Community Service

Joining with your colleagues and giving just a few hours of your time can make a big difference to neighbors in need. Volunteering also is good for your health! Research shows that getting active with your community and building a support network offers a break from everyday stress.

In coordination with the Dentist Health and Wellness Committee, the Massachusetts Dental Society has arranged several volunteer opportunities for members seeking ways to give back to their communities.

If your office, dental school, or community health center participates in a service event, we encourage you to share the details with the MDS and tag us on social media.

Upcoming Community Service Events

*Please note: Spots are limited for each event, so advance registration is required. We also ask that you limit registration to one event per person.

Cradles to Crayons - October 6 (Brighton)

What You'll Do:
You’ll be volunteering in the Giving Factory warehouse, helping to quality-check, sort, and package donations at specific stations to ultimately be distributed to the children served. 

About Cradles to Crayons:
Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive—at home, at school, and at play. They supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities.

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Rosie's Place - October 26, November 10, December 8 (Boston)

What You’ll Do:
Volunteers will cook, serve, and clean up lunch for 75–150 women and children in the Rosie’s Place dining room.

The Rosie’s Place dining room runs like a well-oiled machine under the experienced eye of its professional staff. They design, prepare, and serve lunch and dinner every day with the help of a volunteer crew. You’ll get clear instructions throughout the shift, and the end result will be delicious. Volunteers assist with preparing the meal, serving soup, and passing out various items like tea and sugar. Volunteers then plate the meal and act as wait staff, serving guests at their table. After the meal, volunteers tidy the space by collecting dishes, operating the dishwasher, and cleaning off tables.

About Rosie’s Place:
Rosie’s Place is a sanctuary for poor and homeless women located in Boston’s South End. Its mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment that helps poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity, and find security in their lives.

Register for October 26

Register for November 10

Register for December 8


Habitat for Humanity - November 23 (Andover)

What You'll Do: 
Volunteers will participate in construction tasks at the build site in Andover to help build affordable housing for a local family in need. 

About Habitat For Humanity:
Habitat for Humanity is the largest non-profit home builder in the world. Habitat for Humanity builds simple, affordable homes in partnership with people who need them. It shares a global vision where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

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Christmas in the City - December 2019 date TBD (Boston)

Stay tuned for more details!



Past Community Service Events

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts - December 1, 2018 (Hatfield)

MDS members volunteered at the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts in Hatfield on December 1, 2018. The Food Bank distributes food to its member agencies in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire Counties. These independent pantries, meal sites, and shelters are on the front lines of emergency food assistance in the region, playing a crucial role helping individuals, families, seniors, and children.

The MDS volunteers helped weigh, sort, and package fresh produce for the hungry. While there, the group also learned about the serious issue of food insecurity that plagues local communities. In total, MDS volunteers helped prepare more than 2,800 pounds of produce for distribution to food pantries throughout the region.


Toys for Tots - December 8, 2018 (Worcester)

MDS members volunteered with the Toys for Tots Campaign by sorting toys at a warehouse in Worcester on December 8, 2018. The mission of the Worcester Toys for Tots 2018 Campaign is to collect and distribute new toys as Christmas gifts to those children less fortunate in Worcester County. For the last 70 years, the United States Marine Corps has distributed more than 542 million toys to at least 250 million children. This success stems from great partners, sponsors, and volunteers that help raise funds and toy donations.


Rosie's Place - December 8 and 15, 2018 (Boston)

MDS members volunteered at Rosie’s Place in Boston on December 15, 2018. Rosie’s Place is a sanctuary for poor and homeless women located in Boston’s South End. Its mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment that helps poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity, and find security in their lives.

The MDS members cooked and served lunch for women and children in the Rosie’s Place dining room and helped clean up after the meal.

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