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Leadership Transition at Boston Cares!


Patrice Keegan, longtime executive director of Boston Cares, will be stepping down on February 20, 2019. Keegan, whose leadership established Boston Cares as Greater Boston’s premiere innovator of community responsive volunteer initiatives, will be succeeded by Sara Hamilton, Boston Cares’ Deputy Director.


Friends - My belief in Boston Cares has always been about building bridges between community causes that need help and people eager to make a difference. Because of you – Boston Cares’ magnificent volunteers, partners, staff and friends – that’s exactly what we do; and I couldn’t be more grateful for what we accomplish every year.

I am asking you to join me in supporting the continuing work of Boston Cares by donating to our annual appeal. 

-Patrice Keegan, Executive Director


High School Equivalency Math Tutoring at X-Cel Education (Dorchester)


Thursday, December 20

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM


Try your hand at teaching! Join X-Cel for an evening of tutoring adults from all different cultures and levels of math proficiency. If you graduated from high school, you already have the knowledge to teach these eager-to-learn adults.

X-Cel’s mission is to make high school completion, post-secondary study, and sustainable career paths more accessible to underserved communities in Greater Boston, by providing flexible, customized instruction and career readiness development at no cost in convenient community locations.

No previous teaching experience necessary.


Judge a Citywide Debate Tournament for High School Students


Saturday, January 12

7:30 AM - 12:30 PM

and 12:30 PM - 5:00 PM


Volunteer judges listen to students, providing vital reinforcement for the notion that students have valuable ideas to contribute to society. After the debate, judges offer encouragement, share advice for the next round, and tell the tournament organizers who won.

With a student to judge ratio of only 4:1, this is a great opportunity to get some hands-on experience working directly with some amazing students.

No debate experience is necessary to be an effective judge.


Swim with Newton Athletes Unlimited!


Saturday, January 12

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM


\Assist swim staff in teaching basic swimming skills to children with disabilities ages 5-15. Volunteers will work one-on-one with a child in the pool to help motivate and encourage swimmers to do their best working on different strokes.


Allies for Immigrants: ESOL Corps Training


Saturday, January 26

9:30 AM - 1:00 PM


Allies for Immigrants volunteers are a part of a network of volunteers who share a passion for enhancing English skills for adult learners. Corps volunteers deepen their community engagement by committing to serve a minimum of twice a month through the Corps and attending skill building opportunities throughout the program year.

Donate Materials for MLK Day of Service!


Monday, January 21st | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Boston Cares needs your help to support local immigrants and refugees through the creation of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) learning tools for community organizations and schools throughout the city of Boston. Volunteers will create English journals, conversation games, and vocabulary and citizenship flashcards for organizations for immigrant and refugee families learning English and preparing for the citizenship exam. New this year, volunteers will also create magnetic lapdesks and phonetics kits for beginners who may not be literate in their native languages. Help us create these critical items by donating materials from our Amazon Wishlist!

If you and/or your children Age 5+ are interested in volunteering on MLK Day, you can sign up here.



Associate Board Application Deadline is December 23rd! 

Boston Cares is seeking bright, motivated, and dedicated individuals to join our Associate Board! The BCAB supports the Board of Directors and works closely with Boston Cares staff actively around the goal of raising our public profile in the Greater Boston community and helps make measurable progress towards clearly defined strategic goals. Email the Associate Board with any questions  at | 617.422.0910 | 90 Canal St. Boston, MA Suite 610 02114