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Boston Cares is partnering with the City of Boston and Boston Public Schools to provide centralized volunteer recruitment and coordation to meet the emerging needs of the City during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below you will find a list of current needs that will be updated regularly.

If you are not already a Boston Cares member, you will first need to create an account here. All opportunities listed on this page are open to the public - the Boston Cares orientation is NOT required prior to signing up. If you are prompted to sign up for an Orientation, you can skip this step and return here to sign up for an opportunity. Once registered, click each yellow title to be taken to a page to sign up for a specific date and time. After signing up for an event you will receive an automatic confirmation email that includes specific address information for your project.

We are collectively taking all advised precautions to protect volunteers and community members, and we ask all volunteers to do the same. If you are feeling ill, or if you have had a fever or symptoms in the past 24 hours, please do not volunteer. If you knowingly have been exposed to COVID-19, please do not volunteer. All volunteer opportunities will be organized to meet social distancing recommendations, hand sanitizer will be provided, and interaction with residents will be minimized.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Please see below for specific opportunities to volunteer with BPS and the city. If you are interested in volunteering for opportunities in the future, but don't see one here that fits your interests, please complete this form or email volunteer@boston.gov.

Boston Public Schools and the City of Boston will be continuing to provide free breakfast and lunch meals to all Boston children during the COVID-19 closure. Volunteers are needed to assist with packing and delivering meals to families and supporting meal distribution sites. Click the links below to sign up for a volunteer shift.


Assembling Grab and Grow Kits for BPS Students- Help Boston Public Schools pack 6,000 "Grab and Grow" planting kits. Each kit will contain mini-pots, "soil", seeds, instructions into brown paper lunch bags sealed with logo/sticker for distribution to Boston school students at 37 summer meal sites across the City. Click here to sign up for a shift. 


Meal Distribution at Boston Public Schools - galfonseca@bostonpublicschools.org

BCLA/New Mission High School - Hyde Park

Blackstone Elementary School - South End

Boston Latin School - Fenway-Kenmore

Charlestown High School - Charlestown

Community Academy of Science & Health - Dorchester

Condon Elementary School - South Boston

Irving Middle School - Roslindale

Lee K-8 School - Dorchester

Ohrenberger School - West Roxbury

Thank you in advance for your willingness to help support our community during this difficult time! Please check back here for updates and new needs. For questions please reach out to:

Boston Cares - help with website sign up or account creation: volunteers@bostoncares.org

City of Boston - help with City run events: food@boston.gov

BPS - help with school-based events: galfonseca@bostonpublicschools.org