Solutions at Work was founded by a group of homeless individuals in Cambridge in 1989. Their mission is to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness by providing individuals and families with resources and opportunities to strengthen their self-confidence, achieve self-sufficiency, and participate in helping others. We envision a Greater Boston in which homeless and poor people have the resources, opportunities, and partners they need to achieve self-sufficiency.
Solutions at Work partners with individuals and families to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness by providing them with opportunities to strengthen their self-confidence, professional skills, and financial stability.We approach this mission by providing people with professional development, children’s clothing, books, and toys, as well as interview-appropriate attire.Outlined below are opportunities for volunteers to support Solutions at Work’s efforts to help homeless and poor people achieve self-sufficiency. Solutions at Work is committed to tailoring volunteer opportunities to suit the individual volunteer’s interests, skills and availability.Serve on our Board of Directors – Help govern Solutions at Work and advance the organization’s mission and vision.Organize a Clothing Drive or Fundraiser – Work closely with Solutions at Work’s staff to design and implement your own clothing drive or fundraiser for the organization.Sort Clothes – Sort through incoming donations of clothing, toys, books and gear to ensure items meet Solutions at Work’s program standards and organize items for display on shelves and racks.Transport Clothes – Use your own vehicle to pick up donations of clothing, toys, books and gear from individuals and organizations and deliver serviceable clothing that does not meet Solutions at Work’s program standards to organizations such as Goodwill Industries.Provide General Office Support – This involves administrative tasks such as answering Solutions at Work’s phones, filing, copying, performing data entry and assisting with large mailings.Oversee Children’s Play space – Solutions at Work offers children a large, cheerful playspace to use while their parents are selecting clothes. Volunteers are needed to help children and their parents select books and toys to take home and to keep the space clean and well-organized.Translate Marketing Materials – Translate Solutions at Work’s program materials into Haitian Creole, Spanish or Portuguese.Assist with Special Projects – Collaborate with staff on special projects such as Solutions at Work’s quarterly newsletter and special events.Solutions Wear Sorter and Dresser — Help participants, referred by programs for homeless and low income adults, to choose professional clothing for jobs or for court.To learn more about Solutions at Work’s volunteer opportunities, please visit our contact us page and contact one of the managers.