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Community Service in Andover

Community Service in Andover

Volunteer Opportunities at Memorial Hall Library

We have very limited amounts of volunteer work available at Memorial Hall Library. We are very lucky to be supported by the Town of Andover with a large staff. Therefore a lot of the tasks that volunteers do at other libraries are done by staff members as part of their jobs. Many of these jobs, like reading to children, require special training that our librarians have worked very hard to learn and practice! MHL cannot support individuals who need to log a lot of volunteer hours over a short amount of time.

If you love the library and want to be involved here at MHL, check out these opportunities:

Junior Friends of Memorial Hall Library is a volunteer group of eight to eleven-year-olds.  The Junior Friends share snacks and conversation, and plan projects and programs for younger children. The Junior Friends meet alternating Wednesdays from 3:30-4:15pm. (Check MHL's online calendar to confirm.)
Contact: Kate at 978-623-8444 /  kbelczyk@mhl.org.

Volunteen Advisory Board (VAB) is a volunteer group of teens in grades 6 - 12 who help Anna and Renata, the teen librarians, to plan teen programs, make displays, work on craft projects, and more. VAB meets the first and third Tuesday of every month at 3:15pm. (Check MHL's online calendar to confirm.) 
Contact: Anna and Renata 978-623-8432 / ya@mhl.org

Friends of Memorial Hall Library is a community-based membership organization dedicated to supporting and promoting Memorial Hall Library through programs, advocacy and financial support. Joining or donating to the Friends is an excellent way to support the Library.
Contact: friends@mhl.org

Work as a Library Page! 
Our page program is open to high school students 16 and older. Pages work 9 - 10 hours/week shelving and helping with other library tasks. Students may also receive a scholarship if they complete the required amount of work hours. 
Apply via the Town of Andover's employment website.

If you would like to volunteer for more hours than what MHL needs, or want a variety of volunteer experience, here are some other great organizations in and around Andover that could use your time!

Volunteer Opportunities in Andover

Andover Recreation
Age restrictions: 15+
Cleaning Pomps Pond and Rec. Park:  If you like to be outdoors in the early morning, if you’re focused and you like to make a positive environmental impact, then you might want to consider cleaning up Pomps Pond and the Rec Park before the kiddos show up for camp. 
Preschool Park Events (the park off of Bartlett St.).  You know the events: Luau Day, Teddy Bear Picnic, Fire Truck Day, etc. Be on hand to help out in the kid’s booths (fun stuff like face painting).  
Contact: Kim Stamas, 978-623-8340 / kstamas@andoverma.gov / online volunteer application

Andover Senior Center
Age restrictions: teens in grades 8 - 12 
Help out at a variety of fun events at the senior center, all summer long!
Contact: Annmary Connor, 978-623-8320 / annmary.connor@andoverma.us

The Andover SCRPT (Senior Citizen Residential Property Tax Work-Off) Program
Age restrictions: homeowners aged 60+
The Andover SCRPT Program allows homeowners aged 60+ to earn a $675 tax abatement after completing 93 volunteer hours. Through the SCRPT Program, volunteers assist in the Senior Center, most town departments and in all of the schools. This program runs from July to June each year. Applications are available during the month on June only.
Contact: Andrea Zaimes, 978-623-8320 

AVIS (The Andover Village Improvement Society)
Age restrictions: none
Pick up trash with friends! Make your own schedule!  Just show up at any of the AVIS reservations (check out the website below) with your own trash bag and rubber gloves and do your part to keep our lovely green spaces clean!  Since this is very independent, be sure snap a few pics as proof of your hard work! AVIS is also seeking skilled volunteers to lead nature hikes, help with the AVIS table at various community events, provide pictures or articles for the AVIS newsletter, and help with regular mailings.
More information here.
Contact: online volunteer signup form.

Volunteer Opportunities Outside of Andover

Boston Area Gleaners
Age restrictions: 13+
Gleaning is the act of harvesting the leftover crops from farms, and then distributing the surplus to food pantries, meal programs and low-income markets. Volunteers under 18 must register as individual gleaners, and need to arrange their own transportation (and it’s recommended there are accompanied by an adult).  
Contact: online volunteer signup form.

Bread and Roses Lawrence
Age restrictions: 14+, minors must be accompanied by an adult
Bread and Roses is a soup kitchen that provides a free evening meal to those in need. Volunteers are needed to help with meal prep and to help serve the evening meal. 
More information here.
Contact: Lauren, 978- 681-8768breadandroses2@gmail.com / online volunteer signup form.

Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity
Age restrictions: 14+ for ReStore (accompanied by adult), 16+ for construction build site (accompanied by adult)
Volunteer at ReStore - ReStore is their retail home improvement store located on  Andover Street in Lawrence. 
Individual or Group Volunteer at a Build Site – if you are 16 years or older and accompanied by an adult over the age of 21, join Habitat on a build site and learn new skills! 
Contact: Jennifer Hilton, 978-681-8858 / volunteer@merrimackvalleyhabitat.org / online volunteer signup form.

MSCPA at Nevins Farm, Methuen
Age restrictions: 16+ for most volunteer tasks, 11-15 for special Junior Volunteer opportunities
The MSPCA relies on a large group of active, committed volunteers who help in the adoption center, in our equine and farm center and out in the community. This dedicated group of men and women help care for the animals, assist with special events, and work with local businesses and corporations – they are there wherever extra help is needed.
Contact: nevinsvolunteer@mspca.org / online volunteer application.

 

General Massachusetts Volunteering Resources 

  • Commonwealth Corps – A statewide initiative designed to engage Massachusettsresidents of all ages and backgrounds in service to their community. Corps members serve up to twelve months in full-time, part-time or flex-time capacities and receive a stipend.
  • Connect and Serve - A statewide web portal that connects residents with local volunteer opportunities. Search for volunteer opportunities by area or interest.
  • Massachusetts Service Alliance – A private non-profit organization that serves as the state commission on community service through the following volunteer projects.
  • Volunteer Solutions – A volunteer matching service provided by the United Way.
  • VolunteerMatch - Contains volunteer opportunities by cause or volunteer age in the local area. Use the advanced search option to limit the results to within so many miles of Andover.

 

Last updated 5/25/2017, please submit any corrections or added opportunities to ya@mhl.org.