Company Profile

Boston Cares

Company Overview

Boston Cares mobilizes more than 25,000 volunteers annually in support of Greater Boston schools and non-profit agencies. We offer a wide array of programs and opportunities that make it easy for you to volunteer no matter how busy your schedule is.

Our signature Calendar Program features more 200-250 projects each month through which members volunteer at a variety of projects. These projects include:
- planting community gardens,
- serving meals to the homeless,
- cleaning parks,
- painting community centers,
- tutoring children,
- GED prep for adults,
- ushering at cultural performances,
- and much, much more.

Boston Cares offers several specialized programs. For corporate volunteers, our Hands at Work program provides comprehensive project planning to ensure meaningful service for employees. For young people, we offer a Youth/Teen & Family Program a program providing volunteer projects that school-age kids can enjoy as a group or with their families. For volunteers looking to delve deeper into current events and issues affecting the community, we offer TeamWorks. Learn more

Boston Cares is the largest volunteer action center in New England. In 2010, more than 25,000 Boston Cares volunteers contributed 70,000 hours to 300 non-profits in the Greater Boston area.

Boston Cares is a member of the HandsOn Network, an alliance of volunteer organizations working to transform individuals and communities through service and civic engagement, with affiliates in 250 US and international locations.

Company History

Boston Cares was founded in 1991 by six young adults who were determined to find a way to make community service a part of their busy lives. Like many of their friends, they wanted to become meaningfully involved in their communities but didn’t know how to get started. Plus, they worried their unpredictable schedules would not allow for the level of commitment organizations might require.

They worked together to find non-profit organizations that could utilize the help of volunteers on a flexible basis, with the goal of creating a calendar of volunteer opportunities to send out to their friends. And so, starting with a calendar of only 3 service projects, Boston Cares was launched. Today, Boston Cares' volunteer opportunities exceed 200 projects each month.

For the first three years, Boston Cares was operated completely by volunteers, and in 1994 we hired our first executive director. We now have 10 staff and 5 AmeriCorps national service members.

Our volunteers come from over 100 communities and their efforts touch 300 agencies and over 200,000 residents in Boston and other communities in eastern Massachusetts. In 2010, we mobilized 25,000 volunteers and generated 70,000 service hours.

Boston Cares is a member of the Hands On Network, an alliance of volunteer organizations working to transform individuals and communities through service and civic engagement, with affiliates in 250 US and international locations.

Benefits

Standard AmeriCorps VISTA benefits available plus an MBTA LinkPass (transit pass).

For full year AmeriCorps VISTA members that includes: living allowance, choice of end of service benefit (Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or cash stipend), health plan, relocation allowance (if eligible), childcare assistance (if eligible).

For Summer Associate VISTA members that includes: living allowance, choice of end of service benefit (Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or cash stipend)

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