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Hunger and Homelessness

Hunger and Homelessness offers a diverse array of volunteer programs that deal with combating hunger and homelessness in the local community.
Population Served: Any community member actively seeking support, food and shelter from community organizations

Community Partners: Waltham Community Day Center, Sodexo, the Greater Boston Food Bank, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Bristol Lodge, Cradles to Crayons, Goodwill, Paulist Center and Household Goods Recycling of Massachusetts

Programs Offered:
Brandeis Be Our Guest This program collects unused guest meals from Brandeis students, and in turn, Sodexo donates the meals to the local soup kitchen and day center. Volunteers bring this food to local soup kitchen where they serve the food and faciliate activities with guests. 
Brandeis Supper Club A weekly volunteer opportunity for students to provide supper for guests at the Paulist Center in Boston on Wednesday nights. Volunteers will be able to serve, engage, and eat with the guests.
Halloween for the Hungry
 On Halloween each year, Brandeis students trick or treat throughout Waltham and surrounding towns to collect canned goods. 
Spring Sock Drive Join volunteers as we go door-to-door in Waltham collecting socks and gently used clothing for Boston's Healthcare for the Homeless Program. This event is held in conjunction with Hospital Helpers. 
GBFB and HGRM Volunteer Days Student volunteers can spend an afternoon sorting donations at the Greater Boston Food Bank, contributing to food bank's process of redistribution or helping low-income families pick out furniture and household goods that best suit their needs at HGRM. 

Transportation is provided for every program.

How to Participate: If your program is looking for Brandeis students to volunteer or collect donations or if you're a Brandeis students looking to volunteer, e-mail the program coordinators at or join the Hunger and Homelessness listserve.

Volunteer Time Commitment: Depending on the project, time commitments range between one and four hours. We offer weekly 3-hour volunteer opportunities at the Waltham Community Day Center and are looking to volunteer at GBFB and HGRM once a month. We also go to the Paulist Center once a week for a 4-hour volunteer opportunity. Students can volunteer for short periods of time during our food and clothing drives as well.