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Volunteers help out our neighbors in many different ways - delivering a comforting meal (homemade or pick something up pre-made!), dog walks, rides to appointments, help with errands, one time light housework or lawn care, etc. Our volunteers can sign up for activities that are based on their individual schedule, interest and availability, help out when you can. If you would like to become a Neighbor Brigade volunteer fill out our volunteer application/questionnaire here! 


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If you, your family or someone you know is experiencing a temporary crisis due to an illness, surgery, cancer, accident, fire, death or other life event, our network of volunteers may be able to provide temporary, non-monetary assistance with some of your day-to-day needs. Some of the services volunteers have provided in the past include meal deliver, dog walks, rides to doctor's appointments, help with errands, friendly visits, and light household needs. To request services, fill out our Client Application here or call 1-855-241-4357. Neighbor Brigade should contact you within 24 hours. 


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Chapter Information

Franklin Neighbor Brigade


Welcome to the Franklin chapter of Neighbor Brigade! Our chapter was formed in April 2012. Whether you are seeking assistance or looking to provide help to another, you’ve come to the right place. Our volunteer chapter leaders donate time to coordinate the needs of families in crisis with the volunteers who want to help. Read on to learn more about their passion for Neighbor Brigade, and help us spread the word! We are always looking to expand our presence here in Franklin among volunteers and potential recipients alike.

Neighbor Brigade establishes community-specific networks of volunteers that can be mobilized to help residents facing sudden crisis manage day-to-day tasks such as meal preparation, rides, and basic household chores. Our chapter is just one of 29 chapters helping their neighbors in crisis! To learn more about us and our other chapters, please visit our home page here


If you are looking for help, please create an account and fill out an application form here using this link: Franklin MA Client Application


Contact Information




Chapter Leaders

Joanne Schaefer

Joanne earned her B.A. from Northwestern University, J.D. from New England School of Law, and Teacher Certification from Framingham State University.  She has resided in Franklin for more than 20 years with her husband, Scott, and their two children, Lauren and James.  She has volunteered extensively in Franklin for various charitable organizations, including, the PMC Kids Ride, Relay for Life, Franklin Newcomers Club, Franklin MOMS Club, coaching numerous sports for both boys and girls teams, Den Leader for Cub Scouts of America, as well as serving on various school PCCs.  Joanne joined Neighbor Brigade as a volunteer in 2014 and enjoyed the organization so much that she became a Co-Leader in May of 2016 when the opportunity presented itself.  She is looking forward to providing more opportunities to assist our fellow Franklin neighbors as well as supporting other philanthropies through the Neighbor Brigade organization.

Anne Gilberti

Anne is a graduate of Stonehill College and earned her MBA at Western New England University.  She has lived in Franklin for over 23 years with her husband Rob and their three children: Sam, Sean and Brigid.  Anne enjoys volunteering and has done so in her children's schools, at St. Mary's teaching CCD, with Franklin Girls Scouts, the Franklin Mom's Club and the Franklin Newcomer's to name a few.  She joined Neighborhood Brigade as a chapter leader in October 2017.  Anne looks forward to continuing to meet the needs of her Franklin Neighbors as a chapter leader.

Cheryl Ferri

Linda Gagnon