A recent study found that more than 4,500 volunteers give more than 200,000 hours of their time to help make Cambridge a better community for all. 

Cambridge volunteers tutor and mentor children, teens and adults. They pull out invasive weeds at Fresh Pond and along the Charles. They organize groceries at one of more than 15 food pantries in the city.

They serve on city advisory and nonprofit boards, make buildings, houses, and nonprofits more energy efficient, cook meals for people in need, coach youth sports. help refugees get a start in a new country,  participate in Cambridge MLK Day of Service, and much more.

Volunteers are tremendously important to the city of Cambridge. We encourage you to explore the Cambridge Volunteers  database and learn about the hundreds of wonderful nonprofits that contribue so much to the life of this community.

Cambridge Volunteers 


Cambridge Volunteers is your go-to first stop for discovering the many ways to volunteer in Cambridge.

Cambridge Volunteers strengthens civic life by championing local volunteer engagement and supporting an effective and inclusive volunteer corps for all agencies serving residents of Cambridge, MA.

And they maintain a fantastic directory of volunteer opportunities, workshops and more!

Visit them on the web, email

or call 617-864-6688.


BostonCares organizes many volunteer opportunities for individuals, families and groups. [LINK]

Boston Volunteers

Boston Volunteers have been locally fighting for a cleaner, safer, and better Boston. [LINK]

Doing Good Together

Doing Good Together is a national organization focused on family volunteering, they have a monthly blog focused on Greater Boston family volunteering. [LINK]

Find It Cambridge

Find It Cambridge is a comprehensive guide to services and programs available to Cambridge residents, but you can search for volunteer possibilities with search term “volunteer.” [LINK]

Massachusetts Service Alliance 

The Massachusetts Service Alliance  expands volunteerism and service in Massachusetts. MSA provides funding, training, and support to individuals and organizations, enabling them to tackle pressing issues, strengthen communities, and make our Commonwealth a better place to live. [LINK]

National & International Organizations

All Hands and Hearts

All Hands and Hearts is a highly respected organization that focus exclusively on volunteer-powered disaster relief. [LINK]


Do Something dedicates itself to youth volunteering and empowering young people through volunteer experiences. As one of the largest nonprofits exclusively for young people and social change, DoSomething has activated millions of young people in every U.S. area code and 189 countries to take action to improve their communities. [LINK]

Points of Light Engage

Points of Light Engage pulls volunteer opportunities from sites around the web to provide the most comprehensive database of volunteer opportunities around the world. Individuals can search for volunteer projects, nonprofits can post and manage event sign-ups, and visitors are invited to start projects of their own – all in one place. [LINK]


GivePulse offers a growing database of volunteer opportunities. [LINK]

Catachfire offers a database of virtual and in-person volunteer opportunities and is particualrly good for indviduals wishing to offer professional skills to  small community nonprofits. [LINK]

Create the Good

This organization is part of AARP and focuses on promoting volunteering for retired people. [LINK]


SciStarter offers a database of citizen science projects. They train volunteers of all ages  to collect important data for researchers. [LINK]

VOLUNTEER.GOV helps you discover volunteer opportunities and learn how you can make an impact in causes you care about.​ Submit your volunteer application to thousands of sites across the country, all located at federal agencies who need your time and talent to meet their mission.​ [LINK]

Volunteer Match

Volunteer Match is a national organization matching people with nonprofit organizations. [LINK]


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