World Service Week Projects 2017

COLD WEATHER CLOTHING DRIVE for BOSTON HEALTH CARE FOR THE HOMELESS PROGRAM
Project Leader(s): Lauren Marquis, lmarquis@wheelock.edu
Date: Wednesday, February 1 – Friday, February 24, 2017
Location: Collection boxes in Wheelock’s Campus Center lobby and Brookline Campus lobby. Donations can also be dropped off to 43 Hawes Street, Brookline, Room 210. Description: The mission of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program is to provide or assure access to the highest quality health care for all homeless men, women and children in the greater Boston area. Their patients have many needs, particularly during this time of the year. We will be collecting new or very gently-used (and clean) gloves, mittens, hats, coats, and scarves for men, women, and children. They would also welcome hand-warmers and rain ponchos. To learn more about the organization and the people they serve, visit bhchp.org/.

BOOK DRIVE FOR THE MATTAHUNT SCHOOL
Project Leader(s): Julie Bolduc DeFilippo, jbolduc@wheelock.edu
Date: Month of March
Location: Collection boxes will be located in the lobbies of the Campus Center, Library, and Brookline Campus.
Description: Books for elementary school-aged children will be collected and donated to students at the Mattahunt Elementary School in Boston Public Schools. Like new books for 3rd-4th grade reading level are preferred.

PROFESSIONAL CLOTHING DRIVE FOR DRESS FOR SUCCESS CAPE COD
Project Leader(s):
 Amy Caspersen Wyman '06, ajcaspersen@gmail.com
Date: Monday, March 13 - Monday, April 17, 2017
Location:  Collection bin in the Wheelock College Office of Alumni Relations (43 Hawes Street, Brookline, MA, Room 210)
Description: The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. We will be collecting gently-used women's professional attire.  Since many of the Dress for Success clients go directly to interviews, please make sure the donations are freshly dry-cleaned/laundered and ironed, not more than 5 years old, and suitable for wearing to job interviews. Your fabulous suits and other professional apparel could furnish another woman with the confidence to enter or return to the workplace, make a great first impression and land a job that could change her life.  Learn more at https://capecod.dressforsuccess.org/.

HEALTHY KIDS FESTIVAL
Project Leader(s):
Saki Iwamoto '10/'11MS, iwamoto@bostonchildrensmuseum.org
Date: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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 would like to participate as visitors, 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. Let 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. If you are not a teacher, other discounts may apply: http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/visit/ways-save

CLASS OF 1955 LIBRARY PROJECT
Project Leader:
Betsy Reed Wilson '55
Date: April 1 - April 17
Description: In an effort to continue to improve the lives of children and families, alumni from the Class of 1955 are encouraged to talk to their local librarian about adding a book to the collection that would educate young people about a current social issue. Please report back to Betsy with your selection.

EARLY CHILDHOOD BOARD BOOK DRIVE to benefit MOMS DO CARE
Project Leader(s): Samantha Peter ’16, samantha.peter@my.wheelock.edu
Date: April 3 – April 17
Location:  Collection boxes will be placed in the lobbies of the Campus Center, Library, and Brookline Campus, as well as the Earl Center.  
Description:  Board books for young children will be collected to share with the Moms Do Care Project on Cape Cod. In addition to working with moms and infants battling addiction, the organization also distributes care packages to new families.  Boxes will be at the two locations above to collect books for this project.

HORIZONS FOR HOMELESS CHILDREN PLAYSPACE ART SUPPLY DRIVE WITH THE WHEELOCK ARTS DEPARTMENT
Project Leader(s):
Erica Licea-Kane, elicea-kane@wheelock.edu
Date: April 8-17, 2017
Location: Donations bins will be located in the Wheelock Family Theatre and Campus Center lobbies
Project Description: Horizons for Homeless Children Playspaces are designed - and play resources are carefully selected - to reflect the needs of children ages 0-6 experiencing trauma. Horizons' Playspaces are created to give children a dedicated place to play and grow, and build connections with other caring adults who are committed to their success. Help us create an amazing art supply for children to use in their art area of a playspace location in Bourne, MA. A Wheelock alumna will lead an art activity with the supplies for the children and families. Items needed include paper, paint, paint brushes, paint cups, markers, crayons, clay, foam, scissors, pencils, erasers, stamps, stamp pads, etc.

WHEELOCK COLLEGE-SINGAPORE IN COLLABORATION WITH MALAY HERITAGE CENTRE AND HEALTHY START CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTRE
Project Leader(s):
Senior Student Management Committee - Joey Lim (President), Wendy Yee (Vice-President), Pearlene Quek (Secretary), Bianca Tan (SIT Representative)
Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. - 12:30pm
Location: Malay Heritage Centre at 85 Sultan Gate, Singapore
Project Description: This year, in collaboration with Healthy Start Child Development Centre under the care of Beyond Social Services, Wheelock College-Singapore will be organizing a family outing for 60 children from families of lower socio-economic status at the Malay Heritage Centre (MHC). The MHC provides wonderful cultural exposures and learning opportunities, and these experiences play an important role in fostering the development of preschool children. Led by current Wheelock students and facilitated by the help of 150 volunteers, the objective of the event is to promote learning experiences at museums to children and families. Children will be given the opportunity to gain first-hand experiences with various activities such as an enchanting Story-Walk, exploration of the Spice Garden and Boat Exhibit and craft activities. Families and children will be engaged in boundless fun and learning at this event!

BRAIN ANEURYSM FOUNDATION'S ARTERIAL CHALLENGE AT FENWAY PARK IN MEMORY OF BRENDAN GRIFFIN
Team Leader:
Lauren Marquis '11MS, lmarquis@wheelock.edu
Date:
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Time:
7:15 a.m. registration, 9:00 a.m. run, 9:15 a.m. walk
Location:
Fenway Park Gate E, at the corners of Brookline Avenue and Landsdowne Street, in Boston.
Description: Join us for the 16th Annual Arterial Challenge (5K run or 2.5 mile walk) to support brain aneurysm awareness at historic Fenway Park! Meet with other brain aneurysm survivors, remember and honor a loved one, support brain aneurysm awareness and research, and enjoy a wonderful day in Boston. The registration fee for adults is $30.  See the website for more details.

WILDCATS READ!
Project Leader:
Chrissy Cox Howard '05, chrissy.teaches@gmail.com
Date: Monday, April 10, 2017
Time: Between 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
Location: Hiram L. Dorman Elementary School, 20 Lydia St, Springfield, MA 01109 (K-5)
Description: Looking for volunteers to lead reading activities or other classroom activities. Please inquire if you have any suggestions on a volunteer project to be done with this school. CORI needed.

WILDCATS READ!
Project Leader(s):
Jillian O'Neil Geraghty '07, jillian.oneil@gmail.com
Date: April 10, 11, 12, or 13, 2017
Time: Morning and afternoon times available
Location: Sarah Greenwood School, 189 Glenway St, Dorchester, MA 02121
Description: Looking for volunteers to lead reading activities. CORI Needed.

WILDCATS READ!
Project Leader: Christine Smith '92MS, chrisfred@comcast.net
Date: Any days between April 10 - 14 , 2017
Time: Morning and afternoon times available
Location: LEO Head Start Program, 110 Blossom Street, Lynn, MA
Description: Members of the Wheelock 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.

WILDCATS READ!
Project Leader(s): Kathy Clunis D’Andrea ’97/’98MS, flyingbuttress1@gmail.com               
Date: April 10, 11, or 13, 2017
Time:  10:00 a.m.
Location:  Mission Hill School, 20 Child St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Description:  Ages 4-6 classroom looking for volunteers to lead reading activities or other activities. Please inquire with leader if you have any suggestions on a volunteer project to be done with this school. CORI needed.

RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL – PITTER PATTER OF LITTLE READERS
Team Leader: Dr. Kathy Kourapis ’83, katherine_kourapis@sarasota.k12.fl.us
Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Riverview High School Cyesis Teen Parent Program, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota, FL 34231
Description: 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.
Special Instructions: 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. Please pre-register for this event using the online sign-up form.

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 12, 2017
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Wheelock College Campus Center, 150 Riverway, Boston, MA
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.
Special Instructions: 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.)

WILDCATS READ!
Project Leader: Phanenca Babio James '03MS, nikiababio@gmail.com
Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Cambridgeport School, 89 Elm Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
Description: We're looking for volunteers to read or lead an educational activity in two kindergarten classrooms.
Number of volunteers needed:

MATTAHUNT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DAY AT WHEELOCK
Project Leader(s):
Julie Bolduc DiFilippo, jbolduc@wheelock.edu
Date:
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Time:
10:00 a.m.
Location:
Wheelock College, Boston Campus
Description:
Wheelock will be hosting a group of 5th graders from the Mattahunt Elementary School for a day of college awareness and fun. We are seeking volunteers to lead campus tours, conduct mock classes, support with an art project, and dine with our guests.  
Number of volunteers needed:
20

BREAKFAST SERVICE AT WOMEN'S LUNCH PLACE
Project Leader(s): Jennifer Rice, jrice@wheelock.edu
Date: Friday, April 14, 2017
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. Volunteers should wear closed toed shoes, a shirt with sleeves, and either a hat or a hairnet.
Number of volunteers needed: 6

LUNCH SERVICE AT MY BROTHER'S TABLE
Project Leader: Valerie O'Brien '12/'14MS, vobrien@wheelock.edu
Date: Friday, April 14, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: My Brother's Table, 98 Willow Street, Lynn, MA  01901
Description: My Brother's Table (MBT) began as a vision shared by a handful of people who were moved to respond to the growing needs of hungry people. MBT offers numerous programs, including art therapy and free medical services. On the 14th, Wheelock volunteers will help prepare and serve lunch.  

MIDDLESEX FELLS CLEANUP
Project Leader(s): Beverly Mattatall '72, bevmattatall@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time:  9:00 a.m.
Location: Middlesex Fells, Stoneham, MA off Fallon Road near Bear Hill Tower
Description: Participants will walk the trails in the Fells area near Bear Hill Tower in Stoneham, picking up trash along the way. Trash bags will be supplied.
Number of volunteers needed: 2-10

GET A HAIRCUT AND SUPPORT CHILDREN WITH HAIR LOSS
Project Leader(s): Lauren Marquis '11MS, lmarquis@wheelock.edu 
Date: By April 17, 2017
Description: If you have 8 or more inches of hair that you can part with for a good cause, this is a project that you can do on your own in honor of Wheelock College or someone you know who has lost their hair for medical reasons. Children With Hair Loss was created as a resource for all children who have medically-related hair loss. Their mission is to empower these children to become whole again by making no-cost hair replacement available to those who may be financially challenged and might otherwise not have a means of obtaining the hair they want and need. They accept clean, dry hair donations of 8 or more inches. Please visit their website (https://www.childrenwithhairloss.us/) to learn about their donation guidelines, and then report back to Wheelock with the inches you've donated. Don't forget to take a before and after picture for social media! #cutpasslove #wheelockalumni

LUNCH SERVICE AT THE CATAUMET VILLAGE OF HOPE
Project Leader: Amy Caspersen Wyman '06, ajcaspersen@gmail.com
Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Location: Bourne, MA
Description: Volunteers will serve luncheon for the children and families of the Village of Cataumet, a family shelter that offers education and employment services, as well as assistance in finding permanent housing. For more info on the Village please check out this video, https://vimeo.com/115018887

CLEAN UP WITH FRIENDS - COODMAN SQUARE LIBRARY CLEAN UP DAY
Project Leader(s): Arnetta Baty '07, arnettaebaty@roundingthebases.org
Date: April 22, 2017
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Codman Square Branch Library, 690 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA 02014
Description: A community service cleanup day at the Codman Square Branch Library. Volunteers will clean the area around the library. 
Number of volunteers needed: 10 - 30

BOSTON AREA RAPE CRISIS CENTER (BARCC) WALK FOR CHANGE
Project Leader(s): Eileen Thompson, LICSW, ethompson@wheelock.edu
Date: Sunday, April 23, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: 1255 Soldier's Field Road, Brighton, MA
Description: Show survivors of sexual assault that you believe them and support their journeys to heal. On April 23, join our powerful community of survivors, advocates, families, and supporters in raising vital resources for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center's mission to end sexual violence. Visit http://www.barcc.org/join/events/walk for more details.

TOGETHER FOR TEWKSBURY - 5K WALK/RUN IN MEMORY OF JOLENE TEWKSBURY '06/'07MS
Project Leader: Melissa Hathaway Stutz '04, mhstutz@gmail.com
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Birch Meadow Elementary School, Reading, MA
Description: Join us for a 5k walk/run to celebrate the life and work of Jolene Barry Tewksbury '06/'07MS, a Wheelock alumna and beloved educator, mother, and friend. This event was created to honor her commitment to the students at Birch Meadow Elementary School. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Jolene Tewksbury Scholarship Fund. Immediately after the walk/run there will be music, snacks, and raffles. Please visit http://togetherfortewksbury.com for more details.

MUDDY RIVER CLEANUP
Project Leader: Ellen Faszewski, Muddyrivercleanup@wheelock.edu
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Meet at the Wheelock College Campus Center
Description: This annual event is organized by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and the Colleges of the Fenway Center for Sustainability and the Environment. Cleaning supplies, t-shirts, and lunch will be provided. Please bring your own water bottle.

13th ANNUAL SAFE PASSAGE (CAMINO SEGURA) 5K
Project Leader: Chrissy Cox Howard '05, chrissy.teaches@gmail.com
Date: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time: 1:30 Registration
Location: Greely High School, 303 Main Street, Cumberland, ME 04021
Description: Safe Passage, founded in 1999 by Wheelock alumna Hanley Denning '96MS, provides comprehensive education, health, and enrichment programs to more than 550 students from nearly 300 families living in the community of the Guatemala City garbage dump-one of the largest open landfills in all of Central America. Join us for a super fun kids 1K run, an afternoon 5K, and family-friendly fiesta with live music and activities. For more information, and specific details about registering, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-13th-annual-safe-passage-maine-5k-registration-31068557893. Please also let Wheelock know if you're planning to participate and wear your Wheelock gear!

WHEELOCK ROCKS THE WALK - PROJECT BREAD WALK FOR HUNGER
Project Leader(s): Bryan McGrath, bmcgrath@wheelock.edu
Date: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time: 8 a.m.
Description: Project Bread's 2017 Walk for Hunger is a 20-mile walk that weaves through Boston, Brookline, Newton, Watertown & Cambridge. Join the Wheelock team in ending hunger in Massachusetts. Visit Bryan's Personal Page for more details.

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