25 places you can volunteer post-election
Stand up, fight back
Come January, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as America’s 45th president. During his campaign, he proposed policies that, if enacted, would harm women, people of color, immigrants, the LGBT+ community and even the environment. No one is entirely sure how Trump’s ideals might differ as president, but neither his future vice president nor the potential members of his cabinet suggest a major departure from his campaign rhetoric.
Consequently, many are now vulnerable. Women could lose not only their access to birth control but also their right to abortion. People of color might soon be subjected to yet another administration of “law and order.” Immigrants could be deported. The LGBT+ community might see the Supreme Court’s marriage decision overturned and the passage of anti-trans legislation. The environment will almost certainly suffer.
Fortunately, all is not, necessarily, lost. There are numerous, hardworking nonprofit organizations fighting to protect these people and their Earth. Want to support them, but don’t have money to donate or know where to begin? Here’s a list of 25 nonprofits, either local or with Boston chapters, where you can volunteer, organized by cause:
- Citizen’s Climate Lobby – lobbies for the creation of climate solutions.
- Green Streets – promotes green transportation.
- NextGen Climate – combats climate change.
- City of Boston – leads efforts for immigrant advancement.
- English for New Bostonians – provides English language learning opportunities for adult immigrants.
- Enroot – empowers immigrant youth personally, academically, and professionally.
- KIND – ensures that immigrant and refugee children won’t stand alone in court.
- Black and Pink – supports LGBT+ prisoners via pen pal service and newsletter.
- Boston GLASS – provides a safe space for LGBT+ youth.
- Cafe Emmanuel (ETHOS) – offers brunch for LGBT+ seniors.
- MassEquality – fights for the legal rights of LGBT+ people.
- National Center for Transgender Equality – protests anti-trans legislation.
- The Trevor Project – provides suicide hotline for LGBT+ youth.
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Massachusetts – defends constitutional rights.
- Anti-Defamation League – fights against hate crimes and antisemitism.
- Campaign Zero – striving to end gun violence.
- Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN) – provides resources for victims of sexual assault.
People of Color
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Boston – fights against racial discrimination.
- Black Lives Matter Boston – working towards black liberation.
- Community Change, Inc. – dismantles structural racism.
Women & Girls
- Big Sister Association of Greater Boston – mentors girls.
- Dress for Success Boston – provides professional wear and services to low-income women.
- National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL) – lobbies against anti-abortion legislation.
- Planned Parenthood Action Fund – advocates legally for reproductive healthcare.
- Planned Parenthood Boston – offers reproductive health care at little to no cost.