We have a population of residents rich in experience, energy, and compassion who want to be involved in the community. This centralized list of volunteer opportunities will help you find the niche just right for you. Volunteering is a way to meet new people, to give back, to enhance professional relationships, and to use your skills.
The range of opportunities here is large and reflects the diversity of the nonprofit organizations that help make this a wonderful place to live and to visit. Just scroll down to find something right for you.
Martha's Vineyard Donors Collaborative
Peter Temple, Executive Director
We would like someone to research real estate transactions and send packets to new buyers for our outreach program.
Rising Tide Therapeutic Equestrian Center
I am searching for a male volunteer who can help me with getting a 26 year old male from a wheelchair to a horse for 1hour a week on Wednesday mornings. If you can help in anyway that would be great . Thank
Luanne Johnson, Director/Wildlife Biologist
Liz Baldwin, Asst. Director/Wildlife Biologist
BiodiversityWorks is a new Island non-profit dedicated to conserving biodiversity through wildlife research and monitoring while providing opportunity for citizens to engage in hands-on nature inquiry. We need volunteers to assist us with our beach-nesting bird program, mapping of Belted Kingfisher nest burrows and swallow colonies, and with river otter diet analysis. We have opportunities for interested volunteers of all ages and abilities.
Vineyard House provides sober, supportive housing for Islanders in early recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. We have a variety of volunteer tasks available, depending on your strengths and interests. Past successful volunteers have helped with mailings, planned and staffed fund-raising events and written articles about the organization.
Martha's Vineyard Community Services
508-693-7900, x 352.
Disability Services is seeking new volunteers to accompany adults with developmental disabilities on community outings. We are in search of volunteers to donate four hours a month to assist adults on outings to increase social integration. Support local individuals in opportunities to engage in outings, while strengthening their bond with other members of our island society. These relationships can lead to opportunities for friends and employment, as well as valued roles in the community. MVCS will provide a comprehensive orientation, specialized training, and volunteer support group.
Featherstone Center for the Arts
Ann Smith, Executive Director
Gallery assistance – monitoring the gallery, office work, hanging the shows
Energetic volunteers to direct parking for our summer Flea & Fine Arts Market on Tuesdays from June 21 through August 30 from 9:30 am - 1 pm. We use walkie-talkies to inform parking helpers when there are spaces available and how many spaces are available.
Vineyard Conservation Society
Founded in 1965, VCS is the Island’s only conservation organization whose mission includes advocacy and public education, as well as resource protection.
Our office team- Brendan O'Neill, Kaysea Hart and Signe Benjamin- are looking for a volunteer to do light office duty and to help maintain some of our initiatives. 2-5 hrs/week, depending on time of year. We would welcome someone just for a month or off and on, we are very flexible! Please contact Signe. Thanks!
Martha's Vineyard Boys & Girls Club
Peter Lambos, Executive Director
The Martha's Vineyard Boys & Girls Club is looking for individuals who would like to make a positive impact on the lives of children by:
- joining and strengthening our Board of Directors
- helping with our fundraising efforts and special events
- lending a hand at the Second Hand Store
- coaching children in our sports programs: basketball, flag football, cheerleading and volleyball
- assisting kids with homework after school
- and helping out with gardening, property, and facility maintenance
Media Voices For Children, a news agency for children’s rights.
Len Morris, Georgia Morris or Petra Lent McCarron
We centralize video, research, photography and opinion from a community of organizations, activists, journalists, educators and the general public, about the state of children in the globalized world. We offer information, teaching tools, up-to-the-minute news and paths of action to help children and make their issues a part of the public dialogue, where pressure can affect change.
MVC also sponsors the Kenyan Education Fund, through which, in 7 years, over 150 orphaned and destitute child laborers have received an education.
We need volunteers to help:
1. Organize our database.
2. Experienced grantwriting.
We also need volunteers for the Kenyan Education Fund to:
3. Expand local fundraising by distributing and collecting donation boxes.
4. Help work on the annual fundraising event committee.
Habitat for Humanity of Martha's Vineyard
Neal A. Sullivan, Executive Director
Habitat needs someone like you to help us organize our volunteer base. We have a volunteer construction coordinator but this position is specific to the construction site. Habitat needs someone to assume the responsibility for organizing volunteers for fundraising, administrative, public relations, advertising, etc.
Martha's Vineyard Museum
There are a number of volunteer opportunities that we have at the Museum, the four major ones being volunteers at the Gatehouse (greet visitors, sell tickets, provide introductory information about the Museum and exhibits), Cooke House (provide exhibit security, introduce people to the House, and offer tours if the volunteer feels so inclined), Pease House (greeting visitors, answering phone calls, selling gift shop merchandise, and answering general questions), and Special Events (set up, serving food or drinks, procuring and processing items for auctions and raffles). Also help in the reference library and herb garden.
Island Housing Trust
Philippe Jordi, Executive Director
The Island Housing Trust could use volunteer help including:
Graphic design services (update organization logo)
Website update & design
Home energy analysis (update existing Excel spreadsheet)
Mass Audubon at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary
Marion Hammond, Office Administrator/Camp Registrar
PO Box 494
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
tel: 508.627.4850 x101 fax: 508.627.6052
We provide many opportunities for volunteers at Felix Neck!
Thursday afternoons from 1 – 3 we have Butterfly Garden workdays.
We have Citizen Science projects including Horseshoe Crab Surveys and Salamander Surveys, Odonates (dragonflies and damselflies) Surveys, and Breeding Bird Surveys.
Throughout the summer we need Visitor Services Assistants that have people skills and the ability to use a cash register. They meet and greet the public, answer the phone, collect admissions, handle gift shop sales, sign people up for programs, and answer questions.
The day after Thanksgiving we host our Fall Festival and need approximately 50 volunteers.
Building (carpentry, painting) and Grounds Maintenance (invasive species removal)
The West Tisbury Free Public Library
Beth Kramer: Director
Nelia Decker: staff volunteer coordinator
Neila Hoffman: volunteer volunteer coordinator
We have recently refreshed our volunteer organization and continue to welcome people who are interested in being a part of our library community.
Please drop by, we have a volunteer application available to fill out and lots of opportunities to help.
Some of the jobs include; shelving, shelf-reading, inventory, book processing, weeding, outreach to the elderly, crafts and storytime. We want to match our needs with your interests and skills.
It's your library! Come on by...meet new people! learn something new!
The West Tisbury Library is enthusiastic to be starting a new volunteer "Readers" program with the residents at Windemere. If you are interested in periodically offering an hour of your time to read -- books, magazines, newspapers, poetry, etc. -- to a resident, I would very much like to hear from you
African Artists' Community Development Project
508 693 4059
I have been wishing for someone to help with:
Publicity scheduling for our upcoming fundraising concert in August
Big list, little organization.
The Martha's Vineyard Film Festival
office (508) 645-9599
We are looking for a seasonal or year-round volunteer.
Someone who will be an office production assistant. They would work closely with us in producing our annual film festival in March, our weekly Summer Film Series, and our monthly winter screenings.
Tisbury Waterways, Inc.
Melinda Loberg, President
Adopt a Beach program
Web site assistance
Vineyard Village at Home
Jane Hawkes, Program Coordinator
Our mission is to help older residents maintain their independence.
We need volunteer drivers primarily. We also would like volunteers for friendly visits or taking our members on outings and anyone who is able to give computer assistance.
Martha's Vineyard International Film Society.
Richard Paradise, Festival Director
Cell # 774-392-2972
http://mvfilmsociety.com or http://mvfilmfest.com
We are currently looking for volunteers to help with our year-round weekly film screenings, and our annual Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival in September. Please contact Richard for more details or possible ways in which you can help.
Permanent Endowment Fund
Data gathering for needs assessment
Data gathering on the nonprofit sector
Identify scholarship programs
Island Affordable Housing Fund
T. Ewell Hopkins, Executive Director
Events: telethon personality; music/comedy
Committees: business expertise, finance, fundraising, project selection
508-696-6465 x 722
Visiting with seniors
Transport to appointment and events
Activities: talent, art, music
MV Helping Homeless Animals
The no cage, no kill rescue shelter
Help with web site
Foster care for homeless animals
MV Connect to End Violence
508-693-7900 x 218
Help with special events
Safe homes for battered women
Hotline staff (24 hours)
Phyllis Veccia Creative Dance
web design and marketing, such as new brochure, business card and stationary.
Youth Task Force
Thersa Manning, Coordinator
Parent network development
Publicity and marketing
Help with events
Robert Huss, President
Bridge Housing is non profit organization trying to create affordable housing on the Island. We have land but due to the financial crisis our funding has dried up. At this point we are a four member board. This means we could use help in most areas. We would like to increase the size of our board and could use help in fund raising, outreach and web design to name just a few. If you would like to talk please give me a call.
Martha's Vineyard Center for Living
Leslie Clapp, Director
MV Center for Living
We are looking for volunteers in two areas in particular:
The Supportive Day Program - a daily program for some of our most frail elders who are living in the community but are at risk if left alone and/or in need of socialization. This program provides crucial respite for the family caregivers. We could use volunteers to share their interests with the group or to come in and assist with daily programs, serving lunch and snacks, clean up, etc.
Also - we are recruiting volunteer board members, particularly from up-island towns, Chilmark and Aquinnah, but from all towns as well, as our board is required to be representative of all towns. The MVC4L Board is a working board with our current most urgent mission being finding and fundraising for a new location/home for the above mentioned Supportive Day Program.
Island Grown Schools
a project of Island Grown Initiative
Contact: Noli Taylor, IGS Coordinator
Jobs needed: This summer, help maintaining gardens at all 7 island schools. Also, administrative support, collating and copying curricular materials on food, farms and gardens, would be welcome!
Marine & Paleobiological Research Institute
Frederick H.C. Hotchkiss, Director
P.O. Box 1016, 131 Fuller Road
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 USA
The mission of the Institute is education, research and public involvement in the marine and paleobiological science
I have a web page describing a variety of volunteer opportunities.
The link is http://mprinstitute.org/volunteer.asp
I am the contact person -- actually I am the sole person !! --
hoping for volunteers.
Women Empowered (WE)
We need volunteers who can:
1. Commit to being an active member of a Special Events Committee (SEC) that will meet every two weeks for planning purposes.
2. As members of the SEC, they would work on the details of putting on a play on August 28th at the PAC: ticket production, ticket sales, poster reproduction, poster "posting" on store windows, soliciting sponsors, placing ads in the two newspapers, being a ticket taker at the door night of the event, or publicizing a Women's Beauty Day (where solicited salons donate a percentage of the day's take to WE), etc.
3. It could be the stuffing, sealing, stamping party that I can host so delightfully.
4. Maybe they want to take over the weekly info that should be going to the newspapers about WE's doings.
5. Maybe they want to become volunteer Facilitators..
Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands, Inc
Heather Fauteux, Martha’s Vineyard Nutrition Program Supervisor
508 693 4393, Ext. 12
Meals on Wheels Driver: 19,110 meals were home-delivered last year to MV seniors. MOW routes leave MV Hospital at 10:45 AM, Monday through Friday; most routes can be completed within one and a half hours. Mileage reimbursement is available.
Tisbury Senior Dining Site Assistant: Set tables; assist food service; assist clean up of dining room area. Monday through Friday, 11AM to 1PM.
ACE MV - Adult and Community Education of MV
Lynn Ditchfield, Director
We would love a volunteer coordinator, outreach workers, fundraisers, people to take community surveys and needs assessments, good organizers, qualified teachers, tutors, and trainers, registration helpers, social network whizzes, translators, designers, statistic analyzer, grant researchers and writers. In general: people who are excited about community education and committed to broadening educational opportunities for life-long learning.
The FARM Institute
Cathy Verost, Development Manager
You can lend a hand on the farm year-round in the following ways:
Education--contribute to our education programs in the classroom, the Friendship Garden, and out in the fields
Garden--participate in all stages of production: weeding, tending, harvesting, washing and bunching veggies for market
Office--answer phones, file, restock the FARM Stand, work on the kiosk
Farming--feed livestock, choose from various farm projects, fix/check fencing
Development--volunteer during our annual fundraiser, Meals in the Meadow, assist with marketing/outreach, data entry.
Tour Guide--Tour the public during the summer around the farm; let them meet the animals and answer their questions.
Rising Tide Therapeutic Equestrian Center
508 939 9556
Rising Tide is looking for volunteers. We need leaders and sidewalkers. Don't have horse experience that is o.k. we will train! Our lessons run throughout the day Mon-Fri, all year round.
Chilmark Free Public Library
Ebba Hierta, Library Director
P.O. Box 180
Chilmark, MA 02535
The Chilmark Public Library is an upbeat, friendly organization that depends on volunteers to meet the needs of our diverse community. We have volunteers who work on library programs for adults and children as well as displays, inventory, shelving and processing new books. Summer opportunities include shelving and processing new books and assisting with our Tuesday and Saturday morning children's story hours. Additional offseason opportunities include assisting with daytime programs aimed at retirees such as Chowder and a Movie and a WII bowling league, as well as assisting with adult evening lectures. We strive to match volunteer skills and interests with library needs.
Library Friends of Oak Bluffs
Marilyn Miller, Chair
PO Box 1421, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557-1421
Our Mission is to promote the library as an active, dynamic, education and information center in the community and to support and enhance our library's programs, services and collections. Maybe one of these Volunteer Opportunities is just right for you:
- Book Sales – help set up, staff the sales table, transport books, organize books that are donated throughout the year
- Library events and programs – greet participants, assist lecturers, sign up guests in raffles, prepare or donate refreshments
- Our cookbook, "Tastes of Cottage City" – purchase a cookbook, place cookbooks for sale with a local merchant, carry the cookbook at your business
- Contribute ideas for events, fundraising and community outreach
- Contact media to publicize Friends events
- Help host our Holiday Open House, bake a treat, organize a children’s activity
- Participate in the activities of the Friends Board