Through our work and service we often follow the philosophy of serving and learning. We hope that through your involvement with the Department of Community Service and the Waltham Group you will learn something new about yourself, your peers and the many individuals with whom you interact.

We are dedicated to making your experience both meaningful and worthwhile. When you volunteer, you often experience emotions that range on the spectrum from fear and hopelessness to pride and joy. There are numerous resources for you to evaluate and reflect as you continue your journey of service. On this site you will find resources as they relate to your volunteerism, career and journey of lifelong learning.

Community Service and Waltham Group Van Training 

Interested in taking a Brandeis University/Department of Community Service Van Training course with Public Safety?  Please note, this course is ONLY to be certified to drive Waltham Group vans or other university owned and operated vans. Additionally, this form is only for the Department of Community Service to collect information. This training is not related to BranVan jobs or any other certification. To sign up, fill out the Van Training Attendance Request form and choose a date(s) that might work with your schedule. 

Resources for Volunteers Supporting Adults and Youth with Disabilities

Brandeis University’s Department of Community Service is committed to providing knowledge for its students and our local community to improve their methods of engagement and advocacy of individuals with developmental disabilities. Sponsored by a grant from the MB & Edna Zale Foundation, DCS has compiled a digital resource library on a variety of services, training and information on inclusion policies with data from nonprofits, universities, and governmental institutions.

DCS also has compiled a list of Inclusion Resources, an in-house educational library available to students interested in research and/or volunteering with individuals with developmental disabilities. If you have further questions or would like more information about any of the materials in the resource library, please contact DCS Director Lucas Malo.

Alternative Break Handbook

If you're planning an overnight service project, this handbook is for you. Check out the Alternative Break Handbook (PDF) for all the details you'll need to know and checklists to follow to plan a memorable service trip over break.

Dialogue as a Form of Reflection

Among your greatest resources are the students and staff that work with the Department of Community Service and the Waltham Group. Never hesitate to set up time to reflect and share with a member of our team. It is our hope that through dialogue we can make your experience meaningful and worthwhile.