SEAS Volunteering Newsletter

Looking to get involved in STEM outreach or other volunteering in the Boston community? There are so many great volunteering opportunities in the area!

Volunteering Newsletter - March 2020

  • This Month:
    1. Help cook dinner at Harvard Square Homeless Shelter
      • Monday, March 16, 6:30-9:15 pm
    2. STEAM Week at the Winship School
      • March 30 - April 4
    3. Science, Engineering, and Technology in the City
      • April 4, mid-day
  • Looking Forward:
    1. Cambridge 8th Grade Science & Engineering Showcase
      • Friday, May 22
  • O​​​​​ngoing:
    1. Volunteer at Cambridge Public Schools


This Month:

1. Help cook dinner at Harvard Square Homeless Shelter

CANCELLED (Due to concerns about COVID-19 safety, the shelter cancelled this)
Monday, March 16
6:30-9:15 pm
Harvard Square Homeless Shelter

We are looking for 4 volunteers to help out with a shift for the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter (HSHS). This falls during Harvard’s spring recess which is a time when the HSHS needs volunteers most since many of its regular volunteers are out of town. SEAS-GC is looking to jump in and help with your support! During this dinner shift, volunteers would prepare and serve dinner to the guests, clean up afterward, and then help the guests with anything they might need.

If you are interested, please contact Jack Killian


2) STEAM Week at the Winship School

Flexible sign-up spots the week of March 30–April 3

  • They are looking for students to present a 30–45 min talk
  • Visit the school's website
  • If interested, contact: Lily Xu


3) Science, Engineering, and Technology in the City

Saturday, April 4 @ BU, Harvard, and TBD

  • A career exploration day for high school girls in the Boston area.
  • Looking for students who could host a few demo tables in the morning at BU, and also for some students to lead/plan a 1.5-2 hour hands-on activity for the afternoon here at Harvard.
  • See last year's agenda
  • If interested, contact: Lily Xu


Looking Forward:

1) Cambridge 8th Grade Science & Engineering Showcase

Friday, May 22

  • We are looking for volunteers to lead hands-on activities, give short interactive talks on your research, act as poster session facilitators, or serve as a guide/liaison for the day. Some schools may also be interested in having students come in and talk about how to put together a poster or advise on student projects.
  • This event is in hosted with Harvard's Ed Portal in Allston.
  • If interested, contact: Lily Xu




1. Volunteer at Cambridge Public Schools

Cambridge Rindge & Latin School (right next to Harvard)

(CSV asks for a one-semester minimum commitment from volunteers, for at least one hour per week. )

Cambridge School Volunteers offers great opportunities to support local public school students. Among the 18 schools it serves, four have a Free- and Reduced-Price Lunch Eligibility rate of over 50%, and 44% of the high school's student body receives free or reduced-price lunch. Free tutoring and mentoring are provided for Cambridge kids in all grades (PreK to Grade 12). One-to-one, small group, and classroom roles are available for volunteers.

Contact them ( and become a volunteer tutor today!


 What's our Goal?

The SEAS-GC's Outreach mission is to make volunteering easier for busy people (like grad students) by coordinating with event coordinators and sponsoring transportation. We plan to coordinate 4-5 volunteering opportunities this semester with a wide variety of commitment types and subject matter. We tend to focus on STEM-related volunteering, but can sometimes be broader.
We also have the wonderful opportunity this year to collaborate with One Brick Boston! They are a social volunteering community with a similar mission to ours (take care of coordination leg work to send volunteers to help other organizations), but serving the greater Boston community. They also focus on the social aspect with social events after volunteering, and regular social events each month.

Contact us!

Do you know of a volunteering opportunity that you'd like to advertise to the SEAS community (grad students & postdocs)? Are you hosting an event or coordinating a volunteering opportunity? Please get in touch with us! We'd love to add your event to our newsletter! Please send an email to the Outreach Initiative Lead.