The Independent Sector calculates the value of volunteer time as $24.14/hour. Our volunteers contributed over 4,700 hours in 2017. That translates to more than $110,000 in services to the Foundation. Thank you.

Interested in joining our volunteer team?

Fill out our volunteer application here:

For a list of available volunteer positions, please visit our page on VolunteerMatch!

Questions? Contact Susan Welby, Education and Volunteer Coordinator at (617) 506-6041 x102 or

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Epilepsy Foundation New England!
Our volunteers are critical to the success to our programs and services.


Volunteer of the Month: May

Eagle Investment Systems, BNY Mellon

Epilepsy Foundation New England is pleased to recognize the Heart Group at Eagle Investment Systems as our Volunteers of the Month for May. This group represents the very best in philanthropic philosophy and participation and EFNE is grateful to be the beneficiaries of their work on our behalf and proud to recognize them for their clothing drives over the past three years.

We extend special thanks to Eagle Investment Systems and its philanthropic team known as The HEART Group for hosting its third annual clothing drive to benefit Epilepsy Foundation New England. 

On May 16, 2018, HEART Group hosted the clothing drive at the Wellesley location with donations from their Connecticut office too. 

The clothing drive brought in over 70 donations.   BNY will provide a matching gift of $2.50 for each piece of clothing AND the clothing donations were sent to SAVERS so the Foundation benefits in two ways!

A special thanks to Jane Deedy, Claudia Ramos, Marc Firenze and Allon Rai for their leadership,

a great group of volunteers from Eagle including:  Rob Page, Kathy Langley, Jaime Halligan, Jalen Cullen, Tony Bonaccordo, Jeff Pacheco and Julie Butler and all of the Eagle Employees in both Wellesley and Connecticut for their clothing donations.

Eagle Investment Systems provides data management solutions for BNY Mellon.


Volunteer of the Month: April

April Volunteer of the Month: Chris Donovan

We are happy to announce that Chris Donovan has been selected as our Volunteer of the Month for April!

Chris serves as a volunteer member on the EFNE New Hampshire Council. He plays an integral role in each board meeting, by creating solutions for folks with epilepsy and their family members, along with event planning.

Chris brings his sense of high spirit and fun to the epilepsy events he has volunteered for in New Hampshire. He is exuberant and great at getting people motivated to participate whether it is a walk, dinner or committee meeting.  “Chris Donovan is a dynamic human being. His kinetic personality makes volunteering and cultivating friendships innate.   During the day he wears suits with ties. During fundraising events, he will wear a turkey costume for the event flair with great pride!   Nothing is too big for Chris. I believe, when not looking, he leaps tall buildings in a single bound!” -  Kristen Krauss, friend and fellow EFNE supporter.

Chis states that he is passionate about finding effective treatments for epilepsy, particularly the rare forms of epilepsy such as Doose and Tuberous Sclerosis which can be severely disabling.

Our Resource and Support Services Coordinator, Joy Buzzell, was lucky enough to share a table with Chris at our November gala. She shared this about Chris:  “Chris wholeheartedly supports EFNE’s mission and is always willing to help.  He is warm, caring, and has a great sense of humor as well.


Volunteer of the Month: March

March Volunteer of the Month: Michelle Dexter

Our Volunteer of the Month for March is Michelle Dexter! Michelle came to EFNE through the Matty Fund where she got involved after her daughter Grace was diagnosed with epilepsy. Never one to sit back, Michelle could be seen at every event from the Snow Angel Ball to Matty Hatty programs to the Matty 5k. Michelle continues to give her time and talent to Epilepsy Foundation New England and the Matty Project. You may have seen her helping out at Matty’s Pumpkin Patch at the last Rhode Island walk in October or been moved by her heartfelt tribute to Debra and Richard Siravo when she spoke in their honor at the 2018 Rhode Island Casino Night Gala.

“Michelle gave a moving tribute speech in honor of Debra and Richard Siravo at the 2018 Rhode Island Gala. She has been an asset to the growth of the Matty Project and Rhode Island Council.” Christina Vilardi, EFNE Rhode Island Field Service Manager

Volunteer of the Month Archive

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    Pictured: Chris at our Boston gala, 2017, with speaker john o'hurley                                       


Pictured: Chris at our Boston gala, 2017, with speaker john o'hurley














 March Volunteer of The Month: Michelle Dexter

March Volunteer of The Month: Michelle Dexter


1) Fill Out Application
Our volunteer application is available online here. A paper application is also available. To request one, please email Susan Welby at or call (617)506-6041 x102.

2) Interview
After we receive your application, you’ll have a brief phone or in person interview with Susan Welby, Education and Volunteer Coordinator. 

3) Reference Check
Following your interview, we’ll call the reference listed on your application to discuss your qualifications as a volunteer. (Certain positions may require more than one reference.) Be sure to list someone who knows you well! 

4) Background Check
Certain volunteer positions, including all camp volunteers, all support services help desk volunteers, and all volunteers working 1:1 with clients, will require background checks. If you have questions on this process, please contact Susan Welby at or call (617) 506-6041 x102.

Again, thank you for your interest in volunteering with Epilepsy Foundation New England!