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. 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 Liam Adams.
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. Leader: Jessie Whalen.
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: 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.
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. Leader: Sarah Goss.
Lighthouse Youth Group, Lynn. Mentoring for Cambodian youth from Living Fields Church. Contact Erin McNaughton.
Other Opportunities—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 Hannah Schundler in the OCE.
Washington Street Baptist Church Kids’ Club, Lynn. After-school tutoring and mentoring program in a positive, church-based environment.
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.
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.
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.
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.