“Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Become a CAP Volunteer

  • Meet and work with fellow alumni from a variety of backgrounds
  • Gain insights into the inner workings of nonprofit organizations
  • Give back to the Boston community using your skills and experience

The positive experience of CAP teams brings our volunteers back. More than 50% of volunteers have worked on prior CAP projects.

Consulting Volunteer Info

Consulting Volunteer Overview
  • Typical project team consists of five to seven alumni of Harvard Business School or Harvard Kennedy School working between two and four hours per week from October through May
  • The CAP team works side-by-side with the leadership of the nonprofit client
  • We leverage each team’s unique intellectual capital and business talent, customizing every project to meet client needs
  • The result is a mutually rewarding experience — for alumni who want to impact the social good, and for our nonprofit clients who need professional help
Consulting Project Overview
  • Each project is defined and agreed upon with the client organization in a written project commitment letter
  • A project team leader is designated prior to start-up with responsibility for guiding the project to completion
  • Each project has a liaison to the CAP board to track progress and provide assistance when necessary
  • A final report (oral and/or written) is made to client management and/or the board of directors
Consulting Volunteer Interest Form
Please fill out the following Volunteer Interest Form. We will contact you to submit a more complete application prior to the start of projects every Fall.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

CAP is now accepting volunteer applications for the 2019-20 consulting cycle.

  • Consulting Volunteer Applications will be accepted through Friday, September 6th.
  • We will close popular projects to new volunteers so sign up early to get your top choice.
  • Projects launch in October 2019 and typically last through May 2020.

“I enjoyed the intellectual, political and business challenges working with the team and the client in developing a strategy. I particularly liked working with my teammates and the client’s Board.”

Brainstorming Volunteer Info

Brainstorming Volunteer Overview
  • Brainstorming allows CAP to serve a wide variety of nonprofit clients, especially those who are small or whose issues don’t fit with the CAP Consulting eight-month pro bono consulting engagements
  • Brainstorming allows HBS/HKS alumni to put their skills to use in service of local nonprofits with a limited time commitment
  • Examples of recent brainstorming session topics include: succession planning; board governance; impact measurement and reporting; ways to increase an organization’s visibility and reach; and staffing structures for continued growth
Brainstorming Session Overview
  • Brainstorming sessions are a targeted way to work with Boston area nonprofits on their management needs
  • Each brainstorming session consists of a three-hour meeting to discuss and solve a clearly-defined challenge
  • Typically five to seven volunteers, all alumni of Harvard Business School or Harvard Kennedy School, will participate in each facilitated session
Brainstorming Volunteer Interest Form
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Brainstorming Volunteer Application
Community Action Partners - Brainstorm Volunteer Application 

CAP Brainstorms

Brainstorming allows CAP to serve a wide variety of nonprofit clients, especially those who are small or whose issues don’t fit with the CAP Consulting eight-month pro-bono consulting engagements. Brainstorming allows alumni to put their skills to use in service of local nonprofits with a limited time commitment. Examples of recent brainstorming session topics include: succession planning; board governance; impact measurement and reporting; ways to increase an organization’s visibility and reach; and staffing structures for continued growth.






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Project Preferences
​Second Chance Cars
Second Chance Cars (SCC), is a MA nonprofit organization founded in 2015 with a mission to mobilize low income workforce members to compete for living wage jobs though affordable car ownership, with a focus on serving low-income veterans and returning citizens. By providing its constituents with affordable and reliable transportation, SCC supports their efforts to find employment, rebuild credit and break the cycle of poverty. SCC provides car recipients with access to a zero percent, $900 one-year car loan with which to buy a car that meets their family and employment needs. SCC has created a coalition of car donors, vocational schools, social service agencies and financial counselors to support its efforts.

Currently, SCC's presenting challenge is generating a reliable pipeline of car donations. In the current environment car donations are down by up to 70%. SCC is looking to meet an anticipated spike in demand for cars once the economy stabilizes and employment opportunities rebound, with a goal of creating an inventory of 50-100 cars by January 2021.

The Details: June 29, 2020 from 5-7 PM via Zoom. 


Sparking Life 
Sparking Life was co-founded in 2011 by John Ratey, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of numerous works, including Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. Sparking Life is fueling an international movement to re-engineer school practices and medical recommendations to establish curriculum, lifestyles and corporate practices based on the scientific research that confirms physical exercise enhances brain development, improves mental health, reduces addictive behavior, and helps maintain mental acuity as we age.

Sparking Life fulfills its mission in three ways
  • by aggregating and disseminating evidence-based scientific studies that demonstrate the power of exercise and its effect on the brain to help relieve symptoms of poor mental health, addiction, and diminishing mental acuity;
  • by advocating for the advancement of physical exercise across all sectors of society;
  • by serving as a convener in building a network for organizations serving the addiction recovery (sustaining sobriety) and prevention communities.
Sparking Life is looking for guidance and feedback from CAP on its strategic direction and on shaping its messaging for general and targeted audiences.

The Details: July 9, 2020 from 3-5 PM via Zoom. 


Improbable Players
Improbable Players (IP) uses theater performances & workshops to address addiction, alcoholism, and the opioid epidemic. IP hires actors, themselves in recovery from addiction, to deliver all programming, helping to decrease stigma and demonstrating the reality that recovery is possible. IP programs operate on the assumption that "everybody knows somebody" thus they are designed to show help seeking & how-to-help behavior.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the talented IP cohort of actors in recovery moved quickly to create a show designed to be delivered online. The intention is to package this product with curriculum materials and distribute to markets we've never before been able to reach with innovative addiction education. To these ends, Improbable Players is seeking CAP’s assistance with sales and marketing expertise for digital products to new potential clients.

The Details: July 15, 2020 from 2-4 PM via Zoom. 




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 the professionalism of each CAP volunteer. Please acknowledge the following:
  • 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.

“It felt great to be able to offer insight and advice that the client valued so highly. It was personally invigorating to get out of what I do every day and think about new problems with new people.”