Additional Community Partners in the Surrounding Area

Breaking Barriers

Bristol Lodge (Middlesex Human Services Agency)

Joseph Smith Community Health Center



Sandra's Lodge


Waltham Boys and Girls Club

Waltham Family Literacy Coalition

Waltham Public Schools


Community Partners

Waltham Alliance to Create Housing (WATCH)

I. Tenant Advocacy Clinic (since spring 2007)
Includes ongoing twice weekly drop-in clinic as development of community resource guide and other related training and support materials
LGLS 132b Environmental Law and Policy; AMST 102a Women, Environment, and Social Justice

II. Student Internship Opportunities through ENVS 89a Environmental Internship
In the past, students have been involved with public tenant organizing around housing conditions issues; planning and chairing community smart growth working groups and public forums on molds and abestos; and, organizing assistance for Annual Gala and Annual Meeting events.

III. Community Gardens at Prospect Hill Terace
Work completed in parternship with tenants and in collaboration with Healthy Waltham (see below)
AMST 191b Greening the Ivory Tower: Improving Environmental Sustainability of Brandeis and Community

IV.  Weatherization for Low-Income Housing in Waltham
AMST 191b Greening the Ivory Tower

V.  Other Volunteer Opportunities
Working at community events, translating for the student-run Tenant Clinic
Waltham Group and CEL classes 
Providing support for Hispanic members of the ESL program at WATCH: tutoring; resume building; job search; and life skills workshops
HISP 105a Spanish Conversation and Grammar 


YMCA of Greater Boston 

I. Ongoing Student Internship Opportunities through ENVS89a Environmental Internship
Student work has included organizing and running YMCA Earth Service Corps, developing curriculum and running summer Nature Camps etc. 

II. Various Class Group Projects
Planning and conducting semester-long "Girls' Empowerment Group" with adolescents &

Teen Nights with high schoolers: wall climbing, college prep, healthy nutrition and body image workshops etc.

Healthy Cooking classes for all ages

Healthy Eating for kids events: Planning and assisting at YMCA Healthy Kids Day and other YMCA activities

WGS, ENVS & SJSP classes

III. Garden Projects
Establishing a garden at the Stanley School in Partnership with Healthy Waltham (see below)
Running a Garden Club with YMCA after school program
AMST 191 Greening the Ivory Tower classes

IV. Employment Opportunities
Several Brandeis students have worked over the years with YMCA's after-school program for K-5 as counselors in the summer day camp; as lifeguards and swimming instructors; and as teachers in other sport programs

NOTE: The YMCA has considerable ongoing needs for student/class assistance and involvement that include: help with its Youth in Government program with the local high school; rejuvenated Earth Service Corps with Mall Mania middle school students (after-school program); and assistance this fall (2009) during the end of its summer programs before the public school year begins. 

Healthy Waltham
I. Ongoing Class Projects
Planting initial community gardens with tenants at Prospect Hill Terrace and working periodically with tenants to expand and upgrade
Creating after-school "Garden club" at Stanley Elementary School
Creating school gardens at Stanley School and McDevitt Middle School
Conducting vegetable foods "tastings" at Stanley School cafeteria to introduce new healthy foods
AMST 191 Greening the Ivory Tower, WGS, ENVS & SJSP classes
*Upcoming Fall 2009: Creating garden with residents of new homeless shelter at Cumberland Inn 

II. Ongoing Student Internship Opportunities through ENVS 89a Environmental Internship
Helping Healthy Waltham further its efforts to institute healthy nutrition at schools as well connecting children with growing their own food. In the past, interns have worked with a McDevitt science teacher to connect the curriculum with a school garden, run healthy food tastings in cafeterias, involve children in the Stanley School garden, and participate in the "Garden Club" there.

Jewish Family and Children's Service (JF&CS)
I. Ongoing Class Projects
Students have worked with the JF&CS nutritionist to assist planning and implementation of interactive nutrition classes and workshops for low-income JF&CS clients and develop nutritious substitutes for ethnic recipes
WGS, ENVS & SJSP classes

II. Ongoing Student Internships
LGLS 89a Legal Studies Internship: Interns have worked with Bet Tzedek program to staff the telephone hotline directing callers to advocacy, legal information, and referrals to other agencies or private attorneys for pro bono legal studies.

NOTE: We are currently seeking students for ENVS 89a or HSSP 92a internships with JF&CS nutritionist (see above) and new Bet Tzedek program providing assistance on food stamp applications and housing rights.