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Belmont Serves — Making a Difference in Belmont

Monday October 10, 2016 (Columbus Day)

8:30 AM to 1 PM — St. Joseph Parish Hall, corner of Common Street and School Street

The Belmont Religious Council is pleased to announce that the 8th annual Belmont Serves day of community service will be held on Monday, October 10 (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 together for some pizza and Rancatore's ice cream 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

This year, service projects include:

  • Door-to-door food drive for the Belmont Food Pantry
  • Conservation projects at Lone Tree Hill (former McLean property)
  • Claypit Pond clean-up and improvements
  • Burbank School grounds: gardening and spreading wood chips
  • Butler School grounds: gardening
  • Sorting clothes to be donated to refugees (Plymouth Church)
  • Fence painting at Grove Street park
Most projects are suitable for a wide range of ages and skill levels.

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 5 and Saturday October 8 to prepare and distribute grocery bags on pre-defined routes.

Schedule of Events

The headquarters for Belmont Serves is the St. Josepah Parish Hall (corner of Common and School Streets).

8:30 am All volunteers sign-in at the St. Joseph Parish Hall
9:00 am Service projects begin
12:00 noon Service projects end
12:30 pm Pizza and ice cream celebration at the St. Joseph Parish Hall

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 1,800 bags of groceries. This year we hope to do even better!

Conservation projects at Lone Tree Hill — You can help with pruning, parking lot maintenance and invasive vegetation removal at Lone Tree Hill (former McLean Property) conservation lands. 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.

Sorting donated clothes for refugees: Please help us sort the donated winter clothing at Plymouth Congregational Church. The clothing will be distributed to recently arrived refugees in the New England area. New donations will NOT be accepted on the day of Belmont Serves. If you would like to donate new or gently worn winter clothes for adults and children, you can bring them to Plymouth Church (582 Pleasant St.) Friday Oct. 7 - Sunday Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Painting the fence at Grove Street park. Please wear painting clothes, and assume you will get paint on them. On painting projects, children under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Burbank School grounds: Help with gardening, and distributing wood chips in garden areas. If you can bring shovels and gardening tools, that would be helpful. Be sure to put your name on the tools you bring.

Butler School grounds: This is also a gardening project. If you can bring gardening tools, that would be helpful. Be sure to put your name on the tools you bring.

Sign up today!

For all projects (including advance distribution of grocery bags), please use the on-line registration form to register and select your preferred project.

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

WHAT TO WEAR: Clothing suitable for outdoor activities. Wear long pants and long-sleeve shirts, with jackets and/or sweatshirts if it gets cold. On the conservation and planting/weeding projects, expect to get dirty and possibly encounter poison ivy. On the painting project, you will most likely get paint on your clothes, so dress appropriately.

WHAT TO BRING: A refillable water bottle (we will provide refills of fresh water, but we will NOT provide plastic water bottles). Work gloves (for all outdoor work projects).

We need a few metal rakes, pruning shears, loppers (including those with extendable arms, for cutting off high branches), shovels and gardening trowels. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO PUT YOUR NAME ON ANY TOOLS THAT YOU BRING.

Click here to download the color flyer for this year's event.

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 througout the town a few days before Belmont Serves.

Please leave non-perishable food donations on your front porch for pick up on Monday Oct. 10th 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.


If your bag isn't picked up by noon, please drop it off at the food pantry at 1010 Pleasant Street (near Shaw's supermarket) on Saturday, Oct. 15 between 8-10 am