Training to Play & Volunteer with Homeless Children!


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


Next Training in Reading, MA!Shelter Partners in Haverhill, Lawrence, LowellMalden, Revere, Peabody, Salem, Gloucester, LynnReading, MA 01867


Horizons for Homeless Children is seeking volunteers to play with children living in family homeless shelters in the Northeast region of Massachusetts, including shelters in Lowell, Lawrence, Haverhill, Amesbury, Gloucester, Salem, Peabody, Lynn, Revere, and Malden. There are also opportunities across the state.

A commitment of 2 hours per week for 6 months is required. Some daytime hours are available but shifts are primarily evening hours, Monday through Thursday. Please call (978) 557-2182 or visit to apply online. Trainings are held on an ongoing basis across the state if you cannot make this particular training!

Horizons hosts PAL Trainings across the state, throughout the year. The next training in the Northeast Region will be on Wednesday, March 28th from 6:00-9:00 pm at the Reading Public Library in Reading, MA. If you cannot make this particular training, we will also have training opportunities:

  • Saturday, March 24th from 9:30 am-12:30 pm at the Horizons for Homeless Children Headquarters in Roxbury, MA
  • Saturday, May 5th from 10:00 am-1:00 pm in Worcester, MA could be convenient for Northeast MA Volunteers!

Volunteers must fill out an application and attend a 3-hour Playspace Activity Leader Training in order to volunteer with Horizons for Homeless Children. We also run background and complete reference checks.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please call 978-557-2182 or email


  • Child Development
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Child Care
  • Relationship Building
  • Child Welfare
  • Teaching / Instruction

Good Match For

Teens People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hours per week for 6 months
  • We require a one-time, 3 hour training; We also complete background and reference checks.

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