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Volunteers are the heart of what we do. By being so generous with their time, skills, passion and creativity, our team of dedicated volunteers are our advocates and allies in this work to support and embolden women & girls and advocate for equality.
As a volunteer with YWCA Cambridge, you will find:
- An increased sense of purpose, knowing that you are helping to improve lives in our community
- Social opportunities to meet new people, make new friends and be a part of a team
- A sense of personal growth and well-being
- The flexibility to curate the role that suits your unique skills and creativity.
If you are looking for a way to give back to your community, to use your voice for good and to walk alongside some incredible people, we want to hear from you.
current volunteer opportunities
Roots of Empathy
This ground-breaking elementary school-based program has been proven to reduce levels of aggression among children while simultaneously raising social and emotional competence and increasing empathy.
The mission of Roots of Empathy is to build caring, peaceful and civil societies through the development of empathy in children and adults.
Since 1996, over 1,000,000 children worldwide have participated in this award-winning program. Our programming season begins each September so we are actively recruiting volunteer facilitators and families between
May – August each year.
Volunteers are needed in the roles of program facilitators/instructors and the very special babies and their parents that are our “teachers.”
Roots of Empathy Volunteer Opportunities
Parents with babies who will be between two – four months old in October will work alongside a trained Roots of Empathy instructor to teach young children about the physical, emotional and social development of your baby. Together, you will visit the classroom once a month between October and June (nine visits in total). Each visit will last approximately 30 to 40 minutes and during that time the school children will have the opportunity to learn about your child’s development. One parent is required to attend each classroom visit and, where schedule permits, a second parent also joins in. If you or someone you know is expecting a baby in June through early September and are interested in learning more about the program, please contact us.
Roots of Empathy instructors reap the rewards of helping children become more caring and responsible citizens through their work in the class. Many of our dedicated instructors come with backgrounds in teaching, health, social work and/or recreation. They are comfortable speaking in front of classrooms and working with children. We welcome all volunteers interested in this role who have the time available. If you have approximately two hours each week for the 27 weeks of the program (mid-October to June) this opportunity could be for you. Due to the investment made in training and support during the first year of delivery, we do ask for a two – year commitment of our facilitators.
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