Leadership Handbook

Download the 2017-2018 Leadership Handbook.



Through our work and service we often follow the philosophy of serving and learning.  We hope that through your involvement with the Department of Community Service and the Waltham Group you will learn something new about yourself, your peers and the many individuals with whom you interact.

We are dedicated to making your experience both meaningful and worthwhile. When you volunteer, you often experience emotions that range on the spectrum from fear and hopelessness to pride and joy. There are numerous resources for you to evaluate and reflect as you continue your journey of service. On this site you will find resources as they relate to your volunteerism, career and journey of lifelong learning.

Resources for Volunteers Supporting Adults and Youth with Disabilities

Brandeis University’s Department of Community Service is committed to providing knowledge for its students and our local community to improve their methods of engagement and advocacy of individuals with developmental disabilities. Sponsored by a grant from the MB & Edna Zale Foundation (https://zalefoundation.org/), DCS  has compiled a digital resource library on a variety of services, training and information on inclusion policies with data from nonprofits, universities, and governmental institutions.

DCS also has an in-house educational library available to students interested in research and/or volunteering with developmentally disabled individuals which you can find listed here. If you have further questions or would like more information about any of the materials in the resource library, please contact DCS Director, Lucas Malo (lmalo@brandeis.edu).

Click here for the digital resource library. 

Dialogue as a Form of Reflection

Among your greatest resources are the students and staff that work with the Department of Community Service and the Waltham Group. Never hesitate to set up time to reflect and share with a member of our team.  It is our hope that through dialogue we can make your experience meaningful and worthwhile.  

Alternative Break Handbook

If you're planning an overnight service project, this handbook is for you! Check out the Alternative Break Handbook for all the details you'll need to know and checklists to follow to plan a memorable service trip over break!

Helpful One Pagers on All Things Service!

Check out the resources below for quick and simple guides to different aspects of volunteering:

Agency Site Visit Checklist

Building Relationships and Negotiating with Community Partners

Campus Resources Contact Info

Coaching Your Peers

Community Service Project Checklist

Exploring Your Volunteer Interests


How to Establish a Community Partner


Natural Disaster Response Guide

Professionalism in Volunteering

Reflecting on Service

Risk Management

Training Volunteers

Volunteer Program Sustainability

Volunteer Recruitment

Waltham Group Research Guide 

Many find it rewarding to reflect in the form of writing in a journal. Download the director's journal-writing strategies and tips (PDF).