For Individual Volunteers, NOT Groups

Pack bags with needed toiletries and snacks for street outreach to people who are homeless and afraid to visit shelters for help this winter

12/12/21 Two mothers and their daughters wearing masks and gloves and clad in winter coats pack toiletries and other needed supplies for street outreach to homeless people in Boston in the winter


  • Saturday 12/03/2022, 12:45-2pm or 2:15-3:30pm
  • Rain or shine.
  • Sign up by 11/29/2022

    Join the Backup List if you can reserve this day/time.


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


PMD Driveway/Garage
Randolph, MA (less than 5 miles from Ikea)

On-Street Parking
Holbrook-Randolph Commuter Rail-Accessible

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 winter.

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.

Healthy volunteers age 7+ welcome. Volunteers must wear masks and gloves and work as far apart as possible outdoors (or in well-ventilated garage) while filling bags with toothbrushes, toothpaste,soap, hand sanitizer, deodorant, bandages, soap, facial tissue, shampoo, lip balm, hand warmers, neck gaiters, 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, and like all PMD projects, participation for an entire project shift (75-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.

We are requesting an optional donation of $24 or more per volunteer to help us offset the inflated cost of materials since each bag contains more than $8 worth of toiletries and snacks. IF you cannot afford to donate but wish to participate, select the financial hardship waiver when you register.

Volunteer labor and donations for bulk materials together make this event possible. Regardless of whether one volunteers on 12/3, 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 sign yourself up for one shift asap by 11/29 at

Incomplete submissions cannot be honored.

PMD canNOT accept any UNregistered, walk-in volunteers.

Participation is required for an entire, 75-minute project shift.

If this popular project reaches maximum capacity, then interested volunteers can join the backup list, since we anticipate (and promote) cancellations due to illness and covid-19 exposure. Joining the PMD backup list means making a commitment to reserve the shift(s) you select until the date you provide.

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 register before the project reaches maximum capacity and participate fully with the minor.

Call PMD if you cannot sign up using our form.
If you experience any difficult registering online to volunteer with PMD, please immediately 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 sign-up 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 12/3 -- Volunteers age 18+ provide their consent when registering online, to minimize paper/contact.



People Making a Difference (PMD) is a nonprofit organization that promotes 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.


"This (covid-19) is an unprecedented health threat and we are greatly concerned about our community.”
--Lyndia Downie, Pine Street President & Executive Director

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