Trick-Or-Treat Canned Food Drive, Oct 31

...to Help our Food Pantries

This Halloween the Dorchester Youth Council will hit the streets for their 7th Annual Trick-or-Treat Canned Drive. The Youth Council has collected thousands of cans from Melville Park in the past and we have extended the invitation this year to the Ashmont Hill and Fields Corner neighborhoods. We will need volunteers to donate both time and canned goods to make this year just as successful.

How you can help:

-Leave donations in the boxes provided at the Codman Square Technology Center, address: 450 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA, Codman Square Health Center, address: 637 Washington Street, Dorchester Center, MA, and the Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, address: 1353 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA. (Please check expiration dates; no expired canned food)

-Volunteer to help stuff resource bags to hand out to trick-or-treating families to inform them about the programs offered by Codman Health Services, Dotwell, Dorchester House, and Social Capital Inc. (Contact Keith Pernell at 617-740-2580)

-Trick or Treat:Adult and youth volunteers can trick-or-treat with the council on October 31st to collect canned goods on the night of the event (Contact Lauren Ames at 617-822-8297)

-Melville Park: If you live in the Melville Park Neighborhood (between the streets of Park Street, Washington Street, Centre Street, and Dorchester Ave.), volunteer your house as a drop-site on the night of the event. (Contact Keith Pernell at 617-740-2580)

-Ashmont Hill: If you live in the Ashmont Hill Neighborhood (between the streets of Ashmont, Brent, Washingto, Talbot and Dorchester Avenue), volunteer your house as a drop-site on the night of the event (Contact Keith Pernell at 617-740-2580)

-Fields Corner: If you live in the Fields Corner neighborhood please bring your canned foods to the Fields Corner Civic Association Meeting on October 27th. If you cannot make the meeting please bring your donations to the Codman Square Technology Center, address: 450 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA, Codman Square Health Center, address: 637 Washington Street, Dorchester Center, MA, and the Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, address: 1353 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA. (Please check expiration dates; no expired canned food)

-If you do not live in the Ashmont Hill, Fields Corner, or Melville Park areas but you still want to give to the food pantries you can donate canned foods at our year-round drop off sites at Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, Codman Square Health Center or at 450 Washington Street. You can also volunteer your time as a trick or treater from 6pm to 9pm on Halloween! (Contact Keith Pernell at 617-740-2580)

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Trick or Treating for the Greater Good

(Dorchester, MA) Twelve Dorchester youth and 20 adult volunteers kicked off Halloween with the Dorchester Youth Council’s annual trick-or-treating service project in the Ashmont Hill and Melville Park neighborhoods of Dorchester. You would not find these civic-minded individuals trick or treating for candy, but canned goods to benefit two community health center food pantries – Dorchester House Multi-Service Center and Dorchester House Multi-Service – for the 7th Annual Trick or Treat Canned Drive.  
 
During the holiday seasons the food demand increases at most food pantries. Marika Hewes, the Family Case Management Coordinator at the Dorchester House stated, “These donations will help out the community”. On Halloween, the Dorchester Youth Council collected nearly 750 canned goods from generous Ashmont Hill and Meliville Park residents. These donations will help feed over 400 families who visit the Dorchester House and Codman Square food panties every week.
 
In addition to collecting canned goods the council also stuffed 500 resource bags that were distributed to trick-or-treating families from the house of Melville resident, Doreen Treacy, who generously volunteers her house as our “headquarters” each year. These bags, donated by Mt. Washington Bank, highlighted Dotwell community programs and health services available at Codman Health Center, Codman Square Technology Center, and the Dorchester House Multi-Service Center.
 
In an effort to keep the season of giving going, the council will extend its annual service project through Thanksgiving. They are inviting other members of the community to jon this effort by making a donation at convenient drop off locations in Codman Square (450 Washington Street) and Fields Corner (1353 Dorchester Avenue). (Please make sure that your canned food donations are not expired)
 
The Trick or Treat Canned Food Drive is an annual service project of the Dorchester Youth Council. Over the past seven years, the council has collected over 7,000 canned goods to benefit local panties. The council is funded by the generous support of Sovereign Bank.
 

The Dorchester Youth Council would like to thank everyone who was involved in making this yet another successful year. For more information about the event or the Youth Council please contact Keith Pernell at 617.740.2580 and Keith.Pernell@dotwell.org