By Christopher Gonzalez – 1851 Staff
Family ACCESS is a private, community-based nonprofit located in West Newton that provides well-integrated programs for families and young children. A well-respected safety net for families, Lasell students can expect to broaden their horizons and foster meaningful relationships by volunteering at Family ACCESS of Newton.
ACCESS stands for “A Center for Comprehensive Education and Support Services”and they stand by catering and
providing programs, such as early education, childcare, early literacy, counseling services, and child assault prevention.
Judy Siggins, Volunteer Coordinator for the organization, oversees all elements of volunteering and believes there is true value in donating time to the program.
“Lasell students interested in education, childcare, community building, and non-profits in general would be able to gain hands-on experience in their fields while donating their time to a local agency,” said Siggins.
Students would also have the opportunity to commit to a weekly time by assisting program leaders in ACCESS’
established programs. Director of Development Kim Freedman offers many unique hands-on volunteer opportunities. There are also opportunities to help educate families with literacy skills.
“Some might work with a classroom in our Early Learning Center, some might get involved with Raising a Reader workshops for parents and young children,” said Freedman.
The organization recently rebranded itself as Family ACCESS, and is in need of a Communications & Marketing intern to assist the agency with its rebranding activities.
“Family ACCESS is looking for marketing interns to support our social media campaigns,” said Freedman. “An ideal intern will be creative in developing worthwhile online content and developing new strategies for outreach. We offer a casual friendly atmosphere and potential for paid employment in our Early Learning Center for students with teaching degrees,” said Siggins.
A private nonprofit, independent from the City of Newton, Family ACCESS raises funds for its daily operations, services, and its unrivaled programs from individuals, foundations and corporate sponsors.
Students can contact Siggins for volunteer and internship opportunities at JSiggins@FamilyAccess.org or visit Family ACCESS headquarters at 492 Waltham Street in West Newton. The location is easily accessible through public transportation and free parking is provided.