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If you're interested in serving with a particular population or at a particular type of service project, check out this easy to follow chart to see which clubs have offerings that meet those interests: Service Clubs by Category

Community Voices

“My time at Brandeis has been characterized by community service; it has been a central part of my experience here. Through my service, I learned that volunteering to help others is a totally positive endeavor that helps the community, yourself, and those around you.” ~Benjamin Berson '15

"The reason I want to dedicate my life to not only the Waltham Group but service in general is because I was told that you have not found yourself until you lose yourself in the service of others. I am constantly evolving, growing, and deepening my own spirit by doing work that is not of myself, and the rewards have been infinite!" ~Bronte Velez '16

“Our efforts are definitely making differences in the world in a step by step manner, but the beauty of community service is that it allows us to learn about ourselves in the process along with the values that we treasure and will continue to develop throughout our lives.” ~Lok Wan Erick Yeung '15

Volunteer Clubs

Brandeis University is rich in volunteer opportunities of all kinds! There is truly something for every passion, skill set and schedule. With so many options, where do you begin finding the opportunity that’s right for you? Read on and see what opportunities await you!

Waltham Group Afternoon Enrichment Waltham middle school students are paired with Brandeis volunteers for a weekly enrichment and tutorial program, which includes a fun and educational group activity and one-on-one homework help.

Waltham Group Big Siblings Volunteers are paired in a one-to-one mentoring relationship with an elementary school child and spend an hour each week during lunch together, doing activities and developing a relationship.

Waltham Group Blood Drive Red Cross blood drives are held on campus three times a year with assistance from student volunteers. Donors and volunteers are needed for the drives. 

Waltham Group Brandeis Buddies Students are paired with adults with developmental disabilities in partnership with Greater Waltham ARC, building friendships through activities like crafts, games and field trips.

Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps BEMCo is Brandeis University's emergency medical first response service. Members are Massachusetts State certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).

Brandeis Encourages Women in Science & Engineering (Be WiSE) Through programs that include hands-on learning, mentorship and leadership opportunities, Be WiSE works to increase self-confidence and literacy in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) of K-12 girls.

Colleges Against Cancer This collaboration among Brandeis students, faculty and staff is dedicated to eliminating cancer by supporting American Cancer Society programs.

Waltham Group Community Connections Students participate in one-time service opportunities or mini days of service at places like Cradles to Crayons and More Than Words. This is a great program for individuals who can’t commit to weekly volunteer programs. 

Waltham Group Companions to Elders Volunteers serve as weekly companions to elder residents in nursing homes and plan group social programming for the residents. Volunteers can also volunteer monthly at the Memory Café, an event for adults with memory challenges.

Education for Students by Students ESS engages, inspires and involves the entire community in a love of learning. The group organizes unique classes, facilitates discussions and creates events, such as Deis Talks and Splash, that make knowledge easily accessible to members of the community.

English Language Learning Initiative (ELL) Through this program, students tutor Brandeis employees in English. Tutors do not need to have any background in teaching English, nor do they need to speak another language.

Farmer’s Club This club maintains a rooftop community farm on campus and does outreach programs in the Greater Waltham community.

Food Recovery Network- Brandeis University This club seeks to decrease hunger and fight food waste by donating surplus unsold food from Brandeis dining operations and serving as an informational resource to the Brandeis community on food recovery, waste management and food inequalities.

Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC) The purpose of the Brandeis chapter is to raise money for FIMRC's international efforts, perform community service projects abroad, serve the community as an informational resource in areas such as international relief and children's aid, and give students opportunities to learn.

Waltham Group General Tutoring Volunteers in this program provide one-on-one tutoring for children in grades 1-12 for one hour each week on the Brandeis campus.

Global Brigades Each year Brandeis sends three teams to Honduras, where each team spends the February break working on projects in one of three focus areas—medicine, public health and microfinance—as well as learning the many intricacies of Honduran and Latin American culture.

Waltham Group Habitat for Humanity This campus chapter works to increase awareness of affordable housing issues, assists in building homes, supports community beautification projects and raises funds. Habitat also participates in alternative spring break trips each year.

Waltham Group Hunger and Homelessness Volunteers address poverty issues by assisting at a local day shelter and organizing food and clothing drives.

Waltham Group Junior Brandeis Achievers (JBA) Volunteers run weekly afterschool club programming for children at Stanley and Plympton elementary schools in partnership with Waltham High School. Clubs have focused on dance, science and journalism to name a few and give the children an opportunity to explore a new hobby or develop a new skill set.

Waltham Group Kids Connection Brandeis students volunteer at local children’s non-profits, including the Prospect Hill Foundation Teen Program, the Boys and Girls Club and a YMCA program at Stanley Elementary School. Volunteers run and assist with programs and serve as role models for the youth. 

Waltham Group Language and Cultural Enrichment (LaCE) Waltham middle school students who are learning English as a second language are paired with Brandeis students for a weekly afterschool enrichment and tutoring program that includes a fun group activity and one-on-one language and homework help.

Waltham Group Language Empowering Action Project (LEAP) Volunteers work in local non-profits that may require services to non-native English speakers and also provide weekly English lessons to local community members.

Project Plus One PP1-Brandeis works with a health clinic in East Timor to implement a sustainable development project to improve the health of those living in poverty. Members devise teams to compete for grant funding, conduct research, plan fundraising events and organize volunteer trips to East Timor.

Waltham Group Prospect Hill Kids Club Volunteers run an afterschool educational and social enrichment program for grades 1-12 at the Prospect Hill Foundation, a center for the Prospect Hill Terrace low-income housing neighborhood.

Waltham Group Service Without Borders Student plan and attend alternative fall and spring break volunteer trips, working on projects ranging from sustainable agriculture to literacy.

Waltham Group SPECTRUM Volunteers build relationships with the families of children with disabilities through movement, songs and games as well as provide tutoring services to the children.

Student Association for TRII (SAT) The Student Association for TRII (“Association”) is an association with the goal of providing students with the knowledge and skills to become accredited so they can represent and assist asylum seekers and aliens through immigration proceedings.

Students to End Alzheimer’s Disease (SEAD) With a focus on advancing the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association, this group provides volunteer opportunities, research updates and advocacy initiatives for members of the Brandeis community.

Waltham Group Symbiosis This program connects students with local environmental volunteering opportunities, such as farm work, gleaning and animal shelters support.

Waltham Group Teaching Assistants in Public Schools (T.A.P.S.) Volunteers assist teachers with students during school hours and in afterschool homework clinics at Waltham schools as well as run an early literacy program at the Prospect Hill Foundation.

YourStory International YourStory International (YSI) is an innovative non-profit organization tasked with providing critical primary healthcare resources to disadvantaged populations within the Greater Leogane-area in Ouest, Haiti. YSI challenges traditional models of international aid and development by empowering local communities to define and meet their own development goals, while simultaneously incorporating the perspectives of community members into a progressive model for primary healthcare service delivery that is both culturally-informed and evidence-based. Crucially, YSI views the provision of healthcare resources as a symbiotic partnership, whereby American practitioners and undergraduate students receive crucial clinical experiences and engage in the cultural exchange, and Haitian nationals largely design, implement, and are benefitted by the provision of these services. Furthermore, YSI seeks to cultivate a permanent and reliable presence in the communities that it serves. Because of this, our organization represents an opportunity for sustained, and sustainable, intercultural exchanges of skills and customs, as well as a stable and high-yield source of experience for Brandeis University undergraduates. 

Download a brief summary of all the Waltham Group programs. (PDF).

Download a brief summary of all student led service clubs. (PDF).