Outreach Teams (OT) are student-led volunteer teams serving in communities surrounding Gordon College, including Boston and the North Shore area. To inquire about any of these Outreach Teams or to start a new one, please contact the team leaders directly or Hannah Schundler in the Office of Community Engagement, Lane 301.
Active Outreach Teams
Sustainable Farming: Work with a local Gordon alum and farmer to do sustainable agriculture on the North Shore at local farms. This winter, volunteer on a local dairy farm that is expecting 30 new calves in the next few months. Fridays. Leader: Julia Bartos.
Homeless Ministry, Boston: Homeless Ministry is focused on building relationships with people living on the streets of Boston by means of fellowship. Students spend Saturday mornings hanging out on the Boston Commons sharing food and conversation with dozens of adults who struggle daily with poverty and homelessness. Meet in Gillies at 9:30 to enjoy breakfast and then go in! Leaders: Andrew Swanson and Laura Kavin.
REACH Drama Ministry: Gordon students create skits based on issues that are applicable to middle and high school students and perform them for youth groups and schools across the North Shore. New performers are recruited each Fall. Leaders: Joy Parillo and Sarah-Jean Lapitan.
Windrush Farm Theraputic Riding: Windrush Farm Therapeutic Equitation is a horse farm in North Andover and Boxford that has been successfully helping children and adults with physical, emotional, and learning disabilities since 1964. Contact Hannah Schundler.
Deaf Ministry: Exploring ASL and supporting the North Shore’s Deaf Community through education and partnership with Beverly School for the Deaf. Knowledge of sign language is not required. Leader: Joel Whitney and Kaitlin Westphalen.
The Outreach, Amesbury: The Outreach’s mission is to develop meaningful relationships with young people between the ages of 12-19 and to nurture young spiritual leaders in Amesbury. Leader: Candace Botterbusch and Ashley Bongiovanni.
Lowell Mission Church, Lowell. Worship and service at a Cambodian church in Lowell, MA. Friday evening and Sunday mornings. Contact Hannah Sablan.
Washington Street Baptist Church Kids’ Club, Lynn. After-school tutoring and mentoring program in a positive, church-based environment. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons from 2:30-4 pm. Contact Hannah Schundler.
Family Promise: Family Promise is a non-profit, interfaith hospitality network that provides temporary shelter, meals, hospitality, and case management for families experiencing homelessness. A new team is forming to assist local congregations in meal preparation and hosting duties. Contact Hannah Schundler to learn more about this opportunity.
Other Opportunities- Please email if interested!
If you are interested in becoming a leader for one of the below organizations or starting a new Outreach Team, please contact Hannah Schundler in the OCE. We would love to support your initiatives!
Beverly Council on Aging, Beverly. Volunteers with an interest in intergenerational relationships are needed to help facilitate bi-weekly game nights at the Senior Center. Thursday afternoons, 4-5:30 pm.
Habitat for Humanity North Shore. Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8:30am-3:00pm. Volunteers are needed to serve on local building sites alongside future homeowners or volunteer on committees dedicated to site selection, family selection, family support, and fundraising.
MOPS (Mothers of Preschool Children), Beverly. MOPS is an intergenerational community of women that meet for support, leadership development, spiritual growth, and empowerment. MOPS provides childcare so that moms can spend two hours with other women in a community of love and support. Volunteers are needed to provide educational activities for children, ages 0-6.
Care Dimensions, Danvers. Care Dimensions provides compassionate end of life care for individuals facing life-threathening illnesses. This non-profit also supports families in this process. Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles, including listening, reading, sharing stories, and generally being present with those who are dying. Administrative volunteer opportunities also exist.
Salvation Army, Salem, MA. There are lots of opportunities at the Salvation Army to work with kids/teens, help with the food pantry, and assist in other annual projects, including the Christmas Angel program and Thanksgiving food basket program.
Beverly Bootstraps, Beverly. A multi-service organization committed to reducing poverty in the community. They have opportunities for volunteers to help with ESOL and Financial Literacy tutoring and afterschool youth tutoring.
Beverly Children’s Learning Center: The Learning Center serves 153 low-income families with pre-school, day care, and after school programming. Volunteers with an interest in education, social work, technology, or website development are needed.