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Gay for Good Boston volunteering opportunities

Over the years, I’ve promoted a variety of volunteering opportunities organized by Gay For Good Boston, but COVID-19 made that difficult for awhile so some of you may not be familiar with this amazing organization.

Gay for Good is a national organization with chapters in 15+ cities across the United States. Each chapter aims to energize and mobilize the LGBT+ community to interact with their larger community through volunteering activities.

The Boston chapter is particularly active and provides an opportunity to meet people and socialize while volunteering your time. It is a great way to give back and meet some wonderful people. Note that these opportunities have limits and do fill up so plan accordingly.

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You can stay up to date on the many volunteering opportunities that Gay for Good Boston organizes by joining their mailing list.

Making friends: Boston LGBTQ social groups

With the influx  of so many new residents at the start of each academic year, I like to update and share this post each September. If you are new to the area or looking to meet more people outside of a bar setting the groups listed below might be a good first step.  Note that some groups may currently be inactive due to the constraints resulting from COVID-19.

If you don’t see relevant or up-to-date information in the links shared below, contact me directly, and I can help find you the name and email of a contact for that group to learn more. 

BAGLY is a youth-led, adult-supported social support organization committed to social justice, and creating, sustaining and advocating for programs and policies for gay youth (volunteers are always welcome).

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus is one of New England’s largest and most successful community-based choruses.  Auditions will be held January 19 and 23, 2022.

Boston Gay Men’s Books Club is monthly book club on MeetUp that focuses on literature by and about gay men. This month’s book is The Street Kids by Pier Paolo Pasolini and they will next meet on Sunday, September 19 at 5PM at the Public Garden.

Boston Gaymers is a thriving gaymer community, that holds various in-person and virtual events each month to bring together members and to have fun.

Boston Lesbigay Urban Foundation aims to create safe spaces for events to help build lasting relationships by breaking the cycle of disfunction in marginalized communities and helping to make medical and mental health awareness a priority to help lift up the black / brown / latino LGBTQ+ inner city community. 

Boston Prime Timers is a social organization of mature gay and bisexual men and their friends who join together for educational, support, and social activities.

Boston Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are an areligious Order of Queer, Clown Nuns who pledge ourselves to promulgate Universal Joy and to eliminate Stigmatic Guilt. They are active in the community, engaging in volunteering, activism, entertaining and educating people.

Boston Sober Gay Sundays is a private FB group that organizes fun social events for people who identify as sober in the LGBTQIA+ community. Learn more about the group, its members, and the activities they organize by requesting to join the group.

Dignity Boston is a progressive, inclusive community of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics and their allies.

Fenway Health has been serving the local LGBT community for more than 40 years; the Fenway and AAC are always looking for volunteers.

Gay Beer Club is a Boston based organization that produces events and gatherings for members of the gay community. This group was very active pre-pandemic but their website is no longer active and their future is unclear at the moment.

Gay For Good mobilizes the LGBT community to interact with the greater community by volunteering their time with different monthly activities.

Gays Against Guns this group of civic-minded individuals meet and plan social programs aimed at raising awareness about gun violence and advocating for sensible regulations.

Gays for Patsy is a country western dancing club that holds events each month. Beginners are encouraged to join. According to their website they will begin dancing again, starting September 18th but bookmark their webpage to get the latest updates.

History Project is a volunteer-driven organization established in 1980 that focuses on preserving the history of Boston’s LGBT community to make it accessible to future generations. Next week they will be partnering with LGBT Elders of Color to host Stories of Our Inheritance, in Nubian Square.

Keshet works to ensure the full equality of all LGBTQ Jews and their families. The group also create spaces in which all queer Jewish youth feel seen and valued and work to advance LGBTQ rights nationwide.

LGBT Elders of Color is a local group that conducts outreach to isolated LGBT older adults of color. They help build community through social engagement events, creative programs, and provide necessary resources for health care and aging services.

Mass Asian & Pacific Islanders (MAP) is a group that provide health counseling & support, referral & screening services, as well as general health promotion and advocacy for APIs in the Boston metro area and beyond. MAP is always looking for those interested in getting more involved. You can learn more about how to do that here.

Mass Bears & Cubs is a non-profit corporation, organized to provide and promote an inclusive LGBT+ community through charitable fund raising and other community events.

Men of Melanin Magic is an active social group in the Boston metropolitan area for those who identify as queer men of color. They host an annual Men of Color Weekend in Provincetown each summer and currently co-host Bussdown Fridays with Gay Mafia Boston at Legacy each Friday night.

Mountain Tops if you like to get out and hike, check out this gay hiking group in Boston that organizes trips and hikes regularly.

Naked Yoga for Men Naked Yoga For Men has been meeting since January 2000. For most of its history it has met twice per week. Our purpose is to improve our health and also to make friends.

Non-Scene Gay Friends of Greater Boston is a place for the LGBTQ+ community to hang out, make friends, explore Boston, and have fun doing a wide variety of activities typically separate from the gay bar “scene.”

Opus Affair is probably best known for their monthly cocktail party hosted at local restaurants and bars that are also used to help raise money for local arts organizations.

OUTbreath offers a safe space for those who identify as queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning to come together to explore the practice of meditation and support each other in community.

Queer Boston Board Gamers is a friendly LGBTQ meet up group that connects regularly to play board games. The group has been on hiatus during the pandemic but their remains posts on their Facebook page that indicates they may be getting ready to come back again.

Yankee Cruising Club was founded over 25 years ago to bring LGBT boaters together to meet, make friends and most importantly get out on the water. You don’t need to have a boat to join – just a passion for boating.

Apologies if I have overlooked any gay organizations in the area. Add information in the comments section or reach out to me, and I’ll be happy to add your group to this list.

G4G Boston and Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: Gay bingo night

gay bostonTwo groups I have a lot of respect for are teaming up on Monday, January 14th at Club Cafe when the Boston Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence host their weekly gay bingo night with proceeds raised going to Gay for Good Boston chapter.

What: Bingo with a side of sass courtesy of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
When: Monday, January 14th from 7 – 11PM
Where: Club Cafe

Invite your friends to learn more about the great work that Gay For Good does in our community and their upcoming volunteer service projects while having fun with the Sisters playing bingo and possibly winning some great prizes.

G4G Boston & Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Bingo Night Details

Gay for Good Boston: Emerald Necklace is Sept 9

gay bostonGay for Good Boston is a volunteer group that organizes monthly events that allow you to volunteer your time, while meeting like minded individuals from the local LGBTQ community.

Next month on Saturday, September 9th G4G Boston will work with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy at the Shattuck picnic grove alongside MIT students and UC Santa Cruz alumni to help remove invasive plants and cleaning up litter.
All volunteers should come wearing long pants and closed toe shoes to avoid ticks and poison ivy . You are encouraged to bring water, snacks and sunscreen. Note that only 10 volunteers are needed so RSVP while space remains.

For more information visit their Facebook page: Gay for Good Boston.

Gay for Good Boston volunteering opportunities

I routinely publish volunteering opportunities from the Boston Chapter of Gay for Good. but recently realized it had been several months since I last gave this group a shout out.  G4G, as I like to refer to them, may be the perfect option for you if you’re looking to meet people or would like to volunteer but cannot commit to a particular charity. Each month, Gay For Good Boston selects a different non-profit to donate time for a community service project and they arrange all the logistics. There is no money required and anyone willing to give their time and energy are welcome, but note that most opportunities fill quickly.

Save the date for these upcoming volunteering projects by G4G:

  • Monday, August 21 – Boston Living Center
  • Saturday, September 9 – Emerald Necklace
  • Saturday, September 16 – Boston Harbor Islands
  • Saturday, October 14 – Boston Harbor Islands

If this sounds like a group you would like to learn more about, I encourage you to link here to join the organization. You will receive regular notifications about upcoming volunteering opportunities.

Join Gay for Good Boston

To learn more, e-mail them at gayforgood-boston@googlegroups.com.

Gay for Good Boston volunteering opportunity

generations inc, volunteering, gay bostonThe Boston chapter of Gay for Good next project will be on Saturday, March 11th to support Generations Inc. a non-profit that pairs senior adults with non literate proficient children in the Boston metro area. The adults read with children to strengthen their literacy skills.

15 volunteers are needed so register quickly before it fills

Gay for Good will be constructing the book covers that will be used by the participants of the programs – highlighting challenging words and descriptions of the plot in keeping with the themes of their education program. There will be plenty of construction paper and glue to complement your imagination.

For more details and to register link here!

Gay for Good Boston: Boomerang’s

Boomerang's, AAC, AIDS Action CommitteeJoin the Boston chapter of Gay for Good this Saturday, February 4th as they help AIDS Action Committee’s Boomerangs sort through clothes donations at there warehouse in Dedham. Volunteers are asked to wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and wear a few layers as it could be chilly in the warehouse. Parking is available in front of the building.

For more information visit their event page on Facebook and be sure to sign up.

Gay for Good Boston Boomerang’s

Gay for Good volunteer opportunities for Toys for Joys

G4G, T4JThe Boston Chapter of Gay for Good has several volunteering opportunities coming up in December. These group volunteering opportunities include several ways you can help with the Toys for Joys event in early December.

There is no money required and anyone willing to give their time and energy are welcome, but note that most opportunities have a limited number of slots and they fill quickly.

Monday, December 5, 6:00 – 8:00 PM in Back Bay
Toys for Joys Wagon Build at 351 Boylston Street

Tuesday, December 6, 6:00 – 8:00 PM in Back Bay
Toys for Joys Wagon Build at 351 Boylston Street

Friday, December 9, 12 Noon – 3:00 PM
Toys for Joys Set Up at Revere Hotel (200 Stuart Street)

Friday, December 9, 5:30 – 10:30 PM
Toys for Joys at Revere Hotel (200 Stuart Street)

Gay for Good Boston: Emerald Necklace Conservancy

G4G, volunteering, LGBT volunteerJoin this amazing group for their annual outdoor project with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy on Saturday, September 10th from 10AM – 1PM. More details about the location and volunteering activities are on the RSVP page. So check it out and sign up before this opportunity fills to capacity.

Click Here For More Information and RSVP

Unfamiliar with Gay for Good Boston? They are part of a national organization that operates chapters in eleven cities across the United States. The Boston chapter is incredibly active and a LGBT group that I like to write about for those who may be looking to either give back or interested in meeting people and making new friends. Check’em out.

Gay for Good Boston May and June programs

G4G12Gay for Good Boston has recently updated their spring events calendar. Are you looking for a way to meet people or to volunteer some of your time? Check out Gay for Good Boston and their series of programs scheduled for May and June.

Tuesday, May 10, 6:15 – 8:30 PM in Brighton: Cradles to Crayons at 155 North Beacon Street which is a 15 minute walk from Warren St stop on Green Line (B)

Sunday, May 15, 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM in Brighton: FriendshipWalks at 640 Washington Street

Saturday, May 21, 9:00 – 1:00 in Jamaica Plain: Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly at 3305 Washington Street accessible by the Orange Line Green Street MBTA station.

Sunday, June 5, 7:30 AM – 12 Noon at Hatch Shell:  AIDS Action 5K Walk/Run which is near the Arlington Street stop on the Green Line or the Charles/MGH on the Red Line

Saturday, June 11, 10:45 AM – 2:30 PM in Back Bay: Boston Pride March join them for a second year as they march to raise awareness about Gay for Good.

For full details and to RSVP, please check their web site events page.

Helpful hint: If a project fills up, check back during the week of the event, as spaces frequently open up after G4G reconfirms rsvp’s.

Gay for Good Boston spring calendar

G4G BostonGay for Good (G4G) is a national organization that operates chapters in eleven cities across the United States. The Boston chapter is incredibly active and a LGBT group that I like to write about for those who may be looking to either give back or interested in meeting people and making new friends.

G4G Boston has recently published their spring calendar of events.  Note that even though some of these events are still months away, they tend to fill to capacity so if there is a program that you are interested in volunteering for, please visit their website and register today, here.

Generations in Downtown Crossing – Tuesday, March 15th 6:00-8:00PM

Arlington St. Fundraiser Setup in Back Bay – Saturday, April 23rd 9:00AM-12:00PM and 1:00-4:00PM

Run the Charles in Wellesley – Sunday April 24th 9:30AM-2:30PM

Young Achievers School in Mattapan – Saturday, April 30th 9:30AM-1:00PM

Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly in Jamaica Plain – Saturday, May 21st 9:00AM-1:00PM

Gay for Good Boston needs volunteers

Generations, G4GOne of my favorite volunteering organizations, Gay for Good Boston, has an interesting project on Tuesday, March 15th with Generations, Inc. –  a non-profit that pairs senior adults with non literate proficient children in the Boston metro area. G4G will be constructing the book covers that will be used by the participants of the programs – highlighting challenging words and descriptions of the plot in keeping with the themes of their education program. There will be plenty of construction paper and glue to complement your imagination.

Space is limited to approximately volunteers and space will fill quickly so register today if interested.  Generations, Inc. office is located close to the Downtown Crossing and Chinatown T stops. Generations, Inc. also welcomes donated children’s books if you wish to bring one.

More information available here

G4G Boston: Valentine’s Day Cards for Boston Elders

Gay for GoodGay for Good Boston (G4G) invites you to join them make Valentine’s Day cards for isolated elders living in Boston.  Materials will be provided but all are welcome to bring arts and craft supplies.  Cards that are made will be delivered throughout the city and distributed to elders in need of a friend.

WHEN:  Saturday, January 23rd at 1PM
WHERE:  Arlington Street Church at 351 Boylston Street

You can learn more about this program (and RSVP) or look at future volunteer opportunities by visiting their website.

G4G Boston: Valentine’s Day Cards for Boston Elders

New Year’s resolution: To give back to your community

With the start of the New Year, many people will make resolutions to try and give back to their community or to volunteer.  While there is no shortage of worthwhile organizations that would benefit from your time and energy, I wanted to list a few LGBT organizations for consideration.

Gay for Good BostonGay For Good is a group that arranges volunteering opportunities in eleven different cities. G4G Chapters exist in Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Los Angeles, Orange County, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and in the Twin Cities.  The Boston chapter remains fairly active with different volunteering opportunities at a wide range of charities. Read here to learn more.

Flashback FridayBAGLY started as a gay-straight alliance of sorts in 1980 in Massachusetts to create, sustain and advocate for LGBTQ youth. They may be best known for hosting the 1st prom for LGBTQ youth.  Their work continues to help LGBTQ youth struggling to come to terms with their sexual identity and they host a handful of large public events for gay youth in the Boston area.

AIDS ActionAIDS Action / Fenway Health merged in 2013 to streamline services and better serve our community. However, both organizations rely heavily on the help of volunteers. The services they offer the LGBT community are more numerous than I can manage to list, but there are opportunities to get involved at either location as well as with their MALE Center.

Gay for Good Boston volunteer opportunities

Gay for Good BostonIn the past I’ve written about this fantastic group who organize volunteering opportunities in the Boston area as a way to give back and meet guys. G4GBoston has a handful of volunteering projects, that are likely to fill quickly so I would encourage you to visit their website and register while space remains.

Toys for Joys Wagon Build:  Monday, December 7, 6:00 – 8:00 PM in Back Back this is the first of two sessions for assembling the event’s trademark red wagons; located at 351 Boylston Street. Details Here.

Toys for Joys Wagon Build:  Tuesday, December 8, 6:00 – 8:00 PM in Back Back this is the second of two sessions for assembling the event’s trademark red wagons; located at 351 Boylston Street. Details Here.

Toys for Joys Set Up: Friday, December 11 during the day (TBD) to help with the set up for that evening’s fundraiser / party; located at the Revere Hotel in Boston’s Theater District. Details Here.

For more information about this fantastic volunteer group visit their website, gayforgood.org/boston_ma