readers recommend the best places to volunteer

The last two years have made obvious the ways that many in our communities are struggling with basic needs, and how important it is for those who are able to lend a helping hand when they can. 
The pandemic has made it harder for some to volunteer because of fear of COVID-19 transmission, but several of our readers said they had volunteered in the last year for causes that support women’s rights, animal rights, environmental justice, housing, immigration, and more. Jennifer L. from Arlington said she and her family volunteer at Community Servings, Community Cooks, and Boston Area Gleaners because they are very focused on ‘food, health, and sustainability.