United Way of Central Massachusetts

Holiday Wish List 2013

Celebrate the holidays by giving back to your community!

As the holidays approach and we reflect on the blessings we have received during the last year, our minds and hearts turn to those most in need in our community. As has been the tradition for many years, the Community Services Program at United Way of Central Massachusetts is proud to bring you our 2013 Holiday Wish List as a way for you to help people in need, right here in central Massachusetts.

The Holiday Wish List offers a wide range of opportunities for businesses and individuals to support non-profit organizations that help local children and families. Find ways to help through donating gifts, volunteering at a holiday party, or creating food baskets for families. Search through the list and find a way to give back that suits you.

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Donate items:

African Community Education Program (ACE)

Donate non-perishable food items such as rice, beans, and canned vegetables for Thanksgiving distribution by November 21. Donate new or gently used winter clothing such as boots, hats, scarves, and coats to be distributed to ACE families during the holiday season. Donations accepted November – January.

Contact: Amy Connery
(508) 799-3653

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AIDS Project Worcester, Inc.

Donate gift cards, new toys, and new clothes; personal care items such as soap, shampoo, washcloths, toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine products, and disposable diapers; and canned goods for December holiday food baskets.

Contact: Patricia Price
(508) 755-3773

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Alternatives Unlimited

Donate tickets to sporting events, theatres, and movies; specialty food items, health and beauty items; kitchen essentials; gift baskets; and gift certificates to grocery stores, pharmacies, and department stores.

Contact: Sandra Marquis
(508) 266-6517

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Auburn Youth and Family Services

Donate new toys, games, and books for children of all ages; grocery store gift cards for holiday food baskets; gifts for teens such as movie passes, music, gaming gift cards, and personal care items; and gift cards to clothing and shoe stores to purchase gifts for children and teens. Adopt a family and provide gifts for Christmas. Call for details.

Contact: Sheryl Spafford
(508) 832-5707 ext. 10

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Central MA/Metro West

Donate gift cards to local grocery and discount stores; board games; craft supplies; sports equipment and balls; and other small gift items suitable for children.

Contact: Melanie Perreault
(508) 752-7868 ext. 14

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Birthday Wishes

Donate toys and pajamas for children ages 1 – 14 and gift cards to discount stores to purchase gifts for children.

Contact: Teri Scibelli
(866) 388-9474 ext. 5

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Boys & Girls Club of Worcester

Donate holiday gifts for children ages 5 – 18 including gift cards for teens to purchase items such as movies, music, and clothing; grocery store gift cards to purchase holiday meals for families in need; and wrapping paper and supplies such as bows and cards. Adopt a family for the holidays and provide gifts. Call for details.

Contact: Liz Hamilton
(508) 754-2686

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Burncoat Family Center

Donate new toys, books, clothes, outerwear, boots, and gift cards for boys and girls ages 4 – 18; gift certificates for movies, bowling, and other activities; non-religious holiday decorations and gift-wrap; and food for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.

Contact: Anna Berin
(508) 853-6988

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Catholic Charities

Donate new winter coats, gloves, mittens, and hats for adults and children; gift cards to pharmacies, grocery stores, and discount retail stores; and non-perishable food donations.

Contact: Cynthia Taberner
(508) 860-2206

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Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance

Donate gifts for homeless children of all ages and new household items for more than 80 homeless families including sheet sets, blankets, pots and pans, dishes, silverware, and gift cards to discount and grocery stores. Gifts for teens especially needed.

Contact: Katherine Kerr
(508) 791-7265

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Children’s Friend, Inc.

Donate gift cards for discount and grocery stores that will be distributed to needy families during the holiday season to be used for food, clothes, and gifts.

Contact: Karen Ludington
(508) 459-6424

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Clearway Clinic

Donate new strollers, car seats, and pack n’ plays for new moms.

Contact: Brenda Nickerson
(978) 660-7327

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Community Healthlink – Homeless Outreach and Advocacy Program

Donate winter hats and gloves and gift cards to discount stores, grocery stores, and fast food restaurants.

Contact: Brian Bickford
(508) 860-1139

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Community Healthlink – Maria Ave. Program

Donate new bathrobes, slippers, coats, sweatpants, warm socks, and other clothing items for adults of all sizes; and gift cards to coffee shops and fast food restaurants.

Contact: Maria Hernandez
(508) 721-1921

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Community Healthlink – Victim Services

Donate new coats, hats, gloves, and mittens for children, adolescents, and adults of all sizes. Donate new board games and gift cards in denominations of $10 – $25.

Contact: Amanda Atchue
(508) 421-4501

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Dare Family Services

Donate toys and other items for children ages 10 – 18. Items for teens especially needed.

Contact: Armida Martinez
(508) 755-7100

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Dismas House

Donate gift cards for male residents: sheets and blankets, toiletries, hats, gloves, and pajamas.

Contact: David McMahon
(508) 799-9389

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Dress for Success Worcester

Donate gift cards to grocery and retail stores.

Contact: Veronica Hachey
(508) 796-5660

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Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc.

Donate small toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, and shampoo to be used as gifts for Meals on Wheels recipients.

Contact: Julia Martiros
(508) 852-3205

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Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc.

Donate new items for newborns and mothers in need: baby blankets, toiletries, newborn undergarments, socks, bibs, infant equipment such as car seats, new maternity clothes, and gift cards for discount and grocery stores. Donate new items for immigrants/refugees such as gloves and mittens, hats, scarves, and home first aid kits. Donate new household items for homeless families including sheet sets, blankets, cooking utensils, pots and pans, and dishes.

Contact: Georgianna Sgariglia
(508) 860-7951

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Family Success Partnership

Donate gift cards to grocery stores to purchase items for a holiday meal; gift cards to discount stores; and children’s winter clothing including gloves, socks, and small-sized winter coats.

Contact: Courtney Hale
(774) 245-5416

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Frances Perkins and Foundations – Transitional Programs

Donate educational toys for children ages 1 – 12; gift cards and gift certificates; and household items such as bedding, pots and pans; personal hygiene products, and diapers.

Contact: Ivonne Suarez
(508) 757-7506

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Friendly House Shelter

Donate household items such as dishes and small kitchen appliances, diapers, and gift cards for ages 15 – 18. Drop off items at 87 Elm Street.

Contact: Evelyn Vega-Rodrigues
(508) 792-1799

Friendly House, Inc.

Donate non-perishable food, gently-used winter coats, hats, gloves, toiletry items, diapers, and new toys.

Contact: Susan Daly
(508) 755-4362

Girls Incorporated of Worcester

Donate age-appropriate books for girls grades K – 8. Donate items for the holiday party including bookmarks, pens, pencils, erasers, small journal books, candy canes, and candy to fill small stockings for girls; prefilled stockings, baking supplies and decorations for sugar cookies; and craft materials.

Contact: Anne McCarthy
(508) 755-6455 ext. 41

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Green Island Neighborhood Center

Donate pajamas, socks, coats, hats, and gloves for all sizes; food, candy, gifts for Christmas, gift cards and movie tickets; and non-perishable items for Thanksgiving baskets.

Contact: Rochelle Appiah
(508) 753-4661

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Guild of St. Agnes

Donate gift cards for discount, toy, and grocery stores; gifts for children newborn to age 12 such as balls and board games; disposable diapers and related items; hats, mittens, and coats in children’s sizes.

Contact: Sharon Woodbury
(508) 755-2238

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Homeless Outreach and Advocacy Program

Donate coats, winter hats, gloves, and thick socks in adult sizes and gift cards to coffee shops.

Contact: Brian Bickford
(508) 860-1079

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Horace Mann Educational Associates (H.M.E.A.)

Donate linens and blankets, craft supplies, gloves, hats, scarves, and gift cards to pharmacy and grocery stores. Items donated to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Contact: Tracy Andryc
(508) 298-1129

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Horizons for Homeless Children

Donate play dough, play dough tools, antibacterial wipes, hand sanitizer, coloring books, and board games.

Contact: Amy Whitehead-Pleaux
(508) 755-2615

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Key Program

Donate small gifts for teenage girls in residential shelter such as warm socks, gloves, scarves, hats, journals, and hygiene products.

Contact: Stephanie Towne
(508) 852-6277

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Leicester Council on Aging

Donate small gifts such as toiletries, candy and stationery; grocery store gift cards for homebound and low-income seniors; warm blankets, socks, and flannel sheets.

Contact: Barbara Paszuk
(508) 892-7016

LUK

Donate toys for children ages 2 and up including Disney toys, Dora, pretend food items, art supplies, model cars, blocks, and books; gift cards to toy and discount stores. Gift items for teenage boys especially needed.

Contact: Melissa Murphy
(508) 762-3205

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MOC Child Care and Head Start – Hosmer Site

Donate coats, grocery gift cards, toys, games, books, and food baskets for children and families in need. Donate wood or PVC material for use by children in classroom. Call for details.

Contact: Cris Siler
(978) 345-8549 ext. 308

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Nativity School of Worcester

Donate navy blue blazers, white button down shirts, khaki pants, belts, and dress shoes for boys in sizes from boys’ small to men’s medium; sports equipment such as baseballs, soccer balls, and related items; art supplies and music equipment such as instruments, scores, and songbooks.

Contact: Patrick Maloney
(508) 799-0100

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Pernet Family Health Services

Donate food for Thanksgiving baskets including fresh and canned vegetables, cranberry sauce, gravy, boxed desserts, turkeys, and supermarket gift cards. Donate Christmas gifts for children including toys, games, and clothing, or adopt a family and provide their “wishes.” Donate gift cards for teens and families to discount stores.

Contact: Emily Barnett
(508) 755-1228 ext. 224

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Project New Hope

Donate gift cards to movie theatres, restaurants, toy stores, and discount retail stores to purchase gifts for veterans and their families.

Contact: Bill Moore or Tracy Vaillancourt
(508) 713-3362

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Rainbow Child Development Center

Donate new or gently-used board games and DVDs; winter outerwear items for children 6 weeks – 13 years including coats, hats, mittens, scarves, and boots; new socks and underwear in sizes 3T – 6; and gift cards to discount stores. Donate grocery store gift cards for Christmas dinner.

Contact: Joyce Rowell or Nancy Thibault
(508) 791-6849

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South Worcester Neighborhood Center

Donate Christmas gifts or gift cards to discount, electronic, and clothing stores for teenage boys and girls ages 14 – 17.

Contact: Ron Charette
(508) 757-8344

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Stand Up For Kids Worcester

Donate small items for grab gifts during the holiday meal such as nail care kits, hand cream, fleece blankets, adult-size hooded sweatshirts, non-perishable ready-to-eat foods, bus passes, gift cards in $5 – $10 denominations for pharmacies, grocery stores, and retail stores; wool socks, gloves and hats; and games and activities for youth.

Contact: Donna Katsoudas
(774) 239-8844

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The Bridge of Central Massachusetts

Donate small gifts for the holidays such as hats, mittens, socks, sweatshirts, twin sheets, board games, and personal care items for adults and children ages 7 – 90.

Contact: Wanja Kiraguri
(508) 755-0333

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The Community Builders at Plumley Village

Donate unwrapped toys for children of all ages, gift cards for youth, and wrapping paper.

Contact: Jessica Cambrelen
(508) 770-0508

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UMass In-Patient Continuing Care Adolescent Program

Donate gift cards to discount stores to purchase gifts or donate items for youth ages 12 – 18 such as radios, inexpensive MP3 players, ITunes cards, art supplies, hair and body products, coats, fitness clothing, fitness balls, and DVDs.

Contact: Lynne Sullivan
(508) 368-0521

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Veterans, Inc.

Donate blankets and towels; gift cards to supermarkets, restaurants (fast food), and discount stores; gas cards, movie tickets, bus and train passes; sporting event tickets (Worcester Sharks), museum passes, concert tickets, non-perishable canned goods/food items, frozen turkeys and hams; and New England sports attire of all sizes.

Contact: Denise Pierce
(800) 482-2565 ext. 139

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Visitation House

Donate slippers and first aid kits for women; gift cards to grocery stores, pharmacies, and discount stores to purchase gifts for moms.

Contact: Sherry Robbins
(508) 798-8002

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Webster Square Day Care Center

Donate small holiday gifts for 60 preschool children ages 3 – 5. Donate snacks and juice for a holiday party.

Contact: Di-Ann Ethier
(508) 756-3567

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Why Me, Inc.

Donate non-perishable canned food items and gift cards to discount stores, supermarkets, and pharmacies.

Contact: Paula Mondino
(508) 757-7734

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Worcester Comprehensive Child Care

Donate hats and mittens for children and gift cards for families. Call for details.

Contact: Gloria Sinclair
(508) 852-3792 ext. 17

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Worcester County Food Bank

Donate non-perishable food for distribution to area emergency feeding programs. Drop off items Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 474 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury. Please call the office before dropping off. Please visit www.foodbank.org for more information.

Contact:
(508) 842-3663

Worcester Housing Authority

Donate Christmas trees and decorations for use in resident community rooms; pie filling or grocery store gift cards for holiday food; and hats and gloves for children in all sizes.

Contact: Lynn O’Toole
(508) 635-3306

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Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital

Donate men’s and women’s clothing in all sizes (especially XL and plus sizes) such as sweaters, sweatshirts, sweatpants, jeans, underwear, and t-shirts; toiletries such as hairbrushes, makeup, shampoo, body wash, and lotion; inexpensive male and female jewelry items such as crosses, watches, and rings; games, cards, word search books, and other small gift items.

Contact: Sandy Epstein
(508) 368-3524

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Worcester Senior Center

Donate any type of holiday decorations, including ornaments for trees. See the volunteering section for related opportunity.

Contact: Patty Hainsworth
(508) 799-1231

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Y.O.U., Inc.

Donate holiday gifts for children and families. Gifts for teenagers are especially needed.

Contact: Lenore Rust
(508) 770-0511 ext. 111

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YWCA Early Education and Care

Donate new books for infants, toddlers, and preschool children; art supplies, large paper, and musical instruments.

Contact: Darlene Belliveau
(508) 767-2505 ext. 3031

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YWCA of Central Massachusetts

Donate coats for women, children, and teens; hats and gloves; books for all ages, journals, and gift cards to discount and grocery stores.

Contact: Amarely Gutierrez
(508) 755-5371 ext. 3014

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Volunteer opportunities:

African Community Education Program (ACE)

Assist students with their homework as well as co-facilitating leadership and extracurricular activities. Volunteers are needed during our busy holiday weeks of November 25 – December 19th, weekdays from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Volunteers may sign up for one or more days. Experience tutoring or working with youth required.

Contact: Amy Connery
(508) 799-3653

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AIDS Project Worcester, Inc.

Help at holiday party on December 6 with set up, clean up, serving food, helping with arts and crafts, or dressing up as elves to entertain children. Call for times.

Contact: Patricia Price
(508) 755-3773

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Alternatives Unlimited

Help with set up and staff holiday party on December 10. Cooks and bakers needed to make entrees or desserts. Volunteers with special skills such as massage, photography, singing, drawing caricatures, or crafters to assemble centerpieces needed.

Contact: Sandra Marquis
(508) 266-6517

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American Red Cross of Central MA

Join us for our annual “Holiday for Heroes” campaign. Assist by reviewing, categorizing, and bundling holiday cards that will be delivered to veterans in Central MA. You would need to dedicate about three hours for this one-time seasonal event in early December. Call to schedule date.

Contact: Ray Duffy
(508) 595-3762

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Auburn Youth and Family Services

Help with Thanksgiving food basket distribution on the afternoons and evenings of November 25 and November 26.

Contact: Sheryl Spafford
(508) 832-5707 ext. 10

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Central MA/Metro West

Assist with holiday gift-wrapping or holiday party planning. Call for dates.

Contact: Melanie Perreault
(508) 752-7868 ext. 14

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Boys & Girls Club of Worcester

Wrap presents to be distributed to disadvantaged children at our holiday party. Great corporate team-building opportunity. Our main gift-wrapping party is on Saturday, December 14 at 9:00 a.m. at our 65 Tainter St. location. Other gift-wrapping opportunities are available throughout the month of December. Call for dates.

Contact: Liz Hamilton
(508) 754-2686

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Catholic Charities Bishop’s Dinner

Help deliver Thanksgiving or Christmas meals to homebound individuals on November 28 and December 25. Volunteers arrive at 9:30 a.m.

Contact: Bob Cronin
(508) 860-2228

Dare Family Services

Contact local companies to secure gifts for foster children during the holiday season. Call for more information.

Contact: Armida Martinez
(508) 755-7100

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Dismas House

Help prepare meals during the holidays. Volunteers may bring or cook dinner, and share the meal with residents.

Contact: David McMahon
(508) 799-9389

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First Night Worcester

Help is needed on December 31 to staff various activities such as crowd safety, announcing performances, or selling buttons. Choose a 3.5-hour shift between 3:00 p.m. and midnight. Volunteers receive a souvenir hat and button for free admission to venues.

Contact: Howard
(508) 799-4909

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Girls Incorporated of Worcester

Help with Holiday Party on December 20 with set up, lead craft/activity tables, and clean up. Great activity for individuals or families.

Contact: Anne McCarthy
(508) 755-6455 ext. 41

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Green Island Neighborhood Center

Help pick up food for Thanksgiving baskets. Help pack holiday baskets or sort toys. Call for dates.

Contact: Rochelle Appiah
(508) 753-4661

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Guild of St. Agnes

Read to preschool children or create a winter-themed activity for school-age children. Assist with wrapping gifts in December. Call for details.

Contact: Sharon Woodbury
(508) 755-2238

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Holy Trinity Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

Decorate Christmas trees throughout the building for residents. Call to schedule a date during the weekday.

Contact: Susan Murphy
(508) 852-1000

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Horace Mann Educational Associates (H.M.E.A.)

Groups of 2 – 4 volunteers needed to do a simple holiday craft with individuals with developmental disabilities. Choose a Tuesday or Wednesday throughout the holiday season. Program sites are located in Plainville.

Contact: Tracy Andryc
(508) 298-1129

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MOC Child Care and Head Start – Hosmer Site

Play games or read to preschoolers. Handy person needed to cut and sand PVC material for use by children in the classrooms.

Contact: Cris Siler
(978) 345-8549 ext. 308

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Pernet Family Health Services

Assist with pick up of donated food for Thanksgiving baskets between November 19 and November 22. Deliver Thanksgiving baskets on November 25 and November 26. Help sort or deliver Christmas gifts December 16 – December 20. Call for details.

Contact: Emily Barnett
(508) 755-1228 ext. 224

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The Bridge of Central Massachusetts

Volunteers needed to help solicit and wrap holiday gifts for the 800+ children and adults served by The Bridge.

Contact: Wanja Kiraguri
(508) 755-0333

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The Community Builders at Plumley Village

Serve food, help decorate, or lead craft activities at our annual Holiday Party on December 17 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Worcester. Volunteer photographers, musicians, and artists are welcome.

Contact: Jessica Cambrelen
(508) 770-0508

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Webster Square Day Care Center

Host a holiday party for 60 children and provide a Santa, snack, and small gift for each child. Call to schedule a convenient date.

Contact: Di-Ann Ethier
(508) 756-3567

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Worcester Housing Authority

Help prepare and serve a holiday meal to elderly/disabled residents afternoons or evenings, December 1 – December 20. Call to arrange a date and location.

Contact: Lynn O’Toole
(508) 635-3306

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Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital

Organize a small group for storytelling, singing Christmas carols, performing a holiday concert, or sponsoring a holiday party. Wrap gifts or bake for a holiday bake sale. Call for dates.

Contact: Sandy Epstein
(508) 368-3524

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Worcester Senior Center

Help decorate for the holidays by setting up and trimming two holiday trees and decorating the lobby and lunchroom areas on December 4 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. and/or December 5 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Contact: Patty Hainsworth
(508) 799-1231

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YWCA Early Education and Care

Read to young children or visit classroom and share information about your career or hobby. Flexible dates and times. Call for more information.

Contact: Darlene Belliveau
(508) 767-2505 ext. 3031

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