Monday Apr. 7th, 12-2pm: “Giving Hope to Homelessness” discussion with Jonathan Scott, CEO of Victory Programs Inc.
Victory Programs is a Boston-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals and families who are homeless and may have substance use disorders, often accompanied by chronic health issues like HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and mental illness. Providing a welcoming environment, our compassionate and inspiring team is committed to helping our clients and members regain health and restore hope through immediate access to safe and stable housing. Victory Programs operates 18 health and housing programs in Boston, Cambridge and Topsfield and serves more than 2,600 people every year.
Who: Jonathan Scott, CEO Victory Programs, Inc. & Elissa Goldman, MS, Former Nutritionist at Boston Living Center (HIV/AIDS resource center in Boston, a program of Victory Programs)
Why: Attendees will gain insight into this incredible non-profit, be able to sign up for volunteering opportunities at various Victory Programs sites.
(on campus - SOM 101)
Monday Apr. 7th, 1-4pm: Volunteering at Community Servings
What: Volunteering at Community Servings
Volunteering includes meal preparation for individuals who are home bound. With the help of hundreds of volunteers, business, and corporate sponsors, and dedicated staff and board members, Community Servings prepares and delivers 7,500 lunches and dinners each week to the homes of almost 800 individuals and families who are homebound with an acute life-threatening illness.
Why: Attendees will gain insight into this incredible non-profit, and assist in preparing nourishing meals for individuals who are homebound.
Where: Community Servings, 18 Marbury Terrace, Boston, MA 02130 [Phone: 617.522.7777]
There is a 10 person limit. Folks who sign up must keep their shift and let us know at least 48 hours beforehand if they must cancel to find a replacement. Can contact Elissa at firstname.lastname@example.org or Grace Goodhew at email@example.com. Grace will be our group representative and meet on campus in front of the main campus building at 12:15pm to walk/T over or participants can make arrangements for their own transportation.
(off campus - 18 Marbury Terrace, Boston, MA 02130)
Tuesday Apr. 8th, 9-12pm: Nira Rock Park Clean Up
What: Nira Rock Clean Up- Simmon volunteers will volunteer to clean up a local park for 4 hours. Supplies will be provided.
Who: 10-15 Simmons volunteers
Why: This event will allow Simmons to give back to the community by cleaning a public park
Where: Nira Rock Clean Up
Special Notes: Materials/gear provided. Volunteers will have to take the Green line to Heath St. Station (26 minutes) or walk from Simmons College (34 minutes). Danielle will meet at 8:15am and led a group to the site by foot/T.
Tuesday Apr. 8th, 11-12:30pm: Daily Table Brown Bag Lunch with Rudy Rubenis, ED & Fredi Shonkoff, Senior Director
The Daily Table is an innovative initiative introducing an urban option to low-cost healthy meals through a new retail grocery/foodservice model - small-scale, community-based neighborhood stores.
Who: Rudy Rubenis, Executive Director at the Daily Table: Rudy is a former Regional VP of Whole Foods, where he oversaw 37 stores generating over $1B in revenue. He has over 25 years of experience in retail, including work in a small business setting, as well as an entrepreneurial stint launching a Boston-based restaurant and catering business. Fredi Shonkoff, Senior Director at the Daily Table. Fredi is the former SVP of Corporate Relations at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Fredi will be leading Daily Table's efforts in community relations, volunteer services, communications, and funder relations.
Why: This event will give Simmons students an opportunity to learn more about the Daily Table’s mission to turn excess food from supermarkets, restaurants and growers into prepared meals and grocery offerings that are deeply discounted. As a self-sustaining not-for-profit organization, the store will create jobs and hire from the community. The first Daily Table will open in Dorchester, MA in late summer/early fall, bringing affordable nutrition to the Four Corners and Codman Square neighborhoods.
Where: Student Activities Conference Room
Special Notes: Bring your own lunch. Open to everyone.
(Conference Room W-002)
Tuesday Apr. 8th, 12:30pm-1:30pm: Alternative Spring Break - Simmons Community Garden Groundbreaking
(off campus - meet at Simmons Hall First floor lounge)
Debut of the Simmons Community Garden organized and built by Boston Immersion 2014 - Living Green in an Urban Environment (Alternative Spring Break for Undergraduates). Participants will have the opportunity to visit the community garden, learn about the program and celebrate the achievements with the Boston Immersion students. Light refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by Simmons Palooza.
Tuesday Apr. 8th, 6-8pm: Up-cycled Material Creation drop-in workshop
(on campus - student activities room)
Simmons Community Garden Project is hosting this as a fundraiser for their initiatives. Attendees will have the opportunity to create sustainable goods that can be sold for profit. No experience or materials necessary but you can bring donated items if you wish for jewelry-making like can tabs, bottle tops, used t-shirt bags and purses, etc.
Wednesday Apr. 9th, 12-2pm: Building Gender into Curriculum with Alex Leikin, Civic Engagement Coordinator at Citizen Schools
What: “Building Gender into the Curriculum” with
Who: Alex Leikin, Civic Engagement Coordinator at Citizens Schools (Citizen Schools partners with public middle schools in low-income communities to provide an expanded learning day, rich with opportunities).
Why: opportunity for students to work directly with existing citizen schools’ curriculum to better integrate gender into the extended learning day curriculum.
Where: MCB 308
Special Notes: free, Materials provided. No experience necessary.
(on campus - MCB 308)
Wednesday Apr. 9th, 5-7pm: Boston Wage Gap Initiative Panel with SOM Dean Cathy Minehan & Megan Costello, Representative from the Women’s Commission in the Boston Mayors Office
What: Boston Wage Gap Initiative Panel
This is a panel of women sitting on the board of the Mayor’s office wage gap initiative who will speak about their experiences establishing the initiative and the processes involved in it.
Who: Cathy Minehan, Dean of the SOM; Megan Costello, Representative from the Women’s Commission in the Boston Mayors Office
Why: Attendees will get the hear the experiences of addressing the gender gap in the workforce head on, as well as get to ask questions to help gail personal insight.
Where: Special Functions Room, Simmons College Campus
(on campus - Special Functions Room)
Thursday Apr. 10th, 1-3pm: Jumpstart literacy materials making drop-in workshop
What: literacy materials making workshop with Jumpstart - early education nonprofit preparing every child in America to enter kindergarten and succeed.
Who: Jennette Chenevert, volunteer coordinator at Simmons Jumpstart program.
Why: this workshop will offer an opportunity for students, staff and faculty to drop-in to create literacy materials that will be used to send home with the children Jumpstart serves. The materials created will allow for learning to be extended from the classroom to the home, helping Jumpstart to connect with the families.
Where: on-campus - Student Activities Conference Room (W-002).
Special Notes: requesting students devote at least 30 minutes of their time. (on campus - Student Activities Conference Room W-002)
Thursday Apr. 10th, 2:30-5pm: Shelterbox, “What to do when disaster strikes” with Christa Papavasiliou, Shelterbox Ambassador & Boston Rotaract President
What: Shelterbox - “What to do when disaster strikes”
Who: Christa Papavasiliou, Shelterbox ambassador and Rotaract President; Shelterbox responds immediately to disasters, delivering the essentials a family needs to survive in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.
Why: students, faculty and community members will have the opportunity to explore the contents of the emergency equipment and ask questions about the organization’s efforts worldwide
(on campus - outside in the quad, walk by to see)
Thursday Apr. 10th, 3:30-5pm: Panel on the South Sudan Crisis with Professors Dan Connell & William Bellamy
(on campus - Special Functions Room)
Friday Apr. 11th, 8 - 11 am : Timilty School Visit
Get ready for an exciting morning as 100 Timilty Middle School students come to campus for a campus tour and to engage in a service activity. We are looking for volunteers to assist as guides and to accompany the students during their time on campus.
Friday Apr. 11th, 2-4pm: High Tea at Mount Pleasant Nursing Home
What: High Tea at Mount Pleasant Nursing Home
Who: 8 interested Simmons Students (and around 15 Mount Pleasant Residents)
Why:To interact with people of a different generation and give back to the Boston community.
Where: Mount Pleasant, 301 S Huntington Ave, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Special Notes: We are going to have a get to know you sort of event where students get to know the residents, and then everyone comes together at the end to share something they learned about who they spoke with. S/RC liaison will meet at 1:15pm and led the group there by foot/T.
Contact: Grace Goodhew firstname.lastname@example.org, take the T to Mount Pleasant Nursing Home in JP.
(off campus - 301 S Huntington Ave, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130)
Friday Apr. 11th, 3pm: Ben & Jerry Ice Cream thank you & donation opportunity
What: Ben & Jerry Ice Cream Thank You. The event will serve as a thank you and closing event of Global Service Week.
Who: Scott- Ross liaisons will be serving ice cream to Simmons College
Why: thank you and remembrance from the week
Where: on-campus in quad
(on campus - outside in the quad)