Boston Cares is a flexible volunteer agency that connects individuals with volunteer opportunities throughout Greater Boston. To become a Boston Cares member and begin signing up for projects online, you must attend a brief, one-time New Volunteer Orientation. Every orientation covers the same material, so feel free to sign up for the session that best fits your schedule.
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While we do offer an online tracking system through which volunteers can review and print out their own service record, Boston Cares staff, nonprofit partners and volunteer project leaders are unable to personally sign off on your hours. Individuals who have completed a New Volunteer Orientation have access to approximately 200 service projects each month, ranging from 1 to 6 hours. Our web-based system allows volunteers to register online for projects in advance and also to track and print out their volunteering history. This is an honor system and all volunteers are expected to accurately record their volunteer service.
Orientations take place several times each month including evening, lunch and weekend sessions. Each session runs for approximately one-hour and is designed to accomplish several goals:
- Introduce new volunteers to Boston Cares, including our mission, programs and history
- Introduce new volunteers to each other
- Review the website, including how to sign-up for projects
Please note that Boston Cares collects a one-time registration fee from all new members. The fee helps us cover a small portion of the costs associated with providing programs to our volunteers, and supporting volunteer management for our agency partners. The fee will be collected at your New Volunteer Orientation session, and can be paid using cash, check or a credit card. The registration fee structure is:
Boston Cares registration fee structure:
We do not want to this fee to be a burden for those wishing to volunteer so if the registration fee is a source of stress or concern, please contact email@example.com.
- $30 for individuals
- $20 for students, seniors, veterans, and unemployed
- Fee waived for active duty military personnel, active AmeriCorps volunteers, and Middle & High Schoolers
Court Ordered Service: if you are doing court-ordered service, you may be able to complete your hours through Boston Cares. Please contact the Trial Court Community Service Program to confirm your elligibility.
Youth-friendly, 13+. All youth may register and attend orientations on their own. All volunteers under 18 years old must bring a Permission Form signed by a parent or guardian to give to the Project Leader. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-422-0910 x209 if you have any questions.
What Boston Cares members have to say about the New Volunteer Orientation:
"Attending the orientation helped me realize that there is far more to Boston Cares than a bunch of (really cool) volunteering opportunities. This orientation only confirmed for me that I made the right choice in pursuing my interests in volunteering through this particular organization. I look forward to all of the events that I plan on attending!" -Chrissy Henry