Individual Volunteer Opportunities

Adult Educational Services

Project Hope's Adult Educational Services (AES) department provides comprehensive ABE, ESOL and Higher Education services, supported by a unique case management model to women over the age of 18 in Boston, with particular focus on enrolling Roxbury and Dorchester residents.

Volunteer Descriptions:

Tutors - Tutor Adult Learners in Adult Basic Education (ABE) or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes. Meet with adult learners one-on-one to provide basic and/or remedial instruction in English language, math, reading or writing.

Classroom Assistants - Assist teachers by working in the classroom. Help students with classroom work, group projects and reviewing information with students who need additional support with assignments.


High level of knowledge in area of either Math, Reading and Writing (4th – 12th grade)
Ability to present material on basic level
Have the ability to create respectful professional relationships with students
Commit at least one hour a week on a consistent basis during Monday – Thursday between the hours of:
12:30-2:20PM for Tutors
9:30-11:30AM for Classroom Assistants

Education Requirements:

High School Diploma
Must pass a CORI
Must be over 18 years old
If you are interested in volunteering with our Adult Educational Services program, please complete this form and email it to Donna Henderson at or 617-442-1880 x239.

Family Shelter

Founded in the early 1980s, Project Hope addressed the emerging problem of family homelessness in the Dorchester and Roxbury neighborhoods. Today the Family Shelter offers a haven for 11 single mothers and their children.

Playspace Activity Leaders (PAL)

Volunteering as a PAL is an opportunity to gain experience with children and obtain greater awareness of family homelessness. PALS prepare and lead age appropriate activities, games, and/or projects with children in the shelter, and promote positive interactions. Qualifications include: strong interest in preschool and school age children, patience, dependability, sensitivity to homeless issues; preschool or elementary teaching experience a plus.

For more info on becoming a PAL, please contact Horizons for Homeless Children at

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Community Building

550 Dudley Street
Roxbury, MA 02119

Family Residence

45 Magnolia Street
Dorchester, MA 02125


Phone: (617) 442-1880