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Horizons for Homeless Children


Horizons for Homeless Children, a non-profit dedicated to improve the lives of homeless children in Massachusetts, is seeking volunteers to play with children living in family homeless shelters in the Northeast region of Massachusetts, including shelters in Lowell, Lawrence, Haverhill, Gloucester, Salem, Peabody, Lynn, Malden, Revere, Chelsea, and Medford. 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 www.horizonschildren.org to apply online.

Horizons hosts PAL Orientations across the state, throughout the year. The next orientation in the Northeast Region will be on Saturday January 11th from 10:00 AM 12:30 PM at Saugus Public Library, 295 Central Street, Saugus, MA. If you cannot make this particular orientation, we will have more orientation opportunities.

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

All Playspace Activity Leaders must be at least 18 years old to volunteer on their own or be 16 years old and accompanied by parent or guardian during their shift.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please call 978-557-2182 or email us at northeast@horizonschildren.org.

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About Horizons for Homeless Children


60 Island St., Lawrence, MA 01840, US

Mission Statement

Horizons for Homeless Children is dedicated to improving the lives of homeless children and their families. We provide homeless children in Massachusetts with the nurturing, stimulation and opportunities for early education and play that all children need to learn and grow in healthy ways.


Horizons for Homeless Children improves the lives of homeless children by providing early care and education in our Community Children's Centers, creating Playspaces (recreational spaces) in shelters throughout Massachusetts and recruiting thousands of volunteers to help us in our efforts. Horizons for Homeless Children is a leader in advocating for homeless children and their families. At the local, state and federal levels, we promote and support policies that will benefit homeless children and families. We also share our knowledge and expertise with other service providers.


We'll work with your schedule.


Next Orientation in Saugus!Shelter Partners in Lowell, Lawrence, Haverhill,Revere, Malden, Lynn, Salem, Peabody, ChelseaSaugus, MA 01906



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


  • Teens
  • People 55+


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

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