opportunities to serve
The Social Justice Council has investigated the volunteer opportunities at the agencies listed below. Where we maintain an active group of Old Ship volunteers, program details are given.
Coffeehouse off the Square:
Now in its 25th season, the Coffeehouse offers topflight folk music and also provides budding singer-songwriters and poets a chance to be heard, one Saturday a month from September to May, The Coffeehouse contributes its net proceeds to support the UU Service Committee and also contributes to shared investments for churchwide use, such as tables, chairs, chair racks, and the new Parish Hall lighting.
Opportunities: Join the committee to help with program development, set-up and refreshment sales
Contact: Jim Watson
Father Bill's Place
Old Ship supports this homeless shelter in Quincy which also provides job training and living skills. For many years, along with other volunteer groups, Old Shippers have been preparing and serving meals for the residents. Old Ship youth occasionally serve meals as well.
Opportunities: Join one of six meal teams to prepare a main dish for the evening meal at the shelter, once each quarter on a Monday or Thursday.
Contact: Fan Leonard (781) 749-2852
Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore
Old Ship hosts the annual holiday party for this organization and its clients.
Opportunities: contribute to, or volunteer directly with, Friends of the Homeless, donate furniture to their furniture bank
Contact: Director Rev. Herb Newell
Green Sanctuary Team:
The team works to affirm Old Ship's "respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part" by promoting activities that inform and support UUs to sustain life on earth. The team received Green Sanctuary certification in 2009 from the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Contact: Carol Valentine
Hingham Food Pantry
Based at Second Parish UU in Hingham, the food pantry serves primarily Hingham families in need. Old Ship supports the Food Pantry through donations of food and other staple goods in the box at the Parish House entry as well as running a Food Drive annually in the spring. Click here for the Pantry's list of ongoing needs.
Contact: Belinda Arams
Holly Hill Farm, Cohasset
Along with its retail and educational programs, the farm grows vegetables for Father Bill's under a Community Outreach Grant.
Opportunities: help spring and fall to harvest last crops and prepare beds.
Contact: Janice McPhillips 781-740-8782
School on Wheels
Educational support for homeless kids at locations in Norwell, Stoughton, Brockton.
Opportunity: One-to-one tutoring to a K- 12 child one hour per week, 3 month minimum. Training provided.
Contact: Robin Gilbert 508-587-9091
Wellspring Multi-Service Center
Based in neighboring Hull, Wellspring has a variety of programs to support people in financial, physical, or emotional need. Educational programs develop literacy, financial knowledge, business skills. The facility also houses a thrift shop, book store and food pantry.
Opportunities: Store assistant, Food Pantry assistant, reception assistant, maintenance helper, fund-raising assistant. Schedule at your convenience. Teach or tutor ESOL, literacy skills, financial management, nutrition, test prep, transition to college, home repair, business interviewing.
Contact: Lisa Cronin-Smith 781-925-3211