Helpline & Drop-in Volunteer


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


46 Pleasant StreetCambridge, MA 02139
Serving the women of Greater Boston since 1971


Founded in 1971, the Cambridge Women's Center offers FREE services to women and is open 6 days/week (Monday-Friday 10am-8pm, & Saturday 10am-3pm). We strive to provide support and community to all women in a comfortable 4-story house a few blocks from Central Square, Cambridge. Our visitors are very diverse, and include: homeless women; women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence and other trauma; women with physical disabilities or mental health challenges; and women of different ages and cultures. The Women's Center is open to all who identify as women.

Volunteers are the heart of the Women's Center. Our helpline is staffed by volunteers. Women call when they are in crisis, looking for emotional support, and/or searching for resources. Volunteers also welcome and assist our Drop-In visitors, who come for support, to use computers, the kitchen, children's/art room, library, and to attend our free groups, which include yoga, sewing, creative writing, trauma support, healing through creative arts workshops, English/Spanish discussion group, Women's NA group, and much more. The groups are all led by volunteers.

Volunteering is a great opportunity to help vulnerable women, expand your horizons, and get to know other amazing volunteers! We are looking for women who can commit at least 2-3 hours a week for a minimum of 4-6 months. You must be interested in listening to and being supportive of other women. Experience in human services and/or activism a plus. Basic orientation and training will be provided.

Currently we are only seeking volunteers for shifts between 10am and 6pm on weekdays, and 10am to 3pm on Saturdays. A shift is usually 2-3 hours; you can take on more than one shift per week.

To apply, please fill out our volunteer application on our website: For more information, please email

Thank you!


  • People Skills
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Relationship Building

Good Match For

People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2-15 hours/ week
  • 6 months preferred, 4 months acceptable, must identify as a woman

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