Food for Free
"Just Eats" Grocery Box Packers
Food for Free's "Just Eats" program provides healthy food to community partners for grab-and-go distribution to local individuals and families in need. Volunteers help pack 25-pound grocery boxes full of produce and pantry staples, which are then delivered to food pantries, low-income housing facilities, and schools in the surrounding area.
Volunteers will be asked to commit to a minimum number of hours over a certain time frame, and will need to be able to safely lift 25 pounds.
For more information, please visit www.foodforfree.org/volunteer.
Central Square Theater
Central Square Theater welcomes volunteers to assist with administrative work such as filing, data entry, and organization. Their work helps the theater continue to create thought-provoking performances for the benefit of the community. Volunteers are asked to contribute 4 hours of work every 1-2 weeks, during business hours.
For more information or to express interest, please contact Kara Powers at email@example.com.
Cambridge Local First
Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School
After School Volunteer
The Banneker is looking for volunteers to help students with their homework, or read with them 1-3 times a week for an hour.
Ability to support K-6th grade homework(can choose grades within that range), read and have a conversation about the story with a child.
If interested, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Nature Connection
The Nature Connection seeks new animals and -- optionally -- their owners, to “volunteer” at their therapeutic nature programs. Good candidates will be well-behaved, friendly, and welcome interaction with strangers. Rabbits, chinchillas, guinea pigs, ducks, chickens, turtles, lizards, snakes, and other "unusual" animals are of particular interest. Pet owners may choose to volunteer with their animals, or may arrange to drop off and pick up their animals without participating in program activities themselves.
If you live in Concord, MA, or the surrounding towns (anywhere in Middlesex County would be considered) and have a small pet with therapeutic or educational potential, please contact email@example.com or (978) 369-2585.
Community Art Center
Community Art Center seeks an architect and/or architectural firm interested in volunteering their services pro bono or at a reduced rate. CAC anticipates tremendous growth and need in the coming years and may require additional space for their programs. The organization hopes to find a partner to work with in exploring options and potentially creating architectural renderings which could be used for pitch decks and/or bid sets for contractors.
For more information, please contact Shayla at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cambridge School Volunteers
Art & Science in One Volunteer Mentor
Cambridge School Volunteers’ outdoor STEAM program, Art & Science in One, currently serves fourth- and fifth-grade students at Tobin Montessori School, a Cambridge Public School. CSV trains mentors in techniques of nature journaling with children and matches them with a student. Mentors volunteer for one-hour and two-hour sessions in a structured program in which the entire class participates in field study under the supervision of CSV staff, an embedded drawing instructor, and the CPS classroom teacher. Together, the mentor and student develop and extend their observation skills, make discoveries in private and public open space in Cambridge, practice drawing and recording information, and learn about nature journaling from a science illustrator.
No prior tutoring or teaching experience is required, nor do volunteers need to possess particular drawing skills or artistic ability. CSV provides orientation and training, and volunteers are invited to attend an additional best practices training once per semester.
CSV manages over a dozen distinct programs for many hundreds of students in every Cambridge public school at every grade level. Please complete CSV's online volunteer application when you inquire, so that their staff can answer your questions regarding where they may have an opening for you at any given time. A CORI check and a short individual placement meeting are required.
Asylum Evaluation Project Volunteer
Asylum Evaluation Project volunteer clinicians provide psychological evaluations of torture survivors and other survivors of abuse seeking asylum or other types of immigration relief in the United States. Volunteers conduct evaluations in order to determine whether a client’s claims of abuse are credible given the psychological evidence, then prepare a written affidavit based on the clinical findings which becomes part of the client’s application for immigration relief. Volunteers determine the extent of their involvement based on the number of evaluations they are able to do per year. Training, consultation, and regular support group meetings are available.
Qualifications: Current independent clinical license in MA, familiarity with diagnosis and diagnostic interviewing, ability to prepare affidavit in a timely manner. Excellent writing skills and expertise in diagnosis and treatment of trauma survivors are helpful. Bilingual clinicians are especially welcome, particularly Spanish, French, and Arabic speakers, though this is not a requirement.
Boston Raising Powerful Musicians (BRPM)
Boston Raising Powerful Musicians seeks volunteer Band Coaches to support youth musicians as they navigate the challenges of creative exploration and collaboration. Band Coaches also document each band’s journey, help them organize their materials, and handle set-up/strike of the space. Ongoing support and training is provided through regular communications with a Lead Instructor and fellow Band Coaches. Candidates must pass a CORI background check.
Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters (JBBBS)
Big Brother/Sister (Adult/Child)
Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Boston (JBBBS) aims to transform lives through one-to-one relationships. JBBBS' comprehensive mentoring program pairs children aged 6-18 with a "Big" who provides role-modeling, encouragement, and friendship. Bigs build genuine relationships with their "Littles" through bi-monthly hangouts and, in the process, make their Littles feel supported and cared for. JBBBS serves people of all backgrounds, abilities, and identities, and works to make meaningful matches for Bigs and Littles alike.
Volunteers are needed to support children and teens in several JBBBS initiatives, including:
LGBTQ+ Youth Program
College Mentoring Program
Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) Youth Program
To apply, Bigs must be 21+ and make a commitment to meet with their Little twice a month for at least a year. All Bigs must submit an application and complete an interview to get matched with a Little on the waiting list. While JBBBS offers programs guided by Jewish principles, Bigs and Littles of all faiths and backgrounds (including those without religious affiliation) are welcome.
Big Sister Association of Greater Boston (Big Sister Boston)
Big for a Day
Big Sister Boston typically has a number of girls waiting to be matched with Big Sisters. Girls who are enrolled in community-based mentoring, but who have not yet been matched with a Big, can participate in a monthly special program with a Big for a Day volunteer.
Big for a Day volunteers are paired with Little Sisters 1-to-1 for a group activity led by Big Sister Boston staff, typically on a weekend. Big for a Day volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
Learn more and apply at https://www.bigsister.org/volunteer/become-a-big-sister/
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