Volunteer

We are a group of friends and neighbors who welcome all, and help others achieve self-sufficiency.

How to Participate

To get started, you’ll need to complete an application, sign a confidentiality agreement, and provide two references, as well as have a personal interview with a member of our staff. Before you begin volunteering with us, we also ask for your permission to obtain a CORI (criminal records) clearance.

Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, volunteer opportunities are currently limited. Contact us for more information.

Locations and Opportunities

Food Pantry – Lowell

The Lowell food pantry is seeking an on-call morning driver to help with local grocery store pickups.

Monday – Thursday from 8 – 10:30 AM, as needed. Duties include driving with a pantry assistant to pick up donated food items at local grocery stores and helping unload the van and the pantry. Must be able to move boxes weighing approximately 50 lbs.

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Tutors/Teaching Assistants – Remote

Help an adult learn to read and speak English and use a computer. Catholic Charities El Centro del Cardenal located in Jamaica Plain seeks volunteer computer lab assistants, teaching assistants, and tutors for its daytime adult English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program. Currently, all services are delivered remotely.

The ESOL classes are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Volunteers will receive a program tour, orientation, volunteer manual, and supervision. There is a minimum commitment required of two hours per week for a cycle of classes, which last 12 weeks on average. Internships are possible. Bilingual candidates (Spanish – English; French Creole – English) are encouraged to apply.

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Creative Handwork – Remote

Would you like to volunteer, but find you are unable to make a commitment outside your home at this time? Do you like to knit, crochet, or sew? Would you like to make handmade items for Catholic Charities’ children or elders such as hats, mittens, baby items, and warm lap robes, or perhaps knit a warm adult ski hat for a refugee?

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Young Professionals Group (YoPros)

YoPros is a group committed to cultivating and engaging young professionals who are dedicated and invested in supporting the anti-poverty work of Catholic Charities. The focus of YoPros is twofold: connecting young adults who share the desire to be active in our mission through service, anti-poverty advocacy, and networking; and participation in group volunteer projects at our program sites in Eastern Massachusetts.

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Fundraising Activities – South Boston

There are many levels of involvement for volunteers in the fundraising activities of the Labouré Center in South Boston, from administrative support, or facilities support to event committees. Volunteers may assist with annual fundraising events: Christmas house tour and Spring Reception.

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Youth Mentoring Program – South Boston*

*Please note this program is currently on hold

South Boston T.E.A.M. (Together Engaging Adolescents through Mentoring) seeks caring adults to mentor youth from South Boston between the ages of 10 and 16. Mentors and mentees meet at least once a week for a few hours at a time for a minimum of one year. Mentors receive training and ongoing support from T.E.A.M. staff throughout the duration of the match. In fostering solid friendships between young people and their mentors, T.E.A.M. seeks to enhance the resiliency of the youth through increased self-esteem, school attachment, and the ability to make positive life choices.

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Food Pantry Assistants – Somerville and South End Boston

Catholic Charities Greater Boston has in person volunteer opportunities available at two food pantries to help unload deliveries, restock the shelves, and pre-pack grocery bags. During the COVID-19 pandemic all staff and volunteers must wear face masks.

*Please note this program is currently on hold at the Somerville Food Pantry.

Volunteers are needed at the El Centro Food Pantry located in the South End, Boston.

  • Must be able to walk up and down stairs
  • Must be able to lift and move 25-50 lbs
  • Available Wednesdays 3 to 4 hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m

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English for Speakers of Other Languages – Lynn and Salem

Are you a natural teacher or just a good person? You don’t need teaching experience, although we welcome educators. Simply bring your kindness, patience, and willingness to help your neighbors who are excited to be learning English. We provide you with orientation and ongoing support from experienced teachers, along with books, lesson plans, and activities. Classes are small (10 students) and range from newly arrived immigrants to English language learners preparing for college.

Classes are Monday through Thursday, mornings and evenings, in-person or on Zoom. We ask only for a 2-hour commitment to one group of students once a week and will do our best to accommodate your schedule as a classroom teacher or tutor.

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Companions to the Aging – Greater Lynn Area

Are you a good listener and a good talker? Male and female volunteers are needed to spend one hour a week with an isolated senior in their home to bring companionship, empathy, and advocacy; play a game; do some crafts; or just enjoy a nice chat (no personal care involved). You’ll also learn about community services that might be helpful to them. Training and ongoing guidance provided. A one-year commitment to the program to help relationship-building and a reliable vehicle needed.

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English Transcultural Center – Remote

We provide the support and services new immigrants need to ease their transition to life in the United States. As the number of immigrants we serve doubles each year, we offer (ESOL) English for Speakers of Other Languages classes along with computer lab time at our vibrant multicultural center. We also help students with job search and placement, as well as provide support to help settle into their new communities through referrals to health, education, and employment resources. Classes are ongoing in Brockton year-round but are currently remote. Volunteers are needed to tutor, and assist in classrooms and the computer lab. Currently, volunteers are needed to assist with tech support in all remote classes.

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Food Pantry Volunteers

The food pantry at Catholic Charities South is open five days a week and distributes over 5,000 lbs of food weekly to 40-60 families a day. Volunteers are needed to assist with intake (basic computer skills required), “shopping” with clients, stocking shelves, and cleaning. In addition, we offer clients the opportunity to apply for food stamps and partake in the Angel Food Ministry Program. Volunteers are needed to assist with paperwork and on the 3rd Saturday of every month to assist with AFM Food Distribution.

Volunteers are needed Mondays through Fridays, between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., and Monday evenings from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Bilingual language skills are helpful.

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Volunteer Leaders for Parish Outreach Programs

Parish volunteers with leadership skills are needed to help establish lay ministry outreach programs in areas south of Boston. Volunteers in these Outreach programs would reach out to frail, homebound, or hospitalized elders providing spiritual support, sharing interests and conversation, occasionally shopping and transporting, reading, and letter writing. Use your personal talents and life experience skills to help others. Catholic Charities will provide helpful ideas, training, and ongoing support in establishing parish outreach programs. Please note that during the pandemic in-person visits and services have been suspended.

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Ambassadors of Compassion

Volunteers will assist with outreach by bringing the mission of Catholic Charities Boston to community groups, schools, youth organizations, and corporations seeking more information on becoming involved with our agency. Ambassadors of Compassion will work with the Development Coordinator and Program Managers to present giving and volunteer opportunities to these various local groups. Examples of outreach include promotion of our annual Friends Feeding Families campaign or assistance with food drives, baby showers, and diaper drives, or toy collections.

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