Each year Brandeis students, faculty and staff devote tens of thousands of hours to volunteer programs in neighboring communities.

The Waltham Group, founded in 1966 in response to student activism and in recognition of the university's responsibility to be engaged in the community, is the largest student-led organization on campus, with more than 600 members. It coordinates programs in local schools, community organizations, hospitals and other groups serving the needs of children, adults, families and the elderly.

Brandeis’ Department of Community Service also provides students, faculty and staff with relevant volunteer experiences that match the needs of our neighbors, as well as the skills and interests of volunteers. The department seeks to establish sustainable and reciprocal partnerships with local social service, governmental, educational and cultural agencies as we advise and support community service initiatives.

The university’s Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) program enables students to apply what they learn in class to issues in society while collaborating with community members, faculty, staff and other students. CEL projects engage students in civic life and community issues in keeping with the university's commitment to social justice.