Volunteering advice and support

CSVC_LogoCol300dpi_BIGWhen the events of the world seem overwhelming, one way to regain some hopefulness is to do something practical. Every week my friends and I cook nutritious meals for about 100 local people — helping them and ourselves to cope. Claire Moss, Community Volunteer


About us

Founded in 1994 especially for seniors, the Clearinghouse now 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 our next free workshop held at Cambridge Center for Adult Education.

FOR AGENCIES: We support agency staff in recruiting, training and best utilizing volunteers. Come to a networking breakfast focused on smoothly integrating volunteers into your work.

FOR EVERYONE: Join our e-news mailing list.  Our periodic newsletter, The Cambridge Volunteer (Agency or Volunteer Edition), will keep you informed  of new or urgent calls for volunteers, professional workshops and other local volunteer-related events and news.

Events and Awards

Request for Nominations:
CSVC/City of Cambridge Volunteer Awards

Deadline for Nominations: Monday, May 8
Ceremony: Monday, June 19, 4-6pm, Cambridge City Hall

Mayor Denise Simmons fSimmons 1wants Cambridge to celebrate your volunteers’ efforts. On June 19, the Mayor’s Office and CSVC will bestow four Extraordinary Service Awards and unlimited Outstanding Service Awards in a televised ceremony at City Hall.  The Mayor hopes that the ceremony will not only thank current volunteers, but it will also focus needed attention on the critical roles volunteers play in our communit, inspiring others to follow in their footsteps. Nominations will be accepted in four categories (one nominee per agency per category):

  • Beverly Benner Cassara Award for a Senior Volunteer
  • Legacy of Kindness Award for a long-term volunteer
  • NextGen Award for volunteers under 25 years old
  • Corporate Volunteer Award for individuals volunteering as corporate representatives
Agencies are also encouraged to identify and invite all of your excellent volunteers (download pdf invitation) to the reception and to participate in the Awards Ceremony at City Hall in the Sullivan Chamber. Each will receive an Outstanding Service Award.
Media coverage will include local TV and a post-event press release. A pdf of the Outstanding Service Award will be made available to agencies after the event, to confer on any volunteers who cannot attend June 19.

Make a Difference: Learn about volunteering in Cambridge

voluntariado1.weblargeThursday, April 20, 2017 | 11am-12pm
Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 42 Brattle Street, Cambridge 02138

Reserve space or request more info HERE.
Next workshops: June 29, September 21 at CCAE, 11a-12noon

Networking Breakfasts for Volunteer Managers

VolHandbookImageShare best practices and challenges. Start your day with fresh ideas from colleagues who’ve been in your shoes.

Jumpstart Your Volunteer Handbook
Led by staff of Tutoring Plus

Tuesday May 2,  8:45-10am
Cambridge Senior Center, 806 Mass Ave. , 2nd floor 

A good Volunteer Handbook shortens training time and prevents volunteer missteps that can impact clients. Leave this short workshop with a comprehensive outline and a workable plan to finish the Handbook you need.  SIGN UP HERE. Coffee and a tasty breakfast snack will be provided.

*charette = intense design/planning session

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
617-864-6688
csvc@volunteerincambridge.org (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.