Volunteering can be a satisfying and worthwhile experience for everyone. Donating your time, talent, and effort are small ways to make a significant difference in your community. Many volunteer opportunities exist throughout Massachusetts that enable you to get involved in your community and improve the lives of others.
Organizations are constantly looking for volunteer service for special events and activities. While each organization helps different audiences, all aid those in need. The many options can make it hard to choose what to get involved with, so taking your time to find the best fit is a good idea.
- COASTSWEEP is a statewide initiative that cleans up the Commonwealth’s coastal areas. Volunteers may participate in an existing cleanup by helping remove trash and other debris from Massachusetts’ beaches. Signups for 2015 cleanups will begin in the spring.
- The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is always looking for participants in their Volunteers in Parks Program. The program has individuals clean and preserve state parks and recreational areas so that they can be enjoyed by generations to come.
- The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) is a state-run agency that ensures the Commonwealth’s anti-discrimination laws are followed. They seek interns and volunteers for public education and outreach, administrative complaint processing, and logging discrimination complains.
How to Get Involved
Getting involved is easy. All you need to do is contact staff of the program or event you’re interested in volunteering for. If contact information cannot be found, there are resources available that can be used to help find volunteer work.
- Connect & Serve is a free online tool administered by the Massachusetts Service Alliance that helps volunteers find opportunities in their area.
- United We Serve also enables users to search for volunteer activities by date, zip code, and project type.
These are just some of the options available that can help those who need it. Additionally, you can take part in many traditional volunteering initiatives on your own by being creative, and finding something you enjoy. Donating your time to a cause or those in need can make all the difference. Take time during this busy holiday season to lend a helping hand.
Where’s your favorite place to volunteer in Massachusetts? Share below or tweet us @MassGov.
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