Community Service

Want to meet others who share your passion for social justice and activism? Just look around. Except you might not see anybody around because they’re all on Alternative Spring Break, volunteering at a local school, or one of the many places Lesley students volunteer.

At Lesley, you get involved in programs that get you off campus and into communities in need. With each service experience, you’ll grow as a leader, build new relationships, and become part of initiatives that are making big strides toward social change.

How to Get Involved

The Community Service Office is a welcoming place, where you can drop-in, call, or email to get connected with existing service programs or develop new opportunities. Serve for a day, a week, or a whole semester depending on your comfort level and schedule.

  • Student Service Organizations

    To discover and join community service oriented student organizations like Lesley Delivers, Strides, and the Community Service Club, visit the Student Activities office.

  • Programs

    Alternative Spring Break

    The Alternative Spring Break program provides the opportunity to spend spring break doing hands-on service and learning about communities in need.

    In the past, Lesley students have been involved with Habitat for Humanity, YMCA, and other non-profits. Daily reflection, community building, and leadership activities also characterize the Alternative Spring Break experience.

    America Reads

    Lesley participates in the America Reads Tutoring Program at the Baldwin School in Cambridge. The America Reads mission is two-fold:

    • To provide quality literacy tutoring for public elementary school students in Cambridge
    • To build a strong and active network of Lesley students, faculty, administrators, and partners who share a commitment to youth, education, and social change

    The program matches tutors with local elementary school students to work one on one with the goal of developing youths' self-confidence, motivation and love of learning. In addition to tutoring at the schools twice a week, tutors meet twice a month to receive literacy training, share ideas, and reflect on their experiences.

    Cambridge Math Volunteers

    For students interested in math education, the Office of Community Service partners with local elementary schools to provide math tutoring. As a math tutor Lesley students lead math workshops, assist teachers in the classroom and run small group activities.


    Serve in a new community during the day and explore leadership topics in the evening by applying to participate in this week-long program in May. This is a selective and competitive experience for students who have the potential to be future student leaders.

    R.E.A.L (Retreat Experience at Lesley)

    R.E.A.L. is a chance to build community through service. Take a break from academic life, get off of campus, and do meaningful work in the community. Moreover, it's a chance to meet new people, learn more about one another, and engage on a deeper level. The retreat occurs once each semester.

  • Theme Weeks

    Service-themed weeks aim to raise awareness of social issues while engaging Lesley University students in the act of serving alongside community members.

    Hunger & Homelessness Week

    This theme week is part of a national movement in November. Lesley service clubs organize daily activities designed to educate the campus about hunger and homelessness in our area, and engage our community in efforts to alleviate these issues. Past events have included a panel on homelessness, delivering sandwiches to the hungry in Harvard Square, and an Oxfam Hunger banquet.

    Community Service Week

    During this event, Lesley offers an array of ways to serve the community during a whole week of service in late March. Past events have included working with Cradles to Crayons, Horizons for Homeless Children and The Fairy Godmother Project.

  • Day of Service & One-time Events

    Day of Service

    Day of Service is a unique opportunity for new students to serve the Cambridge and Greater Boston communities while creating a deeper connection to peers.

    You’ll disperse to a variety of service sites, where you’re given an orientation at a community-based organization, a chance to contribute to the community through service, and an opportunity to converse about issues like environmental preservation, educational inequalities, hunger, homelessness, access to the arts, and low-income housing.

    One-day Events

    A great way to get started serving and connecting with others is to participate in a one-day service project.

    These experiences vary from year to year, and have included food donation sorting, soup kitchen nights, blood drives, holiday gift giving, community farming, card-making for deployed service members, trail maintenance, community art, athletic support for youth, and much more.

  • Work-Study

    The Community Service Office partners with the Financial Aid Office to offer off-campus positions at local community-based organizations for students who are eligible for the Federal Work-Study Program.

    This is an excellent way to gain professional experience while performing meaningful service. Several opportunities exist within the Community Service Office as well.

Contact Community Service