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Civic engagement means working to improve community life from individual or group volunteerism to organizational environments.  These engagements are in our communities, the commonwealth, our nation, and the world.  By understanding the issues, attending and participating in public meetings, and volunteering for community-based organizations, you can make your voice heard. 


Discover your passion through service.  Each has its own individual identity and values. 


Engage with your elected officials, register to vote, and find out what you need to do if you are called for jury duty.

Join a Massachusetts Board or Commission

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Service on a board or commission is an important way to make a positive difference and get involved in state government.

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Run for Office

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Explore the statewide office elections schedule, begin your research, review statistics, and learn how to get on the ballot.  Review and learn more about the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance.

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Vote or Vote Absentee

Massachusetts allows you to VOTE ABSENTREE by mail if you won’t be home on election day. It’s Easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Complete the form on the card.
  2. Sign and date the card. 
  3. Attach a first class stamp.  A ballot should arrive soon.

Absentee Ballot Application.

Volunteer for a Campaign

The success of any campaign depends on getting the word out and engaging the community about why a vote for will make a difference.  It's volunteers that make this happen and there are many ways you can help:

  • Display a Campaign Sign your Yard or Window
  • Participate in Sign Holding
  • Phone Calling
  • Door-to-Door Canvassing
  • Event Planning
  • Help at an Event
  • Social Media Engagement

Corporation for National and Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service provides opportunities for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to serve their communities and country primarily through its Senior Corps and AmeriCorps programs.  Participants in the Corporation's programs contribute approximately 228 million service hours to communities each year.

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Volunteer.Gov | America’s Natural and Cultural Resources

America’s Natural and Cultural Resources Volunteer Portal is built and maintained by the Federal Interagency Team on Volunteerism (FITV) that is comprised of volunteer program coordinators from three Cabinet level departments.

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Massachusetts Service Alliance

The Massachusetts Service Alliance, established in 1991, is a private, nonprofit organization that serves as the state commission on community service and volunteerism.  Its mission is to catalyze the innovation and growth of service and volunteerism by creating partnerships that maximize resources, expertise, capacity, and impact.

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Join a Non-Profit Board

Do your homework before you join.  Research your non-profit and review the filed reports with the MA AGO Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division.

Non-Profits & Charities Search.