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 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 join an upcoming free workshop (see below). 

FOR AGENCIES: We help you get out the word about volunteer needs and options. From time to time we host workshops on best practices for managing and utilizing volunteers. 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.

Volunteers Needed NOW 

Download more detail about the following jobs.

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

Download a complete list of Cambridge assisted living centers that utilize volunteers.

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

Longy School of Music of Bard College – 27 Garden Street  
Occasional help with mailings. Contact: Melissa Williamson  | 617.831.1771

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

Check many more listings on our website. Or visit FindIt Cambridge to explore the work of some 200 nonprofit agencies serving Cambridge and surrounds.


Learn about volunteering in Cambridge

voluntariado1.weblargeFree one-hour workshops that help you sort out where you would enjoy volunteering in Cambridge.

DAYTIME SESSIONS:  Wednesday, September , 2017 | 11am-12pm SOLD OUT
Thursday, October 19, 2017 | 11am-12pm
Wednesday, November 15, 2017  | 11am-12pm
Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 42 Brattle Street, Cambridge 02138

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

Events and Awards Update

fSimmons 1On June 19, 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 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 Senior Volunteer Clearinghouse (CSVC) Director Laurie Rothstein and Founder/Board Chair, Bob Hurlbut.

Laurie Rothstein, Director (best method)

Cambridge Senior Center, 806 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139

Our Board and Volunteers

The CSVC Board meets the first Thursday morning of the month at 8:30am at the Cambridge Senior Center. We welcome new Board Members.

We are also seeking skilled database support and periodic administrative help .

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