Summer Servers

  • New England Center for Homeless Veterans

  • Cambridge Nursing and Rehab Center

  • Room to Grow

  • Tuesday Meals at First Parish Church

Interested in community service? Want to meet other summer school students? Here's a chance to explore the Boston area, serve the community, and have fun meeting new people!

Summer Servers is a volunteer and community service program coordinated by the Student Activities Office for the Harvard Summer School. The program allows SSP and GP students to engage in different service projects at local organizations. 

Summer Servers has a strict cancellation policy. You must cancel at least 3 days before the trip, or you may not be allowed to attend other Harvard Summer School trips in the future. Please email our office at hssao+summerservers@g.harvard.edu with any questions or cancellations.

2018 Partner Organizations and Projects

Food For Free

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Food For Free is an organization that collects fresh food that might otherwise go to waste and distributes it to people in need. Through its Family Meals Program, Food For Free packages and distributes meals from surplus food at University Dining Halls and gives it to people who may not have access to a kitchen.

Multiple nights a week, in Annenberg Hall, students will be packaging meals from Annenberg to donate to the Family Meals Program at Food For Free.
Meal packing occurs in Annenberg Hall from 7:00 - 8:30 PM on designated evenings.

Sign up here: TBA
To learn more about Food For Free, visit its website: http://www.foodforfree.org/
Watch a video about Food For Free here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_J1abAjAqoRWktrRmdwVUh4NDg/view

 

Harvard MIHNUET

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Harvard MIHNUET (Music in Hospitals and Nursing Homes Using Entertainment as Therapy) is a public service program that brings live music from the Harvard community into area hospitals and nursing homes. Summer Servers is thrilled to be partnering with MIHNUET to include Harvard Summer School students on MIHNUET service trips.

These trips are run entirely through MINHUET and participating SSP and GP Harvard Summer School students will be joining up with Harvard students to perform at local retirement homes and hospitals.

Dates: TBA
Times: TBA
Qualifications: Ability to perform a musical piece (solo or ensemble) of the type and instrument of your choice.

Website: http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/mihnuet/about.html

Signup form: TBA

New England Center for Homeless Veterans

The New England Center for Homeless Veterans (NECHV) , founded in 1989, is one of the Nation’s largest private resource providers to homeless Veterans of every era who face challenges and are at-risk of homelessness. NECHV offers an array of services that enable success, reintegration, meaningful employment and independent living.


General Program (GP) students who are passionate about food service, supporting Veterans and eliminating hunger should consider Summer Service at NECHV. Students will participate in assisting Veterans by serving meals during dinner.

Dates: TBA

Time: TBA

Qualifications: GP students only (18+).

 

Website: http://nechv.org/

Statistics on veterans and homelessness: http://www.veteransinc.org/about-us/statistics/#homelessness
Signup form : TBA

 

 

Rosie's Place

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Rosie's Place was founded in 1974 as the first women’s shelter in the United States. Their mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment that helps poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives. Today, Rosie’s Place not only provides meals and shelter but also creates answers for 12,000 women a year through wide-ranging support, housing and education services. 

 

 

 

Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Qualifications: N/A

Website: http://www.rosiesplace.org/
Signup form : TBA

 

 

Room to Grow

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Room to Grow is dedicated to enriching the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development. During their one-on-one appointments with our staff social workers, parents receive developmental information, customized support, and all of the needed baby items to ensure a healthy and secure start for their child.

Students will support programs geared to support the development, well-being and health of infants, children and their parents through volunteer work in quality control, donation sorting and organizing the Children’s Boutique so that under-resourced families are able to receive important resources they need throughout their first three years of life.

Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Qualifications: N/A

Website: http://www.roomtogrow.org/
Signup form : TBA

 

American Red Cross Food Pantry

The American Red Cross Boston Food Pantry provides a 5-day emergency supply of food once a month to low-income clients--about 105,000 annually--making it one of the largest emergency food pantries in New England. Their client base is ethnically and culturally diverse with many different languages spoken. The pantry is open for clients on Wednesdays and Saturdays, when clients may come monthly to receive a variety of foods including canned and dry goods, fresh meat or fish and fresh produce.

Students participating in this volunteer opportunity will be assisting with welcoming clients, assembling bags of perishable food, handing out the food and assisting clients with their food bags (25-40lbs) outside to their cars, breaking down boxes, taking out trash, and directing traffic, among other things to help the food distribution run smoothly!

Dates: TBA
Times: TBA
Qualifications: Ability to carry 25lbs and stand for 3+ hours.

 

Website: http://www.redcross.org/local/massachusetts/food-nutrition
Signup form: TBA

Artbeat Festival

Artbeat Festival 2017


Artbeat Festival 2018 in Somerville is one of the area's largest and most innovative arts festivals, with over a dozen bands, dance troupes, 75 craft vendors, food and all-aged activities. The theme for this year's festival is "flip," a celebration of all things upside down, backwards and sideways.

Students interested in this Summer Service opportunity will support the Artbeat festival through two activities. First, students will help with the physical set-up of the festival. Then, students will enjoy a complimentary lunch from festival vendors. Finally, students will help by selling festival souvenirs at a booth. Students will have an option to experience the free festival during their lunch hour and after their service is done.

Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Qualifications: Ability to participate in hands-on physical set-up. Note that food is provided from local vendors, so accommodations for dietary restrictions are not guaranteed.
Website: https://www.somervilleartscouncil.org/artbeat/2018
Signup form: TBA