4Boston volunteers serve at several distinct social and human services organizations and agencies throughout Greater Boston.
826 Boston is a youth writing and publishing center that lifts students' voices and empowers them to share their stories with the world. Volunteers work closely with students on their writing, which ranges from creative dystopian short stories to academic STEM writing about environmental justice to memoirs to slam poetry. The space created is wildly creative and whimsical, but also includes a lot of hard work, rewriting, and broken pencils.
Volunteer Slots Available Monday-Friday, 8AM-2PM
Councilperson: Jennifer Dever
ACEDONE is an African-led, grassroots organization whose mission is to partner with families to help African immigrant youth in Boston to achieve post-secondary success, so they can nurture a healthy and successful community. Founded in 2002, ACEDONE’s offers programming for students grades 3-12 and their parents who are Boston residents and first and second generation immigrants from the African diaspora, including English Language Learners (ELL) and non-ELL. 4Boston volunteers work with After School Academic Enrichment program staff providing homework support, tutoring, enrichment, and mentorship to small groups of students in grades 3rd through 8th. Location: James W. Hennigan School 200 Heath Street Jamaica Plain, MA
Volunteer Slots Available Monday-Friday, 4-7 PM
Councilpersons: Elizabeth D'Altrui & Katherine Irish
ABCD 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.
Monday-Wednesday, 3 PM to 7 PM
Councilperson: Brian Piccola
Since 1985, the BHCHP mission has remained the same: to provide or assure access to the highest quality healthcare for all individuals and families experiencing homelessness 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.
Councilpersons: Pranav Parikh & Nora Sheehan
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 co-curricular classes. CCC looks for volunteers who are willing to form lasting relationships with both the children they serve and the surrounding community.
Volunteer Slots Available Monday-Friday, 2 PM to 6 PM
Councilperson: Kiley Flynn
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.
Councilperson: Nicole Brito
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 employment training and citizenship classes for those striving to become citizens 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.
Volunteer Slots Available:
Adult Education: Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 12 PM
After-school Program: Monday-Thursday, 3 PM to 5 PM
Councilperson: Mary Pat Ross
Charlestown Adult Education 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.
Volunteer Slots Available:
MWF - 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 2:30PM
T & Th, ESOL 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM; Career Preparation 1 to 3 PM; Literacy 1 to 3 PM
Councilperson: Aiden Clarke
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.
Volunteer Slots Available Monday-Thursday, 2:30 to 6:30 PM
Councilperson: Robyn Crowley
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.
Volunteer Slots Available Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM to 2 PM
Councilpersons: Caitlin Nicholas, Kathleen Brennan, Rebecca Black, & Maura Treseler
EVKids empowers youth from Boston’s inner city with the skills and confidence needed to realize their potential. EVKids works to foster lasting relationships with youth and volunteers through after school tutoring and community events, and looks for volunteers who want to become positive role models, strong mentors, and consistent friends to young people.
Volunteer Slots Available Tuesday-Thursday, 3 PM to 7 PM
Councilpersons: Amy Gately, Jane Fountain, & Owen Brier
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.
Volunteer Slots Available Sunday-Friday, 5 to 9 PM
Councilperson: Juliet Blasetti
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. Mandatory training sessions are required throughout the year
Volunteer Slots Available Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 8 PM; Saturday-Sunday, 9 AM to 5 PM
Councilperson: Connor Feick
HAPHI is a minority run, non-profit agency dedicated to providing members of the Haitian-American community in Metro Boston with culturally and linguistically accessible information and services to improve their health and wellbeing. Located in Mattapan, HAPHI was founded in 1989 by a group of Haitian-American health care professionals to address pressing public health issues confronting Boston’s Haitian community.
Councilperson: Maria Meyer
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.
Councilperson: Billy Conlan
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. Other volunteers work in the office to help with administrative duties and assist in classrooms on an as needed basis.
Volunteer Slots Available Monday-Thursday, 5:45 to 9 PM
Councilperson: Rayan Habbab
Jackson-Mann Community Center after-school program (JMAS) provides a safe and nurturing environment for children in grades K2-5. Programs at the center offer a secure alternative to students with working parents for the after school hours of 2 PM - 6 PM. 4Boston volunteers participate in homework and reading 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.
Volunteer Slots are available Monday-Friday, between 2 and 5 PM
Councilpersons: John Botzler & Samuel Brown
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.
Volunteer Slots Available Monday-Friday, 2 to 6 PM
Councilperson: Camille McCobb
Marian Manor is a 200-bed, non-profit skilled nursing and rehabilitation center for the aged and infirmed. In addition to medical assistance the staff offers a schedule of therapeutic activities to help the residents socialize, remain active, and bolster their mental and physical health and well-being. 4Boston volunteers build relationships with the residents of Marian Manor by providing meaningful visits, assist in Activity programs and attending to other tasks the Activity department may need help with.
Volunteer Slots Available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10 AM to 12 PM and/or 2 to 4 PM
Councilperson: Phil McHugh
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.
Volunteer Slots Available Monday-Friday 7:30 AM to 4 PM, particularly 10 AM to 12 PM and 2 to 4 PM
Councilperson: Alex Karacaoglu
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.
Volunteer Slots Available Monday-Friday 3 to 6 PM
Councilperson: Gerardo Martinez-Cordiero
Mother Caroline Academy & Education Center (MCAEC) is a private, tuition-free school for girls in grades 4-8 from limited financial means. Knowing that education has the power to transform lives, MCAEC families are invested in setting their daughters on a path of promise that leads to high school, college and a life of opportunity. MCAEC has successfully reached hundreds of families of greatest need over the years.
Councilperson: Emma Jogerst
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 and secondary programs with children between the ages of 8 and 22, assisting with homework, dinner, and various extracurricular programs. Perkins staff and volunteers focus on motor-skills, sensory motor development, and independence in daily tasks as well as recreation and leisure activities.
Volunteer Slots Available
After-school Program: Tuesday/Thursday, 3 to 5 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
Secondary cottage: Mondays-Thursdays, 6 to 9 PM
Councilperson: Madeleine Sullivan
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.
Volunteer Slots Available Sunday-Saturday, 2:30 to 6:30 PM
Councilperson: Thomas Wade
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 Shattuck Shelter offers year-round overnight emergency shelter and support for 120 homeless men each night. Guests receive two hot meals, showers, clothing, a clean bed, and support from counselors and nursing staff. Shattuck Shelter also provides assistance for guests who are struggling with addiction, legal, financial, mental health and physical issues. 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.
Councilperson: Shane Malee
Rosie’s Place is a sanctuary for poor and homeless women providing not only meals and shelter but also wide ranging support, housing and education services. Volunteers in the Women’s Education Center assist in English classes for speakers of other languages and occasionally substitute teach English classes. Computer lab volunteers work one-on-one with guests learning basic computer skills and/or English skills. Volunteers also assist guests making selections in our food pantry.
Volunteer Slots Available
Food Pantry: Tuesday-Friday 9 AM to 12 PM and 4:30 to 6:30 PM
Women’s Education Center: Monday-Friday, 9:30 to 11:30 AM, 1 to 3PM, 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Councilperson: Francine Almeda
RYP is a full-service after school program for middle and high school teens from Roxbury and Dorchester. RYP 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.
Volunteer Slots Available Monday-Thursday, 3:30 to 7:30 PM
Councilperson: Michael Colivas
St. Columbkille 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.
Volunteer Slots Available Monday-Thursday, 3 to 5 PM
Councilpersons: Adam Brown & Caroline Humphrey
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.
Volunteer Slots Available Sunday-Saturday, 7 to 11 AM or 9 AM to 1 PM
Councilperson: Kalie Paranzino
Sister Mary Hart is located in the St. Katharine Drexel Parish Center and provides a safe, nurturing, and enriching environment for the children of Roxbury. The After School program strives to provide each child with the support they need to improve their reading skills and to empower them to succeed. 4Boston volunteers serve as individual and group homework tutors for students in grades K-6. Volunteers also supervise sports, art projects, reading, table games, and computer time and serve as positive role models for the children.
Volunteer Slots Available Monday-Friday, 2:30 to 5:30 PM
Councilperson: Elizabeth Merlo
Steps is a comprehensive after school 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.
Volunteer Slots Available Monday-Thursday, 2 to 6 PM
Councilpersons: Michael Vastano & Zachary Barker
The Suffolk County House of Correction is a prison run by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department. The department’s mission is to maintain safe and secure custody and control of inmates and pre-trial detainees. 4-Boston volunteers will work as teacher’s aides in the prison’s Education department.
Volunteer Slots Available Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 12 PM
Councilperson: Julide Ozmeral
West End House 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.
Volunteer Slots Available Monday-Friday, 2 to 6 PM
Councilperson: Katya Van Anderlecht
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.
Volunteer Slots Available Monday-Saturday, 7 to 11 AM and/or 11 AM to 3 PM
Councilperson: Erin Lyons