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Volunteer Interpreter

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ORGANIZATION: Boston Housing Authority (BHA)

  • 124 people are interested

As a response to the language needs of the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) community, the Language Access Team under the BHA Center of Community Engagement and Civil Rights has established the Volunteer Interpreters Program (VIP). The purpose of VIP is to recruit and train bilingual/multilingual volunteers who can provide interpretation and translation services for Boston families of limited English proficiency who are applicants or residents of public or subsidized housing.

What will I be doing?

  • Volunteers will serve as interpreters during BHA hearings, eligibility screenings, resident meetings, walk-in inquiries, Wellness Connect sessions (at the housing developments), and phone interviews.
  • Volunteers who are interested in gaining skills in written translations may also assist in translation housing documents, or in reviewing and editing written translations for accuracy


  • MUST be local to the Boston area!
  • Candidates are highly motivated individuals with excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Highly proficient in English and fluent in any of (but not limited to) the following languages: Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Bosnian, Cape Verdean, Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese), Farsi, French, Haitian- Creole, Hindi, Khmer, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Where will I be serving?

Mainly in our main office located at 52 Chauncy St, 9th Floor, Boston MA 02111.

What will it be like to volunteer here?

  • You will serve on an on-call basis (meaning we call you to see if you are free to help with translation)
  • If we need your help in the office, we will send you a notification around a week or two in advance
  • Volunteers will receive training and orientation
  • There is no minimum or maximum time commitment as a volunteer! Any time you can put in to help us and the residents is greatly appreciated!

Apply Now: https://forms.gle/ygXP5ZEgecAEsVGb9

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About Boston Housing Authority (BHA)


52 Chauncy St., 9th Floor, Boston, MA 02111, US

Mission Statement

To provide stable, quality affordable housing for low and moderate income persons; to deliver these services with integrity and mutual accountability; and to create healthy living environments which serve as catalysts for the transformation from dependency to economic self-sufficiency.


The Boston Housing Authority (BHA) is the largest landlord in New England. Its main mission is to provide affordable housing through the administration of rental assistance programs. The BHA community is very diverse and is comprised of many racial, ethnic, and linguistic minorities, many of whom are newcomers to the Boston area with limited English speaking and reading abilities.


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52 Chauncy St9th FloorBoston, MA 02111



  • People Skills
  • Translation
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Community Outreach
  • Interpreter




  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Flexible
  • Resume and Online Application

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