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Office of Volunteerism

Welcome to the City of Fall River's online Office of Volunteerism.

The following is a list of agencies that need help and who have agreed to help the City of Fall River's Office of Volunteerism identify volunteer service opportunities that exist in their organization and in the community. If you would like to volunteer at any of these organizations, you may contact them directly via the information provided on this page.


For more information on how you can get involved, please click on a link below.


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Adams House
Contact Person: Barbara Britto
Tel. 508-679-0144
1168 Highland Avenue, Fall River

Description: Nursing Home/Rest Home
Skills needed: Must enjoy working with the elderly.
Hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.



American Red Cross, Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter, Greater Fall River Area
Contact Person: Diane Nadeau
Tel. 1-800-232-8812
281 Pleasant Street, Brockton
Local Chapter: 315 Pleasant Street, Fall River
Local Chapter Tel. 508-676-8276


Beacon Hospice
Contact Person: Deb Culhane
Tel. 508-324-1900 ext. 33
182 North Main Street, Fall River

Description: Beacon Hospice is looking for volunteers to provide companionship and support to patients and their families.


Big Friends Little Friends program of Family Service Association
Contact Person: Ramona Turcotte

Tel. 508-730-1138 Ext. 3244
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101 Rock Street, Fall River

Description: Mentor a Child, Make a Difference! Call Big Friends Little Friends to learn how you can become a Big Friend Mentor to a child age 7 -14 from the Greater Fall River area. You can make a difference in the life of a child by sharing your time with that child 3-5 hours a week, bi-weekly or decide! Call to learn more.


Bristol Community College Adult Basic Education Volunteer Support Program
Volunteer Tutor Coordinator

Center for Adult Basic Education & Workplace Literacy

Bristol Community College
Tel. 508-678-2811 Ext. 2042
777 Elsbree Street, Building L Room 113L, Fall River

Description: Volunteers needed to help adult learners one to two hours per week with basic skills in reading, writing, and/or math. No experience is necessary, training is provided. For further information please leave a message at the number listed above.


Bristol Elder Services
Contact Person: Mary Fortin, Human Resources Manager
Tel. 508-675-2105 Ext. 421
182 North Main Street, Fall River


Charlton Memorial Hospital

363 Highland Avenue, Fall River, MA

Website: (Volunteer Dept)

Contact Person: Cynthia Turgeon

Tel:  508-973-7038


Description:  A community based  non-profit hospital looking for Greeters to contribute to a favorable experience for our patients and visitors by greeting and escorting them to their destinations.

Hours:  Monday through Friday 8:00-4:00.



Child Development Program
Contact Person: Denise Lima, Preschool Resource Coordinator
Tel. 508-679-8531
450 Locust Street, Fall River

Description: Preschool Program
Skills Needed: Ability to learn and apply developmentally appropriate skills in the early childhood/preschool program.


Community Development Recreation
Contact Person: Grace Gerling
Tel. 508-679-0922
72 Bank Street, Fall River


Educational Surrogate Parent Program
Contact Person: Linda Rice, Southeast Case Manager
Tel. 508-792-7679 Ext. 21
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1184, Westboro, MA 01581

Description: Need concerned adult volunteers to help make educational decisions for students in the custody of the State. Volunteers would aid students in group homes, residential treatment centers and foster homes in Fall River. Training sessions are held twice a year at Bristol Community College in Fall River.


Fall River Police Department, Auxiliary Police Unit
Contact Person: Lieutenant Charles J. Cullen, Commander
Tel. 508-676-8511 Ext. 173
685 Pleasant Street, Fall River
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Needed skills: To be an auxiliary police officer, candidate should be: Age 18 to 65, have a High School Diploma or GED, be of good moral character, must be physically fit and have a valid Mass. Driver's License and must own a motor vehicle. Must successfully complete the Auxiliary Police Officer Basic Training Program. A minimum of fours hours of service is required per week.

The Fall River Street Tree Planting Program
Contact person: Mary Ann Wordell
Address: 2851 Highland Ave., Fall River, Ma. 02720
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Description: A citywide, non-profit, all volunteer organization. Our mission is to provide a sustainable tree planting program for the citizens of Fall River and to educate the public regarding the benefits that trees bring to a community. Volunteers to assist with the program are welcome to join the efforts to revitalize our urban forest.

Events: Annual Arbor Day (tree planting) Last Friday in April Tree planting coordinated with Fall River DPW. Dates determined by application requests from citizens.

Faxon Animal Rescue League of Greater Fall River
Contact Person: Corinne Bowman
474 Durfee Street, Fall River
Tel. 508-676-1061
Description: There is currently a need for a receptionist to answer phones and to direct calls, take messages, greet the public, give out general information and to assist the adoption counselor.
Needed Skills: Must be a "people person."
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Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Forever Paws Animal Shelter
Contact Person: Beverly Andrade
Tel. 508-678-0804
593 Montaup Street, Fall River


Girl Scout Council of Southeastern Massachusetts
111 East Grove Street, Middleboro, MA 02346
Tel. 1-800-242-0925
Local Contact: Donna Morrel
Local Chapter: 2995 North Main Street, 2nd Floor, Fall River 02720
Local Chapter Tel. 508-324-1463

Girl Scouts of RI Inc

Jill Olson-Crowley, Volunteer Management Director

500 Greenwhich Avenue

Warick, RI 02886

Cell 401-408-0492

Fax     401-421-2937


Hospice Outreach/V.N.A.
Contact Person: Doreen Putnam, Volunteer Coordinator
Tel. 508-673-1589
502 Bedford Street, Fall River
Hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Little Theatre of Fall River, Inc.
Contact Person: Production Chairperson
Tel. 508-675-1852
PO Box 1282
Fall River, MA 02722
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Description: An all volunteer organization, entertaining the Greater Fall River Area without interruption since 1935.
Skills Needed: Passion for live theatre and love of the arts.

My-Turn Inc.
Contact Person: Stacey Harrison or Elizabeth Scordas
Tel. 508-730-5051
446 North Main Street, (Fall River Career Center)
Fall River, MA 02720
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Description: Mentoring Program. We work with at-risk youth ages 16-21, who are not pursuing traditional educational routes. We offer GED remediation and job readiness training, as well as other supportive services to help them to achieve their goals. We are looking for adults age 24 and older to participate in a mentor program. We will be pairing mentors and mentees based on career interests as well as personality compatibility. Mentors will be required to participate as little as once a month or as much as once a week.


Ninth Street Day Nursery
Contact Person: Laurel Jonas
Tel. 508-672-7723
533 Highland Avenue, Fall River

Description: Day Care/Early Childhood Education Center
Hours: Monday through Friday Mornings 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Afternoons 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.


People, Incorporated
Contact Person: Pamela O'Neill, Vice President Communications and Administration

Tel. 508-679-5233

4 South Main Street

Fall River, MA 02721



Police Athletic League of Fall River, Inc.
Contact Person: Lieutenant Charles J. Cullen, President
Tel. 508-672-9197
31 Franklin Street, Fall River
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Description: There is a need for coaches, maintenance assistance, referees, support staff at events, etc.

Needed Skills: General skills, will provide training if needed.


The Salvation Army
Contact Person: Juliann Hallal or Liz Samson
Tel. 508-679-7900
290 Bedford Street, Fall River

Description: The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers from January through March to help with their hospitality nights. If at any point during these months the city's shelter beds for the homeless are all being used the Salvation Army will set up extra beds so that no one will be left in the cold. The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers who would be willing to volunteer one or more nights during the months of January through March. Hours needed are from 7:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. and volunteers can offer to work split shifts or the entire evening. Volunteers must be 18 or older and must pass a criminal background, CORI and SORI check.


The Samaritans
Contact Person: Jill, Training Coordinator
Tel. 508-673-3777 or 508-673-5160
386 Stanley Street, Fall River
Hours: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. 7 days/week including holidays. Shifts are for 5 hours or two 2 1/2 hour shifts.
627 State Road, Westport
Hours: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. 7 days/week including holidays. Shifts are for 5 hours or two 2 1/2 hour shifts.

Ser-Jobs For Progress
Contact Person: Francisco Cabral
Tel. 508-676-1916
164 Bedford Street, Fall River

Description: A community based non-profit organization offering services in Education, Training and Job development.
Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Southeast Center For Independent Living, Inc.
Contact Person: Lisa Pitta
Tel. 508-679-9210 Ext. 28
66 Troy Street, Fall River


South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc.
Website: (Visit this site for volunteer opportunities)
Tel. 508-676-5022 
22 Bedford Street, 2nd floor

Fall River, MA 02722

Description: SCCLS is a non-profit corporation which provides free civil legal services to low-income and elderly residents of our communities in the areas of housing and family law, government benefits including social security disability, as well as elder, education, immigration, and consumer law. Our mission is to achieve equal justice for the poor and disadvantaged through community based legal advocacy.


The Massachusetts Legal Assistance for Self-Sufficiency Program (MLASSP) is a project of SCCLS, Inc. and is funded through the Corporation for National and Community Service and administered through the Massachusetts Service Alliance. MLASSP places 28 AmeriCorps members with an interest in public service law in participating legal services organizations throughout Massachusetts. Members will serve under professional supervision providing legal assistance to low-income people in civil (non-criminal) matters.


Spindle City Ballet
Contact Person: Karyl Benoit
Tel. 508-677-2130 Ext. 2 or 508-678-9719
288 Plymouth Avenue, Fall River

Description: Spindle City Ballet is the SouthCoast's only non-profit professional ballet company. Their mission is to offer professional performances that will increase our community's enjoyment, education and understanding of dance. Looking for volunteers 18 years and older to assist with ushering, mailings, sewing and selling refreshments. An appreciation for the arts and a sense of humor is helpful, there are volunteer openings year-round.

The Trustees of Reservations
Contact Person: Linton Harrington
Tel. 508-679-2115 Ext. 12
57 North Main Street, Fall River

Description: The Trustees of Reservations is a private, non-profit conservation organization that preserves, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value. In partnership with the City of Fall River and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, The Trustees have been working to establish the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve, which covers 13,600-acres in Fall River, Freetown and Dartmouth. The bioreserve offers the public a chance to explore and learn about this natural area. The Trustees also have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. Those who enjoy physical work can help to maintain the trail system or help to build picnic tables. Those more interested in environmental science and research can get involved in a "citizen science" project such as certifying vernal pools or conducting stream surveys in the bioreserve. The Trustees also offer after-school programs for area youth and need volunteers to help to supervise and to work with children. Help is also needed with planning and running public events such as Earth Day events and the annual 5K Run for the Woods.

United Neighbors of Fall River
Connections Coalition
209 Bedford Street, Suite 401
Fall River, MA 02721

Contact Person: Wendy Garf-Lipp, Executive Director
Tel. 508-324-7900

Description: United Neighbors of Fall River Community Connections Coalition is a community coalition made up of residents, parents, youth, community providers, local government, religious leaders and state agencies- all committed to strengthening families. Volunteers will help us coordinate resources that already exist in our community to help families in need.


United Way of Greater Fall River

80 North Main Street

Fall River, MA 02720

Tel. 508-678-8361

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Veterans Association
Contact Person: Meg Bouchard
Tel. 508-679-9277
1181 North Main Street, Fall River

Description: Non-Profit organization providing direct and indirect services to veterans.
Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.



The Women’s Center

Contact person: Marisol Soto

Address:  209 Bedford Street, Fall River, MA  02720

Tel:  508-672-1222     Fax:  508-672-2033

24-HOUR HOTLINE: 508-999-6636

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Description:  The Women’s Center is the Rape Crisis Center for Fall River and 12 other cities and towns throughout the Southcoast area.  Sexual assault services include individual and group counseling, medical advocacy, legal advocacy, and referrals.  Counselors are available for Portuguese and Spanish speaking populations for immigrant and refugee sexual assault survivors.  The Women’s Center has offices in New Bedford and Fall River and is a dual agency for domestic violence, sexual assault and child and adolescent trauma. The Women’s Center provides free, confidential, 24-hour, easily accessible services to those in need including three area shelters and Living Opportunities for Families in Transition (L.O.F.T.) for homeless families.


Events:   Golf Tournament, Men Who Cook Summer Sizzler (2nd Sunday in July), and information tables at various community events.



Women's Occupational Resource Development, Inc. Child Care Center
Contact Person: Ana Paula Manchester or Janet Souza
Tel. 508-673-4421
951 Slade Street, Fall River
Hours: Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.