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Home Visit Volunteers

Home Visit volunteers provide hands-on support to families with new babies in Hilltowns, reducing isolation and bringing the Village right to their door. Volunteers visit the family every week for two hours, for up to 12 weeks during the first year of a baby’s (or babies’) life. Volunteers provide companionship, play with older children, prepare meals, wash dishes, and help in other ways that an extended family member or neighbor might.  Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to join us.

  • This position requires flexibility, good communication skills, access to reliable transportation to and from the Hilltowns, and our volunteer should be comfortable with babies and young children.**
  • Time commitment: 2 hours per week for 12 weeks.
  • We can reimburse volunteers for miles driven to and from the family’s home at $0.14 per mile.
  • To apply, please fill out an application.

**Certifying Postpartum Doulas – if you are currently certifying as a Postpartum Doula and are looking for families to fulfill your required service hours, please let us know. We can help with matching you with a family that meets your requirements.

Village Closet Volunteers

The Village Closet donation and distribution center in Huntington, MA is FULL of free baby and children’s clothing, diapers, and essential supplies. We always need help sorting and putting away donations, assisting families taking items to their cars, and gathering items for delivery.

Donation Delivery Drivers

Sometimes we need help getting donated items to and from our Village Closet. The volunteer driver may bring items from the Closet directly to a family, or else meet up with a volunteer who will bring the items the rest of the way.

Parent Group Childcare

At our weekly parent groups we encourage parents and caregivers to focus on their own needs. That’s why we provide free childcare!

A volunteer childcare provider will play with the babies and children (usually between 3 months and 4 years old) for about 90 minutes.

  • Skills needed: Must love babies! Volunteers should be comfortable with babies and small children, showing patience, playfulness, and the ability to gently redirect and comfort them. Parents are responsible for providing any food and for changing diapers and toileting.
  • Physical requirements will include holding small children and getting up and down from the floor. 
  • Time commitment: Mondays, 10:30am-12:30pm (includes cleanup time), St. John’s Corner House in Ashfield, MA. Group meets weekly except for during school vacations and on holidays. Weekly or twice monthly availability is preferred.
  • Perks: Refreshments provided!
  • To apply, please fill out an application here.

Outreach and Administrative Volunteers

It Takes a Village has a very small staff, so any volunteer support behind the scenes goes a LONG way!

  • We can use support with ongoing projects like hanging flyers, delivering Family Welcome Kits, and calling families to check in. 
  • Sometimes we need a few extra hands for one-time projects like updating Resource and Referral guides or assembling Welcome Kits. 
  • Do you have a special skill, like web design or bookkeeping? You might be just the right person to help!
  • Check out the current list of projects here.

Student Interns

There is so much that can be done to serve our Hilltown community because it takes a village! We are always open to having student interns help with outreach/ promotion of our services and programs, assisting with events and providing childcare, administrative support, and more.

We’d love to hear from you if you have time and energy to give. If you have any questions, please email Lisa, our Program Director, at Lisa@hilltownvillage.org

It Takes a Village’s programs are always 100% free to families, regardless of income or circumstance. We rely on sponsors, grantors, and generous individuals to keep it that way.

Do you want to keep these programs free?