Volunteer & Action Opportunities

Whether you're interested direct service, activism, or something in between, we have many ways for you to get involved.


The Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) is a broad-based, non-partisan, interfaith, multiracial power organization rooted in Greater Boston’s neighborhoods and congregations. For more than 20 years, GBIO has worked to improve housing and healthcare, reform our criminal justice system, address racial disparities in our city, and rebuild schools and neighborhoods, among other issues.​ Find out more about GBIO’s current campaigns, and how you can participate in advocacy and action, in person or at home. To find out more contact katherine@oldsouth.org.

Climate Crisis Task Force

Recognizing the urgency of the Climate Crisis, the Old South Church Climate Crisis Task Force strives to educate, provide spiritual grounding, and mobilize individual and collective action to care for God’s creation. Want to push for legislation to protect the earth? Consider joining the Climate Crisis Justice and Advocacy Team. Looking to help people (and the church) make some real changes to reduce our carbon footprint? Maybe the Environmental Stewardship Working Group is for you. To learn more, contact katherine@oldsouth.org.

(G)RACE Speaks

Because we believe racism is anathema to God, Old South’s (G)RACE Speaks is an evolving conversation, examination, and education on matters of race within the life and community of this church. In addition, with partner churches and organizations we are committed to exposing and overcoming racism and prejudice in all its forms – personal, relational, institutional, systemic. To get involved contact Tracy Keene.

Traveling Soup Kitchen

We haven't forgotten our unhoused neighbors during this pandemic, but we are thrilled to announce that the Traveling Soup Kitchen is coming back! Ralph Watson is looking for volunteers to help him put together bagged lunches for BostonWarm. The dates are August 6th and August 20th at 10 a.m. Everyone will wear masks and gloves in work stations in Mary Norton Hall that will allow for social distance. If you are interested in helping, please contact Ralph at ralphwatson258@gmail.com.


Common cathedral is changing its operations to ensure that they're able to provide for their community in safe ways. Monday, Wednesday and Friday they're at Emmanuel Church (15 Newbury Street) providing a drop-in center with to-go food.The fellowship hall is available only for people to rest - well apart from one another. Bathrooms are available for use. Their small groups - Bible Study and Feed Your Spirit - are on hiatus at this time.

Please also consider a monetary gift to support this meaningful and very needed ministry by clicking here.


FriendshipWorks- which Old South helped found - is in the business of reducing social isolation, enhancing the quality of life, and preserving the dignity of older adults in Greater Boston. Despite an increase in social isolation due to the pandemic, we are still offering creative ways for volunteers to get involved, including:

  • Writing greeting cards to our elders
  • Contributing reflections, poetry, and art to our interfaith newsletter
  • Volunteering as a tele-friend by offering weekly phone support to a senior

If you are interested in helping out, please contact Nick Scrimenti directly at nscrimenti@fw4elders.org or fill out a volunteer application on their website.


While we have OSC volunteers ready to help anyone in need, you – or someone you know – might be interested to learn more about Umbrella, an organization committed to helping seniors connect with local helpers. They are currently coordinating grocery delivery and medication pick up for Boston seniors. Adults 60+ can request grocery deliveries here or call 844-402-2480 to be matched to a local volunteer who can shop on their behalf. There is a requested $10 donation to utilize their services. As demand for deliveries increases, they are also seeking volunteers to do the shopping. Volunteers can sign up here.

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