Office of Community Service

Celebrating Six Years of Civic Engagement Fellows

In July 2018, the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships (JCCP) will end the Civic Engagement Fellowship. This was a one-year position for recent graduates to foster civic engagement on Wesleyan’s campus in a variety of ways. In an 2012 Argus article, former director of JCCP Cathy Lechowicz said “our students are so engaged when they’re…

PCSE Seed Grants in Action: Report #1 from Cardinal Kids

Each year, the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship awards three $5,000 seed grants to fund the launch or early-stage growth of a project, program, or venture. Cardinal Kids, run by George Perez ’20, Katie Murray ’19, Jenny Chelmow ’19 and Mariel Middlebrook ’20, was one of this year’s winners. This is George’s first report since…

Van Drivers needed for Fall 2018!

Hiring: Van Drivers (Fall 2018) For the Office of Community Service —Non-Work Study Eligible— The Office of Community Service coordinates student volunteer opportunities with many partner organizations and projects. Student van drivers are responsible for transporting students to and from volunteer and service-learning opportunities. The driver will need to: Drive a seven or eight passenger vehicle…

Work for Social Justice with Julia’s Star

Do you care about social justice? Are you interested in radical education and working with children? Do you want to help ensure the continuation of an important campus organization? Help run Julia’s Star next year! Julia’s Star is a group of students who use a children’s book written by a (now deceased) Wes alumna to teach…

A Day in the Life of an OCS Student Coordinator

The Jewett Center for Community Partnerships (JCCP) is the home of community engagement at Wesleyan University. Guided by the principles of mutual respect and collective responsibility, the JCCP focuses on developing and maintaining local partnerships with schools, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and the community at large. The JCCP is home to the Office for Community…

Volunteer for the CT Foster Care System

From Luke Lezhanskyy: My name is Luke Lezhanskyy and I’m a sophomore here at Wes. I’m writing to you on behalf of “Not For Sale,” a student organization dedicated to providing educational resources to orphans in the Connecticut foster care system. We are embarking on an exciting journey during the upcoming fall semester, and were…

Volunteer with Wesleyan Habitat for Humanity

From Abigail Matlack and Jay Straus: The Wesleyan Habitat for Humanity group volunteers at the local ReStore in Cromwell every Saturday from 10:00am to 12:30pm. The ReStore is Habitat’s biggest fundraiser to raise money for the houses they build for families in need. It is the equivalent of Goodwill but for furniture as people donate…

Jiran: The Arabic Community Action Summer

From Emily Goldman of Middlebury College: Middlebury College is piloting a new program called Jiran: The Arabic Community Action Summer (ACAS) from July 2-August 3, 2018 in New Britain, Connecticut. Jiran will be an intensive colloquial Arabic program in which students will study Levantine dialect while being paired with underserved Arabic-speaking refugee and immigrant families to support them with social services access…

Music/Dance Afterschool Volunteer Opportunity

From Michele Olerud of Wesleyan Dance: The Middletown site coordinator of 21st Century Community Learning at Farm Hill School is seeking student volunteers to incorporate music and/or dance for the 1st and 2nd graders in the program. The group hosts approximately 53 students and they would be split into two groups.  Volunteers will work in…