Program Spotlight

Hunger and Homelessness

Group photo of Hunger and Homelessness volunteersHunger and Homelessness  (HnH) is a program organized around addressing the issues of poverty within the Waltham community. Every semester they have huge volunteer drives that collect nonperishable food items in the Fall and hygiene products in the Spring. Their donations are sent to the Community Day Center (CDC) as well as the Middlesex Human Services Agency (MHSA). HnH also provides meals every Friday to guests at the local CDC that are collected from Brandeis' dining halls, which are exchanged from students who donate their guest meals. They were also on the planning committee that helped to bring the Brandeis Food Pantry to campus. One of the main events that HnH plans is Halloween for the Hungry, a drive in which students “trick or treat” in surrounding Waltham neighborhoods to collect canned food for MHSA. This year, the 31st year of Halloween for the Hungry, Hunger and Homelessness collected their 100,000th item!

Companions to Elders Gets New Community Partner

Elder independent living facility at Frances Cabot Lowell MillCompanions to Elders (C2E) partnered with Francis Cabot Lowell Mill this semester! The Mill is an independent living facility housed in the historic mill next to the watch factory that provides elderly residents with various opportunities for engagement and enrichment. This semester, volunteers at The Mill have had the opportunity to connect with residents, and some were able to practice both Mandarin and English with Mandarin-speaking residents. Additionally, some student volunteers who are musically talented coordinated with residents who play Erhu (a Chinese string instrument) to put on a concert at the end of November, and some volunteers also helped out at The Mill’s “Friendsgiving” as well. The Mill is C2E’s fourth community partner, as students enjoy volunteering at Leland, Marist Hill and Memory Cafe (through JF&CS) throughout the semester as well.