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Volunteer to Support the Cambridge Women's Center

Thank you for your interest in supporting our community space. Volunteers are the backbone of the Cambridge Women's Center. Our biggest need for volunteers is in Direct Service, but we also have lots of other ways to get involved. Read below to see all of our current offerings!

Direct Service Volunteers (Drop-In & Helpline)

We are currently accepting applications for our Spring cohort of volunteers. Each cohort of volunteers begins by attending an initial, mandatory day-long training.

*NOTE: We are no longer accepting applications for June trainings, only for September. Interviews will begin mid-June through early August.*

Our next mandatory training will be: Saturday, June 1st (10:00am-4:30pm). Interviews will be conducted mid-April through early May. Applications can be submitted here: Volunteer Application

Please read the below information prior to your application to make sure it is a good fit. We require a 6-month commitment and at least 2 hours a week.

If you have any questions about volunteering in the drop-in/helpline, please email Volunteer Manager, Anna at

The Cambridge Women's Center serves primarily vulnerable, housing-insecure, socially isolated, and low-income women in the Cambridge and Greater Boston area. Volunteers are depended on to staff the Center at all times. As a drop-in & helpline volunteer, you will:

  • Provide general staffing of the 4-story home
  • Provide emotional support in-person & on the phone
  • Have conversations & provide social support to members
  • Assist members with resource referrals and small projects
  • Perform regular walk-throughs of the house
  • Participate in cleaning, recording data, organizing, and other needed tasks
  • Be a present advocate for our members to turn to
  • Help with special projects as interest/time allows

Some days are quiet, and others are hectic and emotionally charged. Just your presence alone allows us to stay open. There will be downtime & busy days, and we expect volunteers to be able to handle both, as well as check in with their supervisors for support. Volunteers should expect to encounter a wide range of topics.

As a volunteer you will receive ongoing support and education from regularly scheduled trainings and volunteer meetings. In addition, you will receive regular check-ins from either our Volunteer Manager, Anna Plotkin-Swing, or our Director, Jessye Kass.

If you have any questions about volunteering in the drop-in/helpline, please email Anna, Volunteer Manager, at

Facilitating Groups or Workshops

If you'd like to work directly with people, but not in the drop-in and helpline, you could also run a group or workshop! If you're interested in facilitating a group or workshop, please click here to learn more!

Current Specialized Volunteer Positions:

If you'd prefer helping out in another way, check out our other options!

1. Cleaning Volunteer: Our large 4-story home is in need of constant cleaning. Currently we are looking for someone to come in on Wednesday and Friday mornings at 9am to vacuum the Center prior to opening at 10am. Please email Jessye Kass, ( Director of Volunteers, if you're interested.

2. Day of Service: Is your school or work interested in doing a day of service? We have several options available for Days of Service, please email to inquire further. (Dependent on date and group size.) Email Jessye Kass, ( Director of Volunteers, if you're interested.

We often change this list, so feel free to check back for other opportunities to get involved. Questions? Ideas? Email Jessye Kass -

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