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Volunteer Opportunities

Cook for the homeless

On the 4th Friday of each month, help with shopping or cooking. Spots are limited, so you must sign up in advance. Call the church office.

Historic cemetery cleanup

On Newton Serves Day, rake and prune the West Parish Burial Ground on the corner of Cherry and River Streets, the cemetery where many of the original members of Second Church were buried in the 18th and 19th centuries. Bring your own rakes and/or pruners, please. Call the church office for more info.

Support prison gardening

The New Garden Society teaches about 100 incarcerated people to garden each year. We contributed supplies in Spring 2022. 

Concerts for the Community

Hosted Newton Piano Summit

In May 2022, we hosted three exciting concerts organized by the Waban Improvement Society and supported by Village Bank, Newton Cultural Council, and the Mass Cultural Council. See Newton Piano Summit 2022.

Pre-Covid Activities

Visit incarcerated girls

Once every two months, we spent an hour and a half playing a game, providing refreshments, and chatting with girls aged 15-18.

Fill and distribute food baskets

On the 2nd and 4th weekends of every month, at Allston-Brighton UCC church.

Financial Support

Each year, Second Church supports many nonprofit organizations. In 2021, the total amount given was over $75,000!


When church members pledge support to the church, they can specify how much they want to be part of the Benevolence budget. This money cannot be used to support the church itself. The Board of Mission and Advocacy decides which organizations to support.