Playspace Program

Welcome, we’re glad you’re here! Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Horizons for Homeless Children.

The family shelter system in Massachusetts is primarily designed for adults, with staff focused on helping them reach self-sufficiency. However, there is often less bandwidth to support the extensive needs of children experiencing homelessness. That’s where Horizons for Homeless Children comes in. 

We are excited to be playing at shelters again and are accepting applicants to complete an online New Volunteer Orientation prior to beginning those shifts. Horizons for Homeless Children shares your concern about COVID-19. Health and safety protocols will be implemented at shifts to keep our entire Horizons community safe.

Interested in volunteering at a Playspace near you?

What is a Playspace?

Playspaces are child-friendly rooms that Horizons has installed in family homeless shelters across Massachusetts. Playspaces are designed to reflect the needs of children ages 0-6 experiencing trauma, creating a dedicated place for children to play and grow, and build connections with other caring adults who are committed to their success.

Playspaces are staffed by a dedicated volunteer corps of  PALs across the state of Massachusetts.

What is a Playspace Activity Leader (PAL)?

PALS, or Playspace Activity Leaders, are volunteers who staff Horizons’ Playspaces. And by staff, we mean play! PALs go to their assigned shelter for a 2 hour shift each week to play with the children living there.  The majority of our shifts take place Monday through Thursday in the evenings, but some programs also have morning shifts. We do not currently have shifts on Fridays or weekends. Click here to learn how to become a PAL.

Already a PAL?

Our PALs are some of the most dedicated volunteers around, who make a real difference in the lives of the children they work withThat’s why we equip PALS with a myriad of resources, ensuring their success in our program. Click here here for additional contact information

Still have questions?

Visit our FAQ page or contact our Playspace team at:

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