- The Sowing Seeds Clothing Bank. We accept and distribute in-season clothing in new or nearly new condition. Packages of new underwear and socks are always needed. The Clothing Bank is staffed by volunteers who sort and select only clothing that would be suitable for their friends and family to wear. Gift cards to local merchants, especially Marshall’s, Target, Kohl’s, Payless Shoes and Stop & Shop, are always appreciated.
- Transportation volunteers. They share their time by driving elderly or chronically ill neighbors to appointments and treatments. Some drivers choose only to make local trips; others are able to give their time driving residents to Boston appointments. If you or a family member has time to share, please consider this urgently needed service. Gift cards for gasoline are also needed. Our transportation volunteers are a blessing to our many friends who cannot drive on their own.
- We need cars! If you have a car in excellent condition, we have a family who needs one. We selectively match car donations to families in dire need. Often these are single parent families, with a child or children with medical needs. Your car will be assessed by a volunteer mechanic, and a transfer of title will be facilitated. Car donations may be eligible for significant tax benefits, especially when donated to a nonprofit like Sowing Seeds. There is a great need for usable cars in Marshfield; please consider donating your car when you next upgrade.
- Furniture. We might be able to help find a person or family to accept your goods when you are ready to pass them along. Our furniture coordinator matches local essential furniture needs with families wanting to pass along basic furnishings in good condition. We do not have storage space during the transition. We also do not have a team of movers available at this time. If you’re able to help us please let us know.
- Our intake volunteers coordinate many of the additional, customized services we provide. Intake volunteers have found that when people come to us with one problem there are often several other issues which need to be addressed in order to guide the individual or family back to successful autonomy. Our intake volunteers match our neighbors’ needs with resources available within Sowing Seeds and the greater community. We’ve helped people with housing, parenting skills, small maintenance projects, legal aid, and many areas of advocacy. With an open heart we provide companionship to those who struggle or are lonely. We assist many who feel their needs have “fallen through the cracks,” assisting them when alternative solutions have been exhausted. Most importantly, we listen with compassion and help empower others to stabilize their situations and become their own best advocates when medically possible.
All of our volunteers agree: In giving our time and talents we each get back much more than we give.
Of course, we have a constant need for other donations. We can’t exist without them. We are 100% funded by private donations. We operate a building which houses the Clothing Bank. More importantly, we need to do the work we are called to do: Helping our neighbors. Each donation of time, talent or tender—in any amount—is judiciously employed and much appreciated. No one at Sowing Seeds takes a salary. We are careful stewards of the funds shared with us. All donations serve our neighbors in need in an essential way. We are a qualified 501(c)3 and your monetary donations are tax deductible.
Sowing Seeds exists solely to do the work of its mission:
“Sowing Seeds is a network of people who share their time, ideas and special gifts providing the support to empower each person to replace darkness, despair and hopelessness with dignity and self-esteem. We are committed to sowing and nurturing the seeds of hope in a prayerful and spirit-filled environment of networking and advocacy for those who feel frustrated, alone, impoverished or forgotten.”