• The Massachusetts Teachers’ Retirement System provides links to the websites of these agencies and organizations as a public service. The MTRS does not do any investigation of the organizations and does not exercise control over them or the content of their websites. The presence of a link here should not be considered as an endorsement of the organization or its site’s contents by the MTRS.

    As a retired educator, you are highly sought after for volunteer and employment opportunities! Many local organizations contact us seeking retired educators to volunteer their talents and expertise, and we post them here as a service to our members.

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    Please note: If you are currently receiving a retirement benefit from the MTRS, and are interested in any of these employment opportunities, please be sure to learn about the restrictions on working after retirement.

  • Special Education Department Head - The League School of Greater Boston

    First posted on September 26, 2017

    Excellent opportunity for a retired SPED Director, Department Head or Team Chairperson to join a progressive private school in Walpole!

    The League School of Greater Boston is a year-round program dedicated to the education of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. We are currently seeking a Special Education Department Head for our Foundations and Content Teaching/Life Skills Programs to start immediately. This position leads a team of Head Teachers, Clinicians, OTs, SLPs, and BCBAs to achieve the desired results, and is one of four similar positions on-site.

    The Foundations Program services our early and elementary-aged students between the ages of 3–12, focusing on the development of communication skills, emotional and behavioral regulation, academic skills, daily living skills, and independence.

    The Content Teaching/Life Skills Program (CTLS) is for students from age 11–16 and adds pre-vocational training to the curriculum (in collaboration with our Coordinator of Vocational & Career Services). This is done in a small class environment that is sensory friendly with reduced auditory and visual stimuli.

    Position Requirements:

    • Master’s Degree in Special Education
    • State of MA certification in K–12 Moderate or Severe Special Needs required.  Additional MA certification in School Administration preferred.
    • Five years’ experience with autistic population/programming and demonstrated interpersonal, supervisory and administrative skills.
    • Valid driver’s license.

    Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

    Benefits:  7 weeks school vacation plus 12 personal/sick days each year; 403(b) with generous employer match; complimentary Life/AD&D/STD coverage; supplemental insurance plans; FSA; no MTRS contribution.

    To apply, use our online application or email hr@leagueschool.com.  

  • Van drivers needed

    First posted on September 25, 2017

    Greater Lynn Senior Services is seeking caring, empathetic, customer service focused individuals to provide vital transportation services and assistance to senior citizens and people living with disabilities. As a skilled driver you will experience the personal satisfaction of making a difference in our clients' lives, everyday–while earning premium benefits and pay. We currently have full-time and part-time van driver openings. Apply with us today www.glss.net.

  • Part-time Dining Site Manager (Watertown)

    First posted on September 15, 2017

    Springwell's Community Nutrition Program seeks a Part-time Dining Site Manager in Watertown Elderly Housing. Receives and dispatches meals-on-wheels to drivers then serves lunch to building residents.

    This position offers $13.00/hour for a 25-hour work week: Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Benefits include paid holidays and three weeks' vacation.


    • Reliable transportation, car preferred.
    • Need responsible person who relates well to elders.

    For more information please call Alicia Prchlik, Recruitment and Hiring Coordinator at 617-972-5623 or email APrchlik@springwell.com.

  • Mathnasium needs instructors

    Confirmed on August 7, 2017

    At Mathnasium in Beverly, MA, our mission is to teach students math in a way that makes sense to them. We offer one-on-one, individualized instruction for all ability levels, from grade school through college level math.

    We are seeking part-time instructors to work between 5 and 20 hours a week, depending on availability. Mathnasium's hours are Mondays–Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., closed Friday, and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The ideal instructor loves teaching math and working with kids, and is able to teach topics from 2nd grade through high school. We are looking for people with fun engaging personalities who really enjoy teaching.

    The culture and vibe here is very warm and friendly; our current staff ranges from 23-year-old graduate students to very experienced retired teachers. The students and families are fantastic! We have fun while working one-on-one in a open learning center environment.

    For more information, visit the Mathnasium website.

  • Education, Inc. seeks part-time tutor for hospitalized students

    First posted on August 4, 2017

    Education, Inc. is currently looking for a motivating and creative part time teacher to tutor students who are currently hospitalized in the Waltham area!

    In this position you will be working in a small group setting with students to help them stay on track with their academics while they are unable to attend their traditional schools during treatment.

    Teacher should:

    • Hold a teaching certification
    • Have a passion for working with adolescents
    • Be comfortable supporting students in grades 7–12 with their assignments across all subject areas

    In this part time position, you will learn new skills inside and outside of the classroom while working with students in an eating disorder treatment center. You will be part of a great team that helps students transition smoothly back to school.

    • This position follows a traditional school year calendar
    • Hours are Monday-Friday between 1pm–4pm
    • Position pays $17 an hour
    • Upper level math and science experience required

    If interested please apply online.
    And check us out at www.educationinc.us

  • Seeking Teacher Naturalists

    Updated on July 31, 2017

    New England Wild Flower Society is looking for capable, organized, patient, and enthusiastic educators to promote awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the botanical and natural world in school programs at Garden in the Woods focused on plant life, habitats, and weather and climate. 

    The Society offers programs for schools that promote awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the botanical and natural world through experiential and inquiry-based learning. Our programs meet the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering curriculum standards. We currently offer four programs for schools: Seeing Green for grades Pre-K-K; Exploring Plants and their Homes for grades 1-2; Plant Survival and Adaptation for grade 3; and The Life of a Plant for grades 3-4. Each school visit to the Garden is one hour long and is accompanied by pre- and post- classroom activities. Programs take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during April, May, June, September, and October.

    To apply, go to http://newenglandwild.org/jobs/test.html

  • Instructional Consultants needed—Massachusetts

    First posted on April 7, 2017

    Class Measures is looking for current or former teachers and administrators to work with teachers who are advancing to their Initial license through the Performance Review Program for Initial Licensure (PRPIL). Applicants must have at least 3 years teaching experience, a Masters Degree and/or National Board Certification, and a Massachusetts teacher license in one or more of the following subject areas:

    • Foreign Language
    • Physical Education
    • Science

    Instructional Consultants are experienced educators who work with enrolled teachers to complete a portfolio and classroom observations. Availability during school hours is required.

    Interested parties should email a current resume to Lucille at Lucille.Capone@classmeasures.com. Information and an application will then be emailed to those who meet the above criteria. Please do not respond unless you meet all criteria listed above.

    Compensation: A stipend is paid for each teacher who completes the program.

  • Youth Enrollment & Match Specialist

    Updated on March 7, 2017

    Are you a "people person" who cares about the healthy development of youth? Are you looking to join a community-focused, performance-driven human service organization? Are you looking for varied, independent work as well as to be part of a fun, dynamic team? Then you are the right fit to join the Program Services team at Big Brothers Big Sisters!

    BBBMB matches underserved youth with adult mentors in lasting one-to-one friendships supported by trained professional staff. The agency is well respected both for its mission and for the quality of its services. Your responsibilities include assessment of potential volunteers, enrolling families and youth, and making quality new matches.

    Through extensive and detailed interviews with both the families and volunteers, you will work to carefully to match a volunteer with a child with the focus being on changing the child's life for the better, forever. The positions require flexible daytime, evening, and some weekend hours. You will primarily work from our Boston office with travel in the communities and neighborhoods in our service territory.

    Qualifications include: Bachelor's Degree and 2-3 years of social services, human resources, volunteer management, or related experience. Background in interviewing or psychology a plus. Familiarity working with both child and adult populations. Assessment, intake, and interview experience. Bilingual Spanish-English skills strongly preferred. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Outlook and Excel. Must have car and valid driver's license. Criminal background checks are part of hiring process.

    Required Skills and Abilities: Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills; high-level interviewing skills; excellent judgment and decision-making skills; ability to use time effectively and to focus on details; ability to work independently; performance-driven mind-set; customer service orientation; experience working with people from diverse cultures; ability to juggle tasks and set priorities; ability to effectively collaborate with other staff.

    Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package. BBBSMB is an equal opportunity employer.

    For more information, please contact Erin Hynes at careers@bbbsmb.org.

  • Van Pool Transportation seeks part-time school van drivers for children with special needs

    First posted on October 19, 2016

    Van Pool Transportation offers paid training, split shifts, 4-6 hours/day, Monday through Friday. Van stays at home with you so you start and end your day from your home.

    • Great Pay! Earn between $13 to $16/hour based on your experience. 

    • Growing and expanding company with over 35 years in business.
    • Paid training with on-going development and annual training.
    • A great company culture where everyone is valued and treated with respect.
    • Make a difference in the lives of the families and children that rely on us for transportation.
    • Rewarding work and career.
    • Equal opportunity employer.

    To learn more, please call Beth at 508-570-5088.

  • Wicked Cool For Kids is seeking after school program teachers in multiple communities to lead our science, engineering and lego programs through the school year

    First posted on October 17, 2016

We provide supplies, training and teacher support. Our programs run 6 or 12 weeks and are usually one hour long, but employees are also paid for prep, training and set up. This is an independent, fun job but you must meet the requirements to be considered. We set you up for success. If you love to teach kids--and are a hands-on type of teacher--you may be Wicked Cool! Experience teaching science is not necessary--just a great attitude and a willingness to learn our programs.

    What you need to apply: 

    • experience working with elementary school aged kids (school or camp ok; any formal or informal classroom) 

    • after-school hours, from 2-5pm
    • reliable transportation (most locations are not T accessible)

    • entrepreneurial spirit and a sense of fun!
    • the ability to make an a 6-to-12-week commitment to teaching the program.

    For more information, see Wicked Cool For Kids or e-mail Cpedro@wickedcoolforkids.com.

  • Assessment administrators

    First posted on August 4, 2016

    Seeking motivated individuals to proctor assessment sessions with 4th- and 8th-grade students in schools for the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Must be available to work January 30 – March 10, 2017. Paid training, paid time and mileage reimbursement for local driving, and weekly paychecks. This is a part-time, temporary position. To apply, visit our website and select "Search Field Data Collection Jobs." Search for your state, find the NAEP Assessment Administrator position, and select the "apply to job" button. For more information, email NAEPrecruit@westat.com or call 1-888-237-8036.

  • Two Part-Time Field Interviewer positions

    First posted on July 22, 2016

    Are you looking for a long-term part-time career that allows you to work independently and not be stuck in an office? Do you like meeting and speaking with new people on a daily basis? Are you able to commit to variable hours, mostly evenings and weekends?

    On behalf of RTI International, Headway Workforce Solutions is currently seeking self-motivated and approachable individuals to work on a government-sponsored research study, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). This important study is the primary source of data on the use of tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs, and non-medical use of prescription drugs.

    If you're interested in meeting people from diverse backgrounds, motivated by the challenge of working independently, and passionate about the health and well-being of your community, this may be the job for you.

    Field Interviewers are responsible for:

    • Making in-person contact with scientifically-selected households to discuss the study and obtain participation
    • Collecting confidential information and administer the NSDUH interview.
    • Working a fluid schedule of approximately 15-25 hours a week, mostly evenings and weekends

    Ideal Candidates have the following attributes:

    • Positive, self-motivated and enjoy interacting and working with people from all backgrounds.
    • Can successfully keep track of administrative duties, deadlines, and other project management-related tasks.
    • Thrive working independently and can manage a schedule and workload to meet set deadlines.
    • Passionate about your community and believe in the positive impact your work will have.

    Apply here to begin the conversation about the positions:

    Interviews are ongoing and the position will begin in October 2016. For more information about this position, watch this informative video: https://vimeo.com/161632355

  • Edward M. Kennedy Institute seeking volunteers to educate visitors

    First posted on September 27, 2017

    The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is looking for volunteers interested in assisting our Education and Visitor Experience department. The mission of the EMK Institute is to educate the general public about the history, purpose, and function of the Senate while encouraging civil engagement and discourse. 
    Volunteers serve a crucial role at the Institute as they help guide visitors in their learning experience. They may lead tours for school, general public, and VIP groups, engage guests in conversation about relevant topics, and perform other support services. For volunteer information, visit our website

  • Olmsted National Historic Site seeks volunteers for award-winning, curriculum-based education program

    Confirmed on September 18, 2017

    The Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site is seeking volunteers to work with third-graders as part of their Good Neighbors: Landscape Design & Community Building program. Good Neighbors takes place at Fairsted—the historic Brookline home and office of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted—and uses the restored landscape, historic design office, archival collection, and rehabilitated model shop to explore the history, art, science, and civics of landscape design and park stewardship. Participating third-graders learn why parks are important for people, and begin to imagine their own role in the care and stewardship of these special landscapes.

    We are seeking candidates with:

    • The ability and desire to work with third-grade students
    • Strong communication skills
    • Experience (a plus, but not required)

    Time commitment:

    • 10-20 hours/week, 2-4 days/week
    • April through June, September through October

    For more information about the Good Neighbors program, please visit http://www.nps.gov/frla/learn/education/goodneighbors.htm. To apply, please send a cover letter, résumé, and two references to Brianne Cassetta; brianne_cassetta@nps.gov.

  • Preschool children in Boston need YOUR help!

    Updated on September 5, 2017

    Jumpstart Boston Community Corps trains adults (45 yrs old and older) to read, sing, and play in preschool classrooms 2 days per week. Our program runs from October 2017 – May 2018 and volunteers receive a small stipend while serving. Openings are available in Roxbury and Mattapan: Haynes Early Education Center, Rafael Hernandez School, Children Services of Roxbury, Grove Hall Early Education Center, Roxbury Head Start, and Mattapan Head Start.

    Corps members are the heart of Jumpstart. Each school year, we recruit and train over 3,800 college students and community members to implement the Jumpstart program in preschool classrooms where the need is highest in order to help prepare our most at-risk children for kindergarten.

    What is the role of a Jumpstart Corps Member?
    Jumpstart Corps members implement the Jumpstart curriculum in preschool classrooms across the country and serve as an aid to teachers. Corps members serve on a team with 5-7 peers and work directly with a local Jumpstart staff member on training, session planning, service opportunities, and more.

    Our Corps members allow us to reduce the student-to-teacher ratio to 3:1 in almost every Jumpstart classroom, enabling children to receive an individualized learning experience and develop nurturing relationships with caring adults. Through the Jumpstart program, we help ensure kindergarten readiness for over 11,300 children each year and provide our Corps members with the essential training, skills, and practical experience to be better prepared for the workforce, especially if they plan to pursue a career in education or related fields.

    Contact Paulette Pinero at paulette.pinero@jstart.org or 857-413-4610 for more information.
    Ready to apply? Complete our online application at https://application.jstart.org/ and select Boston Community Corps as the Jumpstart Program.

  • Make a difference in a child’s life and your own

    Confirmed on August 30, 2017

    Become a Newton School Volunteer. Help a student gain confidence and competence in mathematics.

    • Tutor a student in grade 2-5 once a week for 30-45 minutes
    • Select your preferred school, grade level, day, and time
    • Play special math games that reinforce skills and help students learn basic mathematics concepts
    • Receive training, Everyday Math books and learning materials, and ongoing support

    For more information, please contact the program coordinator, Ellen Bender @ 617-559-6131 or ellen_bender@newton.k12.ma.us. The web page is http://www.newton.k12.ma.us/Domain/513.

  • Volunteer education opportunities at JVS

    Updated on August 17, 2017

    About JVS
    JVS is a non-profit, non-sectarian agency. Our mission is to empower individuals from diverse communities to find employment and build careers; and to partner with employers to hire, develop and retain productive workforces.

    JVS provides a broad range of services including adult education, skills training, job readiness training, job placement and support, and access to post-secondary education. JVS assists employers in their search for well-qualified job applicants and their initiatives to upgrade the skills of their incumbent workforce.

    Teaching Assistants for ESOL classes, 2-3 mornings per week for at least 3 months
    Locations in downtown Boston, East Boston, Dorchester, Roxbury, Lowell, Lynn and Lawrence

    • Work with small groups of students who need extra support learning English. Classes focus on vocational English and getting a job.

    Writing tutors for Adult Diploma Program, 1 day per week for at least 3 months
    75 Federal St. Boston

    • Assist students with writing assignments during drop-in tutoring labs.
    • M, W or Th 9:00-11:30am
    • Or weekdays 11:30am-12:30pm

    1:1 Tutoring for adult students

    • Locations and times vary per student.
    • Tutor individual students in writing skills, literacy and other subjects.

    For more information, please contact Amy Stein, JVS Manager of Volunteer Resources astein2@jvs-boston.org, 617-399-3218.

  • Discover the satisfaction of tutoring in Adult Basic Education!

    Updated on August 7, 2017

    Many adults are improving their lives by taking classes in basic reading, writing and math or English for Speakers of Other Languages. Adult Basic Education classrooms need tutors to provide additional support to these learners, many of whom struggle with learning disabilities. An hour or two of your time each week can help them break the generational cycle of illiteracy, get better jobs and become more active participants in their community. Tutors who are retired from teaching enjoy using their skills gained from years in the classroom with our motivated learners (not to mention the freedom from administrative duties).

    The Holyoke Tutor/Mentor Program is currently recruiting volunteers. Full training and support is provided. For more information, please go to JuntosCollaborative.org or email HolyokeTutor@gmail.com.

  • Get involved with the New England Aquarium! Become a Visitor Education volunteer

    Updated on August 7, 2017

    HIGHEST NEED: Weekday Availability. Volunteers are required to be able to commit to a fixed schedule of the same, consistent day each week for no less than six months.

    Our volunteer positions are 1 day (4 hours) a week for a minimum of 6 months. We are looking for immediate help on weekdays but applications are being accepted for any day of the week.

    Aquarium Guides are ambassadors, representing the New England Aquarium by engaging visitors of all ages and backgrounds in one on one conversations and small or large group presentations. Don't know a lot about marine science or how to talk to visitors? Don't worry! A special training course is offered to prepare volunteers with all the fun facts, information and teaching tips needed to become an Aquarium Guide.

    Responsibilities: Answer questions from the public, initiate conversations with visitors, work with fun biofacts, and demonstrate appropriate animal handling of our live touch tank animals. Hands will be in and out of cold water for up to 30 minutes per touch tank shift.

    Qualifications: Must have enthusiasm, and interest in meeting and working with a high volume of aquarium visitors daily. Willingness to learn about Aquarium exhibits and marine science. Must be able to communicate effectively in noisy and crowded conditions.
    Age Requirements: at least 16 years old.

    Please note: applicants under the age of 18 are required to provide a letter of recommendation from a teacher, employer, or community leader.

    Special Instructions: Shifts begin at 9am or 1pm and are available seven days per week. Volunteers are required to follow the uniform code and other policies and procedures of the New England Aquarium. Successful completion of Aquarium Guide Training (AGT) is required. AGT is available free of charge to volunteers and include topics such as marine science, addressing different environmental issues such as climate change and over fishing, natural history, public speaking skills and communicating effectively with different age groups.

    To Apply: Visit serve.neaq.org and create a volunteer account. Once registered you can search and apply for available opportunities.

  • Mentor and tutor a middle school youth this year!

    First posted on July 27, 2017

    Citizen Schools Eighth Grade Academy Building Bridges Writing and Mentoring Program Overview: Through the Building Bridges Writing and Mentoring Program, 8th grade students work on a variety of real-world assignments that help them develop personal and professional communication skills. As part of the program, students meet one-on-one with a volunteer Coach from the community on a biweekly basis. Coaches serve as both mentor and tutor, supporting students on developing their written and verbal skills and navigating their last year in middle school.

    Students Served: 8th grade students attending the Trotter Innovation School, Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School, and Edwards Middle School in Boston, MA, and the Browne Middle School in Chelsea, MA

    The Need: Middle schools students face a BIG transition during 8th grade as they navigate the high school application process, determine which school they'll attend as 9th graders next year, and learn about a newer, larger education system. Further, Citizen Schools supports many students who are new-to-the-country and/or developing their English language proficiency who participate in the Building Bridges Program. Citizen Schools is looking to engage 25+ volunteers to serve as Coaches for the 2017-2018 year support students as they navigate this important transition.

    To Learn More About How You Can Mentor and Tutor Youth This Year, Complete an Interest Form Today!
    Coach Time Commitment:

    • October–May
    • Biweekly; Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays
    • Approx. 2:30–4:00
    • Locations throughout Greater Boston (Back Bay, Seaport, South Station, Channel Center, Financial District, North Station, Cambridge (Kendall Square), Chelsea
  • Adult literacy and ESOL tutors needed

    Updated on July 27, 2017

    Volunteers tutors at Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts help adults acquire the literacy and English language skills that empower them to realize their goals. By improving their basic skills through tutoring, adults are better able to meet life's challenges, be self-sufficient, provide for their families, help their children with homework, read a daily newspaper, enjoy more independence and gain self-confidence. For more information about LVM, see this quick fact sheet about our services and impact.

    Our volunteers attend a 2-hour orientation and an 18-hour training before being matched with a student. We ask volunteers to commit to tutoring this student for 2 hours per week for 9 to 12 months. During this time you come to understand the student's strengths and the particular challenges they face, so that you can shape the lessons to match their needs and goals. Our tutors and students also develop close-knit relationships. LVM's professional staff provides ongoing support and sponsors activities to help both the student and tutor succeed and achieve the student's goals. For an in-depth description of the volunteer position, see this letter from our Executive Director.

    Come to one of our information sessions to learn more about tutoring opportunities with LVM! RSVP required! To RSVP, email emily@lvm.org.

    Information session dates

    • Thursday, August 17, 6–8 p.m.
    • Wednesday, August 23,  6–8 p.m.
    • Monday, August 28,  6–8 p.m.
    • Tuesday, September 19,  6–8 p.m.
    • Wednesday, October 18,  6–8 p.m.

    Location: 10 Park Plaza (MA Transportation Building), Suite 2130, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02116

  • New England Wild Flower Society is looking for volunteers

    Updated on February 14, 2017

    Volunteering with the New England Wild Flower Society is an opportunity to enjoy nature, develop new skills, and make new friends. Our volunteer opportunities range from being a garden guide to office work and plant conservation. We are currently seeking dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers to join our Garden Guide program, touring visitors through the garden. We are looking for friendly and outgoing volunteers who want to educate others on the beauty and importance of native plants.

    Garden Guides lead both scheduled and informal drop-in tours during the Garden's open season, from April 16 to October. Guides may lead weekday or weekend tours. Guide Training begins on March 27.

    In addition to sharing and discovering nature with others, guides receive free admission to Garden in the Woods. Guides also enjoy opportunities to learn, grow as individuals, and to share with others who have compatible interests. Active guides who lead 8 or more tours a year have the opportunity to take free classes with the Society, space permitting. Guides also enjoy special volunteer programs ranging from garden tours to slide presentations and lectures at brown-bag lunches. Seasonal talks and walks are also offered as refreshers for guides.

    If you are interested in becoming a Garden Guide, or have an interest in our other volunteer opportunities, please visit http://newenglandwild.org/volunteers.

  • LEAP For Education seeks volunteers

    Updated on November 4, 2016

    LEAP for Education empowers low income and first-generation-to-college students to perform at higher levels in middle school and high school, and to graduate college prepared to pursue a successful career that matches their strengths and passions.

    High School College Prep Assistant Needed in Peabody*

    We need 1 volunteer for 4 hours/week to assist with a group of high school juniors in Peabody. The group runs every Tuesday from 2:15 - 5:15 p.m. at Peabody Veteran’s Memorial High School (485 Lowell St, Peabody, MA 01960). We focus on resume writing, career exploration, college research, etc. The cohort size is currently 15-20 students.

    Key Responsibilities: To assist the College Success Program staff in running the weekly high school junior group (acting like a teacher’s aide). Although there is no “typical day” at the program, what would be expected during weekly group meetings is:

    • Setting up the room, putting out the snacks, writing agenda on board for students, and turning on computers
    • Taking attendance, reminding students of upcoming meetings and following up with students who are not meeting attendance standards
    • Monitoring and assisting students as they work on assigned tasks (such as resume writing, registering for college entrance exams like SAT’s, Subject Tests, and ACT’s)
    • Cleaning up and putting away snacks
    • Reflecting on the lesson and what the students got out of the activities so we can make changes for the future

    Ideal Candidate: This would be a great opportunity for someone interested in education, social work or non-profit work. Experience with first generation college students is a plus. College students looking to satisfy a college requirement for field placements/internships or service learning are welcomed to apply.

    Time Commitment: We are really looking for someone who can commit to either a full semester (September - December or January - June) or an entire academic year. The group runs every Tuesday from 2:15 - 5:15 p.m. but the volunteer hours needed are 1:45 - 5:30 p.m.


    Contact: If interested please email Elizabeth “Betty” Haggerty at ehaggerty@leap4ed.org.

    *Please specify whether you can commit to 1 semester or a full year.

    Middle School Group Mentor Needed in Salem

    Description: We are seeking mentors to assist in our middle school enrichment programs. These programs are part of Expanding Horizons at the Nathaniel Bowditch School. Volunteers will be responsible for supporting students during organized activities in both a group and one-on-one setting. Volunteers needed for 10 weeks at a time on Mondays & Wednesdays or Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:15 - 5:30 p.m.

    High School Academic Tutor Needed in Salem

    Description: We are looking for homework tutors for students in grades 9 through 12, with a minimum commitment of one day a week for at least 2 hours at LEAP for Education (35 Congress St. Suite 102, Salem, MA 01970). While we need homework tutors in all subjects, we especially need tutors who can help in math and science. Choose your days Monday—Thursday and your hours between 2:30 and 6:00 p.m.

    High School Group Leader Needed in Salem

    Description: Group Leaders are being sought to volunteer one day a week to organize a club that will meet for 1-2 hours at LEAP for Education (35 Congress St. Suite 102, Salem, MA 01970). Working with our high school youth and the coordinator, the volunteer mentor will identify a topic for a club and will work with the coordinator to create lesson plans and a schedule. Choose your club day Monday—Thursday and your hours between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.


    How to Apply: Email a resume to Kayla Dorst at kdorst@leap4ed.org along with a letter of interest.

  • Mock Job Interviewers Needed

    Updated on September 7, 2016

    English for New Bostonians needs Mock Job Interviewers to help English learning adults sharpen their job interviewing skills to land better jobs!

    Volunteer Tutors will: work directly with English language learners by running mock, or practice, job interviews; go to English for Speakers of other Languages classes and interview students one at a time for about 5-7 minutes (note: sample job interview questions to be supplied ahead of time); only be asked for short-term commitment (2-3 hours per mock interview day); assist learners in the job application process by helping build valuable interview skills.

    Required: Native or near native English Proficiency; willingness to help English learning adults succeed professionally; ability to attend one 2-3 hour mock interview day (schedule TBA).

    Helpful: Experience with and/or career in interviewing job candidates/making hiring decisions on behalf of your company, human resources; experience with and/or career in financial, human service, health care, manufacturing, food service, and/or hospitality industry.


    Contact: Fernando Martinez: 617-982-6864 or at fmartinez@englishfornewbostonians.org.

  • Springfield Museums Docent/Volunteer Program

    Updated on August 24, 2016

    The Springfield Museums actively search for volunteers who would like to learn more about art, history or science and who would also enjoy leading Museum tours and programs for children and adults. No experience is necessary. We offer an extensive training program in the discipline of your choice. Active docents receive numerous privileges and educational opportunities including:

    • Free Training program
    • Discounts on Museum School courses
    • Museum Store discounts
    • Docent newsletters
    • Free admission to Museums a la Carte programs
    • Invitations to docent social events including docent symposium, holiday luncheon, annual bus trip, and graduation/recognition events
    • Ongoing training led by curators, scholars, and museum educators

    Apply online at springfieldmuseums.org.

  • Vulnerable seniors need your help!

    Updated on August 18, 2016

    Ethos' dedicated and passionate Ombudsman volunteers visit each nursing facility and rest home in the City of Boston on a regular basis and meet with residents and their families. Ombudsmen advocate for quality of life issues such as timely response by nursing facility staff to requests for assistance, facility cleanliness and meals.

    Become an Ombudsman!
    - Visit nursing facilities in Boston to meet with residents
    - Interact with residents and their families
    - Advocate for elder concerns
    - Report unresolved issues

    Are you interested in making a difference in the life of a senior? Please contact Volunteer Services Program Coordinator Tierra Jackson at tjackson@ethocare.org or phone 617-522-6700 ext. 540.

  • Volunteer with SHINE to help educate Medicare-eligible seniors

    Confirmed on August 18, 2016

    Do you want to impact the lives of seniors and people with disabilities by helping to navigate the complexities of health insurance? The Boston SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) program, which is administered by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) in partnership with Ethos, is currently looking for volunteers to become SHINE counselors. Help is especially needed during the Medicare Open Enrollment period, from October 15 to December 7.

    A SHINE counselor is someone who will directly impact the lives of others by providing important health insurance information through direct one-to-one counseling in person and over the phone, at community centers as well as Aging Service Access Points throughout Boston. Information provided will help beneficiaries save money, improve benefits, and relieve stress. SHINE counselors are trained and certified by the EOEA in many areas of health insurance, including Medicare Part A, Part B, and Part D, Medigap and Medicare Advantage plans in Massachusetts, retiree plans, Medicaid, Medicare savings programs and more. SHINE counselors have expressed that counseling has kept them active while giving back to their community, that the knowledge they have acquired has helped them make better decisions regarding their own healthcare, and has been a wonderful source of continuing education post retirement.

    If you are interested in serving as a SHINE counselor in Boston, please contact the SHINE program at Ethos by calling 617-522-9270.

  • Help make college a reality for Boston students—Tutor with the College Success Academy!

    Updated on August 8, 2016

    Want to directly impact the lives of promising, motivated students? Then join us after school! Volunteer tutors help Scholars complete homework, facilitate educational games and activities, supervise recess, and assist with other tasks. To apply, please complete and return this application. For more information, please contact Enya O'Riordan at eoriordan@tsf.org or review the description linked below.

    Full position description

    Please note that CSA's tutoring program runs from September to May.

  • Beacon Hospice seeks local volunteers

    Updated on August 2, 2016

    Beacon Hospice provides quality end-of-life care to local terminally-ill patients out of its Fall River office. We are looking for caring, compassionate and reliable individuals in your area. Volunteers can provide much needed support to patients and their families in a number of ways including:

    • friendly visit with patients on an ongoing basis,
    • sitting vigils,
    • knitting blankets/crocheting afghans,
    • organizing craft projects,
    • providing music therapy or pet therapy and,
    • veterans to provide one-on-one companionship to other veterans.

    For more information, interested volunteers should contact Erin Hassell, Volunteer Coordinator, at (508) 324-1900 ext. 108 or erin.hassell@amedisys.com.

  • Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange seeks Administrative Volunteer

    First posted on July 15, 2016

    The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE), located at 45 Franklin Street in Boston, is a nonprofit organization that seeks to  find permanent adoptive homes for children and youth in foster care. We are seeking a 15-20 hour per week volunteer to help us with answering phones, handling correspondence, data entry, administering our car donation program, and other tasks. If you are interested, please contact Ruth Crocker at ruthc@mareinc.org.

  • Parents Helping Parents is offering an invitation to make a difference

    Updated April 19, 2016

    Parents Helping Parents runs parent support groups across Massachusetts including many in prisons such as the Bristol County HOC. The purpose is to create a safe place for parents to talk about their children, their partner, their ex-partner, and how they can become a better parent--while they are incarcerated and after their release.

    We are looking for a few special people who have a little extra time and who are looking for an interesting journey. You will meet many people who want help but aren’t sure who they can trust.

    We will train you to facilitate a support group where the inmates will learn to trust you and the other members of the group. You don’t need to have a background in social work or counseling to do this work. You just need a bit of empathy and a desire to help people.

    Please check our website for additional opportunities and to submit an application to volunteer. We’ll then conduct a telephone interview and answer your questions. After your training, we will set you up with a group at the HOC. 

    For a complete job description and details, please e-mail matthew@parentshelpingparents.org or call at 617-926-5008 x103.

  • Springfield City Library needs an After School/Summer helper

    First posted on March 24, 2016

    We need adults that would like to assist with a very popular after school program held at our Brightwood Branch library. The ideal candidate would also want to assist librarians with Summer Reading programs during June, July and August. If you're enthusiastic, enjoy working with the 11 to 15 year population, reliable, and have a good sense of humor, give us a call!

    • Hours: Every Tuesday from 3:30-5:00 pm during the school year and during the Summer Reading Program time and dates TBD.
    • Requirements: Enthusiasm for working with the 11 to 15 year old age set, reliability, and a good sense of humor!

    For info, please contact Raeshaun Holmes, Volunteer Coordinator, at 413-263-6839 or rholmes@springfieldlibrary.org.

  • Trainers to guide blind, visually & memory impaired and seniors with sewing/quilting kits

    First posted on March 16, 2016

    The Mitsy Kit provides adaptive materials and training to enable participants to enjoy hand sewing, quilting, and fabric crafting using an easy to use process in a group setting. Our adaptive kit was initially designed to help the blind and visually impaired to sew and quilt using their sense of touch in place of sight. However, we have found that even those who are sighted love the Mitsy Kit for its ease of use, group interaction and quick/quality results. This has resulted in our expansion in facilities who support the elderly, memory impaired, as well as centers for the blind and visually impaired.

    Born from a daughter and mother story, the kit came to life to enable Mitsy, a former seamstress who lost her sight in her eighties, to enjoy sewing again.

    Tactile and packaging cues provide guidance for correct ordering and directionality of pieces to achieve desired patterns.

    The goal of the Mitsy Kit is to provide the opportunity for people of all abilities to enjoy creating beautiful, hand sewn and quilted products with both visual and tactile appeal.

    • Volunteers are essential to enable our mission, ensure sustainability, and to help build upon community awareness and engagement.
    • Assistant Guides are needed to support our community-based workshops. This is a great opportunity to get hands-on community service experience working with the blind, visually impaired and senior community in the greater Boston and surrounding areas.
    • The basic role involves assisting the workshop participants as they learn how to use the sewing tools and quilting kits. Free training will be provided requiring about 2 hours of time prior to scheduled workshops.
    • Prior experience with basic sewing skills is helpful (threading a needle and basic hand stitching) but there is no need for prior quilting experience.

    Please contact Tammy Roussell at Tammy.Roussell@MitsyKit.org if you are interested in learning more or to sign up to volunteer for one or more of our workshops.

  • Victory Programs' ReVision Urban Farm

    First posted on March 3, 2016

    We host volunteers Mid-March to Mid-November.
    Our shifts are from 9am – 12pm or 1pm – 4pm and availability varies by date.

    We can accommodate groups of up to 15 people and we heartily welcome individual volunteers.

    Volunteer must be at least 12 years old.

    Volunteer tasks on our farm vary with the season. During summer and fall, we harvest our produce and prepare growing beds for succession crops. Throughout the growing season we rely on volunteers to keep back the weeds and maintain trash-free gardens. We also often need assistance with produce distribution for shelter residents, our neighborhood farm stand, and our Community Supported Agriculture program. Finally, the late fall is a time for cleaning up the fields, spreading compost, planting cover crop, and other tasks to get ready for the winter freeze. Tours and/or educational workshops are available during the winter.

    Victory Programs' ReVision Urban Farm is an innovative community-based urban agriculture project that grows produce in its own fields and provides access to affordable, nutritious and culturally appropriate food to residents of our ReVision Family Home and our extended community. In association with ReVision Family Home, we also provide job training for youth and Boston's homeless.

    If you are interested in booking a date, please feel free to contact Tammy Blocker at tblocker@vpi.org or call 617-236-1012 x227.

  • Victory Programs' Boston Living Center has opportunities to volunteer!

    Confirmed on March 3, 2016

    Victory Programs’ Boston Living Center (BLC) is a nonprofit community and resource center that fosters the wellness of all HIV positive people and responds to the changing needs of the HIV/AIDS community through education, treatment information and support services. We are looking for volunteers to:

    • Serve lunch or dinner to our membership on Mondays, 5:30pm – 8pm or Tuesdays – Fridays, 9:30am – 2:30pm. This opportunity is also available to small groups.
    • Greet our membership and staff our coat check service on Tuesdays – Fridays, 11:30am – 2:30pm.

    Volunteers must be a least 18 years old and pass a CORI background check. Please contact Tammy Blocker, Volunteer Coordinator, at tblocker@vpi.org or 617-236-1012, ext. 227.

  • ...and you thought 2-hours at the gym was good for your heart

    First posted on January 22, 2016

    Become a Playspace Activity Leader (PAL) and with a commitment of 2-hours a week you will make a difference in the lives of homeless children in Massachusetts.

    Horizons for Homeless Children created the Playspace Program with the belief that play is essential to healthy childhood development, and every child has the right to play. To make healthy play possible for children living in shelters in Massachusetts, staff build and maintain developmentally-appropriate "kid-friendly" spaces and stocks them with books, toys, games and art materials. These Playspaces provide the opportunity for children to have a safe place to play, use their imaginations, heal from trauma, and just have fun. Volunteer with homeless children at a Horizons Playspace in one of more than 120 family shelters throughout Massachusetts. A commitment of 2 hours a week for at least 6 months is required.

    To find out more information or to apply to be a volunteer, please call Meagan Seaman at 617-553-5413 or visit our website, www.horizonschildren.org/playspace.

  • Help people from around the world in your own community

    Confirmed on December 14, 2015

    Are you passionate about education? Do you want to help people from around the world in your own community?

    The Ludlow Area Adult Learning Center (LAALC) is currently seeking volunteers to assist instructors in ESL classrooms. As a volunteer classroom assistant, you would be working to help adult students from around the world learn English. Volunteers assist instructors with in-class activities and work one-on-one and in small groups with students.

    Make a difference in the lives of people in your community by volunteering. We provide orientation and free training. We ask for a six month commitment, with at least 1 1/2 hours per week in the classroom. Morning and afternoon hours are available.

    If you are interested in volunteering with the LAALC, please visit http://hcc.edu/business-and-community/adult-basic-education/ludlow-center or contact the Volunteer Program Coordinator for more information. The Volunteer Program Coordinator can be reached by phone at (413) 583-0320.

  • Make a difference in a child’s life with School on Wheels of Massachusetts

    Confirmed on December 3, 2015

    Can you spare an hour or two a week to change the future of a child impacted by homelessness?

    School on Wheels of Massachusetts (SOWMA) is seeking volunteers to become one-on-one after-school tutors/mentors and positive adult role models for children experiencing homelessness in Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford, Norwell, Randolph, Stoughton and Weymouth.

    SOWMA tutors help K through 12th grade students overcome obstacles to learning and achieve their full educational potential. Tutors receive training in effective tutoring strategies and ongoing support from SOWMA's professional staff. No prior experience is needed. A three-month commitment is requested. Volunteers are required to go through a 3-hour training before working with a SOWMA student.

    To find out more about becoming a one-on-one after-school tutor/mentor and to sign up for a training, visit our website at www.sowma.org . Please do not hesitate contact Robin Gilbert at robin@sowma.org, or phone 508-587-9091 with any questions.

    About School on Wheels of Massachusetts
    School on Wheels of Massachusetts is the only organization providing one-on-one tutoring, new backpacks and school supplies, and educational advocacy and support to children experiencing homelessness in multiple locations. SOWMA is dedicated to helping each child reach his or her full academic potential. To make a donation to SOWMA or to find out more about their programs for children and teens impacted by homelessness, visit their website at www.sowma.org , or phone 508-587-9091.

  • Citizen Schools seeks committed volunteers to join us in Boston, Chelsea and/or Salem schools

    Updated on December 2, 2015

    Citizen Schools brings volunteers to middle schools to teach hundreds of relevant subjects--and launch new dreams.

    At Citizen Schools, middle school students work side by side with experts to explore new fields, learn new skills, and create something real for their community.

    Once a week, volunteer Citizen Teachers partner with middle schools in low-income communities to teach apprenticeships in a wide range of subjects. Teams and individuals from corporations, civic organizations, universities, and associations lead courses about things they're passionate about, exposing young people to new futures through ten weekly lessons.

    Each curriculum is designed to make academic and 21st Century standards connect to careers and real life. And each one culminates in a WOW!--a presentation of the students' work before an adult audience, building students' oral communication and teamwork skills.

    Independent studies show that Citizen Schools apprentices get better grades, have better attendance, and graduate at a higher rate than their peers--and that volunteers gain professional skills like teamwork, communication, project management, and leadership. (And they appreciate their employers for the opportunity to give back!)

    Citizen Schools calls all citizens: go teach!

    Register your interest at: http://www.citizenschools.org/volunteer/sign-up/

    Be sure to select MA as the region and Boston, Chelsea, or Salem as the district.

    For more information, find us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/cschoolsma

  • Local consumer program seeks volunteers

    Confirmed on November 19, 2015

    Are you aware of your consumer rights? Do you know what to do if your identity is stolen? Can you spot an Internet or telemarketing scam? Would you like to help others learn about what they can do to protect themselves as consumers?

    The New Bedford Local Consumer Program, working in cooperation with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, assists residents in the Southeastern MA region by offering free mediation services for consumer complaints and providing information on consumer protection laws.

    The New Bedford LCP is currently seeking people interested in becoming volunteer mediators a minimum of four hours per week in the following locations:

    • Taunton
    • New Bedford
    • North Attleboro
    • Wareham

    Training will be provided. For more information, contact Mali Lim at 508-961-3020 or consumer@newbedford-ma.gov.