The Clearinghouse: Advice for Volunteers

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About us

Founded in 1994, the Clearinghouse matches potential volunteers of all ages with Cambridge agencies that need their skills and talents.

FOR VOLUNTEERS: Through workshops, email, phone or in-person communication, we strive to make the right match for a long-term engagement. A great way to get started is to review our 2018 Volunteer Guide and join a free workshop. (Upcoming dates are listed below.)

FOR AGENCIES: We help you get out the word about volunteer needs and options. Check your listing in our 2018 Volunteer Guide and send us any updates. Feel free to contact us with urgent/current needs. We may ask to visit your site at a mutually convenient time.

FOR EVERYONE: Sign up for our e-newsletter, The Cambridge Volunteer (Agency or Volunteer Edition). Succinct and current, the Volunteer will keep you informed  of new and urgent calls for volunteers and other local volunteer-related events and news.

Learn about volunteering in Cambridge

voluntariado1.weblargeFree one-hour workshops for up to 20 people to help you sort out where you would enjoy volunteering in Cambridge. Come with questions, leave with suggestions for your search.

Monday, January 29, 2018  | 5:30pm-6:30pm
Citywide Senior Center, 806 Mass Ave., Cambridge 02139

Thursday, February 15, 5:45-6:45pm
Friday, March 16, 2018 | 11am-12pm
Thursday, April 11,2018  | 11am-12pm
Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 42 Brattle Street, Cambridge 02138

Review agencies & opportunities

Well over 100 agencies serving all sectors of Cambridge list their volunteer needs with us. Download a pdf of the comprehensive 2018 Volunteer Guide

Volunteers needed now

Download more detail about any of the following opportunities.

Cambridge Women’s Center – 46 Pleasant Street
Founded in 1971, the Cambridge Women’s Center offers diverse services in a lovely Cambridgeport home, open to all who identify as women, 6 days/week. Volunteers form the backbone of the Center, providing companionship, childcare and leading groups M-F from 10am – 6pm.  Also needed: building maintenance, fundraising and event planning, IT support. Fill out an application or email co-founder Judy Norris or call Judy at (617) 354-6494 x12 for more information.

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) – 99 Bishop Allen Drive
Office Support Volunteers – Starting with a regular shift in the front office welcome area will teach you how all the parts fit together. Other positions including the hotline require specialized training. Click here for more informaton.

Community Conversations: Sister to Sister Women’s Health Initiative 
A monthly gathering of Black women at a hair salon in Cambridgeport to discuss health and wellbeing.
Needed: Business/Legal/Nonprofit Professionals to assist with management and growth;  Medical/Health Professionals/Researchers to serve as faculty.
Contact: Email Dita Obler  or call her at 857 256-0671

Cambridge Community Learning Center – 5 Western Avenue
Volunteer tutors and classroom aides assist day and evening ESOL students with English, math and high school equivalency diplomas.  Trainings: two Saturday mornings in October at the CLC.
Contact: Email Whit Hendon |  617-349-6366

Youville House Assisted Living – 1573 Cambridge Street  
Lead exercise classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays or help with other programs.
Contact Patrice Price, Lead Programs Assistant | 617. 491.1234

Cadbury Commons Assisted Living – 66 Sherman Street 
Friendly Visitor or Share a Skill; flexible time commitment
Contact – Lisa Walts, Director of Resident and Family Support | 617.868.0575

CCTV – 438 Mass Ave (Central Square)
Computer Lab Intern especially for Senior drop-in hours (2-4 hours/week, up to 4 months)
Please email your resume and your availability to Michael at

Help Liars and Believers (LAB), widely lauded for innovation and vision, mount a 1-day-only immersive theatre project in January  2018 about the forces tearing our country apart today. General theater help and programming skills needed. Cambridge location.
Contact: Jason Slavick, Artistic Director | 617.615.9742

Tutors and mentors are needed for weekly, 1-hr commitments at many agencies, working one-on-one with students in academic subject areas, college applications, adjusting to our culture and society as recent immigrants, and more. Refer to our 2018 Volunteer Guide for detail.

Cambridge Camping – 99 Bishop Allen Drive
Communications Volunteer — Manage social and digital media for Cambridge Camping Association
Hours/Days flexible, Work from home or office
Contact: Sharon Zimmerman, Executive Director

School Composting (organized by Cambridge Recycling Center  —  All public schools)
Help students recycle and compost during breakfast and lunch.
Contact: Meryl Brott, Recycling Program Manager | 617 349.4836

Visit FindIt Cambridge to explore the work of even more nonprofit agencies serving Cambridge and surrounds. Contact any agency directly for volunteering information.

Annual Volunteer Awards

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On June 19, 2017 Cambidge Mayor Denise Simmons and CSVC bestowed five Extraordinary Service Awards and dozens of Outstanding Service Awards to volunteers in a televised ceremony at City Hall.

AGENCIES: Click here to download a pdf of the 2017 Outstanding Service Award, which may be personalized for any volunteer who was unable to attend the ceremony.  Ask us to send hard copies for your volunteers.

Contact us

Director Laurie Rothstein and CSVC Board Chair, Bob Hurlbut.
Cambridge Volunteer Clearinghouse (CVC) Director Laurie Rothstein and Founder/Board Chair, Bob Hurlbut.

Laurie Rothstein, Director (best method)
Mail to: Cambridge Volunteer Clearinghouse, c/o Cambridge Senior Center, 806 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139

Join Our Board or Volunteer for CVC

The CVC Board meets the first Thursday morning of the month at 8:30am at the Cambridge Senior Center. Volunteers assist with direct volunteer communication, researching our eNews and assisting with office work. Inquire at

Robert Hurlbut, Jr., Co-Founder and Board Chair
Dorothy Gonson, Educator and Community Volunteer
David Maher, Cambridge City Counselor and Director, Cambridge Chamber of Commerce
Frinde Maher, Educator and Community Volunteer
Susan Pacheco, Executive Director, Cambridge Council on Aging

Cambridge Volunteer Clearinghouse (formerly the Cambridge Senior Volunteer Clearinghouse)  is supported by the Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF). Learn more about CCF and the culture of volunteerism and giving in Cambridge.