Volunteering is a great way to become involved with Bay Cove, and a chance to put your own particular interests and abilities to work for our very appreciative clients. Whether you’re looking to schedule a corporate team-building project, or to make a difference as an individual in your community, we would love to talk with you about how you can join Bay Cove’s mission.

Sample volunteer projects include:

  • Landscaping and yard clean-up at one of our 175 programs

  • Interior painting at one of our many residential or day programs

  • Cookin’ with CASPAR – Preparing and serving a meal to guests at our homeless shelter in Cambridge

  • Becoming a member of one of Bay Cove’s volunteer boards and committees.

Please call the Development Office at 617-619-5930 or e-mail development@baycove.org to learn more about customized volunteer opportunities.

Join a Board oR COmmittee

You don’t have to be an employee of Bay Cove to work on behalf of the people we serve. You can play an integral role in our mission and act as an advocate for our most vulnerable neighbors by volunteering your time and talents on one of our boards or committees.

Board of Advocates

The Bay Cove Board of Advocates is a volunteer group that plays a critical role in the success of our agency. Established in 2004, the Board of Advocates was envisioned as a group of individuals—knowledgeable about and supportive of Bay Cove’s programs and services—who could help increase the agency’s viability and visibility in the community-at-large.

The Board consists of leaders from the business, government, academic, philanthropic and client communities, and the expertise, energy and effort the members bring to the table are invaluable to our mission. 

Members of the Board of Advocates are expected to:

  • Attend the Bay Cove Human Services Annual Meeting & Reception

  • Develop an understanding of Bay Cove’s programs and keep up-to-date on key Bay Cove initiatives. (Bay Cove provides a thorough orientation to new Advocates and written updates to all Advocates on at least a bi-monthly basis.)

  • Serve as an ambassador for Bay Cove by helping to raise awareness of the agency among your personal contacts and networks.

  • Support Bay Cove’s advocacy efforts by participating in a limited number (approximately four per year) of calls-to-action related to Bay Cove’s work, as requested by the organization’s leadership. Examples may include making calls to elected officials, attending public events or helping to share information via e-mail.

Additionally, Board members have, in the past, chosen to support Bay Cove by serving on fundraising event committees and project task forces, joining the Core Advocacy Action Group and even hosting holiday parties at Bay Cove programs.

Separately, Bay Cove also has a number of ad hoc committees (including Finance, Visibility, Digital Strategy, and others) focusing on issues of agency-wide importance.

To learn more about the Board of Advocates, or our ad hoc committees, contact David Hirschberg at 617-371-3167 or at dhirschberg@baycove.org.

Young Professional Advocates

The Young Professional Advocates are a group of people 21-35 years of age who are interested in meeting other socially-minded individuals. This group’s philosophy is that charity does not have to feel like an obligation. Their meetings are productive but also fun, often taking place at a bowling alley or over a pizza party.

The goals of the Young Professional Advocacy Board are:

  • Spread awareness about Bay Cove’s mission and services throughout the young professional demographic in Boston

  • Fundraise on behalf of Bay Cove Human Services

The group usually holds two fundraising events each year. In the spring, they organize a Boston Marathon send-off party for Bay Cove’s running team. In October, they host a Fall Festival event with games and prizes, celebrating all things autumnal.

For more information about the Young Professional Advocates, contact Caitie Sprague at csprague@baycove.org or 617-619-5930.

Human Rights Committee

The Bay Cove Human Rights Committee is looking for nurses, masters' level behavioral specialists, and attorney law students or paralegals. This external committee helps Bay Cove monitor and review our Human Rights program through monthly meetings (with a break during the summer), and visits to our programs. We provide an orientation upon joining, as well as ongoing training and support.

Time Commitment:

  • Monthly meetings on the first Wednesday (excluding July and August) of the month from 6-8 p.m.

  • Monthly site visits, which are typically 1-2 hours in length


  • Review of Human Rights regulations, practices, policies, and complaint processes.

If you'd be interested in volunteering, and helping Bay Cove ensure that all the men and women we serve are treated with dignity and respect, please join our committee! To learn more, contact Hilary Hughes at hhughes@baycove.org or 617-371-3001.