Office of Community Service

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…

Gilead Community Services Internships

From Elisa Greenberg of the Nonprofit Residency Board course: Gilead Community Services Two 2018 Summer Student Internships (June – August)   JOB DESCRIPTIONS   REPORT TO:  Dan Osborne, Gilead CEO; Laura Patey, Assoc. Dean of Student Academic Resources, Wesleyan University   LOCATION:  Middletown, CT   OVERVIEW: Gilead Community Services is a mental health nonprofit which…

Be a Creative Collaborator in Circus-Theater

From Dic Wheeler ’81: Creative collaborators needed for Circophony’s As You Wish!, a new circus-theater response to The Princess Bride. Circophony is a youth circus program run collaboratively by ARTFARM and Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater.  Auditions are December 12 & 19, and the production is open to anyone ages 12 to 19. Rehearsals begin January…

Films on Foss – Summer 2017

The Mayoral Youth Cabinet, in partnership with the City of Middletown and Wesleyan University, are bringing back the wildly successful movie series, Films on Foss. These events are FREE & open to the public, and allow multiple generations to come together and build community. The films are show on campus at Foss Hill, just off Wyllys Ave…

PCSE Seed Grants in Action: Report #1 from Appalachian Scholar Project

Appalachian Scholar Project has had an eventful first few months of the program. Since winning the grant, Dennis (Founder and Director) has recruited a fellow veteran, Gabe Hurlock, to assist in teaching the curriculum. Appalachian Scholar Project has also implemented a system for volunteer tutors from Wesleyan to work remotely with students in West Virginia as…

PCSE Seed Grants in Action: Report #1 from Move & Connect

This past semester, since its inauguration in January, our Move & Connect team has met so many amazing people, and advanced in our vision and execution. We cannot wait for the first workshop we are organizing this June at University of Tokyo. As Move & Connect makes itself known in greater Tokyo communities, particularly those…

PCSE Seed Grants in Action: Report #1 from Dream Chasers

It has been a very eventful few months since Dream Chasers was awarded one of the Patricelli Center Seed Grants. As an organization, we had been going through a transformation and rebirth all year with the guidance of mentors and new team members through the Patricelli Center Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship. Through the fellowship, Dream…