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Volunteer Opportunities

graduate and professional students


It is part of the mission of the Office of Graduate Student Life to provide co-curricular support to our graduate and professional students in all areas, including opportunities for our students to give back and engage in the world around us.

In collaboration with the Volunteer and Service Learning Center, we have listed below numerous service opportunities from local organizations. For more information or to participate in one of these opportunities, please visit the Volunteer and Service Learning Center and search for specific opportunities in the Volunteer Database. Students can also feel free to contact the Volunteer and Service Learning Center. Email: or phone: 617-552-1317.

For additional opportunities, learn the Boston College Neighborhood Center.


T.E.A.M. Mentoring in South Boston looking for volunteers who are 22 or older:
T.E.A.M (Together Engaging Adolescents through Mentoring) program at the Catholic Charities’ Laboure Center in South Boston. South Boston T.E.A.M. pairs youth from South Boston with caring, energetic adults who serve as supports, friends and guides. Our mentors are adults (22+) from all over the Greater Boston area who represent a wide variety of fields, talents and interests, and who make a decision to partner with a young person who could use a friend. Our mentees are youth from South Boston, ages 10-16, whose own strengths and talents range from X-box to singing to skateboarding. The goal of T.E.A.M. is to increase each young person’s resilience through positive adult/youth relationships. Mentoring is proven to foster increased self-esteem, school attachment and the ability to make positive life choices, including resisting alcohol and harmful substances. In short, good mentoring is incredibly powerful.
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Beacon Hospice

Hospice volunteers share a smile, a hug, a game of cards, a good book, with people who have life limiting illnesses. As friendly visitors, volunteers help patients at home or in facilities stay connected with the community and provide essential companionship and support. Specific responsibilities may include: respite care for a family caregiver, life review, writing letters or reading aloud, escorting a patient on walks, or just sitting in companionable silence.

All volunteers complete a 21 hour training program conducted by the hospice team. Volunteers must be in good health, and fulfill pre-placement TB screenings and background checks.

AIDS Action Committee

AIDS Action is looking for committed, caring volunteers for our “Check-in” program.

The Check In program calls active clients of AIDS Action Committee on either a 90 day, 30 day or once a week schedule to just check in on them and see how they are doing. We screen our potential volunteers thoroughly and you receive extensive training before you ever pick up the phone and speak to a client. This training comes in the form of an all weekend training and then 8 weeks of individual training on the nights that you plan to volunteer. You will start making calls about ½ way through the 8 weeks of training.

We ask that you commit to at least one year in the program. You will work with clients who will really come to depend on your phone calls and having people who come and go in short periods of time just doesn't seem to work well for most clients. We need volunteers on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings with the hours being 6-9. We understand that people take vacations and get ill and we are quite amenable to people missing nights for various reasons- but we really need people who can commit to their night and time and be here 90-95% of the time.

We are located at 75 Amory Street in Jamaica Plain which is a 3-5 minute walk from the Jackson Square T stop. We also have plenty of parking at the building.

This program operates Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 6-9 at our 75 Amory Street location. Applicants must be available either one of these nights. A weekend training is required before entering the program.


Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Troup Leader

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts is recruiting adult volunteers to work with Girl Scout troops throughout the state. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place; it is about developing leadership skills in girls. This opportunity can vary depending on the skills and interests of the volunteer but may include consistently supervising and mentoring a troop of girls, writing your troop newsletter, leading girls on a camping trip, teaching girls something you are skilled at, guiding girls through a community service project, and much more! Troops of all ages (grades K-12) need volunteers to support them. Volunteer training and support will be provided. Time commitment varies, depending on your schedule. Minimum age for volunteers is 18.

All training is provided.


HOME, Inc.

Our program is seeking to connect high school students studying media with college/graduate students studying communications and or related media arts. Our students are going through the critical years of adolescence and early adulthood, when young people can benefit from adult guidance. Mentors can also help students clarify life goals particularly as it relates to career paths in media. Most high school students are unaware of the multitude of career opportunities in media. Mentors who are pursuing their studies in these fields can open our students’ horizons to the variety of opportunities and the skills needed to take advantage of these opportunities. Beyond just simply educating students about these possibilities, mentors can help their mentee consider the steps that are necessary to apply and be successful in pursuing a post-secondary education.

We are attempting to launch program this summer 2011 when some our students are participating in our summer internship program Teen TV. However, if you unavailable this summer, we are looking for mentors to begin in the fall of 2011 as well.

Ideally looking for college/grad students who are majoring in communications, media, or related fields. Mentors are expected to make:

• Make a minimum twelve-month commitment, one-hour per week (except when school is not in session)
• Meet at HOME,Inc.'s office in Jamaica Plain (time and day to be determined)
• Attend an initial mentor training workshop and other occasional group activities.
• Attend an orientation workshops and/or support sessions as determined by Program Coordinator.
• Report monthly to staff members.


The Second Step: Newtonville, MA

Opportunities: Fundraising committees, work with child/adolescent survivors of abuse

The SecondStep provides a safe way from violence to self-reliance for families who have found the courage to flee abusive situations – the first step – but who still have many obstacles to overcome.



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