From Emily Murphy ’18:
Hate food waste? Looking to be involved in the Middletown community?
Food Rescue needs your help! Sign up for a once-a-week, 20 minute night time shift to drive food from the Wesleyan dining halls to a local homeless shelter.
*Volunteers with and without cars needed!!*
Please email wesfoodrescue[at]gmail[dot]com for any questions and further instructions before shifts start!
Date: From Sunday, February 7 to Sunday, May 8
Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
From Lydia Ottaviano ’17:
Looking to be involved in the Middletown community? Have a car on campus or know someone who does? Food Rescue, Wesleyan’s volunteer food insecurity alleviation program, needs your help! Sign up for a once-a-week, 20 minute night time shift to drive food from the Wesleyan dining halls to a homeless shelter nearby. *Volunteers without cars needed as well!* Link below. Further instructions will be provided before shifts start. Any questions or concerns, email wesfoodrescue[at]gmail[dot]com.
Sign Up Spreadsheet
Date: Monday, October 5-Friday, December 11
Time: 8:00 PM-10:00 PM
From CPE Fellow Shannon Nelson ’14:
Are you passionate about social justice and access to higher education? Interested in volunteering with Wesleyan’s college in prison program? The Center for Prison Education is currently accepting applications for Writing Tutor and Research Intern positions for the 2015-2016 academic year. Follow the links for the Peer Tutor and Research Intern descriptions, applications, and editing exercise.
Also: Check out this awesome short documentary about the program, directed by Cara Tratner ’12 and Becky Gillig ’12
The Peer Tutor application is due on Sunday, April 12th at 11:59 pm. The Research Intern application is due on Friday, May 1st at 11:59 pm. If you have any questions, please email senelson[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.
Straight from Camille Casareno ’15:
Interested in reproductive justice issues? Do you believe bodily
autonomy is a human right? Wesleyan Clinic Escorts is having
info/training sessions for interested folks. We travel regularly to
one of the most protested clinics in Connecticut to provide a
confident and calming presence to the visitors and staff members of
the clinic. Here are the dates and locations of the info sessions:
Feb 9th, Monday, 4.15-5pm in Usdan 108
Feb 12th, Thursday, 12-12.45pm in 41 Wyllys, Room 114
Feb 16th, Sunday, 4-4.45pm in 41 Wyllys, Room 110
Newcomers only need to attend one session. Commitment is small (once
or twice a semester) but we make a big difference to the patients and
staff of a Bridgeport clinic. We welcome everyone!
Missing Wesleyan already? Make plans to meet up with fellow Wesfolk for a WEServe project!
WEServe is a worldwide week of service for the entire Wesleyan community. During the week of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 18-24), students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents and grandparents, future students, and friends are all invited to come together for activities that serve others. Projects can involve any number of participants and any kind of volunteer work, whether it’s traditional service, like assisting a school or food pantry, or something innovative that supports a local non-profit. Call an organization to ask about their volunteer needs, and once you’ve submitted the project, Wesleyan will publicize it widely and take registrations.
WEServe spans the end of Winter Break and the beginning of the spring semester, so you can plan an activity in your hometown, in Middletown, or wherever in the world you’re traveling. This is a great opportunity to give back to your community while also connecting with classmates, generations of alumni, and other members of the Wesleyan family.
Propose a project by Wednesday, December 31, or sign up to join a project by Friday, January 17: wesconnect.wesleyan.edu/weserve
Date: Sunday, January 18 – Saturday, January 24
Time: All day!
Since 2010, people from around the city have come together for the Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project to purchase and assemble baskets of food for households who cannot afford a Thanksgiving meal. Last year, the MCTP provided 700 baskets to community members, and the goal for this year is to assemble over 900! Here’s how you can help:
Wesleyan is providing the stuffing and gravy for the Thanksgiving baskets, so pick some up on your next trip to Price Chopper. There are collection boxes in Usdan, North College, Olin, Exley, Freeman, and Weshop. You can also bring donations to the OCS Lounge (Allbritton 318). Other food items are welcome as well, and excess supplies will be donated to the Amazing Grace Food Pantry.
You can also sign up to assemble baskets! Packaging 900 meals requires a lot of volunteer work. Wesleyan’s Office of Community Service will bring vans of students to the Fellowship Church on Monday, November 24 for two shifts: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM and 12:15 – 3:00 PM. Students are also welcome to drive themselves. Sign up on the google doc and email ccp[at]wesleyan[dot]edu to discuss carpooling or other volunteer opportunities.
Date: Monday, November 24
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM and 12:15 – 3:00 PM
Place: Fellowship Church (1002 Saybrook Road)
Brighten a tween’s day and give back to the community by volunteering as a tutor! From Rebecca Brand ’16 and Emma Davis ’17:
Keigwin Middle School – home to nearly every 6th grader in Middletown – is seeking Wesleyan students to help out at their after-school homework club for the remainder of the semester. Tutors will volunteer from 2:00 to 4:15 pm on Tuesdays or Thursdays. This is a particularly exciting time to get involved, as the Middletown Public Schools were just awarded a grant from the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program to offer new after-school educational opportunities for students at Keigwin and Woodrow Wilson middle schools.
To volunteer this semester or to assist with this exciting new program as it develops, come to the interest meeting today at 6pm in Allbritton 318. For more information, contact rbrand[at]wesleyan[dot]edu and ecdavis[at]wesleyan[dot]edu. Federal work-study funds will be available for tutors in the future. The Office of Community Service will also be hiring one paid student coordinator for next semester; contact scapron[at]wesleyan[dot]edu for details.
Date: Tuesday, November 11 – TODAY!
Time: 6 PM
Place: Allbritton 318
From Molly Rappaport ’15 and Shannon Nelson ’14:
Interested in volunteering with Wesleyan’s college in prison program as a Tutor or Research Intern? The Center for Prison Education is currently accepting applications for Tutor and Research Intern positions during the spring semester!
Come to the Wesleyan Center for Prison Education Student Group’s general interest meeting this Tuesday at 9:00 pm in the OCS lounge to learn about the program and discuss future prison activism/awareness projects.
An important message from Shannon Welch ’14:
Clinic Escorts will be holding two training and information sessions, Thursday Jan 30th at 7 and Friday Feb 7th at noon, both in 41 Wyllys Room 110.
Clinic escorts is a low commitment way to support women’s right to choose. We go three times a week in groups of four to a clinic in Bridgeport. Our job is to escort the women from their cars to the clinic door as they are berated by antis. We do not engage with the antis. YOU ONLY NEED TO VOLUNTEER ONCE A SEMESTER :) Bring your friends! Check us out here.
Date and Time: Thursday, January 30 @ 7 PM or Friday, February 7 @ 12 PM
Place: 41 Wyllys Room 110
Cost: FREE AND EMPOWERING!
Prepare to be awesome. Prepare to do good. Miranda Linsky ’14 has the details:
We are very excited to announce the 2nd annual WEServe Week of Service, January 19-25. This program will allow alumni, parents, students, faculty, and staff to take on one-time, short-term volunteer commitments that benefit Wesleyan and their home communities. It is uniquely scalable to all geographic areas and fields of interest. All of the details are here.
If you are headed home for winter vacation, this is a great opportunity to give back to where you’re from and ask your friends from home to join you! Or if you get bored staying on campus all winter, plan or join a service project right here in Middletown! All you have to do is submit the project details and show up for the project that day, and we will publicize, take registrations, and mail each captain a project kit.