Host Site Partners

2016-2017 Commonwealth Corps Host Site Partners

We are pleased to partner with the following agencies to help strengthen organizations and communities across Massachusetts and host 50 Commonwealth Corps Members!

826 Boston

826 Boston is a nonprofit writing center dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills while helping teachers inspire their students to write. 826 Boston hosts four full-time Commonwealth Corps members who serve as Out-of-School Program Coordinators and In-School Program Coordinators in Roxbury and Dorchester, in the city of Boston. Through their service, members will coordinate and expand in-school volunteer tutoring services, creative writing workshops, and student publications. In addition, they will leverage 550 dedicated volunteers that will be engaged in expanding 826 Boston’s in-school and out-of-school tutoring programs to serve 2,000 students over the course of 13,500 hours of programming.

April Wang
3035 Washington Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
(617) 442-5400

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell seeks to “inspire and enable young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.” Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell hosts two full-time Commonwealth Corps members who serve as a Teen Service Learning Coordinator and a Teen Internship Coordinator, expanding outreach to at-risk teens and programming in community engagement and internships in Lowell. Through their service, members will increase the number of teens engaged in positive development programs and demonstrating positive behaviors, increase the number of teens engaged in community service, and prepare teens for work success, impacting 270 teens. As part of their service, they will deliver a substance abuse prevention curriculum to middle school students. In addition, they will leverage 30 volunteers that will be engaged in teen youth development programs at our Boys & Girls Club.

JuanCarlos Rivera
657 Middlesex Street
Lowell, MA 01851
(978) 458-4526

Buzzards Bay Coalition

The Buzzards Bay Coalition works to protect clean water for all the communities of our region through conservation, research, advocacy and education. The Coalition hosts two full-time Commonwealth Corps members in the Community Engagement department. Serving as Environmental Educators, the members deliver programs and develop resources that encourage outdoor exploration and help improve academic achievement in 17 Southeastern Massachusetts communities. Through their service, members will directly engage 2,000 unique youth and 60 families in 150 outdoor exploration programs leading to youth demonstrating excitement about outdoor and classroom learning and exploration. They will reach students in over 10 school districts and create outdoor learning spaces in at least 4 schools. In addition, they will leverage 16 volunteers to engage the community in outdoor exploration, education and stewardship.

Cassie Lawson
114 Front Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
(508) 999-6363


CitySprouts’ mission is to develop, implement and maintain beautiful, resource-rich school gardens in collaboration with public school communities. Integrated into curriculum, CitySprouts' gardens inspire teachers, students and families with a deep, hands-on connection to the food cycle, sustainable agriculture & the natural environment. CitySprouts hosts 2 full-time Commonwealth Corps members who serve as Middle School Coordinators, leading Out-of-School Time (OST) & in-school programs in Cambridge and Boston and reaching 175 students. Through their service, members will be lead educators for CitySprouts' Middle School pilot at 6 schools, and they will develop and implement family engagement plans with partner schools. In addition, they will leverage the work of 250 volunteers throughout CitySprouts' network of 23 partner schools who will engage in garden education and building projects.

Robyn Burns
678 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 876-2436

Homework House INC

Homework House strengthens the Holyoke community by providing academic and social supports to low income elementary school children in a safe and affirming environment. Homework House hosts 2 full-time Commonwealth Corps members who serve as a Volunteer/Parental Engagement Coordinator to increase Homework House's corps of community volunteers and boost the level of parental engagement; and a Technology Education Specialist to build Homework House's capacity to serve the children through improved use of educational technology. Through their service, members will expand academic support programs for low-income children, improve school engagement; and increase parent engagement in student learning. In addition they will leverage the resources of our 230 volunteers and recruit an additional 40 community/parent volunteers who will act as tutors and mentors.

Virginia Dillon
54 North Summer Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 887-7406

Housing Families Inc.

The mission of Housing Families is to end family homelessness. Housing Families hosts 4 part-time Commonwealth Corps members in its GREAT Youth and Families Program who serve as Academic Enrichment Assistants and a Volunteer Coordinator, improving the personalization and efficiency of academic services and tutoring services in Malden. Through their service, members will improve the program’s system to provide personalized tutoring and enrichment assignments for each child, improve volunteer engagement and training, and increase contact with each child’s teacher and school. In addition, they will leverage more than 110 volunteers that will be engaged in academic tutoring and enrichment activities.

Siobhan Malady
354 Cross Street
Malden, MA 02148
(781) 322-9119

International Institute of New England

The mission of the International Institute of New England is to help refugees and immigrants become active participants in the social, political and economic richness of American life. IINE hosts two full-time Commonwealth Corps members in the Career Pathways Initiative who serve as Career Pathways Specialists at its Boston site and Lynn field office. Through their service, members will promote a service continuum of economic development and maximization for 140 individuals, including refugees, asylees and immigrants, that increases access to public benefits and resources, English language ability, skills development, employment and career readiness and systems navigation. Members will gain invaluable skills for work in nonprofit settings and direct-service integration work. In addition, they will leverage 50 interns/volunteers to enhance service delivery.

Michele Ross
One Milk Street
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 695-9990

Island Health Care Inc. Community Health Center

The mission of Island Health Care (IHC) is to provide access to high quality, affordable health care services for the residents of Dukes County, primarily the medically underserved, uninsured and underinsured. IHC hosts four part-time HealthyLivingMV Commonwealth Corps members who serve to develop capacity of partner health care organizations to recruit volunteers to coach lay-leader evidence-based programs and serve as program supports and patient advocates, including for patients who participate in substance abuse programming. Through their service, Corps members will facilitate evidence-based programs (EBPs) that have as their outcomes: fall risk reduction for elders and people with disabilities, self-care for caregivers of individuals for whom they are making significant decisions or otherwise the primary care provider/manage, and chronic disease management for youth and adults. HLMVCC will recruit 36 lay coaches and 345 volunteers to support individuals in these EBPs, directly impacting 761 individuals.

Kathleen Fresher-Samways
248 Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road
Edgartown, MA 02539
(508) 939-9358

Middlesex Community College

The mission of Middlesex Community College (MCC) is “everyone teaches, everyone learns.” MCC hosts 3 half-time Commonwealth Corps Members who serve as Wellness Ambassadors to raise student, employee, and community member’s awareness of personal and community health and wellness and strive to build resilience. Service members focus on three distinct topics: substance abuse prevention, mental health, and nutrition. Their efforts to educate, provide resources, and assess outcomes will ensure these critical issues and the connection between health and success is integrated at MCC and in the community. Service members will collaborate on projects and presentations culminating in a robust calendar of opportunities that will impact 778 individuals. Additionally, they will organize a new food pantry for 50 visitors, directly impact the lives of 180 individuals, and survey at least 400 people.

Rebecca Newell
33 Kearney Square
Lowell, MA 01852
(781) 760-1901

More Than Words

More Than Words (MTW) empowers youth who are in foster care, court-involved, homeless, or out of school, to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. More Than Words hosts 2 full-time Commonwealth Corps members who serve as Community Engagement Coordinators in Boston and Waltham. Through their service, members will help MTW build a streamlined community engagement experience, supporting 275 youth to manage their online and retail bookselling business and achieve outcomes in education, employment and self-efficacy. In addition, they will leverage 1050 volunteers that will be engaged in supporting different parts of the MTW model, including education coaching, mock interviewing, book collection initiatives and operations support.

Naomi Parker
376 Moody Street
Waltham, MA 02453
(781) 314-9329

Northfield Mount Hermon Upward Bound

The mission of Northfield Mount Hermon Upward Bound is to generate the skills and motivation to succeed in high school and college for first generation/low income youth. NMH UB hosts two full-time Commonwealth Corps members who serve as college mentors to address severe needs including low college-going rates and low college readiness in Greenfield, Turners Falls, Holyoke and Springfield. Through their service, members will develop new partnerships to increase college application rates, family engagement rates, and program capacity, positively impacting 87 current UB students and 40 new students, including non UB students. Four member projects will provide new approaches and materials for UB and non-UB students, improve UB’s ability to recruit, orient and engage new students and families, and develop two new partnerships. Members will leverage 40 volunteers that will be engaged in mentoring, tutoring, enrichment and capacity building.

Sharon Gralnick
1 Lamplighter Way
Mount Hermon, MA 01354
(413) 498-3523

Soccer Without Borders

The mission of Soccer Without Borders (SWB) is to use soccer as a vehicle for positive change in the lives of newcomer refugee, immigrant and asylee youth, providing a toolkit to overcome obstacles to growth, inclusion and personal success. SWB hosts 2 full-time Commonwealth Corps members who serve as Program Associates providing increased capacity to SWB and acting as head coaches in our sports-based positive youth development program in East Boston. Through their service members will support SWB to expand and meet the growing need for extracurricular programs in East Boston, solidify partnerships with local schools, secure in-kind program support, contribute to curricula, and build outreach capacity. In addition, they will leverage 40 volunteers that will be engaged in coaching and mentoring newcomer youth in East Boston.

Lindsey Whitford
9 Waterhouse Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(857) 400-8681

Square One/Springfield Day Nursery

Square One is committed to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to succeed at school, at work, and in life by providing educational programs, family support services, health and fitness resources, and a voice in the community. Square One hosts 4 half-time members in Mom’s Squad and Family Center Programs as Community Support Specialists providing outreach and recruitment, increasing employment mentors and enhancing employment placement and family stability in the Springfield and Holyoke areas. Through their service, members will assist in matching employer mentors, job search and employment placement as well as strengthening parenting activities. In addition, they will leverage 30 volunteers that assist un/under employed, low income women search and obtain employment placement as well as job retention and career planning.

Dawn Distefano
1095 Main Street
Springfield, MA 01103
(413) 732-5183

The Home for Little Wanderers

The mission of The Home for Little Wanderers (HFLW) is to ensure the healthy behavioral, emotional, social, and educational development and physical well-being of children and families living in at-risk circumstances. HFLW hosts two full-time Commonwealth Corps members who will help design and launch a tutoring program for children with trauma histories at two of our special education schools. Through their service, members will research best practices, develop training and recruitment materials, recruit and manage volunteer tutors in Boston, Walpole, and Plymouth, and engage with school staff and student caregivers, all towards the end goal of helping students reach their full academic potential. In addition, they will leverage at least eight new volunteers that will be engaged in the tutoring program.

Taryn Marino
10 Guest Street
Boston, MA 02135
(617) 927-0643

The Trustees of Reservations

The mission of The Trustees of Reservations is to “preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.” The Trustees host two full-time Commonwealth Corps members as part of the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program. The members serve as Youth Development Coordinators in Boston and New Bedford/Fall River. Through their service, members will: conduct community outreach and youth recruitment; plan youth conservation projects; develop resources and curricula for job readiness trainings and environmental education lessons; and improve program documentation by collecting evaluation data, photographs, videos, stories, and interviews. In addition, they will leverage 30 volunteers who are engaged in youth development and environmental stewardship activities.

Linton Harrington
830 Drift Road
Westport, MA 02790
(978) 921-1944

United South End Settlements

The mission of USES is to build a strong community by improving the education, health, safety and economic security of low-income individuals and families in Boston's historic South End/Lower Roxbury and to serve as a national model of successful neighborhood engagement. USES hosts 4 full-time Commonwealth Corps Members who serve on the Workforce Readiness team as Family Support Coordinators, assisting families with obtaining resources for economic security in the Boston area. Through their service, members will allow USES to strengthen its services to families by meeting the holistic needs of the low-income parents enrolled in our education and training programs through individualized case management and wrap around services. Commonwealth Corps Members will partner directly with low-income parents, serving 100 individuals, and as mentors to USES' volunteers, leveraging 60 volunteers.

Toni Preston
566 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 375-8120

Westport River Watershed Alliance

The Westport River Watershed Alliance’s mission is “to restore, protect, celebrate, and sustain the natural resources of the Westport River and its watershed.” WRWA hosts 2 full-time Commonwealth Corps members as Environmental Educators. They will expand the delivery of and teach the Watershed Education Program (WEP) topics to over 2,000 students in grades K – 12, in Fall River, Westport, Taunton and Acushnet. They will also host 10 weekend learning labs to enhance student and family engagement in experiential science education, reaching over 500 people. Corps Members will engage 40 high school youth as volunteer docents to assist with this expansion of programming. Corps Members will strive to increase student science standards content gain and student appreciation, enthusiasm, awareness, and stewardship of the watershed’s natural world and unique resources.

Shelli Costa
1151 Main Road
Westport, MA 02790
(508) 636-3016