4Boston volunteers serve at several distinct social and human services organizations and agencies throughout Greater Boston.
Cambridge Community Center
CBAT at Franciscan Hospital for Children
Charlestown Adult Education
Chinatown Neighborhood Center
Commonwealth Tenants Association
Franciscan Hospital for Children
House of Corrections
Jackson-Mann Adult Ed
Jackson-Mann After school
Founded in 2002, ACEDONE is a non-profit community organization committed to empowering Somalian refugees and their families through education. 4Boston volunteers will each be given a group of 5-7 students and will work with ACEDONE staff, the 4Boston council member, and fellow ACEDONE volunteers in developing and carrying out a writing and language arts program. Volunteers will remain with the group of students for the duration of the semester, monitoring academic progress and behavior. Specifically, volunteers will offer homework help for the first hour of volunteering, carry-out a self/group-designed lesson plan for the second hour, and supervise individual reading for the third hour.
Monday-Friday, 3 PM to 7 PM
Located in the Riverside neighborhood of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Cambridge Community Center is an after-school tutoring program that has been serving their community for over 84 years. This year, 4Boston volunteers will be working with students from kindergarten to 8th grade. Volunteers will fill a variety of academic and extracurricular roles, from one-on-one tutoring, to assisting with special classes like computer class, art, and cooking. CCC is looking for volunteers who are willing to not just serve, but to form lasting relationships with both the children they serve and the surrounding community.
Monday-Friday 2PM to 6PM
Casserly House is a neighborhood education and community center in Roslindale. Casserly House provides educational services to both adults and children. Most of the adult education program focuses on ESL and employment training, while the after-school program focuses on homework assistance and mentoring for students in the area. 4Boston volunteers work within both programs, teaching classes and working individually with students.
Adult Education volunteering: Monday - Friday 9 AM to 12 PM
After-school program volunteering: Monday - Thursday 2:30 PM to 5 PM
(Volunteers pick one session on one day to volunteer)
Charlestown Adult Education is a successful adult education program run for and by members of the community. Open five days a week, classes are offered during the normal public/private school hours so that parents with children can attend and obtain training to achieve their G.E.D. certificate. Volunteers will serve as tutors within individual classrooms during subjects such as basic mathematics, reading/ESOL, and computers. With motivated students and caring teachers, the Charlestown environment welcomes all volunteers.
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday:
GED 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM, Reading 9:30 AM to 11:15 AM, Writing and Computers 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, Math 12:45 PM to 2:30 PM
Tuesday and Thursday:
ESOL 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, Career Preparation 1 PM to 3 PM, Literacy Class 1 PM to 3 PM
The Chinatown Neighborhood Center is a community resource that offers education programs for learners of all ages, as well as affordable childcare services and support for families in the Chinatown community. 4Boston volunteers work mostly within the center’s after school program at Josiah Quincy School, tutoring students, planning activities, and mentoring the middle-schoolers in the program. Each volunteer works with 2-3 students each week so great relationships are formed. There are two sections of Josiah Quincy, a middle school program grades 6-8 and the elementary school so all ages are included. A very cool note about the middle school program is that we get the students’ report cards so we can sit down and go over their progress with them.
Monday-Thursday 2:30 PM to 6:30 PM
The Commonwealth Housing Development is fully integrated public housing, owned by the Boston Housing Authority and managed by the Corcoran Management Company (CMC). As part of its services to residents, the Commonwealth Tenants’ Association manages an After School Tutoring Program. 4Boston volunteers meet with the children (ages 6-14) for two afternoons each week. Tutors work with the students on their homework for the first half hour (or more, as needed) and use the remaining time for educational and recreational activities. 4Boston students are responsible for planning and implementing all components of the program, so volunteers interested in elementary education, art, crafts, sports, or music are especially encouraged to apply.
Monday-Friday 3 PM to 6 PM (Volunteers do two 2-hour shifts)
Earthen Vessels is a tutoring and mentoring program located in Dorchester off of the JFK/UMASS T stop. At EV, volunteers are paired with the same child for the duration of their service experience, creating relationships that last years. Volunteers are given the ability to foster these connections not only in the classroom, but also through campus visits and community events. EV is looking for volunteers who are willing to become positive role models, strong mentors, and consistent friends to the kids they serve.
Tuesday-Thursday 3 PM to 7 PM
Edison K-8 is a Boston public school on 60 Glenmont Rd off of Lake St (about a 7 minute walk from lower campus). There are about 800 students from very diverse backgrounds, including students from Iraq, India, and Burma. Many of the children come from low-income families (90% qualify for free or reduced lunch) and live all over Boston.
Monday-Friday 8:30 AM to 2 PM (one 4-hour block or two 2-hour blocks)
The Community Based Acute Treatment Program at the Franciscan Hospital for Children is a short-term acute residential unit for children and adolescents between the ages of 4 and 14. This program serves as an evaluation and triage site for children with a variety of behavioral problems. CBAT also assesses and treats children and adolescents who are in moderate to severe emotional distress. Volunteers at the CBAT unit are in a unique position. They are there to provide individual attention and friendship as a non-disciplinarian. Through games, bedtime stories, and reliability, volunteers can contribute to the assessment and healing that occurs on the unit.
Sunday-Friday 5 PM to 9 PM
Franciscan Hospital for Children is a unique hospital, as it encompasses a referral and rehabilitation center for handicapped children, a community pediatric hospital, and a special needs school – all under one roof. The main role of Inpatient volunteers is to serve as companions to the children on their assigned unit. Because the populations on the units range from infants to teenagers, some patients will be able to interact with volunteers while others benefit from being read to or just kept company.
7 days a week (preferably weekdays), 8 AM to 8 PM (one 4-hour shift or two 2-hour shifts)
MANDATORY TRAINING SESSIONS ARE REQUIRED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
The Suffolk County House of Correction is a facility built to detain people with sentences of less than 2 ½ years. While incarcerated, inmates have the opportunity to advance both within the penal system and in their own personal lives. Personally, programs such as psychological therapy, addiction therapy, English as a second language, vocational training, and general education allow inmates to be more prepared for their return to the outside world. Volunteers tutor and teach inmates in preparation for the GED, in skills acquisition courses (such as computer skills), or in special interest classes for those with higher levels of education. Creativity and dedication are a must in this placement, which, due to the current state budget crisis, is strapped for staff.
Monday-Friday 9 AM to 12 PM; Monday & Tuesday 6 PM to 9 PM
The before- and after-school programs provide a safe and nurturing environment for children in grades K-5. The programs offer a secure alternative to students with working parents for before and after school hours. 4Boston volunteers participate in homework help with either a group of students or an individual student. Volunteers provide help in all subjects. Additionally, volunteers facilitate activities and games with students through an enrichment program designed to teach positive life skills. The volunteers are needed for support and to provide stability in the students’ lives.
Monday-Friday; 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM and/or 3 PM to 5 PM; Volunteers go twice a week for two hours each day;
VOLUNTEERS SHOULD BE ABLE TO GO FOR BOTH MORNING AND AFTERNOON SHIFTS
A night school for adults aiming to pass the GED examination or learn English as a second language. Most of the students are recent immigrants, and volunteers will work in a classroom environment as teacher’s aides and one-on-one tutors. Guided lesson planning is occasionally requested.
Monday-Thursday from about 5 PM to 9 PM
The preschool program of the Jackson/Mann Community Center provides a safe and nurturing environment for children ages 3 through 6, enabling parents to work or to go to school. The preschool strives to provide a learning environment that involves the whole family, learning about themselves and the world, so that children develop literacy skills and become responsible citizens with respect for themselves and others. 4Boston volunteers assist classroom staff with various activities throughout the day, such as making breakfast or afternoon snack, cutting/gluing/copying to prepare for assignments, etc. Volunteers also interact with the children by reading to them, participating in art projects, helping to supervise (and have fun) on the playground and on field trips. Volunteers act as playmates, as helpers, and as reliable actors in the children’s and the teachers’ lives.
Monday-Friday 2 PM to 6 PM
Marian Manor is an elderly home serving the neighborhood of South Boston. The placement is home to about 300 residents, most of who live at Marian long term, with a select group residing for a short period of time to complete rehab. In addition to providing them with food, shelter, and medical assistance, the staff designs a schedule of regular activities to help residents socialize, remain active, and bolster their mental and physical health. 4Boston volunteers build relationships with the residents of Marian Manor, assist in their programming, and help plan and organize new activities.
Seven days a week, either 9 AM to noon or 1 PM to 4 PM
MissionSAFE is an after-school program that works with at-risk youth and young adults from a variety of challenged situations and communities. MissionSAFE works with adolescents who are not achieving their full potential, and works to help them overcome their obstacles to develop deeply successful lives. Using a relational/trauma sensitive model, MissionSAFE helps youth to discover and develop their talents. 4Boston volunteers will work one on one with students to help with tutoring and enrichment, but more importantly, will serve as mentors and friends to the adolescents at MissionSAFE.
A four hour block during ONE of these times:
Monday 2 PM to 5:45 PM, Tuesday 2 PM to 6:30 PM, Wednesday 2 PM to 7 PM, Thursday 2 PM to 7 PM, Friday 3 PM to 7 PM
Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown has been hosting volunteers for 184 years-it is the oldest school for the blind in the United States, and was attended by none other than Helen Keller. Perkins has programs for adults, children, and toddlers. Perkins is the only special needs 4Boston placement, and volunteers work with students on a spectrum of special needs ranging from blindness to multiple disabilities. 4Boston volunteers mostly work through the elementary school in the After School program with children ages 8-13, and help them with homework, dinner, and various programs including music, cheerleading, track, and dance-cardio. Some volunteers may also work with children in the Perkins Radio program, the pool, gym and the infant/toddler program. In all programs, Perkins staff and volunteers focus on motor-skills, sensory motor development, and independence in daily tasks.
(allowing an additional 45 minutes for travel using public transportation)
After School Program: Monday-Thursday 3-7PM (majority of volunteers)
Pool/Gym: Monday-Friday 8:30AM-12:30PM
Assistive Device Center (painting, crafting): Monday-Thursday 9AM-3PM
Infant/Toddler: Mondays/Tuesdays 9:30AM-12:30PM
One of the largest multi-service shelters for homeless men and women, Pine Street Inn is a place for those to whom all other doors seem currently closed for sustenance and survival. The emergency shelter opens daily in the afternoon for guests to have dinner and a bed for the night. As a relationship-based service placement, 4B volunteers spend the majority of their time interacting directly with guests in the lounge. Other activities include aiding staff in night preparation and occasionally serving dinner.
Seven days a week, 2:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Rosie’s offers a variety of services to poor and homeless women, including advocacy, counseling, emergency shelter and daily meals. Volunteers work in the Women’s Education department serving as one-on-one tutors for women seeking their GED certificate or to learn English as a second language. Occasionally, volunteers serve as tutors in other subjects and/or as part of the GED/ESL instruction while also having the option to serve in the food pantry.
Food Service: Monday-Friday 7:30 AM to 7:30 PM, Saturday 7:30 AM to 7:30 PM
Tutoring: Monday-Friday 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM
The Roxbury Youth Program is a full-service after school program for middle and high school teens from Roxbury and Dorchester . During the afternoon, the program provides tutoring and education enrichment. The purpose of the program is to provide a safe place for teens that will empower them academically and socially through diverse learning experiences, positive relationships, and leadership opportunities. Volunteers help tutor small groups of teens or work with them one-on-one with homework. They also plan games, activities, and workshops for after dinner. Volunteers are there to work with and be with students as mentors and guides. They hang out with the teens, see life from their perspective, and become invested in their lives.
Monday-Thursday 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Partnering with Boston College to provide a superior education grounded in the Catholic values of love, respect, and high expectation, volunteers work to create, plan and run after-school programs to fit the needs of the St. Columbkille’s community.
Monday-Thursday 2 PM to 5 PM
A multi-service day shelter for homeless adults and/or those persons living in a marginal situation. There is a great variety of opportunities for service here, as volunteers will be involved in offering hospitality in the day center; in the sorting and distributing of clothing; and in the preparation and serving of meals.
Seven days a week from 7 AM to 11 AM (can be in class by noon) OR 9 AM to 1 PM (can be in class by 2 PM)
St. Katherine Parish provides a good program to the economically poor, which allows children a safe environment to play and to get their homework done. The program is sponsored by the church, but is staffed by neighborhood people who have been involved in an ongoing leadership training program. 4Boston volunteers are involved in individual tutoring as well as academic help for groups for students ages 7-12; directing activities in sports, art, music, table games, etc. for children ages 5-12; and reading with children ages 5-12.
Monday-Friday 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM (2:30 PM - 6:30 PM with travel)
Samaritans, Inc. is a 24-hour suicide helpline that receives over 300,000 calls each year from people in a number of conditions, but all looking for someone to talk with and help them through a difficult time. Volunteers spend their 4 hours per week fielding these calls, and also work on outreach for the Samaritans program, spreading the word about the services that the hotline offers. Volunteers also provide this emotional support through internet chat and text message, and volunteers are needed for all three (phone, chat, text) hotlines.
Seven days a week, shifts are 7 AM to 11 AM, 11 AM to 3 PM, 3 PM to 7 PM, 7 PM to 11 PM, 11 PM to 3 AM, 3 AM to 7 AM Volunteers MUST DO ONE OVERNIGHT SHIFT A MONTH
Steps to Success is a comprehensive afterschool program aimed at school success and college readiness, serving approximately 300 low-income youth/special-needs students in Brookline, Ma, from the time they enter 4th grade through high school graduation.
Monday-Thursday 2 PM to 6 PM
Tenacity is an after-school program in a variety of locations across the city of Boston. 4Boston volunteers tutor and mentor students, while others coach tennis and promote health initiatives and physical fitness.
Monday-Thursday 2:30-6 PM
The West End House Boys and Girls Club offers life shaping opportunities to immigrant and urban children and teens. The Clubs mission is to inspire and enable youth from all backgrounds realize their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. The Club is in need of independent, energetic, self-motivated volunteers to serve as homework tutors, support staff with structured activities, play games small group games, and serve as positive role models to all Club members.
Monday-Friday 2 PM to 6 PM (Volunteers typically do two 2-hour shifts)
A daytime shelter that seeks to nurture homeless women with both food and friendship. Volunteers will be involved with all aspects of the Lunch Place’s direct service, including assistance in breakfast and lunch preparation, service and clean-up; assistance in laundry and shower room, clothing room, and advocacy room.
Monday-Saturday 7 AM to 11 AM OR 11 AM to 3