The following volunteer opportunities are available in the Greater Newburyport area:
Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley is currently recruiting and training volunteers to help the elderly with various tasks. These include: providing transportation to medical appointments and accompanying elders to these appointment, food shopping, pharmacy pickups, bill management and companionship. Contact Eileen at 978-946-1463.
Auntie’s Closet, Volunteers are needed for “Auntie’s Closet,” a charity thrift store in Salisbury. Tasks would include counter sales, organization, and pricing. Thursday through Sunday. Call Vicki at 978-376-5629 or email Mel at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Auntie’s Closet is located at 48 Elm Street (Route 110).
Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity, 60 Island St., Lawrence, 978-681-8858- contact Sharon Mason, email email@example.com . Merrimack Valley Habitat builds homes, shares hope, and changes lives. We move families from overcrowded, dispiriting living conditions to a safe, decent, and affordable home, providing the stability and foundation they need to build a better life. It is a partnership of hope, and of a helping hand. Construction and administrative volunteers are needed to help us continue our mission. Flexible arrangements.
Merrimack Valley Hospice, Home Health VNA, 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence- contact Sheryl Meehan, volunteer coordinator, 978-552-4522 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Merrimack Valley Hospice is a nonprofit organization serving northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Volunteer opportunities include working with patients and families directly, administrative support to hospice staff, fundraising and more. Volunteers receive mileage reimbursement and training. A commitment of two to four hours a week on an as-needed basis is required.
Newburyport Art Association, 65 Water St., Newburyport, 978-465-8769, email@example.com, www.newburyportart.org. The NAA is an active and vibrant art association serving artists of all ages and skills living in the Greater Newburyport area. Volunteer opportunities include exhibition installation support, organizing and hosting receptions, assisting with community outreach programs, sitting the gallery, small building upkeep projects and special events. Please call or email us about these and other volunteer positions available.
Newburyport Maritime Society, Custom House Maritime Museum, www.thechmm.org., 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 RRobillard@cityofnewburyport.com.
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, email@example.com.
Newburyport Youth Services, contact: Andrea Egmont, supervisor of Youth Services, 60 Pleasant St., Newburyport, 978-465-4434, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, website: www.cityofnewburyport.com. 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 midafternoon.
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
Country Rehab and Nursing Center, 180 Low St., Newburyport, 978-465-5361
Harborside Health Care-Maplewood, 6 Morrill Place, Amesbury, 978-388-3500
Port Health Care, 113 Low St., Newburyport, 978-462-7373
Seaview Retreat, 60 Mansion Drive, Rowley, 978-948-2552
Opportunity Works, 10 Opportunity Way, Newburyport, 978-462-6144
This organization serves the developmentally disabled, providing training and employment in a sheltered workshop and training in social and daily living skills. A variety of volunteer needs exist: quality control, drivers, landscaping, special activities (music, art, exercise), big brother-big sister relationships. Crafts, exercises, music and other leisure activity programs for older people in the Golden Opportunity Club.
Our Neighbors’ Table, PO Box 592, Amesbury, MA 01913; 978-388-4863 or 978-835-3016
Our Neighbors’ Table serves homemade meals at Main Street Congregational Church in Amesbury on Wednesdays each week (3:30 to 6 p.m.) and opens its food pantry from 3:30 to 6 p.m. also on Wednesdays. Volunteers are needed as cooks’ helpers, servers and sorters.
Parental Stress Hotline, email@example.com, 800-632-8188 (a Massachusetts-only number), 24-hour hotline to defuse parental stress.
This hotline requires a one-year commitment to take telephone shifts on a state-wide toll-free hotline. Overnight shifts taken in the volunteer’s home via a call forwarding system. Ten hours of training and mentoring takes place in Watertown.
Parents Helping Parents, firstname.lastname@example.org
Childcare volunteers are needed to care for the children of parents attending a free and confidential parent support group Monday evenings, 7 to 9 p.m. Help parents in our community become connected and supported.
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, 978-465-5753 ext. 31. Volunteer positions available in visitor information and as plover wardens.
Pettengill House, PO Box 5551,13 Lafayette Road, Salisbury, 978-463-8801
The Pettengill House is a nonprofit community social service organization serving the greater Newburyport area. A variety of volunteer opportunities exist, including help with office work, food pantry, special events and fundraisers and special programs. For more information, call Joan Bukoskey, volunteer coordinator, at 978-463-8801.
Salvation Army, 40 Water St., Newburyport, 978-465-0883
Volunteers needed to assist elderly, visit nursing homes, odd jobs and youth programs, feeding programs, food pantry, seasonal help.
The Samaritans, 24-hour suicide prevention hotline, 866-912-4673
Volunteers trained to take shifts responding to hot line calls.
Shared Caring Hospice, Inc., PO Box 564, Newburyport, 978-462-1210
Trained volunteers needed to work with the terminally ill.
Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, contact: Bethany Groff, Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, 978-462-2634
Volunteers needed at historic house museums in Newbury. SPNEA is looking for people to assist with a variety of positions, including docents, clerical, reception desk at visitor’s center, and special event volunteers, and others as needed. Training provided.
Strongest Link Aids Services, 5 Federal St., Danvers, 978-777-5885
Volunteers needed for office support and transportation services for people living with HIV and their families. Support also needed for annual holiday program.
Tobacco Education Program, Newburyport City Hall, 2nd floor, Newburyport, 978-465-4434
Program needs volunteers to help make tobacco education efforts real and meaningful. Opportunities range from administrative support to manning booths for community health events. Youths encouraged; community service credit opportunities.
Turning Point, Safe Recovery Program and Main Stream Housing Program, PO Box 548, 5 Perry Way 21, Newburyport, 978-462-8251
These programs serve women and children who have become homeless due to domestic abuse and-or substance abuse. Housing provided up to 24 months.
YMCA, contact: Sandra Brien, Northeast Family/Tri-Town Branch, Route 110 Plaza, Amesbury, 978-462-6711
Volunteers needed at events and for programs.
YWCA, 13 Market St., Newburyport, 465-0981
Volunteers needed at the pool desk and after-school day care program, etc. Help needed for specific projects.