Area volunteer opportunities

  • MICKY BEDELL Forbes Library outreach volunteer Frank Heston delivers books to Nan Lanning at the Rockridge Retirement Community in Northampton. Micky Bedell—

Published: 3/17/2017 3:21:58 PM

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

Hoizons for Homeless Children — Volunteers needed to give two hours each week to play with young homeless children (6-years old and under) in one of our statewide shelter-based play spaces. Volunteers locations available in Holyoke, Springfield, Greenfield, Amherst and Pittsfield. 532-0467,

COOLEY DICKINSON HOSPICE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY —Make a difference in someone’s life while doing something rewarding and meaningful. Become a hospice volunteer for Cooley Dickinson. Seeking companion/respite volunteers, massage and Reiki therapists, administrative, marketing and special events help. Applications now being accepted for April training session. Contact Carol Devine, Volunteer Coordinator: 413-582-5354,

Kitchen Table travel: Cross-Cultural Opportunity — The International Language Institute in downtown Northampton is looking for nearby homes to host adult international students in its full-time intensive English program. Stipend provided. Monthly start dates. One to six-month stays. Seeking: friendly interested hosts, private furnished bedroom, meals or kitchen privileges, homes within a 20-minute walk or bus ride of downtown Northampton. Email or call 586-7569 ext 100.

Hampshire County Interfaith winter shelter — Emergency shelter for homeless adults in Hampshire County located in the basement at 43 Center St., Northampton needs the following volunteers: (1) Meal teams of three or more people to prepare and serve a dinner at the shelter between now and April; (2) Overnight volunteers to spend the night from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. to supplement the ServiceNet staff member and set out breakfast. A small private room is reserved for the overnight volunteer to sleep in. Email or call Rick Hart, 586-5787

meals on wheels— Help local homebound seniors stay independent in their own homes by bringing hot Meals on Wheels or by providing a ride for shopping or medical appointments. The RSVP of Hampshire and Franklin counties volunteers are active adults 55 and older who give a few hours weekly to improve their communities. RSVP has many volunteer positions close to home to fit your interests, skills and time. Contact Pat at of 584-1300 ext. 183.

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 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursdays, 12 to 5 p.m., 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

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

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. Call Jennifer Carbery at 587-1301.

Living Wage Western Mass (LWWM) — An organization operated by a steering committee that encourages all employers to pay their workers at least a living wage. LWWM seeks volunteers to serve on its steering committee. Duties include attending steering committee meetings in Northampton and doing outreach to employers. Email Kitty Callaghan at or call her at (413) 387-7680.

GROW FOOD NORTHAMPTON’S GIVING GARDEN TEAM — Help grow food that is donated to a local soup kitchen, or help deliver fresh organic produce to the soup kitchen, the Northampton Survival Center and the Northampton Senior Center. Email

red cross blood drives — RSVP of Hampshire and Franklin counties looking for volunteers ages 55 and older to provide reception and registration at local Red Cross blood drives, three to four hours each month. Contact Pat at of 584-1300 ext. 183.

Free medical clinic of the amherst survival center — Assist volunteer physicians and nurses with providing basic medical care in a walk-in clinic. The Amherst Survival Center Free Medical Clinic is seeking to expand its team of volunteer physicians, nurses and medical assistants during clinic hours on Mondays, 12:15 to 1:30 p.m., and Thursdays, 4:15 to 6 p.m. 549-3968 ext. 109 or email

pajama drive — The Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts is running a community-wide pajama drive for children (sizes infant to teen). Drop off in Northampton at Congregational B’nai Israel; drop off in Amherst at the Jewish Community of Amherst. 203-824-2808 or email

umass amherst hearing researchers — Seeking volunteers ages 40 and older to participate in studies of hearing changes with age. Participants will be asked to make a two-hour visit to the UMass Amherst campus where they will complete hearing, speech comprehension and cognition tests. Participants will be paid $10 per hour and free parking is availalbe. Janet Lathrop, 545-0444 or

therapeutic equestrian center in holyoke — Seeking volunteers to assist in therapeutic riding program and with barn maintenance. Riding program volunteers will groom and saddle horses before a ride and assist by leading or side walking horses during seven week sessions. Barn volunteers will help maintain the horses and the barn. They clean stalls, feed and groom horses and clean tack. No experience necessary. or 532-1462

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.

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

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. Pre-registered 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

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

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

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

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

William cullen bryant homestead — The Trustees of Reservations are seeking individuals interested in bringing the history, culture and agricultural past of the William Cullen Bryant Homestead in Cummington to life as events assistants, greeters and tour guides. Also looking for individuals who would enjoy helping with nature-based programs and stewardship at Notchview in Windsor. or 532-1631 ext 3119.

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

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

Volunteer DRivers — The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteer drivers in Berkshire, Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin counties for its Road to Recovery program that provides transportation to and from treatment for people with cancer who do not have a a ride or are unable to drive themselves. Drivers and volunteers can connect using the new Service Match online tool. Trainings on the new tool are available for both new and experienced volunteer drivers. 508-270-4735,

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

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

Amherst Survival Center — The Amherst Survival Center connects residents of Hampshire and Franklin counties with food, clothing, healthcare, wellness and community, primarily through volunteer efforts. The center needs volunteers to make a two to three hour/week commitment (for a minimum of three months) to prepare and deliver programs at its North Amherst location. There are also one time/month volunteer opportunities in the community. Email or call 549-3968 ext. 111. Or log on to

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

Notchview reservation — Trustees of Reservations are looking for winter volunteers for Notchview in Windsor. Indoor visitor center and outdoor trail opportunities. Assist for two hours on your ski days helping others enjoy winter sports or join us one day/week. Also seeking Junior Counselors (16-25) for Winter Camp program Feb. 21-23. Free ski lesson. or 532-1631 ext 3119.

board treasurer volunteer position — Amherst-based nonprofit research organization related to alternative energy is looking for a volunteer to serve as board treasurer. Requires up to 3-4 hours per quarter and attendance at quarterly board meetings. Scientific knowledge not required. Send CV and references to

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