The Office of Community Service offers students a wide variety of service opportunities in the local community and beyond.
The Office of
Community Service (OCS) is a welcoming place, where you can drop-in, call or
email to get connected with our existing service programs or develop new
opportunities. Serve for a day, a week,
or a whole semester depending on your comfort level and schedule. Gain valuable experience for your career
path, build your network, and practice your leadership skills.
Read more about our programs below:
Alternative Spring BreakAmerica ReadsCommunity Work StudyLeaderBUILDOne Time Service EventsR.E.A.L. RetreatService-Themed WeeksStudent Service OrganizationsSummer Corps of Service
Alternative Spring Break program provides teams of students with an opportunity
to spend their spring break doing rigorous hands-on service and learning about
communities in need.
the past, students have been involved in siding, shingling, insulating and
putting up windows and doors on Habitat for Humanity homes. Daily reflection, community building, and
leadership activities also characterize these transformative experiences.
students have been participating in Alternative Spring Break with Habitat for
Humanity since 2000.
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University participates in the America Reads Tutoring Program at the Baldwin Elementary
School in Cambridge, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 - 5:00pm.
America Reads mission is two-fold:
program matches tutors with local elementary school students to work one on one
with the goal of developing the 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.
for the Federal Work Study Program have this exciting option for employment in
the community. The OCS partners with the
Office of Financial Aid to offer off-campus positions at local community-based
organizations. This is an excellent way
to gain professional experience while performing meaningful service. Several opportunities exist within the Office
of Community Service as well.
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
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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. If you have a service
program idea, we can incorporate it into this year's schedule. In addition, we encourage new students to
participate in the 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 their peers. These students disperse to a variety of service sites, where
they are 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.
R.E.A.L. (Retreat Experience at Lesley) Retreat is a chance for students to
"build community through service." Students are able to take a break
from their academic lives, get off of campus, and do meaningful work in the community.
Moreover, it's a chance for students to meet new people, learn more about one
another, and engage on a deeper level. The R.E.A.L. Retreat occurs once each
efforts by the various community service clubs and organizations, these
service-themed weeks aim to raise awareness of social issues while engaging the
Lesley University community in the act of serving alongside community members.
Hunger and Homelessness Week is part of a national movement during the third week of November,
when Lesley service clubs organize daily activities designed to educate the
campus about hunger and homelessness in our area, and engage them in efforts to
alleviate these issues. Past events included a panel on homelessness,
delivering sandwiches to the hungry in Harvard Square, and an Oxfam Hunger
Community Service Week offers an array of ways to improve the community during a whole week
of service in late March.
more information about student organizations, contact
the Office of Student Activities.These
groups are sponsored by the USG (Undergraduate Student Government) and are
supported by the Office of Community Service. The USG is established to
represent the interests and concerns of undergraduate students to the larger
university community, while working to build an excitingly vibrant life on
campus for students.
Community Work Study, Federal Work Study eligible students may elect to use
their award in total during the summer months by working at community-based
organizations and meeting regularly with the Office of Community Service. Participation is a great way to be a force
for positive change, build your resume, and explore career paths in community
Office of Community Service
Student Life and Academic Achievement
Campus location: Doble CampusDoble Hall, 2nd floor
Mailing address:29 Everett StreetCambridge, MA 02138
2015-2016: 8,396 hours
2014-2015: 7,832 hours
2013-2014: 8,024 hours
2012-2013: 6,196 hours
2011-2012: 6,816 hours
2010-2011: 6,745 hours
2009-2010: 6,663 hours
2008-2009: 5,080 hours
2007-2008: 4,869 hours
2006-2007: 3,846 hours