The Best Volunteer Opportunities in Massachusetts!

It’s better to give than receive, as the adage goes. While some are comfortable writing a check as their chosen act of kindness, others prefer to give of themselves, by volunteering their time in a hands-on way. Massachusetts offers up a wealth of ways to give back. The following 15 options are but the tip of that proverbial iceberg.

1. Mass Mentoring

Dedicated to mentoring youth in Massachusetts, Mass Mentoring is an umbrella organization for more than 165 statewide organizations. Spend your time making a serious impact on a young person via one of these options.

2. Boston Cares, Boston, MA

Supporting Boston schools and other local nonprofits, Boston Cares fills 20,000 volunteer spots each year, but is always looking for more helping hands. Whether you can give an hour every few weeks or want to help out more often, they have plenty of opportunities to put you to work.

3. School Nutrition Association of Massachusetts, Brookline, MA

Staggering statistics show that many children in Massachusetts go hungry on a regular basis. Volunteering with the School Nutrition Association works with leaders who provide programs to feed them.

4. Cambridge Department of Public Works, Cambridge, MA

If you love nature, and enjoy getting your hands dirty, the Cambridge Department of Public Works utilizes volunteers to beautify and maintain public parks and clean up neighborhoods. They also need volunteers to help with waste reduction and other environmentally-sound projects.

5. Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts

Volunteers are needed to advocate for women’s reproductive rights and to assist at health centers. Contact Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts to see how to help.

6. University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA

If you are a pre-med student, or have those credentials in your background, the University of Massachusetts, Boston can use your help. Volunteers are needed to help out in children’s health centers, with people with disabilities and special needs, and with homeless needs and shelters.

7. Home for Little Wanderers, Walpole, MA

If you have a school subject you excel in, you can put your knowledge to good use at the Home for Little Wanderers. Volunteer tutors are always needed, and orientations for volunteers take place several times per year.

8. Massachusetts Bar Association

If you have a law degree, are a retired lawyer, or even a para-legal, the Massachusetts Bar Association needs your help. They will put your expertise to work for senior citizens, abused children, and others who need legal assistance but are unable to pay.

9. Council on Aging, Marshfield, MA

From driving for Meals on Wheels to assisting elderly shoppers on bus trips, the Council on Aging in Marshfield is in need of volunteers all year long. You can even sign up to simply visit a senior citizen on a regular basis.

10. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

A world-renowned hospital can use your help. Massachusetts General Hospital is always on the hunt for volunteers to make everyone’s hospital experience a bit easier. They also have a junior program for younger volunteers.

11. Family Nurturing Center, Dorchester, MA

From making baby blankets for newborns to driving kids to appointments or activities, the Family Nurturing Center in Dorchester is intent on making life easier for children in the Dorchester community. You can also volunteer to hold babies and help kids with their homework.

12. Museum of Science, Boston, MA

If you’re big on education, consider becoming a volunteer at the Museum of Science in Boston. Volunteers help with interactive projects, greet visitors, and put their administrative skills to work behind the scenes.

13. My Brother’s Keeper, Boston, MA

Needing volunteers to pick up and deliver used furniture, test household electronics, pack food boxes, and more, My Brother’s Keeper works hard to keep people off the streets. They have a special program for students who want to volunteer their time as well.

14. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Mass)

The Massachusetts chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness—called NAMI Mass—needs volunteers for spreading the word about mental illness and how to help those suffering from mental illness. Several hours of training is required.

15. Stand Up for Kids, Worcester, MA

Working to improve the lives of homeless youth, Stand Up for Kids needs volunteers. Advocate for these kids, counsel them, feed them, and more.

Massachusetts Search
Best Things To Do Near You
Best Things To Do Near You

Saint Nicholas Festival

Quincy Point Congregational Church Quincy, MA
Learn More

Chelmsford Craft Fair

9:00 AM
Parker Middle School Chelmsford, MA
Learn More

Muchos Méxicos: Crossroads of the Americas Exhibition

9:00 AM
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Cambridge, MA
Learn More

From the Hands of the Makers Exhibition

9:00 AM
Harvard Museum of Natural History Cambridge, MA
Learn More

New England Holiday Craft Spectacular

10:00 AM
Starland Sportsplex and Fun Park Hanover, MA
Learn More
Show More
Best Places To Go Near You
Best Places To Go Near You
161 Essex Street, Salem, MA
Mission & Vision StatementThe mission of the Peabody Essex Museum is to celebrate outstanding artistic and cultural creativity by collecting, s... Read More
397 Main Street, Hyannis, MA
MISSION: The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation preserves and promotes the legacy of President Kennedy, his family, and their deep connecti... Read More
135 South Street, Hyannis, MA
The Cape Cod Maritime Museum is a nonprofit organization based in Hyannis, Massachusetts, Cape Cod's first museum dedicated to the maritime culture... Read More
25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, MA
The Institute of Contemporary Art strives to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation, and imagination that contemporary art off... Read More
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA
The Museum of Fine Arts houses and preserves preeminent collections and aspires to serve a wide variety of people through direct encounters with wo... Read More
700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
Within its collection of 23 million items, the library boasts a wealth of rare books and manuscripts, maps, musical scores and prints. Among its la... Read More
Phillips Academy 180 Main Street, Andover, MA
The Addison Gallery of American Art, on the campus of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, opened its doors to the public in May 1931, at a ... Read More
59 School Street, Edgartown, MA
The Mission of the Martha's Vineyard Museum: "To bring together persons interested in the history of Martha's Vineyard, to collect and preserve sig... Read More
4 Vestal Street, Nantucket, MA
Our Mission is to increase knowledge and public awareness of the universe and the natural world through programs of scientific research and educati... Read More
15 State Street, Boston, MA
The Boston National Historical Park sites are connected by the Freedom Trail. Recognized as a National Recreation Trail, the 3-mile trail is a walk... Read More
250 North Great Road, Lincoln, MA
Minute Man National Historical Park is located 22 miles outside of Boston within the towns of Lexington, Lincoln and Concord, Massachusetts. The pa... Read More
455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA
Mission: Fuller Craft Museum is a dynamic environment where craft is experienced through exhibitions, education, outreach, and collaboration. We e... Read More
25 Evans Way, Boston, MA
Mission StatementThe Museum exercises cultural and civic leadership by nurturing a new generation of talent in the arts and humanities; by deliveri... Read More
539 Washington Street, Boston, MA
Boston Ballet’s mission is to bring new levels of excellence to ballet -- both on and offstage. We will accomplish this through a process tha... Read More
193 Salem Street, Boston, MA
Mission Statement The Old North Foundation was established in 1991 as a secular, independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to: ... Read More
Show More
Select a Massachusetts town to find
the Best Things-To-Do and Places To Go around you
Nantucket County