Volunteer Opportunities / Services

Often, INDEX gets calls from people looking for volunteer assistance.  Some people want to donate their time to do charitable volunteer work. In addition to reaching out to a local Independent Living Center, your local hospital, or  checking volunteer opportunities on social media try:

Points of Light Engage

There are hundreds of thousands of volunteer opportunities throughout the world just waiting for the right volunteer to step up. Search the database for volunteer opportunities inside and outside of the home that meet critical needs. The world is waiting for you to shine your light.

American Red Cross 

For more information, please email MAvolunteers@redcross.org or call Volunteer Services.
Phone: 781-410-3670.

Boston Cares 

Interested in volunteering in Boston, MA? Boston Cares is the region’s largest volunteer mobilizer.  Boston Cares fills more than 20,000 volunteer slots annually. It support more than 165 Greater Boston schools and non-profit agencies.

Executive Office of Elder Affairs

The Executive Office of Elder Affairs offers information on community service opportunities. Chances are available to volunteer, add your service on boards or commissions, or help deliver service to others in need. This site will provide you with links to Connect & Serve and other volunteer matching websites, the Governor’s boards and commissions application site, the Governor’s Public Calendar of Events, and various service organizations.
One Ashburton Place, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617-727-7750
Toll Free: (800) 243-4636
TTY: 800-872-0166
Fax: 617-727-9368

Volunteer Opportunities

Listings of Volunteer Opportunities from Mass.Gov.

Friendship Works

MATCH-UP volunteers help elderly and disabled persons in the Greater Boston area with almost anything one friend might do for another. Talk together, write letters, pay bills, read aloud, go for walks, help getting to appointments. Offers friendly visiting program, medical escort program, La Cadena de Amistad, and petpals program.
105 Chauncy Street, Suite 801
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617-482-1510
Contact form: https://fw4elders.org/get-involved/referral-form.html

HESSCO Elder Services 

Please review the service programs we offer so that you may decide which volunteer opportunity is most appealing to you.*Please note, all volunteer applicants are required to complete a CORI request form and submit a copy of his/her license before we can process an application.
1 Merchant Street
Sharon, MA 02067
Phone: 781-784-4944
TTY: 781-784-4944
Toll Free: 800-462-5221 V/TTY

Massachusetts Service Alliance

Connect & Serve is a free web-based volunteer portal. The Connect & Serve website is a valuable resource.  It is for organizations who recruit volunteers and for individuals who wish to find  volunteer opportunities in their communities.
98 North Washington Street
Suite 400
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-542-2544

Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless

The Coalition offers rewarding volunteer opportunities.  Groups and individuals may want help families and individuals who are experiencing homelessness.
73 Buffum Street
Lynn, MA 01902
Phone: 781-595-7570
Fax:  781-595-7574
Email: robyn@mahomeless.org or kelly@mahomeless.org

Neighbors Who Care 

Provides free volunteer services to help better the life of high risk homebound elders and chronically ill adults in the greater Waltham community.
Phone: 781-893-1860
Email: info@neighborswhocare.net

Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

Must be at least 55 years of age to volunteer
Phone: 800-424-8867

Volunteers of America of Massachusetts 

All potential volunteers are required to be at least 18 years of age. Volunteers must  complete an application with criminal record check (CORI). They need to attend a group or individual information session prior to volunteering.

If you are interested in participating in an upcoming opportunity, please fill out an application.

Phone: 617-522-8086

Email: hhondzinski@voamass.org

VOAMA-Volunteer-Application-Electronic-Version
VOAMA-Volunteer-Application-Paper-Version

Volunteer Match 

Database of volunteer opportunities with listings for Massachusetts

Fact Sheet last updated on: 10/13/2021