Service and Activism Clubs

See a full listing of all Brandeis's student activism and service organizations.

Community Voices

"I've learned the value of partnerships." -Anonymous

"Brandeis students are just waiting for opportunities to give and share their souls with others." ~Amber Kornreich '12

"I volunteer because I know that even the smallest acts can mean so much to others". ~Amy Stricoff '11

"I've learned that in service your partnerships help you as much as you help them" ~Anonymous

"Companions to Elders is one of the parts of my week that I look forward to the most.  My companions are full of humor, advice, and stories, that I would not receive from anyone other than them.  I am incredibly happy that I have become a member of one my favorite activities on campus" ~Hilary Heyison '13

"Waltham Group helps me to feel a strong connection to the Waltham Community while making an impact and having fun!" ~Rebecca Bachman '13


Additional Student Service Programs

Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps (BEMCo)- BEMCo is Brandeis University's emergency medical first response service. BEMCo members are Massachusetts State certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the academic year. BEMCo is staffed entirely by Brandeis students. An EMT course is offered every spring by BEMCo and is taught by an outside instructor. Students who have been certified out of state are encouraged to obtain reciprocity from the Massachusetts Department of Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services. Please direct all emergency calls to the Brandeis University Police at x63333

Brandeis Global Brigades- This is a club based around humanitarian efforts and medical relief towards a local town in Honduras upon which we bring around 20 Brandeis students with basic medical supplies and drugs with a physician. We fundraise throughout both semesters and utilize all of our on campus and off campus connections to get enough money to subsidize the trip for students to go to Honduras on this amazing experience. Students learn basic medical techniques, many of the intricacies of Hondurian and Latin American culture, and get an experience of a lifetime. 

Brandeis Haiti Initiative- The mission of the Brandeis Haiti Initiative is to engage and educate the Brandeis community about the rich cultural history and the challenges Haiti faces. BHI also seeks to raise monetary support on campus for those effected by the earthquake in 2010.

Brandeis Science Club for Girls- Our mission is to increase the self-confidence and literacy in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) of K-12th grade girls belonging to groups that are underrepresented in these fields, through free programs that include hands-on learning, mentorship, and leadership opportunities. Girls work with mentor-scientists who model and foster leadership, affirm college as an expectation, and promote careers in science and technology as goals and options.

China Care- China Care is a foundation (www.chinacare.org) that provides support and medical care to orphans in China with special medical needs. The China Care Club is now a chartered club at Brandeis University as of Spring 2010. Our main aim as a club is to raise funds to provide life-saving surgeries, foster care, health care, education, and all the basic necessities for the 50,000 orphans in China. The club also provides the opportunity to spend a 10 day summer trip volunteering at a Chinese orphanage to help the children directly. We also provide services to US families that have adopted Chinese children. China Care emphasizes “the power of one” and enables each individual to make a huge impact on the lives of many.

Colleges Against Cancer- American Cancer Society Colleges Against Cancer is a nationwide collaboration of college students, faculty, and staff dedicated to eliminating cancer by initiating and supporting programs of the American Cancer Society in college communities.

Education for Students by Students- The ESS primary goal is to engage, inspire and involve the entire community in a love of learning. ESS’ organizes unique classes, facilitates discussions and creates events that make knowledge easily accessible to members of the community and beyond. We are looking for students who want to help plan two campus wide events involving the Brandeis community: Splash and 'Deistalks. 

English Language Learning Initative(ELL)- Brandeis University English Language Learning Initiative was founded in the Spring of 2001, to tutor Brandeis dining hall employees in English. Now tutoring services has expanded to include all interested Brandeis employees. Students who tutor need not have any background in teaching English, nor do they need to speak another language. All tutors need is a willingness to help people in their own community, and patience when communicating. Learners come from a variety of backgrounds, languages and levels of English making each tutoring session different.

Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC)- The purpose of FIMRC-Brandeis University is to raise money for FIMRC's international fundraising efforts, perform community service projects each year, serve the school community as an informational resource in areas such as international relief, and children's aid, and personally benefit students academically as well as through giving them opportunities to learn about fundraising, participate in community service projects, and travel to help with relief efforts first hand.

March of Dimes Collegiate Council- March of Dimes Collegiate Council is an advocacy, education, and philanthropy driven student group that aims to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality by providing the Brandeis community with meaningful learning experiences and exciting fundraising events.

Mitzvah Corps- Mitzvah Corps is an organization that participates in community service and fundraising activities, both Jewish and secular. We are known for our monthly challah sales and volunteering at Temple Beth Israel in Waltham. Please join our listserve for information about upcoming events.

Project Plus One- PP1-Brandeis is a student chapter of Project Plus One non-profit organization founded by students at Brandeis and Northeastern University. Our chapter works with a health clinic in East Timor, the youngest nation in South East Asia, to implement a sustainable development project to improve health of those living in poverty. Members will learn about processes of sustainable international development projects including designing, implementing, and evaluating. We devise teams to compete for grant funding, conduct research, plan fund-raising events, attend conferences, and organize volunteer trips to East Timor. Our goal is to connect the Brandeis community with a local community to create a meaningful impact.

The Ripple Effect- The Ripple Effect’s primary goal is to encourage the spread of happiness, kindness and joy in others by working to promote random acts of kindness. We will do this in hopes that it will inspire a “ripple effect” that has the potential to change the world by encouraging those who have been the recipient of one of these random acts to then pass on what they have received to both friends and strangers. We will work towards inspiring others and facilitating people’s ability to spread happiness both on the Brandeis campus and in the greater community!