Volunteer Programs at BHCC

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The Office of Community Engagement hosts a variety of volunteer initiatives that involve hundreds of BHCC students in direct service to Greater Boston communities and forward the College's mission of promoting civic engagement and leadership.

If you are new to volunteering, we recommend that you first attend a Getting Involved Workshop. These workshops are scheduled throughout the semester and will help you learn all the ins and outs to becoming a volunteer.

If you can’t attend a workshop, then fill out this quick Volunteer Interest Form and someone from the Office of Community Engagement will be in touch. You can also come by the Office B-211A-B and talk with us in person!

BHCC Bulldog Volunteer Teams!

If you are a seasoned volunteer, then take a glance at the eight different Bulldog Volunteer Teams, which have opportunities for direct-service interactions, have multiple locations for volunteering, provide mentoring and support to volunteers, and have been working with the Office of Community Engagement for the past several years.

Each team has its own in-take process. The process to become a volunteer with the teams may include an application, filling out a CORI/SORI form, being interviewed and going through training, so please keep this in mind.

Teams that say “Honors Project Site” are pre- approved by the Commonwealths Honors Program. If you are an Honors Student and decide to volunteer with one these team, your experience can count as an Honors Project. You will need to sign a Honors Project contract and agree to turning in the necessary reflections and capstone paper.

If you have any questions about joining one of the Bulldog Volunteer Teams, please email engagement@bhcc.mass.edu.

Team 1: Service Months

Office of Community Engagement VolunteersService Months are themed service opportunities that occur throughout the academic year: Serve in October, Give Thanks in November, Have a Heart in February, and Lend a Hand in April. These one-time volunteer opportunities seek to inspire and challenge our conceptions on prevalent community issues, as well as get students intrigued with volunteering. Opportunities are scheduled on weekdays and weekends, morning and nights to fit everyone’s schedule. This is great way to meet new people at BHCC.

Every Service Month the Community Engagement office recognizes one student who has exhibited excellence as a volunteer. To be considered for the Service Month Recognition, a student must attend two volunteers, enthusiastically participate in the service activity, and complete the volunteer evaluations that will come after each volunteer event.

At the end of academic year, the Office of Community Engagement holds a Student Service Celebration. Students who have participated in Service Months attend will receive certificates based upon the number of volunteers events attended. For the Bronze certificate, students must complete more than 2 events; Silver, more than 5 events; and Gold, more than 10 events.

To sign up for a Service Month opportunity visit the online schedule at: www.bhcc.mass.edu/volunteersignup.

Team 2: Organizing for Change Leadership Academy (OCLA)

Organizing for Change Leadership AcademyDuring this three-day program, a group of BHCC students come together to engage in dialogue around social justice and community organizing. In the Academy students learn the skills, tactics and strategies of fostering social change through the use of community organizing. This training focuses on the fundamentals of community organizing and leadership, where students then have the opportunity to apply their new knowledge in a service project/campaign.

Students get hands-on experience with a grassroots community organization and develop a project that will be implemented during the following semester.

For more information, please contact Mario Paredes at mnparede@bhcc.mass.edu.

Team 3: Jumpstart

Jump-startAre you looking for a long-term volunteer opportunity, a work-study job, or a way to give back to the community? Consider joining Jumpstart. Jumpstart recruits and trains college students to deliver a language- and literacy-rich curriculum to low-income preschoolers for a full academic school year. Corps members commit to 200 or 300 hours of service, where they’ll serve children directly, receive high-quality trainings, and work closely with a team of peers. Jumpstart is a great way to build up your resume! Jumpstart Corps members develop professional skills including team collaboration, time management, and leadership.

For more information, please contact Ashley Bushell at anbushel@bhcc.mass.edu, or to apply, visit: www.application.jstart.org.

Team 4: Citizen Schools

Citizen SchoolsCitizen Teachers are volunteers who teach middle-school students in low-income communities’ new skills and expose them to new futures. For ten weeks this fall, volunteers work with a group of 15-20 students for 90 minutes on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday afternoon. This is an excellent opportunity for BHCC students to serve their community and participate in a unique leadership and teaching capacity. Citizen Teachers receive up-front training, weekly lesson-plan assistance, and are paired with a trained staff member for on-going in-class support! Citizen Schools runs programs at school sites across Boston and Chelsea. BHCC students can easily get to Edwards Middle School, which is down the street in Charlestown, and the Browne Middle School by taking the Chelsea Shuttle bus. There are locations in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Roslindale as well.

For more information, please fill out an interest form at www.citizenschools.org/volunteer/sign-up/ and a Citizen Schools staff member will be in touch with you shortly!
*Honors Project Site

Team 5: Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big SistersBig Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay has over 60 years of experience fostering professionally supported one-on-one friendships between young people and adult mentors. With research and proven outcomes at its core, the organization is working to ensure every child has the support from caring adults that they need for healthy development and success in life.

BBBSMB’s vision is to inspire, engage and transform the communities of Mass Bay by helping youth achieve their full potential, contributing to healthier families, better schools, brighter futures and stronger communities.

For more information in how to become a Big Brother, please visit www.bbbsmb.org and if you are interested in becoming a Big Sister, please visit www.bigsister.org.

Team 6: Generation Citizens

Generation CitizenGeneration Citizen is looking for volunteers to serve as Democracy Coaches. Democracy Coaches are service-oriented College students passionate about education and political advocacy. They partner with teachers in middle and high school classrooms and teach an innovative twice-weekly action-based civics curriculum. You will teach students how to identify a community issue that matters to them, create a focused, strategic action plan, and then take real-world action on it.

Your students will lobby elected officials, write opinion pieces for newspapers, speak at press conferences, introduce legislation, and make documentaries to advance solutions to important community issues. Each semester culminates in a Civics Day, in which students present their projects to elected official and community members. As Democracy Coaches become more familiar with their role, they will have the opportunity to take on additional leadership roles and receive specialized training.

For more information, contact Leila Quinn at bhcc@generationcitizen.org, or to apply visit http://generationcitizen.org/apply-here/.
*Honors Project Site

Team 7: Language Access Team

Boston Housing AuthorityLanguage Access Team is responding to the language needs of the BHA community, the Language Access Team under the BHA Office of Civil Rights has established the Volunteer Interpreters Program (VIP).

The purpose of BHA-VIP is to recruit and train volunteer interpreters to provide interpretation and translation services to Limited English Proficiency families who are seeking or residing in subsidized housing. Must attend an orientation and training. When: M-F 9-5:00 p.m. Where: Downtown.

For more information, contact Sheyla at LanguageAccessTeam@bostonhousing.org.

Team 8: Boys and Girls Club of Middlesex County

Boys and Girls Clubs MiddlesexVolunteer opportunities at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middlesex County are exciting and rewarding! Within our program there are many opportunities that suit the talents and interests of all potential volunteers. Currently, we are in need of tutors to help with our POWER HOUR (academic/homework support) program for club members. Between the hours of 2:00-4:00p.m., tutor club members between the ages of 6-12 at any of our clubs in Somerville, Cambridge, Everett or Medford. By sharing your time and influence, you will be serving as a positive role model and presenting a positive influence to our club members.

For more information, contact Jessica Jacob at volunteers@kidsclub.org.