Agriculture, Environment, and Wildlife

Agriculture

  • DANVERS ROTARY: For information on volunteer opportunities contact Matthew Schroeder, President, at matthew.schroeder48@gmail.com
  • FAMILY FARM DAY:  Sponsored by the Trustees of Reservations, will take place on a Saturday, in September, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Appleton Farms, located at 219 Country Road, Ipswich, Ma. Volunteers are needed to help with farm games, pony rides, barnyard animals, face painting and much more! To sign up please contact Marc Mahan at mmahan@the trustees.org.
  • MAGNOLIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY:  Magnolia Historical Society is in need of volunteers for a variety of activities and events. They are currently in need of volunteers to help with curation and logging of various artifacts, documents and other historical relevant items. Volunteers will work with historical society staff to define the curation process, curate artifacts, scan docs, take pictures of artifacts and store curated artifacts. Volunteers must be computer savvy, have basic photography skills, be organized and be able to lift objects up to 30 pounds. Hours are flexible, and volunteers are needed days,  nights and weekends. For more information, contact Stephen Gilliss at stephen.gilliss@gmail.com, Lisa Ramos at missmagnolia01930@gmail.com or Cathie Hull at cathie.hull@yahoo.com The Magnolia Historical Society is located at the Blynman Schoolhouse, 46 Magnolia Avenue, Magnolia, Ma.
  • REBECCA NURSE HOMESTEAD: The Danvers Alarm List Company, the owners and operators of the Rebecca Nurse Homestead in Danvers, are looking for volunteers in preparation for their May 1st grand opening.  They are hosting two “work parties” during the month of April, clearing brush and cleaning buildings. The work parties will take place on Saturday, April TBD, 2019 and Saturday April TBD, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you are interested please contact Jackson Tingle at jctingle83@gmail.com or at 978-500-4466.  The Rebecca Nurse Homestead is located at 149 Pine Street, Danvers, Ma.
  • WINDRUSH FARM Therapeutic Equitation: Is a nonprofit horse farm specializing in teaching physically, emotionally and learning disabled children and adults to ride and work with horses.  Volunteers are needed during the fall session, which begins in early September and will run through mid December. Volunteers do not need horse experience, but must  be 14 years of age or older. All volunteers are trained to be a “sidewalker”, a volunteer who walks/jogs alongside the client while riding, helping to keep them safe.  No previous experience with working with horses is required. The classes are one hour long and run Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. Volunteers are asked to commit to one class a week for the entire session. To sign up go to their website at http://www.windrushfarm.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer/  To contact them directly go to volunteer@windrushfarm.org or call Jessica Barry or Rachel Bernstein, Volunteer Coordinators, at 978-682-7855. They are located at 479 Lacy Street, North Andover, Ma.

Environment

  • COASTSWEEP:  The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management  kicks off Coastsweep each September with  their Annual Massachusetts Coastal Cleanup. Coastsweep depends on volunteers to keep our beaches safe and clean.  Cleanups can be scheduled from September through November.  This year’s Coastsweep activities will be organized around the central cleanup day of Saturday, September 17, 2016.  To get involved, a Cleanup Coordinator Sign-up form and additional information can be found on their website at coastsweep@state.ma.us.  More information about Coastsweep is also available at www.mass.gov/czm/coastsweep.
  • DANVERS BI-PEDS:  Rails to Trails. Contact Laura Cilley @ lcilley@danvers.bipeds.org
  • DANVERS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS: For information regarding volunteer opportunities, contact Gail Bernard, Program Coordinator at 978-777-0001, Ext. 3014, or email her at gbernard@mial.danvers-ma.org
  • DANVERS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS:  Will host their annual “Household Hazardous Waste Day” on Saturday, September TBD, 2019, from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon  at the Transfer Station on East Coast Road in Danvers.  Two to three volunteers are needed from 7:30 a.m.-12:00 Noon. Volunteers will provide general assistance , direct traffic to the proper stations, and hand out flyers. Volunteers WILL NOT be handling hazardous waste materials.  For more information contact Gail Bernard, Program Coordinator, at 978-777-0001, Ext. 3014, or via email at gbernard@mail.danvers-ma.org
  • DANVERS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS:  “Zero Waste Recycle Weekend” each  November and May  in the Danvers High School parking lot, from 8:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. –  6-8 volunteers. Volunteers have the option of participating either one or two days. Volunteers will provide general assistance at the recycling stations, handing out flyers, assist with parking, and collect donations for the Danvers Food Pantry.  For more information contact Gail Bernard, Program Coordinator, at 978-777-0001, Ext. 3014, or via email at gbernard@mail.danvers-ma.org.
  • DANVERS HISTORICAL SOCIETY: GLEN MAGNA ESTATE is looking for volunteers to help with landscaping, etc.  Contact dhs@danvershistory.org or contact Cathy Gareri, Operations Manager, or Laura Cilley, Development Coordinator at 978-777-1666, between the hours of 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  The Danvers Historical Society office is located at the Page House at 11 Page Street, Danvers, Ma
  • DANVERS RAIL/TRAIL:  Volunteers are  needed for cleanup projects and  to distribute map trail flyers. Volunteers are also needed to walk the trails and maintain/repair sections of the trail on a regular  schedule. Volunteers are welcome at the monthly Rail Trail meetings held at the Danvers Town Hall in the Toomey Room. For more information contact Nancy McNulty at 508-769-7381,   nancymcnult@gmail.com or Kate Day, Senior Planner, at Danvers Town Hall at 978-777-0001 x3029, or at kday@mail.danvers-ma.org, or the main website at www.danversrailtrail.org
  • DANVERS RAIL TRAIL Earth Day: Volunteers are  needed for the Danvers Rail Trail Annual Spring  Cleanup and Planting. Volunteers will clean up debris from sections on the rail trail in support of Earth Day 2019, on Saturday, April TBD, 2019.  All volunteers will meet at the Maple Street Church parking lot, near the Hobart Street lot where the trail crosses Charter Street, at 8:30 a.m.  Volunteers will break up into three or four small groups to work on different sections of the trail, and complete the project by 12:00 Noon. Wear weather appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes and work gloves.   For more information contact Nancy McNulty at 508-769-7381, or at nancymcnult@gmail.com or the main website at www.danversrailtrail.org
  • DANVERS RAIL TRAIL MOTHER’S DAY WALK:  Join Rail Trail Committee member Charles Lincicum and volunteer Tracey Heron on Saturday, May TBD, 2019, for the spring Mother’s Day Walk starting at 10:00 a.m. from the Hobart Street parking lot in Danvers, Ma. Walkers can select a distance that meets their needs.  Walkers of all ages and dogs on leashes are welcome! Dog walkers will start out at 10:15 a.m. Moms and grand-moms will be entered into a raffle to win a gift certificate.  Water will be offered along the way, and candies handed out at the end of the walk. Students interested in volunteering should contact Karen H. P. Nelson at knelson@danversma.gov.
  • DANVERS-WENHAM SwampWALK:  Is a 1700 foot boardwalk constructed in the Great Wenham Swamp off of the Danvers Rail Trail. Contact George Saluto, Trustee of the Danvers Historical Society @ mgsaluto@comcast.net
  • ENDICOTT PARK:  General help with spring and fall cleanup, and preparing for winter season. Contact Dave Townley, Head Ranger at the Park  at 978-774-6518
  • HABITAT FOR HUMANITY-NORTHSHORE:  Now in Danvers. Contact Donald Preston, President of Habitat for Humanity.  www.habitatforhumanity-northshore.com  click on “volunteer”.
  • JOHN GEORGE PARK: Is looking for volunteers to assist in the general maintenance of this wonderful community park in Danvers.  This includes general seasonal clean-up and planting. If you are interested in beautifying one of our cherished parks in Danvers, please contact Joan George at 978-808-2146, or at 978-774-4159.  You can also email Joan George at jmg1958@verizon.net. The John George Park is located at 35 River Street, in Danversport, Ma.
  • SALEM SOUND COASTWATCH:  Volunteer opportunities including adopting a beach/beach clean-up, monitoring for marine invasives, collecting water quality samples, stenciling storm drains, monitoring salt marshes, and office support with mailings/memberships.  Salem Sound Coastwatch also sponsors the Swim & Fin Salem Harbor Open Water Swim and the Coastal 5K Run for the Beach. For more information contact Barbara Warren, Executive Director at 978-741-7900/barbara.warren@salemsound.org or Susan Yochelson, Outreach Coordinator at susany@salemsound.org.  Office located at 21 Washington Street, Suite 9, Salem, Ma.
  • STILES POND DAY CAMP:  Owned and operated by the Danvers YMCA, is located in West Boxford.  They need volunteers interested in their CIT  Junior Counselor Program for Summer 2018! For more information contact the Danvers YMCA at 978-774-2055. or Mark Svendson at msvendson@danversymca.org.
  • WATERFRONT MANAGER/HARBORMASTER:   www.danversharbormaster.com. Contact  Chris Sanborn at 978-762-0210 or David Arathuzik-darathuzik@mail.danvers-ma.org  Volunteers must have a basic knowledge of boating and working on the water.

Wildlife

  • GUIDING DOGS OF IPSWICH:  Help out with Great Dane pups training to assist mobility impaired individuals.  Call 978-356-0666 for more information.
  • IPSWICH AUDUBON CENTER:  Contact Susan Baeslack, sbaeslack@massaudubon.org or call  978-887-9264 x7707
  • IRONSTONE FARM THERAPEUTIC RIDING PROGRAM: Is a unique program that provides support to clients receiving equine assisted therapies. Volunteers lead horses, walk alongside clients engaging with them, and groom/tack up the horses for their clients.  This unique program depends on volunteers to assist their staff in providing therapeutic riding programs to individuals with disabilities. Each client needs between 1 to 3 volunteers for his/her session and without the commitment of 200 + volunteers weekly, they would be unable to provide the services that they offer to over 400 clients weekly and year round!  Volunteers must be 13 years of age or older to volunteer. No horse experience is required. They will provide a one time 2.5 hour training workshop. Volunteers are scheduled based on their availability and the programs needs. After school and on Saturdays is a great time to participate! They do not require a minimum commitment but do hope that it would be for several months or longer due to the training needed.  For more information contact Carolyn Burt, Director of Operations, at 978-475-4056, or at carolynburt@challengeunlimited.org. Ironstone Farm is located at 450 Lowell Street (Route 133), Andover, Ma. Their web address is www.ironstonefarm.org
  • MASSACHUSETTS VEST-A-DOG:  Help buy a police dog a bullet-resistant vest.  Danvers Police K-9 officer Falco was revested in October, 2010.  Each protective vest costs $735.00 and needs to be replaced every 5-6 years.  The K-9 officers at the Middleton Corrections Facility currently need to be revested.  Contact Kathy Hinds at info@mavestadog.org or 508-668-7149.  www.mavestadog.org
  • NORTHEAST ANIMAL SHELTER:  Located on 347 Highland Avenue, Salem,  MA., has volunteer opportunities! Training is required.  Contact Randi Cohen, Executive Director, or Jen Adams, Volunteer Coordinator, at 978-745-9888, Ext. 305, or email  Jen at volunteer@neas.org. They are open Mon-Fri: 10:00 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sat-Sun: 10:00 a.m.-6 p.m. Visit the website at www.neas.org.
  • SALISBURY ANIMAL SHELTER:  Volunteers must be 15 years old + and be willing to make a 6 month commitment of 1-2 hours per week.  Various jobs include working reception, caregivers, etc. Download the application from MRFRS.ORG or  contact Janet Rogers 978-462-0760
  • STRAYS IN NEED:   Is a Danvers based volunteer organization that helps abandoned or  lost animals with medical care and finding new homes. You can help organize a fundraising event.    Contact jmarcotti@mail.danvers-ma.org to find out what you or a group of friends can do to help raise funds for animal care.