Quarterly reports published by the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development found that as recently as September 2016, 3,751 families with children and pregnant women in Massachusetts utilized the Emergency Assistance (EA) shelter program. 190 of these families were housed in motels as of November 29, 2016; this figure does not include families who are doubled up, living in unsafe conditions, or sleeping in their cars, according to the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless.
The vast majority of nonprofit organizations that provide assistance for homeless families with children rely on the work of volunteers in order to meet the continuous need for aid.
Horizons for Homeless Children is a nonprofit organization that offers many services and programs to homeless families with children, including Early Education Centers, the Family Partnership Program, and the Playspace Program. Horizons is currently seeking new volunteers to serve in Lawrence, Lowell, Haverhill, North Chelmsford, Amesbury, Salem, Peabody, Lynn, Revere, and Malden.
Volunteers are encouraged to visit the organization’s website in order to learn more about serving as Playspace Activity Leaders (PALs), or how to go about volunteering with a group of friends or coworkers.
Young professionals are encouraged to join the network of Professional and Leaders Advocating for Youth (P.L.A.Y) in order to make a difference while making connections with other like-minded individuals.
Volunteer for Horizons for Homeless Children, and have fun while making a difference!
Horizons for Homeless Children Headquarters: 617-553-5455