World Service Week Projects 2016

Saturday, March 26

HEALTHY KIDS FESTIVAL
Project Leader(s):
 Saki Iwamoto '10/'11MS,  iwamoto@bostonchildrensmuseum.org
Date: Saturday, March 26, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m. (set-up) 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (event)
Location: Boston Children's Museum, 308 Congress Street, Boston, MA
Description: Boston Children's Museum is having its annual health-wellness event, Healthy Kids Festival. They no longer need volunteers, but guests are still welcome!
Special Notes:
 For those who do not want to volunteer, but would like to participate, please show up at the museum with your kids! If you are attending without children, please reference the visitor policies listed here:  www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/visit. Please note that if you are participating in the Healthy Kids Festival, museum fees do apply. World Service Weekend volunteersLet Admissions know if you are with Wheelock College so we can track the number of visitors. Active New England K-8 teachers may ask for reduced admission by showing a valid work ID, union card, or paystub AND photo ID.   

Sunday, April 10

BOSTON AREA RAPE CRISIS CENTER (BARCC) WALK
Project Leader(s):
Eileen Thompson, LICSW,  ethompson@wheelock.edu
Date: 
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Time:
 8:30 a.m. (registration opens), 9:30 a.m. (walk begins)
Location: 
DCR's Artesani Park, 1255 Soldiers Field Road, Brighton, MA
Description: 
BARCC's Walk for Change - Nearly 2,000 people are expected to walk 2.6 miles along the Charles River in support of survivors of sexual assault and BARCC's mission to end sexual violence. It will be a fun and inspirational day filled with music, food, and entertainment. For more information, please visit: www.barcc.org/join/events/walk.

Monday, April 11

WHEELOCK FOOD DRIVE TO BENEFIT THE GREATER BOSTON FOOD BANK
Project Leader: Jennifer Rice Carr, jrice@wheelock.edu
Date:
April 11 - 18, 2016
Location:
Wheelock College
Description: 
Drop off non-perishable food items for donation to the Greater Boston Food Bank. Click here to see their food donation guidelines. Donation bins will be located in the Campus Center and in the lobby of the Brookline Campus. Faculty and Staff are invited to bring food items to the All-College Meeting on 4/13. 

Tuesday, April 12

REACH OUT AND READ WITH DEN 9 AND NEW ALBANY K-1
Project Leader(s): Kristen Pietro ’00 and Luke Pietro, kpietro53@yahoo.com  
Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 and Thursday, April 14, 2016
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location:
K-1 Elementary School, 5101 Swickard Woods Blvd, New Albany, Ohio
Worl Service Weekend volunteersDescription: 
We will be teaming up with our school PTO BINGO nights to run a book drive to collect books (new and gently used) for the Children's Hospital Reach Out and Read Program. http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/reach-out-and-read-giving.

Wednesday, April 13

JOIN BE THE MATCH - NATIONAL BONE MARROW DONOR REGISTRY IN MEMORY OF SOPHIE ROSSI
Project Leader(s):
Lauren Marquis '11MS,  lmarquis@wheelock.edu
Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Time: 
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: 
Wheelock College, Campus Center (150 The Riverway, Boston, MA), Wolf Room
Description: 
More than 35,000 patients each year are diagnosed with diseases treatable by marrow transplant. A bone marrow transplant may be the best treatment option or the only potential for a cure for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell anemia and many other diseases. About 70 percent of patients in need of a transplant do not have a matching donor in their family and depend on Be The Match Registry to find an unrelated donor. A simple mouth swab is all it takes to register as a volunteer bone marrow donor! You could be someone's perfect match! Nationally, one in every 500 registry members go on to donate to a patient. Please bring your health insurance card with you. Donors must be ages 18-44. (Those over 44 are invited to visit www.bethematch.org to see if you are eligible to donate.)

Thursday, April 14

WOMEN'S LUNCH PLACE
Project Leader(s):
Lauren Marquis '11MS, lmarquis@wheelock.edu 
Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016 
Time: 
7:30 – 11 a.m.
Location: 
Women's Lunch Place, 67 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
Description: Women’s Lunch Place is a safe, welcoming day community for all self-identified women who are experiencing homelessness or poverty. Women’s Lunch Place strives to meet guests’ most basic and immediate needs while coordinating and delivering critical support services designed to help women achieve greater stability and self-sufficiency whenever possible. Volunteers will assist the kitchen staff with preparing and serving breakfast. World Service Weekend volunteersVolunteers should wear closed toed shoes, a shirt with sleeves, and either a hat or a hairnet.  

BOSTON CENTERS FOR YOUTH & FAMILIES (BCYF) OUTDOOR CLEANUP
Project Leader(s):
Melissa Bissonnette
Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016
Time: 9 - 11 a.m.
Description: The BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center is part of BCYF's network of 35 facilities that offer a wide range of diverse facility characteristics as unique as the neighborhoods they serve. The Curtis Hall Community Center is located at 20 South Street, Jamaica Plain. Volunteers will clean up the outside of the center. Cleaning supplies will be provided. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring your water bottle.

BOOMERANGS/AIDS ACTION COMMITTEE
Project Leader(s):
Valerie O'Brien '14MS, vobrien@wheelock.edu
Date:
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Time:
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location:
1870 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA  02132
Description: 
Boomerangs is owned and operated by AIDS Action Committee of MA, Inc., New England's leading provider of HIV prevention and wellness services. All proceeds from Boomerangs support AIDS Action's work to prevent new infections, support those affected, and tackle the root causes of HIV/AIDS. Volunteers will help tag, sort, and stock clothing in its West Roxbury warehouse. 

SERVICE WITH CITY YEAR: MAKING RESOURCE KITS FOR BPS STUDENTS
Project Leader(s):Ariel Folkerts ’13, ariel.folkerts@gmail.com
Date: 
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Wheelock College, Earl Center for Learning and Innovation, Boston, MA
Description: Nearly 800,000 students drop out of high school every year in the United States; City Year is doing something about it. We believe that education has the power to help every child reach his or her fullest potential, but in the highest risk communities there are external factors and obstacles that can prevent them from being ready to learn. Every year, nearly 3,000 young people join City Year as AmeriCorps members and dedicate 11 months to make a lasting impact on the most at-risk students and communities across the country. Even the most enthusiastic students cannot succeed in class without a pencil. For this project, volunteers will help make resource kits including school supplies and encouraging notes for students in BPS schools served by City Year.
Special Notes: Volunteers are encouraged, but not required, to bring materials such as pencils 200 pencils, pencil-top erasers, small pencil sharpeners, cardstock, stickers, balloons, index cards, and/or goodie bags.

MATTAHUNT COMMUNITY CENTER
Project Leader(s): Rashad Cope '14MS, rcope@wheelock.edu
Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Description: Volunteers will be split into two groups. The first group will engage 4th and 5th grade students in an interactive session that will introduce grade appropriate ideas for college. The second group will engage with students during the Playworks program by leading recess games and activities for the elementary aged students.

Friday, April 15

RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL – PITTER PATTER OF LITTLE READERS
Team Leader: Dr. Kathy Kourapis ’83, katherine_kourapis@sarasota.k12.fl.us 
Date: Friday, April 15, 2016 
Time: 9:15 – 11 a.m.
Location: Riverview High School Cyesis Teen Parent Program, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota, FL 34231
Description of project: The goal of this year’s Wheelock World Service Day in Sarasota is to connect Wheelock alumni with young children for the purpose of encouraging early literacy. Alumni will be asked to bring a children’s book appropriate for infants and/or toddlers. Following the Week of the Young Child celebration on the playground, alumni will join one of the nurseries and read their books to individual children or small groups of children. Each book will be left in the nursery as a donation. Refreshments will follow.
Special Note: Volunteers may want to come early as they need to stop at the front desk first, show their driver’s license, and get a visitor’s badge. Register using the sign-up form, but please also RSVP to Dr. Kathy Kourapis ’83, katherine_kourapis@sarasota.k12.fl.us.

A MUSICAL ADVENTURE AT HORIZONS FOR HOMELESS CHILDREN
Project Leader(s):
Amy Caspersen Wyman ’06, ajcaspersen@gmail.com
Date: Friday, April 15, 2016
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: TBD
Description: Come sing and dance as we go on a musical adventure with the families of Horizons for Homeless Children. Volunteers are needed to move, groove, and have fun! Come one and all.
Special Notes: If you are interested in performing for the children, please contact Amy as soon as possible at 774-392-0083.

MAKING MUSIC AT FRANCISCAN HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN 
Project Leader(s):
Amy Caspersen Wyman ’06, ajcaspersen@gmail.com
Date: Friday, April 15, 2016
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Franciscan Hospital for Children, 30 Warren St., Brighton, MA
Description: We will be brightening the day of children at the Franciscan Hospital Kennedy Day School and Franciscan Family Child Care Center with music. The Kennedy Day School provides fully collaborative special education, therapeutic, and health services to over 80 students, ages 3 to 22, with significant, complex needs from more than 30 cities and towns across Massachusetts. The Franciscan Family Child Care Center originally opened to serve the child care needs of employees of The Franciscan Hospital for Children, but in 1994, opened its services to all families. The Center serves children ages 8 weeks - 6 years.
Special Notes: If you are interested in performing for the children, please contact Amy as soon as possible at 774-392-0083.

WILDCATS READ!
Project Leader(s):
Sarah Siepierski ’92, ssiepierski@partners.org
Date: Friday, April 15, 2016
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: MGH Children’s Center 3 13th Street, Charlestown, MA
Description:
Members of the Wheelock Wildcat community are invited to volunteer to read to young children at the alumni location listed above. Participants are asked to gift a children's book appropriate for infants, toddlers, and preschool age children. 
Special Notes: Register to volunteer using the Sign-up form, but please also contact the project leader at the location of your choice.

WILDCATS READ!
Project Leader(s):
Liz Jarvis ’14, lizmjarvis7@gmail.com & Lauren Bird ’14, laurenashleybird@gmail
Date: Friday, April 15, 2016
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location:
Radcliffe Child Care Center, Cambridge, MA
Description:
Members of the Wheelock Wildcat community are invited to volunteer to read to young children at the alumni location listed above. Participants are asked to gift a children's book appropriate for Pre-K. 
Special Notes: Register to volunteer using the Sign-up form, but please also contact the project leader at the location of your choice.

WILDCATS READ!
Project Leader(s):
Christine Smith ’92MS, chrisfred@comcast.net
Date: Friday, April 15, 2016
Time: Morning and Afternoon Times Available
Location:
LEO Head Start Program, 156 Broad Street, Lynn, MA
Description:
Members of the Wheelock Wildcat community are invited to volunteer to read to young children at the alumni location listed above. Participants are asked to gift a children's book appropriate for children ages 3-5.   
Special Notes: Register to volunteer using the Sign-up form, but please also contact the project leader at the location of your choice.

Saturday, April 16

INTERGENERATIONAL MUSIC AND ART AT THE ROGERSON HOUSE
Project Leader(s):
Amy Caspersen Wyman ’06, ajcaspersen@gmail.com
Date: Saturday, April 16, 2016
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Rogerson House for people with memory loss or Alzheimer’s,b434 Jamaicaway, Boston, MA 02130
Description: Come experience the power of intergenerational programming with Tones in Motion: Music and Movement. We will sing, create art, and spend quality time with senior citizens and their families at the Rogerson House. All ages welcome, especially children!
Special Notes: Check out www.tonesinmotion.com for more information on our intergenerational programming.

MIDDLESEX FELLS CLEANUP
Project Leader(s): Beverly Mattatall '72,  bbevmattatall@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday, April 16, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Department of Conservation and Recreation, Stoneham, MA (Meet at the Bear Hill parking lot on Fallon Rd.)
Description: Cleanup project. Supplies will be included, but you are welcome to bring your own (gloves, bags, trash pickers, etc.). 

SINGAPORE PROJECT
Project Leader(s): Chua Jing Xun, Go Yu Ling, Roxanne Theng, Priscilla Tan, Angela Rose Castenada, Joshua Loh
Date: Saturday, April 16, 2016
Time:  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location:  Central Library and Jurong West Library in Singapore
Description: Students and alumni in Singapore will be partnering with two local libraries to conduct storywalks and activities for as many as 100 young children. They will be using the books of local authors to encourage reading.

Saturday, April 30

MUDDY RIVER CLEAN-UP
Project Leader(s): muddyrivercleanup@wheelock.edu 
Date: Saturday, April 30, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Meet at the Wheelock College Campus Center 
Description: Help fellow Colleges of the Fenway volunteers cleanup our neighborhood. Participants will receive cleanup supplies and a t-shirt. Lunch will be provided, but bring your own water bottle! 

Sunday, May 1

PROJECT BREAD'S WALK FOR HUNGER
Project Leader(s): Melissa Bissonnette, mbissonnette@wheelock.edu 
Date:
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m. rolling start
Location:Description: "Wheelock Rocks the Walk" will again be participating in the 20-mile Walk for Hunger. Project Bread's Walk for Hunger brings thousands of people to our state's capital each year to raise money for anti-hunger programs and to promote awareness about the face of hunger in our communities.

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