Ongoing Events and Announcements

9th Annual Boy Scout Electronics Drive
Location: Immanuel Church, 140 Bridge St., Beverly
Organization: Beverly Boy Scouts of America Troops

Starting February 5th, call for your unwanted electronics to be picked up and recycled responsibly instead of seeing them go into a landfill. Pickups will take place until the day of the drive, March 25th, when you can bring them to Immanuel Church at 140 Bridge Street in Beverly. Proceeds will benefit Troops 2, 4, and 49 of Beverly.

Resellable vs. Recyclable
Location: Beverly Bootstraps Thrift Shop (198 Rantoul Street) and all Beverly Public Schools
Organization: Beverly Bootstraps and Beverly Public Schools

Are you doing fall cleaning or changing over your family’s wardrobe from summer to winter clothes? Now is the time to gather up all those things that haven’t been used or worn in a while and get rid of them. The Beverly Bootstraps Thrift Shop accepts new or gently used, in season clothes, as well as accessories, footwear, linens, jewelry, house ware, décor and furniture. Anything, including clothing, accessories, footwear, linens and stuffed animals, that isn’t sellable can be dropped off to the Beverly Public Schools, so long as it is dry and clean. The money raised from recycling these items goes directly to the schools to support local children’s education. By separating your items and dropping them at the appropriate place, you can support both of these wonderful organizations.

Contributions of Abused Animals
Location: Beverly
Organization: RRS OASIS

Recently, RRS Oasis has rescued 101 new animals including 89 snakes, 10 birds, a tortoise, and lizard from a hoarding situation in Weston, CT. They are looking for donations to give these amazing animals a second lease on life! You can donate here. All contributions help no matter how big or small. All donations go directly to our 501c3 non-profit RRS Oasis (FID # 81-1857191) Your support will provide new caging, food, lighting, vet care and more. These animals were in extremely poor conditions without food or water for days, some weeks, or even months! There’s more information about the animals and their conditions here.

Foster Parenting: The Home for Little Wanderers
Organization: Home for Little Wanderers

The Home for Little Wanderers is looking for caring individuals and families who want to make a difference in the life of a child. Do you have space in your home and in your heart for one of the many children in this state who cannot live at home because of abuse or neglect? Please consider becoming a foster parent. The Home for Little Wanderers offers–specialized training, a competitive stipend, paid vacation, 24-Hour support and more. The Home serves children with some emotional, behavioral and developmental challenges. If you are interested to learn more, call The Home at 888.466.3321 or visit www.thehome.org.

SHINE Jewelry Sale
Location: Online at www.heritageindustries.org/retail-services/shine-jewelry/
Organization: Northeast Arc

Northeast Arc has been supporting people with disabilities to become full participants in our communities for over 60 years. Part of their support includes providing training and employment opportunities through programs like Shine. Northeast Arc offers high quality, hand-made beaded jewelry which can be purchased at local retailers, through their online store, and if you are interested in wholesale opportunities, for your shop, please contact msullivan@ne-arc.org. Your purchase directly impacts people’s lives, as well as, helps continue the employment program for Shine. Help support a growing social enterprise and provide an opportunity for artists to SHINE as creative professionals. Visit here for a list of local retailers, including the online store.

Samaritans’ Crisis Services

You’ll find hope with Samaritans’ crisis services, which are available 24 hours a day/seven days a week for those feeling isolated, desperate, or uncertain about anything in their life. The services are free, confidential, anonymous, and available to all Massachusetts residents. In addition, they provide support for those with concerns for the well-being of others. Please call or text 877-870 HOPE. Calls and texts are fielded by carefully trained volunteers offering non-judgmental support and respect in a comforting and understanding manner. Those interested in becoming a Samaritans volunteer can visit samaritanshope.org.

Clothing and Shoe Drive to Benefit Orphanages in Africa
Organization: Global Orphan Foundation

A clothing and shoe drive to benefit orphanages in Africa is seeking Spring and Summer clothing for children ages 1-13. Shoes are especially needed! This is the perfect time of year to look through your children’s warm weather clothes for items they may have outgrown. Donations can be brought to Denyse Creesy at 17 Middlebury Lane in Beverly.

Catmobile
Location: Central & Eastern Massachusetts
Organization: Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society

Attention all cat owners! Get your cat fixed at the convenient and affordable Catmobile. Our low-cost surgical vans travel throughout Eastern and Central Massachusetts, and are coming to your town soon. Our low fees include spay or neuter surgery plus a brief exam by our vet, nail trim and rabies vaccine. Make your appointment today by calling 978-465-1940 or visit us online at www.catmobile.org.

Volunteer Recruitment Ongoing Events!
Location: All over the North Shore!
Organization: Children’s Friends and Family Services

Children’s Friends and Family Services seeks volunteer mentors ages 21 and older to be matched with one youth mentee from the North Shore. Youth are between the ages of 5 and 18, and as a mentor you would meet every week for at least two hours to establish a one-to-one relationship that over a year’s time matures into a genuine, caring friendship. Our current program waitlist has 36 youth, there is a significant need! If you are interested or would like to know more, please visit http://childrensfriend.net/services/youth-mentoring/ or contact Samantha Alves at 978-219-1528.

North Shore Postpartum Help
Organization: North Shore Postpartum Depression Task Force

The North Shore Postpartum Depression Task Force is available to women experiencing postpartum stress, as well as the family members, friends and practitioners who support them. They are available for help, hope and connection. Visit their website at NorthShorePostpartumHelp.org. Those needing to talk to someone immediately may call the Parental Stress Hotline at: 1-800-632-8188. It is the goal of this Task Force to bring together the practitioners, organizations, research, and best practices that North Shore families need for a healthy postpartum experience. The initial scope of this Task Force is the North Shore United Way community, including the following towns: Beverly, Manchester, Hamilton, Wenham, Ipswich, Essex, Gloucester, and Rockport.

Free Cognitive Screenings for Alzheimer’s Disease
Location: ActivMed Practices & Research, Methuen MA, Beverly MA, and Portsmouth NH

Do you think you may have Alzheimer’s? Are your memory issues causing you some concern? Free Memory testing is now available for the public. ActivMed Practices & Research is offering free cognitive screenings for individuals suffering with memory problems. All testing is completed by trained medical staff and reviewed by a board certified physician. For more information please contact Alison or Rakesh at (978)-655-7155 or visit their website here.

Healthy Streets Outreach Program
Location: 100 Willow Street, 2nd Floor, Lynn

Healthy Streets Outreach Program, a program of Health Innovation, Inc., provides HIV, Hepatitis C testing, STI testing, Narcan and overdose prevention training, referrals to substance use treatment and mental health services. For further information, please call: 781-592-0243.

PAWS Wakefield

Welcome a loving pet into your home today.  Serving communities North of Boston, the PAWS Wakefield foster network cares for orphaned cats and dogs until they find their forever families. Please consider saving a life by adopting locally. You can also help local animals-in-need by volunteering your time, becoming a foster parent, sponsoring a pet that needs long-term care, or donating funds or supplies to support the PAWS programs. Please help PAWS make a difference for people and pets in your community. Visit http://pawswakefield.rescuegroups.org/​ or call 781-246-6111 for more information.

Family Promise North Shore

Can you volunteer a couple of hours to help homeless families on the North Shore get back on their feet? Since May, Family Promise North Shore Boston has been putting up homeless families in houses of worship and assisting parents in finding jobs and sustainable housing. They need volunteers, ages 18 and up, at the Day Center in Beverly on Sundays, evenings and overnights at various houses of worship on the North Shore every day. A shift is usually just two hours; and you don’t need to be affiliated with a congregation to volunteer! For more information please call 978-922-0787 or visit https://www.familypromisensb.org/about/.

Bay State Textiles Recycling Rebate Program
Location: Wakefield, Melrose, Beverly Public Schools
Organization: Wakefield, Melrose, and Beverly PTO’s, Bay State Textiles

Bay State Textiles has partnered with PTO’s in North Shore communities (along with others) in an effort to promote recycling. A collection box is placed outside each public school in the district and the PTO’s generate a $100 rebate based on the tonnage of collection that is deposited into the box. Many items ranging from footwear to linen are accepted as long as they are clean and dry. To find out more information on recycling locations or the program, visit the Bay State Textiles Facebook page.

Go Green
Organization: Change is Simple

Is your business interested in implementing environmentally friendly practices, and supporting your community? If so, consider having Change is Simple “green” your next event or fundraiser. Change is Simple is a nonprofit that teaches environmental education in schools. Change is Simple will partner with your organization to reduce the total waste, using creative and practical methods such as a single stream recycling and using compostable utensils. We will manage all the waste generated from your event, and lessen your impact on the environment. “Greening” your event will not only draw responsible consumers, it also will support environmental education in your local community. Promote your company’s environmental mission with the help of Change is Simple. For more information or to contact us, go to www.changeissimple.org