Virtual/At-Home/In-Office Volunteer Opportunities

Messages of Hope

Ideal for groups of any size

The past 18+ months have been especially difficult for men, women, and children experiencing homelessness in our programs. Our clients (82% of whom identify as non-white and/or Hispanic/Latinx) sit at the epicenter of our country’s three most pressing crises: health, economic, and racial equity.

Messages of hope and encouragement offer motivation, kindness, and a sense of community to clients of all ages as they work to end their homelessness. Heading Home is happy to host a virtual engagement where we introduce our work and the significant impact of “Messages of Hope” and answer any questions your team, community, or family may have.

Messages of hope can easily be mailed to:

Heading Home
Attn: Development
529 Main Street, Suite 100
Charlestown, MA 02129

Backpack Buddies

As students and families prepare for back-to-school season in the summer months, Heading Home collects new, fully-stocked backpacks for school-aged children in our programs. Backpack Buddies volunteer to donate and/or deliver backpacks to 250+ households across Greater Boston.

Collect and Create Kits for Clients

Creating ‘kits’ for Heading Home clients is a fun way to engage your family, community, or team. Purchase/collect donations to build the kits and donate to men, women, and children in Heading Home programs.

Snack Packs:

  • Brown paper bag
  • Fruit
  • Bag of chips/crackers
  • Granola bars
  • Sweet treat
  • Note of encouragement

Hygiene Kits:

  • Plastic Ziploc bag
  • Shampoo/conditioner set
  • Soap or body wash
  • Face wash
  • Deodorant
  • Comb or brush
  • Tissues
  • Razor
  • Lotion
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Chapstick

Welcome Home Kits:

  • Laundry basket
  • Twin- or full-sized bed sheets and comforters
  • Bath towel set
  • Dish sets (cups, plates, bowls)

Host an In-Kind Donation Drive

In addition to the opportunities above, we are always accepting essential items for our clients. Year-round we collect:

  • Gift cards (in $25 increments)
  • Household cleaning supplies
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Diapers/wipes

Fundraise for Heading Home

Make an impact by raising essential funds for Heading Home. Our annual budget is $18M, the majority of which is covered by government contracts, but private fundraising and individual donations close essential fiscal gaps that make our work possible. We utilize Blackbaud’s JustGiving peer-to-peer platform but are happy to support the use of other programs such as GoFundMe, GiveLively, and Facebook Fundraising.


Learn more about our in-person volunteer engagement opportunities