Waltham Group Newsletter

2018 Winter Edition

Message from the Waltham Group President

Group of students wearing blue Waltham Group shirtsHello Waltham Group Alumni!

My name is Matt Nadler, this year’s WG President. I’m a junior from Austin, TX studying Biology and HSSP.

This semester has been one of change for Waltham Group. My main focus this semester has been the implementation of the new Executive Board structure former President Marissa Lazaroff briefly mentioned in her Spring message. Following elections this summer, the inaugural EBoard has been hard at work planning new programming for coordinators, revamping Recruitment efforts, and providing additional resources to coordinators. While any new structure has its share of initial hiccups, we are highly encouraged by the early results of this Restructure. And the EBoard is not the only leadership change this semester. In September DCS welcomed four new CEAP Student Ambassadors, including two who are Waltham Group coordinators, along with two new graduate assistants. And in October, we sadly said goodbye to our adviser, Lauren Shortall, who took a position with Google in Austin, TX. The change continues next semester as we welcome two new members to the EBoard and a new adviser to Waltham Group.

Aside from all those changes, Waltham Group has experienced another year of growth. We welcomed Hospital Helpers back to the WG family with new community partners. They had over 100 volunteers sign up for their listserv on Recruitment Night and currently have a waiting list for volunteers! Some other highlights include Companions to Elders adding another community partner, Kids Connection reporting a record number of volunteers at training, and Brandeis Buddies piloting a new program to add to their programming. These are just a few of the many examples where our programs are expanding and trying new things to make a greater impact in the Waltham community.

We’re excited to continue this year of change and I’m looking forward to what the next semester brings as we continue to embrace the new leadership changes and what each position brings to the table.

Students at a networking eventAlumni Event: Brandeis Alumni in Nonprofits and Education Meetup

Thursday, Feb. 7, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
City Year, 287 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA, 02116

Join the Brandeis Alumni Club of Greater Boston, Department of Community Service Director Lucas Malo, and the Hiatt Career Center for a Nonprofit and Education Meetup to connect with fellow mission-driven Brandeis alumni in the Boston area. This is a great opportunity to meet like-minded professionals and share advice, connections, and referrals that can help you advance your career.

The event will begin with a panel of Brandeis alumni working in the nonprofit space who will discuss their career paths since Brandeis and offer advice for fellow alumni. Following the panel, meet and connect with alumni working in diverse fields and functions including: arts and culture, environment, health, housing, human rights, human services, philanthropy, youth and education and more! Register for the event.

This event is in collaboration with 'deis IMPACT! 2019, Brandeis University's week-long festival of social justice.

Restructure Updates

Waltham Group restructure chartLast semester, we promised to update you on the Executive Board Restructure! Prior to the Restructure, the entire Waltham Group was overseen by two Co-Presidents, who worked in tandem with the Department of Community Service, and were advised by a staff member within the department (the Community Service Specialist). Now, the Waltham Group has an Executive Board (EBoard), headed by the President, with six positions to divide responsibilities equally and ensure that student leaders are playing to their strengths. These positions are as follows:

The President is the head of the Waltham Group EBoard, and oversees all positions, but all of EBoard works collaboratively. The Training Team Leaders (TTLs) work together to plan coordinator training initiatives, and each TTL leads a small group (called houses) of WG programs. The Volunteer Engagement Coordinator advertises volunteer opportunities throughout the year, leads trainings on volunteer retention and recruitment, and collaborates with campus partners to broaden volunteer recruitment and appreciation, among other things. The Treasurer oversees the Waltham Group budget and assists coordinators in filling out the proper paperwork and making sure it is submitted correctly. The Public Relations Coordinator runs all WG social media, like Facebook and Instagram, and publicizes Waltham Group events; she will be receiving training to manage the website and physical publications. The Community Building Coordinator plans events to promote bonding among coordinators within the Waltham Group. The Volunteer Representatives were elected midway through the semester, by both volunteers and coordinators. They serve as the link between coordinators and all Waltham Group volunteers.

Department of Community Service and Waltham Group Headlines

9th Annual Kindness Day!

Volunteers at S'mores eventOn Thursday, Nov. 8, Brandeis had its ninth annual Kindness Day! Throughout the day, students, faculty, and staff all had the opportunity to participate in activities that celebrated and contributed to the kindness that exists in the Brandeis community.

Waltham Group specifically helped out by tabling in the SCC and hosting an event called “Come Spread S’more Love Through Community Service.” Students were able to stop by and have a tasty s’more while learning about Volunteer Appreciation night and the Commitment to Service Award program, and participated in a Kindness Day reflection activity. Pictured below left are Miriam Krugman ’20 and Michaela Cabral ’19, the co-coordinators of Kindness Day. Below right are some members of the WG Eboard, with staff member Will Brummett tabling with s’mores on Kindness Day. Keep spreading kindness throughout the world, everyone!

New Toyota SiennaWG Welcomes Two New Vans to Our Community Service Fleet!

We are so excited to welcome two new members to our (van) family! The Department of Community Service now has a fully ADA accessible van to ensure that all members of the Brandeis community can engage within our community. We have heard over the years that accessibility on our campus is challenging and we wanted to ensure barriers to access were removed. This van is replacing Van #26 and is a 11-passenger van with all seats down and a 10-passenger van when a wheelchair on board. We also replaced our minivan with a brand new 2019 Toyota Sienna! We feel so lucky to continue to be able to transport volunteers safely and efficiently to their service sites.

Wrapped presents during the annual Toy DriveProspect Hill Toy Drive

We are so happy to have worked with Prospect Hill Community Center again to put together our annual Toy Drive for children at the center! Pictured below is just a sampling of the toys collected; over a period of three weeks, we were able to collect a total of 33 toys for all the children at the center! The toys were delivered to the center on Dec. 6th. We are incredibly happy to have been able to continue this tradition and spread some cheer during the holidays! We are considering opening this donation drive to alumni. If this is something that you would be interested in assisting with, please email Lucas Malo.

Fun Fall Semester Facts!

THANK YOU!

Thank you for reading our Fall 2018 Newsletter! The success of the Waltham Group is due to our active and engaged students. As alumni, we hope that you will continue to stay involved. Learn about the variety of ways you can support the Waltham Group. We wish you the happiest of holidays and a happy new year!