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In-Kind Donation Ideas

In-Kind Donation Ideas

You can make the most impact on the work Friends of the Fells does by joining, staying involved, volunteering, and sharing donations.

Some people really want to share but have a tight budget or a tight schedule but may find items on a major sale or have something to hand down (yes, we’d be very thankful for most of these items even gently used–in most cases it is pretty clear what things shouldn’t be, but ask if you have any questions).

Others may realize they have a connection job- or family-wise when it comes to acquiring something on this list.  Either way, sometimes people ask what type of things we could use when it comes to in-kind donations. Check out one of our hike leaders above.  He’s responsibly sporting his Yak Trax and trekking sticks, two safety items we like to help provide for our participants.
Here is an incomplete “wish list”. Please give it a quick skim and you’ll have it in the back of your mind if you are looking for ideas or find yourself with extras of an item–

For hikes, camps, and field trips:

  • trekking poles
  • microspikes/yak trax
  • first aid kits
  • field guides
  • binoculars
  • GPS units/compasses
  • bug spray
  • sun screen
  • hand sanitizer
  • baby wipes
  • child carriers, soft and framed
  • extra big coats, to zip over both parent and baby on super cold days (these last two may be regifted to families in need).
We have a lot of helpful blazes, but extra directional help doesn't hurt!

We have a lot of helpful blazes, but extra directional help doesn’t hurt!

For trail service:

  • pruners/hand clippers
  • hand saws
  • loppers
  • brush hooks
  • grabbers/”pick sticks”
  • trash bags of all sizes
  • nitrile gloves
  • inexpensive work gloves
  • non-perishable snacks
We used donated tools to clear this gate this summer

We used donated tools to clear this gate this summer

Help us keep these guys off of us!

Help us keep these guys off of us!


For the office

To some degree, specific office supply needs can vary depending on what initiatives are going on.  Check with Cherylanne for her current requests.

  • pens
  • printing services
  • nature/environment books and curriculum for our mini-library
  • promotional item services (T-shirts, stickers, use your imagination!)
    Kids are usually creative with nature itself, but sometimes supplements help, too.

    Kids are usually creative with nature itself, but sometimes supplements help, too.

For events

  • 10×10 EZ-up style tents
  • tablecloths (preferably dark green or neutral colors for booth events, anything for other kinds)
  • ipads/tablets
  • paperweights (for outdoor events on windy days!)
  • raffle prize/door prize/party favor items
  • food (either bought or prepared yourself or through a store or restaurant sponsor connection)
  • space/banquet room rental (the park works well for most outdoor events but we occasionally like to change up neighborhoods for our indoor events so we can “visit” all the neighborhoods we serve)
A well-supported baby Bridget is duly impressed by generous food donations, even though she couldn't eat it yet.

A well-supported baby Bridget is duly impressed by generous food donations, even though she couldn’t eat it yet.

Dark green and neutral tablecloths are best for booths, but this is a fun one we borrow sometimes.

Dark green and neutral tablecloths are best for booths, but this is a fun one we borrow sometimes.

Thanks for the pizza, Stoneham Deliworks!

Thanks for the pizza, Stoneham Deliworks!

If you have a connection and would like to make a donation of power tools, vehicles, or heavy-duty maintenance equipment, those types of things would go through the DCR, but we can help connect you to the right people.

Feel free to add any suggestions!  If you have something you’d like to hand off to us, comment here or private message on Facebook, or email friends@fells.org or call 781-662-2340.

Thank you for all you do to support Friends of the Fells, whether it is through time and work, money, or simply sharing news and supporting our mission:

The Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation is dedicated to the protection and harmonious use of the Fells; promoting awareness, policies and programs to honor and preserve the ecological, historical and recreational resources of this urban forest reservation.

 

That's all, folks!

That’s all, folks!

 

Lindsay Beal

Lindsay Beal

Vice-Chair and Volunteer Coordinator Lindsay Beal has been a Friends of the Fells volunteer since 2010 and joined the board in 2015.Her outdoor education began while growing up in Western MA in the foothills of the Berkshires, developed while leading hikes and backpacking trips around New England for children and teens, and continues today at the Friends of the Fells and beyond. She blogs about enjoying and protecting the outdoors over at PlaygroundHunt.com as well.
Lindsay Beal

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