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

       

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 16
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Interfaith Service
Reflect on the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr., pack meals for food pantries, and enjoy a social justice- and education-themed fair with Brandeis clubs and local non-profits. Co-sponsored by the Interfaith Chaplaincy and the Waltham Group in partnership with Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries and Mass Service Alliance. For more information or to register for the event as an individual or with a group, email Matt Carriker at carriker@brandeis.edu.
Levin Ballroom, 10 a.m.-3:30 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.

Sunday, January 29
Housing Insecurity in Waltham: Building Understanding
What is a home? Is it an apartment, a house, a street, a neighborhood, a city? What happens when that home is taken from you? According to the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, there were 21,135 people experiencing homelessness in just the state of Massachusetts in 2015, and this number continues to rise. Join Hunger and Homelessness, Habitat for Humanity, and WATCH CDC (Waltham Alliance to Create Housing) for a workshop and discussion on issues of gentrification, discrimination, and homelessness right here in Waltham. Tell your housing story and listen to those of others from our community. Learn more about the steps we can all take to protect our neighbors’ rights to safe, secure, and affordable housing. Sponsored by Habitat for Humanity, Hunger and Homelessness and Social Justice and Social Policy Program
International Lounge (Usdan), 2-3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 8
Northeast Elementary School Science Fair 
Volunteer with BeWiSE at Northeast Elementary School to help out with their Science Fair! 
Northeast Elementary School, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Monday, February 13
Social Justice Case Competition
The Waltham Group and Hiatt Career Center are partnering with national non-profit organizations to offer a case competition focused on community engagement and social justice initiatives. Participants will be presented with real world challenges 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.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room, 6-8 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.comto volunteer or sign up to donate.
Sherman Function Hall (Hassenfeld), 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Camp Sunshine- February Break Volunteer Trip!
Located in Casco, Maine, Camp Sunshine supports children with life threatening illnesses and their families. Families with a child diagnosed with diseases such as cancer, kidney disease, lupus, solid organ transplants, and other life-threatening illness attend one of the weeklong camps. The focus is on alleviating the strain that illness takes not only on the sick child but also on other family members. Sponsored by Waltham Group Service Without Borders.

Camphill Village Kimberton Hills- February Break Volunteer Trip!
Camphill Village Kimberton Hills is a vibrant farming and handcrafting community in Chester County, Pennsylvania, that includes adults with developmental disabilities. Kimberton Hills residents, living and working side by side, create a dynamic and caring community for people of all ages and varied abilities. Sponsored by Waltham Group Service Without Borders.

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.

Sunday, March 12
Girl Scout STEM Workshop 
BeWiSE will be partnering with the Girl Scouts of America by designing a small workshop for high school Girl Scouts to explore STEM fields! 
Sheraton Hotel (Framingham), 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday, March 18
Relay For Life
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. Register at www.relayforlife.org/brandeisuniversityma. Sponsored by Relay For Life Planning Committee/Colleges Against Cancer.
Gosman, 5 p.m.-2 a.m.

Monday, March 20
Sustainability and Social Justice
Join representatives from the New England Aquarium and the Waltham Group for a discussion on environmental justice and how your actions can contribute to a cleaner, healthier world. 
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room, 7-8 p.m.

Sunday, March 26
Spring Wellness Drive
Join Waltham Group's Hunger and Homelessness program as they go door-to-door to collect food, clothing, and items of personal care for those experiencing poverty in the Waltham area.
Shapiro Lounge (Massell Quad), 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Alzheimers Awareness Week- March 27-31, Sponsored by S.E.A.D.

Tuesday, April 4
Alternative Breaks Service Showcase
Join the Department of Community Service and alternative break service groups for a showcase of service. Take this opportunity to learn more about the amazing work that our alternative break service groups are doing around the world! 
Shapiro Campus Center Atrium, 12-2 p.m.

Wednesday, April 5
Alternative Breaks Symposium
Alternative Break service groups will meet to share their best practices and success stories from the year. Be sure to stop by for an awesome evening of experience sharing!
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room, 7-8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 5
Prospect Hill Fundraiser
Your ticket supports after-school programs and ESL classes at the community center and you'll enjoy pub-style games, food, and networking with regional community leaders. Keep an eye out for additional resources.

Mid-April (CORIs due March 10)
Plympton Family Night
Sign up your club to host an activity station or perform at this annual carnival for the children at Plympton Elementary School and their families. Transportation provided. Contact communityconnectionswg@gmail.com if interested. Sponsored by Waltham Group Community Connections.
Plympton Elementary School, 6-7:30 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.comto 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.

Wednesday, May 3
CTS Program 80+ Hours 2017 Stressbuster Party
The Commitment to Service program is sponsoring its second annual end of year Stressbuster Party for students who have completed 80 or more hours of community service in the 2016-2017 academic school year. There will be free massages, raffle prizes, pizza, music, and games!
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room, 6-9 p.m. 

Yearlong Initiatives

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!