Summer 2024 HSHS Volunteer Application
Summer shifts will begin with dinner on June 10th and end with breakfast on August 7th. You are responsible for filling your shift every week during this time — you must be present or find a substitute to take your place (anyone can sub for you, even if they have never worked at the shelter). The shelter's vitality and efficiency rely on your unwavering dedication!

For more information on our shelter, please reference our Linktree or email! You can also look at our Volunteer Handbook for more on what working at the shelter entails, but this is a brief overview of shifts:
  1. Breakfast (6:30 AM - 9:15AM, 7:30AM - 10:15AM on weekends): Volunteers help prepare breakfast, help guests be ready to leave the Shelter by 8:00AM, and then clean up the Shelter.
  2. Dinner (6:45 PM - 9:15PM): Volunteers prepare and serve dinner to the guests, clean up afterward, and then help the guests with anything they might need.
  3. Evening (8:45 PM - 11:15PM): Volunteers start preparing plates of food for homeless non-guests who come to the door for a meal and help the guests get settled in for the night.
  4. Overnight (11:00 PM - 9:00AM): Our highest priority shift! Volunteers and supervisors sleep in shifts, so that someone is always awake to answer guests' questions and help them with whatever they might need. You'll be able to sleep 5-6 hours over the course of the night, and in the morning, overnight volunteers stay to help prepare breakfast and clean up the shelter.
*We are especially grateful for those available to be overnight volunteers!*

The shelter is located at 66 Winthrop St., in the basement of the University Lutheran Church between the Malkin Athletic Center and Pinocchio's Pizza.

Later submissions will be considered on a rolling basis.

Scroll to bottom for links to sign-up to be a Substitute Volunteer or volunteer with a group.
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First Name *
Last Name *
Why do we ask about gender? We are a trans*, woman*- affirming shelter both for our guests and our volunteers. We ask this question in order to strive for gender diversity within our volunteer shifts, in the hopes of best serving our guests' diverse needs.
Date of Birth *
If you are under the age of 18, please note our volunteer age policy below and make sure to fill out this waiver form and send to
> HSSS cannot accept volunteers under 10 years of age.
> No volunteers under 18 can work on evening and overnight shifts.
> Volunteers under 16 must be supervised by adults, with a 1 adult to 2 children ratio, and may not leave the kitchen.
> We ask all volunteers under 18 to submit a waiver signed by their parent or guardian.
Email *
Cell Phone *
Please enter in the following format: 123-456-7890
Shifts and Availability
We expect to receive many applications this summer and will do our very best to accommodate everyone. Summer shifts will begin with dinner shift on Monday, June 10th, and end with the breakfast shift on Wednesday, August 7th.

See above for descriptions of what each of the shifts entails.

What is your FIRST choice shift? *
What is your SECOND choice shift? *
What is your THIRD choice shift? *
What is your FOURTH choice shift? *
What is your FIFTH choice shift? *
Permanent Address
For Harvard students: this is NOT your school address
Number of semesters you've worked with HSHS
If new, enter 0
Please take a minute to answer the following questions with a couple sentences: Why do you want to work at the shelter? What do you hope to gain from this experience? What do you hope to contribute? *
Are you a Harvard affiliate?
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If you answered yes to the previous question, please describe your Harvard affiliation (class year, grad school, faculty etc.) here:
If you applied to Y2Y as well, please indicate which shelter you would prefer to volunteer at this summer. We work closely with Y2Y and try to coordinate in order to not overtax volunteers!
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Are you able to work more than one shift per week? Elaborate here if you want! (OPTIONAL)
Can you commit to a weekly shift from June 10th to August 7th? Please share any special circumstances or conflicts here. (OPTIONAL)
Would you like to join our substitute list and be informed when our weekly volunteers cannot attend a shift?
Want to volunteer with a group of your friends, colleagues, or family?
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