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!

All current Northeastern students are eligible to apply to join the CVP program (including full- and part-time graduate students).

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 spring. The program will begin with the completion of an online orientation module and weekly volunteer shifts starting the week of February 1, 2020.

  • 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 be matched with an 826 Boston student to support 1:1 tutoring and academic enrichment weekly through April (volunteers encourage to continue their service through June if available) Volunteers will be matched with an 826 Boston student to support 1:1 tutoring and academic enrichment weekly through April (volunteers encourage to continue their service through June if available)
    • 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
    • Interview with 826 Boston staff before placement is finalized

    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:

    • Asynchronous

    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.

    This semester, Family Gym seeks volunteers to develop and create content that can be shared with youth and families in a virtual context. Volunteers can select from a variety of content types that align with the mission and goals of Family Gym such as: park tours, read alouds, exercise tutorials, and cooking videos. Volunteers will work asynchronously throughout the semester to create approximately 1 new piece of content each week throughout the program with ongoing support from the Family Gym team. There may also be opportunities to connect and lead live sessions with BCYF Family Gym participants throughout the semester.

    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: Virtual/Remote


    Create virtual content for participants in Family Gyms programs to engage with in a virtual context, which will include:

    • Park Tour Videos: highlight parks and greenspaces in Boston neighborhoods for families to learn about new opportunities to be active in these spaces.
    • Create Physical Activity Videos: provide short workout tutorials such as: stretches, yoga poses, warm ups, sport drills, or goal setting activities.
    • Read Alouds: Record yourself reading a book via zoom and the screen share feature. Choose your favorite children's book, set up a zoom, and have fun!
    • Cooking demonstration: Film you cooking your favorite healthy recipe.


    1. Someone who is interested in working with children and/or adults
    2. Someone who is motivated and willing to create virtual content for the organization
    3. Someone who is flexible and creative


    • N/A

    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
    • Wednesday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Thursday 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 5:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday 3:00 p.m.  to 5:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • Thursday 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Description of Site: The Hernández After School Program (HASP) engages youth from the Rafael Hernández Two-Way Bilingual School 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. Volunteers may also have an opportunity to support HASP through session planning and grant/funding activities.

    Population Served: Volunteers will be working virtually with multilingual K to 8 students who speak English and Spanish, assisting them with their ongoing studies.

    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: Remote


    • 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. Comfort with forming relationships with students in an unconventional setting.
    2. Dedicated, flexible, and committed volunteers.
    3. Confidence in ability to engage in a virtual setting.
    4. Volunteers who are proficient in Spanish will be prioritized as HASP engages a multilingual student population through after school programming. All volunteers will be considered regardless of Spanish proficiency.


    • CORI
    • Site Specific Application
    • SSN

    Learn more about the Hernández After School Program.

    Apply here.

  • Available Times:

    • Tuesday 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 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

    • Tuesday: Up to 3 volunteers
    • Wednesday: Up to 3 Volunteers

    Opportunity Type: Virtual/Remote


    • Volunteers will support virtual mentoring and tutoring
    • Tutoring will occur in 1:1 pairs to support youth with homework help.
    • Tutors may be asked to support high school students with subject area homework such as algebra, chemistry, geomenty, etc.


    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.


Before submitting your application, please check the current availability.

Interested in joining the CVP program? Apply today!

The application period for Spring 2020 will be open between December 28, 2020 and January 29, 2021.

Contact us

Tim Krumreig

Tim Krumreig

Assistant Director,
Community Service Programs and Events