Recruit Volunteers

It’s not just volunteering. It’s building lasting, meaningful, and mutually beneficial connections to our communities.

We offer a variety of ways to help community organizations recruit volunteers. Our volunteer recruitment methods fall into 2 main categories: advertising opportunities and partnering with a program. Read below to learn more about what these recruitment methods entail.

Single-day events  

Service Day 

Our office plans one-time service events to allow students, staff and faculty to explore the community and learn about different nonprofits. Northeastern Service Day is typically held on a Saturday in October. We also work with groups and departments to help plan their one-time service events.


  • Complete the Request For Proposal Form  
  • Must be a Boston-Based Non-Profit Organization 
  • Must be able to host a group of volunteers 

Volunteer Fair 

We invite local nonprofit organizations to campus 1-2 times per year to recruit students as volunteers. The fairs draw more than 70 organizations and an estimated 500 students.  


  • Complete the Volunteer Fair Application 
  • Must be able to attend the entire event 
  • Must be a Boston-Based Non-Profit Organization
Program Partnership Opportunities

Alternative Spring Break 

The Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program is a week-long immersive service and learning experience. Participants engage in meaningful action, reflection, and education while learning about a critical social issue in their host community or region. Each year, we run 15+ Alternative Spring (ASB) trips. The Community Service and Civic Engagement team have traveled to Arizona, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Texas, Utah, and Virginia. 

Alternative Weekends 

The Alternative Weekends program is a shorter version of the Alternative Spring Breaks program. It provides a long-weekend experience rather than a week-long experience.  

Community Volunteers Program (CVP)

CVP enables students, faculty, and staff, in teams of 3-10 people, to engage in ongoing service projects with local nonprofit organizations for between 2 to 4 hours per week over the course of a semester. 

Alliance of Civically Engaged Students (ACES)

The NU|ACES program recruits 80 first-year students and 20 upper-class team leaders who commit to weekly volunteering at a local nonprofit organization through the entire academic year.  


Jumpstart is a national early literacy organization that focuses on developing language, literacy, and socio-emotional learning of preschool-aged children from under-resourced backgrounds. The mission of Jumpstart is to ensure that every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.  

Massachusetts Promise Fellowship

The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship at Northeastern is an AmeriCorps program that places 40 full-time Fellows at non-profits, city agencies, and schools across the Commonwealth each year. Fellows lead out-of-school time programs for youth-focused mentoring, college and career readiness, and academic enrichment.  


We often work closely with the Community-Engaged Teaching and Research (CETR) team at NU to provide support for our partners. CETR provides partner organizations the opportunity to collaborate with a service-learning course or partner on a community-engaged research project.  In order to collect community-identified goals, research questions, and volunteer requests for each semester, the CETR team runs a Request for Partnerships process, which you can learn more about here

Weekly Volunteer Campaign (newsletter)

The Weekly Volunteer Campaign (WVC) is our newsletter that gets sent to over 5,500 interested members of the Northeastern community every Thursday! The WVC summarizes a variety of volunteering opportunities happening in Boston each week, and makes signing up for service as easy as clicking a button! The WVC includes service opportunities that are one-time, ongoing, on-campus, and off-campus; it also features paid/unpaid internships, and civic learning events! Click here to read one of the latest editions. Sign up to receive the WVC in your email HERE.

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If you would to work with us on volunteer recruitment, please fill out the form below detailing your organization’s needs and how you would like to work with us.

Submit a Volunteer Opportunity to our Weekly Volunteer Digest!

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Nancy Figueroa

Assistant Director, 
Community Partnerships and Impact

1+ 617-373-5808