The Allbritton Center is the hub of civic engagement at Wesleyan. We study public life, actively partner with the local and regional community, and teach practical skills for social impact. Come to our open house and learn about all of the classes, trainings, funding, mentoring, and extracurricular opportunities that we offer!
Nina Gerona ’15, Micaela Kaye ’15, Michael Linden ’15, Marisa Guerrero ’15, Aidan Martinez ’17, and Mika Reyes ’17 will speak about their experiences in various programs and how civic engagement has enriched their time at Wes. Pre-frosh, current students, and parents are all welcome. There will be light refreshments.
Date: Thursday, April 16
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Place: Allbritton 311
From James Hall ’15:
Interested in hunger and housing issues in the greater Middletown community? Then consider applying to one of the two following positions!
Bread Salvage Coordinator: Bread Salvage is a program that salvages bread from the Cromwell Freihofer’s outlet and delivers it to students at three Middletown elementary schools. Responsibilities of the Bread Salvage coordinator include finding volunteers/drivers, maintaining communication between the Middletown schools and Freihofer’s, and ensuring successful deliveries of bread on a weekly basis. The application closes on April 10th!
Hunger and Homelessness Coordinator: The H&H co-coordinators organize both direct service opportunities and forums for discussing and addressing the root causes of hunger and housing issues in our community. Responsibilities of H&H coordinators include planning and organizing H&H events, discussions, and film screenings around campus, developing and maintaining relationships between Wesleyan and the Middletown community, and overseeing the three H&H subgroups (Food Rescue, Bread Salvage, and Habitat for Humanity).
With the controversies surrounding the Washington Street development, whether Wesleyan students should vote in Middletown, and other issues, we often wonder as a student body how we fit into the larger fabric of Middletown and the greater local area. Other than living, studying, and working here, there are other ways that one can get involved. The Office of Community Relations reports that “Over 50% of Wesleyan students are involved with community service activities during their four-years on campus.” You might already know about Green Street and Traverse Square, but did you know about the Community Health Center or Housing and Hunger?
There’s a lot going on at the Center for Community Partnerships and the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship and the new ENGAGE initiative tries to bring them to light. In this Q&A with Civic Engagement Fellow Dana Pellegrino ’12, she tells us how ENGAGE started and how we can get involved.
1. What is ENGAGE and where does the information come from?
Hannah Bailenson ’13 has an urgent message!
Interested in gaining leadership experience at the Office of Community Service? Apply to be the next student coordinator for the Language Bank!
The Language Bank consists of a database of student volunteers who provide free translation and interpretation services for the Middletown community.
Here is the link to the job description and application:
Deadline: Midnight, Tonight! (12:00 am, March 27th, which is actually the night of the 26th)
From Dana Pellegrino ’12 in the Office of Community Service:
The Office of Community Service is having a photo contest to give thanks to the many Wesleyan students who engage with the greater Middletown community. Anyone with a photo related to local community engagement can post it to our Facebook page and the winning photos will be framed and displayed in our new student lounge, Allbritton 318. Our goal is to highlight students’ dedication and show those on campus how to get involved!
Deadline: Thursday, November 1
Looking for a chance to be one of the adults in the pictures above? David Shor ’13 is gonna be your big break in the stock photo world:
Woodrow Wilson tutoring partnership wants you! Let’s be real, middle school sucks, so if Middle school was really hard for you, or if it wasn’t, you’d probably make a great tutor! Get close to 2 awesome middle schoolers in a mentoring/tutoring role and help make the world a better place in just 4 hours a week! If you want more information contact dshor@wes or tadisafarrar@wes or just apply by emailing in the application or turning it in to OCS (3rd floor Allbritton)! Get them in asap so you can start re-enjoying the Middle school life now! (Also it’s a work study job)
The apps are due at precisely “ASAP”, so set your alarms! In case you missed the link, here it is. Here it is again. One more time.
Boy with bread
Chloe Holden ’15, co-coordinator of a group under the Housing & Hunger program called Bread Salvage, is looking for new volunteers.
To help keep Bread Salvage going, we need volunteers to help out once a week for just an hour and a half – either the Monday run from 1-2:30 p.m., or the Thursday run from 10:30 a.m. to noon. It’s straightforward, fun, and a great fit if you love bread, kids, social justice, world peace, and free donuts.
Feeling servicey? IT’S SERVICE WEEK!! The next six days will be full of opportunities to get your volunteer on at Wes and in Middletown. The Senior Class Officers send us this info:
The end of this academic year is approaching fast. Why not end it with service?
On April 19-24, a school-wide Service Week will take place at Wesleyan University hosted by the Senior Class Officers and in coordination with the Office of Community Service.
This first-time event has been coordinated in an effort to get all students involved in giving back.
Throughout the week, there will be opportunities for you to participate with different organizations and groups here on campus and in the Middletown community.
Click here to sign up:
Please join us in making this an unforgettable event!
Questions? Feel free to contact seniorclass(at)wesleyan(dot)edu
Date: April 19 – April 24
Time: 12:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Place: Wesleyan University