, Newburyport, MA


January 11, 2013

People Helping People


Newburyport Maritime Society, Custom House Maritime Museum,, 25 Water St., Newburyport, 978-462-8681. Volunteers needed to staff the gift shop and admissions desk, docents (guides for tours) and administrative activities. Three-hour shifts. Email for more information.

Lowell’s Boat Shop, 459 Main St., Amesbury, 978-834-0050. Volunteers needed as docents, maintenance projects and administration activities.

Newburyport Council on Aging is seeking volunteers to assist senior citizens with yardwork and small home repairs. The Council on Aging matches the needs of elders with the resources in the community. Contact: Roseann Robillard, director, at 978-462-8650 or

Newburyport Learning Enrichment Center is looking for help with their community garden at the Griffin Home this summer. Volunteers can do gardening work independently. They are also seeking volunteers to help with after-school clubs, and in the summer. In August, they will need volunteers to help with arts and crafts, cooking and walking clubs. Contact Nancy Earls at 978-884-1343.

Newburyport Parks Commission has an ongoing need for various jobs including raking, park cleanup and gardening (hours vary), and

installation of dog waste bags in dispensers along the Clipper City Rail Trail. It takes about an hour to do all of them. Contact Lise Reid, 978-463-3545,

Newburyport Youth Services- contact: Andrea Egmont, supervisor of Youth Services, 60 Pleasant St., Newburyport, 978-465-4434, e-mail:, website: We have opportunities to help with programming or events.

Nursing homes are very happy to have volunteers!

Contact the activities director and go in for an orientation. Typical activities are one-on-one room visits, writing or reading letters and stories, card or board games, sharing your interests and skills, and helping with their program. Popular times are late morning and mid-afternoon.

Amesbury Village Skilled Nursing and Rehab, 22 Maple St., Amesbury, 978-388-4682

Brigham Manor Nursing and Rehab Center, 77 High St., Newburyport, 978-462-4221

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