Day to Make a Difference
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Join us to make a difference in the local community!
You are cordially invited to join the 16th annual Day to Make a Difference (D2MAD). 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 years, we are pleased to continue Wellesley's rich tradition of service and citizenship.
Interested in becoming a site leader for D2MAD? Please click on the left-hand tab for more information!
2015 Service Projects
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Charles River Conservancy Cambridge, MA: The Charles River Conservancy is dedicated to the stewardship, renewal, and enhancement of the urban parklands along the Charles River, for the enjoyment of all.The Conservancy promotes the active use and vitality of the parklands, increases recreational and cultural opportunities, and works to ensure the beauty and integrity of this extraordinary public resource. Volunteers will perform vital park maintenance work including planting daffodil bulbs, painting park benches, removing invasive species, trimming brush, and trash cleanup.
- 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.
- Greater Worcester Land Trust Worcester, MA: The Greater Worcester Land Trust is a small non-profit organization created in 1987 to purchase, hold, advocate for, preserve or transfer, critical open space parcels in the Greater Worcester area. They strive to maintain land for preservation of wildlife so that current and future generations can enjoy the mental and physical well-being that wilderness and our natural environment provides. Volunteers will help gather logs and organize materials and tools in preparation for stART on the Street, Central Massachusetts’ largest arts, music, and performance festival.
- Community Harvest Project North Grafton, MA: The Community Harvest Project builds an engaged and healthier community by bringing volunteers together to grow fresh fruits and vegetables for hunger relief. In 2014, Community Harvest Project donated over 268,000 lbs. – or 1.1 million servings – of fresh fruits and vegetables to hunger relief organizations in the Worcester County Food Bank’s network. Volunteers will help tend, harvest, and wash in-season crops.
- 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.
- Habitat for Humanity Tewksbury, MA: Habitat for Humanity is a housing volunteer organization established in 1976 by Linda and Millard Fuller to address the issue of poverty housing. Since its establishment, Habitat built or repaired over 1 million homes worldwide, serving 5 million people. Volunteers will assist with construction-related tasks (no prior knowledge needed) in order to help build a house in Massachusetts.
- 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.