Community Service

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 during the holiday season. Please review each of the opportunities listed below.  

We encourage you to recruit a team from your office, invite your family and friends, or sign up as an individual. 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.  

Please note: Spots are limited for each event, so advance registration is required. 

If you are registering several members of your office team, please register each person individually. MDS member volunteers will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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

December 1: The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts (Hatfield, MA)

97 N. Hatfield Road - Hatfield, MA

Saturday, December 1

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

What You’ll Do:

Volunteers will work on sorting produce or dry goods to be distributed to mobile food banks.

You’ll tour the facility, learn about hunger in the region, and do your part to help ensure that food-insecure households have enough to eat. In just a few hours, you’ll help provide thousands of meals to hungry individuals while making a positive impact on your community.

Please note: Volunteers must be age 16 or older.

About the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts:

Since 1982, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has been feeding neighbors in need and leading the community to end hunger. 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.

Number of Volunteers: 20


December 8: Bread & Roses (Lawrence, MA)

58 Newbury Street – Lawrence, MA

Saturday, December 8

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

What You’ll Do:

Volunteers will work in small groups on kitchen and dining room prep and cleaning, evening and outreach meal prep, sorting clothes and other donations, and sorting and shelving food pantry items.

About Bread & Roses:

Founded in 1980, Bread & Roses works to ease hunger in its community by providing a warm, nutritious meal to 120-150 individuals five nights each week - nearly 50,000 meals in one year. Its emergency pantry and community outreach programs deliver more than 7,000 pounds of food every year to those in need. Bread & Roses serves those living on benefits, the working poor, and the homeless. All in need are welcome to partake of a community meal in a peaceful, friendly environment. 

Number of Volunteers: 15



December 8: Rosie's Place (Boston)

889 Harrison Avenue – Boston

Saturday, December 8

10:00 am – 12:30 pm

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. 

Number of Volunteers: 15





December 8: Toys for Tots (Worcester, MA)

100 Front Street – Worcester, MA

Saturday, December 8

1:00 – 5:00 pm

What You’ll Do:

Volunteers will sort toys at the Toys for Tots warehouse.

About Toys for Tots:

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.

Number of Volunteers: 20





December 15: Rosie's Place (Boston)

889 Harrison Avenue – Boston, MA

Saturday, December 15

10:00 am – 12:30 pm

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. 

Number of Volunteers: 15





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