friends of Council on Aging: (SFCOA)
Rita, President and a member of Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, proposed a “Spring Cheer Up” project for the Stow Seniors. Details sent to all club members and friends and presented at club meetings. Please Contact Rita with your interest in helping to organize this service project: Due May 8.

Lancaster COA and Community Center

Executive Director: Alexandra Turner: alixturner@gmail.com

Request for IT help. The Lancaster COA is looking for patient (very patient) phone support to help folks connect to the Internet for virtual games, meetings, exercise, etc. Alix is putting a list together and has connected with Jacky. RCNV needs a member to organize the service project. Please email Laura Spear (laura@spear.net) ASAP.

Bolton Council on Aging - No Rotary Request At This Time

Outreach Coordinator: Heather Goodsell: coaprograms@townofbolton.com
Executive Director: Lisa D’Eon
Office: 978-779-3314
 
Friends of Bolton Seniors - No Rotary Request At This Time