MyDorchester Volunteer Listings

Are you looking for ways to get involved in the community?

Do you have some spare time or skills that you would like to use to make Dorchester a better place to live?

Does your organization need volunteers to help you achieve your mission?

The Volunteer page at MyDorchester is where you can find and promote individual and group volunteer opportunities in the Dorchester area. Here we post opportunities with local clinical and community service organizations. We also send out a volunteer blast that you can sign up for below. Check out some of the opportunities below and if you are looking for more information or have any questions, email our Volunteer Coordinator or call our offices at 617-822-8733.

  • Click here to fill out our volunteer application.
  • Click here to request volunteers for your event or service opportunity.
  • Click here to sign up for the volunteer eBlast (make sure to check "Dorchester VolunteerBlast" list)

Current Volunteer Opportunities

LDB Peace Institute

Flyer for the LDP Peace Institute's Volunteer Open House and Orientation

The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute is a center for healing, teaching, and learning for families who have been impacted by murder, trauma, grief, and loss. If you are looking to gain hands-on experience by collaborating with a dynamic and diverse team of experts in homicide response, head over to their Volunteer Open House and Orientation this week. This will take place on 10/18/18 from 10am-Noon at the Peace Institute on 15 Christopher St., Dorchester, MA 02122. To RSVP, contact Alethea Pratt at or 617-825-1917. They are looking for volunteers for projects, events, and ongoing support. 

The Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon | July 21 & 22


Boston Medical Center is gearing up for the annual Boston Triathlon on Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22 which will be held at DCR’s Carson Beach. They are looking for volenteers if you are intersted click here. Lots of positions avaliable!

Date: Saturday July 21 & Sunday 22

Location: South Boston, MA (various locations)

Hours: Varies

For more info go to

Free Fun Friday at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute | July 13, 2018


On Friday, July 13, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute participates in offering a “Free Fun Friday” through support from the Highland Street Foundation. The Institute is open for free all day and many volunteers will be needed for the event. If interested, please email your resume to

Date: July 13, 2018 (Volunteers will be expected to serve at least 4 hours)

Location: 210 Morrissey Blvd. Boston, MA, 02125

# of Volunteers Needed: 15 or more

Qualifications: Must be 18 or older

Volunteers Needed for Shawmut Walkway Cleanup | Nov. 10th


RESCHEDULED- Volunteers Needed:  Shawmut Walkway Gardens Cleanup, November 10.

Please join neighbors and volunteers from Boston Cares for the final 2018 cleanup of the garden beds along the walkways to the Shawmut T station! We'll be pulling weeds, cutting certain plants back for winter, and planting some new bulbs for early spring flowers. Volunteers have made a big difference to make these gardens enjoyable for everyone who walks to the Shawmut T station this year, and it's time to get the gardens ready for winter!  Meet at the intersection of Mather Street and the Shawmut MBTA walkway. 

Date: November 10, 2018 from 9am-11am

Location: Shawmut MBTA Station Walkway at Mather Street

Sign up to volunteer HERE!

Love Your Block: The Cornerstone Lot | May 26, 2018



Love Your Block Grant project at the Cornerstone needs your help! Mt. Bowdoin Betterment Association are revitalizing planters by adding trellis and new flowers and decorative plants, and cleaning the lot. Everyone is welcome to help beautify Four Corners! Materials will be provided. 

Date: Saturday, May 26 10AM-3PM

Location: 5 Bowdoin Street, The Cornerstone Lot

Volunteers needed: 5-15


Click HERE to sign up to be a volunteer for the project.

Dorchester Bay EDC- Social Media Marketing| April 9, 2018


Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation is looking for volunteers who are familiar with digital marketing, specifically social media marketing. Some of the  required duties are drafting weekly social posts, engage users online, host twitter chats, live tweet events, etc. Volunteers can either can work at the Dorchester Bay Office or remotely.

Location: 594 Columbia Road, Suite 302 Dorchester, MA 02125

Hours: 10-15hrs per week is ideal but not required

Requirement: Computer Skills

If you are interested, please email as soon as possible. 

Boston Hassle | Spring-Summer 2018



Be a part of Boston Hassle (Fields Corner location) to make Dorchester a better place for music and art! Help is needed throughout the spring and summer for various events and projects. Here are some of the areas you can serve in:

-Arts Administration 

-Fundraising and Grant writing

-Graphic Design and Artist Coordination 

-Booking, Organizing and Promotion 

-Social Media Promotion 

Location: Dorchester Art Project 1486 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02122

Hours: 2-10 per week

Length of Commitment: at least 3 months

Requirements: None


If you love art, music, and film, then please don't hesitate and become a volunteer today! Email for more information.

Spring Cleanup at Sharon's Park & Polish Triangle| May 19, 2018


Join the John W. McCormack Civic Association on May 19th from 10AM-2PM for a neighborhood park beautification project! Many helping hands are needed for mulching, raking, light pruning, and trash pick up.


1) Sharon's Park at Mt. Vernon St. / Buttonwood St.

2) Polish Triangle at Dorchester Ave. & Howell St.

Time: Saturday, May 19th 10AM-2PM

Volunteers needed: 10-20

If you are interested in this spring cleanup at either location, please click HERE to sign up.

Oldways- Cooking Instructor | April 4, 2018



Oldways is looking for volunteers to teach their six-week A Taste of African Heritage cooking and nutrition curriculum to community members in the Boston metropolitan area. Teaching an entire class series requires about 15-16 hours of time over the course of the series (roughly six, 2-hour class sessions, plus clean up, set up, and possibly some grocery shopping). Oldways will provide training and teacher certification, so prior teaching experience is not required. However, being comfortable in the kitchen and passionate for nutrition, healthy eating, plant-based foods, and enthusiasm for teaching and learning about African diaspora foods are important!

Location: Varies, but one permanent location is the Teaching Kitchen located at 450 Washington St. Dorchester 02124

Hours: 3-4 hrs per week >> Read More

CSHC- Enrollment | April 3, 2018


Codman Square Health Center is currently looking for multiple volunteers to assist our Enrollment Department! 

Location: 637 Washington Street, Dorchester MA 02124

Start date: ASAP

Length of commitment: a few months (preferably 4 months)

Hours: 20hrs per week is ideal 

Responsibilities: patient tracking, make outreach calls to patients, answer questions regarding the enrollment process, assist with Codman's BACO enrollment period

Qualifications: 18 or older, computer skills, some experience in marketing/outreach, profient in Excel


If interested, please email asap!!

ADSL- Sport Coaches Needed | Spring- Summer 2018


All Dorchester Sports & Leadership (ADSL) is currently looking for people to volunteer as sporting coaches for t-ball and baseball for young children in elementary and middle school. Coaches will receive compensation for commitment.


  • T-ball (May- June)
  • Baseball (June- August)

Number of Coaches/Volunteer needed: 8

Responsibilities: Managing teams and conducting clinics

Requirement: 18 or older, prior coaching experience or experience playing the sport


If interested, please email

BGMS- Closing the Digital Divide Project | Mar. 28, 2018



Bowdoin Geneva Main Streets (BGMS) is trying to be pro-active in keeping the wealth w/ POC small business owners in this city. So we aim to 1) retain our residents as they're the market base for our business owners and 2) expand our business owners market base to include the larger community so they can maintain sustainability.

BGMS have set aside $10,000 to be used on this project and need volunteers to implement the following:

1) Assess the hair salons and businesses in the neighborhood who can use this: >> Read More

CANCELLED: Love Your Block: Grove Hall


Are you interested in a joining a neighborhood cleanup or beautification project?

Greater Grove Hall Main Streets will be hosting a full day beautification project on May 19th. Currently, of the 91 tree pits in the Grove Hall business district, only 11 have mulch. Therefore, the goal of this event is to weed and mulch as many as possible. Tools and equipment will be provided. 

Location: 320 Blue Hill Ave, Dorchester, MA 02121

Date: Saturday, May 19th, 2018

Time: 9AM-3PM

# of Volunteers Needed: 10-20

This event is currently cancelled due to the lack of mulch. 

ADSL- Teachers for Enrichment Program | Feb. 12


All Dorchester Sports & Leadership is currently in search for volutneers to help with their Enrichment Program.

If you have a skill (science, yoga, health, make origami, etc) and you can facilitate an one hour long acitivty plan to kids, then you should sign up to join ADSL's Enrichment Program!

Location: 1565 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02122

Lengh of Commitment: at least 2 months

Hours: 1 hour per week, 5-6pm


Have a skill that you want to share with kids ranging from ages 5- 13

Those looking for teaching experiences are encourge to volunteer!


Also, ADSL wants to recruit volunteers for Family Fun Day (a community resource fair) on May 19. Email if you're interested in these opportunities.  

ADSL- Tutor/ Mentor on Tuesdays | Feb. 12


All Dorchester Sports & Leadership (ADSL) is currently looking for 1-3 volunteers to provide academic assistance to students. 

Location: 1565 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02122

Minimum Length of Commitment- 2 months

Hours: Every Tuesdays, 2pm-5:30pm

Requirement: None


Also, ADSL wants to recruit volunteers for Family Fun Day (a community resource fair) on May 19. Email if you're interested in these opportunities.  

BGMS- Social Media Assistant | Feb. 9, 2018


Bowdoin Geneva Main Streets is currently looking for volunteers to assist local businesses in technical support.  

Location: the Bowdoin Geneva Neighborhood

Start Date: ASAP

Length of Commitment: At least a full day

Hours: Few hours per week is ideal 

Description: A social media assistant will help business owners connect to the digital economy by creating email accounts, linking them to banking accounts, creating PayPal accounts and social media accounts, then link all accounts to their cell phones and show them how it manage all the accounts. 


-Technology Skills (familiarity with Square Reader, or Paypal is a plus)

-Knowledge of various social media platforms

-Communications Skills


If interested, please email


CSHC- Greeter | Feb. 02, 2018


Codman Square Health Center is currently looking for multiple volunteers to be at our Greeter desk!

Location: 637 Washington Street, Dorchester MA 02124

Start date: ASAP

Length of commitment: at least one month

Hours: Evening shift 4:45pm- 9:30pm, Sunday through Saturday. Hours depends on the availability of the volunteer. Ideally, a volunteer should be able to commit 10+ hrs per week.

Description of volunteer role: A Greeter welcome and assists individuals who come to the health center and helps direct people to the services they need. S/He should have a friendly manner and maintain a professional setting at the Greeter desk 


Customer service oriented

CORI and SORI check

Attend Volunteer orientation (optional for now)

Proof of immunizations >> Read More

CSHC- Registration Department is looking for New Volunteers | Feb. 01, 2018


Evening shift volunteers needed in Registration Department of Codman Square Health Center!

Location: 637 Washington Street, Dorchester MA 02124

Start date: ASAP

Length of commitment: at least one month

Hours: Between 4:45pm and 9:30pm, Sunday through Saturday. Hours depends on the availability of the volunteer. Ideally, a volunteer should be able to commit 10+ hrs per week. 

Description of volunteer role: Volunteers need to be computer savvy, customer service oriented, and attention to details. S/He adheres to the registration and payment established guidelines in accordance with the health center’s policies, procedures and standards. 


Customer service oriented

CORI and SORI check

Attend Volunteer orientation (optional for now) >> Read More

CSHC Department of Pediatrics | Jan. 31, 2018



Volunteers are needed at Codman Square Health Center's busy pediatrics department. Currently, we are looking for volunteers to read to children as they wait for their visits. The purpose is to provide distraction and some modeling for parents around the fun and richness of reading!



Ability to read comfortably at the 5th grade reading level

Pass CORI and SORI check

Proof of immunization


Start Date: Ongoing

Length of Minimum Commitment: One Month (2 hours per week)

Location: Codman Square Health Center, Pediatric Waiting Area


If interested, please email


Become an Academic Mentor! |Jan. 31, 2018


Boston Partners in Education is seeking volunteer academic mentors to support Boston’s public schools students by providing them with focused, individualized, in-school mentoring.

What do Academic Mentors do?

Academic mentors work one-on-one or with a small group of 2-4 students for an hour a week during the school day. As an academic mentor, you will support a student’s academic and personal growth, and in many cases become an adult role model. Opportunities are available in all grades (pre K-12) and subject areas.


Student/Volunteer matches are made based on your preferences:

  • Location-- Boston Public Schools in Dorchester and beyond!

  • Availability

  • Subject matter

  • Grade level >> Read More