This semester at Middlesex, there are a number of community service opportunities in which students can take part. Our regular volunteer programs are a great way to get involved and to make a difference.
Walden House is a home for elderly residents here in Concord. Students have been visiting weekly for over 20 years! Volunteers visit with the residents in their rooms or in the common area and chat like old friends do. The residents have various levels of functioning and are always eager to see us.
Open Table offers free meals and groceries here in in Concord for residents and the surrounding towns every Thursday. Middlesex volunteers help clean up after the meals. Work involves breaking down boxes, putting away tables and chairs, sweeping, mopping and general cleaning. Open Table really counts on Middlesex students being there each week!
Once or twice a week, some students volunteer at the day care across the street that houses many Middlesex faculty children, The Children’s Meetinghouse.
Gazebo is a skating program for children and adults with developmental delays and disabilities. Students who are able to skate are welcome to volunteer with the Gazebo program on Saturdays during the winter.
The annual Blood Drive will take place on December 10th. Meg McLaughlin, director of the Cruz Health Center, is in charge of this drive to help save lives.
Juniors will be given an opportunity again to participate in Youth-in-Philanthropy. YIP is a program run by Foundation for Metrowest and is a 13-week curriculum during which the students learn about philanthropy and select organizations to receive funding. The classes will start in January 2015.
Additionally, this fall the Middlesex community service program is working with Heading Home, a Boston-based nonprofit that gets homeless families into permanent housing through a program called Up-and-Out moves. Middlesex volunteers plan to collect furniture and move it into the family's new home on Sunday, November 2nd. If you are interested in contributing items for the move, please access a registry from Target where the needed items are listed. Please note, all items will be shipped to Middlesex, but must arrive by October 30th. If you have any questions, or are interested in any of the many other ways to help, please contact Ryan Ewing ‘17.
photo by Rob Houghton