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  • Education, Inc. seeks creative, flexible teacher to join team in Boston

    First posted on August 11, 2016

    Education, Inc. is currently looking for a creative, flexible part time teacher to tutor students in a hospital placement in Boston for the 2016-2017 school year.

    In this position you will be working with 1:1 with students in a medical setting to help them stay on track with their academics while they are unable to attend their traditional schools.

     Teacher should:

    • Preferably hold a Massachusetts teaching certificate
    • Have a passion for working with children
    • Be comfortable teaching across all subject areas
    • Have access to public transportation

    In this part time, 10 month position  you will learn new skills inside and outside of the classroom while working with pediatric and adolescent aged students. You will be part of a great team that helps students transition smoothly back to school.

    • This position is 10 months with flexible Monday-Friday hours between 9:00am-6:00pm
    • Position pays $15.38 an hour

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

  • 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.
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  • 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

  • Youth Enrollment & Match Specialist

    First posted on February 26, 2016

    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 Michaela Burns at mburns@bbbsmb.org.

  • Part-time Match Support Specialist

    First posted on February 26, 2016

    You desire to serve youth, parents and volunteers in the mentoring field. You want to work in a youth mentoring focused community services organization. You aspire to make a difference in the lives of young people while you serve, learn and grow within an innovative leading non-profit organization. If this describes what you are looking for as your next career move, consider becoming a Match Support Specialist at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay (BBBMB).

    As a Match Support Specialist, you are part of a team that delivers the volunteer, youth and parent support experiences that sets BBBSMB mentoring apart from all others. We seek great candidates who desire to work from home and adept at using the telephone and internet to provide personalized attention to enrich the experience of friendship in our programs. Situational face-to-face support, match events and activities, and collaboration with other Program teams fill out the opportunity overview.

    The goal of the Match Support team is to nurture and sustain the Big and Little experience for all volunteer adults and youth. A Match Support Specialist evaluates friendships and delivers tailored guidance, direction and risk management assistance to volunteers and families. They effectively coach and motivate volunteers to grow friendships that result in positive youth development.

    You are the first person in the agency to see impact of BBBSMB school and community-based programs. Being part of the Match Support team will mean being part of a focused group that takes pride in delivering excellent match support services. We have a collaborative, high-performance, high-impact culture. There are qualitative and quantitative measures of performance calling you to your personal best.

    Qualifications include: Bachelors or Masters degree with focus in education, humanities, social sciences or non-profit management preferred. 2-3 years of human service, customer service/support or volunteer management experience required. Experience in case management desired. BBBSMB serves a diverse population and seeks staff which reflects this diversity.

    Required Skills and Abilities: The right candidate will be highly motivated, goal-driven and possess outstanding problem solving, critical thinking and organizational skills. Excellent oral and written communication required. This position works from home and must have a workspace that allows for confidential conversations. The candidate must have the ability to periodically work in the office for required trainings and meetings. Early evening and select weekend days required. Must be willing to travel to site-based program 3-4 times per month during school hours (SB) or Saturday availability. There is flexibility to work from home.

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

    For more information, please contact Michaela Burns at mburns@bbbsmb.org.

  • Mathnasium needs instructors

    Updated on November 24, 2015

    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.

  • Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael school seeks teachers

    First posted on March 12, 2015

    Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael, a new Jewish boys’ high school in Brighton, is seeking qualified teachers for its initial ninth-grade class in the following areas, beginning in September 2015:

    • Chemistry—a block of two periods (90 minutes), twice weekly
    • Hebrew—one period (45 minutes), four times weekly
    • Mathematics—Algebra I and Geometry (one period each, four times weekly)

    The successful candidate should have:

    • At least a bachelor’s degree with a major in one of the subjects to be taught; a master’s degree is preferred.
    • At least five years of teaching in a classroom setting.
    • An understanding of the Common Core curriculum and its relation to the teaching of their subjects.
    • A passion for learning and for sharing knowledge with others.
    • A desire to work with high school boys in a religious setting.
    • Education courses and a teaching credential are preferred but not required.

    Salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s experience and background.

    If you are interested in teaching at Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael, please send your letter of interest and résumé to Dr. Peter Holland, Director of General Studies, at pholland@ohryisrael.com. For more information about about Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael, please contact Rabbi Uriel Feldman, Menahel (Principal), at rabbifeldman@ohryisrael.com.

  • Educatius International seeks "Local Coordinators" for international students & host families

    First posted on December 12, 2014

    Educatius International helps coordinate incoming international students who attend Massachusetts public and private high schools for one year or more. We are currently recruiting “Local Coordinators” to help us find and screen host families, and then contact the international students on a monthly basis to make sure they’re adjusting well to their homes and schools in the United States. Extensive training and support is offered to Local Coordinators as well as national and international travel incentives, based on the number of students coordinated.

    There is a monthly stipend for every placed and coordinated student, as well as bonuses per approved host family. We partner with schools all across Massachusetts, so can work with coordinators from many different areas.

    Please contact Rebecca at rebecca.hohlenwerger@educatius.org or 617-849-2636 for more information or to apply.

  • LEAP For Education seeks volunteers

    First posted on September 26, 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.

    FAFSA Day Volunteers Needed in Salem

    Your role will be to assist families submitting their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

    Join the Massachusetts effort, “College Goal Sunday”, in supporting families completing and submitting FAFSA applications to receive federal financial aid. LEAP for Education has partnered with Salem Academy Charter School for this event scheduled for Sunday, November 6, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Salem Academy Charter School (45 Congress St., Salem, MA).

    Key Responsibilities: Answer questions regarding the FAFSA, show students how to begin their FAFSA applications and ensure that families leave the event having completed and submitted their applications, as well as having an understanding of follow up steps.

    Qualifications: Knowledge/experience with the FAFSA application would be helpful, but it is not required. Mandatory training will be provided.

    Time Commitment: 5 hours on Sunday, November 6, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Training/Support: There will be a required training session at Salem Academy Charter School (45 Congress St., Salem, MA) on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (which is about a week and a half prior to the event). If you cannot attend this mandatory training just let us know so we can try to make alternate arrangements. At the event, we will have a FAFSA expert, as well as staff with plenty of experience helping families fill out the application.

    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.

    APPLY TODAY

    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.

    APPLY TODAY

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

  • English Innovations Volunteers Needed

    Updated on September 7, 2016

    Help us empower immigrants to improve their English skills and gain proficiency with technology, giving them voice to tell their stories and advocate for themselves, their families, and on behalf of their communities.

    STARTING MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, Volunteers are needed in English Innovations classes at the following times:

    • T/W/TH 9:30AM-12:00PM at Northeastern Crossing, next to Ruggles station!
    • M/W/FR 5:30-8:30PM at Maverick Landing Community Services, a short walk from Maverick MBTA Stop

    FREE TRAINING PROVIDED ON WED., SEPTEMBER 14, FROM 5:30-8:30PM.

    Volunteers will support the instruction of these classes, in addition to running smaller conversation groups of students to practice their English skills. Students will continue their learning outside the classroom by using tablets and the game-based learning tool Xenos. Volunteers will have the chance to form relationships with students and play a key role in their paths to economic self-sufficiency and better lives in the U.S.

    English for New Bostonians is running the English Innovations classes in partnership with MIRA Coalition at the local level, and NPNA, OneAmerica, and the Learning Games Network at the national level. The goal of these classes is to expand educational opportunities for immigrant youth who are potential beneficiaries of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. This class is made possible through support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

    APPLY TODAY!

    Contact Fernando Martinez at (617) 982-6864, or fmartinez@englishfornewbostonians.org, for more information.

  • 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.

    APPLY TODAY!

    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.

  • Operation Bootstrap seeks volunteer tutors, teachers and administrative assistants to serve adult learners

    Updated on August 9, 2016

    Operation Bootstrap is an adult education center with 40 years of experience serving adults in the Lynn area. Our goal is to equip our adult students with the skills they need to be college and career ready. We offer classes in ESOL and preparation for the HiSET exam (formerly GED), as well as lessons in basic computer literacy. We are also in the process of planning integrated classes with both North Shore Community College and Lynn Vocational Tech.

    We are seeking passionate and committed volunteer tutors to help our teachers differentiate in the classroom, and volunteer teachers to co-lead a weekly standards-based English Conversation Class. Experience teaching ESL, ELA, Math, or computers is preferred, but not required. Volunteer positions run from late September to mid June and require a weekly commitment of 2-3 hours per week for at least 3 consecutive months of the year.

    We are also seeking volunteer administrative assistants to staff our front desk and help with basic administrative tasks. Bilingual candidates are preferred (Spanish or Haitian Creole), but all are welcome to apply.

    For more information and to apply, please contact Kristen Beebe, Volunteer Coordinator, at kbeebe@operationbootstrap.org or 781-599-8543 ext 112.

  • 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.

  • Preschool children in Boston need your help!

    Updated on May 25, 2016

    Jumpstart is a national early education organization that recruits and trains members to serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. Our proven curriculum helps children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for kindergarten, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late.

    Jumpstart’s Boston Community Corps is our group of adult volunteers aged 45+. Volunteers serve in preschool classrooms twice a week (either Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays) on a team of 5-8 people. Positions are available in both Roxbury and Mattapan. While serving, all volunteers receive a small transportation stipend.

    With your help, we are working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed!

    For more information about serving with Jumpstart, please contact Jessie at 857-413-4630 or jessie.levit-shore@jstart.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.

  • New England Wild Flower Society is looking for volunteers for 2016

    Updated on March 17, 2016

    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 guiding to gardening to office work and plant conservation. We are currently seeking dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers to join our Garden Guide program, touring children and adults through Garden in the Woods. 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. Adult Guides may lead weekday or weekend tours. Children's Guides lead tours only during the week. Guide Training begins on April 4.

    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://www.newenglandwild.org/volunteers.

  • 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.

  • SOAR 55—Your local resource for volunteering

    First posted on December 17, 2015

    At SOAR 55, we place, train, and support volunteers, age 55 and over, who want to use their skills and experience to strengthen local non-profits and public organizations in Newton and Metro West.

    With over 90 local nonprofit and public partners, SOAR 55 provides interested individuals with easy access to a myriad of volunteer positions. In addition, we use a personalized, professional and unique approach to finding you the right volunteer experience by facilitating connections based on your interests, skills, experience, and schedule.

    Some of our opportunities include: work with military and civilian media organizations to promote public understanding of the Employer Support Program of the Guard and Reserve; as a treasurer, maintain fiscal controls and financial integrity for an organization engaging mature talent; consult and moderate a new generation task Force for an organization dedicated to creating rich, dynamic encounters between adults and the texts of Jewish tradition; assist in the management and documentation of donations in SalesForce for an aging-in-place membership program; provide life coaching to individuals with Asperger's Syndrome or related profiles; teach the fundamentals of business to inmates; assist with community events for a local farm; help an elderly person who needs assistance keeping finances in order; review and summarize written feedback from students around the globe providing guidance and training necessary to implement approaches to substance abuse prevention, and much more!

    For information please contact Jan Latorre-Stiller at 617-969-5906, ext. 120 or a jlatorre-stiller@soar55.org in Newton or Lois Levick at 508-532-5570, ext. 4353 or at llevick@minlib.net in Metro West. To learn more, go to http://soar55.org and find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/soar55volunteer.

  • Help out veterans transitioning to careers in K-12 education

    Confirmed on December 16, 2015

    SOAR 55, a volunteer-connector organization for people aged 55 and over, is currently seeking volunteers who would like to share their professional and experience-based skills as part of our Troops to Teachers Mentor program.

    Responsibilities: Provide guidance and advice to veterans transitioning out of the military who seek second careers in K-12 public education. Mentors can convey their our personal experiences as K-12 educators, explain teacher certification and licensure requirements, assist veterans in identifying suitable certification programs, and leverage their professional networks to assist veterans in securing employment in K-12 public education.

    Requirements: Volunteer mentors must be either currently employed or recently retired K-12 public school teachers or administrators; prior military service is not required. Mentors spend time commensurate with the amount of support needed, the amount of time available, and the extent of knowledge possessed by the mentor.

    Note: The program will assist veterans who are interested in working at private/independent schools, although that isn’t the goal of the program. Consequently, the program is open to volunteers who are currently employed or recently retired from private/independent K-12 schools.

    To participate in Troops to Teachers, please contact Lois Levick at 508-532-5570 or llevick@minlib.net. Once a volunteer name and contact information is received, the program coordinator will contact the volunteer by telephone to discuss the program and the role mentors play.

    For more information about this and other volunteer opportunities, please visit http://soar55.org/volunteer/.

  • Discover the satisfaction of tutoring in Adult Basic Education!

    Confirmed on December 16, 2015

    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, go to Juntos Collaborative or please call Ash Aliengena or Allison Reid at 413-552-2933, or e-mail Ash at tutormentor.ash@gmail.com.

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

    Confirmed on December 15, 2015

    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.

  • 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

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

    Updated on November 23, 2015

    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.

  • Get involved with the New England Aquarium! Become a visitor education volunteer

    Updated on November 23, 2015

    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.
     
    Interested? Please fill out our online application form or call the volunteer office at 617-973-5235.

  • Five notices from the Massachusetts Department of Correction:

    Updated on November 23, 2015

    1) Volunteer in a prison to help someone stay out of prison
    The Massachusetts Department of Correction seeks you—retired educators—to participate in providing programs and services that will help offenders become more productive, educated, self-sufficient and law abiding citizens. Committed to enhancing, promoting and creating a supportive environment for the utilization of volunteers within prison facilities, the Department of Corrections offers more than 100 volunteer programs in the areas of life skills, family life programs, GED tutoring, anger management, emotional awareness, public speaking, general education, religion, substance abuse, support groups and more.

    2) Share your love of—and appreciation for—teaching, with incarcerated mothers, so that they may pass it on to their children
    The majority of female offenders at MCI-Framingham are mothers of school-aged children, kindergarten through high school. MCI-Framingham is interested to commence a program that will bring into the facility teachers of all grade levels to speak to the incarcerated mothers about the importance of sustaining and motivating themselves and their children to be successful in school. Topics include: the importance of nutrition (breakfast/snacks), homework, hygiene, reading comprehension, parent teacher conferences and communication, and more.

    3) Volunteer facilitated cognitive skills workshops
    The Massachusetts Department of Correction is seeking to expand its successful volunteer facilitated, evidence-based cognitive skill workshop program. There are currently seven lesson plans available in the program: Active Listening, Problem Solving, Setting Goals, Assertive Communication, Negotiating, Asking for Help and Using Self Control. Each lesson is 90 minutes and there are two classes to a skill set. Training is available.

    4) Veteran Peer Support Program
    Seeking Veteran volunteers (regardless of status of discharge) to facilitate a discussion peer support program for incarcerated veterans. Topics include (but not limited to): post-traumatic stress disorder, addictions & substance abuse, familial & spousal relationships, parenting & fatherhood, child custody & support, employment assistance & employment opportunities.

    5) Basic art
    Volunteers to facilitate basic art workshops including technique/form, shape, sketching, and people, using pencil, marker and similar media.

    If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities, please contact Bill Milhomme, Director of Volunteer Services, at 508-422-3437 or william.milhomme@state.ma.us.

  • 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.

  • Volunteer Education Opportunities at JVS

    First posted on November 9, 2015

    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.

    Teach small groups in ESOL classes for Refugees
    Help teach vocational English class for refugees, political asylees and immigrants. Topics include improving English and communication skills to obtain employment, job search and job retention techniques, orientation to the American workplace, financial literacy and life skills. Volunteers will assist students in completing in-class tasks, including computer work and group activities.

    • Time commitment: 9:00-1:00 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays
    • Location: 75 Federal St. Boston

    Classroom Aide for English Language Arts Class, Adult Diploma Program

    Assist teacher of English Language Arts in helping students with written assignments.
    • Time commitment: Mondays 9:00-11:30
    • Location: 75 Federal St. Boston

    Classroom Aide, "Basic Science English" Class

    Assist two students who need extra help with reading and writing assignments. The focus of the reading and writing is on key science concepts.
    • Time commitment: Ability to volunteer in the class on both Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-12 (arriving at 9:30 is acceptable)
    • Location: 75 Federal St. Boston

    ESOL Teacher for Elderly Residents in Brighton

    Teach an ESL class to mostly Russian-speaking residents of Covenant House in Brighton.
    • Time commitment: Mondays 12:00-1:30 (may be flexible)
    • Location: 30 Washington St, Brighton

    ESOL Classroom aides in Newton and Lynn: 

    Assist teacher and provide individual support to students in ESOL class.
    • Time commitment: Tuesdays and/or Thursdays 2:30-4:00
    • Location: Newton-Wellesley Hospital

    Classroom aides needed to assist low-level English language learners in Lynn.
    Must be fluent in English and Spanish.

    • Time commitment: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 9:30 – 12:30pm
    • Location: Lynn, MA

    1:1 Tutoring:

    English and Writing Tutor for basic college English class
    • Time commitment: 1 hour per week
    • Schedule: Student can meet after work (out at 3:00) M-F, day to be determined by student and volunteer.
    • Location: Longwood Medical Area

    Literacy Tutor for a JVS client from Haiti who works at Legal Seafoods Quality Control Center
    • Time commitment: Every Wednesday and/or Thursday 9:30-11:30, Fall semester
    • Location: Seaport district

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

  • Teach an adult to read or speak English at LVM

    First posted on April 9, 2015

    At Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts (LVM), our twelve affiliates train and match volunteer tutors with adults who need help building their basic reading and writing or English speaking skills to become better able to meet life's challenges with confidence. Tutors meet one-on-one with students for two hours per week for at least nine to twelve months to provide consistent tutoring that is individualized to best serve students’ needs, whatever their goals may be.

    LVM is the largest provider of free, confidential, individualized tutoring for adults across Massachusetts. However, many of our affiliates have long wait lists of students, both in the basic literacy and ESOL categories, who are still in desperate need of tutors.

    We provide a two hour orientation, an 18 hour training (either basic literacy or ESOL), and ongoing support, including regular personal assistance from program coordinators, inservices for both tutors and students, newsletters, and other special events and activities.

    Please check out our website, www.lvm.org, or our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/LVofMA to get a better sense of the work that we do. If you are interested in tutoring with LVM or you would like more information, please call (888) 466-1313, or email grace@lvm.org.