Day to Make a Difference

Saturday, September 13, 2014

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 fifteenth 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 fourteen years, we are pleased to continue Wellesley's rich tradition of service and citizenship. 


2014 Registration Closed 


2014 Service Projects

Saturday, September 13

  • Habitat for Humanity (North Shore) Lynn, MA: The Center for Work and Service is excited to partner with the Wellesley Habitat for Humanity group for this year's Day to Make A Difference event. Habitat for Humanity North Shore, an affiliate of the national Habitat for Humanity chapter, works to build homes 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 Massachusetts.  
  • The Greater Boston Food Bank Boston, MA: The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. Last year, the Greater Boston Food Bank distributed 48 million pounds of food, enough to provide healthy meals to as many as 545,000 people. Volunteers will work in their warehouse, inspecting, sorting, and packing food and grocery products.
  • 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 with 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.
  • Emerald Necklace Conservancy Boston, MA: In the heart of Boston and extending to Brookline, the historic Emerald Necklace park system serves as the backyard for city residents and a destination for more than one million visitors each year. Stretching from Back Bay to Dorchester, this inviting green space connects people and nature. Your volunteer work day will be approximately 3 hours long and will involve some type of ecological restoration work such as planting trees or wildflowers, controlling erosion, building trails, or managing invasive species. Leaders will teach you everything you need to know about safety and technique, provide you with tools and materials, and help you make a difference in our amazing parks. Expect to have fun, meet people who love the outdoors, and get dirty!
  • Room to Grow Boston, MA: Room to Grow's program provides parents raising babies in poverty with one-on-one parenting support and essential baby items throughout their children's critical first three years of life. Volunteers will help organize and prepare their inventory of infant and toddler clothing, toys, books and equipment.
  • COASTSWEEP Rowley, MA: Each September and October, thousands of volunteers throughout Massachusetts turn out for COASTSWEEP—the statewide coastal cleanup sponsored by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM). Volunteers will collect marine debris—trash, fishing line, and any other human-made items at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.
  • IMEC North Andover, MA: IMEC serves doctors, nurses, farmers and teachers in the developing world by providing them with quality tools for the advancement of healthcare, agriculture and education throughout their community. IMEC provides equipment, tools and supplies through IMEC Suites. Each Suite contains all of the equipment, tools and supplies needed to operate a service or department. Volunteers will be working at the IMEC headquarters to build these Suites that are soon shipped to a receiving facility in one of 80 developing countries they serve.
  • Friends of Wellesley College Botanical Gardens Wellesley, MAThe garden is located on the slope below the Whitin Observatory. Volunteers will get hands-on experience in Wellesley's own edible forest garden. Permaculture expert Dave Jacke and Botanic Gardens Director Kristina Jones will lead the activities, which include mulching, weeding, cleanup, and preparing the garden for winter. Time will be dedicated to learning about the different polyculture plantings and discussing the goals of the garden. Remember to bring your own hat, water, and other self-care items.