Community Voices

"I have made so many lasting Waltham Group friendships, both at Brandeis and in the Waltham Community!" ~Anne Blackstock-Bernstein '09

"Never underestimate the value of even an hour of community service." ~Josh Bellet '10 

"Working with kids, and volunteering in general, is one of those rare opportunities in life when you can really accomplish something bigger than yourself.  It's these types of altruistic acts that, even though they may seem difficult in the process, make you a truly better person in the end.  There's really nothing like it." ~Josh Hochman '09

"Volunteering not only enabled me to learn more about the community around me, but also about myself. Through tutoring I helped a young girl gain confidence in her abilities and learned how to look at material differently myself. By volunteering in the hospital I witnessed how even small gestures, like smiling at a person, can have a significant impact on the patient's overall experience. As a volunteer I have not only been able to actively help others around me, but I have also been able to put my own life in perspective in order to determine my own values." ~Ruairi Smith-Dewey '13

"Volunteering was the single most important event that shaped my time at Brandeis. As a Brandeis student, you are surrounded by amazing resources and volunteer opportunities that are just waiting for you to take advantage of. By starting to volunteer as a Freshman, I was able to see the growth of Waltham Kids Club over four years. Watching kids grow up and thrive in part because of my time and efforts was rewarding beyond words. However, my volunteer time did not only affect the populations I served, it also had a profound impact on my personal growth. Through volunteering, I was able to learn about my leadership strengths, understand my areas of improvement, and develop a clearer vision of where my service work will be heading in the future." ~Sarah Johnson '13

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About the Department

community service logoThe Department of Community Service, with a  slogan of "Within Community Comes Unity" is dedicated to providing students, faculty and staff with relevant volunteer experiences that match the needs of our neighbors, as well as the skills and interests of our student 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. 

Our endeavors include fostering a community member who is civically engaged as an advocate, volunteer and educated citizen. We strive to embody the pillars of the university and core values of the Division of Student Affairs through experiential service opportunities, collaboration with the academy and intentional reflection.

Student service outreach is done primarily through the Waltham Group, a student-led community service organization.