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.
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 email@example.com. For more information about about Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael, please contact Rabbi Uriel Feldman, Menahel (Principal), at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or 617-849-2636 for more information or to apply.
Work with pre-school age children for Jumpstart
Confirmed on September 4, 2014
JUMPSTART IS NOW HIRING! Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Jumpstart recruits caring adults to work with preschool-age children on reading, writing and social skills. Jumpstart Corps members serve 10-12 hours a week in Lawrence, MA early childhood centers, partnered with a small group of children. For those eligible, members can potentially earn up to $1,175 in the form of a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. Gain valuable skills and experience, and make a difference in the life of a child! For more information contact Mary Kate Petrucelli at (978)-659-1231 or MaryKate.Petrucelli@jstart.org and apply online at http://application.jstart.org (select 2014-2015, MA, Merrimack Valley Community Corps).
Mathnasium needs instructors
Confirmed on November 6, 2013
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 and Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., 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.
Privatus seeks companions for seniors
Confirmed on October 10, 2013
Privatus Care Solutions, the Boston area's provider of exceptional nursing care for exceptional people, is looking for a unique individual to share their time with one of our clients.
You are a mature person, a good listener and an engaging conversationalist. You genuinely care about others and believe that one person can make a difference. You can be the reassuring presence who allows our client to feel safe and comfortable, the families’ eyes and ears when they are away, and a trustworthy confidant. (Note: companions do not administer medical care.)
If this sounds like you, please visit our website at www.privatuscare.com to apply. Send us a résumé, or just tell us about yourself and why you would be a good fit for us!
Mad Science Instructor
Confirmed on August 12, 2013
Mad Science of Greater Boston is looking for enthusiastic people for our hands-on, interactive and FUN science programs for kids throughout the Greater Boston area. It's a mixture of teaching and performing! We offer a variety of curriculum enrichment programs for elementary school age children including after school programs, workshops, birthday parties, and large science shows. All of our programs are taught at the kids' locations and last approximately one hour. We look for educators, performers, and anyone who loves working with children. The Mad Science Instructor position is part time. Your total number of programs per week is based upon your individual availability and location. Most instructors can expect between 3 and 6 programs per week during the school year. Our programs run during the week and on weekends. There is a weekly instructor meeting held at our office in Waltham. Training, class plans and materials are all provided! All you have to provide is your experience, your professionalism, and your enthusiasm for working with children!
- Our instructors travel to their programs, so you must own a car or have 100% reliable access to one.
- You should have experience with groups of children such as experience as a camp counselor, coach, after school program instructor, educator, etc. (Only babysitting is not enough, sorry).
- Outgoing and FUN personality (don't be afraid to be a little MAD)! We are not "teachers," we are Mad Scientists!
- Lots of energy!
Compensation for new instructors begins at $25 per hour long program, and increases due to additional compensation for distant classes as well as by "step increases" over time for continuing Mad Science instructors.
Fill out our online application through our website at www.madscience.org/greaterboston . Click the Work For Us tab at the top of the homepage. Then click the Apply Now link at the bottom.
Education, Inc. seeks creative, out-of-the box tutor to join team in Boston
First posted on August 5, 2013
In this part-time position you will learn new skills and be challenged daily in a unique medical setting, working with students of all ages. You will be part of a great team that helps students transition smoothly back to school.
The hours are 5-25 hours a week (no set number of hours guaranteed) and a compensation of $15/ Hour. In this role, you will teach students ages 5-18 years in a one to one setting. There is a possibility of work at our one to one sites such as Tufts Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital or Children’s Hospital Boston. Responsibilities include creating lessons, completing progress reports, and working with these students’ school districts and teachers to ensure that their learning progress is in line with their peers' classroom education. Tutoring occurs from Monday to Friday and times may vary depending on the site.
What's Required? The teacher must be able to commit for one year and have a flexible schedule. We are looking for someone with a teaching certification, a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office and a desire to develop in ways you never thought possible as a teacher!
If you're ready to test out your Bananagrams™ skills or build the next invention of the future, please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and check us out at www.educationinc.us.
Fenway Park tour guide needed
Confirmed on November 13, 2012
Responsible for providing tours of historic Fenway Park. Candidates must have experience speaking to groups, possess enthusiasm, professional, energetic, excellent time management skills and customer friendly demeanor. Candidates are also expected to multi-task and retain information quickly. Weekend, evening and holiday availability is preferred.
This is a year-round, hourly position offered through the Boston Red Sox.
For more information, please contact Marcita Thompson at (617) 226-6000 or e-mail at email@example.com.
Wanted: Tutors for after-school programs in Boston, Cambridge, Everett, Fall River, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Revere, Salem, Springfield, Westfield, West Springfield, Worcester
Updated on October 5, 2010
The Boston Learning Center is looking for trained and experienced tutors to work with elementary, middle and high school students in a federally funded after-school program in several Massachusetts school districts. We pay you $25/hour for one-on-one tutoring, and more for small groups (2–6). Tutoring will commence beginning in December and continue for up to 50 hours per student. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please e-mail your résumé to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will call you to arrange an interview.
Innovative volunteers needed for innovative English class!
First posted on June 19, 2015
English for New Bostonians is seeking volunteers to help facilitate classes for young adults that will simultaneously increase their digital literacy and English communication skills. Volunteers will support in-class instruction by facilitating small conversation groups with learners to help practice their speaking and listening skills. Additionally, volunteers will serve as classroom support for students in the context of the larger class, helping them perform basic computer tasks as instructed by the lead teacher.
Training is FREE and will be offered starting the week of August 24, 2015. The first cycle of classes will run September–December 2015.
Specific skills sought by ENB include:
- Basic proficiency in computer technology
- Experience with/knowledge of diverse LEP immigrant population
- Sensitivity to the validity of different cultures, languages, and a willingness to learn
- Good group facilitation skills
- Availability on weekday mornings or evenings
- Able to commit to an entire class cycle (a class cycle lasts 10 weeks)
- Willingness to help perform basic observation and evaluation tasks
- Bilingual skills a plus (in particular Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole)
Contact Fernando Martinez at email@example.com; 617-982-6864 to join the effort!
Become a volunteer English language tutor!
Updated on June 18, 2015
English for New Bostonians seeks volunteer tutors to help adults improve their English and literacy skills to fully integrate into our communities and civic institutions!
Volunteer tutors will: receive 12-15 hours of training and on-going support; be placed at a community-based agency in Boston and then work with students 2-4 hours/week at a mutually convenient time.
Required qualifications are: ability to make a 2-4 hour/week time commitment; native or near native English proficiency; and, placement sites may require a CORI.
Helpful qualifications include: knowledge of another language other than English; teaching/tutoring experience; and, ability to serve one year.
Contact: Fernando Martinez; 617-982-6864; firstname.lastname@example.org
English for New Bostonians (ENB) is a public-private-community collaborative whose mission is to increase access to high-quality English language learning opportunities for adult immigrants in Boston. ENB supports 26 ESOL programs serving over one thousand learners across 15 neighborhoods through funding, training, and training and technical assistance. ENB also leads the groundbreaking English Works Campaign that calls upon business, labor, community and government to dedicate resources to create a sustainable, high-quality ESOL system.
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 email@example.com.
Volunteer Garden Guides needed for New England Wild Flower Society
First posted on February 12, 2015
New England Wild Flower Society is looking for volunteers for the 2015 spring/summer season.
Volunteering with us 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 12 to October 31. Adult Guides may lead just weekday tours or just weekend tours, or they may sign-up to do both. Children's Guides lead tours only during the week. Guide Training begins on March 19 for Children's Garden Guides, on March 21 for Weekend Adult Garden Guides, and on March 23 for Weekday Adult Guides.
Guides enjoy opportunities to learn, to grow as individuals, to share with others who have similar interests, to enjoy a beautiful setting, and to contribute to the cause of native plant conservation. Special programs are offered free to volunteers such as garden tours, lectures, workshops, and brown-bag lunches.
If you are interested in becoming a Garden Guide, or have an interest in our other volunteer opportunities, please contact our Director of Public Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-877-7630, ext. 3302.
The Springfield Adult Learning Center seeks volunteers
Confirmed on November 4, 2014
The Springfield Adult Learning Center is seeking volunteers to help us build our new technology literacy programs. These volunteers will work with our teaching staff and technology support specialist.
- Help increase academic enrichment and build students’ self-efficacy
- Increase the number of degrees sought at the high school and college levels
- Work with adult learners to reach their academic and career goals
- Build their own résumés
and so much more.
Qualified volunteers have experience with:
- Microsoft Office applications
- Teaching/lesson building (preferable but not required)
- Social media (Skype, Twitter, etc.)
- Online financial maintenance (banking, money management)
- Basic computer troubleshooting
Volunteers must be 18 or older with a high school diploma (or equivalent) and commit to at least 5 hours per week.
About the Springfield Adult Learning Center:
As part of our commitment to be the best college in the area at preparing students for careers, we need the proper support for our students as they navigate college and find their paths. Our students are non-traditional and have overcome great obstacles in their educational journeys. Volunteers will be placed in our classrooms at either the housing authority, UMass Center at Tower Square, or on the Springfield Technical Community College campus.
Contact Volunteer Support Specialist Pam Majidy at 413-755-5102 or email@example.com.
Operation Bootstrap seeks volunteers to work with adult learners
First posted on October 10, 2014
Operation Bootstrap (Lynn, MA) serves hundreds of adults learning English and preparing for the GED. Many of our adults come from backgrounds with limited formal education, and need extra help with basic literacy and reading skills.
We are seeking committed, qualified volunteers to work with adult learners in a one-on-one setting, lead Conversational English Classes, or tutor in math/literacy classes. The volunteer schedule is very flexible--once or twice a week, preferably with a three-month commitment.
For information, contact Volunteer Coordinator, Ashlie Busone, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-599-8543, ext. 108.
Make a difference in a child’s life with School on Wheels of Massachusetts
Updated on September 2, 2014
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, 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 two-part training consisting of a 2-hour orientation and a 2.5-hour resource workshop 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 email@example.com, 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.
Volunteer with SHINE to help educate Medicare-eligible seniors
Updated on June 6, 2014
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 center 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.
Become a Learning Partner and help an at-risk child (Newton, Natick and Framingham)
Confirmed on May 28, 2014
SOAR 55, a volunteer-connector organization for people aged 55 and over, is currently seeking volunteers who would like to help an at-risk child improve his or her reading, math or science skills during and after school.
Volunteers must be available to meet with student(s) twice a week (could be once a week) for a school-year long commitment, and must have a desire to help children. Reading Tutors must attend a SOAR 55-sponsored training.
For information regarding opportunities in Newton, contact Jan Latorre-Stiller at firstname.lastname@example.org or at
617-969-5906, ext. 120; for Natick or Framingham, contact Lois Levick at 508-532-5570, ext. 4353 or at email@example.com.
Olmsted National Historic Site seeks volunteers for award-winning, curriculum-based education program
Confirmed on March 19, 2014
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)
- 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/forteachers/good-neighbors.htm. To apply, please send a cover letter, résumé, and two references to Brianne Cassetta; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help out veterans transitioning to careers in K-12 education
First posted on March 11, 2014
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 email@example.com. 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 www.ncscweb.org/programs/soar55.
Make College a Reality! Volunteer Tutor with The College Success Academy
First posted on October 7, 2013
If you're passionate about what you do and care about improving educational opportunities for under-served students, you may find yourself at home working with our team of committed staff and faculty. The Steppingstone Foundation (TSF) develops and implements programs that prepare urban schoolchildren for educational opportunities that lead to college success. In 2011, TSF launched a pilot program called the College Success Academy to increase the number of Boston public school students who graduate from four-year colleges.
We are currently seeking volunteer tutors at our after school sites: Jackson/Mann K-8 and Edison K-8 in Brighton/Allston. Volunteer tutors at the College Success Academy support a positive climate, teach social-emotional skills, and work alongside CSA teachers to provide individual attention to scholars. They help scholars complete homework, facilitate educational games and activities, supervise recess, and assist with other tasks; individuals may also ride home on the bus with scholars.
After school sessions run Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays:
Edison K-8 School, Brighton: 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Jackson Mann K-8 School, Allston: 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
If you’re interested in volunteering with our organization, please contact Christian Hightower by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 617-423-6300 or complete an online application at: www.tsf.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
Help people from around the world in your own community
First posted on September 26, 2013
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 availability is preferred, but we also have evening hours.
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.
Tutor high school students at the Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School in Holyoke
First posted on September 20, 2013
Enjoy a rewarding experience and give back to the community by becoming a tutor! We are seeking passionate and skilled individuals of any academic discipline and level of experience to help tutor high school students (grades 9-10) one-on-one, as requested by students, teachers and parents.
Tutoring is offered weekly, Monday through Thursday, 4:00–7:30 p.m., and you are welcome to volunteer as your schedule permits. You will be assigned to students based on the your skills and availability.
To apply, please submit a letter describing your interest in tutoring to email@example.com. Applicants must pass a CORI check.
Become an Advisor for Fun Kiosk Project—Make a Difference on the North Shore!
First posted on September 9, 2013
Greater Lynn Senior Services is looking for Volunteer Advisors for The Kiosk for Living Well. The Kiosk is a new and exciting space in the community that offers visitors a fresh approach to healthy living and new ways to manage the aging process. Advisors take advantage of a touch screen computer, a laptop and a bevy of resources and are trained to guide visitors through a variety of games and brain puzzles as well as wellness programs including exercise videos and referrals to valuable programs. Training includes monthly luncheons designed for Advisors to share experiences around the Kiosk and to learn about new initiatives. The Kiosks for Living Well are currently located at the Lynn Public Library, the Beverly Council on Aging, and the Danvers Council on Aging. Other Kiosk sites on the North Shore are scheduled to open early next year. For further information please contact Liz Bulkley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 781-586-8592.
Discover the satisfaction of tutoring in Adult Basic Education!
Confirmed on August 20, 2013
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 call Emily Fox at 413-552-2932.
Wanted: Literacy tutors
Confirmed on August 15, 2013
We need volunteers to work one-to-one with adult immigrants learning basic English communication, literacy, and intercultural skills.
Student/tutor pairs meet for about one hour, twice a week, at whatever time and location is convenient for both. Jones Library provides materials, meeting space, training, and ongoing support to volunteer tutors.
Retired educators are highly prized by our immigrant students, and we get frequent requests for such volunteers.
To learn more about the program, please visit our website: Jones Library Volunteer
Not in the Amherst area? Find other opportunities across the Commonwealth on the website for Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts: Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts
Not in Massachusetts? For a national database of literacy programs for volunteers, please go to the National Database of Literacy Programs for Volunteers .
Newton Community Service Center has over a century of service to the families and children in the area!
Updated on August 13, 2013
NCSC’s core belief is that the strongest way to assure healthy child development is to ensure the quality of relationships each child has in the critical early years with parents, caregivers and nurturing adults; therefore our mission is to provide educational programs and a network of support services to strengthen young children and their families in Newton, Waltham and Greater Boston communities. We serve a racially, economically, and culturally diverse population in these communities. More information is available online at www.ncscweb.org .
- Teacher Assistants support children and staff in our Early Education Program (3 months through age 5) by supervising classroom, gym, and playground activities
- Prevention Specialists in the Child Assault Prevention Program (CAPP) lead workshops in Newton classrooms (grades K,2, & 5) that teach children strategies to reduce vulnerability to assault and violence that focus on bullying, stranger safety, and assault by known persons. Minimum commitment: 6 hours per month for one school year. Certification trainings in October and January.
- Group Facilitators in our Raising a Reader Program assist Group Leaders to implement parent/child interactive playgroups for children ages 3 & 4. The groups will include group reading, singing and hand plays. Group leader and volunteers will engage with parents around strategies, questions and reflection. Using the program’s signature red bag rotation program families will borrow books each week along with projects to do at home.
- Grant Coordinator (experienced) to work with volunteer grant-writing team to coordinate research and grant submission as well as editing and proofing of grants.
- General administration support for programs and management staff
Other opportunities are often available. We are conveniently located just off West Newton Square. Training and support are provided and the hours are flexible. Please contact Judy Siggins at 617-969-5906 x210 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Make a difference in a child’s life and your own
Confirmed on August 13, 2013
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Four notices from the Massachusetts Department of Correction:
Updated on August 13, 2013
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. For information on volunteering, please contact Bill Milhomme, Director of Volunteer Services, at 508-422-3437 or email@example.com.
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.
If you are interested in volunteering your love and gift of teaching and sharing it with incarcerated mothers, please contact Bill Milhomme, Director of Volunteer Services, at 508-422-3437 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please contact Bill Milhomme, Director of Volunteer Services, at 508-422-3437 or email@example.com.
4) GED Math Tutoring at Minimum Security Correctional Facilities
The Massachusetts Department of Correction is seeking an individual(s) to provide math tutoring services for 6–10 incarcerated men at minimum security correctional facilities located in Norfolk, Gardner, Framingham, Bridgewater and Plymouth.
Results from an academic assessment (TABE test) as well as GED test results will be made available to the tutor(s) in order to begin remedial work at the appropriate level. Most of the students in need of tutorial services have attained a total passing score for the test battery and have successfully completed all of the GED subtests except for mathematics. Therefore the students must achieve a passing score on the mathematics subtest in order to receive their high school equivalency diploma. The most common math skills that need to be addressed in the tutorial sessions are: fractions, ratio and proportion, basic algebra, basic geometry, chart and graph interpretation and word problems.
If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please contact Bill Milhomme, Director of Volunteer Services, at 508-422-3437 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help train today’s teachers: Become an Educator Mentor
Updated on August 12, 2013
5oaks Mentoring is an initiative of the Wheelock College Aspire Institute designed with the intent to create a strong root system for educators in an effort to support, prepare, inspire and retain the next generation of effective transformative educators. 5oaks Mentoring partners with high need schools and districts and mobilizes skilled, experienced educators to support teachers in their 2nd through 5th years of teaching.
The 5 in 5oaks stand for the five key or "root" areas we believe are essential for teacher success: efficacy, leadership development, advocacy, retention and teacher support network.
To be a mentor
5oaks mentors are transformative change agents that allow teachers to connect theory to practice. They play a key role in supporting teachers to become active agents in analyzing and improving their own practice. The mentoring is a power-free, two-way mutually beneficial relationship wherein mentors are facilitators and teachers, allowing mentee teachers to discover their own direction while addressing our standards of practice.
Mentors observe mentees in the classroom, collaborate with mentees to determine the goals for the year, meet once a week with mentees to provide support and feedback related to mentoring goals.
For more information
E-mail: email@example.com Call: 617-879-1463 To apply: Contact Dana Fitchett for more information.
The Wingate at Needham is currently looking for volunteers
Updated on August 8, 2013
Wingate is dedicated to the belief that everyone deserves a life of grace and dignity regardless of age or physical condition. Residents recently requested guest speakers to educate them in current matters including history-art-music-dance, culture-countries, philosophy, science and new technology. Our residents range in age from 70s to 100s. Sessions could last one hour and we are flexible with days and times.
To learn more you can contact Jessica Morales at 781-455-9090 x5239 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get involved with the New England Aquarium! Become a visitor education volunteer
Updated on August 5, 2013
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.
Needed: Volunteers passionate about sharing what they know and love with middle school students
Updated on August 5, 2013
Citizen Schools is a leading national nonprofit that partners with local schools to prepare urban middle school students for achievement and leadership in high school, college, the workforce, and civic life. Utilizing extended learning time (ELT), Citizen Schools expands the learning day up to three hours a day, four days a week. The program blends rigorous academic support with real-world "apprenticeships”—fun, hands-on learning projects taught by community volunteers. Volunteers have taught students everything from architecture to robotics, digital storytelling to business start-ups, journalism to space travel.
We are still recruiting volunteers to teach our Fall 2013 semester apprenticeships for our Boston and Chelsea campuses.
To volunteer or learn more, fill out an interest form at www.citizenschools.org/volunteer/sign-up/.
- 90 minutes a week, 13 weeks
- Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays between 2:30 and 5:30
Training and support
- up-front training
- curriculum library – www.citizenschools.org/curriculum
- in-class Citizen Schools staff member support
- Edwards Middle School, 28 Walker Street, Charlestown
- Irving Middle School, 105 Cummins Highway, Roslindale
- Dever-McCormack School, 315 Mt. Vernon Street, Dorchester
- Orchard Gardens School, 906 Albany Street, Roxbury
- Joseph Lee Middle School, 155 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester
- Joseph A. Browne Middle School, 180 Walnut Street, Chelsea
Victory Programs' Boston Living Center has opportunities to volunteer!
Confirmed on May 13, 2013
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; Wednesdays, 10am – 2:30pm; or Fridays, 10am – 2:30pm. This opportunity is also available to small groups.
- Greet our membership and staff our coat check service on Wednesdays and/or 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 email@example.com or 617-236-1012, ext. 227.
Provide Adult Education Services through Project Hope in Roxbury
Confirmed on March 20, 2013
Project Hope’s Adult Education Services (AES) offers a basic adult education to more than 80 low-income women a year. We provide support to ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Learners and ABE (Adult Basic Education) Learners. The following opportunities are available within our AES program:
English for Speakers of Other Languages program
- Tutor an ESOL Learner: Meet with learners one-on-one to provide basic and/or remedial instruction in the English language. Volunteers are needed Monday–Thursday 8:30–9:15, 12:00–12:45 and 2:00–3:00, Wednesday 3:00–3:30 and Thursday 11:30–12:00.
- Assist an ESOL Learner in Computers or Reading: Volunteer to provide basic computer instruction (e-mail, internet, word processing) for Adult ESOL students. Assist the learners with logging on and navigating interactive ESOL websites and guide the learners in the use of Mavis Beacon. Volunteers are needed Tuesdays from 2:30–3:30 or Wednesday 11:00–12:00.
- Lead ESOL Conversation Groups: Volunteer to lead discussions with Adult ESOL learners to improve their English fluency. Help them practice common dialogues, role-play real life situations and discuss topics of interest with the group. Volunteers are needed Wednesday 2:30–3:00 or Thursday 11:00–11:30.
- Contact Jeymi Arroyo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-442-1880 x225.
Adult Basic Education program
- Tutor an ABE Learner: Meet with learners one-on-one to provide basic and/or remedial instruction in math, reading, or writing. Volunteers are needed Monday–Friday 8:30–9:15, Monday–Thursday 2:00–3:00, and Friday 1:00–2:00.
- Assist in ABE Learner Math Classes: Assist students with learning disabilities in the classroom. Help the students stay focused and on task, answer questions and provide guidance as needed. Volunteers are needed Tuesday–Friday 9:30–10:30.
- Assist ABE Learners during their Study Period: Assist learners with classroom assignments and/or homework during their independent study period. Provide assistance with developing/tweaking résumés and cover letters. Volunteers are needed Tuesday and Thursday 1:50–2:30.
- Reading Assistant: Provide small group instruction and practice for students participating in our STAR reading program. Groups include phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. Volunteers are needed Monday–Thursday 12:30–1:45.
- Contact Martha Gray at email@example.com or 617-442-1880 x253.
550 Dudley Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
ESOL Volunteers: Springfield Library Literacy Volunteers seeks tutors
Confirmed on December 21, 2012
Share conversation and American culture. Make a difference in an adult's life. No teaching experience or knowledge of a foreign language is needed. Springfield Literacy Volunteers, a program sponsored by the Springfield City Library, is offering individualized instruction in English as a second language or basic literacy to support adults in our community so they can achieve their goals as parents, workers, and community members. Springfield Literacy Volunteers is primarily funded by a grant from the United Way.
Training is free and provided by Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts in February. Volunteers attend a free 18-hour training and are then matched with an adult. Once matched, the tutor and student meet weekly for two hours for a six-month commitment. Continued training and support is provided.
For more information, call 413-263-6839 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local consumer program seeks volunteers
Confirmed on December 19, 2012
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:
- New Bedford
- North Attleboro
Training will be provided. For more information, contact Mali Lim at 508-961-3020 or email@example.com.
You Can Be a Special Education Surrogate Parent
Updated on October 7, 2010
Are you interested in supporting kids in your community? You can help to by volunteering to become an important member of the special education team for a student in the custody of the Department of Children and Families (DCF). Volunteers collaborate with DCF, the child’s school and community partners to ensure the student has access to educational services and supports. Join us at one of our free training sessions where you will learn about the role of a Special Education Surrogate Parent, the special education process, resources in the community and how you can make a difference in the life of a child!
For additional information please call 508-792-7679 or visit the website at Special Education Surrogate Parent Program
Springfield Museums: Science Docent Program
Confirmed on October 6, 2010
What is a Science Docent?
Science docents are volunteer museum educators. They conduct tours and programs in the Science Museum with students in grades K-12 and adult audiences. Docents attend classes to learn about the collections of the Science Museum so that they can share that knowledge with visitors.
What is the time commitment?
Docents are expected to attend up to 20 training classes, meeting weekly. Classes will be held Wednesdays from 2:00–3:30 p.m. beginning late September 2009. Training ends in winter 2010. Docents are asked to give a minimum of 20 programs per year for 2 years.
Benefits of being a Docent
Active docents receive numerous privileges and educational opportunities including:
- Free college-level training program in science
- Discounts on Museum School courses
- Museum Store discounts
- Docent newsletters
- Free admission to Museums à la Carte programs
- Invitations to docent social events including docent picnic, holiday luncheon, bus trips and graduation/recognition events
- Ongoing training led by curators, scholars and museum educators
For more information about the Springfield Museums
Visit our website at Springfield Museums or to request a docent application, please contact Katie Merrill at 413-263-6800, ext. 331 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beacon Hospice seeks local volunteers to visit with patients!
Confirmed on October 5, 2010
Beacon Hospice provides quality end-of-life care to local terminally-ill patients. We are looking for caring and compassionate individuals in your area to spend time with our patients. Over half of our patients have few to no visitors and really enjoy friendly visits from a volunteer. Volunteers can provide much needed support to patients and their families in a number of ways including:
- visiting with patients on an ongoing basis,
- sitting vigils,
- knitting, crocheting, quilting and,
- organizing craft projects.
There is a free training course that is required on what hospice is and how to interact with hospice patients. For more information, interested volunteers should contact: Deb Culhane, Volunteer Coordinator, at (508) 324-1900, extension 33.
Elementary After School Tutors
First posted on September 21, 2009
The Wellesley METCO Program is looking for tutors who are interested in working with a group of wonderful elementary students in the areas of mathematics. This program will run from approximately 12:00-3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and aims to provide lessons related to solidifying basic skills, creating mathematical thinkers, challenging students, and the extension of current classroom concepts. Some social time and fun activities will be included, and tutors will have the opportunity to shape that time and those activities in the name of connecting with children and sharing interests.
The students are children of color participating in a voluntary desegregation program aimed at infusing diversity into suburban school districts. Tutors should feel comfortable, and excited about, managing a group of third, fourth, or fifth grade students and covering basic math skills, as well as mathematical comprehension, vocabulary, and test taking strategies (identifying useful information in questions and reading, finding and utilizing key vocabulary, underlining/highlighting, showing work, etc). Volunteers will work one-on-one or with small groups of students to reinforce basic skills. It is our hope that these efforts begin to eliminate the academic achievement gap between students of color and white students at the elementary level. Please contact: Kalise Jacobs, K-12 METCO Director, 781-446-6250 x4524.