How to Help: Volunteer
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 or volunteer groups.
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 21 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 Jody@Circleofhopeonline.org.
*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.
Our physical space is small and always wonderfully busy! For this reason, we are unfortunately unable to accommodate volunteer groups and one-time volunteers at Circle of Hope. However, if you are looking for a way to support Circle of Hope with your family, community group, or organization, here are a few ideas: