Wellesley Service Groups

Wellesley's commitment to service extends beyond the campus walls through the following programs and opportunities.

Blue Cancer Society
Boston Refugee Youth Enrichment
Bridging the Gap
Campus Girl Scouts
Chinatown Afterschool Program
Habitat for Humanity
Let's Get Ready
Mission Hill After School Program
Science Club for Girls
Stronger Communities, Stronger Schools
Wellesley Volunteers

Blue Cancer Society

About: Blue Cancer Society is Wellesley's cancer activism organization. Our goals are to educate the Wellesley community on cancer prevention measures and the cancer community via lectures and awareness campaigns, to volunteer with local and national organizations serving cancer patients, and to fundraise for these organizations. We also coordinate with other local univiersities to co-host the American Cancer Society's annual Relay for Life fundraiser. 
Population: Wellesley College students as well as local and national cancer organizations.

Service Activities: We host events on campus where students can make cards, stuffed animals and more to be donated to local organizations serving patients and their families, such as the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. We also go to these sites during the semester to volunteer our time, and invite any Wellesley students interested in joining us!

Logistics: Blue Cancer Society has weekly meetings (Mondays 6:30PM-7:30PM) on campus to learn more about the cancer community and to plan events throughout the semester.
Contact: Matilde Bori and Katherine Tang | mborio@wellesley.edu and ktang@wellesley.edu

Boston Refugee Youth Enrichment- Teen

About: The Boston Refugee Youth Enrichment Program is a youth empowerment and mentorship program that works with 12-16 year old refugee youth on Saturdays in Dorchester. We utilize creative arts as a means of self-expression and explore themes of community and identity through mentor/mentee discussions and group activities. We also take field trips in Boston. 

Service Activities: We spend the first hour of program working on homework or doing mentorship pairings/discussions on issues of education. The second hour is spent doing enrichment activities. This year we will explore the themes of art, community, and identity and explore other modes of expression such as photography and creative writing. Our volunteers build long-lasting relationships with the teens, and also gain facilitation skills, as we take turns leading the discussion groups and activities.

Logistics: Since this is a program run under the Phillips Brooks House Association at Harvard, we have weekly meetings before the volunteering sessions at PBHA. Official sessions run from 2:00PM to 4:00PM in Dorchester. Volunteers travel to and from the site together.

Contact: Genesis Barrios | gbarrios@wellesley.edu and Grace Ming | gming@wellesley.edu

Boston Refugee Youth Enrichment 1-2-1 

AboutPBHA’s Boston Refugee Youth Enrichment (BRYE) 1-2-1 is a big sibling program for recent immigrant and refugee youth living in Dorchester. Unlike PBHA’s other BRYE programs, which often support students in building basic English skills, BRYE 1-2-1 works with children who already have a working knowledge of English and would benefit from a one-on-one mentoring relationship.

Population: Refugee and immigrant children in the Dorchester community ages 6-12. 

Service activities: Volunteers are paired with a child to serve as a mentor for them throughout the semester. The group meets alternate Saturdays to participate in activities throughout Boston, while other Saturdays are spent participating in one-on-one activities with mentors and mentees. 

Logistics: Volunteers are paired with a child to serve as a mentor for them throughout the semester. The group meets alternate Saturdays to participate in activities throughout Boston, while other Saturdays are spent participating in one-on-one activities with mentors and mentees throughout the Boston area. Each semester includes a semester-long project that the mentees and mentors work together to complete.

Contact: Emily Boyk- eboyk@wellesley.edu

Bridging the Gap (currently not active) 

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 refer juniors and seniors at John D. O’Bryant School of Math and Science whom they believe will greatly benefit from participating in the program. Our target population typically consists of first-generation students, but we welcome all students with a broad range of individual challenges.

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 at John D. O'Bryant School of Math and Science on Saturday mornings from 8:30AM-12:30PM. This time frame includes transportation to and from the school, which the organization provides. Wellesley mentors must be sure the ycan fully devote their time to particitpating 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 | htroy@wellesley.edu
Anyone who is interested in mentoring but isn't available on Saturday mornings should contact Haley Troy directly.

Campus Girl Scouts

Population: We work with all levels of Girl Scouts (Grades K-12). 

Service Activities: We run badge workshops for local Girl Scouts troops. Campus Girl Scout members also have opportunities to volunteer with specific troops, e.g. as co-leaders.

Logistics: Most volunteering takes places 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 1:00PM to 3:00PM, although Campus Girl Scout members are usually there from 12:00PM to 3:30PM or so.

Contact: Jordanne Stobbs- Vergara jstobbs2@wellesley.edu

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, 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.

Contact: Narih Lee | nlee2@wellesley.edu


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.

Contact: Frankie Frank | ffrank@wellesley.edu

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: TBD

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.

Contact:  Thalia Ramirez | tramire3@wellesley.edu 
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wellesley.mhasp



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: Alexa Pagliaro | apagliar@wellesley.edu



About: Robogals Wellesley is a student organization dedicated to getting more young girls and women excited about STEM. We focus on introducing them to computer science, robotics, and engineering. Our goal is to help rectify the persistent gender gap in STEM fields. We hope to reach young girls and teach them that STEM isn't just for boys!

Population: Girls from Greater Boston schools in grades 3-6. We target schools and youth centers in underprivileged areas. 

Service Activities: We hold monthly 1-2 hour workshops at elementary schools and introduce girls to technologies such as Little Bits and Scratch. We provide a fun, engaging, and safe environment for girls to enjoy themselves while exploring STEM related topics. Volunteers lead discussions related to engineering and computer science, and help guide the girls as they work on their projects. Volunteers must go through a <1 hour training to familiarize themselves with the materials before volunteering.

Logistics: Workshops are usually off-campus. Transportation is provided. Workshop and training times vary per month but will be announced well in advance. Robogals Wellesley is a chapter of Robogals Global, based in Australia. 

Contact: Nasreen Al-Qadi | nalqadi@wellesley.edu

Science Club for Girls

About: About: Science Club for Girls is a science enrichment program that connects girls in the Greater Boston area, particularly those in underrepresented groups, to college-aged mentors. SCFG offers free science and engineering programs in a fun, interactive environment. The goal of mentors is to increase self-confidence and critical thinking in the sciences, as well as to serve as role models for their mentees.

Population: Girls from Greater Boston schools in grades K-6.

Service Activities: Mentors from colleges all over Massachusetts lead weekly programs for girls from the Greater Boston area, who learn about a specific topic in the sciences over the course of a semester. The Wellesley College chapter has also partnered with SCFG to design and teach a curriculum specifically for 5th grade girls, called SLAM DUNK (Science Learning and Mentoring: Discovering and Understanding New Knowledge).

Logistics: Science Club for Girls programs are held on Saturday afternoons from 2:30-4:45pm at Pine Manor College (Newton). SLAM DUNK programs are held on Saturday afternoons from 2:30-4:45pm at Pine Manor College. Transportation is provided for all programs. Students interested in serving as mentors with SCFG are required to commit to attending the weekly programs for the entire semester. Students working with SLAM DUNK are required to teach one or more lessons in teams with other Wellesley students.

Contact: Mehak Sarang msarang@wellesley.edu Isabel D'Alessandro idalessa@wellesley.edu


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: Katie LaBarge | klabarge@wellesley.edu 

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/WellesleySCSS

SCSS Website: http://cs110.wellesley.edu/~wangsuntan/beta/homepage.html

Wellesley Volunteers (currently not active)

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.

Contact: TBD |