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Wellesley Service Groups
Wellesley's commitment to service extends beyond the campus walls through the following programs and opportunities.
Bridging the Gap
About: Bridging the Gap is a volunteer program in which each Wellesley volunteer is paired with a high school junior or senior at John D. O’Bryant School of Math and Science in Boston, and serves as a mentor to better prepare students for the college application process. Our goals are to help students make the transition from high school to college as smooth as possible and to assist them in any way regarding their academic and career goals.
Population: Teachers select juniors and seniors at John D. O’Bryant School of Math and Science whom they believe will greatly benefit from participating in the program.
Service activities: Tasks of the mentor include, but are not limited to: hosting training sessions, editing personal statements, pursuing scholarship opportunities, assisting with the college search, providing assistance for summer program applications, scheduling college tours and interviews, finding tutoring for the SAT/ACT, and keeping in touch with mentees throughout the year via email or phone (chosen by preference).
Logistics: Wellesley students must volunteer a minimum of one afternoon a week (Monday-Wednesday) at John D. O'Bryant School of Math and Science from 1:00PM to 4:30PM. Transportation is provided to and from the program site. Wellesley mentors must be sure they can fully devote their time to participating in this program. We highly value the one-on-one relationship created between Wellesley mentors and John D. O’Bryant mentees, and encourage contact outside of mentoring sessions.
Contact: Haley Troy | firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone who is interested in mentoring but isn't available on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday afternoons should contact Haley Troy directly.
Campus Girl Scouts
Population: We generally work with older Girl Scouts (ages 11+, grades 6-12).
Service activities: We run badge workshops for local Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts. Campus Girl Scout members also have opportunities to volunteer with specific troops, e.g. as co-leaders.
Logistics: Most volunteering takes place on campus at our badge workshops. However, we can organize other activities off campus as well (transportation will be provided for off-campus activities). Badge workshops usually take place on one or two Sundays a month from 1 to 3 pm, although CGS members are usually there from 12 to 3:30 or so.
Contact: Anicia Arredondo | aarredon@
Chinatown Afterschool Program
About: Chinatown Afterschool is a tutoring and enrichment program which serves children in the Boston Chinatown area who are in grades 1 through 6. Chinatown Afterschool is jointly run by Harvard and Wellesley. The program has about 80 counselors and serves 70 children.
Population: Children in Boston Chinatown in grades 1-6.
Service activities: Volunteers work with a group of 9-15 students. Volunteers strive to provide a safe, educational, and enriching environment for the children. Homework help and tutoring are the focus of the first hour of the program, followed by an hour of creative enrichment activities designed for each counselor group. Volunteers combine individual attention with cooperative group activities. Field trips and other program-wide activities outside of the classroom are planned throughout the semester.
Logistics: Students volunteer in the program’s classroom spaces in Boston's Chinatown. Students must commit to volunteering one afternoon a week (Monday-Thursday from 2:45-7pm), grade-level meetings on weekends at Harvard, and occasional all-program bonding and field trips. Transportation is provided to and from the program site during the week but not to weekend meetings at Harvard.
Contact: Kathy Xie | email@example.com
Habitat for Humanity
About: The purpose of Habitat for Humanity is to provide Wellesley students with opportunities to serve others through the international Habitat for Humanity organization by helping to build affordable housing for low-income families.
Population: Low-income families in the Greater Boston area.
Service Activities: Habitat for Humanity will volunteer at HFH work sites in the Greater Boston area, assisting in the building of affordable housing for low-income families. Volunteers engage in the building process by performing tasks such as painting, installing windows, nailing drywall, etc., and no experience is needed as contractors are always on site to help.
Logistics: There are between 5-10 builds per semester that occur on weekends from 8am-3pm, and volunteers may attend as many or as few builds as they wish. Transportation and lunch is provided. Meetings are held for participants to sign up the week of each build, at which a deposit of $10 is collected and returned the morning of the build to insure that volunteers do not cancel last minute. Habitat for Humanity as a group will also have the option of volunteering in other regions of the United States for a week-long period over Wintersession.
Let's Get Ready
Population: Our program serves the students of Framingham High School.
Service activities: Volunteers act as SAT coaches, as well as aid high school students with their completion of college applications. We provide the curriculum that our coaches should teach.
Logistics: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 9:30pm. There is no minimum time requirement, but we do ask that our coaches try to attend all classes in order to build a lasting relationship with their students. Transportation is provided. Students can act as coaches during the Fall or Spring semester. Let's Get Ready also offers summer coaching positions.
Contact: Madeleine Smith | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission Hill After School Program
About: The Mission Hill After School Program (MHASP) is a tutoring and enrichment program that aims to help students in grades K-6 meet their individual academic goals, increase self-confidence, and encourage the continued pursuit of education. As a counselor with Boston's oldest and largest student run after school program, you will have the opportunity create lasting relationships with youth in the historical Mission Hill neighborhood.
Population: MHASP serves over 70 youth in grades K-6 living in the Mission Main, Mission Park, and Alice Taylor housing complexes.
Service Activities: Counselors work one-on-one with a student as their mentor and friend. During a typical day at program, counselors will pick up the students from their houses, walk with them to program, help with homework, and work with them on the extracurricular activity the coordinators have planned for the day such as designing and building bridges out of household materials to learn about gravity and city planning. The counselor's responsibilities are to bring a lot of energy each time they come to program, to think of creative ways to help their students, to have fun, and to be a role model.
Logistics: Transportation is provided to and from program, which takes place in classrooms in Mission Hill. Program runs Monday-Thursday from 2:45PM-7:00PM. Counselors must attend program at least once a week, attend three mandatory trainings that happen during the semester at Harvard (transportation not provided), and participate in field trips and program-wide activities.
About: REACH is a year-long mentoring program which strives to provide a safe recreational space for kids with special needs to explore and express their creativity. The program is run jointly by Harvard and Wellesley students.
Population: Children with special needs, grades 1-6.
Service activities: Each week during the semester, a Harvard or Wellesley student —a “big buddy”—is paired with a “little buddy.” The time is divided between arts and crafts and gym. Between art and gym each week, REACH usually invites a Harvard group to perform for REACHlings, be it a cappella, break dancing, or a group of clowns. Volunteers spend time with their "little buddy", playing games and doing crafts with them.
Logistics: Students volunteer at the War Memorial Recreation Center in the Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School each Saturday during the school year. The program runs from 12-4pm (includes transportation time). We are looking for students who can go each and every Saturday so that the children can develop personal relationships with one buddy. Transportation is provided to and from the program site each week.
Contact: Nicole Aili Olichney | email@example.com
Stronger Communities, Stronger Schools
About: Stronger Communities, Stronger Schools is the only Wellesley run organization that partners with both Boston Public Schools and community organizations.
Population: Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center’s After School Enrichment Program (ASEP): ASEP provides educational and enrichment activities for a population of 350 students per school year ranging from grades K2-5 at JQES (Josiah Quincy Elementary School). Blackstone/ St. Stephen’s Youth Programs: The Blackstone Elementary School has approximately 500 students ranging from grades K-5, with 70% of those students speaking English as a second language and a large percentage who do not live in the surrounding neighborhoods, creating a unique and challenging situation.
Service Activities: Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center: ASEP programming is structured as 60 minutes of academic support followed by 75 minutes of enrichment programming in arts, recreation, or other areas. As a volunteer with ASEP, you would serve as a homework tutor or an enrichment assistant. Blackstone/St Stephen’s Youth Program: Classrooms assistants mainly within multiple disabilities and early childhood education classrooms. At St. Stephens, we serve as homework tutors and lead curriculum based programming with Elementary and Middle School students and we also do academic tutoring and community organizing with High School students.
Logistics: BCNC (ASEP): Monday through Thursday (Fall & Spring Semester); Time Commitment: At least one day/wk, at the same time each week.;Two different time slots: from 3:15-4:30pm OR 4:30-5:45pm. Blackstone/ St. Stephens: Sunday through Friday; Time Commitment: At least one day/wk, at the same time each week.; Time slots: majority of programs require you to be off campus from 12:30 - 7:00pm, other programs occur solely later in the afternoons and early evenings
Contact: Amber Dickerson | firstname.lastname@example.org We fully believe that our efforts assist in building stronger communities that will enhance and support a stronger school system. Join the Facebook group!
About: Wellesley Volunteers serves as a platform for Wellesley College students to explore a wide range of community service programs. Through such exposure, we hope that volunteers will be able to identify with and commit to specific causes they feel passionately about.
Population: Boston and Greater Boston Communities
Service Activities: In each semester, we explore a different set of issues, concerning hunger, the elderly, the environment, etc. We subsequently organize activities that are relevant to each topic; for example, in addressing the subject of hunger, we volunteer at the Greater Boston Food Bank, soup kitchens and organize on-campus food drives. We encourage our members to suggest new projects in areas they are interested in.
Logistics: Most events occur off-campus and we have bi-weekly on-campus meetings to prepare for them. We will provide transportation for off-campus events. Members can choose how involved they want to be - they may head projects or just sign up for one-off events that pique their interests.