Salem Volunteers Newsletter - September 18, 2018

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Volunteer this week at one of a number of opportunities on Saturday. Help at the Wicked Half Marathon in Salem Saturday morning and at a Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team live animal exhibit in Gloucester. Coastwatch hosts a COASTSWEEP cleanup in the morning and teams with Orvel, a coastal environment organization based in Lynn, for a cleanup of Revere Beach. The North Shore CDC has its Fiesta en la Calle in the afternoon and evening.

The North Shore Moving Market, ReStore, Joseph's Storehouse Food Pantry, and the Salem and Swampscott farmers' markets are running on their usual schedules this week. The SPUR Community Roots Garden has some spots available; sign up online.

Haunted Happenings kicks off Thursday, October 4 with the Salem Chamber of Commerce's Grand Parade. Sign up now to volunteer.

The Salem Book Buddy program now has enough volunteers to cover the 358 Salem Public School third graders. They are still accepting alternates, so sign up if you are still interested.

Although we usually reserve this space for ways you can give your time and effort rather than material donations, we make an exception this week for those affected by the gas explosions and fires last week in Andover, Lawrence, and North Andover. You can help by donating to the Lawrence Emergency Fund, set up in 2009 to provide assistance during emergencies. Funds are distributed as stipends to families and individuals in need. And Beverly, Lynn, Peabody, and Salem have joined to establish a regional relief fund that you can contribute to at any Eastern Bank branch.

This Week

Tuesday, September 18: Habitat for Humanity ReStore

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Habitat for Humanity North Shore is looking for volunteers to help at its ReStore in Peabody.

The store is open to the public for sales from 9am to 4pm Wednesday through Saturday. The store is closed to the public on Tuesdays but is open for a staff and volunteer work day. Volunteers are needed Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8:30am until 4:30pm for three to six hour shifts.

Sign up online, or for more information contact Janice at 978-586-3077 or restoremanager@habitatforhumanity-northshore.com.

Wednesday, September 19: Habitat for Humanity ReStore

See the Tuesday, September 18 listing for information about ReStore.

Sign up online, or for more information contact Janice at 978-586-3077 or restoremanager@habitatforhumanity-northshore.com.

Wednesday, September 19: North Shore Moving Market

The North Shore Moving Market (NSMM) is a free food, free delivery service operating to assist low-income elderly, handicapped, and disadvantaged individuals and families. The NSMM delivers groceries monthly to nearly 200 households in local communities. The NSMM is also the only mobile market that includes pet food with regular delivery.

We all need to be fed. Here's how you can feed and be fed!

Volunteers are needed to help deliver groceries Wednesdays from approximately 9am until noon. Come and learn the side roads of Salem, see first hand how your volunteering helps, and hear a heartfelt "God bless you." All you need is a car and a warm heart!

Contact via web form.

Thursday, September 20: Habitat for Humanity ReStore

See the Tuesday, September 18 listing for information about ReStore.

Sign up online, or for more information contact Janice at 978-586-3077 or restoremanager@habitatforhumanity-northshore.com.

Thursday, September 20: Salem Farmers' Market

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The Salem Farmers' Market runs every Thursday until October 11. Volunteer once a month, every other week, or every week! All help is appreciated.

Contact Gillian at salemfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

Friday, September 21: Habitat for Humanity ReStore

See the Tuesday, September 18 listing for information about ReStore.

Sign up online, or for more information contact Janice at 978-586-3077 or restoremanager@habitatforhumanity-northshore.com.

Saturday, September 22: Wicked Half Marathon

The 13th annual Wicked Half Marathon will be run on Saturday, September 22. The race will start at 7am with a 6am start for walkers and runners needing more than four hours.

Volunteers will be needed at water stations and for registration before the race.

Contact Amanda at bnsfitnessevents@yahoo.com.

Saturday, September 22: Habitat for Humanity ReStore

See the Tuesday, September 18 listing for information about ReStore.

Sign up online, or for more information contact Janice at 978-586-3077 or restoremanager@habitatforhumanity-northshore.com.

Saturday, September 22: Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team show

Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team logo

The Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team (CAVPT) is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to vernal pond conservation and education.

CAVPT is looking for volunteers to help at its snakes and vernal ponds shows and exhibits. The shows educate about snakes of New England and the world and about vernal ponds and the animals that live there.

On Saturday, September 22 there will be a live animal display at Crow Fest at the Common Crow Natural Market in Gloucester. Setup will start at 9am for a 10am to 5pm show.

Contact Rick at cavpt@yahoo.com.

Saturday, September 22: Joseph's Storehouse Food Pantry

Joseph's Storehouse's mission is to alleviate hunger with supplemental food and emergency food assistance in the greater Salem area; to provide children with life-changing opportunities; to deliver groceries to the elderly, disabled, and disadvantaged; to offer programs to all ages that promote growth and self-confidence; and to serve the community with grace, dignity, and non-discrimination.

Volunteers are needed to help at Joseph's Storehouse food pantry on Saturdays from 10am to 3pm.

Contact Carl at 978-594-4423.

Saturday, September 22: COASTSWEEP beach cleanup

Salem Sound Coastwatch logo

Each fall, Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management coordinates COASTSWEEP, statewide coastal cleanups held in conjunction with the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup program. Join Salem Sound Coastwatch for area cleanups.

Everything we pick up will be recorded. The data will be used to identify the most prevalent sources of marine debris and develop education and policy initiatives to help reduce it. Last year almost 800,000 volunteers participated in these cleanups worldwide.

The Saturday, September 22 cleanup will be at Dane Street Beach in Beverly from 9 to 10:30am.

RSVP requested.

Contact info@salemsound.org or 978-741-7900.

Saturday, September 22: Revere Beach cleanup

Join Salem Sound Coastwatch and Orvel for a cleanup of Revere Beach from 11am to 2pm.

Contact 978-741-7900 or info@salemsound.org.

Saturday, September 22: Fiesta en la Calle

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Join the North Shore CDC for Fiesta en la Calle, a Block Party on Peabody Street in Salem on September 22 from 3 to 8pm. The event will include live music and art, cultural performances, food trucks and local community groups and organizations. Volunteers are needed the day of the event.

Contact Ashley at ashley@northshorecdc.org.

Sunday, September 23: Swampscott Farmers' Market

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The Swampscott Farmers Market is in need of a few good volunteers to help out Sundays until mid-October.

The market runs from 10am until 1pm and volunteers are needed for setup from 8:30 until 10:30am and for closing from 12:30 until 1:30pm.

Contact Amanda at aferranteowen@gmail.com or use the market Facebook group.

New Listings

Thursday, October 4: Haunted Happenings Grand Parade

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The Salem Chamber of Commerce needs volunteers to help with its 23rd Annual Haunted Happenings Grand Parade. The parade will start at Shetland Properties at 6:30pm, and volunteers are needed between 5:15 and approximately 8pm.

Duties will include giving directions, organizing a section of the parade, or carrying a banner in the parade. All volunteers will receive a map of Shetland Park and a line-up of the parade.

Please contact the chamber at 978-744-0004 or info@salem-chamber.org for more information or if you are willing to help in some capacity.