We are living through unprecedented times. When studying times of crisis, historians, archives, and museums depend not only on the actions of national and international leaders, but on records of daily life. The Framingham History Center is making an effort to collect a digital archive of community members’ experiences of the COVID-19 Pandemic in real time. There are multiple ways you can participate and submit your experiences to this digital archive.

Record a Digital Daily Journal

We have created a Google Sheets template for anyone who wants to record a line-a-day journal during the duration of the pandemic (and beyond). Although you are not obligated to submit your journal to the FHC’s COVID-19 Digital Archive, if you live or work in Framingham, we would greatly appreciate if you considered doing so. Please Note: If you do not have a Google account, you can still save the template as an Excel spreadsheet via the link.

Submit Your Photos

Take photos of your daily experiences during the COVID-19 Pandemic and submit them to our digital archive using the form below. A staff member will review all submissions and will follow up with you when they are able.

What about Traditional Collection Donations?

The FHC is not currently accepting donations of physical objects. We currently anticipate returning to our regular collecting practices in September 2020. In the meantime, here are some examples of items relating to the COVID-19 Pandemic the FHC would be interested in when we resume collecting objects:

  • Projects completed by you or members of your family (crafts, writing, hobbies, etc.)
  • Masks or other PPE made by you for your family (when use has concluded)
  • Curriculum packets created by Framing teachers for school closings
  • Work schedules, family schedules, or any other organizational document you used to organize your daily life
  • Non-digital, handwritten journals or journal entries
  • Other physical mementos of your or your family’s personal experiences in quarantine

Please consider holding on to some of these items to submit to the FHC’s Collections in the future. Please clean or sterilize potential donations as appropriate and place them, with clean hands, in a plastic ziploc gallon bag somewhere safe where it will not be frequently handled.

 
  • Ongoing
  • Teens , 55+ , Adults
  • Individuals , Families
  • Virtual
  • Anytime

Donate items for

Project Just Because
109 South St, Hopkinton, MA 01748

See list of needed items or donate through Amazon wishlists on our website, projectjustbecause.org.
  • One-time
  • Children , Teens , 55+ , Adults
  • Individuals , Groups (2-10) , Groups (10+) , Corporate Teams , Families
  • Virtual , Indoor
  • Anytime

Would you please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to support the arts in our community? The first 9 online donations of $50 or more, will receive the book “Marianne Fisker Pierce – Prints & Collages”.

Suggested individual donations are from $25 to $250, or more. Please contact us if you would like to be a corporate sponsor. Donors will be acknowledged on the Arts Wayland website.

Donate by check to: Arts Wayland Foundation, PO Box 272, Wayland, MA 01778 or on our website www.artswayland.com

 
  • Ongoing
  • 55+ , Adults
  • Virtual
  • Anytime
Fresh Start has re-vamped their programs to lower the number of people that are simultaneously needed and to do our best to provide social distancing. However, due to our need to accept donations of furniture and home-goods from the public, and distribute them to people in need, we need volunteers.Our primary need right now is for guys to act as furniture movers. This entails offloading donor vehicles and moving the items inside to be processed, and moving items from our facility into client vehicles. You need to be able to lift 50 lbs.We also have a lot of other jobs which need to be done, which includes sorting and cleaning incoming donations, working with clients and donors, a virtual call center, etc. Please see the associated link.
  • Ongoing , Recurring
  • Teens , Adults
  • Individuals
  • In Person , Indoor
  • Weekdays , Weekends

Member Benefits

  • Option to have Artist’s name, embedded link and thumbnail image on Members web page on the Arts Wayland website

  • Notification by email about member activities

  • Invitation to vote at Annual Meeting

  • Special participation in @theW gallery Member Salon exhibits. Currently virtual.

Join or Renew Online or By Check

To join or renew by check - send your check with the appropriate membership level fee, payable to Arts Wayland Foundation to: P.O. Box 272, Wayland, MA 01778. Include your Name and Address. We also require you to provide your phone and an email address so we may contact you.

  • Ongoing
  • Teens , 55+ , Adults
  • Virtual
  • Anytime

Put Together a Launch Box for

Rise Above Foundation
P.O. Box 174, Northbridge, MA 01534-0174

Each year, hundreds of Massachusetts youth age out of the foster care system. Launch Boxes provide a few basic necessities as these young adults transition out on their own for the first time. A Launch Box is a plastic bin filled with basic supplies—such as towels, toiletries, and utensils—that will help young adults transition out of foster care to independent living. Specifically designed for young adults (18 to 23 years old) without a traditional safety net, Launch Boxes are given to the young adult by their social worker as a tangible and practical gift from the community.Launch Boxes are a great way for community groups to donate in a tangible, meaningful way and help a local young adult transition out of foster care. Items can be found at dollar stores and other discount retailers. Small groups can divide up the list and individuals can shop separately to contribute to one Launch Box.
  • One-time
  • Children , Teens , 55+ , Adults
  • Individuals , Groups (2-10) , Groups (10+) , Corporate Teams , Families
  • Virtual , Indoor
  • Anytime
Program Volunteer (long-term, 2-4 hours/month) The Nature Connection’s mission is to improve the wellbeing of individuals and communities through the therapeutic use of nature. Founded in 1983 and based out of Concord, Massachusetts, The Nature Connection provides accessible, therapeutic nature-based programing for those with limited access to the outdoors (youth at-risk, children and adults with disabilities, and elders (including those with dementia/Alzheimer’s)) of the Greater Boston area and Middlesex County. The Nature Connection supports the wellbeing of individuals and communities by providing access to the many benefits of nature through interactions with plants, animals, and natural materials. The Nature Connection is looking for long-term (9 months+) program volunteers that can dedicate 2-4 hours a month to help us deliver programs by engaging with program participants. Along with our NC staff, program volunteers directly interact with participants to share our plants, animals, and natural materials one-on-one with participants of all abilities and backgrounds. These one-on-one interactions, while in a group setting, are what allow our participants to be hands-on and connect with nature. In order to promote these individualized connections, NC staff and volunteers utilize accessible practices such as ‘meeting them [participants] where they are’ and multi-sensory engagement. Nature Connection’s therapeutic nature programs promote mental, emotional, and social wellbeing through fostering nature connectedness, building constructive hope, and self-efficacy. Our staff and volunteers utilize active listing, board questions, cultural competencies, and promote autonomy and curiosity. The idea volunteer will have experience and enjoy working with people from all walks of life and a passion for sharing the curiosities, joy, and benefits of nature with others. Our program volunteers must be flexible, adaptable, and dependable, with a mind for the safety of program participants, and excellent communication skills. Training is provided and required. NC provides additional continued learning opportunities throughout the year for staff and volunteers. Please Take Note of our Program Schedule and Locations: Programs occur during the week (Tuesdays – Fridays), during the day (10:00 am – 6:00 pm), at locations throughout Greater Boston and Middlesex County (from Cambridge, to Lowell, to Marlborough, to Framingham and the towns/communities in-between). Check out our volunteer sign-ups page to get an idea of program day/times and locations. If you are unavailable during those days/times, consider signing up as an event volunteer or for one of our other volunteer opportunities. Program Volunteers are supervised by, and report directly to the Program Director and Program Coordinators. This is an in-person opportunity (NC follows MA state safety guidelines for COVID, volunteers are required to wear masks on programs). This is not a paid position. Requirements:
  • 18+ years old
  • 2-4 hours per month! (Additional hours optional)
  • Transportation to/from program site locations (throughout Greater Boston/Middlesex County)
  • Completion of volunteer training and program observation
  • Successful CORI check
  • Excellent communication skills (adaptable, coherent, respectful)
How to Volunteer: If you're interested in this engaging and exciting opportunity, please fill out our volunteer application (located on our website). Please email [email protected] with any questions.
  • Ongoing
  • 55+ , Adults
  • Individuals
  • In Person
  • On-site , Formal
  • Weekdays
Our volunteers help older adults get the medical care they need and bring companionship to lonely, isolated elders. They serve as mentors to third and fourth-grade students. They improve families’ access to healthy food and new clothing. They reduce the barriers to success faced by first-generation college students. They assist immigrants on their path to citizenship. Our volunteers support our fundraising efforts, stock our food pantry, and share their unique talents with JFS.And during these unprecedented times, our volunteers are delivering food to members of our community who are in need and remotely mentoring MassBay Community College students.
  • Ongoing
  • Teens , Adults
  • Individuals
  • Virtual , Tutoring
  • Weekdays , Evenings , Weekends

On site volunteer activities are currently on hold until we can re-open. Some of the activities that volunteers can do during our lock down are below.

Event Planning - Be part of the team planning music events, book clubs, poetry readings, art talks, demos, and more.

Online Exhibitions - Learn how to select art and plan an online exhibit.

Fundraising - Help with designing a campaign or applying for grants.

Membership - Members join annually, around the beginning and end of the year. Help keep our list up to date and growing!

Programs- Help plan online workshop and classes.

Publicity - Help our Program Manager distribute flyers for events and exhibits.

Social media -Help us spread the word on social media. We have Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. @artswayland.com

Our goal is to have fun, make connections, and help build community. Email [email protected] to learn more.

    , Project-based
  • Ongoing
  • 55+ , Adults
  • Virtual
  • Anytime

Ways to Help from Home for

Hope & Comfort
659 Highland Ave, Needham Heights, MA 02494

Volunteer from Home

Our warehouse is currently closed to volunteers, however there are many ways to help from the safety of your home! Click the links below to explore how volunteers of all ages can end hygiene insecurity – right from your living room.
Please reach out to Abby MacDonald at [email protected] with any questions. Thanks for your participation!

Follow and Amplify on Social Media

One of the best ways to raise awareness about hygiene insecurity is to spread the word! Please ‘like’ Hope & Comfort on social media and share our posts with your networks and community.

Reach Out

Have a creative idea about how to advance our work during this time of great need? Contact us anytime. We can’t wait to hear from you!
  • One-time , Ongoing
  • 12-15 , 55+ , Adults
  • Individuals , Groups (2-10) , Groups (10+) , Families
  • Virtual , Writing , Indoor
  • Anytime

for

Bethany Health Care Center, Inc.
97 Bethany Rd, Framingham, MA 01702

  • Teens
  • Individuals , Groups (2-10)
  • Physical
The Framingham History Center (FHC) Third Grade Program began in 1975 as a free field trip for all Framingham Public School third graders. Today this program supports 800 students and has grown into an interactive curriculum-based experience.
  • Occasional
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays
Help children build self-esteem, develop appropriate social behaviors and learn academic skills. Also, plan creative activities, play and work on arts and crafts projects.
  • Occasional , Weekly
  • Teens
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays , Evenings

Animal Care for

Mass Audubon
208 S Great Rd, Lincoln, MA 01773

We are looking for dedicated volunteers to help us in the daily routine of cleaning, maintaining enclosures, and feeding several species of turtle, tadpoles, frogs, insects, a mouse, a gecko, and a pond life tank. You will learn what it takes to clean a tank, change filters, and some basic info about each animal. Our animals also need enrichment on a regular basis which includes animal interaction, such as basking time for the turtles or an outdoor walk, or creating enrichment animal specific “treats”. Individuals must be age 18 years or older. Time Commitment/Schedule: A minimum of one 3 hour session (Monday-Friday) a week (year-round); minimum of 6 months commitment required.
  • Weekly , Monthly
  • 21+ , 55+ , Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays
Assist with Earth Day, Solstice, public art installation, and other Arts & Environment programming.
  • Occasional , Monthly
  • Teens , Adults
  • Individuals
  • Event support , Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays , Evenings , Weekends
Babysit with SWOB. By spending a few hours a week playing with a mother's child you will allow the mother to become economically independent and break out of the poverty cycle. Background checks and training are required.
  • Weekly
  • 55+ , Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays , Evenings

Bag Volunteer for

Project Just Because
109 South St, Hopkinton, MA 01748

Make themed bags for birthdays and toiletries. Here is a list of items for the Birthday Bags: Plates, Napkins, Cake Mix, Frosting, Candles, Party Hats, Streamers, Balloons. Toiletry bags include deodorant, toothpaste, soap, etc.
  • Occasional
  • Children , Teens , 55+ , Adults , Child with Adult
  • Groups (2-10) , Families
  • Indoor
  • None
  • Weekdays , Evenings , Weekends
A committee of volunteers who love to bake and would like to lend their services for the Center’s monthly programs and events, which normally fall on Sunday afternoons.
  • One-time , Occasional
  • Teens , Adults
  • Individuals , Groups (2-10)
  • Indoor
  • None
  • Weekends

Barn/Farm Helpers for

Horse SenseAbility
16 Nason Hill Ln, Sherborn, MA 01770

Work directly with staff to care for the horses and keep their environment safe and clean. All volunteers must be at least 14 years old.
  • Occasional
  • Teens
  • Individuals
  • Physical , Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays

Become a Baker for

Birthday Wishes, Inc.
Cochituate Place, 24 Superior Dr, Natick, MA 01760

Birthday Wishes provides cupcakes for all of our On-Site Parties. We’re looking for bakers to join our Cupcake Program.
  • Monthly
  • 55+ , Adults , Child with Adult
  • Individuals , Families
  • Indoor
  • None
  • Weekdays , Evenings , Weekends

Become a Cake Walk Ambassador for

Birthday Wishes, Inc.
Cochituate Place, 24 Superior Dr, Natick, MA 01760

Birthday Wishes is looking for folks who want to “walk the walk” for Birthday Wishes by becoming a Community Ambassador. Create your team and invite friends, family, school, business and organizational contacts to join, or create their own team. ANYONE can be a Community Ambassador! And ANY community can become a team! Schools: Students can form school teams and compete for the coveted “Cupcake Trophy” Parent Groups and family networks Work Community: Businesses Workout Community: Gyms, Yoga and Spin studios, running groups Church/Temple Community Social networks: Book groups, neighborhoods, etc.
  • One-time
  • Teens , 21+ , 55+ , Adults , Child with Adult
  • Individuals , Groups (2-10) , Groups (10+) , Corporate Teams , Families
  • Event support , Outdoor
  • None
  • Weekends

Become a Party Coordinator for

Birthday Wishes, Inc.
Cochituate Place, 24 Superior Dr, Natick, MA 01760

Birthday Wishes Party Coordinators are the heart of our program and are vital to our mission to bring the joy of a birthday party to children experiencing homelessness. Volunteer Party Coordinators (PCs) are members of the community who make a one-year commitment to run monthly birthday parties for children at an assigned homeless shelter.
  • Monthly
  • 55+ , Adults , Child with Adult
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays , Evenings

Become a Party Volunteer for

Birthday Wishes, Inc.
Cochituate Place, 24 Superior Dr, Natick, MA 01760

Birthday Wishes Party Volunteers play an important role in our mission to bring the joy of a birthday party to children experiencing homelessness. Party Volunteers are members of the community who make a one-year commitment to assist Party Coordinators in running monthly birthday parties for children at an assigned homeless shelter.
  • Weekly , Monthly
  • 55+ , Adults , Child with Adult
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site , Formal
  • Weekdays , Evenings