Volunteer Opportunities

Dorchester Youth Collaborative

Phone: 

(617) 288-1748

Fax: 

(617) 288-2136

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 9:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Location

Dorchester Youth Collaborative
1514A Dorchester Ave
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Mission: 

Our priority is to serve teens who have a high failure rate in other youth programs. At the Center for Urban Expression youth can relax in a safe, informal streets. Through having a drop-in center DYC is able to help reduce the likelihood that a youth will participate in high risk activities as well as the risk of becoming a perpetrator or victim in neighborhood violence.

Executive Director/CEO/President/Coordinator/Other: 

Dennis Lefervre, Executive Director

Charge for services: 

No

Key Programs Offered: 

Outreach/Crisis Intervention
* 24 hour crisis intervention services and conflict resolution support.
* We provide youth with safely, food and clothing.
* DYC staff have an extensive network of resources and referrals for youth within the community.

Educational Enrichment Program
* Mentor program, homework assistance, field trips
* DYC offers young women and men the opportunity to take part in educational workshops on health issues and discussion groups that promote healthy behavior and a resistance to negative peer pressure.

Income and Job Opportunities
* DYC offers youth day jobs in and around the center from simple errands to tutoring where money can be earned.
* Most of our youth use their money to buy clothes, food, attend school field trips and to pay fees at other youth programs.

Directing Acting & Producing (DAP)
* We provide media arts activities ranging from simple reading and creative writing to the completion of a feature length movie or screenplay.

Transportation provided: 

No

Number of people served each year: 

1-50

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Type of facility in which this program/organization located: 

Community/Cultural Center

Little House, The

Phone: 

(617) 282-2180

Website: 
Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

9:00a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location

The Little House
275 E. Cottage Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Mission: 

The Little House was established in 1906 as a neighborhood-based organization that provides services and activities designed to enhance and improve the lives of individuals, families, and the community.
Located in the Savin Hill neighborhood of Dorchester, the Little House continues to offer programs and services that build a strong, healthy community. The Little House offers child care services, as well as a variety of educational, social, cultural, athletic and health related programs on a year round basis.

Executive Director/CEO/President/Coordinator/Other: 

Mark Culliton, Chief Executive Officer

Key Partners: 

College Bound Dorchester (formerly FDNH)

Charge for services: 

Yes

Key Programs Offered: 

After School Child Care Program
The After School Program is offered offers to the working parents of the community so that their children will be in a safe and nurturing environment while their parents are at work or school. The program runs Monday through Friday from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM (during school vacation weeks from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM with coverage on half days of school and also some holidays). Children can choose among gym, cooking, dance, art, science, crafts class, photography/video, community service learning, violence prevention, homework assistance, and computer time. We can refer children and families for counseling, food assistance, education, and health care. Children will increase their social skills, get help with their schoolwork, learn to trust and work with people of different cultures and abilities.

Alternative Middle School
Our goal is to provide a safe atmosphere for students in grades six through eight who have struggled in larger, more traditional schools. The Little House Alternative School accepts students between the ages of 11 and 14 who are at risk of academic failure and truant and referred by the Boston Public Schools, the Department of Social Services and the Boston Juvenile Courts. Classroom instruction is highly individualized and dedicated to providing students with an interdisciplinary, thematic curriculum. The school also provides substance-abuse education and treatment, individual counseling, and therapeutic group activities. At completion of the program, students are mainstreamed back through the Boston Schools or other educational institutions. Students entering high school are given additional support and guidance in their selection.

Camp Programs
The camp programs are designed to provide alternative activities to the city streets during the summer and offer childcare solutions to working parents. We introduce programs to toddlers; for 3-5 year olds, we offer a fun and learning environment; for youth 5-12, a safe day camp experience; and for teens of 11-14, we provide out of city experience and day trips.
The day camp program travels by bus each day and visits 15 different sites during the course of the summer with hiking, swimming, arts and crafts, and space relevant activities. The program for teens includes the Leadership in Progress camp, basketball and softball leagues, an open center at least one night a week, and day and/or weekend trips. The Tiny Tot Camp introduces structure to preschoolers with song, movement and socialization. Teen and tiny tot programs are flat rate fee-for-service with sliding fees for multiple children in one family. The travel camp serves both publicly funded and private clients.

Food Pantry
The Food Pantry distributes food every Wednesday, first come first served, no referral necessary. The program fills emergency feeding requests from the Hunger Hotline and Project Bread and is also a support resource for all families in agency programs (each program can recommend it as needed as a resource for their clients. Holiday giving also flows through and is coordinated by the food pantry.
The Food Pantry is a key gateway spot in the agency for new community members and a great place for individuals, community groups and schools to volunteer, contribute to the agency, or perform community service. Our goals are to provide food for those in need, to provide nutritional education and information, to link people with solutions, from food stamps to educational programs, and to assess new needs through informal interviews.

Recreation Program
The recreation program offers a safe, consistent and friendly alternative to hanging out on the streets. Recreational, educational and positive social opportunities for youth lessen the chance of at-risk behavior.

Teen Program
The program includes instructional sports clinics and organized basketball and gym hockey leagues as well as pick-up gym time, a drop-in game room/lounge with pool, ping pong, bumper pool tables, assorted board games, and special instructional classes in arts, cooking, etc. Hiking, skiing, camping, indoor and outdoor rock-climbing and other special events like dances and over nights and field trips take place throughout the year.

Scholarships available: 

No

Vouchers accepted: 

No

Transportation provided: 

No

Number of people served each year: 

1-50

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Healthworks Foundation Fitness Center at St. Mary's

Phone: 

(617) 825-1600

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday & Wednesday 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Tuesday & Thursday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM; Friday 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM; Not open on the weekend

Location

St. Mary's Branch
90 Cushing Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Mission: 

The Healthworks Foundation provides a fun, safe, and supportive environment in which women can become empowered to take control of their physical and emotional wellbeing. The member/scholarship program gives women free access to the environment needed to develop the whole woman- mind, body, and spirit. Healthworks Foundation understands that gaining access to fitness is the first step for many women towards empowerment. Since this is often a difficult step, it is crucial for women to obtain support.

Executive Director/CEO/President/Coordinator/Other: 

Club Coordinator: Keyona Chalwell

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Please call for more information!

Charge for services: 

Yes

Scholarships available: 

No

Vouchers accepted: 

No

Transportation provided: 

No

Number of people served each year: 

over 1000

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Type of facility in which this program/organization located: 

Other

GreenDorchester

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Phone: 

978-697-0361

Website: 
Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Call or email to get meeting dates & times.

Location

450 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Mission: 

GreenDorchester (formerly known as Dorchester Environmental Health Coalition) is a volunteer-run local organization working to make Dorchester a greener, healthier, more sustainable place to live, work, play and/or learn.

Key Partners: 

Some of GreenDorchester's partners: Annapolis Neighborhood Association ~ Codman Square Health Center ~ Dorchester Historical Society ~ Dorchester House ~ DotWell ~ Fields Corner Main Street ~ Four Corners Main Street ~ Franklin Park Coalition ~ Friends of Ronan Park ~ Boston Healthy Homes and Schools Collaborative ~ St Marks Area Main Street ~ Uphams Corner Westside Neighborhood Association ~ Viet-AID.

New partners always welcome!

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Join in! Call 617-474-1478 or email info[at]greendorchester.org

Charge for services: 

No

Key Programs Offered: 

Air Quality Improvement, Bicycling/Walking Advocacy, Community-based Planning, Community Gardens, Environment, Farmers' Markets, Greenspace Creation, Public Transit Advocacy, Youth Leadership Development

Scholarships available: 

No

Vouchers accepted: 

No

Transportation provided: 

No

Number of people served each year: 

700+

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Type of facility in which this program/organization located: 

Health Center

Franklin Park Zoo

Phone: 

(617) 541-LION

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Summer Hours (April 1 - Sept. 30) Weekdays: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Weekends & Holidays: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Winter Hours (Oct. 1 - March 31) 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)

Location

Franklin Park Zoo
1 Franklin Park Rd
Dorchester, MA 02121
United States
Mission: 

Zoo New England's mission is to inspire people to protect and sustain the natural world for future generations by creating fun and engaging experiences that integrate wildlife and conservation programs, research and education.

Executive Director/CEO/President/Coordinator/Other: 

John Linehan, President & CEO

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

To learn about education programs, special events, conservation initiatives or volunteer opportunities, please visit www.zoonewengland.org

Charge for services: 

Yes

Scholarships available: 

No

Vouchers accepted: 

No

Transportation provided: 

No

Number of people served each year: 

over 1000

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Type of facility in which this program/organization located: 

Other

Geiger Gibson Community Health Center

Phone: 

(617) 533-2300

Email: 
Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Medical: Monday thru Friday 9:00am-9:00pm Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm Dental: Monday thru Friday 7:30am-9:00pm Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm

Location

Geiger Gibson Community Health Center
1135 Morton Street
Mattapan, MA 02126
United States
Mission: 

Harbor Health Services is a public health agency committed to providing quality, comprehensive health care to all those in our community regardless of ability to pay. For over 40 years, the Geiger Gibson Community Health Center (GGCHC) has delivered medical, dental and behavioral health services to residents in Dorchester and the surrounding areas. All GGCHC Physicians and Nurse Practitioners are Board Certified or Board Eligible in their specialty.

Executive Director/CEO/President/Coordinator/Other: 

Lou Brady

Key Partners: 

Harbor Health Services, inc.: Neponset Community Health Center; Dorchester Substance Abuse Coalition; Youth Violence Prevention Project (St. Mark's Area Main Street)

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Please call 617-288-1140 to schedule an appointment.

Charge for services: 

Yes

Key Programs Offered: 

Harbor Health's services include: Community Education, Daycare, Elder Care, Financial Counseling; Health, Social and Interpreter. Please visit the website to determine locations of specific services.

Scholarships available: 

No

Vouchers accepted: 

No

Transportation provided: 

Yes

Number of people served each year: 

over 1000

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Type of facility in which this program/organization located: 

Health Center

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Columbia Point Health Center

Created: 
01/24/2011

Massachusetts Promise Fellowship

Phone: 

(617) 373-7881

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday - Friday 9-5

Location

Massachusetts Promise Fellowship
360 Huntington Avenue 212 Columbus Place
Boston, MA 02115
United States
Mission: 

Since 2000, Northeastern University has hosted the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship Program. Originally created through a partnership with America’s Promise and the Corporation for National and Community Service, Fellowship members are committed and talented individuals dedicated to building a better future for children and youth. A Program Director and Director of Training and Evaluation located in the Center of Community Service coordinate the activities of 30 full-time Massachusetts Promise Fellows serving in communities across the Commonwealth. OUR SERVICE As a group, Fellows work toward five specific Performance Measures. These are well-defined objectives developed in partnership with our host-sites and funders. All Fellow projects align with one (or more) of the following Performance Measures (summarized): 1) Youth Leadership Development - Fellows will work closely with and support emerging youth leaders as the young people develop and implement a variety of activities, programs, and projects that benefit their community. 2) Mentoring - Fellows will develop new mentoring programs and expand upon current mentoring programs in an effort to establish and support new mentor/mentee matches. 3) After-School Enrichment - Fellows will develop and lead out of school enrichment activities (i.e., adventure programming, service-learning projects, tutoring, athletics) for young people. 4) Youth Outreach and Education - Fellows will coordinate and lead education and outreach efforts (i.e., newsletters, websites, seminars, summits, workshops, dances) to inform and educate young people on a variety of issues and topics (i.e., sex education, health care access, nutrition, substance abuse prevention, diversity awareness, conflict resolution, HIV/AIDS, legal rights, mental health). 5) Volunteer Recruitment and Coordination– All Fellows will actively recruit, train, and manage volunteers that will serve to support their project and the mission of their host organization.

Executive Director/CEO/President/Coordinator/Other: 

Kori Redepenning

Key Partners: 

The Massachusetts Service Alliance generates 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. America’s Promise, founded by Gen. Colin Powell, mobilizes people from every sector of American life to build the character and competence of our nation's youth by fulfilling Five Promises: 1) Caring adults in their lives, as parents, mentors, tutors, coaches 2) Safe places with structured activities during non-school hours 3) Healthy start and future 4) Marketable skills through effective education 5) Opportunities to give back through community service The Corporation for National and Community Service works with governor-appointed state commissions, non-profits, faith-based groups, schools, and other civic organizations to provide opportunities for Americans of all ages to serve their communities. Their AmeriCorps program, the domestic Peace Corps, engages more than 50,000 Americans in intensive, results-driven service each year.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Apply for fellowship positions through www.masspromisefellows.org or call 617 373 7881 for more information.

Charge for services: 

No

Scholarships available: 

No

Vouchers accepted: 

No

Transportation provided: 

No

Number of people served each year: 

over 1000

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Adoption & Foster Care Mentoring

Phone: 

(617) 224-1300

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday- Friday: 9-5:30 pm

Location

Adoption & Foster Care Mentoring
727 Atlantic Avenue 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02111
United States
Mission: 

 

 

 

 

Since 2001, Adoption & Foster Care Mentoring (AFC) has empowered foster and adopted youth in Greater Boston to flourish through committed mentoring relationships.  AFC is one of only a few mentoring organizations in the country that exclusively serves this population, and provides the most targeted, specialized mentoring service for young people who have been removed from their homes due to alleged abuse or neglect.  Youth in the child welfare system constitute one of the more underserved populations in our community; because of this, these youth can benefit significantly from committed mentorships and increased access to employment training, education, and other critical job- and life-skills resources.

 

Executive Director/CEO/President/Coordinator/Other: 

Colby Berger

Key Partners: 

Department of Children and Families (DCF) and Mass mentoring partnership (MMP)

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

We achieve our mission through our programming that serves youth in out-of-home care, including:

AFCMentors
One-to-One mentoring for foster & adopted youth ages 7 and older

AFCLeaders

Group mentoring program addressing the specific challenges faced by teens who are preparing to “age out” of the child welfare system.

  • Offers discussion groups, social and emotional supports, and job/life skills trainings for youth ages 14 and older

AFCVolunteers

Volunteers assist AFC in a variety of ways! Join our team of volunteers and make a difference.

 

Charge for services: 

No

Scholarships available: 

No

Vouchers accepted: 

No

Transportation provided: 

No

Number of people served each year: 

130

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Type of facility in which this program/organization located: 

Private Building

Created: 
09/11/2012

YMCA, Dorchester

Phone: 

(617) 436-7750

Email: 

Washingtondorchester@ymcaboston.org

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday - Friday: 5:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Saturday: 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location

YMCA
776 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA 02121
United States
Mission: 

The YMCA of Greater Boston is dedicated to improving the health of mind, body and spirit of individuals and families in our communities. We welcome men and women, boys and girls of all incomes, faiths and cultures.

Executive Director/CEO/President/Coordinator/Other: 

Kathy Townsend, Executive Director

Key Partners: 

Y/PBS - A partnership between the YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Public Schools and Mayor Thomas M. Menino. United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley The Kelley Packowski MS Foundation Energy Bucks - Offering those who are income-eligible three different ways to save on their energy costs. The Fenway Alliance American Cancer Society YMCA of the USA Partners for Youth with Disabilities Boston Community Change GoodSearch and Good Shop

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Please call our main office for a registration packet

Charge for services: 

Yes

Scholarships available: 

Yes

Vouchers accepted: 

Yes

Transportation provided: 

No

Number of people served each year: 

501-1000

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Type of facility in which this program/organization located: 

Community/Cultural Center

Created: 
05/26/2010

Vietnamese American Initiative for Development Inc. (VietAID)

Phone: 

617-822-3717

Fax: 

617-822-3718

Email: 

hoa@vietaid.org, Hoa Ngo, Office Manager

Website: 
Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 5:00pm

Viet-AID's after-school program runs during the academic year of the Boston Public Schools (BPS), from 3:00PM-6:00PM each day for 3rd to 7th grades. The beginning portion of the day we provide homework help, support and tutoring. Any additional time at the end of the day is spent on academic enrichment and fun, cultural activities.

All student in the After School Program are referred to Viet Aid by partner elementary and middle schools. For more information on joining the After School Program, please contact Jessica Ranucci at 617-822-3717 x 26 or HoaMai Nguyen at 617-822-3717 ext. 22.

Location

Vietnamese American Initiative for Development Inc.
42 Charles Street Suite E
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Mission: 

The Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (Viet-AID) believes in strengthening the Vietnamese community and building a vibrant Fields Corner neighborhood with our neighbors. Viet-AID achieves these goals by developing affordable housing and commercial spaces; providing high quality child care services; facilitating job and business development; and actively promoting civic engagement.

Executive Director/CEO/President/Coordinator/Other: 

Nam Pham, Executive Director

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call (617) 822-3717 ext. 24 for application for the Au Co Pre- School
Call (617) 822-3717 for First Time Homebuyers Classes in Vietnamese
Call Thu Truong at (617) 822-3717 for Small Business Technical Assistance.

Charge for services: 

No

Scholarships available: 

No

Vouchers accepted: 

Yes

Transportation provided: 

No

Number of people served each year: 

501-1000

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

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