Day to Make a Difference

Saturday September 21, 2013

Join us to make a difference in the local community!

You are cordially invited to join the Wellesley College Alumnae Association and the Center for Work and Service for the fourteenth annual Day to Make a Difference. This event offers Wellesley College students, alumnae, faculty, and staff the chance to participate in service projects in their communities. Due to the overwhelming success over the past thirteen years, we are pleased to continue Wellesley's rich tradition of service and citizenship. Last year, volunteers contributed over 1,500 service hours during this event!



2013 Service Projects

Saturday, September 21

  • Habitat for Humanity (North Shore) Lynn, MA: Habitat for Humanity North Shore, an affiliate of the national Habitat for Humanity chapter, works to build houses for those in need who live on Massachusetts' North Shore. Volunteers will assist with construction-related tasks (no prior knowledge needed) in order to help build a house in Lynn, MA. 

  • Stone Zoo Stoneham, MA: The Stone Zoo’s mission is to sustain the natural world for future generations through programs that focus on wildlife, conservation, research, and education. Volunteers have an opportunity to assist Stone Zoo staff in their efforts to care for the zoo and to facilitate special events. Upon completion of their tasks, volunteers are welcome to walk around the zoo to enjoy the exhibits. 

  • The Food Project Beverly, MA: The Food Project works to engage young people in the Greater Boston community through sustainable agriculture. The Food Project partners with these youth to farm over forty acres in and around Boston. Volunteers will be working at the farm in Beverly, MA and will have an opportunity to partake in farming activities such as harvesting vegetables, as well as a group discussion about the food system. 

  • Habitat for Humanity (ReStore) Worcester, MA: Habitat for Humanity MetroWest, also an affiliate of the national Habitat for Humanity chapter, builds houses for families in need, while also operating the ReStore, a non-profit retail outlet that raises money for the organization. The ReStore accepts donations from the community and sells the donated items to others at a fraction of their valued price. All proceeds from these sales go directly to help defray the costs of building Habitat homes. Volunteers will assist ReStore customers and will also test, clean, price, and organize the donated items.

  • The Wish Project Lowell, MA: The Wish Project receives referrals from several partner organizations for recently homeless or impoverished families who are in need of essential supplies for themselves and their children. The Wish Project receives donations from community members and uses these donations to meet the needs of their clients. Volunteers will work to process the donated items by sorting, folding, shelving, and labeling the donations.

  • Cradles to Crayons Brighton, MA: Cradles to Crayons is committed to providing children (ages 0-12) with the essential items they need to be happy and successful, both at home and in school. Cradles to Crayons provides young children with these crucial items by collecting and redistributing gently used items that have been donated by the community. Volunteers will be part of this process by helping to inspect, sort, and package the donations. 

  • Rosie’s Place Boston, MA: Rosie’s Place is a safe space for poor and homeless women. Rosie’s Place offers these women both emergency and long-term assistance. Volunteers will prepare and serve lunch for approximately 150 women and children. 

  • Drumlin Farms Wildlife Sanctuary Lincoln, MA: Drumlin Farms is affiliated with Mass Audubon, an organization that is committed to protecting and preserving the wildlife in Massachusetts. Drumlin Farms is a “real working farm and a wildlife sanctuary all in one…”; the farm practices sustainable growing techniques to grow over fifty kinds of fruits and vegetables. Volunteers will assist the crop manager with field chores, such as harvesting the in-season vegetables and fruits. 

  • Natick Organic Community Farm Natick, MA: The Natick Organic Community Farm is a local non-profit farm in Natick. The Farm provides year-round educational opportunities for people of all ages. Volunteers will be assisting the Farm with various activities, including helping out with their farmer’s market.