Volunteer to Play with Homeless Children in Northeast MA!


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


Variety of Shelter Partners in North Shore Region61 Burrill StreetSwampscott, MA 01907


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 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 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 at northeast@horizonschildren.org.


  • Multi-Tasking
  • Child Development
  • Critical Thinking
  • Youth Services
  • Child Care
  • Relationship Building

Good Match For

Teens People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 Hours each week for 6 months
  • There is a required one-time, 3-hour training. We also complete background and reference checks.

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