Civic Engagement Program (CEP) at Northeastern University

If you have any questions about CEP or Haley House, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@haleyhouse.org.

Organization Mission

Haley House uses food and the power of community to break down barriers between people, transfer new skills, and revitalize neighborhoods. We believe in radical solutions: solving problems at their very root by challenging attitudes that perpetuate suffering and building alternative models.

2014 Summer InternsAbout CEP

Northeastern University’s Civic Engagement Program (CEP) aims to redefine scholarship by ensuring that students receiving Northeastern’s most prestigious scholarships not only excel academically, but have the opportunity to grow as civic-minded individuals who give back through service to their local and global communities. CEP contributes to the University’s mission to educate students for a life of fulfillment and accomplishment and to meet global and societal needs.

CEP requires each scholar to participate in 100 hours of service and civic engagement activities each year of undergraduate study at Northeastern University. For first-year students, there is a highly structured program which includes training, monthly reflections, and a weekly service partnership with a local community-based organization. For upper-class students, there is a system of accountability and support, as well as service and networking opportunities to engage student scholars in earning the required amount of hours and creating a community of like-minded students.

Placements and Expectations

At Haley House, we offer a number of programs for CEP students to get involved with. When choosing projects, we ask that students try to find placements that can be consistent over the academic year. For example, if a student chooses to work in the Soup Kitchen for breakfast on Monday, it would be helpful on our end if the student consistently attended that same breakfast shift on as many Mondays as possible. This ensures our programs are consistently staffed with volunteers.

We offer 8 CEP placements:
1. Meals Program in the Soup Kitchen
2. Community Tables
3. Food Pantry & Clothing Room
4. Development and Programming
5. Take Back the Kitchen Cooking Classes – St. Mary’s
6. Take Back the Kitchen Cooking Classes – McKinley
7. Art Is Life Itself! Performance Series
8. Haley House Bakery Café Administrative Assistant


Haley House Programs

Meals Program

Our soup kitchen is open six days a week. We serve six breakfasts for homeless men and three afternoon meals for men and women over the age of 55.

SK Guest and VolunteerWhere? Haley House Soup Kitchen (23 Dartmouth Street in the South End)

When? Breakfast: Monday-Friday, 5:30 am-10 am Elder Meal: Tuesday & Thursday, 11:30 am-3:30 pm

What? During meal shifts, students should expect to do the following:
– Assist in the preparation of a fresh meal (chopping vegetables, scrambling eggs on a grill, baking banana bread, boiling water for pasta, tossing a salad, etc.)
– Clean and/or organize kitchen space before, during, and after shift
– Clean basement storage area, including food and clothing donations
– Take out trash and recycling
– Help process food deliveries (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
– Organize and sort Clothing Room items (on Fridays, we open this space in our basement to provide donated clothing to guests)
– Participate in a guided reflection around the experiences of the day after each meal shift
Throughout the shift, students are also expected to engage in conversations with our Soup Kitchen guests. Building relationships is integral to community building and breaking down barriers. After the food has been prepped and served students are encouraged take a seat, enjoy the meal, and converse with Soup Kitchen guests, live-in community members, and outside volunteers.

Dress Code All Soup Kitchen volunteers are encouraged to dress modestly (no clothes that show a lot of skin, or are tight-fitting). Please note that clothes may be ruined with bleach/food stains. Per health code requirements, volunteers must wear: – Long pants (preferably jeans/canvas pants and not leggings) – A shirt with sleeves (short sleeves are okay, but underarms must not show) – Close-toed shoes that have a good grip – Head covering (a hat or bandana covering all hair; long hair must be tucked under a head covering and/or tied securely in a bun or ponytail – Hairnets and aprons are available in the soup kitchen for volunteers

Community Tables

Fulani and CT MenuCommunity Tables at Haley House Bakery Café is a Saturday evening communal meal based on the pay-what-you-can principle. Community Tables is primarily geared toward families residing in the Roxbury neighborhood, but folks from all walk of life participate and enjoy sharing meals and stories with one another every week. Through the generosity of local organizations, non-profits, farmers’ markets, and community gardens, as well as with the hard work of dedicated volunteers, we are able to offer a dinner that is healthy, locally sourced, and affordable for all.

Where? Haley House Administrative Office (23 Dartmouth Street in the South End) and Haley House Bakery Café (12 Dade Street in Roxbury)

When? Saturdays from 3 pm-8 pm and/or weekdays between 10 am and 5 pm (see below)

What? Students who choose Community Tables will assist Haley House’s Community Tables Coordinator with the event on Saturdays (this includes everything from prepping food, to greeting customers, to taking photos, and cleaning up) and will also be available to help source food donations and promote Community Tables, which may be done during the week when the student’s schedule allows it. This position is somewhat flexible as the students may choose to split their time between helping with the actual event on Saturdays and doing outreach and sourcing donations from Haley House’s administrative office during weekday office hours.

Food Pantry & Clothing Room

The Food Pantry addresses the hunger behind closed doors. Elders and families are welcome to enjoy the availability of fresh vegetables and other healthy fare that increases health, wellness and food security among those with limited incomes. Knowledge of Cantonese would be helpful, though not required, as we serve a primarily Cantonese-speaking population. Haley House also receives clothing donations, which are processed on Thursdays so that guests can access them on Fridays.

Where? Haley House Soup Kitchen (23 Dartmouth Street in the South End)

When? Thursdays, 10 am-1 pm

What? Students will assist in the distribution of food, maintain a database of Food Pantry participants, and help to maintain and develop the Food Pantry program in order to best meet participants’ needs; after working in the Food Pantry, volunteers will help sort clothing donated throughout the week to prepare them for our weekly Clothing Room offering on Friday.

Development and Programming

Upstairs from the Soup Kitchen in the big, orange parlor, a group of fun-loving folks spend their days supporting the vast array of programs at Haley House. Volunteers in Development and Programming will be involved in a range of projects related to grant writing and prospecting, program evaluation and monitoring, and general tasks, determined based on the needs of the office and the skill sets of volunteers.  Graphic design skills, computer literacy, creativity and organization (and other things beyond our imaginations) will all be welcome skills of office volunteers.

Where? Haley House Administrative Office (23 Dartmouth Street in the South End)

When? Four hours per week (between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday-Friday), determined by volunteer and supervisors, but consistent each week

What? Responsibilities may include:
– Solicit donations for the Haley House Silent Auction
– Conduct prospective research for grant-writing
– Help to develop Take Back the Kitchen teaching curriculum and materials
– Produce and distribute community outreach materials (e.g., flyers)
– Perform other tasks as needed, including seasonal help in gardens and clean-up projects

Take Back the Kitchen Cooking Class – St. Mary’s

TBK studentsTake Back the Kitchen is Haley House’s nutrition, gardening, and cooking program for youth. TBK aims to empower students with culinary skills and health education, enabling them to make healthy and sustainable food decisions that combat health disparities in our community. From its start as a single cooking class in 2006, TBK has matured into a program that provides hands-on training to over 400 participants annually.

Where? 90 Cushing Avenue in Dorchester

When? Thursdays, 5:30 pm-8:30 pm

What? The volunteer will assist the chef with the class, including prep, cooking, discussion, reflection, capturing attendance and other information for grant reports, and clean-up.

Take Back the Kitchen Cooking Class – McKinley

Take Back the Kitchen is Haley House’s nutrition, gardening, and cooking program for youth. TBK aims to empower students with culinary skills and health education, enabling them to make healthy and sustainable food decisions that combat health disparities in our community. From its start as a single cooking class in 2006, TBK has matured into a program that provides hands-on training to over 400 participants annually.

Where? Haley House Soup Kitchen (23 Dartmouth Street in Boston’s South End)

When? Fridays, 11:30 am-3 pm

What? The volunteer will assist the chef with the class, including prep, cooking, discussion, reflection, capturing attendance and other information for grant reports, and clean-up.

Art Is Life Itself!AiLi Jazz

Each Thursday, Haley House Bakery Café offers family-friendly evenings filled with music, readings, film screenings, and open-mic time. The series embraces and showcases the food, art, culture, and spirituality of the Roxbury community.

Where? Haley House Bakery Café (12 Dade Street in Roxbury)

When? Thursdays, 6:00 pm-10:30 pm

What? You must be comfortable meeting new people or willing to become comfortable. You will be responsible for getting guests to sign in and encouraging them to “Like” our Facebook page and sign up for the Open Mic. You will also participate in the workshops, features performance, and Open Mic, possibly running the Open Mic as a Host. There is also a need for a Social Media Assistant. Facebook, Twitter, and email will be the primary mode of communication, with live tweeting, Facebook posting, and photography. If you possess graphic design skills, weekly flyers to promote the events are needed.

Haley House Bakery Café Administrative Assistant

Infused with the rich diversity of the area, Haley House Bakery Café does more than fill the neighborhood with the aroma of healthy, delicious food. It breathes life into Dudley Square by providing a place where all are truly welcome. The Bakery is also a workplace for men and women that face significant barriers to employment. This placement is perfect for those seeking to gain hands-on experience in the operation of a small business. This placement could also include volunteering at The House Slam!, Haley House Bakery Café’s new biweekly poetry slam. The House Slam! takes place the 2nd and 4th Fridays of every month at 6:30.

Where? Haley House Bakery Café (12 Dade Street in Roxbury)

When? Four hours per week (between 8 am and 2 pm, Tuesday-Friday), determined by volunteer and Operations Director, but consistent each week. If working at The House Slam!, this placement will include working 6 pm-10:30 pm every other Friday rather than working every week at the Café.

What? Responsibilities may include:
– Help with creating a recipe book, including specs and pictures
– Assist with the Café’s social media accounts (Facebook & Twitter)
– Create flyers for weekly and monthly events (graphic design skills appreciated)
– Organize files
– Assist with special event planning
– Clean, cook, and work the register during The House Slam!


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Our application for the 2014-2015 academic year is now open! If you are interested in joining Haley House, please click here to access the application.