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Helpline & Drop-in Volunteers & Interns

Cambridge Women's Center (Cambridge)

March 16, 2019, midnight - Sept. 7, 2019, midnight

Volunteer & Internship Description:Are you passionate about social justice? Do you enjoy listening to people's stories? Are you interested in the power of community spaces? Do you enjoy being a thoughtful leader?As a nearly entirely volunteer-staffed and supported space - volunteers/interns are the backbone of our organization. The Cambridge Women’s Center depends on direct service volunteers and interns to staff our drop-in and helpline services 55 hours a week, Mon-Fri 10am-8pm and Saturdays 10am-3pm.Our next mandatory volunteer training will be: Saturday, March 16th - 10:00am-4:30pm. Interviews will be the last two weeks of February. (Our summer training will be Saturday, June 1st (10:00am-4:30pm)) Applications can be submitted here: Volunteer Application (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdoawQ1upXSV3M6sOWxmXpuRkbbGo_UBlgsrlQiaeQbzNkGsg/viewform)If you're interested in an internship or starting later, our next mandatory trainings will be: Saturday, June 1st - 10:00am-4:30pm Saturday, September 7th - 10:00am-4:30pmYou must be able to attend the mandatory training in order to volunteer/intern with us.If you're interested in applying for an internship that begins in the summer or fall, please apply here: Internship Application (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSetKTcA_zrQeiRt6CPqyLjN8HmLb17U9WxfhIkkwZI6pkFf5Q/viewform) Please read the below information prior to your application to make sure it is a good fit. We require a 6-month commitment and at least 2 hours a week for volunteers and at least 6-10 hours a week for internships and 3-months minimum.If you have any questions about volunteering in the drop-in/helpline, please email Volunteer Manager, Anna at anna@cambridgewomenscenter.org.The Cambridge Women's Center serves primarily vulnerable, housing-insecure, socially isolated, and low-income women in the Cambridge and Greater Boston area. Volunteers are depended on to staff the Center at all times. As a drop-in & helpline volunteer, you will:Provide general staffing of the 4-story homeProvide emotional support in-person & on the phoneHave conversations & provide social support to membersAssist members with resource referrals and small projectsPerform regular walk-throughs of the houseParticipate in cleaning, recording data, organizing, and other needed tasksBe a present advocate for our members to turn toHelp with special projects as interest/time allowsSome days are quiet, and others are hectic and emotionally charged. Just your presence alone allows us to stay open. There will be downtime & busy days, and we expect volunteers to be able to handle both, as well as check in with their supervisors for support. Volunteers should expect to encounter a wide range of topics.As a volunteer you will receive ongoing support and education from regularly scheduled trainings and volunteer meetings. In addition, you will receive regular check-ins from either our Volunteer Manager, Anna Plotkin-Swing, or our Director, Jessye Kass.If you have any questions about volunteering in the drop-in/helpline, please email Anna, Volunteer Manager, at anna@cambridgewomenscenter.org.

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46 Pleasant Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

Visitor Services Volunteer

Longfellow House-washington's Headquarters Nhs

May 22, 2019, 9:30 a.m. - Oct. 27, 2019, 5 p.m.

Summary of PositionLongfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters NHS preserves the home of Henry W. Longfellow, one of the world’s foremost 19 th century poets. Additionally, the house served as General George Washington’s first headquarters of the American Revolution, from 1775-1776.This position is a great way to get experience working with visitors at a National Park. The volunteer will assist with the daily operation of the site and engage with people from all over the world. Training for various duties will be provided. Ideal candidates work well under pressure, in busy environments and can provide a warm welcome to each visitor. Must be able to work unsupervised.DutiesStaffs NPS visitor center with minimal supervision, orienting visitors to the site’s offerings.Accurately uses daily log to keep track of site visitation and statistics.Answers the phone in a professional manner.Operates cash register accurately to make sales.Engages in self-directed study to increase content knowledge about the site operations, history, and programs offered throughout the season.Observes all rules, procedures and safety guidelines. Tracks volunteer hours accurately.Additional opportunities: staffing Family Sunday events, setting up for summer concerts and poetry readings, roving the grounds/garden and informally talking to visitors about site’s history.Wears the NPS volunteer uniform in clean and professional manner.QualificationsLooking for a detail oriented person, who can multitask efficiently, including answering phones, operating cash register and signing people up for tours without supervision.Comfortable with speaking informally with visitors of all ages, backgrounds, and nationalities. Previous experience working at a museum or similar institution a plus.Must be available for a shift during open hours (Wed. -Sundays, 10 am-5 pm, May-October)This is an unpaid, temporary position.

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105 Brattle Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

Boston Harbor Community Cruise Ambassador

National Park Service (Boston)

June 10, 2019, 4:45 p.m. - Aug. 25, 2019, 8:30 p.m.

SeekingVolunteers excited about bringing public lands to local communities throughout Boston. About the Park The Boston Harbor Islands National & State Park includes 34 islands and peninsulas situated within the large "C" shape of the Greater Boston shoreline. The islands are rich in natural and cultural resources and are managed by a unique, 13-member Partnership. The Boston Harbor Islands Partnership represents a range of federal, state, city, and nonprofit agencies. Each year Boston Harbor Now, the park's non-profit partner, supports the cost of 12 free evening community cruises to enjoy the history and views of the Boston Harbor. Cruises vary in length, destination, departure point and offerings depending on the community being served.About the Volunteer Cruise Ambassador PositionBoston Harbor Now is seeking Volunteer Cruise Ambassadors who are interested in bringing public lands to local communities. These volunteers would support the cruises through community outreach, assisting with cruise preparation and post-event breakdown. Each volunteer will attend 6 evening cruises to welcome community members and provide hospitality during the event. Volunteers will be provided orientation scheduled in June, a transportation stipend, and event uniform. Specific duties include pre-event outreach, event set up, welcoming guests, providing hospitality during cruises including serving food and drink, and post-event breakdown. Benefits include a free t-shirt, a free meal on cruise days, and an invitation to the National Parks of Boston yearly Volunteer Recognition Event!Cruise Dates We ask that volunteers can commit to at least six of the following cruises:June 10th and 24thJuly 1st, 8th, 9th, 15th and 16thAugust 6th, 12th, 19th and 25thQualifications and Requirements Previous experience is not required, but prior customer service training is helpful. A willingness to work as part of a team, with a variety of partners is essential! Volunteers will be supervised by Boston Harbor Now during cruises. How to Apply Interested applicants should email volunteers@bostonharbornow.org for more information and follow this link: forms.gle/USFGRi7kEFZzp3i39 to complete an application. www.bostonharbornow.org

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Boston Harbor
Boston, Massachusetts 02109

Do You Love Curious George? Be A Mascot For A Morning!

Tech Goes Home

July 27, 2019, 9:45 a.m. - July 27, 2019, 12:30 p.m.

Do you love that famous little monkey, Curious George? Are you between 5'1" and 5'7" tall?Boston-based nonprofit Tech Goes Home is holding their 3rd annual Summer Celebration - it's fun for the whole family! Our Tech Goes Home community helps participants gain access to the skills, hardware, and access needed for 21st century success. 75% of our participants have household incomes under $20,000, and 45% have a primary language that is not English.In prior years we have held a more formal graduation for students at Faneuil Hall. While nice, we received overwhelming feedback from graduates that they would prefer a family-friendly activity. Our 2017 and 2018 Summer Celebrations were a huge success and we are looking forward to new, more transit-accessible venue in 2019. Our goal is to stay connected with graduates and encourage them to urge family and friends to sign up for free classes.Through our partnership with WGBH, we have had a Curious George mascot at the event, walking around and interacting with families. It's a perfect opportunity to let out your inner child! Our previous mascot loved the event but is unavailable this year. You'll have a private changing tent and some breaks to cool off - and most importantly, the chance to be really silly and fun!The height restrictions (5'1" to 5'7") are based on the size of the costume. You can bring a friend to be your "guide" (it's useful to have a sidekick to manage excited kids!) or we'll assign a volunteer to help you.

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Moakley Park
Boston, Massachusetts 02127

Engagement And Operations Associate - Americorps Vista Opportunity At Catholic Charities Of Boston

Catholic Charities Of Boston

Aug. 5, 2019, midnight - Aug. 4, 2020, midnight

Engagement and Operations Associate - AmeriCorps VISTA Opportunity at Catholic Charities of Boston (Listing ID#895050)-Position can start as early as August 5, 2019The Catholic Charitable Bureau of the Archdiocese of Boston, Inc. (CCAB) has a long history of providing comprehensive family strengthening programs and services using volunteers for almost all of its programs. As one of the largest providers of social services in Massachusetts, CCAB offers nearly 75 programs and services in 26 locations around Eastern Massachusetts. Our goal is to create an operations manual model that documents program specific operations that include service delivery, outreach to and current partnership activities, and recruiting/training volunteers to increase capacity of each program in one division of the agency. Programs include basic needs, shelters, education and job training, youth services, refugee and immigration services and family services. The model will be used on a subset of programs prior to agency-wide roll out. In order to increase capacity, expanding the volunteer services program in the context of the operations manual is another goal. Working together with a division deputy director and volunteer services staff, the VISTA will have the opportunity to engage with program staff, learn about the wide array of services CCAB provides throughout the Greater Boston area, identify opportunities to build relationships with donors, partners and volunteers and to develop a robust volunteer training curriculum that will be used to recruit and train volunteers. CCAB would like to raise public awareness of the work it does for strengthening families and give staff and volunteers the information and tools they need to provide clients with wrap-around services to help them succeed.Member Duties: The VISTA will be responsible for a pilot project with an objective of agency-wide implementation that will increase the agency’s capacity to deliver family strengthening services. The VISTA will create program specific operations manuals that document a subset of agency programs for the pilot phase. This includes: manuals to document program procedures/information, relationships/partnerships, and volunteer opportunities, as well as information and tools to direct staff and volunteer onboarding and training. Manuals will serve to increase communication/knowledge among staff/volunteers of comprehensive wrap-around services to increase capacity to serve clients. The VISTA will develop and execute outreach and recruitment plan for volunteer services. The VISTA will develop a volunteer training curriculum that the VISTA will use to train staff and volunteers to strengthen the volunteer services program and help staff deliver services to clients more effectively.Program Benefits: Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend , Living Allowance, Relocation Allowance, Childcare assistance if eligible, Training, Health Coverage* . *For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcareApply online on eGrants https://egrants.cns.gov/espan/main/login.jsp

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185 Columbia Rd
Boston, Massachusetts 02121

Mentor With Found In Translation - Help Women Achieve Financial Stability

Found In Translation Inc

Aug. 27, 2019, 7:30 p.m. - Dec. 7, 2019, 9 p.m.

Found in Translation offers a free medical interpreter training to low-income bilingual women who are homeless or have been homeless in the past. Each year the women represent a wide array of different cultures and languages. Our program participants must be fully bilingual in English and a target language.Found in Translation is seeking a few mentors to work closely with program participants while they complete their medical interpreter training program. Mentors will meet with participants on a weekly basis, helping them to develop professional skills, learn to expand their network, and build their confidence in approaching real-life case scenarios pertaining to the work environment. Mentors should be energetic, culturally sensitive, responsible, compassionate, professional, and driven to assist and encourage our aspiring interpreters on their path to economic security.Mentors have a time commitment of 2 hours of in person and 2-4 hours of remote support per week. The in-person commitment will be on Thursdays from 7:30-9:00 pm, every week, from September 3, 2019 - December 7, 2019. Classes take place at Boston Medical Center Yawkey Ambulatory Care Center. The remaining hours of remote support per week is flexible and consists mainly of follow up emails and phone calls with participants.The essential component of this position is a strong commitment to being a constant, reliable, and stable presence throughout the entire medical interpreter training, both in-person and occasionally by phone or email. The ideal candidate will be responsible, creative, punctual, communicative, flexible, warm, culturally aware, and familiar with being in a mentorship position. Mentors should be energetic, committed people who are invested not only in providing a honest, nurturing learning environment for the participants, but also in the mission of the organization.If you're interested in becoming a mentor or want to know more, please contact Ayolah Ibezim at ayolah@found-in-translation.org or at (857) 500-7804.

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Boston Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts 02118