Volunteer Opportunities and Donations

John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation Mission and Mentoring Program for Framingham & Waltham High School Students
Ethel Williams gave a wonderfully detailed talk about the Foundations' mission - To find at risk youth and graduate them at their highest potential possible and give them opportunities beyond High School.  The students who are chosen begin the program in their Sophomore year and continue on with various goals through graduation.
Ethel visits Waltham companies Human Resources Departments in search of Mentors who are willing to volunteer to make a 1 year commitment up front and want to form a trusted relationship with the student.  
If you know anyone; (young business professional) who wants to work with young High School students please refer them to Ethel.  

For Mentors:
Time commitment - 8 hours p/month (flexibility due to student or mentor traveling)
Looking for Community Service
Will have a Corey Background check
There will be 2 nights of Mentor training

Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra
Robin Capello Volunteer Coordinator, serves on the Board of Directors talked about supporting the Arts.
Website - www,phil.org

REACH Beyond Domestic Violence - Reach is always looking for items to help the survivors in their shelter from toiletries, school supplies, to holiday gifts, etc. Here is a link to their web site  .  see how you may be able to help further. Attached is also a list of ways to help REACH through donation and volunteer opportunities. http://www.reachma.org/

Waltham Works -- Organization that organizes different community groups throughout the city to help in various volunteer projects. Information posted as events become available.

Waltham Community Day Center -- The Community Day Center supports homeless individuals and those in need to meet and shape their life goals. Here is their link to some volunteer opportunities:  http://communitydaycenter.org/volunteer.html     

Birthday Wishes
This organization gives parties and accepts donations for children who have been affected by domestic violence and are now living in safe houses.
Susan Poirier is a Party Coordinator at Mary's house, a small shelter in Waltham that cares for 5-8 families with young children.  Donations
can be learning materials, craft kits, paper goods, goody bags (basic & child safe) and are taken on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.  If you would like to help
please contact: 
Susan Poirier on Facebook
Helping Teachers
  We will be asking teachers to put together a list of supplies they will need.  Teachers will email their list to Waltham Woman's Club.

Waltham Community Day Center
-- with winter coming they are in need of winter coats, boots, gloves, etc. Here is a link to their in-kind donation information http://communitydaycenter.org/donategoods.html. They also appreciate tax deductible donations as well: http://communitydaycenter.org/donatemoney.html

VFW Troop Rally - Is currently acdcepting cash donations to send items to our locally deployed tropps.

Local Food Pantries - Please consider donating to any of hte local food pantries in Waltham:
  1. Bristol Lodge & Soup Kitchen - Operated out of the Immanuel United Methodist Church, 545 Moody St. Food donations accepted at the church entrance at the corner of Moody & Cherry Sts., 2-6 pm, Contact is Dick Rogers at 781-883-2050
  2. Sacred Heart Food Pantry - operated out of the Sacred Heart Church Hall (entrance on Grove St. through parking lot). Church is located at corner of Newton & River Sts.  Donors may leave food in the kitchen daily from 8am to 3pm, 781-899-0469
  3. Grandma's Pantry - operated out of Christ Church, 750 Main Street. For Waltham residents 60 years or older on a fixed income. Food may be left at the church office. Call ahead for hours, 781-891-6012.