The Phillips Brooks House Association unites students, communities, alumni, and supporters as partners for social change.

For more than 100 years, PBHA has offered a space for students to volunteer and grow, community members to access needed services and create change in their neighborhoods, and alumni to join a network of supporters passionate for social change.

Whether you are a student, a former volunteer or participant in our programs, or a member of the Boston and Cambridge communities, we invite you to join us at PBHA.


PBHA offers opportunities for college students across Boston to grow through service and social action. PBHA volunteers operate student-run programs in advocacy, adult education, youth tutoring and mentoring, housing, and summer enrichment. Students oversee the organization’s programming, daily operations, and long-term vision, and build their skills through training and leadership development. Learn more about opportunities for students at PBHA. 


Whether you attended a Summer Urban Program camp as a child, worked an overnight shift at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, or led a protest outside Mass Hall for a living wage, you’re a part of the alumni family. We invite alumni to stay involved by joining the PBHA Alumni Association, sharing stories of service, mentoring current undergraduates, and more. Learn more about opportunities for alumni at PBHA.

Community Members

PBHA programs serve community members throughout Cambridge and Boston, with year-round programming in Boston’s Chinatown, Dorchester, Roxbury, South Boston, and South End neighborhoods, as well as the Cambridge communities of Jefferson Park, Newtowne Court and Roosevelt Towers. Our programs work closely with community-based organizations to offer high quality services to 10,000 people each year. Learn more about partnering with us or participating in a PBHA program.