Don’t want to commit to volunteering weekly? You can also sign up for a single shift on our shift calendar below! Shifts are open starting with dinner on October 15th.
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“Y2Y Harvard Square” to:
Y2Y Harvard Square
Phillips Brooks House Association
1 North Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA 02138
We are in need of the following items:
Non-perishable food items
Socks and undergarments
Other items listed on our Amazon Wish List
To coordinate drop off at the shelter, email us below!
Y2Y Harvard Square Donation
Frequently asked questions
WHY SHOULD I VOLUNTEER WITH Y2Y?
We hope that Y2Y can be a place for all of us — volunteers, staff, and guests — to rest, grow, and lead together, and we sincerely hope that you will join us!
HOW MUCH TIME IS EXPECTED OF ME AS A Y2Y WEEKLY VOLUNTEER?
Shifts will begin with the Sunday dinner shift on October 15th. You are responsible for filling your shift every week during this time (except for Thanksgiving break). You must either be present or find a substitute to take your place (anyone may substitute for you). If you miss three of your regular shifts, you will be removed from your weekly position. As regular volunteers, the shelter relies on your unwavering dedication and accountability!
If you are concerned that you can’t commit to a weekly shift, but are still interested in volunteering, you can sign up for our substitute volunteer list here. As a sub, you will be able to fill in shifts on an as-needed basis when you’re available.
WHAT ARE THE DETAILS OF EACH SHIFT?
Dinner (6:45-9:15 PM): You’ll be cooking and serving dinner, talking with guests, and perhaps making a food pick-up run from one of the many shops that donate to us.
Evening (9:00-11:15 PM): On the evening shift, help is often needed in the kitchen to clean up after dinner. This is also a relaxed time to visit with guests as they prepare for bed.
Overnight (11:00 PM-9:00 AM): You’ll hang out with other volunteers and night-owl guests, basically hold more good conversations, view movies, wash laundry, read, bake cookies, and more! This is a fantastic shift because it’s a rare opportunity to have long conversations and get to know people well. Don’t worry: we do take turns sleeping — the night is typically divided into three sub-shifts and you will be asleep for two of them (there is a staff room with beds, so you’ll be able to sleep 5-6 hours when it is not your turn to be awake.
I AM PART OF A GROUP (CHURCH, YOUTH GROUP, ETC.) THAT WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER TOGETHER. DO YOU ACCOMMODATE GROUP VOLUNTEERING?
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Cambridge, MA 02138