COVID-19 | Boston Cares


Boston Cares, and our partners, are closely monitoring the coronavirus and following the information and recommendations being released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the City of Boston, and the State of Massachusetts. The health and safety of our staff, community partners, and corporate partners continues to be our priority. This page will be regularly updated with our response.

We continue to work with our partners to assess and fill their needs – whether they’re the same needs as before managed a little differently, or a newly emerging needs. Daily, our team is working to change the way we do things to make it possible for volunteers to engage.

If you are not yet a Boston Cares member, we welcome you to join us by attending a virtual New Volunteer Orientation.

COVID-19 &Volunteering

Click on the links below to see our volunteer opportunities!


We will share updates as things evolve, but in the meantime, thanks for doing your part to ensure the safety and well-being of you and the Greater Boston Community. If you would like to support our work with a financial contribution you can do so below. Your financial support during this time allows us to maintain our operations, continue to provide volunteers to our partners who need them, develop new ways to support our community, and prepare to return to our regular programming. 


Feeding America estimates that as a result of Covid-19, Massachussetts will see a 59% increase in food insecurity in 2020. To address that, many of our in-person opportunities relate to meal and food distribution. In addition to those projects listed below, be sure to check out our Calendar for a full listing of all ongoing opportunities.


What to Expect 

***Please note: We are asking you not  to volunteer if you are feeling unwell or have a fever, if you have knowingly been exposed to COVID-19, or if you have been ill/had a fever within the last 14 days.  All projects will provide volutneers with appropriate space for social distancing and protection. Be sure to read our safety requirements for volunteers, Volunteer Leaders, and Community Partners If you’re already a Boston Cares member, thank you for being a volunteer. Please keep in mind that the opportunities you see in the coming weeks may be a little different – you may not have a Volunteer Leader, you may be asked to make a commitment to a regular schedule, or you may be referred directly to our nonprofit partners. Whatever the case, we’re certain that your services are needed and our partners are making adjustments and plans to ensure the safety of all volunteers and community members. If you are new to Boston Cares please review the Boston Cares Quick Guide for volunteers to learn more about how to create an account, log your service hours, review our volunteer policies, and more.


About Fresh

The American Red Cross of Massachusetts

City of Boston + Boston Public Schools  

Support an Open Air Market - South Boston

Support an Open Air Market - Charlestown


Assemble Grocery Bags at the RCFP

Distribute Food at the RCFP

Distribute Food to Seniors at the RCFP

Record Books for BPS Students


East End Food Pantry 

Friday Night Supper Program 

 Greater Boston Food Bank

Stock the East End House Food Pantry 

Distribute Food at the East End House Food Pantry

Prepare Meals at FNSP

Click here for a list of all projects and sites


Rescuing Leftover Cuisine YMCA of Greater Boston

Click here to learn how you can support RLC

as a volunteer or business

Available projects listed on our Calendar


If you have additional questions or concerns, please reach out to us at and check back here as we will keep this page updated with any changes.