CSL Announcements

Community Service Learning Opportunities:

Volunteers are needed to support the Dreamfar High School Marathon team during their longer runs on Saturday mornings from November-April. Volunteers  report to the Brookline Teen Center (40 Aspinwall Ave.) on Saturday mornings at 7:45AM, and will responsible for distributing liquids and snacks to the runners. The time commitment depends on the length of the training runs and can range anywhere between 2-6 hours. Individuals can sign up for as many Saturdays as desired. Please contact the program director, Kate Russell at kate@dreamfarhsm.org, for more information and to sign up!

Needham Baseball and Softball is operating a fall development league for 1st and 2nd graders again in 2018 and is seeking volunteers! Volunteers will be expected to attend practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm-6pm (from Sept. 4 - Oct. 18, 2018) at the Newman School (lower field), and will assist Frozen Ropes coaches in helping children complete drills, participate in an organized and fair manner, and have fun! Volunteers do not need to be high school baseball players, but some familiarity with baseball or softball would be helpful. This is an excellent opportunity to see what teaching young kids is like and help these kids be active and improve. Interested volunteers should contact director, Barry Pollack at bpollack@psdfirm.com or 617-970-7075

Off the Rocks Animal Rescue is looking for student volunteers to help with on-site animal care and general operations at their location in Wellesley. They are also looking for volunteers to develop their own fundraising projects or supplies drives. On-site animal care duties would include cleaning cages and feeding, watering, and socializing

kittens and young cats. In addition, on-site volunteers can photograph adoptable animals, help with social media posts, and perform various clerical tasks. If you are interested in joining the Off the Rocks Animal Rescue team, please contact offtherocksrescue@gmail.com

The Center at the Heights is having a community brunch at the Center at the Heights (The Needham Senior Center) on Saturday June 9, 2018 from 10-12:30.  We would love to have students come and help either cook, serve, clean up or play games.  We also would love to have some acoustic entertainment from 11:30-12:30, please contact us if you are interested.  This will be a FUN way to be part of the community and make people smile. Come with your friends and your whole family, all ages welcome!  Just a small time commitment with a lot of reward. Please contact Jen Tuttelman at 781-455-0400 ext 237 or Aisha Kelly at 781-455-7555 ext 210 for more information.

The Needham Farmer's Market will open for its 7th season on Sunday, May 27, 2018 (open every Sunday until Thanksgiving), and is located in front of Town Hall. Market business hours are 12-4pm, with set-up from 10-12, and breakdown from 4-6. Students are needed to help with market set-up, vendor assistance, kids activities and market breakdown. Interested students should contact market manager, Tom Gehman, at needhamfarmersmarket@gmail.com

The Newton Community Farm is looking for two high school students to fill their unpaid Summer Internship position. Students can work in the Educational program or as part of the Field Crew. It is an interesting opportunity for students to gain work experience and to learn about sustainable agriculture at a local, working farm with an experienced Farmer and a robust education program for youth. For more information, check out their website (here: Intern). If you think you might be interested in applying, reach out to Ms. Dede Vittori at bakervittori@comcast.net

The ASAP Program is a daily after school program at Pollard Middle School for 6th-8th graders run by Pollard and High Rock teachers. During ASAP, kids are free to do their homework, play games, do crafts, run around outside and play intramural sports. We are looking for some high school students to come by an lead activities with the kids and maybe offer homework help. Ideally, high school students could dedicate 4hrs per week for a minimum of 4 weeks, but three hours/week would be great too. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Alyssa Handler, the Middle School Program Director for Needham Community Education at alyssa_handler@needham.k12.ma.us

The Needham Athletic Boosters are looking for a group of 2 or more students interested in working together to adapt a map of the town of Needham in order to develop a system of routes to be walked by student-athletes during the Sticker Drive each September. We believe that this project would best be completed by a small team of creative students who are comfortable figuring out how to source new maps of Needham, attentive to detail and facile enough with computers to understand (or be willing to learn) how to develop an online system of maps. The Sticker Drive has two dedicated co-chairs who would be available to help guide students. We need students to do the work, but would be available to get them headed in the right direction and provide support during the project. If interested, please contact Boosters President, Lynn Alberding at l.alberding@mac.com

Broadmeadow Homework Club is looking for high school volunteers to assist 5th graders with their homework on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from 2:40-3:30pm. You are welcome to help either day or both days for any amount of time. Please contact Cathy Lunetta at cathy_lunetta@needham.k12.ma.us.

Expressions After School is looking for students interested in volunteering at their after school program working with children in grades K-8. Expressions offers a variety of activities like sports, arts and crafts, theatre, sewing, legos, and more. They are looking for high school students (age 16 or older) to commit to at least two days per week during the hours of 3-6pm Monday-Thursday. Please contact Scott Labrie at scott.labrie@expressionsafterschool.com or fill out this online application: https://goo.gl/yqF7f1

St. Joseph’s Basketball Program is looking for volunteers for the Girls and Boys 5th grade through 8th grade programs. Please contact Program Director, Steve Blomberg at coachsteve39@msn.com. Please include your name, grade, email address and phone number.



Needham Parks & Rec Department is hosting three events for children and families throughout November and December. Any of these opportunities can be used at Community Service hours. If you are interested in helping at any of these events, please contact Robyn Fink (rfink@needhamma.gov) or Allan Sobon (asobon@needhamma.gov) at Park & Rec. 

- The Spooky Walk is an opportunity for volunteers to lead children and families around the Town Common for trick or treating. Volunteers can wear kid-appropriate Halloween costumes, their jerseys, team shirts or a volunteer shirt. The event is Saturday, October 21 from 10AM-1:45PM. (Rain date is Sat., Oct. 28)

- TGIF Nights are Friday night events for middle schoolers, held at Pollard Middle School. The events take place on November 3 and December 1 from 7-10:30PM. Volunteers will lead games and activities. Dance and Cheerleading teams can come and do a performance during one or all events.  After their performance if they would like to teach a dance or a few dance moves, they would be open to this.  They would need to know two weeks in advance so it can be scheduled appropriately.


- The Turkey Hunt is similar to an Easter Egg Hunt, but with turkeys! Volunteers will help participants with a Thanksgiving craft, help hide paper turkeys and oversee participants. The event will take place on Saturday, November 18 from 9AM-12:15PM.


NewBridge on the Charles Senior Citizen Living Community  is looking for some help to transport and support NewBridge patients during the upcoming Jewish holidays. Please contact Lynda Doctoroff Bussgang at LyndaBussgang@hsl.harvard.edu.


The Needham Science Center is looking for help with care for live animals. We would love to have at least 3 more for our animal room, and 8 more would be ideal. We ask each student to come one day a week between the hours of 3p-4p (we can be a little flexible with the time) and to make a year-long commitment. Contact Lisha Goldberg at lisha_goldberg@needham.k12.ma.us


The Needham High School Library has student volunteers that do their community service working in the library before and after school.  The work includes shelving books, maintenance of library computers and special projects.  We look for students who have good attention to detail, asks questions, punctuality, and the ability to work independently.  If you are interested, stop into the library to pick up a Library Volunteer application. Contact Karen Vona McIntyre at karen_vona_mcintyre@needham.k12.ma.us

Great Hall Concert is gearing up and needs your help! Our new Great Hall Concert series will begin on Saturday, September 23rd, we would love you to volunteer and be an usher that evening! If you are able to join us, we will meet at 6:30 in the Town Hall lobby. Please wear black on the bottom and your tee shirt on top. The evening will end around 10:30. Please contact Margie Brodsky at MargieBrodsky@yahoo.com.

2016-2017 Community Service Learning Opportunities:


The Exchange Club is looking for a couple of student will want to help with the 4th of July celebration
  • Event set-up on 6/30, 7/1, 7/2, 7/3.  Approx 4 hours each day
  • Event take down on 7/4 & 7/5. Approx 3 hours on the 4th & approx. 3 to 4 hours on the 5th.
  • We would like 8 to 10 young people. 
  • Food will be provided
  • Tasks consist of:
    •  Attend Exchange Club orientation program for about 1 hour – help to ground their experience and learn about the Club
    •  carrying boxes and supplies down from the 2nd floor of the Memorial field house
    •  setting up tables & small tents & small signs
    •  stocking food and cooking supplies in the big tent & refrigerated truck
    •  Stocking soda & ice
    •  And other small tasks as will arise in the set-up phase

Contact Rick Lunetta if interested:  rlunetta@onprocess.com +1 508.520.2711  x1239


Foundation for MetroWest is now recruiting high school students for its fall Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) programs. YIP is a free program now in its 20th year of teaching local youth about the needs and assets of our community; students do not have to have any experience with community service. Over the course of 17 sessions, participants will work as a team to award $10,000 in grants to youth-serving nonprofits.


·         YIP Natick will meet Thursdays from 7-8:30pm starting Sept. 14

·         YIP Sudbury will meet Tuesdays from 7-8:30pm starting Sept. 19

 The deadline to apply is August 25. If you have questions please contact: Kimberly Blakemore, 508.647.2260,kblakemore@foundationformetrowest.org

6th grade student needs 1:1 support while attending  Nobles camp the week of June 26 and July 3. If interested please contact Karen Kajmo, 781-444-3065.


JCC Summer Arts and Crafts Instructor

 The Jewish Community Center in Newton is looking for arts and crafts instructors to work with children this summer at the outdoor pool complex and/or to prepare materials for these crafts.  The program runs from June 24th – August 27st; hours are Monday-Thursday 4-7 PM, Friday 3:30- 6:30 PM and weekends 11 AM-2 PM but the  schedule is flexible; you pick when you would like to work.   Ideal candidates enjoy working with younger children, are reliable, energetic and reasonably outgoing.  Craft projects/materials, supervision and training will be provided.  If you prefer to do preparation work for the crafts instead of direct service, the hours are extremely flexible.  This position qualifies for community service hours.  For more information, contact Kris at 617-416-7696 or kriskrok@comcast.net.

Needham Youth Services seeks high school students for its VIP Program for the 2017-2018 academic school year.  The VIP Program --- Valuable Interactions among Peers --- is a peer mentoring program matching a Needham High School student (these students are the “Big VIPs”) with a student in 3rd to 5th grade to provide social interaction for the younger student (these students are the “Little VIPs”). The students will meet once a week; supervised by two Youth Services’ staff. During their time together they will play games, participate in activities, share stories, and talk with one another.

We are currently accepting applications for Big VIPS for the 2017-2018 academic school year. Applications are available at the Needham Youth Services office online at www.needhamma.gov/youth/VIP .

8th graders who will be entering 9th grade in September 2017 are encouraged to apply.  All Big VIPs are eligible for Community Service Credit.  

For more information contact Needham Youth Services at 781-455-7500 x264 or by email at kcolthart@needhamma.gov.

The Needham Farmers Market opens Sun May 28 and will be held every Sunday from 12-4 from May 28 to end Oct.  We are looking for the following:
  • 3 student volunteers to help at the market each Sunday from 10:00-noon, noon-4:00, and 4:00-6:00
  • A student can sign up for any 10 combination of Sundays to achieve 30 hours of community service;  the weeks don't have to be sequential.
  • The students help the vendors set up / break down tents and carrying supplies to their tents.  Some lifting and carrying is involved
  • Students will also meet, greet and help shoppers
  • We need students who will reliably show up;  our vendors rely on the help, rain or shine.  If a student signs up and finds s/he can't make it, we expect them to contact the Market Manager with as much advance notice as is practical:  Tom Gehman at tgehman@verizon.net
  • Outside of Sundays, help with marketing & publicity and art work, taking direction from a member of the Board
  • Sign up for Sunday volunteer hours using Sign Up Genius posted www.NeedhamFarmersMarket.org (http://homesharetours.com/needhamfarmersmarket-2/)
Camp Kaleidoscope, the Jewish Community Center’s premier arts and science day camp in Newton, is looking for camp counselors.  Counselors are mature, reliable, patient people who understand what it takes to make a camper's day a wonderful experience. Busing is available from Wayland, Framingham and Brookline, and Brookline bus counselors are needed. Counselors are at least 18 years old or graduating from high school, with demonstrated leadership skills and experience working with children. All counselors must be available for the full eight-week camp season, June 26-August 18.Lower and Middle Camp Counselors work in pairs or groups of three and are responsible for a group of 10-15 campers entering grades K-3. They support and nurture campers throughout the day as campers attend activities in the arts, science, sports and swimming. Middle Camp counselors may also assist in other areas throughout camp.Upper Camp Counselors work with campers entering grades 4-8. They teach or assist in classes, activities and musical productions. Open positions include knitting and sewing, crafts, juggling, canoeing, and sports and games. Upper Camp teaching counselors have usually completed one or more years of college.Please go to Camp.Employment for more information and an application.Betty Lehrman, Director, Camp Kaleidoscope, 617-558-6523 

Volunteers needed for Relay For Life.The event/setup/clean up runs from 9:00am Saturday the 20th through Sunday the 21st at 10:00am. There will be many different shifts to offer. The relay will once again be held at The Newman School in Needham. If you are interested contact Laura Park:  lgp41133@aol.com or 617-201-8259.

Geared Up For Kidsa bike ride, fun run/walk for families to raising funds for Children's Brain tumor research is being held on May 21st at NHS.The event runs from 9am to 1pm  and volunteers are needed throughout the day starting around 8am. If interested please contact Ashley Goes at  adg2015@hotmail.com  or 617-784-0267. 


I am a local art teacher in the Newton Public Schools and I also run an art program for children on Saturday mornings in Needham.  I am looking for some friendly and enthusiastic volunteers to help me while I teach art.  Your responsibilities would be to help the kids feel happy and connected in the class.  Sometimes you would frame artwork by stapling papers, but most of the time would be to sit and play with the kids and help make sure that all kids are safe and connected as I provide personal instruction to each of the children. Saturdays from 9:00-11:00 3/11, 3/18, 4/1, 4/22. If interested, please email Alexandra at: art4yourchild@gmail.com

At Beth Israel Deaconess–Needham (BID–Needham), we value volunteer service as an integral component of our successful organization; therefore, we are expanding the role of the hospital community volunteer. We would like to offer students in grades 7 and higher the opportunity to volunteer and represent BID–Needham at community fairs, festivals, holiday and celebratory events throughout the year.  BID–Needham Street Team, will allow students to represent the hospital at local events in a fun and meaningful way while earning school required community service hours. Students who are interested in continuing their service inside the hospital will have the opportunity to apply for a volunteer assignment when they reach the age of 16. 
Members of the Street Team will be provided with training on the hospital’s brand, key talking points, and event expectations, and will be given a BID-Needham t-shirt to wear at events. Signing up to volunteer at community activities will be quick, easy and available in advance of events with the online Sign-up Genius tool.  The BID–Needham Street Team schedule of events begins on Saturday, April 29th with the majority of events occurring between May and October of 2017.
 If you are interested in joining the BID-Needham Street Team, please complete an application (available in guidance) , and bring it with you to an information and orientation session on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 6:30-8:00 pm in Conference Room B at the hospital.  Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Kindly RSVP for the information session to Tracy Murphy (tvmurphy@bidneedham.org) or 781-453-5499.

Opportunity for community service for HS boys in association with the Needham Youth Lacrosse Program.  Looking for boys to help officiate and/or coach at the U9 and U11 levels. If interested, please contact Craig Brenhiser, craig_brenhiser@needham.k12.ma.uswww.eliotpe.weebly.com

The Needham Town Library has student volunteers that do their community service working in the library before or after school.  We are in need of some new students  Below is a list of the work the students are responsible for.   We look for students who have good attention to detail, organizational skills, conscientiousness, asks questions,  interpersonal skills, punctuality, honesty, and the ability to work independently.  If you are interested, stop into the library to pick up a Library Volunteer application. Contact Karen Vona McIntyre  if you have questions, karen_vona_mcintyre@needham.k12.ma.us.

The Food Project: Summer Seed Crew is hiring 66 new youth, ages 14-17, and 33 of those youth will be working in Greater Boston. Apply electronically (http://thefoodproject.org/seed-crew). The deadline to apply is March 13th

Carter Church in Needham is interested in building a team of students over the course of time to engage with them in fulfilling their Community Service Project hours. No religious affiliation is required.  Anyone is invited to apply.  We can offer students at least 30-60 hours of service projects that they can space out over a year or up to four years. Some examples of available programs include: (1) helping at Ecclesia Ministries, including day trips to Boston to help feed the unhoused; (2) volunteering at Rosie's Place; (3) assisting with Bread of Life, a bi-monthly free community meal; (4) working at our Pumpkin Patch, with all proceeds going to support the Navajo people and other service activities; (5) serving as a counselor at our Vacation Bible School, an affordable summer camp experience; (6) construction and other assistance at various non-profit organizations; (7) helping with our Christmas Tree pick-up program with all proceeds going to local charities; and (8) sorting gifts collected for foster children supported by the state Department of Children and Families.  If interested, reach out to Sue-Anne Woodward (sueanne.woodward@gmail.comor John Frantz (johnrfrantz@gmail.com). Post-secondary scholarship opportunities available to apply to if having participated. 

Chamber Street & Linden Street Public Housing is looking for volunteers to assist with residents' chores - gardening, shoveling, moving furniture, light general chores. Service can be on-going to earn 30/60 hours. Contact Helen Giragosian at 239-677-0659.

The Needham Free Public Library is opening a new STEAM Center for children in grades 1-6 and we are looking for volunteers to help out. Monday through Thursday 5:30-8:30 pm, Saturdays 9:00-2:00, Sundays 1:00-7:00 (you do not have to stay the entire time, hours are flexible). Have children sign in to use the center, sign out an iPad or laptop to a child if they request one, have the child return the iPad or laptop when done, watch so equipment like pads and laptops aren't damaged or science kits/robots stolen. Contact Paula Dugan, Children's Supervisor, pdugan@minlib.net781-455-7559.