Since its founding in 1972, CHD has grown into one of the largest, most comprehensive, charitable nonprofit agencies in New England. Today our family of programs provides a full spectrum of coordinated services for the youngest in our communities to the oldest. Through our broad range of integrated health care and social services in communities throughout Western Massachusetts and Connecticut, we serve more than 18,000 people every year. We have more than 1,400 staff working in over 70 programs—all dedicated to helping people build stronger, more productive lives.
Would you like to meet some new people, gain experience and learn new skills, or find fun and fulfillment for a few hours a week? Why not volunteer and contribute to improving our community! We have a number of programs that need your help and would be grateful for your time!
Do you have what it takes to make a BIG difference in the life of a child? Click here to learn about becoming a BIG Brother or BIG Sister! Can’t commit to that much time but still want to help Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County improve the lives of children in our area? Click here to learn about how you can volunteer and help organize one of our exciting fundraising events!
Cancer House of Hope works to enhance the lives of people with cancer and those who care about them by providing emotional, educational, social, and spiritual support. At the House, we provide free-of-charge cancer support services and relaxation programs for those who face this devastating disease. Our volunteers help out around the House answering phones, coordinating outreach events, but most of all, just being here for someone in need of information, guidance, and comfort. Click here to find out more about volunteering at the Cancer House of Hope.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers are assigned to a child by a judge at Springfield or Holyoke Juvenile Courts. CASA volunteers conduct thorough research into the background of the case, review documents and interview everyone involved, including the child as appropriate. They submit written reports to the court, recommending what they believe is best for the child, providing the judge with the information to make an informed decision. Click here to visit our FAQ’s page or to register to volunteer for CASA.
CHD Disability Resources is open to all individuals with physical or visual disabilities. Through a variety of activities, from adaptive sports and recreational outings to social gatherings and educational events, we seek to enhance the self-confidence, interactive skills and physical abilities of program participants. Click here to come play with us!
Family Outreach of Amherst (FOA) is the safety net for low-income families in Amherst and the surrounding communities. We are unique in our ability to address all the issues struggling families face: mental health, domestic violence, addiction, housing, and life skills. With the help of our Advisory Board, volunteers assist in planning events, participating in client services, and sharing our mission with the community. Click here to submit your information to FOA and someone will reach out to you shortly.
All are welcome at Not Bread Alone, CHD’s community meal program in Amherst. With only one part-time coordinator to plan meals and run the kitchen, Not Bread Alone depends on a consistent and reliable core of volunteers to set up, cook, serve, clean up, and welcome guests. Our volunteers include community and church groups, individuals, students, retirees—anyone, old and young alike. Click here to submit your information to NBA. Thank you!