Boston Cares is the largest volunteer agency in New England, a member of the Points of Light Global Network, and an award-winning leader in the volunteer engagement sector. Filling more than 20,000 volunteer spots annually in support of more than 150 Greater Boston schools and non-profit agencies, we offer a wide array of programs and opportunities that make it simple for you to volunteer no matter how busy your schedule. We believe volunteers transform communities through service and civic engagement.
30 years ago, a group of friends gathered around pizza to discuss a way to make it easier to connect volunteers with nonprofits addressing critical needs in the community. Their vision led to Boston Cares' founding on February 20, 1991. We're excited to celebrate 30 years of service to the Greater Boston community, made possible by all of the volunteers and partners who have served with us over the years. Since 1991, our volunteers have given 1.3 MILLION hours towards closing the educational and economic opportunity gaps, addressing hunger & homelessness, serving health & wellness needs, supporting environmental and cultural vibrancy, and more.