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4Boston volunteers serve at several distinct social and human services organizations and agencies throughout Greater Boston.

African Community Economic Development of New England (ACEDONE) is an African-led, grassroots organization whose mission is to help East African refugees and immigrants develop into a self sufficient and vital community in Boston. Founded in 2002, ACEDONE’s current programming focuses on supporting East African young people through high school graduation and college matriculation. 4Boston volunteers work with ACEDONE staff to provide tutoring and homework help to small groups of students in kindergarten through 6th grade.
Monday-Friday, 3 to 7 PM

Allston Brighton CDC builds a stronger and more stable community by representing and supporting the expressed interests, positive engagement and leadership of Allston Brighton’s diverse local communities, institutions, individuals, and families of all incomes. 4Boston volunteers work with the ABCD tutoring program to provide homework help, college application support, and mentorship to youth and teens in the Allston-Brighton community.

Since 1985, the BHCHP mission has remained the same: to provide or assure access to the highest quality healthcare for all homeless men, women and children in the greater Boston area. BHCHP's targeted, compassionate management of limited resources yields everyday successes that are a living tribute to the ideals of a just society. 4Boston volunteers work with the BHCHP staff to provide activities, companionship, and solidarity to the men, women, and children they serve.

Cambridge Community Center is an after-school tutoring program that has been serving their community for over 84 years. 4Boston volunteers work with students from kindergarten to 8th grade in a variety of academic and extracurricular roles, including one-on-one tutoring and assisting with cocurricular classes. CCC looks for volunteers who are willing to form lasting relationships with both the children they serve and the surrounding community.
Monday-Friday, 2 to 6 PM

For more than four decades, The Campus School at Boston College has recognized the potential in children ages 3–21 with multiple disabilities through its personalized approach to special education. The Campus School serves a unique population including students with low incidence diagnoses such as Pitt Hopkins, Rett Syndrome, CDLK5, Mitochondrial Disease, Angelman Syndrome, Hirchprung's Disease, Vacterl Syndrome as well as Cerebral Palsy, Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome), Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Global Developmental Delays. Also, as a part of the Boston College community, our students form lasting relationships with undergraduate students, including 4Boston volunteers.

Casserly House is a neighborhood education and community center that 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: Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 12 PM
After-school Program: Monday-Thursday, 2:30 to 5 PM

Charlestown Adult Education (CAE) is an 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 GED.  4Boston volunteers serve as tutors within individual classrooms supporting math, reading, and computer literacy programs.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, GED 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM; Reading 9:30 to 11:15 AM; Writing and Computers 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM; Math 12:45 to 2:30 PM
Tuesday and Thursday, ESOL 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM; Career Preparation 1 to 3 PM; Literacy 1 to 3 PM

Chinatown Neighborhood Center 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 afterschool program at Josiah Quincy School, tutoring, mentoring, and supporting the progress of the elementary and middle school students in the program.
Monday-Thursday, 2:30 to 6:30 PM

Commonwealth Tenants’ Association (CTA) manages an afterschool tutoring program, as a service to public housing residents offered by the Commonwealth Housing Development.  4Boston volunteers meet with the children between the ages of 6 and 14, two afternoons a week.  Tutors work with students on homework 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 to 6 PM

Edison School Boston public school serving 800 students from the city of Boston in grades K-8, most of whom qualify for free or reduced lunch. The Edison K8 School is committed to providing its students with a rigorous, inclusive academic experience in a safe, nurturing atmosphere that creates a sense of belonging and believes in harnessing the power of the arts to drive student achievement.

Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM to 2 PM

EVKids empowers youth from Boston’s inner city with the skills and confidence needed to realize their potential. EV works to foster lasting relationships with youth and volunteers through classroom and community events, and looks for volunteers who want to become positive role models, strong mentors, and consistent friends to young people.
Tuesday-Thursday, 3 to 7 PM

Franciscan Hospital for Children's Community Based Acute Treatment Program (CBAT) 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 in the CBAT unit are provide individual attention and friendship through games, bedtime stories, and their consistent presence.
Sunday-Friday, 5 to 9 PM

Franciscan Hospital for Children - Inpatient Medical Unit encompasses a referral and rehabilitation center for handicapped children, a community pediatric hospital, and a special needs school – all under one roof. Inpatient volunteers primarily 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. Note: For this placement site, a mandatory training is required. Trainings are offered periodically throughout the year.

Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 8 PM; Saturday-Sunday, 9 AM to 5 PM
Mandatory training sessions are required throughout the year

Harbor Health Services, Inc. is a nonprofit, public health agency committed to providing quality, comprehensive health care in urban Boston neighborhoods, the South Shore and Cape Cod communities. Harbor Health provides a wide network of healthcare services to meet the needs of patients. Combined, Harbor Health’s community health centers are the Medical Home for more than 29,000 patients and the “family dentist” to an additional 14,000 patients. The Elder Service Plan cares for more than 550 members and Women Infant Children Nutrition Program serves more than 3000 women and their children. 4Boston volunteers build relationships with the patients at Harbor Health, assist in their programming, and help plan and organize new activities.

Jackson-Mann Community Center adult education (JMAE) offers night school classes for adults working to pass the GED examination or learn English as a second language. Most 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, 5 to 9 PM

Jackson-Mann Community Center afterschool programs (JMAS) provide a safe and nurturing environment for children in grades K-5. Programs at the center offer a secure alternative to students with working parents for before and after school hours. 4Boston volunteers participate in homework help in a variety of subjects with either a group of students or an individual student. Additionally, volunteers facilitate activities and games with students serving as mentors and positive role models in the students’ lives. Note: Volunteers should be available for both morning and afternoon shifts.

Monday-Friday, 7:30 to 9:30 AM and/or 3  to 5 PM

Jackson-Mann Community Center preschool (JMPS) provides a safe and nurturing environment for children between the ages of 3 and 6, enabling parents to work or to go to school. The preschool strives to provide a learning environment that involves the whole family, encouraging children to 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 snack and preparing materials for assignments. Volunteers also interact with the children by reading to them, participating in art projects, and helping to supervise 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 to 6 PM

Marian Manor provides a homelike environment with long term skilled nursing care for the whole person for more than 200 residents  In addition to healthful meals and medical assistance the staff offers a programming 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.
Sunday-Saturday, 9 AM to 12 PM and/or 1 to 4 PM

The Mattapan Early Elementary School will serve as a model of excellence in early childhood education, specializing in providing trauma-sensitive practices and includes both general education and special education programs for students with autism in an inclusion setting. The Mattapan EES will also offer culturally and linguistically proficient programming for English Language Learners, including at least one “dual language” classroom in Haitian Creole and English, beginning in K1, as well as Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) in Haitian Creole in K2 and Grade 1, and provide an extended school day and school year.

MissionSAFE is an after-school program that works with under resourced youth and young adults. MissionSAFE strives to young people overcome the obstacles in their lives to develop patterns of success.  Using a relational/trauma sensitive model, MissionSAFE helps youth to discover and develop their talents.  4Boston volunteers work one on one with students to assist with tutoring and enrichment, and serve as mentors and friends to the adolescents at MissionSAFE.
Monday-Thursday 3 to 7 PM

Perkins School for the Blind is the oldest school for the blind in the United States, attended Helen Keller. Perkins has programs for adults, children, and toddlers. At Perkins, volunteers work with students with a spectrum of special needs ranging from blindness to multiple disabilities. 4Boston volunteers primarily work in the elementary afterschool program with children between the ages of  8 and 13, assisting with homework, dinner, and various extracurricular programs. Perkins staff and volunteers focus on motor-skills, sensory motor development, and independence in daily tasks.
After-school Program: Monday-Thursday, 3 to 7 PM
Pool/Gym: Monday-Friday 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Assistive Device Center (crafting): Monday-Thursday, 9 AM to 3 PM
Infant/Toddler: Mondays/Tuesdays, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Pine Street Inn is one of the largest multi-service shelters for homeless men and women, offering a place of sustenance and survival for those to whom all other doors seem currently closed. 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, 4Boston volunteers spend the majority of their time interacting directly with guests in the lounge, aiding staff in night preparation, and occasionally serving dinner.
Sunday-Saturday, 2:30 to 6:30 PM

Rosie’s Place 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 serving in the food pantry.

Food Service: Tuesday-Friday 9 AM to 12 PM and 4:30 to 7 PM
Tutoring: Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 5:30 PM

Roxbury Youth Program (RYP) is a full-service after school program for middle and high school teens from Roxbury and Dorchester.  The program provides afternoon tutoring and education enrichment in order to provide a safe place for teens that will empower them academically and socially through diverse learning experiences, positive relationships, and leadership opportunities. 4Boston volunteers tutor small groups of teens or work with them one-on-one on homework.  They also plan games, activities, and workshops for after dinner.
Monday-Thursday, 3:30 to 7:30 PM

St. Columbkille School partners 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 to 5 PM

St. Francis House (SFH) is a multi-service day shelter for homeless adults and individuals living in marginal conditions. St. Francis offers a great variety of service opportunities including day center hospitality, sorting and distributing clothing, and preparation and serving of meals.
Sunday-Saturday, 7 to 11 AM or 9 AM to 1 PM

Samaritans is a 24-hour suicide helpline that receives over 300,000 calls each year from individuals in a number of conditions, all looking for someone to talk with and help them through a difficult time.  4Boston volunteers field these calls and work with Samaritans outreach, spreading the word about the services that the hotline offers through calls, internet chat, and text messages. Volunteers are needed to support phone, chat, and text hotlines. Note: Volunteers must do one overnight shift each month.
Sunday-Saturday, 7 to 11 AM; 11 AM to 3 PM; 3 to 7 PM; 7 to 11 PM; 11 PM to 3 AM; 3 to 7 AM

Sister Mary Hart provides programming which allows children a safe environment to play and to get their homework done. The program is sponsored by the church, but staffed by members of the neighborhood who have been involved in an ongoing leadership training program. 4Boston volunteers serve as individual and group tutors for students between the ages of 7 and 12.  Volunteers also supervise sports, art projects, music, reading, and table games.
Monday-Friday, 3:30 to 5:30 PM

Steps to Success (STS) is a comprehensive afterschool program aimed at school success and college readiness, serving approximately 300 low-income youth and special-needs students in Brookline, supporting students from 4th grade through their high school graduation.
Monday-Thursday, 2 to 6 PM

The Suffolk County House of Corrections (HOC) is a facility built to detain people with sentences of less than three years. While incarcerated, inmates have the opportunity to advance both within the penal system and in their own personal lives. Programs such as psychological therapy, addiction therapy, ESL, vocational training, and general education allow inmates to be better prepared for their return to the outside world. 4Boston volunteers tutor and teach inmates in preparation for the GED, in skills acquisition courses, or in special interest classes for those with higher levels of education. Creativity and dedication are a must in this placement.
Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 12 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 to 6 PM

The West End House Boys and Girls Club offers life shaping opportunities to immigrant and urban children and teens. The Club works to inspire and enable youth from all backgrounds realize their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. The Club needs independent, energetic, self-motivated volunteers to serve as homework tutors, support staff, activity leaders, and positive role models to all Club members.
Monday-Friday, 2 to 6 PM

Women’s Lunch Place (WLP) is a daytime shelter that seeks to nurture homeless women with both food and friendship. 4Boston volunteers are involved with all aspects of the Lunch Place’s direct service, including assistance in breakfast and lunch preparation, service, and clean-up; and assistance in laundry, shower, clothing, and advocacy rooms.
Monday-Saturday, 7 to 11 AM and/or 11 AM to 3 PM