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! ***


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:

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


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

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 or by appointment.

Please email to let them know you are coming.

Middlesex Human Services Agency

Accepting donations of packaged snacks that can go with to go meals from 2-4pm Monday-Friday at Immanuel Methodist Church, 545 Moody Street.

Accepting donations of breakfast items, gloves and masks after 4pm at Bristol Lodge, 27 Lexington Street. Please call the men's shelter the night before at 781-893-0108 to coordinate.

Waltham Salvation Army

Waltham Salvation Army is now looking for food and toy donations for their Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets.

Toy and Food Donations Needed

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


Cradles to Crayons 

Organization dedicated to assisting children's needs, is looking for donations of new socks, underwear and summer clothes. To donate, shop their Amazon Wishlist

Community Day Center

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

Contact 781-392-6311 or 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

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 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


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


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
1881 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01701

Mask Resources:


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:

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


Food and Coat Drive

Seeking volunteers for a Food and Coat Drive in partnership with Healthy Waltham. November 21 from 10-1pm. For more information contact Brianna,

Senior Center

Seeking volunteers willing and able to grocery shop. For information, contact

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!


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

To volunteer:
307 Waverley Oaks Road, Suite 205
Waltham, MA 02452

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.

Cradle to Crayons 

Volunteers are needed for The Giving Factory from your own home. There is a variety of activities you can volunteer for to help meet the needs of Massachusetts children. Sign up and learn more here 

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