Volunteer New Bedford

Volunteer New Bedford Volunteer New Bedford is a citywide initiative dedicated to encouraging volunteerism and community s

Volunteer New Bedford is a citywide initiative dedicated to responding to community needs and improving the quality of life for city residents by fostering and encouraging a culture of volunteerism and community service. Created in 2008 with assistance from the Massachusetts Service Alliance, the GIVING Network (as the initiative was originally called) was a collaboration of City departments, regi

onal community organizations, and local agencies united by a common interest in promoting volunteerism in Southeastern Massachusetts. Renamed Volunteer New Bedford after the City joined the nationwide Cities of Service initiative in 2009, VNB continues to work with local organizations, government departments, and educational institutions to engage citizens in community service. Volunteer requests from city departments and local non-profit agencies are posted weekly on Facebook at Volunteer New Bedford, on the VolunteerSouthcoast database at the UnitedWayofGNB.org, and on Twitter to help more residents connect to service opportunities more easily, and a volunteer application form is available for download on the City’s website at Volunteer New Bedford. Volunteers who serve at non-profit organizations located within downtown New Bedford are eligible to apply for a Volunteer Parking Pass, which offers free parking in the Elm Street Garage and Zeiterion Garage while participants are working their volunteer shifts. Downtown organizations with volunteers who wish to participate in the Volunteer Parking Pass Program should contact Mali Lim in the Department of Community Services at [email protected].


Volunteer New Bedford does not coordinate volunteer recruitment for the various postings listed on this page. Please check for the volunteer coordinator for each organization (usually listed on the picture of the flyer) and contact that coordinator directly. Thanks!

Great event Saturday in the South End!

Great event Saturday in the South End!


For nearly two decades, September 11th has been declared the National Day of Service & Remembrance. Community members are encouraged to volunteer throughout the South Coast region and across the country in tribute to those who lost their lives on this day in 2001. This year, United Way of Greate


Get help with groceries, meal prep or prepared meals from local Southcoast organizations who are ready to help you with food assistance during these times through the Southcoast Community Response Corps.

Great to hear that Mobile Ministries is still serving the homeless during this extremely difficult time. Please share th...

Great to hear that Mobile Ministries is still serving the homeless during this extremely difficult time. Please share this info with those who need it - and please consider volunteering with MM if you can!


People have been calling City Hall asking for ways they can volunteer during the COVID-19 outbreak. As we hear of opportunities, we'll post here as often as we can. Thank you to all those in the community who are willing to help!

Today's post is from the Greater New Bedford Medical Reserve Corps:

During the current outbreak of COVID-19, it is critical that we maintain connection with each other and with the resources that keep our community strong. GNB Allies is working with the New Bedford Health Department to coordinate a list of volunteers who may be willing to support the Greater New Bedford Medical Reserve Corps, as well as volunteers to call isolated elderly residents for 10 minutes each day. Please email [email protected] if you’re able to help these important efforts. We appreciate your support at this difficult time!

PLEASE NOTE: INTERESTED VOLUNTEERS SHOULD CONTACT GREATER NEW BEDFORD ALLIES AND THE MEDICAL RESERVE CORPS DIRECTLY. Volunteer New Bedford is simply used for sharing information about volunteer opportunities - we are not involved with interviewing or scheduling volunteers.


Access to FB has been tough since internet security measures got tighter last year, but Volunteer New Bedford will start posting again as much as possible.


"Volunteers needed ❤️! Our organization is an all-volunteer program and without the help of the community we would not be able to function. We are currently in need of hardworking, dirt-loving, animal lovers to join our team! Volunteering may be filled with dog kisses and cuddling cats, but ther...


Are you looking for volunteer opportunities on Christmas Day?The Tifereth Israel Synagogue will be hosting their traditional Community Christmas Eve dinner for seniors. They need people to help with meal delivery, people pickup or volunteer in general. Please call Ellen at 508-993-5742 for more information.


The Salvation Army Thanksgiving dinner will be on SUN 11/24. To volunteer, call 508-997-6561


2 weeks to Turkey Day! PACE at 166 William St needs volunteers - stop in and ask for Emma Mello for info


Zoobilation is a special celebration honoring the 125th anniversary of the Buttonwood Park Zoo, this night welcomes both adults and children in a fun, family oriented event. With activities and entertainers for the children, parents can enjoy lawn games, live music by Sean Carney, and drinks from M...


May Volunteer Opportunities for Buzzards Bay!

Bring on the Sun and bring on the adventure! May is shaping up to be a busy month for the Coalition scroll down and find out what they have to offer this month.

Acushnet River Herring Festival at the Sawmill
Saturday, May 11th, 12:00pm-4:30pm
Folks needed to come and help out at the annual Herring Festival at the Sawmill. Volunteers help to sell merchandise, greet attendees, help folks into canoes, assist with recycling and composting as a Green Team member. Shifts and full-days are available. To volunteer, contact Colin Zeigler at (508) 999-6363 x 200.

Volunteers for the 26th Annual Buzzards Bay Swim
Saturday, June 22nd
Not a swimmer but still want to get involved with the Buzzards Bay Swim? Volunteer your time Saturday, June 22nd and help the BBC run a safe, fun event for everybody. Positions are filling up quick so be sure to reserve your spot for a fun time and a great cause today! To volunteer, contact Colin Zeigler at (508) 999-6363 x 200.

Community Engagement
Spring Clean at Horseneck Point Life-Saving Station
Wednesday, May 15th, 10:00am-2:00pm
Come help the BBC engagement team give their newest learning center, the Horseneck Point Life-Saving Station a spring clean. Work entails re-arranging items, packing up files, and loading up to transport material to other facilities. There are plenty of positions available. Contact Rebecca Vasa at (508) 999-6363 x 223 to find out more.

Outdoor Exploration Assistants
Multiple dates/times available
May is packed for our engagement team with school fieldtrips to local conservation areas, and a range of Bay Adventures, found here. Interested in learning more? Contact Rebecca Vasa at (508) 999-6363 x 223 to find out more.


Richard C. Wheeler Bay Learning Center Docent
Each Friday, 1:00pm-5:00pm
The position involves administrative tasks ranging from Excel spreadsheets to assisting with mailings and helping with duties associated with the Richard C. Wheeler Bay Learning Center. This is a weekly time commitment of four hours to fill the afternoon slot, parking provided. To volunteer, contact Colin Zeigler at (508) 999-6363 x 200.

Volunteer as a reserve steward and help monitor our reserves in Acushnet, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett and Wareham. Walk the grounds and trail networks weekly or monthly and notify the reserve of any maintenance needs or vandalism. Training provided. To volunteer, contact Jack Sidar at (508) 999-6363 x 218.

Thank you for your continued support of Buzzards Bay Coalition. The nearly 450 community members that volunteer help to realize the collective mission to protect, foster and enjoy a healthy Buzzards Bay.


Please spread the word - this will be the 20th anniversary of this event!

The Southcoast Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) is seeking volunteers for its 15th annual bereavement camp, Camp Angel W...

The Southcoast Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) is seeking volunteers for its 15th annual bereavement camp, Camp Angel Wings, in July. This is a fun-filled, two-day camp experience for children ages 6 through 15, who are grieving the loss of a loved one, according to a press release. The VNA’s Supportive Care Program will host camp on July 13 and 14 at Camp Welch in Assonet.

In order to participate, volunteers must meet the following requirements:

-Complete and submit volunteer application
-Provide two references
-Undergo successful state background check
-Commit to the entire weekend

All volunteers will receive specialized training, provided by Southcoast VNA’s Supportive Care Program staff, the press release said. Camp Angel Wings uses various interactive activities to help campers share their loss, and memorialize loved ones. According to the press release, activities reduce feelings of isolation while improving the self-esteem of children and teens who share like experiences in grief.

To receive an application call 508-973-3426 or email [email protected]. To learn more visit www.southcoast.org/campangelwings.

Learn more about Camp Angel Wings in Assonet, MA, a bereavement camp for children ages six to 15, offered by Southcoast VNA.


Are you a “people person” who cares about the healthy development of youth? Are you looking to join a community-focused, performance-driven human service organization? Are you looking for varied, independent work as well as to be part of a fun, dynamic team? Then you are the right fit to join th...

New England Hospice is currently looking for volunteers to provide support and companionship to patients and families wh...

New England Hospice is currently looking for volunteers to provide support and companionship to patients and families who are going through the transition of end of life in the Dartmouth/New Bedford area.

There are endless volunteer opportunities such as companions, art therapists, music therapists, reiki therapists, veterans, and chaplains. Other special skills and interests are always welcome.

For more information, visit:




Volunteering at the farm is a powerful community service learning opportunity for all students from elementary school to college.

Volunteering at the farm is a hands on way to help the community, while also learning about agriculture and food security.

For any school programs or youth groups that are interested in scheduling volunteer hours at the farm, please contact [email protected].



It may be cold outside right now but spring will be here before we know it. With warmer weather comes all the busy tasks of preparing Sharing the Harvest Community Farm for another successful year of growing and harvesting. As you know, the farm can’t succeed without the help of our amazing volunteers!

Volunteer drop in hours start on March 1st. Drop in hours are:

● Tuesday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., and 2-5 p.m.
● Saturday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Whether you are looking for a healthy family activity, hoping to put your green thumb to good use, or seeking to organize a Service Day for your company, the farm is always in need of your help! For groups of six or more, please contact us at least a week in advance by emailing [email protected].


NEW BEDFORD — For more than 20 years, Hetty’s Thrift Shoppe has been a resource in the New Bedford community.Named after Hetty Green,



The Samaritans of Fall River/New Bedford are seeking caring and compassionate volunteers to befriend callers on their su***de prevention crisis hotline.


Volunteer Opportunities for February!

Spring is fast approaching and so are opportunities to help save Buzzards Bay!

Administrative Mailings
Tuesday, February 5 from 9:30am-2:00pm
Volunteers are needed to help fold letters and stuff and seal envelopes. You can commit to as much time as your schedule permits. We will provide all volunteers with refreshments and free parking passes for the Elm Street garage. To volunteer, contact Colin Zeigler at (508) 999-6363 x200.

Buzzards Bay SWIM and RIDE - Flyer Distribution
Monday, February 11 to Friday, February 22
To "get the word out" about our important annual Buzzards Bay SWIM and watershed RIDE events, the Coalition distributes event flyers and additional brochures to local businesses. We are in need of volunteers willing to assist with the distribution in the towns of Providence, Fall River, Dartmouth, Acushnet, Rochester, and Falmouth. Distributing materials only takes a few hours, and you can choose a day and time that works best for you. We will supply all of the materials and a list of businesses. To volunteer, contact Colin Zeigler at (508) 999-6363 x200

River Herring Monitoring - Begins in March
Our Herring monitoring program is starting in March and we are looking for volunteers who are interested in helping monitor a staple of our natural environment, the river herring. Volunteers will check our electronic counters, monitor the location and remove any obstructions that may float down river. If you are interested please contact our Director of Monitoring, Tony Williams.

Baywatchers - Volunteer Sign-ups have begun!
Baywatchers is the Coalition’s award-winning program to monitor the health of Buzzards Bay and its harbors, coves, and rivers. Beginning its 27th year, the Baywatchers program is the largest, longest-running volunteer-based coastal monitoring effort in New England.
Responsibilities include:
• Consistently commit to one hour each week between 6am-9am.
• Follow scientific instructions and be agile enough to work on docks and piers along the water's edge.
• Attend a two-hour training to learn proper sampling techniques and receive testing equipment.
Be sure to sign-up through our volunteer application. More information will be sent out in early Spring, concerning trainings and monitoring schedule.

Community Engagement
Outdoor Exploration Assistant -Year-round (As needed)
Help connect people of all ages to Buzzards Bay by leading or assisting with our outdoor exploration programs. Help show people how to dig for quahogs, identify local birds, explore the shore and much more! Lead and Support opportunities are available as needed. If you would like to volunteer reach out to Rebecca Vasa.

Adopt a Reservation -Ongoing
Love the outdoors? Help us pick up litter, cut back invasive vines and shrubs, and maintain trails at our reserves in Acushnet, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, and Wareham. Land stewardship activities are great for groups that want to volunteer. Contact us to arrange a group volunteer stewardship day.

Whatever you decide, please remember that the time you time you give is critical to our mission and is much appreciated by everyone here at the Coalition.
Happy to answer any questions. Please contact me anytime. Thank you!

Colin Zeigler
Volunteer Coordinator


Volunteers are fanning out across New Bedford, searching for the homeless and trying to get them help. Danielle Brown and her crew of volunteers checked the woods behind a shopping plaza Wednesday afternoon, looking in a spot known as an encampment for the homeless. “It’s really about tr...


Volunteers are looking for blankets that are clean or brand new.


Christmas Dinner Volunteers Wanted

It's that time of year again, when volunteering does a heart good.

Ellen Hull and Stan Levine, coordinators of the annual Christmas meal for those with no family or friends with which to celebrate the holiday, invite you to participate. Volunteers are needed to serve food, deliver meals and drive guests to and from the event.

WHERE: Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church,
121 Mount Pleasant Street, New Bedford

WHEN: December 25, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Please call Ellen at (508) 993-5742 to sign up.


PAACA (360 Coggeshall St, New Bedford) is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless on Thursday, 11/22 from 11 -2. Volunteers needed from 11 -2 plus food donations are needed! Call 508-997-9051 to sign up for a food donation or volunteer shift.


It's T-6 to Turkey Day! Are you looking for volunteer opportunities?

Grace Episcopal Church is holding a Thanksgiving Dinner for the homeless on TUESDAY, 11/20, at 6 p.m.. Volunteers welcome the day before and the day of, to help prep, serve and clean up. Call 508-993-0547 by 10:30 a.m. Monday to sign up.


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New Bedford, MA

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Tuesday 8am - 4pm
Wednesday 8am - 4pm
Thursday 8am - 4pm
Friday 8am - 4pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 9am - 4pm



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The New Bedford Folk festival is seeking volunteers for July 6 & 7 2019. Apply today!

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Hey New Bedford foodies! We are looking for responsible, outgoing, and most importantly, food-loving volunteers that are preferably between 15 and 21 years old to help out at our first EVER New Bedford festival in Ft. Taber on July 15th, 2017! You will get a snazzy free t-shirt and lunch on us from one of the amazing food trucks at the festival! Sound like something you'd be interested in? If so, message us your contact information through the Food Truck Festivals of America page or email Katherine Conlin at [email protected] and you can be a part of it!