Get Involved

At De Novo, our most powerful asset is our legal and counseling volunteers who provide quality, compassionate services and make a real difference in people’s lives every single day.



Legal Program
Pro bono attorneys, paralegals, intake workers, interpreters, law students and non-legal volunteers support the Legal Program through a variety of roles. Learn more about Legal Volunteers.

Counseling Program
Volunteer psychologists, social workers, interpreters, licensed therapists and graduate students counsel survivors of torture, violence and other trauma. Learn more Counseling Volunteers.

Administrative Volunteers
Professionals of all backgrounds volunteer in administrative roles to support our legal, counseling, development and finance operations. Volunteers regularly help with major mailings or event planning, perform database updates and work with filing systems, among other areas you may have expertise. Volunteers with photography, graphic design and video editing skills are always needed.

The Legal Program trains law students in the areas of housing, disability benefits, immigration and domestic violence/family law.

The Counseling Program is a training site for social work and psychology graduate students, and post graduate trainees.

Undergraduate students conduct legal research and translation, as well as support administrative offices with database cleanup, grant writing and office-related tasks.

Volunteering at De Novo is a great way to invest in your community. By contributing time and expertise, you can learn something new, help others, and most of all, join a vibrant network of professionals committed to equal justice and equal opportunity for all.

The success of our legal and counseling programs depends directly on the efforts of our volunteers. Every year, over 140 people from students, to practicing professionals, to retirees participate in our volunteer program.

Become a Volunteer

If you are interested in our volunteering at De Novo, please contact Susan Corcoran, Volunteer and Training Coordinator, at 617-405-5457 or by email at

For counseling volunteers, please contact Paul Goldmuntz, Clinical Director, at 617-405-5463 or by email at