Salem Volunteers Newsletter - April 25, 2017

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It's National Volunteer Week, celebrating volunteers and the difference they make in communities around the country. Thank you for all that you do and for your spirit of community and service!

SPUR organizes volunteers for Lifebridge meals monthly, but these are popular and typically fill up fast. At the time of writing, spots are still available for Thursday's service.

The Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team has two events this weekend, a table at the Cape Ann Sustainability Fair on Saturday and an exhibit at the Gloucester Pride Stride on Sunday.

Volunteers are needed Sunday at the annual Walk for HAWC. Even if you are not walking, you can join to help this good cause.

Sunday also offers Salem Sound Coastwatch beach cleanups in Salem, Marblehead, and Swampscott.

The North Shore Moving Market and Joseph's Storehouse Food Pantry are running as usual this week.

Every year Salem and its sister city Ota in Japan run a cultural exchanges for students and adults. This year's student exchange will run July 23 to 31, and families with children of middle school age are needed to be host families. Learn more and find the application on the cultural exchange web site.

This Week

Wednesday, April 26: 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 on Wednesday mornings from approximately 9am to 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 Linda at sjharvest@comcast.net.

Thursday, April 27: SPUR Lifebridge meal service

Lifebridge logo

Lifebridge is a homeless shelter in Salem that offers 19 meals a week to anyone in need of a meal. SPUR organizes periodic opportunities to get involved.

Volunteers are needed for the April 27 lunch meal service from 11:30am to 1pm at the Lifebridge Campus at 56 Margin Street in Salem.

Contact SPUR via web form or sign up on line.

Saturday, April 29: Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team exhibit

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 welcomes volunteers to help at its snakes and vernal ponds shows and exhibits.

On Saturday, April 29, CAVPT will be at the Cape Ann Sustainability Fair. The team will will have an exhibit depicting some of its many educational activities and will feature snakes and vernal pond critters like salamanders and frogs. The fair will run from 9am to 3pm at the O'Maley Innovation Middle School in Gloucester. Setup will start at about 7:30am.

Contact Rick at cavpt@yahoo.com.

Saturday, April 29: 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.

Sunday, April 30: Walk for HAWC

25th Walk for HAWC logo

Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC) is a North Shore organization dedicated to creating social change by taking action against personal and societal patterns of violence and oppression. The annual Walk for HAWC in Salem is an important fundraiser for HAWC.

The 25th Walk for HAWC will take place Sunday, April 30. Help will be needed with set up, route set up, break down, water stop tables, crowd control, route cheerers, face painting, and more. Volunteers will be needed from 8am to 2pm.

Contact Chrissy at walk@hawcdv.org.

Sunday, April 30: Salem Sound Coastwatch beach cleanups

Salem Sound Coastwatch logo

The winter has taken its toll! Street trash has washed down the storm drains, into the water, and onto the beaches. Man made items, especially plastic, pollute the water. Every piece of trash removed from the beach is one less piece of marine debris. Join Salem Sound Coastwatch for area beach cleanups.

The Sunday, April 30 cleanups will run from 12:30 to 2pm at Devereux Beach, Phillips Beach, Preston Beach, and Forest River Park. The cleanups are organized in conjunction with SPUR.

Contact info@salemsound.org or call 978-741-7900. RSVP if possible.

Sunday, April 30: Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team exhibit

Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team logo

See the Saturday, April 29 listing for information about the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team (CAVPT) and its activities.

The Sunday, April 30 show will be a live animal exhibit at the after-walk party at the Gloucester Pride Stride. Plan to meet at 12pm at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester.

Contact Rick at cavpt@yahoo.com.