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2020-21 CAP Consulting Volunteer Application


- Short projects are 3 months in duration and launch in April 2021. 
- Short projects will be staffed with 3-4 volunteers.
- Due to the condensed CAP project cycle for 2021, this volunteer recruitment period has also been condensed.  Please note key dates below.


- Volunteer application deadline: March 5, 2021 
- Volunteer vetting and matching: March 8- 15, 2021
- Final teams finalized: March 19, 2021
- Project launch: April 2021

Please note that there have a few changes to this year's application form, including new demographic fields. CAP is committed to our values of diversity and inclusion, with the goal of strengthening our work with Boston area nonprofits. The additional demographic information will help inform our efforts to better serve our clients and volunteers. 

Due to the ongoing pandemic, we anticipate that all project work and meetings will be conducted virtually. Team leaders will be in touch with further details once the teams are finalized.

 Contact Information 

Harvard Graduate School Details

Work Details

Project Preferences

Arlington EATS
Arlington EATS is a critical service organization serving Arlington residents in need of food, including families with young children, single adults, homebound seniors, and non-English speaking immigrants. In response to the pandemic, EATS is currently providing home delivery services to 260+ families each week. Construction is currently underway for a new headquarter and permanent market space, where other organizations will have “office hours” to facilitate access to essential services, such as fuel assistance, affordable housing, job assistance, financial coaching, SNAP enrollment and mental health counseling. In preparation for relocation to this new space in November 2021, EATS seeks CAP assistance to create a transition plan that addresses shifting operational logistics, communications strategy for all community stakeholders, and expanded partnerships with other organizations and agencies.
Cambridge Community Foundation

The Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF) is the local giving platform for Cambridge, supporting the city’s shared prosperity, social equity, and cultural richness, with roots that go a century deep. The Foundation is a convener and catalyst for transformative change in Cambridge, supporting equity and opportunity through civic leadership, grantmaking, and collective giving in partnership with generous donors from the community. CCF distributes grants of all sizes, totaling between $1.5 and $2 million annually, to 150 nonprofit organizations working to address urgent challenges and enrich the daily lives of Cambridge residents, especially the community’s most vulnerable. The Foundation’s nonprofit partners administer programs in human services, workforce training, housing, hunger, homelessness, elder services, youth and early childhood services and the arts. In preparation for an in-depth strategic planning process, CCF seeks CAP assistance to more deeply understand and engage various stakeholders who make up the Cambridge innovation ecosystem, including life sciences and technology companies, start-ups, and corporate and family foundations. The CAP team will help CCF develop strategies for aligning the Foundation’s strategic goals with broader stakeholder interests.

Each 1 Teach 1
Each 1 Teach 1 was founded with a mission to teach coding and other tech skills to youth, focusing on girls of color. As one of the first programs for girls and women in technology, Each 1 Teach 1 focuses on current tech employment with an eye towards future higher education and subsequent career opportunities.  Each 1 Teach 1’s youth-training-youth approach makes technology more accessible and helps participating youth to develop self-confidence and career plans. During the pandemic, Each 1 Teach 1 has seen a huge increase in demand for their services, particularly as their programs shifted seamlessly to virtual platforms. Program offerings include tech training programs, partnerships with charter/public schools and public workforce development agencies, and internship and training opportunities with local tech companies. In response to high demand for their programs, Each 1 Teach 1 seeks CAP support for the development of a thoughtful growth strategy to serve more girls and strengthen/expand relationships with city workforce development programs, schools, and nonprofit clients. 

Food Link 
Food Link's vision is a food system without waste, in which everyone has enough. Food Link is a community organization that rescues fresh food, alleviates hunger, and contributes to environmental sustainability. Food Link is the bridge between farms and distributors with surplus food and organizations serving those in need. Without Food Link, over one million pounds of fresh food would be wasted each year, negatively impacting our environment instead of feeding people who don't have sufficient access to nutritious food. Food Link volunteers rescue fresh food from distributors, such as grocery stores, wholesalers, bakeries and farms, and reallocates these resources to community organizations across eastern Massachusetts to reach those who are food insecure. Poised for growth with the completion of a new facility, Food Link seeks CAP help to determine the most effective way to measure and communicate its impact to partners, grantors, donors, board members, and the broader community. Key to this effort will be the development of a standard reporting package of KFIs/KPIs for the board on a regular basis.

Terms and Conditions
Community Action Partners (CAP) Volunteer Agreement 

Though participation in CAP projects is a volunteer effort, the client organizations we serve and fellow volunteers count on each team member to be actively engaged throughout the duration of the project. Further, the reputations of CAP, the Harvard Business School Association of Boston (HBSAB), Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School are impacted by the effectiveness and professionalism of CAP volunteers. As a volunteer on a CAP pro bono project, I commit to being an active participant in the project I am assigned to for the duration of the project within reasonable bounds of scope and time. This includes a commitment: 
  • averaging 2-4 hours per week during project time period, with sufficient schedule flexibility to attend virtual team and client meetings at the mutually agreed upon time
  • to sign up for, and complete on time, a fair share of the work
  • to respond in a timely fashion to e-mails and voice messages
  • to communicate pro-actively to the members and leadership of the team should extenuating circumstances make it impossible for me to continue active participation at certain times
  • I understand that CAP and HBSAB act only in matching organizations and volunteers for pro bono consulting work, and that the scope fo the project and the consulting services rendered must be agreed upon directly between the organizations and the volunteers who will undertake the project. 
  • During the tenure of the project, I agree not to have any personal interest in or directly or indirectly derive any personal gain from the organization to which I am consulting. If I have, or develop, any such personal interest, I agree to immediately notify my CAP Board Liaison.
  • I agree not to disclose any confidential client information obtained in connection with this project work, or use confidential client information for personal, family or professional gain during or after this project.
  • I agree that none of CAP, HBSAB or HBS, or their respective officers, directors, trustees, affiliates, other volunteers, employees, agents, successors or assigns shall have any liability of any kind or nature to me relating to, or arising out of, the CAP program or any services rendered in connection with the CAP Program, including any claims by a Client Party
CAP Photo Permission and Release 

HBSAB Community Action Partners (CAP) occasionally uses photographs of volunteers and events in its publications and on its website. Please check below to grant CAP permission to use your photo and/or video image. I hereby give my permission to Community Action Partners (CAP) to use photographic or video images taken of me and release them for the purposes of promoting and publicizing CAP and its program. I expressly release CAP from any claim for financial compensation now and in the future arising out of the use of the photographic images.
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