How to Help: Volunteer

Circle of Hope volunteer holding winter coat donations

If you are interested in regularly volunteering for Circle of Hope, you can decide to be a Sorter or a Driver. See the role descriptions below. We ask that those interested in volunteering at Circle of Hope commit to a set volunteer schedule. We are unfortunately unable to accommodate one-time volunteers. 


Sorters volunteer at Circle of Hope once a week for a 2-hour shift. Responsibilities include:

  • Greet and welcome donors who are dropping items off

  • Sort and package donated clothing, toiletries, and other items

  • Fill orders to be delivered to the 23 Boston-area organizations we support

  • Create "Welcome Baby Bags" for babies born to shelter residents

  • Pack "Dignity Bags" full of toiletries and socks to deliver to the shelters


Delivery drivers commit to deliveries 1-4 times per month. They are responsible for driving donated goods to Boston-area shelters and clinics using their personal vehicles or the Circle of Hope van. 

If you'd like to volunteer as a driver but can't commit to regular deliveries, join our Ready, Willing & Able Crew. We will contact you with occasional requests to pick up donations from businesses and organizations in the Greater Boston and Metro West area. If you are able to do the pick-up, great! If you're not available for that request, that's Ok too - we'll move down our list of RWA volunteers until we find someone who is available. To join the Ready, Willing & Able Crew, please fill out this form.


To apply to be a volunteer sorter or regular delivery driver, please fill out one of the forms below. You may mail the form back to the address on the application, or scan and email them to Jody Barnet at

Click here to download Volunteer Application - Adult
Click here to download Volunteer Application - Student*

*Students in grades 9-12 may apply to become volunteers. Younger students can support Circle of Hope by organizing a collection drive. Click here to learn more

Other Ways to Help

join our Go-To Crew

The Go-To Crew is a group of volunteers who are willing to be contacted when we receive an urgent request for specific items from one of our partner shelters. To learn more about the Go-To Crew and how to sign up, click here.

Community Groups

A Girl Scout troop sits with large bins of toiletry donations for Circle of Hope.

If you are looking for a way to support Circle of Hope with your family, community group, or organization, here are a few ideas:

  • Run a collection drive to gather donations for Circle of Hope

  • Make hand-written cards to go in our Welcome Baby Bags and Dignity Bags

  • At your next party or event, ask guests to bring packages of new socks (or other items we accept) instead of gifts or as cost of admission