Jasmin and Moriel at Greater Boston Food Bank


Experience the difference a day makes

If you want to engage with and learn about the local community but can’t make a long-term commitment, you’ll find CityDays a perfect fit. It’s a series of one-day volunteer engagements with community organizations in Cambridge and Boston. We identify organizations looking for volunteers—all you have to do is engage. We handle all the logistics, including service placements and travel.

What it’s all about

  • Four one-day service events per year
  • Five hundred volunteers serve with approximately twenty-five local nonprofit agencies annually
  • Tasks range from construction and food distribution to riverfront cleanup and curriculum development

You may sign up as an individual or as a group. We encourage student groups to utilize CityDays as a pre-planned day of service.

CityDays unites us across the MIT campus and engages us with the larger community. 

Together in Service

Together in Service is an institute-wide initiative to unite students, faculty, staff, and alumni with local partners as we work to strengthen our communities and learn from one another. This initiative launched in 2016 as part of MIT’s celebration of a century in Cambridge.

Working for the betterment of humankind is at the core of MIT’s mission – a vital part of which is being a good neighbor. The PKG Center is delighted to collaborate with many organizations that contribute to the vibrancy of our city. We invite participants to engage in volunteer activities that will strengthen the relationship between the Institute and the community.

Together In Service: CityDays

Service day: Tuesday, April 18
Group registration deadline: Monday, April 10

*Space is limited and assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. We recommend you sign up early to ensure a volunteer spot. 


Individual registration deadline: Monday, April 10

*Space is limited and assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. We recommend you sign up early to ensure a volunteer spot. 


Join your MIT peers in a one-day volunteering opportunity celebrating MIT’s neighbors in Cambridge and beyond!

CityDays is a great way for living groups, lab partners, athletic teams, other student groups, and individual volunteers to give back to our local community by engaging with our neighbors and volunteering together. We secure service placements and provide logistical support for all participants.

Open to students, faculty, alumni, and staff. For more information contact aprilcityday@mit.edu.

Together In Service: Work Out with InnerCity Weightlifting

Tuesday, April 18, 1–2 pm
Registration deadline: Monday, April 10


As part of Together in Service: CityDays, spend an hour working out with InnerCity Weightlifting and support their work in reducing local youth violence. ICW works to reduce youth violence by connecting proven-risk young people with new networks and opportunities, including meaningful career tracks in and beyond personal training. ICW uses the gym to replace segregation and isolation with economic mobility and social inclusion, disrupting the system that leads to urban street violence. Have a great workout, learn about efforts to fight youth violence in our community, and support the work of ICW!

Together In Service: Ask Me About

Service day: Tuesday, April 18
Registration deadline: Monday, April 10


Join the Cambridge Science Festival to engage the public with MIT’s fascinating research, student activities, and people. Help Cambridge get to know MIT better by volunteering at an Ask Me About station in one of Cambridge’s busy squares.

Bring a prop or image about your research, studies, or hobbies at MIT and join your peers in answering questions about your selected topic. Maybe you are an expert in biology, chemistry, or computer science. Maybe you are a video game whiz or know a lot about experimental vehicles. You can propose one or more topics, and you can sign up as an individual volunteer or with a group.

We will choose overarching themes and invite you and your peers to talk with the public about your specific topic at an Ask Me About station in one of Cambridge’s squares.

Ask Me About is part of the Together in Service: CityDays program. It require a separate registration because we seek volunteers that are specifically passionate about sharing their topic with a broader audience.

Talk to us about CityDays

Email: citydays-staff@mit.edu
Office: Building W20-549
Phone: (617) 253-8968