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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are the foundation of the Mission of Deeds, truly the heart and soul of our organization. We started as a volunteer charity and remain true to that vision 27+ years later. We could not exist without their help. The work our volunteers perform is essential to our mission.

Help Us Drive Change in Multiple Massachusetts Counties

Our mission is to provide beds, furniture, basic housewares, and other household items to those most in need. Our clients are struggling individuals or families with children including those who were recently homeless, fleeing domestic violence, veterans, refugees, the elderly, or those living with a disability. Clients are referred to us through our Referral Agencies.

Make a Difference and Inspire Others

Volunteers range in age from teenagers through senior citizens and have varied professional and educational backgrounds. We have a small army of over 100 volunteers who are here weekly, plus many more who come occasionally.

Volunteer duties include:

  • Greet and thank donors, and write receipts for goods received
  • Help clients select furniture that fits their needs
  • Sort linens – measure, label, assemble sets of bedding and towels
  • Work on our truck, either as a driver or crew member
  • Quality control – triage furniture and appliances for quality, cleanliness and working order
  • Work in the warehouse – load and off-load trucks with donated furniture, beds, household goods
  • Workshop – check and repair furniture as well as lamps (must be 18 years or older)
  • Answer telephone, schedule appointments, and resolve questions (training and attention to detail required)
  • Pre-event planning; assist onsite at our fundraising events
  • Organize a drive for towels, blankets, comforters or kitchen items

Every day our volunteers help families and individuals in need start over, and throughout the years their efforts have touched many, many lives.

We are very fortunate to have had quite a few of our volunteers with us for more than 10 years. The compassion, dedication, and hard work of our volunteers inspire everyone they meet. They are Our Best Ambassadors, ensuring excellent service for our clients.

Even members of our small part-time staff were all volunteers before joining our organization as employees.

Join the MOD Team

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, onsite volunteer service is temporarily suspended.

As the Mission of Deeds continues to grow and tries to meet increasing requests for help, we continuously require more volunteers. When you volunteer at MOD, we want you to feel valued. We want you to have the ability to contribute in a direct and purposeful way. Our team of volunteers shares a commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of individuals and families in need.

We Invite You to Consider Joining our Team

If you want to begin volunteering at MOD, please follow these steps carefully:

Step 1 – Come to our facility in person on the first or third Monday of the month between 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM to speak with Donna Snow or Bruce Murison. At this time, we will discuss volunteer options and scheduling. We will need to know when you are available to help.

Step 2 – After this meeting, if possible, you will be given a starting date. AFTER receiving a start date, download the Volunteer Application Form.

Step 3 – Complete the required Volunteer Application Form and bring it with you on your scheduled starting date. If we do not receive the completed form, the start of your volunteer service may be delayed.

Please email Donna Snow with any questions or concerns.

If you are a Repeat Volunteer, please email Donna Snow to schedule additional volunteer hours.

An Additional Way to Help That Makes a Difference: Collecting Needed Items

If you prefer or are unable to volunteer at our facility, you or your group can still help MOD in a significant way by collecting needed items for us.

We rely on businesses, schools, places of worship, scout troops, sports teams, and civic organizations to help us meet the demand for items such as blankets, pillows, towels, and kitchen items.

Immediate Volunteer Needs in Reading, MA

Truck and Warehouse Support

Drivers – use your truck to pick up small donations or drive ours. Must be 25 years or older with a clean driving record.

Crew – load and off-load trucks with donated furniture, beds, and household goods. Store items in the correct area in the warehouse.

A few hours would make a huge difference!

Operating Hours:  Monday – Friday:  9 AM to 4 pm and Saturday, 9 AM to 12 Noon

Group Volunteer Opportunities

Occasionally, MOD has opportunities for groups to help with special projects. If you are a member of a corporate team or other group doing volunteer work, please Email Donna Snow or call us to learn more about our current needs.

Host a Drive for Linens or Kitchen Essentials in Short Supply

Call us so we can help you plan your drive for maximum effectiveness.

We are always looking for volunteers to organize drives for items that are in short supply. These items can include towels, sheets, comforters, etc. We also need pots and pans as well as simple kitchen tools to support our Kitchen Essentials Program that is based on “cook at home, eat a nutritious meal, and save money”.

How to Organize a Successful Donation Drive to Benefit Mission of Deeds Clients

To ensure success, please follow these guidelines:

Step 1:  Select an enthusiastic point person (Chairperson) to lead your event.

Step 2: Chairperson must contact Mission of Deeds (MOD) so we can help you plan your drive for maximum effectiveness and discuss the date as well as the items currently needed. Please Email: Donna.Snow@missionofdeeds.org or Call: (781) 944-9797.

Step 3:  Get organized, select helpers, and pick a collection site.

Step 4:  Promote the event on social media, and in local papers. Hang signs or banners.

Step 5:  Provide Mission of Deeds branded containers at collection site.
We have labels you can attach to your containers.

Step 6:  If necessary, have helpers at donation location to receive donated items.

Step 7:  Bring collected items to MOD or arrange for us to pick up the items.

Step 8:  Let us know about key volunteers and/or major donors so they may all be thanked appropriately.

We want to support your efforts so please contact us if you need materials or additional information.

Thanks for leading this project … your efforts ensure that our clients receive critically needed items.

Download (PDF):  How to Organize a Successful Donation Drive to Benefit Mission of Deeds Clients

Thank you!

 

Can You Help Support Our Mission?

If so, it’s an easy way to give back and change many lives.

Banner Photo Credit – Thanks to Sun Jin Cho for sharing their work on Unsplash.
Other Photo Credits – Image is from Mission of Deeds photo library.
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