September Newsletter

Happy Fall!
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September 2017
We’ve had some really wonderful groups this month. Many thanks to
USDAWestin Copley,One Brick, Regis College, and the Mount Auburn LDS group.
Many of our volunteer groups form when an individual comes to us through Boston Cares or One Brick, enjoys her experience, and decides to bring a group from her school or work. This is the cycle that has allowed us to run our program so consistently for 34 years.

Getting Kids Involved with FNSP
Parents often contact us inquiring about opportunities for their kids to get involved with our program. While the minimum age to volunteer is 16, we do have some ways for  your younger child to contribute.
Shoe Drive
Your child, along with her class, scouting group, or religious youth group can support us by conducting a shoe or clothing drive. This is a terrific way for kids to make a real difference in the lives of people in need while building leadership skills and bringing together their peers in the service of others. We are in serious need of men’s sneakers, particularly in sizes 9-13.  We are also in need of men’s pants, all sizes, and of adult sweatshirts. We’ll be happy to send along promotional materials in PDF form. Donations can be dropped off at Arlington Street Church on Fridays, or donors can contact us here to arrange a time.
Table Decorations
Feeling crafty? We are now accepting proposals for everyday table decorations as well as holiday centerpieces or placemats. We’re looking for small and sturdy, easily stored objects or laminated placemats with images (no words).  We have sixteen long, rectangular tables, requiring 32 centerpieces or placemats. This project could be fun for kids or for adult groups unable to join us at the program on Fridays.
Give our tables a little flair!
Here Come the Holidays! (Believe it or not)
Our big holiday meal is right around the corner, and we need your help! We are looking for groups to join us for our most exciting meal of the year, our Holiday Roast Beef feast on 12/16. This is the night to bring a big group of your peers to work alongside you, spreading holiday cheer to our guests. Meal sponsorship is particularly valuable around the holidays, as it allows us to make the meals extra-special, with fresh herbs in the gravy and whipped cream on the pies. At this time of year, you can really feel the value of volunteering, as our guests are very appreciative and a warm feeling permeates the hall. We have a few other dates available in December, so please get in touch if you’d like to spread some holiday cheer!

Email us here with questions. Hope to work with you soon!

Our Clothing Closet Wish List

We still need seasonal clothing to distribute to our guests. Our current needs include pants of all sizes (except women’s size 4 or less), men’s sneakers (especially size 9-13) and 

fall/ winter outdoor jackets.
We are not able to use dresses, suits, or children’s clothing. We are perennially in need of new socks and underwear. Bringing new socks or underwear to your volunteer shift is an easy way to make a big difference in a guest’s day. We’ve created an Amazon wish list to make it even easier to contribute these basic items. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions about clothing donations. We will do whatever we can to accommodate you.
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A special thanks to…
  • Iggy’s Bread of the World
  • Lovin’ Spoonfuls
  • Ben and Jerry’s Newbury Street
For making weekly or monthly donations to our program, without which we couldn’t help feed all the people we do!