Volunteering at the Center

Anyone can participate directly in the Fair Housing Center’s work to eliminate housing discrimination and promote open communities throughout the region.

Here are some specific Volunteer Opportunities:

Housing Discrimination Investigators: Testing

Without volunteers, most housing discrimination goes undetected. Therefore, the Fair Housing Center maintains a diverse group of dependable, conscientious people 18 years and older to investigate complaints of housing discrimination. Volunteers receive training and a stipend for each investigation completed. Access to a car is helpful but not necessary – testing does require a flexible schedule and a few hours a month to volunteer.

Office and Special Event Help

Office and event volunteers are key to our success by helping to respond to requests for information, aiding with media relations, conducting multiple types of research, or assisting with computer needs. Some regularly volunteer a few hours a week or a month in our Downtown Crossing office, others are willing to be called for specific, time-limited projects. Student work study positions and for-credit internships are also available.

Committees: These regular meetings of Fair Housing Center Board Members and interested people from the community work to further a particular part of the Fair Housing Center’s agenda.

Community-Building & Outreach Committee

This committee promotes the Fair Housing Center in the larger community; develops and cultivates existing and new relationships with community leaders, organizations, and other stakeholders; and helps to increase the Fair Housing Center’s visibility.

Fund Development Committee

This committee oversees the Fair Housing Center’s resource development activities. Committee members are board members and members of the community interested in helping the Fair Housing Center raise the money it needs to be effective. Volunteers can assist with specific 6-8 week commitments such as major gifts campaigns, special events, or the annual fund as well as participating in the ongoing committee.

Program and Planning Committee

Community members and members of the board on this committee think strategically about changes and trends in the Greater Boston community and the world of fair housing work and their implications for Fair Housing Center’s programmatic directions. They also initiate and oversee the organization’s comprehensive strategic planning processes.

Board Development Committee

This committee is responsible for the effectiveness and functioning of the board and its committees. It ensures a continuous improvement process, which includes regular board development and evaluation. It is also responsible for the continual process of cultivating potential new board and committee members and leadership development for the Center.

For more information on any committee or volunteer opportunity, contact us.