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Belmont Serves — Making a Difference in Belmont

Monday October 14, 2013 (Columbus Day)

Headquarters: Winn Brook School cafeteria — starting at 8:00 am

The Belmont Religious Council is pleased to announce that the 5th annual Belmont Serves day of community service will be held on Monday, October 14 (Columbus Day holiday). This event is endorsed by the Belmont Board of Selectmen, Belmont School Department and other community organizations.

Individuals and families will be able to select a project at the start of the day, complete the entire project in one morning of work, and then come to a town-wide party in the afternoon to celebrate a job well done!

Everyone is welcome

This is a family-friendly event, where all members of the Belmont community are invited to work together for one morning to make our town a better place for all. You can help make a real difference in our town, have some fun, and meet others who share a willingness to serve the community.

Service Projects

Our headquarters this year will be the cafeteria at Winn Brook School, the site of the Joey's Park project. Please arrive at 8:00 am to sign in and confirm your project selection.

This year, there are four service projects available:

  • Conservation land maintenance at Rock Meadow
  • Door-to-door food drive for the Belmont Food Pantry
  • Claypit Pond clean-up and improvements
  • Joey's Park community build
  • Pantry / Park family combo: work two hours on the food drive, two hours at Joey's Park
Most projects are suitable for a wide range of ages and skill levels. For Joey's Park, there will be both family-oriented and adult-level projects. We are closely coordinating the Joey's Park committee to make this the best and most fun Belmont Serves day ever.

Detailed project descriptions are available here

Schedule of Events

The headquarters for Belmont Serves is the cafeteria at Winn Brook School, behind the Joey's Park construction site.

8:00 am All volunteers sign-in at the Winn Brook School cafeteria
8:15 am Projects and team leaders assigned
8:30 am Service projects begin
10:00 am Pantry / Park combo teams switch places
12:00 noon Service projects end
1:00 pm OPTIONAL second shift at Joey's Park (ages 14+)
4:00 pm Town-wide celebration at Joey's Park grand re-opening

Project Descriptions

Door-to-door collection for the Belmont Food Pantry— Teams of volunteers will be assigned to specific routes, collecting bags of groceries left at doorsteps for delivery to the Belmont Food Pantry. These grocery bags are distributed door-to-door throughout the town during the week before Belmont Serves day. Last year, we filled the food pantry with over 2,000 bags of groceries. This year we hope to do even better!

Conservation project at Rock Meadow — You can help with pruning, parking lot maintenance and invasive vegetation removal at Rock Meadow and possibly Lone Tree Conservation Land. Wear long shelves and long pants to avoid poison ivy. We will supply the tools, or bring clippers or loppers.

Claypit Pond clean-up: Volunteers will work on pruning existing shrubs, cutting/removing invasives, and picking up trash and debris.

The Joey's Park community build — Belmont Serves day is the final day of the Joey's Park community build project. There are two types of Joey's Park projects: construction work for ages 14 and older and family-oriented projects such as spreading mulch.

Pantry / Park Family Combo — Families can spend half the morning (two hours) on the Food Pantry project, and the other half working at Joey's Park. Two activities in one morning!

The traditional celebration at the end of Belmont Serves will be combined with the Joey's Park opening ceremony. All Belmont Serves volunteers are invited to return to Joey's Park at 4 pm Monday afternoon, to celebrate together and be among the first to try out our wonderful new playground.

Community service hours can be earned by middle school and high school students.

PLEASE NOTE that we need volunteers the week before Belmont Serves day to prepare and distribute grocery bags door-to-door for the Belmont Food Pantry food drive.  This is an ideal project for youth groups, scout troops, and their adult leaders.  Groups can select any time between Wednesday October 9 and Saturday October 12 to prepare and distribute grocery bags on pre-defined routes.

Photo credits: Chet Messer, Eva Patalas, John Robotham

How to donate to the Belmont Food Pantry on Belmont Serves day

Grocery bags with instructions will be placed on doorsteps a few days before Belmont Serves.

Please leave non-perishable food donations on your front porch for pick up on Monday Oct. 14th by 8:30 a.m.

* Please make sure bag is visible from the street *

Donation ideas

Food: canned foods, juice, sugar, flour, salt, baking/cake mixes, pancake mix, syrup

Household items: toilet paper, facial tissue, tooth paste, tooth brushes, deodorant, soap, dishwashing detergent, laundry detergent, sanitary napkins, razors, etc.

PLEASE CHECK YOUR DATES, WE CANNOT TAKE EXPIRED FOOD.

If your bag isn't picked up by noon, please drop it off at the food pantry located behind the Belmont HS on Saturday, Oct. 19 between 8-10 am