Outreach Teams are student-led volunteer teams serving in communities surrounding Gordon College, including Boston and the entire North Shore area. To inquire about any of these Outreach Teams or to start a new one, please contact the team leaders directly or Abby Plummer in the Chapel Office.
Homeless Ministry is focused on building relationships with the homeless population in Revere. Each Saturday, the team meets in Gillies at 9 am for breakfast and a devotional before driving into Revere. The team supports the work and homeless ministry of First Congregational Church in Revere. Each week, the team helps with meal preparations before ministering on the beach in Revere. This team focuses on the importance of sharing Christ's hope and love through a consistent presence.
The Farm Outreach Team demonstrates care for God's creation through support of farms in the area. This team serves at multiple farms, including vegetable and dairy farms, depending on the season. The team has also had the opportunity to grow in their understanding of the environment, agriculture, and farming methods. This is a great opportunity to serve God's creation and come alongside local farmers in their work. This team serves throughout the week on different days, depending on the needs of the farm.
REACH Drama Ministry
REACH Drama Ministry is a scripted-improv outreach group that creates and performs skits based on various issues and situations that teens and pre-teens face. As one of the oldest outreach ministries at Gordon College, REACH strives to show youth healthy and safe ways to deal with these topics by performing selected skits at various youth organizations across the North Shore and beyond.
"REACH has been an incredibly effective way to reach teens right where they live. As these students minister, it is so clear that they really 'get' their audience." — Kevin Fortier, Faith Bridge Church leader
Lowell Mission Church
The Lowell Mission Church team ministers to youth at this Cambodian Church located in Lowell, MA. Students help facilitate youth group, help with events, and develop relationships with youth. This team serves Friday nights.
Contact Christina Schrader for more information.
The mission of the Holland Project, located on a beautiful farm in Merrimac, is "to bring the healing benefits of animals and nature to individuals with disabilities through creative programs." This unique program stewards the resources of their 12-acre farm and property to serve various groups throughout the week. The Holland Project facilitates Saturday farm sessions for teenagers with autism or other developmental delays. Teenagers are paired with a volunteer buddy who spends the morning exploring the farm, walking the nature trails, engaging with animals, and working on the farm. The Holland Project also has other programs and projects on site, and has other volunteer opportunities such as grant-writing and helping maintain the farm. Students with an interest in working with individuals with disabilities in a creative, outdoor setting should consider serving at the Holland Project.
For more information about getting involved with this team in Spring 2017, contact Hannah Mathews.
OTHER SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES:
There are lots of opportunities to serve in the Greater Boston/North Shore Community! If you are interested in serving with a friend, with a small group (your team, floor, club, etc.), or as an outreach team leader, please contact Abby Scott in the Chapel Office.
Amirah is a faith-based organization on the North Shore that provides safe houses to women coming out of sexual exploitation. Their safe house just opened, and they are looking for volunteers to serve in a variety of ways! You can read more about Amirah, and their volunteer opportunities, on their website. Students desiring to serve in the safe house must attend a training session facilitated by the Amirah staff.
Art Haven is "a community space where artists of all ages and abilities are encouraged to develop creativity and confidence through hands-on learning and collaboration." This organization, located in Gloucester, provides youth and adults the opportunity to create art through classes and other seasonal events. Volunteers can assist with a variety of classes, each focusing on different mediums and techniques.
Beverly Bootstraps "provides critical resources to families and individuals so they may achieve self-sufficiency." Located right in downtown Beverly, this organization provides both emergency and long-term assistance to youth and adults. Volunteer opportunities include: helping with after-school homework, assisting with adult education courses, serving in the thrift shop or food pantry, and serving in other administrative capacities. For more information on current volunteer opportunities, visit the volunteer page on the website.
Beverly Children's Learning Center serves local families with pre-school, day care, and after-school programs for children ages one month-13 years old. The BCLC focuses on providing safe, affordable, and educationally enriching childcare in a nurturing environment. Students can serve children in individual classrooms. The center is open from 7am-6 pm, Monday-Friday.
The Beverly Council on Aging serves the senior population in Beverly by providing social services and opportunities for education, transportation, recreation, and leisure. There are many ways to get involved at the Senior Center, including assisting with various seminars and workshops, raking or shoveling at the homes of local seniors, and building intergenerational relationships through game nights or other fun activities.
Cape Ann Animal Aid, located in Gloucester, provides care and facilitates adoptions for animals. Gordon students have volunteered in the past by walking dogs, cleaning the facility, and providing love and care to these animals.
Family Promise North Shore Boston is a local nonprofit that provides temporary shelter, meals, hospitality, and case management to families experiencing homelessness in our own North Shore community. There are lots of opportunities to volunteer and serve with Family Promise, including serving at their Day Center in Beverly or assisting with evening meals. Volunteers could serve one time or more regularly.
"Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings together people to build homes, communities, and hope." The Habitat for Humanity chapter on the North Shore brings together individual volunteers, corporations, colleges, and other service groups to build and restore homes. 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.
Kids Club is an after-school program run by Washington St. Baptist Church in Lynn, MA. This program provides tutoring and mentoring for kids, ages 6-12. Gordon students have served here over the past few years and have assisted with homework help and other activities. This is a great way to invest in the lives of young children and provide a positive space for learning and development.
Operation Bootstrap, located in Lynn, provides adult education and ESOL classes, as well as career services and citizenship classes. Volunteers can assist in leading conversation groups, help in the classroom with computers, math, reading, or ESL, or tutor individuals or small groups. Classes are offered throughout the week in the mornings (9-12), afternoons (1-4), and in the evenings (5-8).
The Salvation Army in Salem, MA has opportunities to serve with youth/teens, help in the food pantry, or assist in other annual projects, including the Thanksgiving Basket Program and the Christmas Angel Program.
Windrush Farm Therapeutic Equitation is a horse farm in Boxford that has been successfully helping children and adults with physical, emotional, and learning disabilities since 1964. Windrush is one of the oldest therapeutic riding centers in the country and is PATH certified. Volunteers work directly with horses and clients in therapy and can serve as side-walkers, horse handlers, or barn buddies. No prior experience with horses or therapeutic riding is necessary to volunteer.