Campus Volunteer Opportunities

Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is one of the world's leading centers for the study of plants. Located on 265 acres in Jamaica Plain, this living museum supports research and education programs . Volunteers are essential to the Arboretum's educational mission. Volunteer positions include school guides, interpreters and docents.

ARTS FIRST is Harvard's annual showcase of student and faculty creativity held annually at the end of April/beginning of May. Produced by the Office for the Arts at Harvard, the festival is a public event with many free performances and activities. Volunteers help set up, greet audience members, hand out ARTS FIRST guides, and keep performance venues running smoothly. To volunteer, please complete this form.

East End House is a community center that uses a holistic approach to promote the well-being, academic achievement, and successful transition to adulthood of children and youth from under-resourced families in Cambridge and surrounding communities.  Volunteers are an essential part of East End House's ability to provide quality support services to such a wide raging population. Volunteer opportunities include being a homework helper in our after school programs, assist with enrichment activities for kids, be a mentor for middle and high school youth, spend time with senior citizens, and be part of the team in our food pantry. 

Fisher Museum at the Harvard Forest, located on 3,000 beautiful acres in Petersham, Mass., depends on a committed group of volunteers to act as docents on Saturdays and Sundays from May through October, and occasionally at other times throughout the year. For information, visit the Volunteer page.

Harvard Bridge Program is an education program for eligible employees who want to improve computer and language skills, take career development classes and/or prepare for the U. S. Citizenship test. Volunteers tutor Bridge students one-on-one or may provide professional mentorship.

Harvard Film Archive’s public film program offers the opportunity to view international and independent films and to interact with filmmakers and artists. If you would like to volunteer as an usher, contact David Pendleton.

Harvard Museum of Natural History has a mission to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the natural world, sparking a spirit of discovery in people of all ages. Volunteer Gallery Guides engage visitors through hands-on activities, nature-story readings and other public programs.

Harvard Square Homeless Shelter is entirely student- and volunteer-run. You can contribute your time or money to outreach and support services.

Host Program for International Students connects foreign graduate students with members of the Harvard community. As a volunteer, you can extend a welcoming hand to students coming to live here and help them get to know the area. (Students do not live with their hosts.) 

The Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology, part of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture consortium, needs people-oriented volunteers to help run hands-on programs for families and children using artifacts and craft materials.

McLean Hospital, the largest HMS psychiatric facility, offers inpatient and outpatient care for a full range of conditions. Volunteers can work with patients or assist with research and teaching.

The Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) is an academic health care system serving more than 400,000 residents. Volunteers can help in a variety of offices, clinics and patient care areas and those with language skills are needed.

The Posse Foundation is a youth leadership development and scholarship program that recruits public high school students to prepare them for college and promote cross-cultural communication. The Posse Foundation seeks writing and career coaches, among other volunteer positions, to assist with pre-collegiate work. (Please note that a bachelor’s degree is required.)

The Reading Buddies Program pairs Harvard students, staff and faculty with second graders at the Amigos Elementary School, a dual language immersion school in Cambridge. Volunteers read and converse with students in English, and through Lectores y Amiguitos, fluent Spanish speakers read and share conversation in Spanish.