Advertise Your Event

If you'd like your community service event advertised in the weekly "This Week in Service" email that goes out to students on Mondays, please email dcspartnerliaison@brandeis.edu. Please specify the time, date and location of the event as well as the name of the event sponsor and a brief description of the event.

 

Semester Events

       

Friday, August 26
Sustainival: An Eco-Carnival
Learn about sustainability at Brandeis and shop at the farmer’s market. Highlights include music, games and produce from Brandeis' very own rooftop farm! Sponsored by Farmers Club, Students for Environmental Action and Sustainable Brandeis.
Shapiro Campus Center Great Lawn, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Thursday, September 1
Brandeis Volunteers Around the World General Meeting
VAW sends student volunteers to serve health care professionals in other countries. Join us for our first general meeting of the year!
Mandel G3, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 8
Waltham Group Recruitment Night
Learn about and sign up for volunteer opportunities focused on education, health, sustainability, and more. Whether you can commit an hour per week or per semester, we have a spot for you!
Shapiro Campus Center Atrium, 7-8 p.m.

Monday, September 19
More Than Words Service Opportunity
More Than Words (MTW) empowers youth who are in foster care, court involved, homeless or out of school to take charge of a business. Brandeis volunteers will enjoy snacks and conversation at the MTW bookstore and then head to the warehouse to help sort and catalogue books. Pre-registration required. Transportation will be provided. Sponsored by Commitment to Service Award Program.
Van leaves from Spingold Theater, 4-7:15 p.m.

Friday, September 23-Sunday, September 25
Annual VINE Farm Trip
VINE provides a safe haven for animals rescued from the factory farm industry. Volunteers will help prepare the farm for winter. Email Waltham Group Service Without Borders at swbbrandeis@gmail.com to get involved.
VINE Sanctuary (Springfield, VT)

Saturday, October 8-Sunday, October 9
Waltham Group 50th Anniversary
Connect with students, alumni, and current and former staff at service projects (Sat./Sun. 10 a.m.-12 p.m.), a gala (Sat. 6-8:30 p.m.), a silent auction, a historical timeline, and more. RSVP info will be released in early September.

Monday, October 10
Panel Discussion: Educational Access Issues in Waltham

This panel will feature a current school principal, Brandeis faculty, and representatives from Waltham Public Schools.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room, 7-8 p.m.

Tuesday, October 18-Thursday, October 20
Waltham Group Blood Drive
Donate to save three lives! You are someone’s type! Sign up at tinyurl.com/brandeisblooddrive.
Sherman Function Hall (Hassenfeld), 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Thursday, October 20
Social Impact Fair
Visit with more than 50 social impact employers and community partners who want to recruit students, faculty, staff and alumni for jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities and gap year roles. RSVP at https://goo.gl/8xQomC. Co-sponsored by Hiatt Career Center, Community Service and Waltham Group.
Levin Ballroom (Usdan), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Thursday, October 20
Relay for Life’s Kick Off Coffeehouse!
Kick off the fall semester in Chums with Relay For Life, featuring some of your favorite performers! You can also start your fundraising early by registering for Relay at the event! Sponsored by the Relay For Life Planning Committee.
Cholmondeley's (Chum's), 8:30-11 p.m.

Friday, October 21
Be Bold, Be Bald! Day
This national fundraiser where participants wear a bald cap for a day honors cancer patients and raises money for foundations that help them and their families. Sponsored by SAAC.

Monday, October 31
Halloween for the Hungry
Trick-or-treat for nonperishable food items to be donated to the Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen. To get involved, e-mail walthamgrouphnh@gmail.com. Sponsored by Waltham Group Hunger and Homelessness.
Shapiro Lounge (Massell Quad), 2 p.m.-8 p.m.

Monday, November 7
Supporting Adolescents and Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Led by Michael Plansky, Founder and CEO of You're With Us, this discussion will center on how we can better value and support adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room, 7-8 p.m.

Tuesday, November 8
Jail and Bail
Campus celebrities do time for cancer's crime. Students, staff and faculty are put in a jail set up in the SCC atrium and stuck there until others bail them out. The catch…people can pay to keep them in jail too! Sponsored by the Relay For Life Planning Committee.
Shapiro Campus Center Atrium, 12-4 p.m.

Thursday, November 10
Kindness Day
Join Brandeis in spreading acts of kindness throughout the day, creating a ripple effect across campus! Help with a service project, write a postcard to a friend or take an extra moment to offer a word of encouragement to a classmate before their big exam!

Monday, November 14
More Than Words Service Opportunity
More Than Words (MTW) empowers youth who are in foster care, court involved, homeless or out of school to take charge of a business. Brandeis volunteers will enjoy snacks and conversation at the MTW bookstore and then head to the warehouse to help sort and catalogue books. Pre-registration required. Transportation will be provided. Sponsored by Commitment to Service Award Program.
Van leaves from Spingold Theater, 4-7:15 p.m.

Monday, November 14
Mindfulness Workshop
Protestant Chaplain Matt Carriker will lead meditative and energizing practices.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room, 7-8 p.m.

Thursday, November 17
The Dialogues: Wage Project Negotiating your First Job Salary
Over the term of her life a woman will earn $1 million less than a man. This session is open to any students who will be negotiating their job salaries and are interested in earning their true potential. Bring your lunch and let's talk. RSVP at https://goo.gl/uIjanG. Sponsored by Hiatt and Department of Community Service.
Shapiro Campus Center Room 313, 12-1:30 p.m.

Monday, November 28
Exploring Identities in Service: A Focus Group and Reflection Opportunity
Join the Department of Community Service staff for a focus group to help us improve diversity and inclusion in your experience with Brandeis volunteer programs. The environment will provide a space for you to reflect on your experiences, offer a valuable perspective on the community engagement of our campus and provide important insights into how we can ensure our volunteers and community partners are being culturally responsible. Come engage in conversation, learn from each other, and enjoy a snack with us. Open to all students who volunteer through any outlet Brandeis provides. Attendance hours can count toward the Commitment to Service Award Program.
Shapiro Campus Center MPR, 3-4 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. (offered at both times)

Tuesday, November 29-Wednesday, November 30
Waltham Group's Hunger and Homelessness’ "Car Sit-In"
Even if we are fortunate enough to not have to think about where our next meal is coming from or if we'll have a roof over our heads, there are many people who are struggling with food and housing insecurity in our own community every day. Join Waltham Group's Hunger and Homelessness in our "car sit-in" as we raise awareness of homelessness in the Waltham area. We will have ways to contact your representatives, information on how you personally can get involved, a petition to pass the Homeless Bill of Rights in the Massachusetts legislature, and more. Stop by anytime between 10 am and 1 pm on Tuesday 11/29 and Wednesday 11/30 in Mandel Quad to see how YOU can make a difference. RSVP on Facebook!

Thursday, December 1
Stanley Family Night
Stanley Family Night is a carnival-like event for Stanley Elementary School students and families. It's a great opportunity for clubs to get involved in the Waltham community AND to have a lot of fun! Each club will design a booth for the event. For example, Fashion Club has made hats and bow ties out of felt paper and Brandeis Football Club did soccer drills with the students. Community Connections will provide supplies and your club does not necessarily have to do an activity related to what you normally do! Email  communityconnectionsWG@gmail.com to get involved. Sponsored by Waltham Group Community Connections.
Stanley Elementary School, 6-7:30 p.m.

Monday, December 5
Waltham Group Volunteer Appreciation
Join friends and WG coordinators for a night of food, games and conversation as the Waltham Group thanks its volunteers for a semester of hard work and community engagement.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room, 7-8 p.m.

Tuesday, December 6
Waltham Group Community Engagement Practicum Presentations
Learn from the students in the EL66 Practicum course about their experience leading volunteer programs in local communities. Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 15
Brandeis Family Carnival 
An inclusive family carnival sponsored by by Brandeis University Departments of Orientation and Community Service to engage kids, adults, and families in the local community. Accommodations are made for each activity to support kids and adults with disabilities. Come dance, play games and enjoy activities such as carnival games, arts & crafts, face painting, prizes and free food. If you have questions and to RSVP please contact Michael Arguello at orientation@brandeis.edu. *Brandeis student involvement is limited to Mid-Year Orientaiton students.
Hassenfeld Conference Center, 2-4 p.m.

Monday, January 23
Waltham Group Recruitment Night
Learn about and sign up for volunteer opportunities focused on education, health, sustainability, and more. There's no better time to get involved than during our anniversary year!
Shapiro Campus Center Atrium, 7-8 p.m.

Tuesday, February 14-Thursday, February 16
Waltham Group Blood Drive
The Brandeis community has been donating blood for over 30 years! You are someone’s type! Email wgblooddrive@gmail.com to volunteer or sign up to donate.
Sherman Function Hall (Hassenfeld), 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Monday, March 6
$50K for the 50th Ice Cream Party
Make your Senior Class gift to the Waltham Group, grab some ice cream, check out a historical timeline exhibit of the Waltham Group and drop off an item or note to include in the Waltham Group time capsule!
Shapiro Campus Center Atrium, 5-7 p.m.

April (Dates TBA)
Waltham Group Blood Drive
The Brandeis community has been donating blood for over 30 years! You are someone’s type! Email wgblooddrive@gmail.com to volunteer or sign up to donate.
Sherman Function Hall (Hassenfeld), 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Monday, May 1
Celebration of Service
If you volunteered this year, this event is for you! Connect with others, grab a bite to eat, thank a community partner and cheer on our new Commitment to Service Award winners!
Sherman Function Hall, 7-8:30 p.m.

Yearlong Initiatives

City Year Case Competition
The Waltham Group and Hiatt Career Center are partnering with City Year to offer a case competition focused on community engagement and social justice initiatives. Participants will be presented with real challenges City Year corps members face and will have the opportunity to showcase their critical thinking skills to the organization’s judges. Winners will receive funding to bring their ideas to life.

Waltham Group 50th Anniversary T-Shirt
Stop by the Brandeis Bookstore to purchase your Waltham Group 50th Anniversary T-shirt for $20. Proceeds benefit the Waltham Group.

 50th Anniversary Time Capsule
Share your experience as a part of the Waltham Group! Stop by the Department of Community Service (Shapiro Campus Center Room 203) to drop off a note, poem, photo or other piece of history for the Waltham Group time capsule. Let your creativity bring historical context to future Waltham Group students!