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Cook for the homeless
On the 4th Friday of each month, help with shopping or cooking. Spots are limited, so you must sign up in advance. Call the church office.
First Church in Cambridge offers this weekly time for those in need to get a meal, companionship, and a chance to pick up clothing and hygiene supplies. We will do a trial run of participation on October 14. Volunteer opportunities include preparing food at home, serving guests, and interacting with guests. Donations of new socks, gloves, hats, handwarmers, and hygiene products are also welcome. Call the office by October 9 to sign up to cook a 10-x13 disposable pan of a meat or veggie entrée, side dish, or salad. Food will be picked up and delivered for you.
Donate feminine hygiene products, bras, and underwear for women and girls who are homeless or disadvantaged, to help them stay healthy, regain self-confidence, and live with basic dignity. Women cannot use SNAP or WIC money for these products, and the need has increased 75% since Covid arrived. Please drop off products in the donation bin on the front porch of 399 Central St, Auburndale. More info at Dignity Matters.
Historic cemetery cleanup
On Newton Serves Day, rake and prune the West Parish Burial Ground on the corner of Cherry and River Streets, the cemetery where many of the original members of Second Church were buried in the 18th and 19th centuries. Bring your own rakes and/or pruners, please. Call the church office for more info.
Support prison gardening
The New Garden Society teaches about 100 incarcerated people to garden each year. We contributed supplies in Spring 2022.
Concerts for the Community
Hosted Newton Piano Summit
In May 2022, we hosted three exciting concerts organized by the Waban Improvement Society and supported by Village Bank, Newton Cultural Council, and the Mass Cultural Council. See Newton Piano Summit 2022.
Each year, Second Church supports many nonprofit organizations. In 2021, the total amount given was over $75,000!
When church members pledge support to the church, they can specify how much they want to be part of the Benevolence budget. This money cannot be used to support the church itself. The Board of Mission and Advocacy decides which organizations to support.