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 Stephanie Marienau Turpin 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. Fridays. Leader: Julia Bartos.
Homeless Ministry: 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 Abby Stockwell.
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: Will Fortier and Joy Parillo.
Bridgewell: Adult day program for folks with various disabilities. Gordon students serve as classroom assistants and develop friendships with the participants. Leader: Rachel Birmingham.
Operation Bootstrap ESOL: Leading or assisting an English conversation class, or private one-on-one tutoring in math or English. Wednesdays, 5:30-8:30 pm. Leader: Elizabeth Torrence.
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. Leader: Chelsea Gutierrez.
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: Catherine Schweitzer.
Curwin High: Curwin High teaches study skills and future planning skills to high school girls from Lynn’s Curwin Circle neighborhood, while building community amongst the girls. Leader: Kristen Sawyer.
Remix Salem: Worship and service at Remix Church in Salem. Sundays 9 am – 1pm. Leader: Ashley Fabi.
Boys and Girls Club: Tutoring and mentoring for kids in Lynn on Friday afternoons. Leader: Hannah Woodworth.
Art Team: A new Outreach Team exploring the intersection of art and service. Leader: Samantha Matthews.
The Outreach: A new team is forming to support 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: Rachel Welty.
Inactive Outreach Teams—Looking for new leaders!
If you are interested in becoming a leader for one of the below organizations or starting a new Outreach Team, please contact Stephanie Marienau Turpin in the OCE.
The Food Project: The Food Project aims to grow a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults who work together to produce healthy food and provide youth leadership opportunities. Gordon students plant and harvest food from various North Shore gardens.
KIPP ESOL, Lynn. The KIPP School in Lynn offers an evening class for the parents of children at the school who are learning English. Gordon students serve as teachers’ assistants while building relationships with the adult learners.
Beverly Children’s Learning Center, Beverly. 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.
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.
North Shore Rape Crisis Center. Looking for new volunteers for their Hotline, Medical Advocacy, and Community Engagement programs.
Family Promise, Beverly. Family Promise is a non-profit, interfaith hospitality network that provides temporary shelter, meals, hospitality, and case management for families experiencing homelessness. They are looking for volunteers to assist local congregations in meal preparation and hosting duties.
Salem Cyberspace, Salem. Salem CyberSpace expands the educational and career opportunities for low-income youth and adults. Volunteers wanted for afterschool homework help and enrichment program on weekday afternoons.
Greater Lynn Senior Services, Lynn. GLSS is a non-profit agency serving those over 60, adults of all ages with disabilities, and their families in Lynn, Lynnfield, Nahant, Saugus, and Swampscott.
Washington Street Baptist Church Kids’ Club, Lynn. After-school tutoring and mentoring program in a positive, church-based environment.
KAYA, Lynn. Afterschool program for Cambodian middle and high school youth. Academic and recreational activities.
Marshall Middle School, Lynn. The school is starting an evening program teaching English to students’ parents who are recent immigrants to the United States. English instructors and discussion partners are needed.
Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, North Andover. The Girl Scouts seeks to build future leaders among school-aged girls. Seeking ongoing volunteers to work with troops or one-time volunteers to help with special events.
Lighthouse Youth Group, Lynn. Mentoring for Cambodian youth from Living Fields Church.
Buker Elementary School, Wenham. Tutors needed any weekday from 3-4 pm for homework help (especially in math) with kids in 4th and 5th grade.
Acord Food Pantry, Hamilton. A local food pantry provides food assistance to residents of Ipswitch, Hamilton, Wenham, Essex, Topsfield, and Manchester-by-the-Sea. Volunteers are needed for distribution, community assessments, and website development.