Congregational Workings

April 30 is Action Sunday!

action sundayEveryone at First Parish is encouraged to participate in one of the volunteer activities that day and to consider long-term volunteering.

  • Children are welcome at some of the sites, but please note age restrictions. Anyone under 18 must always be accompanied by an adult. No children means no one under 18.
  • Some sites are outdoors, and work there will go on rain or shine.
  • Please sign up by April 10; note, however, that some sites can take only a few people, and to get your first choice, you may need to sign up sooner.
  • There will be a very short service at First Parish at 10:00 am, and people will then split up for their volunteering.
  • Everyone is invited to lunch following the May 7 service to reflect on and share your experiences.
  • Wear your First Parish t-shirt! Order your shirt online by April 10 and you'll have your shirt in time for the April 30 Action Sunday.

Here are your options:

  • Support an anti-human-trafficking & anti-abuse organization by beautifying the EVA Family Justice Center. EVA is a survivor-led, social justice oriented program dedicated to empowering women who have experienced sexual exploitation. Volunteers will work inside to paint and organize their space at 939 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 11:15 am - 1:15 pm. No children. Maximum 15 people. Click here to sign up to beautify EVA.

  • Families working together sprucing up open space in Somerville. Volunteers of all ages will work with Groundwork Somerville to pick up trash and remove invasive plants at Draw 7 State Park, near Assembly Row, Somerville, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. The site is accessible by public transportation, and volunteers must sign a waiver form. Maximum 100 people. Click here to sign up to spruce up Somerville open spaces

  • Be a public witness for peace with Mass. Peace Action. Spend 2 hours 10:45 am - 12:45 pm at First Parish learning about current nuclear weapons issues, making signs, demonstrating on the corner (rain or shine), and encouraging people to sign petitions, concluding with planning for future action. Children will be welcome to help with signs and other art projects. Maximum 50 people, including children. Click here to sign up to be a public witness.

  • Gardening for teens and adults at the Arlington Children's Room. This organization at 1210 Mass. Ave., Arlington, supports children and families grieving after major loss. Volunteers will fix up their garden for the spring and should bring garden gloves and small tools, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Children 12 and older are welcome, with an adult. Maximum 12 people, including children. Click here to sign up to garden at Arlington Children's Room

  • Advocate for ex-prisoners. Participants work with New Start Project to raise awareness of issues facing prisoners trying to re-enter society, by distributing flyers and doing surveys in Harvard Square, accessible by Red Line, 11:15 am - 1:15 pm. No children. Maximum 25 people. Click here to sign up to advocate for ex-prisoners

  • Family-friendly spring clean-up for the Town of Arlington. Volunteers will meet in the Wellington Park area near Grove Street (and maybe a second location) 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, rain or shine, and are asked to bring garden gloves and small tools. Children over 8 years old are welcome but must be accompanied by 1 adult for each child. Maximum 45 people, not including children. Click here to sign up to help with the Arlington spring clean-up.

  • Support food justice: work at an urban farm in Roxbury. Haley House promotes economic empowerment and runs a feeding program. Volunteers will carpool to their farm at 95R Thornton St., Roxbury, to build raised beds, plant, etc., 11:30 am - 2:00 pm. There will be a ½ -hour break, and volunteers are asked to bring lunch and water, and garden gloves. Youth 15 and older are welcome with adults. Maximum 20 people. Click here to sign up to work at a Roxbury farm


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