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In coordination with national Pro Bono week, we are continuing to build the HLS tradition of service to the community. We are pleased to announce our Fall 2018 Week of Service, which we hope will deepen engagement in the community and include as many staff and faculty as possible in serving in the greater Cambridge area. The Fall 2018 Week of Service will take place October 22-26, 2018. Staff and faculty are welcomed to volunteer for a half-day project with other members of the HLS community and be part of this special week.

Our service partners are listed below with a general description of the organization’s needs and what your role might be. We hope you will find the right fit for you and look forward to a week of service, friendship, and fun.

Note: All of the opportunities have limited availability. To be sure that as many people as possible are able to participate, we ask that each person signs up for only one activity. Please sign up early to be sure you have your first choice. Sign up closes on Thursday, October 4. Don’t miss out!

How to Register

Sign up for the Week of Service and select your preferred time and service location »

While each staff member must sign up individually, you may coordinate with other members of your department if you’d all like to work the same volunteer shift (please make sure your supervisor will permit you all to miss work at the same time). Our hope is that you will have the opportunity to volunteer alongside colleagues from across the Law School community, not just colleagues from your own department.

Please let your supervisor know about the project and the time you will be away from your duties. If you have any questions relating to attendance, payroll, etc., please contact the HR office.

Service Partners

Service Partners

Cradles to Crayons

A volunteer shift involves hands-on processing of the donated goods that flow in on a regular basis. Each station in the warehouse includes inspecting, sorting, and packaging donations to ultimately be distributed to the children served by Cradles to Crayons.

Shift length: 2 hours
Travel time from HLS: 15 minutes
Group size: 15-25 volunteers
Suggested attire/physical requirements: Must wear closed-toe shoes, comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty.

More about Cradles to Crayons

Salvation Army Shelter and Day Care

A volunteer shift involves working in the kitchen to help prepare lunch, from prep to cleanup, for the homeless and others in need.

Shift: 2 hours
Travel time from HLS: 15 minutes
Group size: 4 volunteers
Suggested attire/physical requirements: Must wear closed-toe shoes, comfortable clothing, and be prepared to wear a hairnet.

More about the Salvation Army

Daily Table

Volunteers can expect to sort and prepare produce, label and package prepared foods, help cooks in the kitchen, stock retail shelves, and interact with customers in our food sampling/engagement area.

Shift length: 3 hours
Travel time from HLS: 30 minutes
Group size: 10 volunteers
Suggested attire/physical requirements: Must wear closed-toe shoes, comfortable clothing, bring a hat or be prepared to wear a hairnet. Must be 100% healthy for the 24 hours leading up to the service event.

More about Daily Table

Week of Service Details

Week of Service Details

Transportation and food arrangements

Transportation from HLS will be provided. There will be dedicated shuttles to and from each location, leaving from HLS approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of the shift. All volunteers will receive a box lunch, water and snacks, and a special HLS in the Community T-shirt.


If you are unable to participate, please let us know as soon as possible. We have committed a dedicated number or volunteers to each organization and would need to find a replacement for you.

For those unable to participate, keep an eye out for information about our spring week of service.


Please contact HR for questions about staff time, etc. If you have questions about the program, please contact

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