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Metro Boston

Young Professionals Group (YoPros)

YoPros is an ecumenical 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. If you are interested in learning more about YoPros or want to be added to the mailing list, email or follow us at


Administrative Office Assistant

Community Interpreter Services is looking for an Administrative Office Assistant to help a busy interpreter services department with data entry, file organization and updating information. Input appointments into a scheduling system database. Other special projects may be assigned. Must be at least 18 years old, have a High School diploma or GED, familiar with Microsoft Office and have excellent interpersonal skills.  Volunteers are needed 10–15 hours per week. Contact:  Jeff Burgess — (617) 464-8110

Volunteer Administrative Assistance with Catholic Charities Adoption Case Files

Catholic Charities Labouré Center, located in South Boston, is seeking volunteers to assist in digitizing the adoption records the agency is required to preserve.

Adoption records are a vital resource. Part of the work of Catholic Charities is the post-adoption and search program which offers a continuum of services that respect the relationships among all members of the adoption triad-the adoptee, the birth parents and the adoptive parents. To facilitate this program, a project is underway to digitize the adoption index files which make it possible to find case files. Help is needed to scan cards in PDF images with OCR indexing. The new system will make finding and search case records faster and easier. 

The ideal person for this job is comfortable with computers, pays attention to details and has patience with repetitive tasks. Additionally, the volunteer must maintain strict confidentiality of all client information.   Must be able to physically handle and carry index card file drawers weighing about 10 pounds each.

Training will be provided for Catholic Charities standard operating procedures and the operation of the Fujitsu ScanSnap scanner and normal procedures. These include file drawer handling and techniques to maximize the probability that critical information in each case file can be found by using Windows Explorer search function.

Catholic Charities Labouré Center is accessible by public transportation (Red Line) or car.
This volunteer opportunity has flexible hours during business hours (Monday-Friday; 8:30AM-5:00PM) – schedule to be mutually agreed upon.
Contact: Judy Swanson,

Volunteer Case Manager Assistant

  • Complete pre-screening with clients for services
  • Assist Case Managers completing intakes and providing resources to clients
  • Answer phone, retrieve voicemails and return phone calls
  • Assist in data entry and organizing clients’ files
  • Assist with some other clerical jobs as needed


Individual of at least 18 years with the following abilities:
High School Degree or GED
Microsoft Office Skills (Word, data entry, Excel, Outlook)
Professional telephone manner with good interpersonal skills
Ability to commit to at least 4 hours once a week
Bilingual a plus but not a necessity. Training available; interview and CORI application required

Contact: Judy Swanson — (617) 268-9670

Creative Handwork

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? If the answer is "yes", please contact:

Food Pantry Assistants

El Centro Del Cardenal's Food Pantry, located in the South End, needs Spanish-speaking volunteers who are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. On Wednesdays, volunteers are needed to help pick up food between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Contact: Manuel Pires — (617) 506-6600 or at


Fundraising Activities

There are many levels of involvement for volunteers in the fundraising activities of the Labouré Center in South Boston, from one-time events to monthly planning meetings. Volunteers may assist with three annual events: fall golf tournament, Christmas house tour and spring silent auction. Contact: Judy Swanson — (617) 268-9670.


Mentoring Program - South Boston

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. Contact: Stephanie Gould-Marian — (617) 464-8578.


Mentors, Tutors, and Coaches for Youth

El Centro del Cardenal's Youth Education program is seeking mentors, tutors, and coaches to assist their students. Students range from 16–21 years old and are in the GED program. Bilingual candidates (Spanish - English) are encouraged to apply. Mentors must be able to provide support and guidance to students as they transition into college and/or the workplace. They must also be willing to introduce students to new activities and accompany them on college visits. Mentoring hours are generally available after school, beginning at 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tutors must be able to assist students in subject areas they are struggling with in order for them to succeed. Students are enrolled in classes that cover the five core subjects (English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, and Spanish) present in secondary school curriculums. Tutoring can take place during school (10 a.m.–2 p.m.) or after school (starting at 2 p.m.). Finally, coaches will be asked to organize and run after school extracurricular activities for students that may include athletics, creative arts, and student organizations. Contact: Rebecca Teiwes — (617) 506-6640.


Pregnancy Help Counselor

Volunteer counselor to work with Pregnancy Help clients experiencing a crisis pregnancy. Registered nurses, social worker, mental health counselors, pastoral care providers or students in related fields are needed to give supportive counseling with clients and answer help-line calls. Flexible and weekend hours in both Natick and Brighton locations. Contact: Mary Girard — (617) 782-5151.


Pregnancy Help Volunteer

Volunteers are needed at Pregnancy Help to provide office assistance in Natick and also for off-site projects including our parish outreach program, serving as good will ambassadors, explaining work of Pregnancy Help to parishes and agencies, and assistance with pick up and delivery of Parish Baby Shower items. Contact: Mary Girard — (617) 782-5151.


Residence for Mothers and Children - Roxbury

Receptionists are needed for 3–6 hours, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Receptionists are also needed to fill in during staff meetings and training sessions, which are held several evenings during the month (no later than 8:30 p.m.).

Mentors/Play buddies - Caring volunteers are needed to work with the children living in the residence, ages 1 month to 16 years. Energetic, responsible adults to take children on outings to the park or simply play a board game, color, or help with homework within the residence.

Maintenance assistant - A volunteer is needed to help with minor repairs, installations or cleaning on an "as-needed" basis.

Computer literacy tutors - Knowledgeable, patient people with computer experience are needed to help train the staff and residents on basic Windows and other useful computer skills. Contact: Eva Cross-Baston — (617) 541-0100


Teacher's Aide

Volunteer will work with children in a classroom setting located in Jamaica Plain. Ages of children range from 3 to 5 years. Responsibilities will range from one-on-one activities to group projects and will change weekly. Qualifications include an enjoyment of children and a willingness to work as part of a team. Time commitment: two hours weekly with a commitment of 3 months. Contact: Brenda Powers — (617) 522-4040.


Tutors, After School (Dorchester)

The Teen Center at St. Peter's is seeking volunteers to tutor middle school and high school students in basic reading and math, as well as provide homework help. The Teen Center is especially seeking Capeverdean Creole and/or Portuguese speakers. Many of our teens are recent arrivals to this country and are in great need of academic support. Our tutoring program runs Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m. We ask only a one day a week commitment from our tutors. If you are interested in volunteering or would like to learn more about our program, please contact us. Contact: Paulo De Barros — (617) 282-3614.


Tutors, After School (South Boston)

After-school volunteer tutors are needed for a vibrant, well-established Youth Tutoring Youth program that employs and trains adolescents to be tutors for elementary school students. Meeting after school during the school year and mornings in the summer, this program includes math and reading skill building, basic computer skills training, drug and alcohol awareness and educational and recreational field trips. Adult volunteers are needed to complement and assist with the tutoring aspect of the program. Times of service are 4:30–5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. A minimum commitment of once a week for 6 months is asked. Training is provided. Contact: Judy Swanson — (617) 268-9670


Food Pantry Assistants

Catholic Charities Greater Boston has volunteer opportunities available at their food pantries in Dorchester and Somerville.

Volunteers are needed at the Yawkey Center in Dorchester to:

  • Complete pre-screenings for services with applicants over the phone or in person
  • Answer the phone, retrieve voicemails, and return phone calls
  • Assist in data entry and organizing clients files
  • Complete other duties as requested by the Local Basic Needs Manager

Volunteers are needed at the Somerville Food Pantry to:

  • Complete pre-screenings for services with applicants over the phone or in person
  • Answer the phone, retrieve voicemails, and return phone calls
  • Assist in data entry and organizing clients files
  • Help check-in and sign-up clients for the Food Pantry services
  • Support the daily operation of the Food Pantry
  • Complete other duties as requested by the Local Basic Needs Manager

Requirements include
- Knowledge in Microsoft Office & Excel
- Available between the hours of 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Weekdays

Contact: Manuel Pires — (617) 506-6600.



Tutors/Teachers’ Aides (Dorchester)

Volunteer tutors needed for an adult education program for GED/HiSET classes and ESOL classes for recent arrivals to this country. Subject areas include English as a Second Language, Adult Basic Education literacy, basic and/or advanced mathematics, and computer skills. Classes are held from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and 5:30-8 p.m., Monday through Thursday. We require a commitment of 10 hours total. Agency will adjust to the volunteer's availability, for example, part of a day or one evening per week. Knowledge of French or Creole would be helpful, but not required. Contact: Phillip Howard — (617) 506-6622.


Tutors/Teaching Assistants

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. The ESOL classes are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Volunteers will receive a program tour, an orientation, a volunteer manual, and supervision. There is a minimum commitment required of 2 hours a week for a cycle of classes, which last 12 weeks on average. Internships are possible. Bilingual candidates (Spanish - English) are encouraged to apply.  Contact:  (617) 522-4040.


Volunteer Registered Nurse

The Volunteer Registered Nurse is a qualified individual appointed to work as a volunteer under the direction of the Public Health and Wellness Coordinator to provide wellness visits to homebound elders with chronic diseases. These patients are not eligible for skilled nursing care that is reimbursable by insurance. Volunteer nurses are responsible for such tasks as: assessing patients' vital signs and weight at home visits; assessing patients' knowledge and compliance with prescribed medications; instructing patients about their disease processes and how to navigate the health care system; referring patients to appropriate community resources; developing an individualized nursing care plan for each patient; and completing paperwork after every visit.

1. A current license in good standing in the State of Massachusetts with education/ experience as outlined in the Massachusetts State Law.
2. The ability to lift, push, pull 50 pounds.
3. The ability to communicate, write, read in English.
4. The ability to complete documentation as required.
5. Must be able to commute between the Labour Center and patients' homes. 

Contact Mary McColgan — (617) 464-8551.



Woman's Shelter (Somerville)

Catholic Charities' shelter for women, located in Somerville, occasionally has the need for a person (or group) to help with special projects, such as repairs, painting, carpentry, waxing floors, cutting grass, etc. This volunteer assignment would require one or two visits rather than an on-going commitment. Contact Nancy Kavanagh — (617) 625-1920.