Spotlight on Clubs and Service

Brandeis Academic Debate and Speech Society and the Junior Brandeis Achievers JBA
The Brandeis Academic Debate and Speech Society coordinated with Junior Brandeis Achievers to create a new after school program for children at the Stanley Elementary School: Write Out Loud.  This introductory public speaking course combined lessons in projection, eye contact, and articulation with games and enrichment exercises designed to appeal to this age group. Public speaking is a fundamental of debate that improves daily communication and many other aspects of life. B.A.D.A.S.S. volunteers had tons of fun sharing their knowledge of public speaking with these students!

“We’ve learned a lot from each other over the past few weeks. We taught them public speaking, and they reminded us why we started debating in the first place.”
Anna-Lisa Macon VP Finance 09

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Clubs in Service Off-Campus

Volunteer opportunities posted on this page are ways for your club to directly engage with the greater Waltham Community. All of the organizations listed on this page are interested in having groups of Brandeis students come to volunteer. Feel free to look them over to see what best interests your club. If there is a specific population you would like to work with, which is not on this page, please contact the Clubs in Service committee and we can find something for you! 

After looking over these, please contact Clubs in Service, to move forward in scheduling your club's volunteer event! Please either come to our office hours, or e-mail us at

Various One-Time Opportunities:

Cradles to Crayons Provides poor and homeless children with supplies such as clothes, shoes, books and toys.  Volunteers help sort and match donated goods and pick out what goes to each child based on his or her wishlist.
Times to Volunteer: ANYTIME! However, if you would like to go on the weekend, please plan in advance. 

More Than Words is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. Volunteers can host a book drive or help out in the store with organizing or sorting through donations.
Times to Volunteer: Nights and Weekends 

City Year
 Help out with City Year’s one-time events! Help revitalize local schools and veteran’s homes by painting and building shelves or help clean up a neighborhood park and garden!
Times to Volunteer: Weekends 

Perkins School for the Blind Perkins provides education and services for children who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired. Volunteers will help with projects such as maintaining the paths and grounds or reorganizing the books-on-tape library.
Times to Volunteer: Weekends 

Volunteer with YOUTH:

Waltham Chill Zone The Chill Zone is a weekend teen hang-out that provides a place for middle school kids to have fun and stay safe on weekends.  Volunteers can run their own program for the kids on a Friday or Saturday and can do anything from crafts, to sports, to a movie night...basically anything you can think of!
Times to Volunteer: Friday Night and Saturday 

YMCA The YMCA hosts a Teen Night every Friday night from 6-9 p.m. Roughly 100 youth come to these events. The YMCA would love to have any club come and help out at these events, ranging from presenting your clubs specialty to just getting to know the youth! The YMCA also offers family nights and holiday events (example: a Halloween party) for which they also need volunteers. 

Boys and Girls Club runs weekly and one-time family events at which they would love to have Brandeis clubs volunteer, either doing their club's specialty or getting to know the youth. 

Volunteer OUTDOORS:

Drumlin Farms There are various activities available around the farm- help with some of their major one-time events such as the Haunted Hayride at Halloween or help out around the farm managing invasive plants, maintaining trails or doing other outdoor chores.  You also get to see the animals after!
Times to Volunteer: August, September, October, April and May

Waltham Fields Community Farms Volunteer organization whose mission is to grow produce for soup kitchens, shelters and food pantries, to educate people as to how food is grown, and to support farmland preservation.  Help out around the farm with the crops and buildings.
Times to Volunteer: August, September, October, April and May

Emerald Necklace Help preserve the parks and woodlands in the Greater Boston area by getting rid of invasive plants and weeds.
Times to Volunteer: August, September, October, April and May 

Groundwork Lawrence (GWL) has been making change happen in Lawrence, MA since 2001. Through its environmental and open space improvements, food security programs, youth education and employment initiatives, community programming and events, GWL creates the building blocks of a healthy community and empowers Lawrence residents to improve their quality of life.  Volunteers will help with different environmental preservation projects.
Times to Volunteer: Weekends

Charles River Clean-Up The annual Charles River Clean-up is a great way for volunteers to beautify the areas of the Charles that are in Waltham!
Times to Volunteer: August, September, October and April