Hello MGB PBA members! The Volunteering and Community Outreach Committee has compiled a list of volunteering and outreach opportunities that you may be interested in checking out. Please see below for brief descriptions, and if you’d like to explore any of these options, each entry has a link and/or contacts for more information.  

If you have any questions regarding this list, or have any suggestions on what other opportunities we can include, please email pbavolunteering@research.mgh.harvard.edu

Big Brother of Massachusetts Bay 

Description: Choose from different programs on their website and get matched with a child in the Greater Boston Area to support them and have fun 

Commitment Level: High 

Requirements: Must apply and interview before getting matched. All interviews are online 

Location: Boston, MA 

Link: https://emassbigs.org/volunteer/ 

Big Sister Association of Greater Boston 

Description: Be matched with a girl in your area to provide a role model, have fun, and grow together 

Commitment Level: High 

Requirements: Must apply and receive training prior to the interview and getting matched with a child 

Location: Boston, MA

Link: https://www.bigsister.org/volunteer/become-a-big-sister/#apply 

Bikes Not Bombs 

Description: Help process donated bikes, teach youth how to build bikes, volunteer at the annual bike-a-thon, and more. See website for the full list of volunteer opportunities. 

Commitment Level: Low 

Location: Dorchester/Jamaica Plain 

Link: https://bikesnotbombs.org/volunteer 

Boston Living Center 

Description: Serve meals, work the coat check, or volunteer in the computer lab 

Commitment Level: Low 

Requirements: orientation 

Contact Information: volunteer@vpi.org  

Location: Boston, MA 

Link: https://www.vpi.org/boston/careers-volunteers/volunteer-opportunities/ 

Boston Medical Center 

Description: Choose from several ways to help out such as providing support and companionship to patients, helping at the outpatient food bank, or providing career coaching 

Commitment Level: Medium 

Requirements: application required. A 20-minute phone interview is used to confirm information on the application and in person interview will help place you into a particular role. Must complete health clearance and orientation 

Location: Boston, MA

Link: https://www.bmc.org/volunteer-services/volunteer-opportunities 

Boston Rescue Mission 

Description: Volunteer to help in the office or the kitchen, do maintenance in the building, become a driver, or help with cleaning or laundry 

Commitment Level: Low 

Requirements: Must be vaccinated, apply online 

Location: Boston, MA 

Link: https://www.brm.org/volunteer 

Boys and Girls Club of Boston 

Description: Help with homework, daily activities, athletics, or administrative tasks to support the children and program. 

Commitment Level: High 

Requirements: Fill out inquiry form online to begin the process. Background checks will be required (Sex Offender Registry Information, Criminal Offender Record Information, National CORI) 

Location: Boston, MA 

Link: https://www.bgcb.org/get-involved/volunteer/ 

East Boston Community Soup Kitchen 

Description: Help with Tuesday serving days or pick up food donations 

Commitment Level: Low 

Requirements: application 

Location: Boston, MA

Link: https://www.ebkitchen.org/new-page 

East End House 

Description: This program provides childcare to low-income families and needs volunteers to lead activities at the after-school programs, help with administrative responsibilities, and mentor youth 

Commitment Level: Varies based on role 

Requirements: application required 

Contact Information: ryan@eastendhouse.org 

Location: Cambridge, MA 

Link: http://eastendhouse.org/get-involved/ 

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts 

Description: Become a troop leader or community volunteer. Visit the website for more information on how to get involved. 

Commitment Level: Varies based on role 

Requirements: application required, background checks may apply 

Location: Search opportunities near you on their website 

Link: https://mygs.girlscouts.org/volunteer 

Greater Boston Food Bank 

Description: Fight hunger in our area by volunteering in the kitchen 

Commitment Level: Low 

Requirements: Apply online 

Location: Boston, MA 

Link: https://www.gbfb.org/get-involved/volunteer/individual-volunteering/ 

Horizons for Homeless Children 

Description: Support play for children living in homeless shelters as a Playspace Activity Leader or support the organization from behind the scenes 

Commitment Level: Varies based on role 

Requirements: See website and contact the point person for the role you’re interested in 

Location: Several locations in suburbs around Boston 

Link: https://horizonschildren.org/how-you-can-help/volunteer-network/ 

Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Boston 

Description: Mentor a child through the children’s program or make a new friend through the programs for adults with disabilities 

Commitment Level: High 

Requirements: background checks and applications required 

Location: Boston, MA

Link: https://www.jbbbs.org/volunteer/ 

Jewish Family and Children’s Services 

Description: There are several remote and in-person opportunities for volunteers to give back to the community and make connections with community members 

Commitment Level: Low 

Requirements: applications 

Location: Waltham, MA 

Link: https://www.jfcsboston.org/Volunteer/Volunteering-at-JF-CS#1477673-caring-crafts 

Little Brothers: Friends of the Elderly 

Description: Join the communications or development committee to support the organization in its goal to provide companionship to the elderly 

Commitment Level: Medium 

Location: Boston, MA 

Link: https://lbfeboston.org/volunteer/ 

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC) 

Description: Help with food and clothing drives, no-sew blanket making, and more. See the website for a full list of volunteer opportunities 

Commitment Level: Low 

Requirements: application 

Contact Information: jsheflin@mspcc.org 

Location: Lexington, MA/remote 

Link: https://www.mspcc.org/volunteer/ 

Old West Church Food Forest 

Description: Help bring nature to the center of Boston with seasonal planting, weeding, harvesting, and planning. The garden is in the front yard of Old West Church, which fosters a safe and inclusive community for all 

Commitment Level: Low 

Requirements: Contact Mike or Rev. Dr. Sara Garrard to get involved 

Contact Information: memoehring@gmail.com, sara@oldwestchurch.org 

Location: Boston, MA

Link: https://www.oldwestchurch.org/# 

On the Rise 

Description: Help with tangible essentials drives, making meals or bagged lunches, or coordinating a moving home drive. Volunteers do not work directly with program participants. 

Commitment Level: Low 

Contact Information: maddie.porter@ontherise.org  

Location: Cambridge, MA

Link: https://www.ontherise.org/energy-time-talent 

One Brick Boston 

Description: Sign up to help with events or administrative work 

Commitment Level: Low 

Requirements: Questionnaire 

Contact Information: GrahamP@onebrick.org  

Location: Boston, MA

Link: https://onebrick.org 

Partners for Youth with Disabilities 

Description: Mentor youth and lead extracurricular programs 

Commitment Level: Varies based on role 

Requirements: application and training required 

Location: Somerville, MA 

Link: https://www.pyd.org/get-involved/ 

Stand Up for Kids 

Description: Support the organization behind the scenes. See website for specific volunteer positions that need to be filled in your area 

Commitment Level: Varies based on role/opportunities available 

Requirements: application required but background check is role-dependent 

Link: https://www.standupforkids.org/how-to-help/volunteer 

YouthBuild Boston

Description: Join a one-day service event and give back to your community 

Commitment Level: Low 

Requirements: Call number below to sign up 

Contact Information: (617) 445-8887 

Location: Boston, MA

Link: https://www.youthbuildboston.org/support-us#volunteer