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!
Alternative Breaks are student-led community engagement programs that promote student leadership, equality, ethical volunteering, and social justice. These programs aim to equip students with the tools, resources, and experience to be effective leaders and allies within their local and global communities. Student groups partner with local and global initiatives on a variety of social justice issues, from access to medical care to housing inequity. Participants learn from and engage with communities near and far, while building knowledge and skills that will inform their futures. Several Brandeis clubs coordinate trips every year.
The Brandeis University Medical Corps (BEMCo) is Brandeis’ student-run volunteer emergency medical service. BEMCo strives to provide timely and efficient emergency medical care to the Brandeis community. Today, under the guidance of the director of Public Safety and the director of the University Health Center, BEMCo continues to meet the emergency medical needs of the community.
BeWiSE hopes to inspire and encourage women in science and engineering to realize their professional and personal goals and address issues inherent in maintaining a diverse and balanced workforce.
By creating a community of undergraduate and graduate students at Brandeis University, BeWiSE offers the opportunity for students to take advantage of available resources. Additionally, BeWiSE fosters confidence and literacy in STEM fields in youth from underrepresented groups through free mentorship programs in Waltham.
The Right to Immigration Institute (TRII—pronounced “Tree”) is an immigration nonprofit and the first of its kind to apply the law school clinic model to the undergraduate level. By training undergraduate students so they can become DOJ accredited representatives, TRII aims to make sure no one must face the immigration process alone.
Students to End Alzheimer’s Disease is a student-led club that focuses on advancing the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association through our three main goals: volunteering, outreach, and research related to Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). They are the primary resource on the Brandeis campus to connect students with information about the disease, current research updates, advocacy initiatives, and volunteering opportunities.
This collaboration among Brandeis students, faculty and staff is dedicated to eliminating cancer by supporting American Cancer Society programs. The sign-up for the annual Relay for Life is now open! Be a part of this impactful event that brings hundreds together to raise money for an important cause.
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 TEDxBrandeisUniversity and Splash, that make knowledge easily accessible to members of the community. In the annual TEDxBrandeisUniversity Event, members from the Brandeis community are given the platform to share their ideas with the campus and the world. Splash is a community education event where hundreds of grade 6-12 youth come to campus for a day to take fun and unique classes taught by Brandeis students.
Brandeis University English Language Learning Initiative was founded in the Spring of 2001, to tutor Brandeis dining hall employees in English. Now tutoring services have expanded to include all interested Brandeis employees. Students who tutor need not have any background in teaching English, nor do they need to speak another language. All tutors need is a willingness to help people in their own community, and patience when communicating. Learners come from a variety of backgrounds, languages, and levels of English making each tutoring session different.
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.
The purpose of the Brandeis chapter of FIMRC (Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children) is to raise donations for FIMRC's international fundraising efforts, perform community service projects, serve the community as an informational resource in areas such as international relief and children's aid, and give students opportunities to learn. We are committed to educating and raising awareness in students here, as well as in communities abroad, about hygiene and health.
Each year Brandeis sends three teams to Honduras, where each team spends the February break working on projects in one of two focus areas—medical or legal empowerment—as well as learning the many intricacies of Honduran and Latin American culture.
To empower and provide sustainability to underprivileged communities in Honduras. We want to fight against the idea of "voluntourism" and provide service without leaving the community unprepared or exerting privileged status upon them. In addition, we want to expose Brandeis students to different cultures and communities. Furthermore, to allow Brandeis students an exposure to a non-American healthcare and political system.
The Waltham Group, founded in 1966, is a volunteer community service organization. Hundreds of student volunteers participate in outreach programs on campus and throughout the greater Waltham and Boston communities. Through its tutorial, recreational, mentoring and other programs, the Waltham Group responds to the needs of children and adults in the community and is a center for service and advocacy. The Waltham Group provides students with a meaningful volunteer and educational experience that reaches beyond the university classroom.
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 benefited 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.