Playspace Program: Horizons for Homeless Children created the Playspace Program with the belief that play is essential to healthy childhood development, and every child has the right to play.
To make healthy play possible for children living in shelters in Massachusetts, regional staff build and maintain developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed, “kid-friendly” spaces and stocks them with books, toys, games and arts materials. These Playspace provide the opportunity for children to have a safe place to play, use their imaginations, heal from trauma, and just have fun.
Our volunteers, called Playspace Activity Leaders (PALs), have a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the children’s lives by providing them opportunities for play that are critical for learning and growth.
Volunteering: Horizons for Homeless Children is looking for committed and dependable volunteers who:
Can commit 2 hours a week to volunteering at the same time, same location. Typically Monday-Thursday, between 4pm-8pm.
Can commit *6 months or more (*students: full semester or more) to volunteering as a PAL.
Are at least 16 years old. If you are under 18, however, you will need a guardian to both attend the training and volunteer with you.
Can attend a one-time, 3-hour training that covers everything from homelessness on a state and local level to early childhood development.
No one has signed up yet, but you could be the first!