AUBURN, Mass. – If you want to do something truly generous this holiday season, give some of your time to Auburn Youth and Family Services. The organization needs volunteers this week to wrap gifts, sort food items and put together food baskets for families in need.
“We’re so lucky to be in Auburn, because there has been so much support coming in from all over,” said executive director Sally D’Arcangelo. “This is such a wonderful time of year, as so many people from the community come out to help us. We can’t thank them enough.”
There has already been an outpouring of support for the agency this holiday season. Schools, churches, car dealerships, doctor offices, residents and groups have donated toys, games and food to the community organization.
From Monday, Dec. 17, to Thursday, Dec. 20, volunteers can help out with the holiday-giving program at 21 Pheasant Court, D’Arcangelo said. The recommended shifts are 9 a.m. to noon, noon to 3 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. In addition, some food baskets will be delivered to home-bound clients.
"With kids being home from school for more than a week, families are going to need extra food to get by, so we’re putting together baskets for them," D’Arcangelo said.
In addition to food baskets during the holiday season, Auburn Youth and Family Services, through the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program and a partnership with Worcester County Food Bank, operates a food pantry year-round. The food program’s mission is to alleviate hunger for Auburn’s children and families, as well as educate families about the importance of good nutrition.
The food pantry’s wish list includes peanut butter, jelly, juice, popcorn, canned corn and green beans, as well as Parmalat milk, cereal, canned soups and pasta, shampoo, toothpaste and laundry detergent. The food pantry operates weekly on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Emergency disbursements are made on an as-needed basis.
Auburn Youth and Family Services is a private, nonprofit, multi-service organization for children, young adults and families. The programs are offered primarily to Auburn residents, while also serving individuals from surrounding communities.
Services include counseling, tutoring; advocacy; information and referral; after-school and summer programs; support groups for children, adolescents and parents; a food pantry; and a clothing closet.
For more information or to volunteer, visit http://www.ayfs.org/ or call 508-832-5707.