Volunteer and Play with Children at Family Homeless Shelters in Northeast MA


Cause Areas


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


149 Main StreetLocations in the Northern Merrimack ValleyAmesbury, MA 01913


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 Amesbury, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, 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 Thursday, March 9th from 6:00-9:00 pm at the Flint Public Library in Middleton, MA. If you cannot make this particular training, we will have other training opportunities on Tuesday, March 14th from 6:00-9:00pm in Roxbury, MA and on Thursday, March 9th from 6:00-9:00 pm in Framingham, 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.


  • Child Development
  • Child Care
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Relationship Building
  • Multi-Tasking

Good Match For

Teens People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hours per week; We hope for a 6 month commitment
  • A one-time, 3 hour training; Background & Reference Checks

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