Zipping into Social Action

Caitlin Abber '13
Photo by Mike Lovett
Caitlin Abber '13

Community service is a Brandeisian priority, and, thanks to a recently awarded grant from the Zipcar Students with Drive program, transportation from campus to the many partner sites of Brandeis Experiential and Community-Engaged Learning will become easier.

The grant will provide $5,500 in Zipcar credits toward vehicle usage by students traveling to work sites that include the Charles River Public Internet Center, where immigrants and low-income residents can learn basic computer skills; WATCH Housing Advocacy Clinic, which provides ESL classes, résumé building and other skill training; and Healthy Waltham, where students teach area youth about healthy eating and vegetable gardening.

Ford Motor Company and Zipcar partnered to create the grant program. Ford has pledged to provide $300,000 in grants to be awarded to student organizations and universities. Brandeis’ winning grant application was written by Caitlin Abber ’13, program assistant for Brandeis Experiential and Community-Engaged Learning.