Hunger and Homelessness
Hunger and Homelessness (HnH) offers volunteer programs that address homelessness and poverty in the
Greater Boston Area. They run 3 types of programs: Food for Thought, Halloween for the Hungry, and Spring Wellness Drive. Food for Thought is a weekly volunteer program in which volunteers serve meals and facilitate discussions with the guests at the Community Day Center of Waltham, a day shelter for those who experience poverty and housing insecurity. HnH also runs Halloween for the Hungry and Spring Wellness Drives. You can learn more about their programming here.
SPECTRUM is a wonderful program that works with children who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. We have three programs within our program: a social skills group, a tutoring program, and a mentoring program. Our social skills group is an inclusive environment where our volunteers interact with participants by doing a wide range of activities such as arts and crafts, sports, games, etc. Our tutoring program is a one-to-one experience between a volunteer and a participant to work on academic subjects. Lastly, our mentoring program is a one-to-one experience between a volunteer and a participant to offer support, guidance, and friendship. The highlights of the semester for SPECTRUM were playing football, parachute games, and trivia games with our amazing volunteers and participants.
American Red Cross blood drives are held on campus three times a year in October, February, and April with assistance from student volunteers. Blood collected at these drives saves an average of 1,000 lives annually. Donors and volunteers are needed for the drives. Volunteers help advertise; recruit student, faculty and staff donors for the drives; and assist during the drives to ensure that they run safely and smoothly. Blood Drive engages over 300 members of the Brandeis community through their events, aiming to collect as many pints of blood as possible as each pint can save up to three lives, or five babies.