Read below about how to get involved with WATCH’s various projects and programs. We have many opportunities ranging from one-time events to more long term engagement options with opportunities to gain leadership experience!
At this time, WATCH does not have the capacity to facilitate donations of household goods. Thank you for your generosity!
Please go to householdgoods.org to find donation opportunities.
Assisting with Events & Projects
WATCH has a variety of events throughout the year that require extra hands such as our winter coat drive and our newsletter mailing in the fall and spring. Sign up to receive our volunteer newsletter to stay in the loop with WATCH news and opportunities to get involved.
Volunteers opportunities include:
- Activity and event planning and assistance
- Organizing drives within your own communities to gather donations for WATCH
- Assisting with clerical work such as mailings and data entry
- Making phone calls to increase event turn out
Getting involved with our Housing Clinic
WATCH’s Housing Clinic staff and interns assist Waltham residents with a wide variety of housing related issues such as landlord and tenant conflicts, threat of eviction and rent increases. For the foreseeable future, the Housing Clinic will be operating completely remotely.
Volunteers can support our team of trained advocates by:
- Calling clients and assisting them with public housing applications or other applications such as fuel assistance and food stamps
- Transporting donations of household items
- Organizing a gift card drive within your network to support families in crisis
- Assisting non-English speaking clients
Getting Involved with Community Organizing
For over 33 years WATCH has been organizing tenants and advocating for housing justice. WATCH's programs and actions are driven by the strength and power of the Waltham community and include advocating for affordable housing proposals and organizing a Tenant Action Group.
Volunteers can help uplift tenant voices by supporting community organizing efforts in a variety of ways including:
- Making phone calls to increase turn out for events and public hearings
- Attending public hearings and conferences in support of affordable housing
- Sharing links to WATCH’s petitions to get more signatures
- Serving as an interpreter/ translator
- Serving as a liaison with public officials or other agencies (i.e. Board of health, community police, Reach, etc)
- Door knocking, distributing flyers, and tabling at events (note: no in-person events for the time being)
- Support tenant meetings
- Researching affordable housing programs
Teach adult English classes
WATCH CDC is seeking volunteers to co-teach adult English classes.
Join our dynamic, fun classroom environment and support participants in reaching their goals! This is a great opportunity to have a real impact on the daily lives of immigrants in our community and to gain teaching skills alongside supportive colleagues. This Fall classes will continue to be held remotely.
- Lead classes focused on daily English communication.
- Work closely with the Program Manager on curriculum and class goals.
- Be available any morning (10AM-12PM) or evening (6PM-8PM) during the week, Monday-Thursday.
- Commit to participating most weeks for a whole session (late June-mid August, September-December, January-June).
Tutor an adult learning English
Tutoring is a great way to help people in our community learn English while also getting to know someone from another country and culture. Learning English can have a substantial impact on an immigrant's life - it improves their job opportunities, increases their ability to connect with the broader community, and overall thrive in their new home. Tutors and learners will be meeting remotely for the foreseeable future.
- Commit one hour a week for at least one month
- Be matched one-on-one with a learner who has a similar schedule