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More than 2,000 dedicated volunteers meet critical needs at ABCD. 

Volunteering is a way of life at ABCD where volunteers are truly “IN IT TOGETHER” with the children, youth, families and seniors whom ABCD serves. Fifty-one committed volunteers serve on the ABCD Board of Directors and over 100 serve on 14 neighborhood boards. More than 2,000 volunteers meet critical needs in Head Start, Elder Services, Youth Programs, ESOL, immigration services, tax assistance and food pantries every year.

From college interns to corporate employees to enthusiastic retirees, volunteers are vital to the success of ABCD programs. One example of the impact interns have on the ABCD community are the cohorts of bachelor’s and master’s level social work students that come to ABCD sites every academic year. The students, hailing from colleges and universities in the Greater Boston area, provide direct client services and assist with program operations at ABCD’s neighborhood sites and Head Start programs. Volunteers also provide needed support for all-important fundraisers such as Field of Dreams at Fenway Park and Hoop Dreams at TD Garden.

ABCD is so grateful for all of our volunteers — we couldn’t do it without you! To volunteer please call Volunteer Coordinator Madeline Eleazar at 617-348-6591 or email

Participants of ABCD Hoop Dreams



Bentley University

Boston College

Boston University

Bridgewater State University

Bunker Hill Community college

Capital One

Cristo Rey High School 


Emerson College

Harvard Kennedy Shcool


Lincoln Technical Institute

Mondo Staffing

Northeastern University


Pine Manor College

Priotery Nutrition Care

Roxbury Community College

Salem State University 

Simmons College

Suffolk University

Tufts University

University of Massachusetts


Urban College of Boston 

Wellesley College

Wentworth Institue of Technology 

Wheelock College 

Early Head Start teacher reading to children
Doc Rivers with participants of Hoop Dreams