Community Service Opportunities
Below you will find a list of up-to-date community service opportunities in and around the Bedford, MA area.
MLK Community Day - January 20
Earn community service hours by attending the Martin Luther King Jr. community breakfast and participating in one of these follow-on service projects:
1. Visiting with residents in the community room at the Bedford Housing Authority’s senior citizen apartments at Ashby Place from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm. A jazz ensemble from the Bedford High School Music Department will entertain. Volunteers can carpool or provide their own transportation.
2. Joining an assembly line to produce cloth bags for hospital patients in Haiti, who will use them to carry toiletries, medicines and medical papers. The team also will be making bean bags for the patients’ children. No sewing experience is necessary. This project will take place at First Church of Christ, Congregational from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm.
3. Writing letters to legislators addressing reforms needed in the Massachusetts prison system. Details and examples will be provided. The letters will be hand delivered to the State House at a later time. This project will take place at First Church of Christ, Congregational from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm.
4. Working with staff at the Edith Nourse Rogers Veterans Hospital on Springs Road to visit with and accompany non-ambulatory residents to a special ceremony in the hospital theater. NOTE: This opportunity is scheduled for 12:30-2:00 p.m.
5. Packing donated paper and hygiene products into bins and load into cars for delivery to Middlesex Community College at a later date.
This project will take place at First Church of Christ, Congregational from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm. NOTE: There is also opportunity for a student to help manage a donation box at any of the Bedford Schools.
Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044ba9aa22a6ff2-mlkjr
Bedford Chamber of Commerce (12 Mudge Way, suite 225)
Position: Social Multi-Media Intern(s) - There are 2 current openings
Department: Marketing, Research and Managing Multi-Media
Supervisor: Peter J Bagley, Executive Director
Position Description: Work on a team on small assignments with a focus on Social and Business multimedia. In addition, there will be some direct and indirect research conducted on other Chamber of Commerce and business association marketing.
Email Peter Bagley at pbagle@BedfordChamber.org to apply
CSF Trivia Night
Show Off Your Brain Power!
Do you love trivia contests? Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 1st and join your friends and neighbors at the CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars 6th Annual Trivia Night at the St. Michael Parish Hall, 90 Concord Rd, Bedford, MA for a fun evening of friendly team competition to help fund scholarships for Bedford graduates. Reserve your spot now! Details can be found at www.bedfordma.dollarsforscholars.org/events
Community Service Hours Opportunity
CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars is looking for a few (4 – 6) student volunteers to help out at Trivia Night on Saturday, February 1st. Volunteers will help set up tables & chairs, collect and deliver answer sheets from teams, run the popcorn machine, and help with the raffle table. Set-up starts at 5:45; the event runs until about 9:30pm. Volunteers can sign up for the whole time, or just an hour or two. Please contact Mr. Ron Stewart at email@example.com with Trivia Night in the subject line.
The Umbrella Center for the Arts (Concord)
Assist in Art Birthday Parties
What: - Assist the art teacher during art birthday parties. Help set up, help with the art activities and party and stay to help clean up. A fun way to get community service hours.
Where: The Umbrella Arts Center 40 Stow Street, Concord, MA (Concord Center)
When: Email firstname.lastname@example.org for dates as these change frequently.
Number of volunteers needed: 1 volunteer for each date.***Note: Volunteers arrive ½ hour before the party to help set up and stay ½ hour after the party to help clean up.
Requirements: reliable, dependable, enjoy working with kids, can follow directions.
Please only sign up if you know you can make it that day. We have no backups for volunteers.
Interested? Email email@example.com. We will email you when an opportunity comes up.
Usher and see the show Bent for free at an award winning venue
What: Ushers take tickets and give out programs before the performance. Volunteer ushers see the show for free. Teens can earn 3.5 community service hours. Great for all ages!
About the show:
You can see information about Bent at https://theumbrellaarts.org/theater
When: To see show dates and to sign up for Bent click here OR
Contact: Kathy Warren, Volunteer Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ushers arrive 45 minutes before show time and stay to help pick up after the show.
Where: The Umbrella Community Art Center, 40 Stow Street, Concord MA (Concord Center) * Ample free parking.
Requirements: Able to follow directions and work independently, Dependable.
Students Helping Seniors
The Bedford COA has reached out to BHS in search of students looking for Community Service Hours. This is a similar to a program that Quincy High School is doing (story below)
There are many senior citizens in town that could use a hand shoveling their stairs and walkways when it snows. Plows can get the driveway but there is still work to be done.
The idea is for high school students to be matched up with senior citizens in your neighborhood that you can commit to after a snow. Ideally we would like to assign 2 students per house.
This would really help out our community and help fulfill your community service commitment before the weather turns nice.
STORY: Seniors Helping Seniors: Quincy Students Help Neighbors Dig Out From Storm
CBS Boston - December 3, 2019
To sign up, email Gene Kalb at email@example.com and provide your name and address and we will match you with a senior citizen needing help.
Drumlin Farm Opportunities
Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm (Lincoln) - Pancake Breakfast: Saturday & Sunday, March 7 & 8 from 8:00 to 2:00.
Join us for this fun volunteer opportunity. Greet visitors, help with parking, serve food on the buffet line, run pancakes from the grill, help keep the tables cleaned... Volunteers will have breakfast on us - pancakes, oven roasted potatoes, our own sausage, juice, hot chocolate and coffee. Volunteer for one or both days. This opportunity is for students age 15 and older. Contact Pam Sowizral at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-259-2205 for more information / sign-up.
Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm (Lincoln) – Woolapalooza: Saturday, March 28.
Join us for a celebration of wool and fiber. There will be new baby lambs and kids, sheep shearing, sheep dog herding, crafts, vendors and more. Volunteers help staff by serving chili and drinks, working at a craft table, direct parking, helping at admissions... Morning and afternoon volunteer shifts available for students age 15 and older. Contact Pam Sowizral at email@example.com or 781-259-2205 for more information / sign-up.
Help a Community Member in Need with Yard Work
Bedford resident Linda needs some assistance with yard work (raking, weeding, etc) because of a recent shoulder surgery. If you are interested in helping her, please call her at 781-275-8328.
Write for the Bedford Citizen!
The Bedford Citizen is a free, on-line newspaper reporting on all aspects of cultural, community, and political life in the town of Bedford. Our mission is to promote informed citizen participation by establishing ourselves as a reliable, unbiased news source. Typically, The Citizen reports on the actions of the major decision-making boards in town (School Committee, Finance Committee, Planning Board, Selectmen) and provides relevant background information to foster understanding of various issues and to promote civic engagement. The Citizen also reports on school sports, town events, and the activities of various local volunteer organizations.
The Citizen initiated a feature column in 2018 called “Voices @ Bedford High School.” This feature has been re-named this year “Student Voices @ The Bedford Citizen”. We are interested in written articles by any high school student in Bedford; the topic can be of the writer’s choosing subject to review by The Citizen. Subjects might include commentary on an issue facing the town or the schools, personal reflections on a current social or political issue, a job experience, or a movie or book review. Last year we had a student writer who wrote a series of articles on preparing for the college selection process; someone else wrote about his thoughts following the suicide of a fellow student; others wrote about attending a lecture on the student movement surrounding gun control. We are interested in what students have to say across a wide range of topics. Published articles will carry your by-line and a short bio and photograph. We provide guidance during the writing process and copy-editing prior to publication. The Bedford Citizen has final editorial responsibility for all content we publish.
You can write one article or several as you are able to. Please contact Ginni Spencer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-929-4510 for details. An inquiry is not considered a commitment! She will be glad to talk with you in more detail as you decide if this is something you would like to do.
Help Mr. Griffin collect recycling after school every Wednesday! Email Mr. Griffin if you're interested!
BHS Art Department Help
Help during recycle clay and organize art supplies during Flex Block and after school. Contact Ms. Sussman if you're interested!
MDSC- Child Care/Teen & Adult Companions
Looking for volunteers to help provide child care and/or companionship to children, teens, and adults with Down syndrome while their parents attend on of our in-house support groups in Burlington. Contact Colleen Endres at 781-221-0024 for more info!
The Special Needs Arts Programs, Inc.
The Special Needs Arts Programs, Inc., based in Lexington, runs visual arts and chorus programs for individuals with special needs. We are looking for volunteers to assist our teacher and special needs class participants for 2019-2020 sessions.
Sing Along Chorus have weekly evening music rehearsals to practice for their concert and community performances through the year.
Mondays, 7-‐8:30p Fall starts September 9, Spring starts February 3
Wednesdays, 7-‐8:30p Fall starts September 11, Spring starts February 5
Special Artists projects can include watercolor/acrylic painting, fabric painting, wood projects, and multi-‐media art among others.
8 Saturdays, 10-‐11:30am, 11:45am-‐1:15pm and 1:30-‐3pm
Fall starts September 7, Spring starts February 29th.
4 Tuesdays, Crafts 6:30-‐8pm
Fall Crafts starts November 12th
4 Saturdays, Winter 2020, 10-‐11:30am,11:45am-‐1:15pm
Winter starts January 11, 2020
6 Tuesdays, Ceramic 2020, 6:30-‐8pm
Ceramic class starts May 5th.
4 Saturdays, Summer 2020, 10-‐11:30am, 11:45-‐1:15pm
Summer starts July 11.
Location: Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Rd., Lexington, MA
Please join our Open House on Wednesday, September 4th 7-‐8:30pm at the Lexington Community Center.
Volunteer Requirements: Art or chorus experience not required. Need to be reliable, friendly and sociable. Volunteers will work with class participants and supportive, experienced staff. SNAP Programs operate in collaboration with the Town of Lexington To Apply:
Please fill out an online application at www.snaparts.org, under Volunteer Page.
Email email@example.com or call 781-‐325-‐8025 for more information.
QuIck Links to Organizations in and around Bedford, MA
The following organizations offer year-round community service opportunities:
Bedford Food Pantry
Bedford VA Hospital
Bedford Public Library
Bedford Council on Aging
Bedford Rec Department
Bedford Rotary Club
Bedford Patrons of Music Students (POMS)
Lowell Human Society
The Umbrella Center for the Arts