Outside Opportunities

These listings feature service opportunities not associated with or facilitated by the Boston University Community Service Center. Volunteers enroll and participate at their own risk.

Outside Opportunities with Upcoming Deadlines

South End Community Health Center

The WIN Program at South End Community Health Center offers weight management services for overweight and obese pediatric patients of the health center. These services include nutritional counseling, physical activity resources, case management support, and regular afterschool and school-vacation programming. During the week of April vacation (April 21-24), the WIN Program will be hosting Camp NuFit, a week-long camp on nutrition and fitness for kids ages 8-12. Camp hours will run from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm; volunteers can choose the days and times they volunteer, though most help is needed during morning activities (10:30 to 11) and during physical activities (12:30-2:00. Activities will include educational sessions on nutrition and healthy living, healthy lunches provided to kids and staff, and a strong fitness component comprised of sports and games which will take place at the health center’s neighboring BCYF community center. On Friday, the group will take a field trip to a rock wall gym in South Boston from 11 to 2. We’re currently looking for volunteers to work with our kids at Camp NuFit, where they will primarily be working with the kids, encouraging healthy habits and providing behavioral management support. Volunteers can also help prepare snacks, facilitate their own activities during fitness times, and will mostly be needed to assist in engaging kids during camp hours. Interested volunteers should email Malcolm, WIN program coordinator, at mmatheson@sechc.org with some information about themselves, including their experience working with kids.

AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer

Mission: AVON 39 galvanizes individuals through a challenging experience to end breast cancer, powerfully impact their communities,and transform themselves. Come join us at the AVON 39 office for a night of volunteering. Do you love meeting new people and chatting on the phone? If you said yes, this is for you! We will be making phone calls inviting past Walkers and Crew to our Great Start Party. We provide the script, support and motivation; you provide the voice! If you have any questions, please email volunteer.boston@avonwalk.org or call 617.722.4140. Location: AVON39 Office 33 Broad Street, Suite 700 Boston MA 02109 You can RSVP for this event by emailing us at volunteer.boston@avonwalk.org.

Charlestown High School Tutoring

Charlestown High School is a Boston Public School that serves approximately 1,000 students. We are looking for tutors who can help tutor students in academic subjects, particularly in math (Algebra and Pre-Calculus) during in-school hours. We have opportunities available for tutoring in-school from 7:30-1:00. Tutors should be able to commit to at least 1 hour per week. If you have any questions or would like to apply, please contact Aaron Altman @ aaltman@bostonpublicschools.org
All Dorchester Sports League
ADSL began in 1983 in response to racial violence and growing racial tension in the neighborhood. ADSL was created to provide neighborhood youth of all races and ethnicities with a space for reconciliation and the opportunity to be on the same team, instead of seeing one another as adversaries. In 2008, ADSL expanded once again to offer fitness and nutrition education. In 2013 we have a strong and diverse board, a dedicated Executive Director, and several programs that are highly valued by our participants, their parents, and the larger community. Currently, the overall numbers of youth served by all of ADSL’s programs is about 600 per year (up from 500 in 2012). Our goal is to serve up to 750 youth per year through programs which are relevant in today’s social context—including health and nutrition, physical fitness, and educational advancement. Since 1983, All Dorchester Sports League has addressed a wide variety of community needs through sustainable projects with direct service at their core. Examples include the following initiatives: Establishing sports leagues that have been fundamental to cultivating a lasting passion for sports and physical activity in Dorchester youth. Developing fitness programs to provide year-round physical activity and fitness goals. Launching Fit Kitchen nutrition programs to make healthy meals easy and accessible. ADSL not only provides services today to those in need, but produces volunteers and community activists who have the passion and direction to continue to give back throughout the rest of their lives. ADSL is currently seeking volunteers interested in tutoring. If interested in becoming a tutor or any of the opportunities ADSL has to offer please fill out this form.

Ongoing Outside Opportunities

Match Education (Match Corps, Match Teacher Residency)

Match Corps is a one-year urban education fellowship focused on our tutoring and mentoring program. This is our original, flagship tutoring program which began in the fall of 2004. Elite recent college graduates from top universities across the country commit one year to public service designed to close the achievement gap in Boston, one student at a time. It is possibly the most competitive such program in the nation, more competitive than admission to the Harvard Graduate School of Education or Teach For America. Match Corps members work relentlessly to build in-depth relationships that transcend tutorial boundaries with their students, acting as mentors, and helping their students reach specific goals. Corps members maintain close contact with students’ parents and guardians, building the strong bridge between home and school that is an important part of the Match philosophy. The school environment is small enough that every Corps member knows every student by name. Corps members receive compensation for their services and housing is available to interested Corps members for a fee. After their year of employment, some Corps members remain in the field of K-12 education and direct service with youth, others go back to medical, law or other graduate school, and another subset gets involved in public policy or education reform. Every day, we do what many consider impossible–we bring together idealistic, dedicated college graduates and hard-working, disciplined urban youth. We have created a program that allows Match students to achieve what so many consider impossible for low-income urban youth: success in college and beyond. Contact Sara Colon at sara.colon@matcheducation.org for your information.

 

Big Sister Association of Greater Boston

Big Sister Association of Greater Boston’s vision is to create a mentor-rich community in which every girl has access, without cost, to the individual nurturing guidance, and support she needs to overcome challenges and become a confident, competent, and caring adult. In this 1:1, fun, activities-based program, we match mentors (Big Sisters) and mentees (Little Sisters) together. They develop impactful friendships that result in incredible outcomes for both Little Sisters and Big Sisters, transforming our whole community. We are one of 338 affiliated Big Brothers Big Sisters of America organizations across the country, yet the only one focused exclusively on the healthy development girls. To learn more, please visit our website at www.bigsister.org or call 617-236-8060.

YMCA International Learning Center

Since 1975, the International Learning Center (ILC) has provided more than 25,000 adult learners with the skills they need to meet their employment and educational goals. Students from more than 40 countries attend ILC classes annually. The ILC currently provides seven levels of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) from Beginner through Advanced. Volunteers will act as tutors to our adult English Language Learners (ELL). They will work one-on-one or in small groups to help students in our programs further develop their English conversation skills- improve their pronunciation, expand their vocabulary, and increase their comfort with the language. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Danielle at Dosterman@ymcaboston.org

City Strings United

City Strings United is a 501(c) 3 stringed instrument learning program that is offered to youth in the inner city who do not have access to it, for lack of funding. The instrument and classes are offered at no charge to participants. The goal of the City Strings program is to show youth from struggling communities that they are just as capable of accomplishing greatness as those from more affluent areas. Through City Strings, youth from underrepresented communities find that, with hard work and dedication, they can surpass even their own expectations. At City Strings, students are taught how to play the cello, read music, collaborate with other musicians, and perform in a public setting. We focus on developing a student’s tone and technique. Each student receives individual and group instruction. If interested in Volunteering or learning more about City Strings, email City Strings United citystrings@hotmail.com with the subject of the email as “Volunteer with City Strings”.

Partners for Youth With Disabilities

Partners for Youth with Disabilities is a community-based nonprofit organization that strives to help youth with all types of disabilities reach their full potential. PYD’s cornerstone program is our Mentor Match program, in which we match up an adult volunteer with a youth with disabilities. The match meets in person at least 4-6 hours per month, with a weekly contact requirement as well. This weekly contact can take the form of texting, emailing, or a phone call. The in-person activities can be as simple as going to a Red Sox game, watching a movie, playing video games, shopping, or practicing basketball or soccer moves. The match lasts between 9 months to a year, unless both parties would like to continue. Mentors join our program for many reasons. Many volunteers themselves had a mentor, making them want to fill the same role for a youth. Others want to give back to the community in a way that would look good on their resume. No matter what the reason, we currently have 95 youth on our waitlist, so we are always looking for more mentors! If you’re interested in becoming a mentor or would like further information about our program, please fill out our intake form and email it to Hannah at hbarrett@pyd.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

Save Our Streets- Boston

Save Our Streets-Boston, Inc. (SOS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose goal is to assist our community in finding and gaining access to a variety of opportunities throughout the city. Our mission is to establish a network of organizations and businesses which will help to promote the many activities and programs within our communities. Save Our Streets-Boston (SOS) and American Youth Table Tennis Organization (AYTTO) seeks to establish a partnership with Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF) in which we jointly collaborate to provide a quality and exciting Table Tennis Program for both Boys’ and Girls’ ages 12-18 during the 2014-15 school year. SOS will be working closely with AYTTO and BCYF to organize a successful Boston Youth Table Tennis Program (BYTTP) which will provide a low to no cost after school program for the kids of Boston thanks to the help of The Stifler Foundation. We are looking for volunteers to help coach the kids participating in the program. The program is currently in 2 community centers in Roxbury and Roslindale. We only need a 2 hour commitment per week for 10 weeks. No experience necessary, we can train you. For more information please contact Fitzgerald David – info@sos617.org – www.sos617.org

Homework Help Program of the Fourth Presbyterian Church of South Boston

The Homework Help Program of Fourth Presbyterian Church provides an opportunity for kids from the neighborhood to study and learn in a safe and welcoming space, and to partner with those mentors who have already fallen in love with learning. Our Homework Help Program happens on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm, in accordance with the Boston Public Schools calendar. We serve dinner from 5:30pm to 6pm, and then study from 6pm to 7pm. Our students range from the first grade to the eighth grade, and if students don’t bring homework then they participate in our Reading Challenge. We seasonally celebrate our Homework Help accomplishments through fun trips to the movies and/or SkyZone, and our tutors are always welcome to come celebrate with us! If interested contact Katie Cole at fourth.katie@gmail.com.

Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

Hebrew Rehabilitation Center provides long-term care in Boston. Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, is committed to offering the highest quality of life by providing the highest quality of care to its residents. Volunteers enhance resident care by providing a wide range of valuable services to the Center. They help meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our residents, and provide much needed support to our staff to help them manage operations as efficiently as possible. We know that everyone has many obligations and commitments, and that’s why we encourage you to set your own schedule. You may decide to volunteer days or evenings, an hour or two a week, or once a month – no matter how much time you give, you will make a difference! You will receive on-the-job training and supervision and an opportunity to belong to a wonderful group of caring people. Applications can be completed online through our website, or by calling the Volunteer Office (617) 363-8421 to request a packet of information.

MassEquality

Founded in 2001 to protect marriage equality in Massachusetts, MassEquality works to ensure that everyone across Massachusetts can thrive from cradle to grave without discrimination and oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Be a part of helping send pro-equality candidates to the State House! By volunteering to make phone calls from MassEquality’s office, you could be the difference between sending a solid LGBT advocate to Beacon Hill or a legislator who will consistently oppose equality. We’ll provide a phone, a script, and training, and we’ll be there while you make calls to answer questions or provide any help you need! If you would like to phonebank or canvass with us please feel free to reach out to us. Please contact Becca at becca@massequality.org for more information. To sign up, visit http://massequalitypac.org/home-front-page/get-involved/phone-banking/

Dress for Success Boston
At Dress for Success Boston, our mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women. We do this by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive at work and in life. We have two great internship opportunities available. Click here.

Housing Families Inc.
Housing Families Inc. provides shelter and permanent housing to families in Massachusetts. Our central mission is to help families build the skills and understanding they need to make a successful transition into their own home, and to prevent any recurrence of homelessness. Along with housing, families receive comprehensive services including case management, housing search assistance, counseling, workshops, parenting classes, support groups and programs specifically for children.

To learn more or get involved visit http://housingfamilies.org/. You may also call us at 781-322-9119 or email Lucia Flores at lflores@housingfamilies.org.

Dreamfar High School Marathon
Dreamfar High School Marathon (DHSM) is a non-profit organization that helps teens learn how to set and achieve goals through a structured marathon training program. Over 100 teens from 9 different high schools in the Greater Boston area train together with the support of over 60 dedicated mentors. DHSM is currently recruiting volunteer mentors to run alongside youth and help them train for and complete the Providence Marathon in May 2015. Mentors are matched with 2-4 teens and provide companionship, support, and encouragement. Mentors meet with their teens Saturday mornings at the Brookline Teen Center. Mentors must be at least 20 years old, commit to one full Dreamfar season (November 15th to May 3rd), and attend 80% of the Saturday training runs. No running experience is required to become a mentor. Please contact Kate Russell, Mentoring Specialist, at kate@dreamfarhsm.org for more information.

Boston Scholar Athletes
Boston Scholar Athletes was founded in 2009, in an effort to support academic achievement through athletics for Boston Public High School students. We believe in the proven link between athletic participation and positive academic performance. BSA staffs and operates 20 school-based learning centers known as “Zones” throughout the city of Boston. Each one is equipped with a full-time BSA Academic Coach, technology, school supplies, and other resources needed to promote college prep and a positive mentality for both scholar-athletes and potential scholar-athletes. An additional key resource of the Zone is our robust Volunteer Tutor Program!
Tutor Program
· Why tutor? Tutoring for BSA is an opportunity to provide academic support necessary for success as well as become a positive role model for our students.

· Responsibilities of a tutor: Tutors provide support to the scholar-athletes of a Zone for a minimum of 1 hour per week for a full semester. During the sessions the tutor will assist the scholar-athletes with homework assignments, college applications, and various other academic needs.

· How to get involved: If you are interested in volunteer or work-study opportunities, please contact:

Shanna Scafuri
Email: sscafuri@bostonscholarathletes.org Phone: 617-833-1382

Bridge Corps

The Bridge International Academies is a social enterprise and chain of 303 low-cost private schools (bridgeinternationalacademies.com). We serve 95,126 students in Kenya and aim to serve 10,000,000 across the developing world by 2025. Bill Gates, the World Bank, and the British Government are all investors. We employ a team of educators at our academic headquarters here in Cambridge, MA.

We’re creating a service learning program, the Bridge Corps, which will send college students to volunteer at our academies. Participants will prepare our 8th graders for a high-stress, life defining exam which determines if they go onto high school. In January, we are piloting the program with a 9-day service trip to Kenya. And, in the fall of 2015 we’ll also offer full semester programs in both Uganda and India.

We hope the Bridge Corps – a service opportunity differentiated by its very measurable goals (i.e., if you can help an 8th grader pass this test, they can attend high school) – will play a key role in achieving the Bridge International Academies mission of “knowledge for all”.

The 9-day trip is a great way for a university student to make a meaningful impact. Over the course of nine days, they will immerse themselves in another culture, receive tutor training, make life-long friends, explore the cultural and environmental heritage of the country they’re visiting, and through intensive tutoring, help ambitious pupils study their way out of poverty. Not to mention, they get to go on a world-class safari!

Interested? Contact Jake Weissbourd at jake.weissbourd@bridgeinternationalacademies.com or 617-417-2474

America SCORES Boston

America SCORES Boston is currently recruiting Soccer for Success coaches for the fall season! Soccer for Success is a free afterschool program that uses soccer as a vehicle for positive change in underserved communities. The core components of the SFS program are physical activity, nutrition, family engagement, and mentorship. As a volunteer coach, you will coach from an innovative soccer curriculum that combines soccer and health education, while also serving as a youth mentor.

When: The fall season runs from September 15, 2014-December 5, 2014. Schools practice three times a week. The majority of schools practice before or after the school day.

Where: The SFS Boston program currently operates in Boston Public Schools in Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, Dorchester, Allston, Hyde Park, and Charlestown.

Who: Our program serves elementary and middle school students in Boston Public Schools.

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer coach, please email Rachel Mason at rmason@americascoresboston.org.

Citizen Schools Massachusetts

Citizen Schools Massachusetts is a non-profit that partners with middle schools in low-income Boston neighborhoods to expand the learning day. They offer the exciting opportunity for students to get involved as Citizen Teachers, a role in which volunteers choose an engaging, hands-on curriculum and teach an “apprenticeship” to a class of motivated students. For more information to get involved, please visit http://www.citizenschools.org.

Debate Mate

Debate Mate is an educational non-profit organization that works in disadvantaged areas of Greater Boston and runs an after school debating club program. They train university students to mentor and coach middle school students once a week after school, teaching debating and the life skills that come with it. This year, our programs will run from late October 2014 to April 2015 It’s an incredibly rewarding experience and a great opportunity to change young people’s lives. We pay $20 per hour-long session, and $50 for competition days, plus travel costs. For more information, email benmcnelly@debatemate.com or visit debatemate.com.

FriendshipWorks

FriendshipWorks is a group that matches volunteers with an elderly person in the Boston area who may need help running errands, getting to a doctors appointment, or just simple companionship. They are currently looking for more volunteers. To get involved, please visit http://www.fw4elders.org for information.

MIT/Wellesley Upward Bound Program

Volunteers are needed to provide academic assistance, in the areas of Math, English, Science, Social Science and World Language, to disadvantaged high school students in our after school tutorial program. High school level tutoring experience is preferred. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to upwardbound@mit.edu.

Tutors for All

Tutors for All is an educational organization dedicated to eradicating the achievement gap in Boston one student at a time. They rely heavily on mobilizing the many college students of Boston to work in our tutorial programs at various schools throughout the city. They try to ensure that all of the students we serve work in tutorial on a one-on-one level. For information on how to get involved, please visit http://www.tutorsforall.org.

Summer Opportunities

Bike & Build

Each summer, Bike & Build engages young adults aged 18-25 (up through 28 for Trip Leaders) in cross-country cycling trips to raise money and awareness for affordable housing organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together, and other small nonprofits. Riders pedal across the United States by bike, stopping every 4 or 5 days to volunteer with these orgs. At the end of the summer, riders will grant the dollars they’ve raised to these same orgs. You do not need biking or building experience prior to signing up. Our trips begin in May and June of each year (see our website, bikeandbuild.org, for this year’s route dates) and last about 10-11 weeks, ending in late July or August. Riders will complete the trip on one of our 8 cross-country teams, made of 32 individuals from all over the United States. Pre-trip, riders will fundraise $4,500, to be donated to affordable housing organizations chosen by your team. They will also train on the bike and complete sweat equity to prepare for the trip. A cool perk? Bike & Build will provide all participants with a road bike to complete the trip. Once you dip your front tire in the Pacific Ocean at the end of the summer, the bike is yours to keep. Timeframe: Applications for Trip Leaders go online in mid-October, and apps for riders go up in early November. You’ll spend the next six months preparing, and then trips pedal through the summer. Questions: Contact Justin Villere at justin@bikeandbuild.org

Camp AmeriKids

Camp AmeriKids, a summer camp for children living with the challenges of HIV/AIDS and sickle cell disease, is looking for caring, responsible, energetic and fun counselors for our 2015 season. A volunteer counselor team is responsible for the 24-hour supervision of a cabin and maintains a camper to counselor ratio of about 2 to1. Counselors spend each day of the one week camp session with their cabin group as they rotate through a schedule of activities and participate in new and exciting workshops provided by the program staff. The cabin counselor’s enthusiastic participation in all aspects of camp, from meals and activities to nightly special events and cabin chats, is crucial in creating a memorable camp experience for our campers. Counselors are expected to be role models, sources of energy and ideas, and are a key part of the Camp AmeriKids community. Room & board at our site in Warwick, NY is provided.  Volunteers can apply for one or both of the following sessions:
Session One: July 27th – August 3rd
Session Two: August 8th – August 15th
Applications are available on our website www.campamerikids.org. Please contact Erica at (203) 658-9671 if you are interested in more information.

Forest Foundation Undergraduate Summer Fellowship

The Forest Foundation Summer Fellowship Program provides the opportunity for college students, including graduating seniors, to gain experience in the non-profit world through a paid summer internship and accompanying leadership development program.  Through their placements in non-profit organizations, interns engage in the general operations of an agency and learn about its mission and management while completing tasks and projects that help advance the agency’s work in the community.  Included in the ten-week program are a series of leadership and professional development workshop days facilitated by Forest Foundation and drawing upon experts in the community.  These workshops help interns understand the larger implications of their internship in relation to community problem solving through philanthropy, public work and policy and expose them to current leaders in the field. To learn more click here. For more information go to: www.forestfoundation.net or contact: forestfoundationinterns@gmail.com with questions.

Shining Hope for Communities

Shining Hope for Communities’ (SHOFCO) 2015 Summer Institute now accepting applications! SHOFCOs Summer Institute is an annual competitive program that takes place from mid June to mid July. The Summer Institute gives University students the opportunity to learn from the work SHOFCO has accomplished by facilitating on-the-ground experience volunteering at The Kibera School for Girls (KSG) in Nairobi, Kenya. This opportunity is perfect for you if you are an undergraduate student who is passionate about SHOFCO’s mission to end poverty by educating the worlds most vulnerable girls and are interested in learning about development work. We wanted to send you the attached flyer to invite your undergraduate students to apply! Please feel free to share this invitation with anyone who might be interested. If you have any questions we can be reached at: SummerInstitute@shofco.org Or you can visit SHOFCO on Facebook at: facebook.com/shininghopeforcommunities Thank you for your time! We hope to see your school represented in Nairobi, Kenya this summer! The 2015 Summer Institute Team SHOFCO.org

 

To post information about your organization’s volunteer needs, please contact CSC Community Outreach Manager Alexa Brown at bucsc@bu.edu.


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Shattuck Shelter (617) 983-0351
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