For Individual Volunteers, NOT Groups

PMD's Spring Benefit Project:
Pack bags with needed toiletries and snacks for street outreach to people who are homeless and afraid to visit shelters for help this summer

6/18/2022 Three adult volunteers wearing masks and gloves pack toiletries and other needed supplies for street outreach to homeless people in Boston in the summer. Two volunteers in the background count and bag adhesive bandages.


  • Saturday 5/20/2023, 10-11am, 11am-12noon
  • Sign up by 5/16/2023
    ~2 volunteers are still needed.


Quick, Hands-On Volunteer Opportunity:
Pack needed toiletries and snacks for street outreach to people living outdoors in Boston this summer


Indoors (due to inclement weather) in North Cambridge, MA
Short walk from Alewife Station
Free off-street parking available

Note: PMD only shares specific directions, maps, and other details with registered volunteers since we cannot accommodate any walk-ins, i.e., unregistered volunteers simply showing up.


Since the covid-19 virus is more infectious indoors, many people who are homeless are avoiding shelters, yet still need help. Pine Street Inn's outreach vans will give away these needed supplies and build trust so that they can help more people in need this summer.

Pine Street Inn's mission is to be a community of respect and hope for each guest it serves; to be a resource through which neighbors and friends can help meet the basic needs of others; and to serve as a national leader to end homelessness by developing new affordable housing and by offering quality training programs that enable participants to work in the food services and other industries.

Volunteer labor and donations for bulk materials together make this event possible. Regardless of whether one volunteers on 5/20, anyone can help underwrite the cost of toiletries and snacks by donating at or other methods listed at - Please remember to designate your gift for "Street Outreach."



To participate, buy a ticket for yourself for one shift by 5/6 at
Ticket proceeds help PMD offset the inflated cost of materials since each bag contains more than $8 worth of toiletries and snacks.

IF you cannot afford to buy a ticket but wish to contribute your time, please CALL PMD at *82,1-781-963-0373 to discuss options.

PMD canNOT accept any UNticketed, walk-in volunteers.

Participation is required for an entire, 60-minute project shift.

If this popular project reaches maximum capacity, then interested volunteers can join the waitlist, since we anticipate (and promote) cancellations in case of illness and covid-19 exposures.

For volunteers ages 7-17, a parent/guardian must also co-sign a printout of PMD's waiver/release, and for volunteers younger than age 16, a parent/guardian must also buy a ticket before the project reaches maximum capacity and participate fully with the minor.

Call PMD if you cannot ticket online using eventbrite.
CALL THE PMD OFFICE at (*82) 1-781-963-0373 so that we can help you AND troubleshoot the problem so that other potential volunteers will not face the same problem. Thanks!

After you buy your ticket successfully, you will see a confirmation screen and receive a confirmation email message, so be sure to save the date and times on your calendars AND add to your address/white/allow list.
Then a few days before this project PMD will email specific details in a PDF, including directions to the project site by public transit and by car, what to wear/expect, checklist, map, and release form for minors that a parent/guardian must co-sign and provide at at check-in on 5/20 -- Volunteers age 18+ provide their consent when ticketing online, to minimize paper/contact.



Volunteers age 7+ are needed. Volunteers must wear masks and gloves and work as far apart as possible outdoors while packing bags with toothbrushes, toothpaste,soap, hand sanitizer, deodorant, bandages, soap, facial tissue, shampoo, lip balm, sun block, apple sauce, crackers, and nutrition bars.

This project requires being in excellent health (and living with others who are also), repetitive hand motions, good fine motor skills, standing or sitting at a table, attention to detail, and like all PMD projects, participation for an entire project shift (60-minutes).

This is a fragrance-free event, meaning that participants must not wear perfume or cologne, or scented skin, hair, facial, or clothing/laundry products.

Clark Charitable Trust

Sponsors as of 5/17
Paul Couto & Kim Fusaris
Allison Cree
Nancy Goldberg
Kate Harper
Ping Huang
Ian Lai
Karen & Sean Lynn-Jones
Ellie & Zach Marois
Connie Tsuruda
Lori Tsuruda
Marshall Tsuruda
Varnell Consulting

For 30+ years, public charity People Making a Difference (PMD) has promoted informed and responsible volunteerism by involving people in tangible work that meets local needs and by assisting companies in building successful community involvement programs that:
  • Produce appreciable results while conserving recipients' limited resources.
  • Educate volunteers about broader issues.
  • Bring people together to make a difference.



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-Margaret Mead

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