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

Be Bold, Be Bald! – Brandeis- This club is the Brandeis chapter of the nationwide cancer fundraiser run by Boston’s own Small Army For A Cause. Our mission is to honor cancer patients and raise awareness and funds for local and national cancer organizations that serve to help them and their families. Be Bold, Be Bald! Brandeis’ primary goal is to unite the Brandeis community in the fight against cancer by acting as an umbrella organization—one that allows each participant to raise and donate funds to their choice of one our 60+ cancer beneficiaries. Along with our yearly fundraising event each October in which participants wear a bald cap and raise funds to honor those who bravely fight cancer, we use our many social media pages to share the stories of those who are fighting cancer. Through their stories, we hope to inspire all those who have been affected by this horrible disease by spreading the message that “Bald is beautiful!”

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 Encourages Women in Science and Engineering (Be WiSE)- 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.

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 at Brandeis University- March of Dimes Collegiate Council is a service driven student group that aims to raise awareness about the medical effects and sociological causes of prematurity and other neonatal health issues in America. We promote advocacy for legislation, education through campus talks and NICU tours, and service through fundraising for the national organization.

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!