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Community Service

Natick High School currently has a 30 Hour Community Service Component as part of the graduation requirement.

  1. Choose a site and project. If you need suggestions, please see your Guidance Counselor or Ms. Kruskal, the Career Counselor.

  2. Print out the Community Service Tracking Form - Community Service Form.

  3. Complete the top section of the form and bring to your supervisor. If you are participating with an organization advertised here or on our list of Non-Profit organizations - you can go directly to do your hours once you and a parent/guardian have signed the form.

  4. Upon completing your community service experience, the Site Liaison (supervisor) will sign off on the number of hours you have completed during the corresponding dates.

  5. Make a copy for your records and return the form to the Guidance Department and put into the community service form box. Please wait until all hours have been completed to submit these forms. (Keep a copy for yourself as well!)

Interested in a career in Non Profit? Check out the link:

Volunteer Information

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
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Natick Teen Center
The Teen Center is looking for volunteers in a number of opportunities. High school students can become leaders, teachers, and mentors to middle school students by fostering relationships, playing games, and/or teaching classes of their own. Students will engage with middle school students on their terms, like playing games, creating art projects, and more. 

The Teen Center is open Monday-Thursday, 2:30pm-6:00pm weekly (unless otherwise specified), and 11:30am-6:00pm on early release days. Some night and weekend opportunities are available.

Interested students should email Lauren at lmeurer@natickma.org.

MIT Leadership Training Institute

The Leadership Training Institute is a program for high school students that helps develop leadership skills. Throughout our 9-week program, our students implement what they learn as they work to create their own sustainable community service project. Interested students can apply here, for the early deadline on 11/28 and the regular deadline on 12/2

Roger Williams Park Zoo - Youth Advisory Council 


Roger Williams Park Zoo is seeking a diverse group of individuals ages 16-21 to join the RWPZ Youth Advisory Council. The Roger Williams Park Zoo Youth Advisory Council will inform future RWPZ initiatives by providing thoughtful feedback and a unique perspective.  Members will serve as a voice for youth within the Zoo and community.  Youth Advisory Council members will collaborate to lead, design, and execute various initiatives and projects that will positively impact the Zoo, community, animals, and the environment. 

Participation in the RWPZ Youth Advisory Council requires a commitment of 2 years with participation in an orientation weekend January 19 & 20, 2019 and meetings every Sunday.  Participation in the council is unpaid.

Deadline for applications is November 27, 2018. Applications and more information can be found here

Hallo-Teen - Natick CSC

Looking for volunteers to assist with a Halloween event at the Community Senior Center for middle schoolers. 

Wednesday, October 31st, 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Community Senior Center, 117 E Central St Natick MA

Interested in volunteering? Contact Lauren at lmeurer@natickma.org or (508) 647-6400 x1807.

Habitat ReStore - Information Sessions

ReStore is Habitat for Humanity's open to the public retail outlet that sells donated new and gently used home furnishings and building materials. The proceeds from all items sold at ReStore go to funding out home build mission. 

ReStore is now open at 310 Pond Street in Ashland! Volunteer in a fun and exciting retail environment that builds homes, communities, and hope!

Learn more at an information session:
- Saturday, October 27, 2pm-3pm
- Saturday November 10, 10am-11am

To RSVP and for more info, reach out to Molly Pietrantonio, Volunteer Coordinator by email (volunteer@habitatmwgw.org) or phone (508-799-9259 ext.113)

KidsConnect - Seeking help with website/social media

KidsConnect in Natick is looking for a student to assist with updates to their website and occasional social media posting. Great opportunity for community service for students interested in marketing. 

Interested students should contact Deb at debras@kids-connect.org.


Metrowest Speech and Language Center - Internships available

Metrowest Speech and Language Center in Natick has two internships available. Community service hours available. 

Social Media & Marketing: Seeking an intern to help develop online presence for Metrowest Speech and Language Center, in addition to assistance with traditional marketing campaigns (flyers, mailings, etc.). 

Speech-Language: Seeking an intern with an interest in Speech-Language Pathology or Education to assist with office work, with opportunities to observe sessions

Interested students should contact Melissa at melissalewislp@gmail.com or 508-868-5955.


Sons of Italy in Natick - Service Opportunities for 2018-2019 School Year

We host a community Pasta Night every Wednesday, beginning 9/12/18 until June 2019, from 5 to 7 pm.

We need students who are able to assist with set-up, serving, cleaning up and feel comfortable interacting with adults.

Additionally, individual projects such as Fall/Spring clean-ups are also available.

The Sons of Italy created a Student Volunteer of the Year Scholarship award in 2018 based on the excellent volunteerism of a Natick High School senior, in addition to awarding 7 scholarships to area students in June 2018.  

Please considering joining us – dinner is included!

Cathy Washburn
SOI President
cathywash@verizon.net
508-577-2153


Volunteer Fair at Natick Community Senior Center

Thursday, October 11, 4:30-6:30pm, free

Come by and meet with representatives from over 25 Natick area non-profits and explore volunteer opportunities. Learn about the organization and find where your best fit is to volunteer and give back to the community! Refreshments and enter to win prizes! Learn new skills, network, build your résumé, give back, help people, help build something bigger than yourself, strengthen your health, have fun!

For more information please call 508-647-6540 or email skirby@natickma.org


Representatives from these organizations will be on hand:
A Place to Turn, Broadmoor Audubon, Elm Bank/Mass Horticultural Society, Family Promise Metrowest, Friends of the Bacon Free Library, Friends of Morse Institute Library, Friends of Natick Senior Center, Keep Natick Beautiful, Lake Cochituate Watershed Council, Leonard Morse Aux Natick Metrowest, METCO - Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunities/Natick, Natick Medical Reserve Corps, Natick Community Organic Farm, Natick Community Senior Center, Natick Cultural District, Natick Historical Society, Natick Housing Authority, Natick Service Council, Natick Together for Youth, Neighbor Brigade, Natick Recreation/Parks, Renewable Natick, Riverbend of South Natick, Spark Kindness, Stray Pets in Need, Natick Town Boards and Commissions, Whitney Place.

Youth In Philanthropy - Natick, MA

  • Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) MetroWest is an opportunity for students to become leaders in their communities

  • Participants learn the importance of philanthropy and the needs that exist in their own backyards

  • YIP students evaluate grant applications and award up to $10,000 to the nonprofits of their choice

  • Volunteers must be high school students who live or learn in the MetroWest

  • Program is held Thursdays, 7:00-8:30pm beginning on September 20 

  • Fill out an application by 8/31 if interested

Interested?  Fill out an application online by 8/31!  See the full program schedule here.

Barn & Livestock Volunteer - Powisset Farm - Dover, MA
  • Volunteers are needed to welcome the public, answer questions about the farm, and educate families about the animals

  • Also responsible for facilitating interaction with sheep, goats, chickens, pigs, and bunnies with direction from the Barnyard Educator; assist with setup and break down of program supplies including children's games and crafts

  • Must be able to lift 30lbs or more; work in all weather conditions; have an interest in the barn environment

  • Volunteers under 18 will require adult supervision and permission 

  • Must be able to commit for 5 months or more to the same 2-4 hour shift once a week; training is provided 

  • Open shifts include:  Wednesdays 12:30pm-3:30pm; Saturdays 9:30am-12:15pm and/or 12:00pm-2:30pm

Interested?  Contact Eileen Small at 781-784-0567 ext. 5501 or email esmall@thetrustees.org

Friends of the Morse Institute Library

  • Sort donated books

  • Help during book sales

  • Help with mailings

  • Decorate the Friends display cabinet and kiosk

  • Write newsletter articles

  • Take photographs

  • Be available for various staffing needs - no heavy lifting required

Interested? To Volunteer with book sales contact morsebooksale@gmail.com.
For all other opportunities to volunteer contact: friendsofmorse@gmail.com.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 
- Help us help people with blood cancer and their families. Our dedicated community volunteers are the heart and soul of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). There are many different ways you can participate and make a difference. We need volunteers throughout the year. Each year we set our goals higher, and to reach those goals, we need you! Join our Junior Board - a group of high school students from schools throughout the Chapter's territory. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month. For more information please contact Jaime Gaudet @ 508-810-1333 or email @ jaime.gaudet@lls.org. Our address is 9 Erie Drive Suite 101, Natick, MA 01760.

Autism Alliance of Metro West -  Nannette Ohman, Executive Director, 14 East Central Street, Natick, MA 01760, http://www.autismalliance.org, (508) 652-9900.  We have special events where we utilize volunteer assistance.

Volunteer Internship - Mini Miracles Early Education & Childcare Center - Natick, MA 
  • Mini Miracles Early Education & Childcare Center is offering the opportunity for students to complete an Early Childhood Internship with their organization 

  • Interns will gain work experience in the desired field while accruing required experience hours that count toward EEC certification

  • The company offers free continuing education trainings and allows for networking with early childhood professionals within the childcare, special education, and early intervention fields

  • Interested applicants should love working with children and have a passion for helping them grow, learn, and reach their fullest potential

  • Great opportunity to work within a supportive and high tech Early Childhood Center! 

Interested? Call 508-650-5940 or email Theresa Hayes for more information at thayes@rcslearning.org.

Sons of Italy - Natick, MA

  • Sons of Italy is looking for volunteers to assist with clean up and serving of food during weekly pasta nights 

  • Pasta nights are weekly on Wednesdays from 5pm-7pm 

  • Volunteers should have a neat appearance and be comfortable working with others and taking direction

Interested?  Contact Cathy Washburn at cathywash@verizon.net.

Girl Scouts - Natick, MA 

  • Looking for an assistant to help with meetings and organize paperwork, crafts, and activities for a troop of 16 Girl Scouts at Ben Hem Elementary

  • Would like 1-2 volunteers to be able to commit for the school year 

  • Meetings are held one Friday per month, right after school (2:41pm)

  • Volunteers should be able to arrive early to round up the troops and get them started with snack 

  • Volunteers must complete a CORI form and must have a passion for leadership! 

  • Current or former Girl Scout volunteers are welcomed! 

Interested?  Contact Wendy Ou at theoufamily@gmail.com.

The Center For Arts in Natick - Natick, MA 

  • The Center For Arts in Natick is looking for volunteers for their events - specifically, they would like help for their movie events and Saturday morning events

  • Opportunity for lots of hours as there are events held almost every day!

  • Tasks that are generally expected include pre-show set-up (stocking, cleaning, ticket prep), ushering/seating, will call, selling tickets, serving snacks, and post-show cleanup

  • Shifts are available as the events are available

  • Volunteers must attend a training session offered once per month by the center (use contact information below to inquire about dates)

Interested?  Sign up to be a volunteer nowCheck out the session details and fill out the application.

Childcare for Natick Group - Natick Huddle

  • Natick Huddle hosts meetings once per month and they are in need of childcare during the meetings

  • Meetings are typically 2 hours long

  • The position would be 1x per month on a recurring schedule

  • Experience working with children preferred

  • Parents will be in the same building but will drop the children off to the childcare center; the kids will typically be toddlers-elementary age and parents will be responsible for bringing an activity or toys for their children to be entertained with.  Parents will be available for emergencies and diaper changes as needed

Interested? Contact Kristen Duffy by phone at 617-488-3247 or email at kristen.duffy@bfim.com.

Before School Program Assistant -  Natick, MA

  • Build Our Kids Success is a before school physical activity program run in Natick Elementary & Middle Schools

  • Program time varies at each school, with session times ranging from 7:25am-8:05am to 8:00am-8:45am

  • Volunteers are needed to be active and participate with the kids and motivate them to stay active

  • Volunteers should ideally be able to commit to at least 1 day per week, but can do more than that if desired

  • Grades 9-12 encouraged to apply!

Interested? Contact Heather Chase at hbchase99@gmail.com.

Natick Community Organic Farm- Natick, MA

Looking For Volunteers & Senior Interns!

Volunteer students assist with the day-to-day tasks involved in running an organic farm.

  • Duties are highly dependent on the season. 

  • Farmers will put students to work doing whatever needs to get done that day; the work is highly variable.

  • Most of the work takes place outdoors, in all seasons, and in all weather.

  • Flexible schedule - choose your hours.

Interested? Please contact Christine Schell, Volunteer Coordinator / Christine@natickfarm.org / T: 508-907-6019  Complete an application if interested.

Relay For Life - Natick, MA

  • Relay For Life is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society in which volunteers give their time to take action against cancer

  • This event brings communities together, honors loved ones lost, honors survivors of all cancers, and raises money to help the American Cancer Society make a global impact on cancer

  • The Relay is a team fundraising event in which team members take turns walking around a track over the course of the event

  • Each event is 6-24 hours long and each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps

  • Cancer patients don't stop because they're tired, and for one night, neither do the volunteers

  • Each team sets up a themed campsite at the event and continues their fundraising efforts by collecting donations for food, goods, games, and activities - the money raised counts toward their overall team fundraising goal

Interested? Visit the Relay For Life Website to start or join an existing team!  Also, be sure to check out the  Community Service Standards to review requirements for credit!

Traditions of Wayland – Wayland, MA

Fun Community Service Opportunity!

  • Looking for students to volunteer with a small group of senior citizens

  • Spend time playing games, assisting with crafts and exercise or come share your special talent for entertainment

  • Volunteer between 10am5pm any day of the week, flexible hours

Interested? Contact Lasonta Stewart, Activity Coordinator, at 774-204-4690 or Lasonta.Stewart@traditionsofwayland.com.

The Center For Arts In Natick 

  • Visual Arts Team Volunteers

  • The Visual Arts Team is responsible for assisting with TCAN’s visual arts gallery for the patron community. Responsibilities include the installation and removal of visual arts programming at TCAN’s Summer Street Gallery twice a month.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assisting with installation and curating of all artwork. Exhibits are rotated monthly.

  • Passion for visual arts

  • Interest in learning more about curating an art exhibit

  • Ability to work with a team to meet organization goals

  • Must be available to work during the first week and last week of each month, weekends or weekdays depending on the exhibit. Installations can take more than 2 hours to complete.

  • Work with the Marketing Coordinator and a small team to install all artwork in the gallery.

  • Must be comfortable climbing, standing, and hanging artwork on ladders. Some of our ladders reach 14 feet high.

To apply, please contact Marketing Coordinator Stephanie Brogno at sbrogno@natickarts.org.

Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program Lincoln, MA

  • Do you love horses? Do you love kids?

  • Volunteers needed to help with therapeutic riding for kids with disabilities.

  • Looking for teens (17 yrs +) who have some horse experience

  • Afternoons for 2 - 3 hours

Interested? Please call 781-259-1177 ex. 26.

Cedar Gardens Tenant Organization - Natick, MA

  • Looking for students to help with distributing CGTO newsletter to the 260 doors in the complex

  • To clean, sweep and wash common areas in each building and the community hall 

  • In winter some residents need assistance with snow removal

  • In spring and summer, residents need help raking and planting gardens

Interested? Contact Debi Henry at 508-651-0256.

Brookhaven Hospice - Framingham, MA

  • Looking for compassionate and caring people who would like to volunteer for hospice

  • Looking for people to provide companionship, friendliness and a kind heart to their end of life patients

  • If you are interested in a free training class to become a volunteer, please call today.

  • For more information view Brookhaven Hospice Volunteer Flyer

Interested? Contact Jennifer Fenuccio at 855-820-4801 or jfenuccio@brookhavenhospice.com.

The Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Make a difference in someone's life by lending your sight for just a few hours each week or month. MAB will provide training on how to assist someone who is blind, and will match you with an individual in or near your community. 

To sign up call 617-972-9119, email kmatthews@mabcommunity.org or go to mabcommunity.org/volunteer. 

Human Services & Council on Aging  - We have some limited volunteering opportunities for students to fill in afternoon “ambassador” shifts here at the Center (main reception desk).  Another possibility is for students who have a particular skill and/or interest that they would like to share.  Please contact Karen Edwards, Volunteer Resource Coordinator, 117 East Central Street (508) 647-6540 ext. 1905, kedwards@natickma.org. My hours are: Tues 9:00-2:00, Wed and Thurs 11:00-4:00 and Fri 9:00-1:00.

South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC) - At SMOC we place a high value on our volunteers. Our volunteers are an important an integral part to our mission and the clients we serve. Each volunteer opportunity, although different, plays an important role in our agency as a whole. http://www.smoc.org/volunteer-opportunities.php.

TCAN (The Center for the Arts Natick)Make a difference to your community, to the arts, and to yourself. We work together to deliver arts experiences that exceed the expectations of our patrons. You don't need to have an arts background to be involved—we'll train you. However, you must be enthusiastic, flexible, reliable and willing to learn new things. Website: http://www.natickarts.org/volunteer.

Region 4A-Medical Reserve Corps Junior/Student - Our Mission: To provide public health volunteer medical services that supplement existing resources in case of disaster.  For more information, please visit http://www.region4a-mrc.org/home.

Pieces of Home - The Backpack Projecthttp://www.piecesofhome.org/  Every child emergently placed with the Department of Children and Families should have something special. Something that is theirs.  The Pieces of Home backpack project was formed to provide these children with a 24 hour survival kit. The Kids FundPieces of Home: The Backpack Project, 801 Massachusetts Avenue, 1st Floor, Boston, MA 02118 ~  Please contact Kathleen Walz, RN, BSN, Co-Founder, Pieces of Home, kathleen@piecesofhome.org.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society  - Join the Movement! As a Volunteer! Volunteers work behind the scenes and are the reason why our programs and fundraising succeed! Being a volunteer is fun and helpful. It is a chance to join the movement. You can volunteer for an hour, an evening, a day or a whole weekend. If you do not see a volunteer job that fits your interest, please feel free to contact Brenda Barbour, Associate Vice President of Volunteer Development, at 1-800-344-4867 or brenda.barbour@mam.nmss.org.   To register as a volunteer for an event: https://www.nationalmssociety.org/Get-Involved/Volunteer.

Lake Cochituate Watershed Council - Their mission is to protect the water & land that support all life in & around the Lake.  Their volunteer programs include: 

  • Big Heart Little Feet (BHLF): Works with all age groups in the Lake Cochituate watershed communities to protect and enjoy our woodlands, waterways, summits, and wetlands. BHLF hosts multi-generational initiatives that promote community, friendship, service, and environmental awareness, including cleaning up streamways, improving signage, and preserving habitat. (Contact: Pat Conaway at (508) 740-9949 or bpconaway@gmail.com).

  • Protect Our Water Resources (POWR): Works to protect the drinking water supply of Natick, which receives all of its water from the aquifer of Lake Cochituate. POWR works with The State Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the owner and manager of the lake, and other stakeholders to define and implement solutions to pollution and invasive weed problems. (Contact: Carole Berkowitz at sosvcarolina@gmail.com).


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