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1. Join us in contributing to improve our community.
2. Participate with our membership in the identification and support of successful social service programs.
3. Encourage friends and business associates to become involved with the Cambridge Action Fund.
4. Come to our annual forum in December to find out what the current priorities are and how you can contribute your time, skills and money to make a difference.
5. To join or for more information, please call us care of the Cambridge Action Fund 617-868-7082. Send contributions to 1657 Cambridge St. #3, Cambridge MA 02138-4316. Fax is 617-876-8991. Our blog on wordpress is cambridgeactionfund.wordpress.org Our website is www.cambridgeactionfund.org
Volunteer Opportunities with Homeless:
Recommendations from Annual Forum of Cambridge Action Fund, Inc. 617-547-1413 1657 Cambridge St . #3, Cambridge MA 02138-4316 https://cambridgeactionfund.wordpress.com and www.cambridgeactionfund.org
When you meet homeless, say hello, don’t give them money [give a coupon for food or coffee or buy the newspaper Spare Change]. Know where they can eat that night and where they could stay.* Learn what resources are available .* If you are concerned about their health or safety call First Step 617-592-6895 highlighting, the C.A.S.P.A.R, Inc. program which checks on people and offers appropriate help. It also saves our cities lots of police and hospital costs by offering appropriate help.
Help make dinner! Volunteer at a meal center. At Harvard Square Churches’ Meal Program on Thursday come to Zero Garden Street in Harvard Square 2:30-5:30. Or help serve the meal 5:30-6:30 and join others having a healthy meal. Orientation and training given.
Make small fundraising efforts to buy needed items. Diapers, new white socks, travel size toiletries are needed for the homeless says Gwen Pritchard of CASPAR 617-628-3850 . Phone cards and T passes are needed says Susan Harrison of Transition House 617-868-1650
Identify sources of food which could be regularly collected by Food for Free. From May to October they need more help collecting food from farmers’ markets, or working on their farm which provides needed fresh vegetables. 617-868-2900
ON THE RISE, INC has additional suggestions:
Lunch Delivery On The Rise serves lunch daily. Deliver a home cooked meal to serve 15 women and On The Rise will dish up your tasty contribution in our safe and inviting kitchen.
Run a Make-It-Home Drive Help a woman make her new house feel like home. We provide a list and bio from an On The Rise woman. You collect new or gently used items that a woman will need as she moves into permanent housing. Make the delivery to On The Rise and we will transport to the woman on your behalf.
Support our Wellness Program Volunteer your services or special skills to keep our Wellness Program running. We offer informal classes, groups and beauty services to allow women to break from the crisis in their lives and focus on interests and special skills. Weekly sign-up dates available for arts and crafts, puzzle solving, language, beauty treatments, music, art, conversation, outings.
Volunteer Saturday Sign-up and bring a friend to join a volunteer day. Sort through donations, clean up the grounds, do a creative project, prep for special events. Held between 10am – 2pm on the 1st Saturday of each month (excluding holidays).
Collect Toiletries Save new and unused travel sized toiletries and deliver to On The Rise. This is a year round need that greatly helps women who require smaller sized amenities from day to day.
Contact Marisa Curran at 617.497.7968 x 36 to participate in any of these opportunities. These suggestions were from Martha Sandler of On The Rise, Inc.
Babysit when clients have doctor or counseling appointments.
Help move and provide furniture and storage suggests Susan Harrison of Transition House 617-868-1650 .
Donate clothing household items.
Donate clothes for working in business.
Hire people through GEAR of C.A.S.P.A.R., to shovel snow, mow lawns, pack and move. 617-591-1900
Volunteer at a shelter. Training may be required. Harvard Square Homeless Shelter open Nov. 15- April 15 usually needs volunteers when Harvard is on vacation.
*See latest Directory of Resources for people Homeless in Cambridge .http://www.cambridgema.gov/CityOfCambridge_Content/documents/ResDirectory.pdf
Also see latest issue of Spare Change for list of meals, food pantries, and other concerns.
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