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Cambridge Women's Center

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Are you passionate about social justice and community space? Do you enjoy problem-solving? Are you eager to find a way to support your community? Interested in serving women from all backgrounds and walks of life?

Volunteer with the Cambridge Women's Center - a supportive community space for all women.

With only two full-time paid staff (and only one paid staff in Direct Service), we rely on over 200 volunteers to run our Center each year.

Direct Service Volunteers (Drop-In & Helpline)

We are currently accepting applications for fall volunteers. Each cohort of volunteers begins by attending an initial, mandatory day-long training. Volunteers staff our drop-in Center and helpline. The mandatory training is on Saturday, September 7th (10am-4:30pm).

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

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.

For Volunteers: We require a 6-month commitment and at least 3 hours a week.

Applications can be submitted here: Volunteer Application -- kLaYPBP36NXQyZGF8 (for more info)

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

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About Cambridge Women's Center



Mission Statement

To provide women with the resources and support they need to emerge from conditions of domestic violence, sexual abuse, poverty, discrimination, social isolation, and degradation; and to challenge and change the attitudes, actions, and institutions that subjugate women.


The Women's Center is a community center for women - fighting for women's rights and against all forms of oppression. We provide space for the support, education and empowerment of all women. We offer a Drop-In Program for low-income women, a Helpline for emotional support and resource information, and a wide variety of ongoing groups and events, including yoga, sewing, beading, creative writing painting and drawing, trauma support group, English/Spanish conversation, 65+ Conversation, Self-Care, Incest Survivors group, and much more. We also offer a space for women and women-focused groups to meet, a kitchen stocked with nutritious food, and two Computer Labs for women to use and learn on.


Sat Sep 07, 2019 - Fri May 29, 2020


46 Pleasant StreetCambridge, MA 02139



  • Mental Health
  • Capacity Planning
  • Adult Education
  • Case Work / Management
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Basic Computer Skills


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3 hours per week for volunteers, 6 hours per week for interns

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