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Virtual Volunteering with Elders

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Hearth, Inc.

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 42 people are interested

Volunteers have always been a staple at Hearth. Our residents truly enjoy connecting with long-time volunteers and meeting new ones. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we have indefinitely restricted volunteers from visiting all our sites.

With careful planning, we has started to implement a virtual volunteer program. Through video chats, volunteers can lead activities and interact with residents from anywhere. Residents are excited about being able to reconnect with our community!

Virtual Volunteering: Virtual volunteers are able to run an activity from the safety of their own homes. Activities may include:

- Hosting bingo
- Playing select card and board games, such as Crazy 8’s and Scattegories,
- Leading a prayer session
- Having a poetry or jam session
- Joining in a sing-a-long or karaoke
- Hosting a comedy night
- Performing your talents live
- & so much more. Have an idea? Share it!

Letters of Encouragement and Artwork: We have also continued asking for notes of encouragement and artwork for our residents. Receiving a note or viewing artwork from the community can put a lasting smile on our elders’ faces. This is a great activity for all ages! Visit: http://www.hearth-home.org/coloring-pages to download fun Hearth themed coloring pages!

Send cards and/or artwork to:
Hearth, Inc.
Attn: Maura Murphy
1640 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02118

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About Hearth, Inc.


1640 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118, US

Mission Statement

Hearth is a non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of homelessness among the elderly. This mission is accomplished through a unique blend of prevention, placement, and housing programs all designed to help elders find and succeed in homes of their own. To this end, all housing operated by Hearth provides a creative array of supportive services that assist residents to age with dignity, regardless of their special medical, mental health, or social needs. Hearth believes these goals are best accomplished through respect for elders and staff, with the desire to see both achieve their highest degree of potential.


Hearth, Inc. operates 174 units of permanent housing for formerly homeless elders at six residential sites throughout Greater Boston. The essence of Hearth's Housing Model is the integration of interdisciplinary services at each residence:

  • Housing
  • Mental Health Care
  • Health Services
  • Social Services

The Outreach Program works with over 325 elders each year, helping them find and succeed in homes of their own.

Hearth's National Initiative focus on raising awareness about the crisis of elder homelessness and promoting Hearth's Housing Model and Outreach Program as the solution.

Homeless & Housing


We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


  • Elder care
  • Visual Arts
  • Music Arts
  • Theater Arts
  • People Skills
  • Singing


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • First, a volunteer application, followed with a phone call. Second, you need to complete/pass a background check, and lastly a waiver form. Under 18 need no background check, but a guardian's approval to participate.

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