office of ahana student programs
Embracing the firm belief and tradition of giving, and in connection with the mission of the Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center is to model servant leadership, BAIC encourages all students to give to others in the form of service.
Use your talents and gifts to help others. You can make a positive difference. Please look through the listing of opportunities both on- and off-campus provided herein to find a community service opportunity of interest to you and GET INVOLVED!
Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Tel: (617) 552-3358
Fax: (617) 552-4313
Boston College student leaders who are interested in coordinating a community service program through BAIC should contact us directly.
Carney Hall, Room 131
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 Tel. (617) 552-1317
Fax. (617) 552-1319
If you would like to find out about more volunteer opportunities on campus, please feel free to contact the Volunteer and Service Learning Center at Boston College.
Off-Campus Community Service
Office of BAIC Student Programs
38 Ash Street
Boston, MA 02111
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center’s Youth Center is looking for volunteers to serve as academic tutors for inner-city middle or high school students, and mentors for middle school students. Requirements include: experience in working with youth, effective leadership skills, passion for community service. For more information, please call Fu Mei Cheng or Jenny Dang at (617) 635-5087 or (617) 635-5088. To learn about the agency, please visit their web site (http://www.bostoncnc.org/).
425 Washington St
Brighton, MA 02135
The Boston College Neighborhood Center opened its doors on Washington Street in the heart of Brighton Center in January 1995. The Center was founded as an agency through which Boston College could provide resources to the Allston-Brighton community. In correlation with the mission of Boston College, the Center is committed to the university's Jesuit ideal of service. We seek to offer opportunities that will enhance a student's college experience while simultaneously meeting the needs of the Allston- Brighton community to the greatest extent possible. Additionally, the Center's location, directly in the neighborhood, helps to facilitate the many partnerships that Boston College cultivates with the Allston-Brighton community.
294 Washington Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
We are seeking motivated individuals to help us in the production of our upcoming AIDS Walk and the Mass Red Ribbon Bike Ride. Duties may include web research, event logistics, PR/marketing, data entry, on-site production assistance, and general office assistance, such as answering phones. Since we are a small non-profit, our interns get to work with all staff members and hence learn many facets of our organization. Internships are available starting now. Interns will be able to receive credit for hours worked. Good computer skills are suggested for these internships." Contact: Katie Lepi@617-450-1517, email@example.com or Paul Tonnessen @ 617-450-1561, firstname.lastname@example.org
1640 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02118
The Committee to End Elder Homelessness, Inc. (CEEH) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of homelessness among the elderly. This mission is accomplished through a unique blend of prevention, placement, and housing programs all designed to help elders find and succeed in homes of their own. To this end, all housing operated by CEEH provides a creative array of supportive services that assist residents to age with dignity, regardless of their special medical, mental health, or social needs. CEEH believes these goals are best accomplished through respect for elders and staff, with the desire to see both achieve their highest degree of potential.
Volunteers are needed to
teach in their adult education program
help CEEH staff and residences run smoothly by performing clerical duties
meet and greet people with a smile as a receptionist/concierge
provide or prepare a meal and socialize with elders
pick up food from Greater Boston Food Bank and distribute to selected sites.
For more information about these and other opportunities, please contact Ms. Cyd Kane at (617 )369-1558.
245 Summer St. Fl. 14,
Boston, MA 02210-1133
Tel: (617) 624-8000
The mission of United Way of Massachusetts Bay, Inc. is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities. United Way of America is the national organization dedicated to leading the United Way movement in making measurable impact in every community across America. It invests in the programs and services that strengthen the ability of local United Ways to identify and build a coalition around a set of community priorities and measure success based on community impact.
To find a volunteer opportunity anywhere in the United States, please search online at www.volunteersolutions.org.
39 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02112
Tel: (617) 542-4211
As the largest, most comprehensive day program for poor and homeless adults in New England, St. Francis House celebrates the strength and vitality of the human spirit and acknowledges the inherent value of all human beings. St. Francis House needs your time, talent, and support!
Volunteer your time and talent for one of their many programs, and share a part of yourself with the disadvantaged who need St. Francis House. Volunteers help out in every area of St. Francis House, from meal preparation to art therapy. Some use their professional skills to serve the poor and homeless. For example, Volunteer attorneys from the Lawyers Clearinghouse on Housing and Homelessness provide guests with legal assistance in civil matters.
To Volunteer, please call the Volunteer Coordinator at (617) 654-1212 or email the volunteer program at email@example.com.
1151 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
Tel: (617) 492-0300
Solutions at Work helps homeless people get their lives back — permanently. Led and run by homeless and formerly homeless people, Solutions at Work provides transitional employment, clothing, furniture, and moving services to help people get back on their feet.
Some of their volunteer opportunities include serving as assistants in their Furniture Bank to unpack, sort, and organize all kinds of household items for four (or more) hours a week; as Job-Interviewing Coaches; as Math Tutors; and as Data Entry Clerks. For more information on these and other opportunities, please call (617) 492-0300 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
Tel: (617) 726-8540
Founded in 1811, the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is the third oldest hospital in the United States and the oldest and largest in New England. The 820-bed world-renowned medical center offers sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty of medicine and surgery.
Volunteers are needed in many areas. To learn more, visit http://www.mgh.harvard.edu/volunteers/.
Women of Color AIDS Council, Inc. is looking for volunteers to tutor math, English, writing to a group of inner city teen girls, ages 15 to 19 Monday through Thursday 4-8pm in Dorchester. Most of the youth are African-American or Latina. Please contact Dr. Rosanna DeMarco, professor at BC School of Nursing, at 617-552-8718 or RDema10519@aol.com.
Dorchester House Multi-Service Center is looking for Tutors/Facilitators to work Monday-Friday between 3-6 pm. Responsibilities will include helping plan and prepare educational lesson curriculum, arts/crafts projects, brainstorming fun, creative games in addition to program, engage with children in bridging diverse constituencies across all youth from different ethnic backgrounds, periodically supervise field t rips and during Boston Public School vacations, etc. For information and qualifications, please contact Elizabeth Nguyen at (617) 474-1449, or Maia Heggie at (617) 474-1406.
Media and Technology Charter High School (MATCH), a young public high school serving 180 Boston teenagers, is seeking dedicated volunteer and eligible work-study students for one-on-one mathematics and English tutoring for 9.5 hours per week. If interested, send a resume and a brief cover letter to email@example.com or fax it to (617) 232-2838. Please put “Weekend Tutoring Volunteer” or “Weekend Tutoring_Work Study” (work study is available for eligible students at participating universities) in the subject line. To learn more, please visit their web site.
Big Sister Association of Greater Boston is seeking volunteers to serve as mentors to local school children.
Catholic Charities -- Teen Center at St. Peter's Elementary School in Dorchester is seeking volunteers to tutor middle and high school students in basic reading, math, as well as provide homework help, Monday-Friday 5-7pm. We ask a commitment of only one day a week from our tutors. As a part of the Catholic Charities of Greater Boston, the Teen Center at St. Peter’s serves youth 14-18 in Dorchester by giving both academic and social support. We serve mainly the Cape Verdean youth that live in the neighboring area, but all are welcome. Therefore, knowledge of Cape Verdean Creole or Portuguese is a plus, but by no means a requirement for volunteering. Please contact Paulo de Barros at Paul_debarros@ccab.org and 617-287-1150 x106.
Tenacity is a non-profit organization offering after-school programs to Boston's at-risk youth. They work with 6 Boston Public Middle Schools, teaching tennis and providing academic assistance and enrichment, with a focus on life skills.
They are currently looking for volunteers/work-study students to work as academic tutors for their study halls. Tutors will be expected to help students with their homework and facilitate supplemental math and literacy activities. Tutors will work with the same students each week in order to foster strong, meaningful relationships within the small group, where students feel comfortable expressing themselves and asking questions. Volunteers will be trained, supervised, and supported by the academic coordinator/site director.
They are looking for tutors at our Roxbury, South Boston and Harvard University sites. They are actively recruiting students of color to serve as tutors. Please contact Maggie Fox, Academic Coordinator: 617-590-3718, firstname.lastname@example.org.
220 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111
ACCESS is a non-profit, non-denominational Christian outreach community service agency that provides an after school enrichment program and a summer enrichment program to K-5 children in Boston Chinatown. Their mission is to serve Chinese families in and around Boston, bridging cultures and generations with a holistic Christian approach.
They are seeking volunteers to help with their programs in a variety of capacities. Find out more by visiting their website.
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Extra Hands for ALS exists to assist people with ALS and their families, raise public awareness of the disease, energize the ALS community, and introduce young adults to community service.
Through Extra Hands for ALS, high school and college students volunteer to help people with ALS and their families by doing chores and errands or just providing company for the homebound. Students also organize and participate in ALS public awareness events designed to teach their peers and communities about the disease.
Student volunteers complete a training program with ALS clinicians and social workers, and then are placed on a team with another volunteer and an adult mentor, usually an experienced adult volunteer or ALS survivor. In the home, students provide "friendly visitor" services such as helping with mail or email, housecleaning, getting groceries, doing yard work, reading aloud, or simply providing company to the patient. Once per semester, students participate in a public awareness event such as organizing an ALS Awareness Day at their school or running an information booth at a community fair.
An adult mentor works with each team to guide and coach the student volunteers and to serve as an additional source of aid for the ALS family. Mentors visit the families once each month, pitching in with whatever needs to be done and providing emotional support. They keep in frequent contact with everyone on the team to ensure all goes smoothly, and they work with the student volunteers on their public awareness initiatives. Mentors also function as ambassadors for Extra Hands into their own personal and professional networks.
Extra Hands for ALS is designed to benefit people with ALS, volunteers, and the ALS community at large. Through this program, young people have the opportunity to connect deeply with an issue and the people it affects, to become involved in their communities, and to explore possible career paths in healthcare and social services. ALS families directly benefit from the services of the volunteers. Additionally, the program is intended to expand the circle of people who are actively involved with ALS and thereby unite and invigorate the nationwide ALS community.
If you are interested, please email or call Kati Cawley, Program Manager, at email@example.com or 617-331-3014.
Camp Jabberwocky Martha's Vineyard Cerebral Palsy Camp
Camp Jabberwocky is an overnight camp on Martha's Vineyard, an island off the coast of Massachusetts. The camp is run for children and young adults with mental and physical disabilities and runs for about four weeks, from the end of July to the end of August. Jabberwocky serves about 30 campers each week, with a staff of about 25 volunteers who receive no formal pay but who do receive free room and board while living at camp. Jabberwocky is looking for counselors who can devote some or most of August to working with an amazing group of campers and counselors. While we prefer counselors to come for a monty, they may be able to come for one, two or four weeks. Counselors are responsible for the care of their camper, running activities, and general service to the camp as a whole. A daily schedule includes but is not limited to breakfast, music class, activities (including pottery, jewelry making, basketball, yoga, painting, baseball, etc.), lunch, the beach, dinner and an evening activity (e.g., going to concerts, drumming cookouts on the beach, dances). Days are full, but filled with great joy and inordinate amount of laughter. Working at camp is a truly unique experience.
Experience working with special needs children is not necessary; orientation will be held prior to the start of camp, and most people have no experience before coming to camp. Please contact Rachel Winter either at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you have any questions or are interested in working at Jabberwocky.