Giving Back to Watertown

We wrote recently about why Watertown’s such a great place to live and work. It’s pretty special – and it’s the kind of town that inspires you to give back, whether it’s a few hours a month or something more substantial. The volunteer opportunities here are enormous; whether you enjoy working with kids, nature, the arts community, or anywhere in between, there are lots of meaningful ways to give back to this amazing city! Here are just a few of the local non-profits who make it easy to volunteer:

  • The Watertown Boys and Girls Club offers summer and after-school programming for kids 7-18 in the areas of academic success, healthy living, and character development. After school volunteers generally work in the games room, homework room, or gym, while programming volunteers have the opportunity to work with the basketball and swim teams, or teach a Saturday morning art class! If regular volunteer hours don’t mesh with your schedule, you can sign up to help with a special event like their upcoming Mugar Memorial Golf Tournament, happening August 8th! Head to their website for info.
  • If working outside is your thing, take a look at the Charles River Conservancy, a group dedicated to maintaining and beautifying the park space along the Charles. Their volunteers work all year long planting bulbs and plants, pruning trees and shrubs, painting benches, and helping in park cleanups. They also offer an advocacy program for anyone interested in contacting elected officials about current parkland issues, like making pedestrian river-crossing safer. The possibilities are endless! Head to thecharles.org to learn more. 
  • Watertown’s Perkins School for the Blind is known around the world as the premiere school for blind and deafblind students in the US. Their volunteer opportunities range from a few hours a week to a more sustained commitment, and require no prior experience with the disabled. Options range broadly from hands-on time in the classroom, to building adaptive games in the Assisted Device Center, to helping with gardening and grounds keeping, or recording audio books for their enormous Perkins Library archive. Read more in their Volunteer FAQs, or head to their Volunteer Center to apply!

Can’t decide? The Watertown Community Foundation funds dozens of programs and non-profits in Watertown servicing every corner of the community. They can help you figure out where your time and talents can be put to the best use – click here to ask for their help.