Volunteer staff is needed to help teach children
in homeless shelters to read. If interested please call
Mike at the Springfield Boys and Girls Club at 413-732-7201.
Ludlow Public Schools
- Volunteer Program
The Ludlow Public Schools has the following volunteer opportunities:
Mentoring or Tutoring, Helping in the Libraries, Assisting
Administrative Personnel and Helping the the Classrooms.
Training and Guidelines Provided. Please call the Volunteer
Office at 413-583-8372, ext. 106 or email M.
Batista to find out how you can help.
T.J. O'Connor Animal
Control & Adoption Center
Volunteer Opportunities are available for students working
with the animals through the Dog Walkers and Cat Fanciers
programs. The volunteer program offers the students a way
to strengthen skills in marketing, fund development and
community and event coordination. If interested please contact
Susan Dziczek at 413-781-1485, ext 105.
Straitway Youth Center is looking for volunteer tutors for
reading and math for an after school program for underprivileged
children in the community. If you would like to volunteer
please contact Straitway Youth Center at 413-785-1626. For
more information email Straitway2heaven.
Tax Assistance Program
If you like to help those in need, including persons with
disabilities, low income, non-English speaking and elderly
taxpayers, have the ability to successfully meet and communicate
with people from varied backgrounds and circumstances, take
pride in performing tasks completely and accurately, and
are willing to devote an average of 2 to 4 hours a week
from late January through April 15 this program is for you.
The only thing you need to do is successfully complete the
IRS's one day training. Fax us at (413)263-6510 with your
name, address, phone number along with the number of hours
you can commit.
Volunteer at Wing
Memorial Hospital and Medical Centers
Wing Memorial Hospital and Medical Centers is looking for
volunteers who want to get hands on work while supporting
the medical facility. Volunteers will provide assistance
to patients, work with records, assist in some medical aspects,
and also help with other various duties. For an application
please call: Jacqueline Paul at 413-284-5235 or Adele McCarthy
The Valley Opportunity Council seeks an Outreach
Worker for 6 - 8 weeks to build up participation of the
Summer Lunch Program. Salary is $10 - $12/hr. Send R
to Human Resources, Valley Opportunity Council, Inc., 300
High Street, Holyoke, MA 01040.
The Zoo in Forest
The Zoo in Forest Park depends on many dedicated volunteers
to support the Zoo and its educational mission. A variety
of volunteer opportunities are available. Training is provided
by the staff and experienced volunteers. If interested send
an application, found on the Forest
Park Zoo web site, to Alison Summers, Director of Education
and Volunteer Services, The Zoo in Forest Park and Education
Center, PO Box 80295, Pecousic Drive, Springfield, MA 01138.
Cross-Cultural Solutions is a volunteer program abroad in
Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Peru,
Russia, Tanzania and Thailand. CCS operates volunteer programs
around the world in partnership with sustainable community
initiatives, bringing people from all over the world together
to work side-by-side while sharing perspectives and fostering
cultural understanding. For more information visit the Cross-Cultural
Solutions web site. For questions please call 1-800-380-4777.
The Ronald McDonald House, a house away from home for families
with children in area hospitals, in Springfield seeks volunteers
to greet and register families, familiarize them with the
House and explain policies and rules. A volunteer also answers
the phone, gives tours and helps with housekeeping, which
is greatly appreciated. Anyone who is over 18 and in good
mental and physical health may apply for volunteer service.
If you are interested, please contact Suzanne Herlihy, Volunteer
Coordinator, 34 Chapin Terrace, Springfield, MA 01107.
Mercy Medical Center
Mercy Medical Center, Springfield, MA has numerous volunteer
opportunities such as: Reception Desk, Hospital Guides,
Hospitality Lounge, Emergency Room Liaison, Admitting Desk,
Out-Patient Surgery, Clerical Support, Transport Department,
Gift Shop, Pre-Natal Center. If you are interested in volunteering
and any of these areas please call Volunteer Services at
413-748-9074 for an application.
The Springfield School
Volunteers seek volunteers to help make a difference in
the life of a child. It only requires one hour a week, flexible
scheduling and choice of school and grade. There is a specific
need for reading and math tutors. For more information contact
Springfield School Volunteers at 413-787-7015 or visit the
School Volunteers web site.
The YWCA has many volunteer opportunities such as: Medical
Advocate (YWCA Sexual Assault Services) to provide
immediate emotional support to survivors of sexual assault
at local area hospital emergency rooms, Safe Plan
Volunteers - providing crisis intervention information,
referrals, legal advocacy, and safety planning to domestic
violence victims seeking protective order through Hampshire
or Hampden Probate Courts, Supervised Visitation
Volunteers - to assist site Coordinators in supervising
visits between non-custodial parents and their child or
children in a safe and neutral setting, Youth Build
- mentors to spend 30-60 minutes a week helping to guide
young people between the ages of 16-24 toward a productive
and independent life style and Childcare Assistant
- to assist with childcare/youth groups at the woman's shelter
from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. while mothers attend evening support
programs. For more information please contact Maureen Warren,
YWCA Volunteer/Intern Coordinator at 413-732-3121 ext 154
or email Maureen Warren.
International Voluntary Service Volunteers for Peace offers
over 3,000 projects worldwide. You will live, work, share
and learn in an international community and challenge yourself
by helping others. To learn more about this opportunity
please go to the VFP web
Accountability Board Program of Hampden County Sheriff's
The Community Accountability Board Program of Hampden County
Sheriff's Department is currently seeking volunteers in
the Holyoke and Springfield areas. Volunteers would serve
their community by conducting meetings in a group setting
with offenders who are re-entering into the Holyoke and/or
Springfield communities. The volunteers must be at least
20 years of age, must live and/or work in the target community,
must be able to commit to participating on the board once
a month for one year and must complete a three-hour training.
For more information please contact Monica Dominique at
413-858-0816 or email Monica.
Homework House provides free after-school tutoring and mentoring for children who are at-risk for academic failure and dropping out of school. We give children a loving and caring environment. We help them improve their literacy skills so they can become productive members of our community. We work towards rekindling their interests in learning and self-improvement - one page at a time. Services are provided to school-age children without regard to race, religion, ethnicity or gender. The tutoring sessions are held in Holyoke and Springfield, MA. Go to the Homework House web site to learn more about the program. If interested in tutoring or mentoring please call 413-265-1017, 413-210-2945 or 413-210-3323 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Performance Project/First Generation
The Performance Project/First Generation, seeks volunteers for two youth programs in Springfield: First Generation, and Generaciones:Cuerpo, Mente, Alma, y Cultura. Both are arts based, youth leadership development programs. This is an opportunity to be involved in the behind-the-scenes work and logistics of unique and visionary youth programs. Please email Performance Project or call 413-374-4938.
Operation Crossroads Africa
Operation Crossroads Africa is a U.S. based, private voluntary organization that sponsors cross-cultural exchanges and small-scale development projects in Africa. For 7 weeks each summer, teams of 8 - 10 participants, a Crossroads leader and local volunteers join with a local community on a project that involves local people and participants working together. In 2011 Crossroads will sponsor projects in several African countries. To get an application and to learn more go to the Operation Crossroads Africa web site.
Mary M. Lynch Elementary School Counseling Department is looking for students to be Motivational Mentors. M&M's support their student mentee to achieve their goals while offering stability and positive reinforcement in the mentee's life. The candidate must be an undergraduate or graduate student with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better. Juniors and seniors are preferred, but other qualified applicants will be considered. Must have strong interpersonal skills and self-motivation. M&M's work with students one-on-one twice a week; coordinate lunch groups with students; institute some type of counseling/guidance curriculum (i.e. bully, charter building, self-esteem, social skills). If interested please contact Audrey Murph, School Social Worker at 413-787-6962.
Spend a Few Hours With a Child With Autism
A local family is looking for volunteers to spend time with Thomas in the home-based child centered program Son-Rise (www.son-rise.org). Looking for fun loving, open hearted volunteers to look at books, throwing a ball, painting, cooking, etc. This opportunity would be for 4 1/2 - 5 hrs a week for at least 6 months. No experience is necessary; training will be provided. For more information and if you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please contact Maggie at 413-734-7270.
Tutor in Calculus
A junior at Springfield Central High School is in need of a turor in Calculus. Looking for at least once a week or every other week. Please contact Raekwon Wheeler via email at email@example.com or by cell phone at 413-426-0874.