Volunteer & Play with Children at Homeless Shelters in Northeast MA


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


Variety of Shelter Partners in North Shore Region5 N Common StreetLynn, MA 01902


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, 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 www.horizonschildren.org to apply online.

Horizons hosts PAL Trainings across the state, throughout the year. The next training in the Northeast Region will be on Saturday, May 13th from 10:00 am-1:00 pm at the Tewksbury Public Library in Tewksbury, MA. If you cannot make this particular training, we will have other training opportunities on Saturday, May 6th from 10:00 am-1:00 pm in Worcester, MA and on Saturday, May 17th from 9:30 am-12:30 pm in Roxbury, MA that 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 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 lschenkel@horizonschildren.org.


  • Problem Solving
  • Child Development
  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Child Care
  • Relationship Building

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
  • Volunteers are required to attend a 3 hour training; We complete background and reference checks.

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