What do you like to do?
Our work looks different in pandemic conditions, but it's as crucial as ever―for environmental justice, racial justice, housing justice, and transit justice; for indigenous rights, immigrant rights, women's rights, LGBTQ+ rights, labor rights, and so much more. The Massachusetts Chapter is looking for a wide range of volunteers to help build our power. Here are some activities volunteers have done in the past:
- Organized locally around climate issues
- Virtually led meetings, fundraisers, trainings, etc.
- Testified on legislation at the MA State House
- Written articles, blog posts, and persuasive writing
- Worked for Sierra Club's endorsed candidates
- Gave presentations on environmental and energy issues
- Acted as a Sierra Club liaison in coalitions
- Much, much, more!
The Sierra Club relies on the enthusiasm, energy, and ideas of our member-volunteers: you!
New Volunteer Opportunities
Join the Fundraising Team: Want to help keep the Massachusetts Chapter fighting to bring about environmental and climate justice here in the Bay State? Interested in expanding our work to get better regulation and remediation of toxics and plastics? Want to help continue building the power to elect climate and environmental justice champions across the state? Join our Fundraising Team! We will give you the tools and skills to fundraise for a social justice non-profit while you help to build our power! Interested? Contact Kira (email@example.com)!
Join the Communications Team: Interested in content creation? Do you have strong writing and/or editing skills? Are you a social media whiz? Join our communications team! We're looking for folks who can help with social media, newsletter writing, blog writing, and other digital organizing tactics. Contact Kira (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
Volunteer Opportunity with Youth Outings: Boston Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO) is the Chapter’s youth outreach program. Working with community partners, ICO has been leading hikes, paddles, and camping trips since 1994. The group is looking for a new Chair to champion the effort and for new trip leaders. Experience working with kids is required for a leadership role, and training is available for any interested volunteers! www.bostonico.org
Join a New Volunteer Orientation
Join the Massachusetts Chapter for an introduction to our current work, learn how to get involved, and meet other volunteers! In this orientation, we'll introduce you to the Sierra Club, discuss our equity values in practice, and give an overview of our current work. We'll wrap up with different ways for you to get involved. Check out our Events Calendar to RSVP for the next New Volunteer Orientation.
Executive Committee: The “ExCom” is the governing body of the Massachusetts Chapter. Voting members are volunteers who are elected for two year terms, but all are welcome to sit in on meetings.
Political Committee: This committee researches political candidates and makes recommendations on who the Chapter should endorse. The meetings are confidential, so attendance is somewhat restricted. If you are interested in joining the Political Committee, please fill out this form.
Energy Committee: This committee meets monthly for conversations about energy policy. They weigh in on legislative issues, write testimony for hearings/public input sessions, and pen op-eds for media publications.
Transportation Committee: This committee responds to critical transit issues affecting Massachusetts, including rail, bus, bike, pedestrian, and traffic pollution policies.
Communications Team: The "comms" team handles the Chapter’s digital communications, including managing our social media accounts, sending email blasts, and other digital organizing tactics.
Elections Team: The elections team is building Sierra Club volunteer power to elect environmental champions this year and years to come!
PAC Team: This team is a standalone subgroup of the Political Committee. Their role is to raise funds for the Chapter’s PAC to increase our influence in state and local elections.
Plant-Based Planet Team: This team raises awareness of the impact of animal agriculture. Their projects include developing a cooking show, hosting potluck dinners, and arranging educational events.
Toxics Team: This team handles toxic pollution issues, including deadly chemicals (e.g. PFAS), plastic-based pollutants, and recycling/solid waste issues.
Climate Research Team: This team looks at municipal progress on clean energy/climate issues and seeks opportunities to leverage municipal power for state policy change.
Forest Protection Team: The purpose of this team is to protect forests from human interference throughout Massachusetts to maximize carbon sequestration, promote biodiversity and optimize human health.
Fundraising Team: We are looking for people to help us plan events and raise money for our work!
Energy Justice Organizing Team: This team works on issues such as stopping the expansion of gas use and passing legislation that equitably reduces emissions.
Transportation Action Team: This team is focused on solutions to decarbonize our transportation system, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve public health outcomes, particularly in communities that have been most affected by the climate crisis and fossil fuel use.