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A City Year

Book: A first-person account of a life with Boston's pioneering City Year volunteer program.
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AAC Events

Events department within AIDS Action Committee - fund-raising events, ie: AIDS Walk Boston, Monster Challenge Triathlon, etc.

Abuse Victim Hotline

"Abuse Victim Hotline, Inc. provides free, confidential legal help, preliminary psychological counseling, and referrals to victims of abuse. Services are offered nationally, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. AVH does not charge for these services, and ongoing support is available to clients well after their initial inquiry. AVH does not discriminate based upon any characteristics and provides support to victims of physical, emotional, sexual, and financial abuse."

Adoption and Foster Care Mentoring

"Dedicated to building positive and consistent relationships among adults and youth with experiences in out of home care, such as kinship or residential care, foster care, or adoption. Our goal is to create long-lasting, consistent relationships which encourage youth to define and achieve their own personal success. We're always on the lookout for stable adults looking to mentor a child, and provide activities such as Red Sox and Celtics sporting events, camping experiences, and other venues for fun."


A Boston-based development organization fostering grassroots empowerment in India.

AIDS Action Committee

This site offers HIV-related, health information, volunteer opportunities, and event calendars for the AIDS Action Committee.

AIDS Walk Boston Blog RSS feed

"Offering information, fundraising tips, facts and details about Boston's second largest annual Walk, AIDS Walk Boston. Frequently updated."

American Anti-Slavery Group

Founded in 1994, the American Anti-Slavery Groups advocates for the freedom of all humans currently in bondage.

American Cancer Society (Making Strides Against Breast Cancer)

"Each year over 600 volunteers help the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk deliver a fun and safe day for the 40,000 participants in Boston that raises over $3 million dollars a year. On Saturday, October 4, 2008 we are looking for 200 volunteers to help us the day before the walk to prepare snack bags for our walkers, as well as help us set up for the following day's event. On Sunday, October 5, 2008 we need another 400 volunteers to help us in varying roles at the event including finish line cheerers, route monitors, clean up and set up crews, water stops, T greeters, and snack distribution. Join us in the fight against breast cancer by making a difference and volunteering for Making Strides!"

American Chinese Christian Educational & Social Services

"A non-profit, non-denominational Christian outreach community service agency created to serve Chinese families in and around Boston with a holistic Christian approach. We strive to help bridge generation and culture gaps within families, believing that health and reconciliation are possible through Christ. We also hope to further the understanding of both the American and Chinese cultures for each generation and to encourage access to this multi-cultural society and to each other within the family."

American Diabetes Association-MA

As an American Diabetes Association volunteer, you can use your expertise and experience in leadership, business, health care, marketing, public relations, government relations, fundraising to make a vital difference.

American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay

Visit us to learn more about what the Red Cross is doing in Greater Boston!

Arboretum School Program Guide

Make a difference, have fun, and explore the Arboretum. Become a School Program Guide and lead small groups of upper-elementary schoolchildren through an active learning program about plants and the natural world.
Jamaica Plain

Arboretum tour guide

Expand your knowledge of the Arboretum and share your passion for plants with others. As an Arnold Arboretum docent, you will be trained to lead tours for adults, both for the general public and special interest groups.
Jamaica Plain

Best Buddies Massachusetts

Non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment. The Citizens Program accomplishes this by matching citizens in the community with people with intellectual disabilities in one-to-one friendships.

Big Brothers of Massachusetts Bay

Nation's largest Big Brother group.

Big Sister Association of Greater Boston

Big Sister Association of Greater Boston

"Since 1951, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston has been helping girls reach their full potential through positive mentoring relationships with women. Big Sister is the largest mentoring organization in Greater Boston exclusively serving girls, covering 69 cities, towns and communities."

Bikes Not Bombs

Bicycle recycling and youth training center.
59 Amory St.

Boston Adult Literacy Fund

Help adults learn to read.

Boston Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

Boston by Foot

Runs walking tours of Boston history and architecture.

Boston Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition

"A coalition of city, non-profit and community organizations, we're dedicated to providing access to the Earned Income Tax Credit: a refundable tax credit that represents the largest single source of funding for low-income working families. We combine access to the credit through free tax preparation with financial education in order to promote asset building on an individual basis. Prepare taxes, provide translation services, or greet people as they come into one of our 22 tax sites located in the Boston area. Join a strategic anti-poverty campaign and learn a valuable skill at the same time."

Boston Film/Video Foundation

A regional arts center that encourages and facilitates access to and understanding of film and video.. We offer programs in education, equipment access, financial and technical assistance.

Boston Foundation

With its $500-million endowment, it provides grants to non-profit groups in greater Boston.

Boston Institute for Arts Therapy

Art programs for the elderly, the disabled and others.

Boston Jaycees

A non-profit charitable and individual development organization for young people 21-40 in the greater Boston area.

Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy

Boston Living Center

The Boston Living Center provides services and programs for people with HIV and AIDS. Volunteers needed to help serve meals, answer phones, for special events, to work with children, etc.

Boston Living Center

Serve Lunch at the Boston Living Center Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 2:30pm. The Boston Living Center offers meals, education, social services, and a supportive environment to those infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Back Bay

Boston Partners in Education

Helping students in the Boston Public Schools gain the academic skills they need to become successful learners. Volunteer as a tutor, mentor, speaker, or classroom assistant.

Boston Rescue Mission

"To help change broken lives with Christian service and compassion."

Boston Volunteer Meetup

I initiated this Meetup group to give us another opportunity to help others. We will build houses, race against cancer, and micro-loan to Tuti in Indonesia so that she can start her first business. We will share ideas and discover new ways to help others. You will meet new people who share your values.

Boy Scouts, Boston Minuteman Council

Brattle Theatre

"Volunteers at the Brattle perform a variety of duties necessary for a funtioning indpendent film theatre. The two voluteer postions available on each day are the Usher, and the the Concessions Assistant. These positions require a two month minimum commitment, and work will be recognized in movie passes."
Harvard Square

Bread and Jams

"Bread & Jams, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c) 3 charitable organization which assists people with the transitions in their lives when they find themselves at risk or homeless. We are a compassionate, professional, and ethical organization, providing a safe and supportive environment to the homeless community and others in crisis, by offering tailored services and tools to encourage a sense of community, self advocacy, and empowerment with openness and respect."

Brookline Community Center for the Arts

Non-profit organization that serves as a culturally integrated venue where members of all ages and abilities can participate in world dance forms, martial arts, fitness, acting, music, and other arts. Numerouis volunteer positions available.

Cambridge Community Services

"Mentors and tutors needed for immigrant youth. The Mentor Marketplace of Cambridge Community Services is currently recruiting volunteers to serve as mentors and tutors for a diverse group of high school youth in the agency's City Links program and at the International Student and Family Center of the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School."
Central Square

Camp Carole

Camp for children living with cancer, open to children from all over New England. Make a donation, join our e-mail club, and make a difference.

Christmas in the City

"CITC is a 100% volunteer organization dedicated to supporting and mentoring Boston's homeless families. Major programs include a holiday party for 2500+ homeless children and their families, and our Adopt-A-Family, where a teams of volunteers is assigned to a family as they leave the shelter to assist them in the transition from homelessness to independent living."

Citizen Schools

After-school program located in 11 Boston public schools. We rely on volunteers from the community teaching what they know and love to a small group of 9-14 year olds. We have lawyers who teach law and cooks teach cooking. We believe everyone has something that they can teach to children.

Citizens Energy Corp.

Best known for its low-cost oil, it has branched out into other fields around the world.

Citizens' Housing and Planning Association

Umbrella organization for affordable housing and community development activities throughout Massachusetts.

City Year

Boston's pioneering volunteer program for young adults.

Community Builders, Inc.

Helps coordinate and fund affordable housing projects (such as the South End's Tent City).

Community Servings

Boston's only free, hot, home-delivered meals program for people ill with AIDS.

Community Technology Center Support Project

Looking for technically skilled and passionate people to help bridge the digital divide by providing technology support (tutoring, troubleshooting, etc.) to local community technology centers.

Coolidge Corner Theatre

"Showing movies the way they were meant to be seen." The Boston area's only non-profit movie theater. Shows classic movies, runs movie series and midnight showings in a restored old theater.
290 Harvard St.
Coolidge Corner


"We are a non-commercial community bulletin board helping people find: everyday stuff, housing, events, jobs, and neighborhood communication."

CRY America Boston

"CRY America is a 501(c)(3) recognized non-profit organization registered in USA that works towards helping underprivileged children restore their right to a happy and healthy childhood."

Dracut Musings RSS feed

"A Dracut guy's take on state and national politics."

Ethos - Volunteering with the Elderly

Ethos is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting independence, dignity and well-being among the elderly and disabled through quality, affordable and culturally-appropriate home and community-based care. Ethos relies heavily on their team of dedicated volunteers. The Volunteer Program provides people the opportunity to: care about the elder population, show their compassion for others, be involved in their community, and form lasting friendships.
Jamaica Plain/Hyde Park/Roslindale/Roxbury

Executive Service Corps of New England

ESC is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the communities we serve by providing high-quality, affordable consulting services, resources, and mentors to nonprofits and educational leaders seeking to address critical organizational issues.

Extra Hands for ALS in Boston

"We need students to volunteer to assist patients with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) in their homes. We are also looking for mentors to supervise the relationship between patients and students."

Feed the Hungry

Helping the homeless and sailors along and near the waterfront.

Freedom House

Community-based, social action agency in Grove Hall.

Friends of St. Jude

"Come to our Young Professional group to help raise money for children with catastrophic illnesses. Friends of St. Jude supports St. Jude Children's Research Hospital where patients are never asked to pay for treatments not covered by their insurance."

Friends of the Community Paths

Working to connect walking/bike paths into a regional network serving recreation & commuting by extending the Minuteman Bikeway to the Charles River in Somerville. Local resident volunteers needed.

Friends With Hope

Funding breast cancer research and health education. Pembroke.

Generations Incorporated

Uniting the generations to strengthen individuals and communities. Programs include reading coaches for grades 2 and 3 and mentors for 4th and 8th graders.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts

"The Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts seeks to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place."

Greater Boston Food Bank

Easing hunger in the Boston area.

Greenhouse School

Join volunteers at The Greenhouse School, a year-round, extended day school in Salem serving kids from infancy through grade 8. When the kids aren't there, we paint, fix, mend, rake, make handmade paper, and a lot of other activities.

Habitat for Humanity Boston

HFH Boston is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to building simple low-cost homes by forming working partnerships with very low-income families in desperate need of decent housing.

Habitat For Humanity Greater Boston

Christian-based housing ministry seeking to alleviate the shortage of quality affordable housing in Boston's urban neighborhoods.

Haiti's Children Relief Project, Inc.

An organization collecting clothes, shoes, school supplies, computers and money to assist families with children in Haiti.

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Volunteer gallery guides needed. Help visitors explore and learn about the 'glass flowers', ancient life, biodiversity, minerals. No experience required, just enthusiasm. Training provided. One morning or afternoon/week.

Harvard Public Service Network

Harvard volunteer group.

Helping Hands

Provides trained monkeys to the disabled.

Historic Boston, Inc.

Preserving historic buildings.

Homeless Empowerment

Horizons Inititiative

Helping homeless children and their families.

Hospice of Boston and Greater Brockton

"Seeking caring adults to help us care for our terminally ill patients and their families. Qualities of warmth, compassion, non-judgmental attitudes and the ability to be a good listener and communicator are enhanced by each volunteer's style, skills and experiences. Our hospice volunteers are provided with the necessary training, on-going support, and education to assist them in providing care and comfort to our patients."
Dorchester, Roxbury

Hospitality Homes

Hospitality Homes provides no-cost, short-term housing in volunteer host homes for families of patients traveling to Boston for medical treatment.

Hovey Players

"We are a group of people who come together to produce shows for the love of theater and the joy of camaraderie with others who share that passion. We have a solid core of regulars, but always welcome and seek new friends to help us staff our season. Currently, we produce five shows from September through May that require the help of many hands on and off the stage. Do you like to build things? Feel crafty with power tools? Like to create another world with a paintbrush? We re-invent our small theater for each production to indicate a different setting."

ishopintown news

"ishopintown news is a weekly newsletter that highlights local non-profits and small businesses in the Greater Boston area. There are weekly contest prizes, and items for sale by subscribers with donations made to local causes."

Jan's House of Hope Tour

Unique “House Boat” Sets Sail for Cancer Awareness stopping in Boston June 7 - 10, 2001.

Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters

"We match adults with children based on common interests, hobbies, and location. Being a 'Big' lets you bring a little magic into your life and the life of a child by having fun and creating memories together. It's as easy as getting together 2-4 times a month to grab some pizza, play a game, or see a movie. It's all about doing things you both enjoy!"

Jimmy Fund

Boston's leading cancer fundraising effort.

Junior League of Boston

"The Junior League of Boston feeds volunteers to approximately twenty community service projects in Greater Boston, all focusing on the health and education of women and children. In addition, the Junior League organizes several major fund-raising campaigns each year to support its projects."

Leonard Carmichael Society

Tufts University's umbrella student volunteer organization. Organizes programs addressing issues dealing with hunger and homelessness, youth mentoring, literacy and education, health, and more.

Maple Farm Sanctuary

Sanctuary for farm animals rescued from abuse and neglect. We need volunteers to help with cleaning stalls, feeding animals, grooming, etc."


Working to guarantee every woman the right to the full range of reproductive options, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing safe, legal, accessible abortion.

Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless

"The Coalition is looking for volunteers to help organize Back to School Drives. This involves volunteers collecting back packs and school supplies for children in pre-school through high school. Any donation large or small is accepted."

Massachusetts Service Alliance

Mission: "to generate an ethic of service throughout the Commonwealth by creating and supporting diverse, high quality service and volunteer opportunities for all age groups, resulting in stronger communities and more active citizens."

Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information and Education HELPLINE

Linking residents to appropriate referrals and programs.

MATCH-UP Interfaith Volunteers

"MATCH-UP is a nonprofit serving elders and disabled adults in Boston with medical escorts, friendly visitng, strong-for-life exercise program, and petpals visits to nursing home residents."

Medford Arts Center Inc

"Medford Arts Center Inc depends solely on the volunteer efforts of patrons of the arts in Medford and the surrounding communities. Our success is dependent on the involvement and contribution of funds and time by those who wish to promote the art culture and community. Come join us and see what we are all about - attend our next meeting and offer suggestions on how we can expand and evolve!"


Coach Boys or Girls Youth Lacrosse in Boston. As a coach you will help run two practices a week, with games on Saturday mornings.
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Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership

Creates and preserves quality, affordable housing and provides access to economic opportunity for lower-income people throughout greater Boston.

MIT Educational Studies Program (ESP)

"MIT ESP aims to get local middle school and high school students interested in learning by offering a wide range of classes. ESP is always looking for teachers. Some of our programs include Delve (teach AP courses) and HSSP (teach weekend class on anything you want for a semester)."

Museum of Science

With more than 600 interactive exhibits, the Museum of Science strives to stimulate interest in science and technology and their importance to individuals and society. Offers a variety of volunteer positions in a dynamic environment.

New England Aquarium

"There are a wide range of volunteer opportunities at the New England Aquarium, and applications are accepted year round. Volunteers at the New England Aquarium can help take care of our animals, educate visitors, and support special events."

New England Seacoast Institute

NESI teaches hands-on marine science to kids of all ages.

On the Job, Inc.

Vocational program for individuals who need substantial support in maintaining and succeeding a position in the workforce. A subsidiary of the Boston Rescue Mission, located at 3 Park Street, Boston.

On Your Feet Project

"On Your Feet Project is a national nonprofit organization engaging people in community service and activism by educating them about diverse nonprofit organizations and creating opportunities for direct community involvement."
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Parents Supporting Parents

"Our purpose is to provide a circle of support for parents to listen and/or share their similar struggles that we have with our teens, to create a place for parents to gain knowledge through the experiences of others, dedicated to parents searching for resources and support while living with difficult teens."

Patriots' Trail Girl Scout Council

Umbrella group for scouts in greater Boston.

Peace Games

Violence-prevention program that encourages elementary-school students to become peacemakers.

People Making a Difference Through Community Service

Helps other charitable groups by organizing one day, hands-on community service projects and recruiting volunteers for needed work.

Police Relief Association

Supports active and retired Boston police officers and their survivors by enhancing existing services provided through a national partnership.

Prison Ministries of the Episcopal Diocese of Masachusetts

Work is rooted in the Gospel mandate to visit prisoners and to attend to issues of justice.

Project Bread

Dedicated to alleviating, preventing and ending hunger in Massachusetts. Sponsors the annual Walk for Hunger.

Project HEALTH

An undergraduate public service organization that "works to ensure that every child grows up free from the obstacles of poor health."

Project HIP-HOP

"Project HIP-HOP (Highways Into the Past- History, Organizing and Power) is a youth-led organization that engages young people in a process of critically analyzing the past and present so they can take action to make a better future through the study of hip hop culture and the history of social movements."

Puppet Showplace Theatre

"For over 30 years, the Puppet Showplace Theatre has provided audiences of all ages with the finest in puppetry arts. The award winning productions that we bring to our stage cover the entire spectrum of this ancient and unique form of theatre, from children's to adult productions, from traditional to cutting edge. PST's small staff is amazingly hard-working, but there are always jobs - both large and small - that we need help with."

Samaritans of Boston


Samariteens is a program run by teens for teens. It is a helpline dedicated to reducing the rate of suicide among teens in Massachusetts.
Kenmore Square

Single Volunteers Boston

"Single Volunteers Boston provides one-time volunteer options to singles in the Boston area. Some of the non-profits we work with regularly are The Franklin Park Zoo, The Greater Boston Food Bank, Bread and Jams, and Cradles to Crayons. The only requirement is that you are single and not in a committed relationship 21+ You will meet a diverse interesting singles in the Boston area plus help out worth while non profits."

Starlight Children's Foundation New England

International non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of seriously ill children and their families.

Technology for the Nonprofit and Philanthropic Sector RSS feed

"Created and maintained by Deborah Elizabeth Finn (sometimes known as the Cyber-Yenta). Focused on information and communication technology for the nonprofit/philanthropic sector. Includes new, information, and commentary about mission-based organizations and civic engagement in Boston and Massachusetts."


Volunteer group seeking to support progressive social change in the developing world through technology.

Teen Voices

"Teen Voices is an intensive journalism mentoring and leadership development program for teen girls in Boston that creates an internationally distributed print and online alternative magazine reaching 54,000 readers worldwide and with 7.6 million hits from 98 countries.

"Founded in 1988 by two young women who believed in the power of girls to create social change through writing and art, our goal is to encourage teen girls around the world to use their skills to speak out on issues, create positive and powerful media, and lead change in their communities."

The Children's Room, Center for Grieving Children Inc.

Support for bereaved children and families.

The Food Project

Plant and harvest food for the hungry (Lincoln & Roxbury).

The International Institute for Justice and Development

"The IIJD focuses on systemic reform primarily in West Africa through its Justice and Development Programs. We are looking for volunteers who are willing to partner with us as we seek to expand our organization and work for justice in Africa and throughout the world. Our volunteers will be responsible for writing and editing, therefore strong skills in this area are highly desired."

United Way of Massachusetts Bay

University Lutheran Church Volunteer Oppportunities

Shelter and other volunteer opportunties.
Harvard Square


"We provide full training for people interested in visiting hospice patients, throughout the Boston area, to provide friendly companionship and brighten their days. Many patients reside is nursing homes or other long-term care facilities and others are in their own homes. Volunteering with our hospice organization is extremely flexible and volunteers receive a great deal of support."

Volunteer Boston: Get On Your Feet! RSS feed

"This sassy and ethical group of young professionals in Boston blog about everything from volunteer opportunities to psychology, careers, and the upcoming elections."

Volunteer Solutions

Find volunteer opportunities.

Volunteers of America - Massachusetts

Non-profit, spiritually based organization providing local human service programs and opportunities for individual and community involvement.

Women's Educational and Industrial Union

Founded in 1877, the union seeks to enhance the lives of women and their families. Has resources on work, housing and families.

Women's Lunch Place

"The Women's Lunch Place is a daytime shelter where homeless and poor women and their children find support, friendship, a nutritious home-cooked meal and a safe haven from the streets. Most importantly, it provides a harbor to women who have suffered unbearable losses of family, friends and home, where they can regain a sense of dignity and self-esteem.

"Volunteers participate in all aspects of the organization, both in the shelter and in our offices."
Back Bay

YAVA - Young Alumni Volunteer Association

"YAVA was founded in Boston in December 2005 to be comprised of college seniors, recent college graduates, and graduate students who volunteer and socialize together. We are a community of 1,200+ volunteers-turned-friends who annually provide 6,000+ hours in support of 50+ charities in Boston and the surrounding suburbs."

Young Entrepreneurs Alliance

YEA provides underprivileged teens with the opportunity to attain long-term economic independence by teaching them about entrepreneurship. Maynard.

Youth Tech Entrepreneurs

Prepares high school students for leadership and further education by helping them develop technology enterprises that serve their schools and communities.

" is a social expression mobilizing the next generation of leaders to become active voices and to serve people in their communities regardless of race, color, religion, ethnicity, age, disability, sex, or other protected characteristic."


Offers music and arts opportunities to children.
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