Click here to view a sign up sheet for specific items needed – new items have been added! – for families living at the Best Western. We would like to collect all items promptly so they can be delivered to families immediately.
If you prefer to donate funds, please direct donations to the Community Chest’s When In Need (WIN) Fund, which supports unexpected or emergency living expenses for Concord & Carlisle families.
The shelter is also requesting some outdoor toys and equipment for the children.
Click here for the Outdoor Toys Wish List. Please have these delivered to the Community Chest office directly or ship to your home and drop off to us – 19 Main St, Suite 2, Concord, MA 01742
Join the Playspace Program at Horizons for Homeless Children!
Two hours a week is all it takes to have an impact on children living in homeless shelters in the Concord community. Horizons Playspaces are dedicated rooms in homeless shelters, staffed by volunteers, full of toys to play with and books to read. Children look forward to time in the Playspace, time that they get to be a kid and play in a space that’s meant for them.
Horizons is needs of volunteers! Learn more: https://horizonschildren.org/
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Horizons for Homeless
In the meantime, here is more information about our organization, along with a link to our online application.
Playspace Program: Horizons for Homeless Children created the Playspace Program with the belief that play is essential to healthy childhood development, and that 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:
Helpful Information: Please read our PAL Role Description, which provides more detail about the specific role as a PAL volunteer.
Applying Online: You can complete a PAL application by clicking here. You will hear from a regional staff person within 48 hours of submitting your application. After the New Volunteer Orientation, we place volunteers in about 3 weeks.