Boston Cares ensures young people succeed by transforming the learning and recreational environments in which young people operate, conducting interactive STEM fairs, judging debate competitions, and tutoring. Additionally, over 1,000 youth and family members volunteer through Boston Cares.
Boston Cares equips adults to beat poverty and get ahead in life by tutoring 500+ non-traditional learners through GED, workforce development, and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) programs; and building financial assets for low income workers through Earned Income Tax Credit recovery and related services.
Boston Cares partners with area shelters, food pantries, community farms, and goods banks to ensure that 60,000 struggling individuals, families, and veterans receive their basic daily needs with respect and dignity. Our volunteers sort food and pack emergency groceries, prepare meals in shelters and day centers, inspect and bundle donated clothing and household goods, and build beds for homeless children.
Boston Cares volunteers preserve cultural and environmental vibrancy in our communities by providing production support and ushering for affordable cultural performances, greenspace stewardship, and supporting community enrichment organizations. Our volunteer efforts benefit more than one million neighborhood residents and visitors to the region.
Boston Cares contributes to the health and wellness of community members by coaching special needs athletes, providing comfort and support for isolated seniors, and preparing meals for critically ill neighbors.
Boston Cares works with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, City of Boston, and the American Red Cross as a volunteer activation partner; and is a leader in the MA Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters network. More than 300 Boston Cares Disaster Action Recovery Team (D.A.R.T.) volunteers have mobilized for trainings, drills, and disaster response including Hurricane Irene, Superstorm Sandy, Winter Storm Nemo, the Boston Marathon bombings, and the historic 2015 Blizzards.