About Pine Street Inn : Pine Street Inn is a nonprofit organization that supports homeless men and women in moving from the streets and shelter to a home, and assists individuals in retaining housing. Pine Street provides street outreach, emergency services, supportive housing, job training and connections to employment, welcoming close to 2,000 homeless individuals daily, supporting them in rebuilding their lives.
How you can help: Serve breakfast to the residents of Pine Street Inn’s Emergency Shelter.
Commitment: 6:00 -7:30 am
Location: Men’s Inn & Women’s Inn Emergency Shelter, Boston
We are looking for: 6-8 volunteers
Learn more about the Pine Street Inn!
Somerville Backpack Program
About The Backpack program: Food For Free’s Weekend Backpack Program improves access to healthy food for students in the City of Cambridge and now Somerville. Students receive two lunches, two breakfasts, milk, and fresh fruit. The food is discreetly packed in the students’ backpacks each Friday afternoon ensuring that students are better prepared to learn the following week.
How you can help: Make sandwiches, pack bags of food for Somerville students for the weekend. At the end of the session there could be an option to help drive bags of food to various Somerville schools.
Commitment: 8:30 – 10:00 a.m
Location: Connexion Church in East Somerville
We are looking for: 15 volunteers
Learn more about Food For Free!
Career Round Table Discussions
About Bottom Line: Bottom Line is transforming urban communities by helping low-income and first-generation students get into college, graduate from college and go far in life.
How you can help: Lead a roundtable discussion with Bottom Line students & alum interested in our industry. (We’re especially interested in non-scientific industry professionals with 3-5 years of experience.)
Commitment: 6:00- 8:00 pm
We are looking for: 5 volunteers
Learn more about Bottom Line!
About More Than Words: More Than Words empowers youth who are in foster care, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. Youth earn a job managing our online, retail, pop-up, and wholesale bookselling businesses, while developing critical skills and work experience.
How you can help: Work alongside MTW youth to process, scan and distribute inventory in their social enterprise bookstore, groups do all the operations and get a tour, lots of youth engagement
Commitment: 11:00 am- 1:30 pm
We are looking for: 10-12 people
Learn more about More Than Words!
About The International Institute of New England: The International Institute of New England was founded in 1918 to welcome immigrants to Massachusetts. Today 2,000 refugees and immigrants participate annually in resettlement, education, case management, cultural orientation and job training programs at IINE’s three service sites in two states to insure refugees and immigrants are able to fulfill their dreams and contribute to New England’s growth and prosperity.
How you can help: We are looking for a company willing to host a “First Thanksgiving” potluck for recent immigrants to the US for the International Institute of New England.
Commitment: Company will provide a space from 5:00- 7:00 pm as well as encourage employees to bring in potluck dishes to share with IINE ESOL students.
Learn more about The International Institute of New England!
Pre Thanksgiving Dinner Support
About CASPAR:CASPAR has built a comprehensive array of outreach, shelter, stabilization, and residential programs in Cambridge and Somerville.They focus on programs that are safe, accessible, and supportive and that meet the needs of a diverse population of high-risk men and women, most of whom are uninsured and indigent.
How you can help: Help the staff at CASPAR prepare for Thanksgiving dinner at the shelter by taking over dinner for a day!
Commitment: 2:00- 6:00 pm
We are looking for:10 volunteers
Learn more about CASPAR!
Career Speed Dating
About College Bound Dorchester: College Bound Dorchester uses education to end generational urban poverty, providing gang-involved youth (they call Core Influencers) with a college-focused education to unlock their power and influence for change. College Bound provides the skills and support for Core Influencers to turn away from the “street corners” for good and use their influence to shift social norms in their neighborhoods – decreasing crime, and increasing educational attainment and employment for all.
How you can help: We are looking for a company willing to host 15 students from College Bound Dorchester and recruit volunteers from across your organization for some career exploration “speed dating.” CBD students want to know how you got where you are today- what you wanted to be when you grew up, what you went to school for, any road blocks you encountered along the way- everything that makes up your story and can help guide them as they start their’s!
Commitment: Office space from 10:30 am-12:00 pm, volunteer recruitment
Location: Your office!
We are looking for up to fifteen volunteers!
Learn more about College Bound Dorchester!
About Year Up:Year Up Greater Boston delivers a rigorous 12-month employment-training program, which combines hands-on technical and professional skill development, stipends, professional internships, and wraparound services. Within four months of graduation, at least 85% of our students are employed earning an average wage of $16.50/hour and/or enrolled in postsecondary education.
How you can help: Join us at Year Up Greater Boston for a mock interview night where volunteers will interview 3-4 students. Volunteers provide critical feedback on the students’ strengths and growth areas in the interview process.
Commitment: 1:00-3:30 pm
We are looking for:15- 30 volunteers
Learn more about Year Up!
Fall Fun Day
About The Home for Little Wanderers : The Home for Little Wanderers provide an array of 20 programs in the greater Boston area that serve children and youth – typically from low income households — who have suffered from trauma and have behavioral and emotional problems as a result. Last year they served over 4,000 such children and youth and their families.
How you can help: We are bringing our pop up mini golf course to the Home for Little Wanderers this year for a special Fall Fun Day and are looking for volunteers to help us man the course and engage the residents.
We are looking for: 3-5 volunteers
Learn more about the Home for Little Wanderers!
IT Department Internships
About Just-A-Start: JAS is a community development corporation dedicated to building the housing security and economic stability of low- to moderate-income people in Cambridge and nearby communities. Through comprehensive and integrated programs, JAS creates and maintains affordable housing, provides housing resources and services, offers education and workforce training, and builds community engagement. Just-A-Start’s Information Technology (IT) Careers Program is a free educational and career skills program that prepares individuals for Computer User Support Specialist positions in a business environment. Students gain knowledge and hands-on experience in Computer Hardware, Windows OS support, Networking techniques, Help Desk-targeted skills such as trouble-shooting and critical thinking and Business Communication.
How you can help: Host an intern! Internships provide students with on the job training and the professional networks needed to secure permanent employment.
Learn more about the Just-A-Start IT Career program!
Become a Citizen Teacher
About Citizen Schools: Citizen Schools partners with public middle schools to provide a combination of academic support; high school, college and career readiness activities; and ten-week apprenticeships led by corporate and community volunteers. Their mission is to close the cyclical opportunity gap facing many of our students. They generate moments of discovery, and connect those sparks with steps students can take to pursue their dreams.
How you can help: We’re recruiting “Citizen Teachers” from the life sciences community to teach middle school students in Somerville after-school courses in Social Entrepreneurship, Design Thinking, or Science Experiments. Volunteers teach for 90 minutes each week for 11 weeks and receive up-front training, weekly lesson-plan assistance, and are paired with a trained Citizen Schools AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow for on-going in-class support. Gather a group of volunteers from your organization OR reach out and let us know you’re interested and we can put together teams.
Commitment: Tuesday OR Thursday afternoons, 3:30-5:00 pm for 11 weeks at a Somerville Middle East
Location: Somerville Community School OR Winter Hill Somerville
We are looking for: Two groups of 3 volunteers
Learn more about Citizen Schools!
No Sew Fleece Blankets
Nurtury gives Greater Boston’s youngest children in need, birth to age five, the opportunity to reach their full potential by investing in school readiness, promoting healthy development, and strengthening families. At six early learning centers and 118 Family Child Care sites, Nurtury provides robust educational programming, which is designed to develop children’s social/emotional, physical, and cognitive skills in safe, nurturing environments.
How you can help: Get a team together and make special no-sew fleece blankets for the children at Nurtury! We will provide the instructions and materials, we ask that interested companies cover the cost of supplies.
Location: Your office!
Learn more about Nurtury!
After School Workshops
About Breakthrough Greater Boston: BTGB works to improve educational equity by inspiring excitement for learning, creating paths to college, and promoting careers in education. BTGB is unique from other college access programs in that we offer a comprehensive academic support that intervenes early (before 7th grade) and offers six-years of programming through a Students Teaching Students model, featuring near-peer instruction and mentoring.
How you can help: Does your company have an act you’d like to take on the road? We are looking for small company groups to put on science workshops for students at one of Breakthrough Greater Boston’s after school programs.
Learn more about Breakthrough Greater Boston!
Big Brother Big Sister Mentor 2.0
How you can help: Mentor2.0 is a one-to-one mentoring program operated by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay that provides transformative support for low-income and first-generation high school students to prepare them for high school success, college matriculation and workforce readiness. This program makes it easier than ever to become a mentor through weekly online communication and monthly in-person meetings during the school year at either Boston Green Academy in Brighton or the Edward Kennedy Academy of Health Careers in the Fenway.
The Possible Project 1,000 Laptop Challenge
Life Science Cares has set a goal of collecting 1,000 used laptops for The Possible Project’s We Sell Possible student business. Using the donated equipment and reselling it online, students learn all facets of a business including research, item listing, customer service & correspondence, merchandising, digital photography, sales, packaging and shipping.
Share Your Story
A number of our partners regularly seek guest speakers to share personal career journeys and general reflections of working in the life science industry. If you or someone you know is a woman or minority professional willing to share your story with one of our partners please reach out to us to find an opportunity that is right for you!
Host a company tour, networking night or special event at your office!
Hosting is an excellent way to introduce the young adults and children in our partner’s programs to a new world. Consider hosting a mock interview day, a career exploration event, tutoring, a networking night, or take on one of our youth as an intern!