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
The Food Project: The Food Project aims to grow a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to produce healthy food for residents of the city and suburbs and provide youth leadership opportunities. Gordon students plant, harvest and sell healthy food from various North Shore gardens. Leader: Liz Wink.
Sustainable Farming: Work with a local Gordon alum and farmer to do sustainable agriculture on the North Shore at local farms. Fridays. Leader: Elizabeth Moses.
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: Abigail Searles and Andrew Swanson.
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.
Open Door Food Pantry: The mission of The Open Door is to alleviate the impact of hunger in Gloucester. They use practical strategies to connect people to good food, to advocate on behalf of those in need, and to engage others in the work of building food security. Gordon students can help with preparing, serving, eating and cleaning up dinners on Wednesdays from 3:30-6:30 pm. Leader: Victoria Quay.
Bridgewell: Adult day program for folks with various disabilities. Gordon students serve as classroom assistants and develop friendships with the participants. Leader: Betsy Hinckley.
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: Rebecca Corshia.
Curwin High: Curwin High is a new program for high school girls from Curwin Circle in Lynn, MA. Curwin High meets on Thursday nights from 6:00-9:00 pm. The group drives into Lynn and teaches study skills and future planning skills to high school girls. We also help build community amongst the girls in the neighborhood. Leader: Lauren Olson.
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. Gordon students volunteer at the Farm at several times throughout the week. Leader: Mollie Enright.
Deaf Ministry: Exploring ASL and how best to support the North Shore’s Deaf Community through education and partnership with Beverly School for the Deaf. Knowledge of sign language is not required. Service on Tuesday and Wednesday, 2:30-5:30. Team dinner in Lane on Thursdays from 5-6. Leaders: Stacy Strobel and Catherine Schweitzer.
Boys and Girls Club: Tutoring and mentoring for kids in Lynn on Friday afternoons. Leader: Amnoni Myers.
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.
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. Beverly Bootstraps is a multi-service organization committed to reducing poverty in the community. They might have opportunities for volunteers to help with ESOL and Financial Literacy tutoring as well as some afterschool youth tutoring.
North Shore Rape Crisis Center. Looking for new volunteers for their Hotline, Medical Advocacy, and Community Engagement programs.
Girls Inc., Lynn. Girls Inc is a nationally-recognized after-school program for girls with a site in Lynn. Come and be a college access mentor, a tutor, or simply hang out! Weekday afternoons or evenings.
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, thereby providing the foundation for achievement and self-sufficiency. Gordon students serve in the afterschool program with teenagers helping with homework and recreational activities on Monday through Thursday 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.
The Outreach, Amesbury. The mission at The Outreach is to develop intentional and meaningful relationships with young people between the ages of 12-19 and to nurture young spiritual leaders. They are looking for Gordon volunteers to mentor and disciple their students.
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.