Support our Partners' Holiday Drives!
We've teamed up with Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition to bring you a guide to gift and supply drives happening in and around Cambridge this season! Check out the many initiatives below that need help to bring joy and comfort to our neighbors. In addition to material support, our partner agencies rely on volunteers -- be sure to explore their ongoing volunteer needs as well!
We will be updating this guide regularly, so check back for more ways to help out throughout December!
P.S. CLICK HERE for a published version of the guide that you can share with friends or on social media to spread the word!
Strengthen your skills as a volunteer by participating in one of our civic engagement workshops. Many are free of charge thanks to our generous sponsors.
Our workshops are generously hosted by CCAE. Links go live once registration opens.
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Find Your Mission
Remote Volunteer Fair
THU FEB 8, 2024
Volunteer Fairs feature presentations and Q&A with dozens of local agencies.
We will send you updates as the event approaches with all the details. We can't wait to see you on February 8!
Register NOW through Cambridge Center for Adult Education!
FIND YOUR MISSION
LUNCH & LEARN
Designed for anyone considering volunteering. In both sessions, learn about the nonprofit landscape in Cambridge and current opportunities that address your interests.
We thank Harvard University's Phillips Brooks House Association for their support of Find Your Mission events. Learn more about their community commitment HERE.
LUNCH & LEARN
Thursday, 2/8/24 12-1:15pm
BOARD MEMBER BASICS
INTRODUCTION TO BOARD SERVICE
This workshop is for new or future nonprofit board members. Learn about 501(c)3 structures, traditional board roles and responsibilities, expected time or other commitments including fundraising, and more. Bring any and all questions.
We thank Cambridge Trust for underwriting Board Member Basics. Learn about their community commitment HERE.
Friday, 3/1/24 12-1pm
SHOWING UP RIGHT
WORKSHOP 1: POWER & IDENTITY
WORKSHOP 2: REPAIRING HARM
WORKSHOP 3: SHOWING UP RIGHT 4 YOUTH
“Anti-ism” and cultural competency discovery for all levels. Discuss interactions across social and personal identities, explore how privilege impacts volunteerism, and build tools to work effectively in your community. SUR4Y is expressly for volunteers who work with youth.
We are indebted to Massachusetts Service Alliance/Americorps and Google for major support of Showing Up RIght. We thank Cambridge Savings Bank and MIT for additional support. Learn about their community commitment at the links provided.
Space may be reserved for up to 75 active volunteers per session.
Volunteer Managers, please contact
email@example.com for information/reservations.
REPAIRING HARM TBD
Wednesday, 12/6 5:30-7:30pm
Other dates TBD
Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about these workshops.
FRI & SAT
NOV 17 & 18, 2023
Margaret Fuller House Thanksgiving Project
THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this year's Turkey Day Project such a success!
We so appreciate all of the volunteers who joined us at Margaret Fuller House to help pack and distribute food for our neighbors. We will share photos and more details on the impact of this event soon!
JUN 8, 2023
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER FAIR: Find Your Mission with Cambridge Volunteers
We were thrilled to engage dozens of new volunteers and introduce them to over 30 local agencies at this fantastic virtual event! Several volunteers reported finding positions that fit their interests, even before the event concluded. We are already looking forward to our next volunteer fair on February 8!
Thanks again to our key event sponsor, Harvard University's center for public service and engaged scholarship, Phillips Brooks House.
NOV 18, 2022
NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS: Margaret Fuller House Thanksgiving Project
22 CVC volunteers showed up Nov 18th at Margaret Fuller House to pack Thanksgiving feasts for 520 local families! It was also a special opportunity for volunteers to get to know this beloved institution, and make new friends over mounds of potatoes, carrots, and onions. Some worked multiple shifts and one volunteer has already become a weekly food pantry helper! MFH Food Pantry Coordinator Phoebe Heyman was unflappable. With her support, we finished more than an hour early!
MAR 10, 2022
CAMBRIDGE SERVES: Reimagining Boards
Nonprofit thought-leader and author of the internationally heralded blog NonprofitAF.com Vu Le headlined our second annual Cambridge Serves event with his characteristic candor and humor, focusing on how to create community-centered nonprofit boards that support and sustain equity.
Before opening the floor to questions, Le bantered for about 45 minutes with Cambridge’s own Maritza Grooms, social justice educator/advocate and Assistant Director of CCTV.
The high-energy gathering attracted 190 nonprofit leaders, staff and board members, community residents, corporate representatives and elected officials.
A summary of the event appeared in the March 16 issue of Mass Nonprofit News.