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.  

Otherwise, please check out the PBA newsletter for upcoming events organized by the Volunteering and Community Outreach Committee!

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


Ongoing Volunteering Opportunities

Friday Night Supper Program 

Description: Cook and distribute meals at Arlington Street Church on Friday evenings. Donations of clothing, shoes, and personal items are also accepted. For information from a fellow MGB employee, contact ACHEN42@mgh.harvard.edu. 

Commitment Level: Low 

Requirements: Proof of vaccination is required for all volunteers 

Contact Information: contact@fridaynightsupper.org 

Location: Boston, MA 

Link: https://www.fridaynightsupper.org/ 

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 

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/ 

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 

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 


Christopher’s Haven 

Description: Brighten a family’s day by hosting a family meal or children’s craft event at Christopher’s Haven, a home for children with cancer and their families. 

Commitment Level: Low 

Requirements: Fill out the form on linked their website to apply 

Contact Information: info@ChristophersHaven.org

Location: Boston, MA 

Link: https://www.christophershaven.org/boston


Prison Book Program 

Description: Help send free books to people in prison by picking books, invoicing, packaging, and more!

Commitment Level: Low 

Requirements: Sign up for a shift on their website

Contact Information: info@PrisonBookProgram.org

Location: Quincy, MA 

Link: https://prisonbookprogram.org/