Get Involved

At The Second Step, we rely on our community to help survivors of domestic violence reach safety, stability, and well-being. Your contribution to this effort is critical. Scroll down to learn about opportunities to make an impact in the lives of those around you.

Donate Today.

Your gift in any amount has tremendous impact on the life-changing work we do at The Second Step. Your generosity will help move the over 800 adults and children we serve each year from lives of abuse to safety, stability, and well-being.

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Impact

Contributions from individuals like you are critical to the success of our programs and the survivors they serve. Your gift supports a range of needs, from staffing of critical programs, to providing food for survivors, to helping just to keep the lights and heat on.

Give Your Time.

Each year, hundreds of volunteers collectively donate thousands of hours of their time by helping with childcare, yard cleanup, cooking meals, mentoring survivors, answering phones at our office, serving on event committees, organizing drives, and so much more.

To volunteer at The Second Step or to learn more about any of the opportunities above, please call our volunteer coordinator at 617-965-3999 or email volunteer@thesecondstep.org. You can also download and fill out our volunteer form and CORI form and send them to us.

Events & Fundraising

You can hold a drive at your school or place of business, or host a fundraising event or dinner. You can also serve on a committee to help plan our major fundraising and celebration events. Have an idea of your own for an event you’d like to hold? Let’s hear from you!

Office and Program Support

Volunteers help us to organize backpack and holiday gift drives, cook meals for client support groups, and help us maintain our residences.

Volunteers help us to organize backpack and holiday gift drives, cook meals for client support groups, and help us maintain our residences. We also need ongoing help with office support services, answering phones, and welcoming clients and their families to our offices and residences.

Direct Services

Want to support survivors directly? We have opportunities to mentor adult as well as youth survivors, and are always excited to meet new tutors, children’s playspace leaders, and outdoor and fitness activity leaders.

Have a special skill? We LOVE volunteer staff with legal, therapeutic, or other specialized training who would like to donate their time and expertise to our survivors.

Mentoring

Join a group of compassionate adult mentors paired with an adult client to help them achieve their goals, like going back to school,
starting a business, or exploring their interests.

Work with staff to mentor youth within our programs,
helping with activities such as rock climbing, going to the gym, field trips, sports, talking groups, etc.

Tutoring

Volunteers help us to organize backpack and holiday gift drives, cook meals for client support groups, and help us maintain our residences.

Provide homework help and/or tutoring support to child survivors ages K-12.

Provide computer skills, English as a Second Language (ESL), GED/Hi-Set prep, or professional skills support to adult clients.

Teaching Special Skills

Teach vocational or life skills to clients and residents (e.g. legal, yoga, meditation, etc.) through a workshop.

Lend a hand in providing special treatment during our annual Day of Beauty by offering your skills in massage, make-up, hairstyling, etc.

Assist clients with their translation or interpretation needs. We are currently looking for Spanish and Mandarin speakers.

Current & Recurring Needs

Survivors are often forced to leave everything behind to seek safety for themselves and their children. You can help them ease the transition to safety and stability by providing some of these key items.

Families come to our residences with very few possessions, and we always need items to help them get settled. Clients in our Community Programs also often lack the resources to provide for their children as they work to stabilize. And the children and adolescents in our Youth Programs have needs ranging from after-school supplies to health and fitness equipment.

To make a donation please call us at 617-965-3999 or email volunteer@thesecondstep.org to learn drop-off locations and times and to make certain your items fit our current needs. Storage is very limited, so we cannot accept all donations at all times. Thank you for your kind understanding.

Recurring Items List

  • KITCHEN AND BATH SUPPLIES toilet paper, paper towels, paper cups, plates, aluminum foil, zip-lock baggies, freezer bags, trash bags
  • CLEANING SUPPLIES mops, brooms, dishwasher soap, laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaners
  • NEW PLASTIC STORAGE CONTAINERS all sizes, from refrigerator to clothes storage
  • GIFT CARDS Market Basket, Stop & Shop, Target, and drug stores
  • NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS such as cereal, dried fruit or nuts, and canned goods
  • MBTA PASSES weekly or monthly passes

 

Please click here for a downloadable “shopping list” of our current most pressing needs.