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New England Village (NEV) relies on volunteers to help us enrich the lives of the people we serve. We provide numerous opportunities for people of all ages to spend some time with NEV residents or day participants or to share your knowledge or expertise with them. All volunteers will be trained and oriented to their specific volunteer jobs. Some volunteer positions may require personal background checks or medical information before starting. And volunteers under 18 will require parental consent. Here are some specific ways that you can volunteer your time or talents at New England Village.

Conduct a Long-Term or One-Time Class:

NEV is always looking for volunteers who have a special talent or expertise and who would like to share it with the men and women at NEV. We are very flexible as to when and how long you may volunteer with us. Through our Office of Residential Enrichment Programs or NEV Day Services you will be given guidance on how best to conduct your class. Here are a few areas of interest to NEV participants. (If your talent or expertise is not listed here, please feel free to run it by us!).

  • Visual Arts (Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, and more)
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Performing Arts (Dance, Theatre)
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Cooking
  • Sports/Fitness/Team Coaching
  • Academics (Basic Reading, Writing & Arithmetic; History; Languages; Current Events; etc.)
  • Gardening/Horticulture
  • Computers

Requirements: Be able to demonstrate/provide proof of your expertise in an area. Be open to working with people of all abilities.

Contact: If you are available evenings or weekends, please email Ginger Comeau, Director of Enrichment and Community Services, or call at (781) 293-5471, ext. 204.

Volunteer Work Companion:

Not only do we rely on volunteers, we are volunteers! Many New England Village residents and day participants, as a break in their work week, volunteer in the community. They need a companion to accompany them and to drive them to and from their volunteer placements. It would be like volunteering for two worthwhile causes at one time!

Requirements: A MA State driver’s license. Be able to donate a minimum of 2 hours/2 times a month, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Contact: Akari Hayashi, Director of Community Based Day and Employment Services, 781-447-4413, x114

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Residential Companion:

Although New England Village residents lead very full lives, many folks are always interested in making new friends. Become a companion or Citizen Best Buddy to an individual resident or even a small group of residents. Spend time at NEV, play games, read together, do arts and crafts, go out shopping, to dinner, or to a special event—do just about anything friends like to do together.

Requirements: Be able to donate a minimum of 1 hour two times a month; days, evenings or weekends.

Contact: If you are available evenings or weekends, please email Ginger Comeau, Director of Enrichment and Community Services, or call at (781) 293-5471, ext.204.

Office of Enrichment Programs:

Like having a good time and have a flexible schedule? Then this is the perfect volunteer opportunity for you. Assist our Office of Residential Enrichment Programs with their many activities and fun events, including bingo, adult education and fitness classes, dances and parties, or community outings. You may be asked to help set up or clean up, serve food or simply mix and mingle. Activities and events are held days and evenings at various dates throughout the year, so come and assist at as many events as your schedule allows

Requirements: Must be open to meeting new people and have a fun personality.

Contact: If you are available evenings or weekends, please email Ginger Comeau, Director of Enrichment and Community Services,, or call at (781) 293-5471, ext. 204.