Community Service

The Office of Community Service aims to educate students on the social and political challenges affecting our surrounding communities. We discuss how these issues impact our neighbors in Cambridge and learn how community-based organizations are working toward solutions. We'll connect you with a wide range of opportunities to engage in the community. You'll learn alongside other students. And together, reflect on these experiences during on and off-campus programming. 

Engaging in the community in meaningful and mutually beneficial ways, you're able to:

  • Explore and pursue your passions.
  • Learn about yourself, your peers, the community, and how we're all interconnected.
  • Develop and strengthen skills that'll support your personal and professional growth.
  • Contribute your time and talents to work with community members and organizations. As part of a collective effort, you'll make the world we live in equitable and just for all to live and thrive in.

How to Get Involved

The Office of Community Service 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 availability, skills, and interest. 

  • Student Service Organizations

    Are you interested in joining an existing community service-oriented student organization, like Lesley Delivers? Visit the Student Activities Office for more information.

    If you're interested in starting a new community service-oriented student organization, please reach out to Jamie Willer, Coordinator of Community Service.

    Or visit the OCS, Doble Hall, 2nd floor, to learn more about ways we can support you in connecting with community organizations and resources.

  • Programs

    Alternative Spring Break

    The Alternative Spring Break program provides the opportunity to spend spring break engaging in hands-on service and learning about the host community.

    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 to receive training, share ideas, and reflect on their experiences. This is a paid federal work-study position. 

    Cambridge Math Tutors

    Tutors in the Cambridge Math Tutoring program have the opportunity to lead math workshops, assist teachers in the classroom, and run small group activities with elementary school students in Cambridge Public Schools. This is a paid federal work-study position. 

    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. It's also a chance to meet new people, learn more about one another, and engage on a deeper level. 

  • 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. One past example is Hunger and Homelessness Week, which takes place in November.

  • One-time Events

    A great way to get started serving and connecting with others is to participate in a one-day service project. As part of the one-time opportunity, we often open the event with an opportunity to learn about the social issues the organization is addressing, we volunteer with a community organization, and we close the event with an opportunity to reflect alongside one another.

    Some examples of projects we've done in the past include cider pressing with students in Cambridge Public Schools, preparing meals and getting to know community members at local shelters and soup kitchens, and assisting with community festivals and special events.

  • Federal Work-Study - Off Campus Community Service

    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.

    There are also paid federal work-study positions available in the Office of Community Service.

Contact Community Service