Brandeis at 75

Global Service Initiative

Celebrate Brandeis at 75 by making a difference in your community.

Students ready to volunteer at Community Servings

Students pose after they make meals with Community Servings. The organization serves people living with critical and chronic illnesses through meals and food delivery.

Students at tables during Kindness Day

Students create handmade dog toys for shelter dogs with the Veg Club during Kindness Day. Others create notes with lollipops to send to Waltham kids.

Students doing yard work

Students participate in ground cleanup at Franklin Park Zoo during VolunteerFest.

Students learning how to garden

Haley House Farm, an urban farming location, hosted Brandeis students to harvest corps and provide crop care and maintenance.

Brandeis students and faculty have always demonstrated a deep concern for the underdog and an unwavering commitment to social justice.

To celebrate Brandeis at 75, all are invited to take part in a community challenge, designed to make a positive mark on the world. Sign up for the acts of community engagement you’ll complete during our anniversary year ending June 2024 and help repair the world.

Here’s how to get involved.

The Community Challenge

75,000 Acts of Repairing the World in the 75th year!

For 75 years, Brandeis has been cultivating students to leave our campus and to change the world. Brandeisians have impacted the local and global landscape since 1948. We have prepared students to identify the unjust, speak up for change and to DO the work. This year we are asking you to track your impact and to share it with us. Help us show how Brandeis is repairing the world. We are challenging our community to perform a combined 75,000 acts of repairing the world throughout the year. To get involved, visit our directory of engagement opportunities. Or, if you already regularly engage with your community, tell us about it. We want to show the amazing impact Brandeisians have, all around the world. Pledge your act of community engagement and help us track these amazing efforts!

Pledge Now

Current Students: Record your service hours via Campus Groups!

Regional Engagement Opportunities

We invite you to contribute to our Community Challenge as part of a group. Register today for a group activity to make a difference and at the same time connect (or reconnect) with fellow Brandeisians. And don’t forget to pledge your act to the Community Challenge!

Date: Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023
Time: 2-3:30 p.m.
Location: 7080 N. McCormick Blvd., Lincolnwood (The Ark's temporary address)

Join the Brandeis Alumni Club of Chicago as we volunteer at The Ark. The Ark is a social service agency that helps Chicago area Jews facing adversity navigate toward self-reliance. The Ark provides supportive care and case management for over 4,000 clients each year.

Join fellow Brandeisians as we learn about the important work The Ark does in our community and participate in a hands-on activity to help stock, sort and organize food in the food pantry. This activity is open to all ages. 

Register online

Date: Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: 225 E. City Avenue, Suite 210, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania

Join the Jewish Relief Agency (JRA) and Brandeis to give back to the Philadelphia community. Volunteers of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities are invited to help pack and deliver food and supplemental household items to those in need. Deliveries will be made to community members who have identified a need and who live in several different nearby communities. We will have an additional opportunity for volunteers ages 10 and under to help pack between 9-10 a.m.

Visit the Jewish Relief Agency for more information.

Register online

Dates: May 10-20, 2024
Location: Brandeis campus, Waltham, MA

Give & Go, Brandeis' annual household item donation program is back, and we need your help! Volunteers will be asked to accept and sort donations during shifts at various times. This work will be critical in helping divert waste during move-out and may require light lifting, bending, and generally handling used belongings. You can also sign up for our general call list to be contacted on an as-needed basis. Donations will benefit amazing organizations, like Grad Bag and Household Goods. Visit our donation programs page for donation guidelines and our volunteer registration form.

75th Anniversary Campus Celebration Weekend

October 13-15, 2023

When we come together on campus to celebrate 75 years, we will also have a number of amazing opportunities for you to make a difference in our surrounding communities. To participate, please bring items (specified below) to donate or spend some time contributing to our efforts on campus!

Annual Waltham Group Hunger and Homelessness Food Drive

Support Brandeis' annual Halloween for the Hungry! This drive is more important than ever, as food insecurity rates in Massachusetts are reaching as high as 22%. Donations will support Healthy Waltham’s monthly food pantry, neighborhood satellite pantries, and food delivery programs.

The Waltham Group’s Hunger and Homelessness program and the Office of Alumni Relations will be collecting non-perishable items around campus during Brandeis' 75th Anniversary campus celebration.

Dress for Success Drive

Support the Hiatt Career Center’s Career Closet by donating professional attire during this unique on-campus drive. Brandeis students are supported by the Career Closet on campus by giving them access to free professional attire for job interviews, career fairs, networking events, and other career-oriented activities. Our goal is to help students feel prepared, professional, confident, and comfortable when making a first impression, without having to spend a lot of money on expensive clothing.

Donations typically include business suits, blouses, dress pants, skirts, dress shoes, ties, and other accessories. Items not chosen for the Hiatt Career Closet will be donated to the Waltham Partnership for Youth to support the Waltham High School closet.

Hygiene Kit Making Event

Join other members of the Brandeis community as we build 500 hygiene kits for our Waltham community. Healthy Waltham operates a weekly food pantry and these kits are one of their most popular items. Kits include items like deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, and shampoo. Volunteers will package these to donate to the pantry.

Learn more about Healthy Waltham.

This event is co-sponsored by the Waltham Group’s Hunger and Homelessness program, the Harvest Table Culinary Group and Brandeis Hospitality, and the Office of Alumni Relations at Brandeis.

Gift of Life’s mission is to cure blood cancer through cellular therapy. At Gift of Life, we believe every person battling blood cancer deserves a second chance at life — and we are determined to make it happen.

We are singularly passionate about engaging the public to help us get everyone involved in curing blood cancer, whether as a donor, a volunteer or a financial supporter. It all begins with one remarkable person, one life-changing swab and one huge win — finding a match and a cure. Register to be a bone marrow or blood stem cells donor this weekend.

Partners in Health Engage Brandeis

Learn more about Partners in Health Engage Brandeis, one of current student clubs on campus. Partners in Health (PIH) is a Boston-based nonprofit healthcare organization that aims to bring modern medical science to the poorest parts of the world. PIH has projects in more than ten countries including Liberia, Russia, Haiti, and Mexico. The PIH Engage program focuses on educating college communities on global issues that the nonprofit is working on. Many initiatives including the Paul Edward Farmer (PF) Memorial Resolution (H.Res.1373 for the enactment of a 21st century global health solidarity strategy will be discussed.