What does it take to be a Penny Bear
volunteer? You need to be a child, or a teenager, a young or middle-aged
adult, or a senior citizen
everyone with an open heart and a compassionate spirit is happily welcomed! When you visit our workshop, we ask your willingness to help with
the simplest tasks
decorating the bears' carrying bags, folding brochures, helping at our display
tables and mini-workshops at events, packaging and mailing out orders,
writing letters and articles. There are many opportunities to make new friends!
Projects are always underway that
require willing hands to help see our bears off on their special journeys. Whether you are new to volunteering
a more experienced veteran
we'll be glad to have you join us
As an all-volunteer non-profit company, to accomplish
our missions on behalf of others, we must rely on the sales of our bears
and books and on any donations we gratefully receive.
As an example of fundraising that was done on our
behalf, students at a local Charter School volunteered at our workshop
as part of their community service curriculum. After completing their
time with us, the students held raffles to help us support the Marblehead
Food Pantry, and they also purchased a case of crayon packs to be donated
with our activity books for children in hospitals and family shelters.
We were honored by a student action group at a nearby
community college who not only volunteered with us, but also voted to
donate the proceeds from their spring bake sale to help us provide bears
for a local counseling center. We surprised the students and helped them
experience what it feels like to give unconditionally. Each of them was
given one of the bears they prepared, with our request that they find
someone "whose heart needed a hug", and to gift the bear to
that person and observe the reactions. It became a touching, meaningful
experience for both the giver and the receiver!
Young children at a Marblehead day care center earned
pennies by doing simple tasks at home, and then donated their money to
help buy markers and colored pencils for packaging with note cards and
activity books for ill children.