Sarah Ianno, who volunteered at the ABCD East Boston Area Planning Action Council, expresses important thoughts at ABCD’s Volunteer Appreciation Day.

Volunteering has always been a way of life at ABCD. Forty-eight committed volunteers fill seats on the ABCD Board of Directors and over 100 serve on 14 neighborhood boards. More than 150 volunteer Foster Grandparents spend 20 hours a week bringing love and support to children with special needs in schools, hospitals and child care centers.

Many more volunteers are found throughout ABCD. From college interns to corporate employees to enthusiastic retirees, a total of more than 2,000 volunteers meet needs in Head Start, Elder Services, Youth Programs, ESOL, immigration services, tax assistance, food pantries and more. They pitch in at special events such as Field of Dreams at Fenway Park and Hoop Dreams at TD Garden. They help with registration at our Annual Gala where they welcome celebrities and VIPs!

Community Partnerships

ABCD is so grateful for our volunteers — we couldn’t do it without you! Please go to to see our full list of volunteers and partnerships. To volunteer please call Volunteer Coordinator Carmen Farias at 617-348-6591 or email

  • Bentley University

  • Boston College

  • Boston University

  • Bridgewater State University

  • Bunker Hill Community College

  • Capital Crossing

  • Cristo Rey Boston High School
  • Deloitte

  • Elsevier Publishing

  • Jumpstart

  • Lincoln Technical Institute

  • Massachusetts Bay Community College

  • New England Institute of Art

  • New England School of Law
  • Northeastern University

  • Roxbury Community College

  • Salem State University

  • Shire, plc.

  • Simmons College

  • Suffolk University

  • Tufts University

  • University of Massachusetts Boston
  • University of New England

  • Urban College of Boston

  • Wentworth Institute of Technology

  • Wheelock College

  • Williams College

  • Young Education Professionals Boston