Our Programs

Community Volunteers Program

Community Volunteers Program (CVP) is a brand new service opportunity that engages volunteers in weekly service with community-based organizations in neighborhoods surrounding the Boston campus. CVP offers a variety of volunteer placements that will allow you to connect your skills, passions, and interests with weekly service!

Program Details

General information

The Community Volunteers Program connects the Northeastern students with consistent volunteer opportunities at local nonprofit organizations in Boston. Volunteers commit to serving on the same day and time throughout the duration of the semester. They have the opportunity to choose from a variety of placements that typically include tutoring in after school programs, preparing meals for people experiencing food insecurity, facilitating physical education programming with youth, and more!

Through this program, Community Volunteers will have the opportunity to:

  • Work directly with a community-based organization that aligns with their passion, interests, and skills.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how organizations in Boston approach a social issue(s) in support of their communities.
  • Enhance your professional development through hands on experience.
  • Expand your personal and professional networks with non-profit staff, students, and community residents
  • Attend monthly training events with an emphasis on reflection and education with fellow Community Volunteers

Roles and Positions

Learn more about the volunteer opportunities available through CVP this fall below:

  • Available Times:

    • Monday 4:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
    • Tuesday 4:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
    • Wednesday 4:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
    • Thursday 4:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

    Description of Site: 826 Boston is a nonprofit youth writing and publishing organization that empowers traditionally underserved students ages 6 to18 to find their voices, tell their stories, and gain communication skills to succeed in school and in life.  Their services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. With this understanding in mind, they provide after-school tutoring, field trips, creative writing workshops, in-school tutoring, help for English Language Learners, and in-depth publishing projects.

    Population Served: Youth, age 7 to 16

    Location: Virtual

    Primary Focus: Education - after school enrichment, education - tutoring

    Type of Placement: Flexible Placement (up to 4 people)

    Opportunity Type: Remote/Virtual


    • Volunteers will work as a tutor, paired with a specific student that they will support weekly through December.
    • Note: shift times are based on current understanding of BPS schedule. They may be altered slightly once BPS announces Fall schedules.


    1. Enthusiasm and interest in working with young adults.
    2. Tutors with skills in STEM subjects are encouraged to apply.


    • CORI
    • Site Specific Application

    For International Students: Students can provide their Visa and will still need to complete a CORI.

    Learn more about 826 Boston.

    Apply here.

  • Available Times:

    • Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Description of Site: Family Gym’s goal is to provide families with young children with a safe, accessible space to engage in fun, and age-appropriate physical activity. Family Gym is a free, weekly fitness and play class that provides families with children ages 3 to 8 with a safe, accessible space to engage in creative, fun, and age-appropriate physical activity. Educational activities focused on healthy eating are also featured on a regular basis, and community organizations bring resources around food, financial literacy, and wellness to Family Gym each week for participants. Family Gym activities are facilitated by volunteers from Northeastern University, creating valuable engagement and understanding between Boston’s college student population and its residents. Family Gym is able to provide valuable health and wellness opportunities for underserved populations, preventing childhood obesity, providing a safe space for families to be active, and connecting participants to valuable resources that might not have been previously accessible.

    Population Served: Children 0 to 5, Children 6 to 10

    Location: 339 Dudley Street Roxbury, MA 02119

    Primary Focus: Food Security, Nutrition and Meal Assistance, Health and Wellness, Nutrition Education and Physical Education, Athletics

    Type of Placement: Flexible Placement (up to 6 people)

    Opportunity Type: In Person/Hybrid


    • Students will help with attendance
    • Run activity stations
    • Engage with children and families
    • Lead group games
    • Facilitate physical activity and nutrition education


    1. Someone who is interested in working with children and/or adults in health sciences or human services.
    2. Someone who is motivated and willing to not take themselves too seriously and crawl on the floor with infants if necessary.


    • CORI
    • SORI

    For International Students: If a student does not have a social security number we will need a scan of their passport with a scan of their valid visa from their passport.

    Learn more about the BCYF Family Gym Program.

    Apply here.

  • Available Times:

    • Tuesday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Friday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Description of Site: Community Servings actively engages the community to provide medically tailored, nutritious, scratch-made meals to chronically and critically ill individuals and their families.

    Population Served: Our clients are not on site during volunteer service but we serve individuals living with chronic illness.

    Location: 179 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

    Primary Focus: Food Security, Nutrition and Meal Assistance

    Type of Placement: Group Placement (up to 5 people)

    Opportunity Type: In person


    • Volunteers can expect to help with tasks like peeling and chopping vegetables
    • Portioning and packaging food
    • Packing meal bags for delivery to our clients.


    1. Ability to stand for the duration of the shift and lift heavy items
    2. Flexibility and positive attitude

    To learn more, visit the Community Servings website.

    Apply here.

  • Available Times:

    • Monday 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday 3:00 p.m.  to 5:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Thursday 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Description of Site: The Rafael Hernández After School Program (HASP) strives to provide the highest quality of specialized services to meet the educational, social, emotional, cultural, and recreational needs of its students and the surrounding community.

    Population Served: Volunteers will be working virtually with students K to 8, to assist them with ongoing studies.

    Location: Virtual

    Primary Focus:  Education - after school enrichment, education - tutoring

    Type of Placement: Flexible Placement

    Opportunity Type: Hybrid


    • Volunteers will work with their partnered students and assist them with their current educational studies, including  guiding them through homework, additional needed review, test or quiz preparation and fun educational enrichment  activities
    • If time allows, conducting additional educational and interactive activities.


    1. For this year we are looking for volunteers that are comfortable forming relationships with students in an unconventional setting.
    2. Our programming and tutoring this year will be virtual for the beginning months and we hope to eventually transition into on-site work.
    3. This structure will require dedicated and flexible volunteers who can bring commitment to volunteering online and off.


    • CORI
    • Site Specific Application
    • SSN

    Learn more about the Hernández After School Program.

    Apply here.

  • Available Times:

    • Monday 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
    • Tuesday 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

    Description of Site: Hyde Square Task Force amplifies the power, creativity, and voices of youth, connecting them to Afro-Latin culture and heritage so they can create a diverse, vibrant Latin Quarter and build a just, equitable Boston.  They support youth as they  explore, master, and celebrate Afro-Latin culture through art; learn, grow, and achieve academically and in life; and develop into change makers and advocates for themselves.

    Population Served: The majority of youth are Latinx, are in grades 8 through 12, and come from various communities in Boston.

    Location: Virtual

    Primary Focus: Education – Mentoring, Education - Tutoring, Education - Afterschool enrichment

    Type of Placement: Flexible Placement

    • Monday: Up to 10 volunteers
    • Tuesday: Up to 5 Volunteers

    Opportunity Type: Virtual/Remote


    • Volunteers will support virtual mentoring and tutoring
    • Mentoring sessions are designed for college or career exploration workshops.  Community Volunteers will provide insight and experience through engaging activities and discussions.
    • Tutoring will occur in 1:1 pairs to support youth with homework help.


    1. Not required, but would be nice to have Spanish speakers. We welcome all!


    • CORI
    • SORI
    • Site Specific Application
    • SSN

    For International Students: This site requires all students to undergo a CORI and SORI check prior, which require a valid social security number.

    Learn more about Hyde Square Task Force.

    Apply here.

Support or Partner with Us

The Community Volunteers Program partners with local community-based organizations, government agencies, and schools to provide Northeastern student volunteers on a weekly basis. The CVP program is currently the pilot phase and will not be accepting new partners until the 2021-2022 academic year.

Prospective CVP partners are asked to complete a short application to propose volunteer opportunities with preferred shift days and times. An organizations can expect to receive up to two teams, with 3–10 volunteers each, per program cycle. We consider the following criteria when reviewing an organization’s application:

  • Commitment to hosting teams each week during the program cycle
  • Volunteer roles and responsibilities offer consistent,engaging work throughout the semester
  • Partner is within a 30-minute commute of Northeastern

If your community organization is interested in partnering with CVP, please contact us at communityservice@northeastern.edu.


The Fall program is now underway! Check back in December for information on joining CVP next semester.

Contact us

Tim Krumreig

Tim Krumreig

Assistant Director,
Community Service Programs and Events