COVID-19 Donations and Volunteer Opportunities in Waltham

*** Please remember:  The #1 most important thing you can do to support the vulnerable in your community, is to stay home to the fullest extent possible so we can "flatten the curve" and make sure our healthcare system doesn't get overwhelmed in the coming weeks.  If you do go into the community, please keep the recommended 3-6 feet distance from non-family members to stay safe! ***

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

WATCH Tenant Assistance Fund

100% of donations go to assist Waltham's low-income tenants impacted by COVID-19 work disruptions. Make an online donation or mail a check with memo "Tenant Assistance Fund" to:

WATCH CDC
24 Crescent Street, Suite 201
Waltham, MA 02453
We are currently assisting residents with deliveries of groceries, diapers, and emergency shelter.

FOOD DONATIONS

Community Day Center

Daytime shelter and meals for people experiencing homelessness. The Center is closed, but to-go meals are being served outside the Center. They are currently accepting donations of:

  1. Financial donations directly to their COVID-19 Emergency Fund. All money goes directly into the lunch project.
  2. Drop-offs of food items to the Center at a pre-arranged time. They are in need of bottled water, juice boxes, fresh hand-held fruit, individually wrapped bags of chips, cookies, granola bars, snacks, and paper napkins. Volunteers will be present to help unload any donations.
  3. Purchases of gift cards to local restaurants, so the Center can buy pre-made sandwiches for the bag lunches.

To donate, contact:
Carolyn Montalto, Executive Director
16 Felton Street, Waltham
781-392-6311
directorcdcw@gmail.com


Healthy Waltham

Accepting donations of nonperishable items. Preferred items are canned meats such as tuna and other staples such as beans, rice, oil. Donations accepted Monday, 2:30 - 3:30 pm at St Mary's Church, Pond Street Entrance, lower hall.

If possible, please email info@healthy-waltham.org to let them know you are coming.


Middlesex Human Services Agency

Breakfast needs for around 15 people each morning (7am), and water needed. Snacks also appreciated.

Donations are welcome at the tents on the Waltham Common at any time, no need to call. If you want help coordinating a large donation, call the men's shelter the night before at 781-893-0108.

Also accepting donations of gloves and masks.


Waltham Salvation Army

Accepting all donations of non-perishable, unexpired food items for their pantry. Seeking items to make meals in their soup kitchen, which include but are not limited to small cereal boxes, shelf stable milk or small cartons of milk, poptarts, Danish, etc.

Also looking for containers for food, and cleaning products.

Donations are accepted:
Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm
33 Myrtle Street
Waltham, MA

OTHER ITEMS

Waltham Community Donation Drive

Multiple Waltham organizations have come together to organize a donation drive for community members in need.  Items to donate include:

  • Children’s clothing (washed)
  • Children’s supplies (high chairs, strollers, play pens, books, etc.)
  • New hygiene products (dry shampoo, menstrual products, toothpaste, etc.)
  • New women’s and men’s underwear
  • Sunscreen
  • Suitcases with wheels
  • Bicycles for children and adults

Donations will be received:

Monday, June 22
Tuesday, June 23
10am – 1pm

All donations can be dropped off in the back of the Commmunity Day Center at 16 Felton St, Waltham. Please put donations at the back of the building, on the one way street next to the train station. Do not drop of items at the front of the building.


Healthy Waltham and Waltham Fields Community Farm are looking for gloves as they prepare/handle food for the community! Think of beauty industry - nail salons, hair salons, etc!  A box goes a long way! Email info@healthy-waltham.org


Community Day Center

Daytime shelter seeking additional supplies for hygiene kits (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.), hand wipes, bottled water.

Contact 781-392-6311 or director@communitydaycenter.org for more information.


Council on Aging

Seeking volunteers to make homemade masks for seniors! If you are able to sew and are interested in helping, please email Marybeth Duffy at mbduffy@city.waltham.ma.us.


Chaplains on the Way

Seeking donations for $5 breakfast cards, as well as donations of devices to help people attend virtual recovery meetings.

Also in need of blankets and/or sleeping bags. Donations can be dropped off at the Day Center from 9am-12pm, or email becky@chaplainsontheway.org to arrange a time.


More than Words

Supports at risk Waltham youth with employment opportunities and mentoring.

Donate books. Use your time at home to clean off your shelves, and drop off books for donation in the drop box at 56 Felton St, Waltham.

You can also support the organization by ordering a book from the MTW online store.


Africano Waltham

Now accepting donations of non-perishable food, children’s toys and clothes, and financial donations.

Mondays, 4-5pm
Call or email prior to drop-off:

Anisha: (781) 439-1997
Dorothy: (617) 372-3861
Email: africaculture2014@gmail.com

Location:

African Cultural Services, Inc.
703B Main St.
Waltham, MA 02451


Advocates

Accepting mask donations! Advocates is working diligently to obtain personal protective equipment (PPE) for the people they support in residential programs and all their staff members. They have received several generous donations from individuals and organizations, however they are still in need of more disposable and cloth masks to help protect all in the Advocates community. If you are able to, please consider making masks and donating them to Advocates. Use your own design or follow the tutorials below. Thank you in advance!

Masks can be mailed to:
Diane Newark
Advocates
1881 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01701

Mask Resources:

MEDICAL SUPPLIES

Mount Auburn Hospital

Due to the shortage of medical supplies, Mount Auburn and other area hospitals are seeking donations of specific medical supplies that aid healthcare providers in safely treating patients with COVID-19. See this flyer for information on what and how to donate.

You can also donate to their COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.


Boston Children's Hospital

Accepting donations of surgical masks, N95 masks, gloves and gowns in original, un-opened packaging.

Please ship to:

BCH-DONATIONS
MA2 Receiving
53 Binney St
Boston, MA 02115
ATTN: Brian Becquart

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Senior Center

Seeking volunteers willing and able to grocery shop. For information, contact mbduffy@city.waltham.ma.us.


Jewish Family & Children Services

JF&CS is continuing to deliver services during this critical time, and have many volunteer opportunities available, including many that can be done from home!


Springwell

Actively recruiting volunteer drivers to fill the gap in staffing that we are experiencing in delivering meals to seniors.
Learn more here.

To volunteer:
volunteering@springwell.com
307 Waverley Oaks Road, Suite 205
Waltham, MA 02452
617-926-4100


The Greater Boston Food Bank

Works with 500+ partner hunger-relief agencies, including food pantries, community meal programs and other food assistance providers throughout the nine counties and 190 towns and cities across Eastern Massachusetts. 

online volunteer form


Blood donations

Local hospitals need blood donations.  Find a nearby donation site by putting your address into the Red Cross database.


Waltham Farmers' Market

The Waltham Farmers' Market is in need of volunteers to ensure safe operation for the June 6 - October 31 season. Farmers’ markets are an essential service in Massachusetts, and will open following health and safety guidelines from the Mass Department of Agricultural Resources and Department of Public Health. Volunteers are needed to help implement these guidelines, including monitoring 6-foot distancing and required face coverings, putting out and maintaining our safety signage, hand-washing, and sanitizing equipment, controlling the entrances to the market and the number of people entering, providing translation and other assistance to our shoppers, and many other tasks. The entire staff of WFM are also volunteers, and are committed to their mission of providing access to healthy, fresh, affordable food and supporting local producers and small farms.

It will take many people each week to operate the market under these new guidelines, so full season commitments are not expected. Are you someone who'd like to help and is able to offer some time?

For more information, please contact Missy Goldberg, volunteer@walthamfarmersmarket.org.

We're updating our guide daily - please email jack@watchcdc.org if you have any additional info.