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 cleaning supplies.

Healthy Waltham

To meet the dramatically increased need during this crisis, Healthy Waltham is expanding the scale of its two food pantries. The Family Food Pantry will increase from 300 bags of groceries per month to 800 bags per month - an increase of over 250%. The Senior Delivery Food Service will increase from 200 bags of groceries per month (2 per senior) to 400 bags per month - an increase of 100%.

To help Healthy Waltham achieve this level of service, please consider donating.

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


Waltham Salvation Army

Accepting all donations of non-perishable foods.

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


Santuario Luterano/Latinos en Acción

Accepting non-perishable food donations.

Contact Neida Ortiz to arrange delivery of donations.
Lutheran Church/Latinos en Acción
8 Eddy Street
Waltham, Ma 02453
781-330-3082

OTHER ITEMS

** URGENT **

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.


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.

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

Jewish Family & Children Services

JF&CS is continuing to deliver services during this critical time. Telephone and on-line support provided to the community to combat social isolation and to deliver support and services to clients.

Actively accepting volunteers to keep programs going!
Online form here.


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.

 

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