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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 Greater Boston region of Massachusetts, including shelters in Brighton, Cambridge, Dorchester, East Boston, Fenway, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Newton, Roxbury, Somerville, South End and Waltham. There are also opportunities across the state.

A commitment of 2 hours per week for 6 months is required. Shifts are evening hours, Monday through Thursday between 6-8pm. Please call (617) 553-5488 or visit www.horizonschildren.org to apply online.

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 (617) 553-5488 or email us at boston@horizonschildren.org.

1 Shift

  • evening / 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
    Shifts occur Monday-Thursday

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About Horizons for Homeless Children


1705 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury, MA 02119, US

Mission Statement

Horizons for Homeless Children is committed to improving the lives of young homeless children in Massachusetts and helping their families succeed by providing high-quality early education, opportunities for play, and comprehensive family support services. To support our mission, we also advocate on behalf of young children, train educators and human services providers, and provide research on the impact of early education on homeless children.


Horizons for Homeless Children is looking for caring, dependable individuals to interact and play with children living in homeless family shelters and domestic violence programs across the state.

Our Playspace Program is based on the belief that play is essential for child development. Our Playspace Program ensures that each child living in a homeless shelter in Massachusetts has the opportunity for developmentally appropriate play.

We build age-appropriate, child-friendly, educational Playspaces in shelters and stock them with books, developmental toys, and art supplies. Every Playspace includes: an infant area, a literacy area, an arts and crafts area, a manipulative area, and a dramatic play area.

Playspaces are staffed by trained volunteers, called Playspace Activity Leaders (PALs), who commit two hours weekly for at least six months. PALs enable parents to to participate in activities such as parenting groups, budgeting classes or job searches.

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Homeless & Housing


We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 1 shift


1705 Columbus AvenueLocations all over Greater Boston AreaBoston, MA 02119



  • Youth Services
  • Child Care
  • Child Development
  • Critical Thinking
  • Relationship Building
  • Literacy / Reading


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hours each week for a minimum of 6 months
  • One time 3 hour Orientation and background and reference checks.

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