To help everyone understand how the “day on” of giving should work, below is additional guidance and frequently asked questions.

If you have suggestions for additional volunteer projects, fill out the form provided or send an email to info@apsserviceday.org.  Your suggestion will be reviewed and considered for addition to the list of options.

All projects should be reviewed for age appropriateness when students or children are involved.

As a reminder, for projects represented as “drives” schools may not be in a position to collect donated items.  Rather, arrangements should be made where possible to deliver items on January 17, 2022 (day on) to the organization in need.  We’ll continue exploring how to continue providing volunteer service opportunities after January 17th. 

For Volunteers or Project Ambassadors

We’re encouraging volunteers to sign up as a project ambassador; this role may be filled by a student, teacher, parent or other community member.  The ambassador role will  serve as a point person to coordinate and guide activities as needed for the project listed. While the main focus is to promote the act of giving on January 17, 2022, some projects may require some planning and coordination which can be led by the project ambassador. Where multiple ambassadors sign up for the same project, they’re encouraged to work together (say, within their school, across schools or across the community more broadly). 

If younger students (e.g. middle school) are interested in serving as a project ambassador, they’re encouraged to work with an adult (teacher or parent) for additional guidance.

If you’re interested in a project but don’t want to be an ambassador, you can still sign up as a volunteer to show others your interest in helping or contributing to the cause.

The volunteer sign up process is intended to help facilitate the project giving activities across all who are interested.  Volunteers are encouraged to work together to coordinate efforts. Once you sign up to volunteer, you may be contacted by the project ambassador with additional details.  In some cases, service projects may be supported individually, by a group or both ways.  There’s no right or wrong gay to give give back, so don’t worry about how you’re involved

If you’re a student from APS, please do not use your school e-mail address during sign up. This is because there are limitations in receiving emails from non-APS domains. Our primary means to communicate will be done through our info@apsserviceday.org mailbox. If we send emails to your APS email address, it may bounce back and we won’t be able to effectively communicate with you!

For Teachers or Administration

Teachers are encouraged to review the opportunities available on the service day with their students.  This can be used as an opportunity to include as part of your curriculum or social emotional learning discussions with students to educate them on Martin Luther King Jr as a civil rights leader and to convey the importance of giving to others or to help develop empathy.  

For Middle or High School students, consider designating students as a project ambassador.

Each school should consider if a project could be across the school at large.

For Members of Parent/Teacher Groups

Members of parent teacher groups are encouraged to review the volunteer project opportunities to determine if an activity could be sponsored or coordinated.  Consider working with a parent teacher group from another school on a project to elevate the impact of giving across the broader community.

As a reminder, all volunteer or giving activities must comply with COVID safety requirements.

Help build, paint and other tasks for affordable homes on Lupine Road.

ANDOVER COMMUNITY TRUST CONTACT

Denise Johnson, Executive Director
director@andoverclt.org, 978-276-9228

PROJECT AMBASSADOR

Lenka Phelps
lenka.phelps@gmail.com

                  

Collect food and arrange neighborhood food drives
for the Merrimack Valley YMCA Food Pantry.

             

Help with farm clean up and care for miniature horses at Lifting Spirits Farm.

Unfortunately this opportunity has been canceled for Monday, January 17th.
Thank you to those of you who volunteered!

PROJECT AMBASSADOR:

Lauren Kosky-Stamm
koskystamm@gmail.com 

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Collect and deliver clothing for Lazarus House.

PROJECT AMBASSADOR:

Maureen Smith
maureen.smith@freechristian.org

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Coordinate neighborhood cleanup initiatives throughout the town.

PROJECT AMBASSADOR:

Rebecca Lackey
roche.rebecca@gmail.com

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Purchase/hold a drive for supplies and put together game bags for local seniors.

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Purchase/hold a drive for supplies and put together toiletry bags for local seniors.

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Join a virtual farm team to read and collect pledges for all the pages read.

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Make tie blankets for babies, pets or troops.

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For Room to Grow to Benefit Babies: https://www.projectgivingkids.org/activities/make-a-nosew-baby-blanket/
For Soldier's Angels to benefit troops: https://www.projectgivingkids.org/activities/blankets-needed-storebought-handmade-or-nosew/

Make cards and write letters to local senior citizens.

PROJECT AMBASSADORS:

Dianne Caraviello
dcaraviello@aps1.net

Joyce Leary
joycenl@comcast.net

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Collect and deliver used bikes.

PROJECT AMBASSADOR:

Michael Silverman
silvermanmc@gmail.com

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Volunteer to help settle Afghan refugees.

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Collect and deliver food to Neighbors in Need.

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Help coordinate various drives and support for families in Bangladesh.

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WANTED: Clever sleuths for our history organization! Newspaper researchers and oral history interviewers for a variety of topics related to the following Andover themes:*the history of the Civil Rights Movement

  • the history of the Civil Rights Movement
    (what happened here in Andover)
  • the history of community service
    (e.g. local Boy Scout/Girl Scout projects)
  • the history of fundraisers
    (e.g. 4 th of July fireworks in Andover)

The result of the sleuthing community service project could be having your article published on the History Center’s Substack newsletter, History Buzz, which has over 2,200 subscribers. Because the content is always available it’s a great way to highlight your research and writing skills. History Buzz publishes twice a week. The sleuthing project is to search through original old newspapers or find them digitally through Memorial Hall Library or Newspapers.com. You could also conduct oral histories (interviews) of local notable people who have contributed somehow to our themes. After researching and/or interviewing, write a one-page summary of your findings. Similar to submitting an article to a newspaper or magazine, you can submit your one-page story to the History Center for possible publication on History Buzz.

CHOICES FOR THEMES:

  • CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT: How was Andover involved in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s? Who was involved – are they still alive to speak with in order to gain personal perspective? What did they accomplish and how? What sorts of opposition did they come up against?
  • FUNDRAISING: Research organizations like the Red Cross – what was done locally to support the troops during the World Wars, the Armenian crisis or the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic? What about local fundraising methods utilized by organizations like Quota Club, Service Club, the old November Club, Lazarus House or your own church or temple, such as the Christ Church Thrift Shop in downtown Andover.
  • COMMUNITY SERVICE: Community service is not a new concept. Many businesses, churches and schools have held community service days in the past. What have those project days entailed and who was participating? Research and speak to A.V.I.S. or other land and water protection organizations such as Andover Trails, Foster’s Pond Organization, Bay Circuit Trails, or Harold Parker Forest. The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have long histories of creating and participating in community service events – where have they undertaken their Eagle Scout projects?

PERHAPS YOU HAVE ANOTHER TOPIC THAT INTERESTS YOU?

Collect and host a sale of gently used stuffed animals.

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Knit, Crochet or Craft for Isolated, Older Adults.

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Write thank you notes to soldiers.

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Coordinate the baking and selling of dog biscuits to raise funds for the MSPCA.

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Coordinate drives to collect household goods for the
Welcome Home project based in Newton.

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Coordinate drives to collect goods (furniture, mattresses,
blankets, etc) for Household Goods in Action.

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Coordinate drives to collect furniture, blankets, mattresses and other
household items for New Life Furniture Bank in Walpole.

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Coordinate the collection of travel size, full size, and hotel bottles
(new and unopened) of hygiene products.

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Have one or two Porchfests (or Lobby Fests if too cold outside)
on your day of service, great for high school kids!

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Paint Kindness Rocks and place them when spring arrives!

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A Jared Box is a plastic shoe box filled with games, toys, activities
and notes for a child undergoing medical treatment in a hospital.

PROJECT AMBASSADORS:

Marianna Connolly
mfador@gmail.com

Julie Bosworth
julie.e.bosworth@gmail.com

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Welcome Snack Bags for Families Staying in Boston for medical purposes.

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Make a Craft for Kids in Hospital - all ages, all ideas of crafts.

PROJECT AMBASSADOR:

Beth Dunne
dunne.beth@gmail.com

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Benefits kids who have lost a parent and are part of Wildflower
nonprofit that helps them afford summer camp.
Recommended for high school kids.

PROJECT AMBASSADOR:

Andrea Famiglietti
andrea.famiglietti@andoverma.us

Krista Paminger (AHS Freshman Board Only)
krista.paminger@andoverma.us

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Make gratitude art for your local firefighters.

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Help collect used crayons to keep them out of landfills.


PROJECT AMBASSADOR:

Eleanor Storch
eleanorstorch@gmail.com

             

Collect cell phones, tablets and MP3 players to
drop off in Reading or Middleton.

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Use your talents, creativity, kindness and compassion to work on a project with tangible results to benefit families and/or neighborhoods of your choice, by working with Aaron's Presents. This is only available for students in K-8.

PROJECT AMBASSADORS:

Michelle Penney
penney.sd@gmail.com

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Create baking boxes for homeless shelters.

This is being sponsored by both the Kindness Collaborative and Project Giving Kids.

         

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