Area volunteer opportunities

Last modified: Friday, June 26, 2015

GAYLORD LIBRARY — Gaylord Library in South Hadley is looking for two friendly people who would enjoy volunteering at the library’s circulation desk one afternoon a month. Basic computer skills needed. Training provided. One year commitment preferred. 538-5047 or email

volunteer english tutors — The International Landguage Institute needs volunteer English tutors. Next training Wednesdays, 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday and July 22 in downtown Northampton. Training includes 6 hours of workshops and 6 hours of ESOL classroom observation. Need fluency in English, patience and a desire to help adults learn Englsh. No other languages needed. Weekly one hour+, minimum 9 months commitment. Info and application at or contact

pioneer valley habitat for humanity — Look for 50 women who want to help “green up” homes in the Valley. Beyond Green Construction of Easthampton is teaming up with PV Habitat to implement a “Super Insulation-Installation Day” on Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The insulation project is for two zero-net energy-ready “green” homes at the Women Build site, 246-248 East St., Easthampton. No construction skills required. PV Habitat is asking that all volunteers raise $250 per individual volunteer or $1000 for a team of four before the event to help pay for materials and expenses. Breakfast and barbecue lunch provided. 586-5430 or volunteer

horizons for homeless children — Fun-loving, dependable people needed to interact and play with children living in family homeless shelters and domestic violence shelters in western Massachusetts. A commitment of two hours a week is required for at least six months. Day and evening hours available. Next training Tues. and Wed., July 14-15, -8:30 p.m. Location TBA. or call 532-0467.

summer volunteer training for long-term care ombudsman — Ombudsmen serve as advocates for elders and people with disabilities in the community. Next free training July 27 to 29. Contact Trevor at Franklin County Home Care Corporation at 773-5555 ext 2241 or tboeding@fchcc. Visit to learn more.

retired senior volunteer program — The RSVP of Hampshire Council of Governments has volunteer opportunities for ages 55 and older close to home to fit different interests, skills and time availability. Short-term or ongoing projects available. Pat at of 584-1300 ext. 183.

Kitchen Table travel: Cross-Cultural Opportunity — The International Language Institute in Northampton is seeking people to host adult international students in its intensive English program. Generous stipend. Monthly start dates. One to six-month stays. Warm, friendly hosts, private furnished bedroom, meals or kitchen privileges. Email or call 584-7569 ext 100.

dakin humane society — Welcomes volunteers for its Leverett and Springfield sites. Positions and times vary. Call 781-4000 ext. 111 or email

home-visit volunteers for families with babies — It Takes a Village is seeking home-visit volunteers to serve families with babies in the Hilltowns. Volunteers visit families and help with household chores, baby care and companionship. Applicants should have access to reliable transportation and be good with children. Apply at or call 650-3640

northampton senior services benefits counseling program — New program designed to help seniors in Hampshire and northern Hampden counties maximize all available benefit so they can remain independent in and in their homes as long as possible. Those interested in volunteering to help seniors and their families through the process of accessing benefits are asked to contact Cynthia Tarail, 587-1230 or

girl scouts of central and western massachusetts — Seeking fun, enthusiastic individuals to serve as role models to girls ages 5 to 11. Volunteers will develop meaningful relationships with girls and adults; explore areas of STEM, arts and crafts, animals and more while mentoring girls to feel empowered to be leaders. Flexible scheduling.

parent aide volunteer — The Parent Aide Program is seeking volunteers to work three to five hours a week with Hampshire County families living in stressful situations. No special skills required. Each volunteer makes a difference in one family. Supervision provided. Spring training group forming immediately. Lydia at Berkshire Children and Families in Hadley, 584-5690, ext. 144 or

Special Education Surrogate Volunteer — The Federation for Children with Special Needs offers volunteer training at Forbes Library in Northampton. Special Education Surrogate Parent Volunteers make educational decisions for students in Massachusetts whose parents are unknown or unavailable. They meet with their assigned student or observe them in the classroom; receive all progress reports and report cards; and attend IEP meetings as an acting surrogate parent. Email Hannah at

Historic Deerfield — Historic Deerfield will soon be interviewing candidates for the guiding program. Looking for people who enjoy working with the public, learning about history, art and museums, and have a flexible schedule. Contact Lill Miskinis, 775-7132.

Yiddish book center — Seeking volunteer docents to greet and orient visitors, answer questions about events and membership, provide support to staff and process donations. Volunteers should be comfortable working with groups, speaking with visitors and using a cash register, and should have an interest in Yiddish culture. Training provided. Docents typically work one three-hour day per week. No prior knowledge of Yiddish required. 256-4900, ext. 114, or

FRANKLIN COUNTY HOME CARE CORPORATION — Seeking an administrative volunteer to help the agency with tasks such as typing, computer data entry, filing, mailings, putting together kits, document collation, making phone calls, online research, copying, more. Flexible scheduling available during regular office hours, which are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Office is at 330 Montague City Road, Turners Falls. Becky Kopera at or 773-5555, ext. 2267

medical reserve corps — The Nonotuck Unit welcomes local health professionals to assist during public health promotions and emergencies. Preregistered volunteers assist with activities such as staffing shelters, vaccine clinics, on-site medical care and triage. Free trainings. Register at or 522-0712.

wordpress volunteer — Friends of Hampshire County Homeless is seeking a volunteer to help with its Wordpress website. Some higher-level tasks, some one-time and some ongoing. Also, more routine Web tasks that need to be done from time to time. The organization provides shelter to hundreds of homeless individuals during the coldest months of the year. 586-5787

The northampton key club — Looking for people who know how to use sewing machines and who are willing to help high school students make pillowcases for children in foster care and others who need cheering up. The club also needs more beautiful cotton fabric. Renee Wetstein at

Massachusetts 4-h program — Adult volunteers needed for a couple of hours each month to serve as club leaders for local 4-H clubs. Leaders provide skills from their own areas of expertise while developing meaningful relationships with youth ages 5 to 18. Especially needed are volunteers with skills working with large and small animals, in science, the environment, creative arts, foods and sewing. 545-0611 or

foster care review — Volunteers are needed to serve on three-person panels making decisions about children in foster care. Volunteers are needed in Greenfield, Holyoke, Springfield and occasionally in Northampton and Hadley. Volunteers must be 18 or older and must participate in a day-and-a-half of training. Carol Judd at or 452-3373

volunteers in northampton schools (vins) — Currently recruiting volunteers for the school year. Volunteers give one to two hours a week or more of their time to local schools. Marlene Pearson, or 587-1332

mother mary’s thrift shop — Fundraising project of Providence Ministries for the Needy seeks volunteers to assist in shop at 364 High St., Holyoke. Retail assistant; visual merchandiser/display designer; social media guru. Prefer volunteers committing to regularly scheduled shift of three or more hours at least once per week. Carrie, 536-5200 or

a home within — Seeking private practice psychotherapists to volunteer to take one current or former foster youth or adult into pro bono weekly therapy. Clinicians, in turn, receive free CEUs through trainings and weekly consultation groups sponsored by the organization. Applications available through the national office: or 888-898-2249 or

gaylord library — South Hadley library needs enthusiastic person with basic computer and customer service skills to work at the library’s circulation desk on the first Thursday of every month, 5:30 to 8 p.m. One-year commitment requested. Training provided. 538-5047 or

Round the World Women in Amherst — Seeking female drivers for a community of international women. Volunteers need to commit to 2-3 hours per week driving international women to local activities on Tuesday mornings, 9:30-12, during the academic year. Chris Talmage, 498-4411 or 522-9177 or

Chd’s big brothers big sisters of hampshire county — Seeking dedicated adults to serve as positive role models in local children’s lives. Bigs (mentors) commit to at least one year (or three semesters for college students) to meet once per week with their Little, as well as regular case supervision and volunteer training. The application process is thorough and begins by attending an information session. 259-3345 or email

birthday wishes Inc. — Seeking volunteers to help bring birthday parties to homeless children in shelters across western Mass., including Amherst, Northampton, South Hadley, Holyoke, etc. Some opportunities: wrapping gifts, delivering party supplies, attending parties, etc. Orientation/office tours offered Tuesdays, 9-2, and Thursdays, 12-5, at 17 Dayton St., South Hadley. Jennifer Matoney, or 866-388 9474 ext. 7

amherst historical society — Seeking volunteers of all ages interested in history. Training provided, hours flexible. Tasks include serving as a greeter at the Simeon Strong House, 67 Amity St., or as a docent showing visitors historical artifacts. Also needed are data entry people to help inventory the collection to a growing database and people to enhance the society’s social media presence or assist with mailings and special events. There are also research topics one could pursue off-site. 256-0678 or email

Overlook Hospice Team — Hospice volunteers needed in Amherst, Hadley and surrounding communities. Hospice volunteers provide companionship, respite care and support to hospice patients and their families. Volunteers often visit patients in their homes and in local nursing homes. Full training and support provided. Susan Fuller, 508-434-2200.

Cinderelli’s Consignment Boutique — Fundraising project of Providence Ministries for the Needy seeking volunteer store workers during regular store hours, Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. No experience necessary. The store offers a large selection of new and like-new clothing and accessories and is located at 480 Newton St., South Hadley. 540-0693 or

A home within — Seeking private practice psychotherapists to volunteer to take one current or former foster youth or adult into pro bono weekly therapy. Clinicians in turn receive free CEUs through trainings and weekly consultation groups sponsored by the organization. Applications available through the national office or 1-888-898-2249 or Local contact, or 626-2802

bright Spot Therapy Dogs — Seeking human/canine teams to meet the demand for certified therapy dog teams to visit the over 80 health and education facilities in its network, including nursing homes, schools, hospices, children’s reading programs and anywhere canine companionship can be of benefit. If you have a well-behaved dog over the age of 1 and would like to devote a small portion of time to sharing your dog’s love and companionship with others, visit

Northampton survival center — Seeking warm, mature, committed individuals who are able to give two to three hours a week. It takes roughly 35 volunteers to ensure that 2,500 pounds of food goes home with families in need each weekday. The center needs help with stocking, sorting clothing, serving clients, picking up retail donations, more. Diane Drohan at or 586-6564 to register for orientation session

tax-aide volunteers — The Pioneer Valley office of the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is recruiting volunteers to help state residents prepare and file income tax returns. Volunteers needed to prepare tax returns, greet people, maintain computers, manage the program and serve as translators. or Lary Grossman, 247-9426

volunteer drivers — American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program is in need of volunteers from Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden counties to drive local cancer patients to and from their chemotherapy and /or radiation treatments. Volunteers use their own vehicles and set their own schedules. Treatment appointments take place weekdays, primarily during business hours. Michele Dilley, 508-270-4644 or

gill Technology Center — Center in Holyoke working to increase technological literacy in the community is looking for volunteers for Open Session Assistants to assist participants of open sessions with their computer needs and also to monitor the computer lab. Also looking for Workshop Facilitators to deliver pre-existing workshops and also to help develop new workshops based on the needs of the community. Sarah Schmidt, 552-2939

The Cancer Connection Thrift Shop — Shop at 375 South St. in Northampton has ongoing need for enthusiastic volunteers to help with sorting and processing donations of clothing and more. Contact Christine at or stop by the shop.

Volunteer drivers — The Medical Transportation Program at the Northampton Council on Aging seeks volunteers to drive city seniors to medical appointments. Drivers use their own vehicles and decide when, where and how often they will drive. Patricia Shaughnessy, 587-1231


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