Student Involvement
Student Involvement

Accepted applicants are required to provide thirty (30) hours of community service per each spring and fall semester in order to fulfill this component of the graduation requirements.  At Northeast Maritime Institute, we “Honor the Mariner” and will teach our students to honor their communities by giving back some of their own time integrity and pride.

All community service documentation must be submitted for each semester during the duration of the program to the Director of the Nautical Science Department. Any student not completing these requirements may file an extension to complete community service. This will only be accepted in extreme circumstances and degrees will be held until requirement is fulfilled.


Event: Snow Removal for Seniors

Description: Volunteers will be contacted by the Fairhaven Council on Aging to shovel and remove snow for elderly residents.

*Students will be required to fill out a CORI form

Date: Rotating List throughout the Winter

Location: Residences in Fairhaven

Contact: Ann Silvia – Fairhaven Council on Aging (508) 979-4029



Event:  My Brother’s Keeper

Description: My Brother’s Keeper needs volunteers to accompany our staff in picking up and delivering furniture to the families we serve.

Date:  Hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 9:00am to 5:00 pm.  Volunteers need to be available for entire 10am to 1pm OR 3pm to 5pm time window to assist on vehicles.

Contact: Josh Smith;, or call (774) 305-4577



Event:  GiftsToGive

Description:  GiftsToGive needs volunteers who love clothes to help inspect and restock adult clothing to sell in our new thrift store, and to help on Saturdays when the store is open from 9am – 2pm.  All proceeds benefit GiftsToGive. We also need volunteers to inspect and process children’s clothes for gift packs for children in need.  Other opportunities exist in the toy and book sections, such as putting together book packs by age.

Date: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday, and Fridays:  9am – 5pm/Wednesdays and Saturdays: 9am – 2pm

Contact: or call 508-717-8715



Event:  Big Friends Little Friends Mentoring Challenge Campaign

Description:  We’re looking for 15 mentors to help fill the urgent need for adult mentors to be positive role models for the children of our community.  Our Big Friends Little Friends mentors come from all walks of life and spend 3 hours per month doing things that friends do together – talking, laughing, and just having fun.

Contact: Ramona Turcotte, Program Coordinator; (508) 730-1138 ext. 3244;



Event: The Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens

Description:  We are asking for your help to address the overgrown hedges and specimens on the property.  Join other professionals and members of the community for a day outside pruning this historic collection.  If you are new to pruning team up with a professional and learn some new techniques and gain confidence in your pruning skills!  Bring your own tools and lunch, we will have snacks and hot beverages available.

Location: 811 Shawmut Ave in New Bedford, MA

Contact: Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens;

NB Fishing Heritage Center Logo

There are many volunteer opportunities. You might:

  • Welcome visitors
  • Staff the reception area and gift shop
  • Assist with educational programs
  • Conduct research
  • Help with special events

If you work or worked in the fishing industry or are part of a fishing family, we hope you will share your industry skills and knowledge with visitors. You could:

  • Lead walking tours of the working waterfront
  • Demonstrate industry skills (net mending, rigging, knot tying, etc.)
  • Demonstrate maritime crafts (model making, marlinspike artistry, etc.)
  • Talk with school groups or the public about your work and life

Volunteers are needed during Center operating hours (Thursday – Sunday 10am – 4pm) and for occasional evening programs and special events.

Volunteer hours are flexible and can be scheduled according to your availability and particular area of interest. We are also looking for those who are able to make a weekly commitment of 2 hours.