The OCS has eighteen student run programs in a variety of areas. These programs vary in level of commitment, with most being a weekly commitment. We strongly encourage longer term commitments, which can foster stronger connections with our community members.
If you do not see a program that fits your interest, check out our listing of local service agencies, or stop by OCS and we'll be happy to help you find a site that connects with your interests.
Any student participating in one of these groups needs to fill out an activity waiver. Please fill one out for each group you are a member of.
Office of Community Service Student Groups
- ASHA (AIDS Sexual Health Awareness)
Student Coordinators: Tali Robbins and Emily Moody (email@example.com)
Mission: ASHA works to provide young people with the resources and knowledge they need to make
healthy sexual decisions. We empower young people to be active participants in their sexual
education and to take charge of their bodies as well as their emotional and physical health.
ASHA seeks to create classroom environments that:
1. Promote healthy behavior.
2. Are accepting of a wide variety of sexual activities and decisions.
3. Encourage consent and communication between partners.
Stay up to date on ASHA! Join their group on OrgSync here!
- Center for Prison Education (CPE) Volunteer Programs
- Green Street Arts Center
Student Coordinators: Anna Flurry and Kamilah O'Connor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mission: Green Street Arts Center located in Middletown's North End neighborhood is a community resource for residents of all ages and walks of life to develop their talents, skills and abilities. Volunteers who are able to make a regular commitment - be it once a week or every day - are encouraged to take on any one of a variety of roles in the AfterSchool program, as homework helpers, teaching asistants, and/or music instructors.
Stay up to date on Green Street Arts Center! Join their group on OrgSync here!
- Hunger and Homelessness and Related Programs
Hunger and Homelessness Student Coordinators: Evan Bieder and Fred Ayres (email@example.com)Mission: The Hunger and Homelessness Program provides both direct service opportunities and the opportunity to address the root causes of hunger and housing issues in our community. H&H also oversees other hunger and homelessness related student groups.
For more information on H&H, visit their website or their Orgsync page.The Hunger and Homelessness umbrella includes these programs:
Student Coordinator: Catherine Marquez (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Student volunteers collect food that is normally wasted from Pi Cafe, Summerfields and Usdan and take it to Eddy Shelter, an emergency shelter about 5 minutes from campus. Total commitment is about 30 minutes per week. Students also organize, prepare and participate in community dinners at the shelter.
Stay up to date on Food Rescue! Join their group on OrgSync here!
Bread Salvage:Student Coordinator: James Hall (email@example.com)Students collect leftover bread from the Cromwell Freihofer's outlet and deliver it to three Middletown elementary schools: Snow, Macdonough, and Farm Hill.
Stay up to date on Bread Salvage! Join their group on OrgSync here!
Habitat for Humanity:
Student Coordinator: Alex Drexler (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wesleyan Habitat for Humanity partners with Middlesex Habitat for Humanity to build affordable housing for first-time home owners in the local community.
Stay up to date on Habitat for Humanity! Join their group on OrgSync here!
- Individual Tutoring
Student Coordinator: Diondre Davis (email@example.com)
Mission: This program is a request based one-on-one tutoring experience. Local parents or community agencies request a tutor for a local child. You will be matched with a child based on your interest/mastery of a subject matter and your availability. All tutoring takes place in public locations such as the local or campus library.
Stay up to date on Individual Tutoring! Join their group on OrgSync here!
- Language Bank
Student Coordinator: Neha Shafique (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mission:The Wesleyan Language Bank, run by the OCS, provides translation/interpreting services for the larger Middletown area. The goals of the language bank are to break down language barriers in order to achieve effective communication, increase cross cultural understanding, and build mutually inspiring relationships between communities.
Stay up to date on Language Bank! Join their group on OrgSync here!
- North End Action Team (NEAT) Mentors
Student Coordinator: Kenny On (email@example.com)
Purpose of Program: NEAT Mentors is a program that pairs Wesleyan students with a child that lives in the North End of Middletown for a mentoring relationship. Mentors build relationships with the children in the North End and their families. The pairs are asked to meet on a weekly basis for a minimum of an hour on their own schedule in Middletown. The mentors also become a part of North End Action Team which is a neighborhood advocacy organization dedicated to the development of grassroots leadership. The mentors (where appropriate) will serve as community organizers, giving information to families about opportunities (summer camps,etc..) and helping to engage them in their neighborhood. More info ...
Stay up to date on NEAT! Join their group on OrgSync here!
- SHOFCO (Shining Hope for Communities)
Student Coordinator: Marina King (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mission: Shining Hope for Communities-Wesleyan is the founding chapter fo Shining Hope for Communities(SHOFCO), an international non-profit organization that began at Wesleyan in 2009. SHOFCO seeks to address gender inequality and extreme poverty in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya by linking a tuition-free school for girls (The Kibera School for Girls) with social services for all. SHOFCO-Wesleyan works with the Wesleyan and Middletown communities to improve understanding of issues that affects people in Kibera, to raise awareness of SHOFCO's various projects in Kibera, and to fundraise in support of these projects.
Stay up to date on SHOFCO! Join their group on OrgSync here!
- Traverse Square
Student Coordinators: Michael Lyn, Elaine Maskus, Irma Mazariego and Arjun Ramrup (email@example.com)
Mission: Student run and neighborhood based, the Traverse Square After-school program provides a community setting for Middletown children to receive academic and social support. Also known as "The Center," this student designed program is geared to provide Middletown children with the proper resources to succeed in all aspects of life. Helping the children with their homework is the main goal of the program, and we also provide academic enrichment, recreational activities, and Friday afternoon fieldtrips for the students. More info ...
Stay up to date on Traverse Square! Join their group on OrgSync here!
- WesAGE (Wesleyan Alliance for Generational Exchange)
Student Coordinators: Sheri Reichelson, Matthew Lynch, Gabriel Borelli and Rachel Earnhartdt
Mission: This program has a variety of opportunites to connect and socialize with local senior citizens. Commitments vary and provide volunteers with flexibility of weekly commitment to one time events. More info ...
Stay up to date on WesAGE! Join their group on OrgSync here!
- WesCFPA (Wesleyan Connecticut Forest and Park Association)
Student Coordinators: Erin McGrath and Alex Jed Siebert (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mission: Connecticut Forest and Parks Association (CFPA) is Connecticut's oldest conservation organization that works to preserve hiking trails, conserve land and forests, and educate the community. As a volunteer you could work to plan hikes for Wesleyan and our local community, set up events such as film screenings and lectures, create video podcasts that the CFPA will use to educate their hikers, and work on implementing an educational youth program at the CFPA headquarters located down the road from Wes! Working closely with the CFPA, students will have hands-on experiences and will work to create a strong and lasting community partnership.
Stay up to date on WesCFPA! Join their group on OrgSync here!
Student Coordinator: Sonia Zavala (email@example.com)
Mission: Tutors for this program teach English to the custodial staff on-campus. Wesleyan students tutor one on one for 1.5 hours twice a week. We provide training, curriculum, and weekly meetings to help you plan your lessons.
Stay up to date on WesESL! Join their group on OrgSync here!
- WesGilead Exchange
Student Coordinator: Siri Carr (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mission: The central idea guiding this initiative is the notion that all individuals must experience some form of sustainable peer support if they are to truly live productive and well-adjusted lives. It is with this fundamental principle that we have established an enduring collaboration between the students of Wesleyan University and Gilead Community Services where Wesleyan students provide support and friendship to individuals receiving Gilead services - a form of support that could work as a valuable complement to the Gilead Community Services approach:
"Gilead Community Services' mission is to provide a broad range of high quality health care and recovery support services in the home and community to improve mental health, physical well being, independence, and commnunity integration for the individuals we serve."
Stay up to date on WesGilead! Join their group on OrgSync here!
- WesReads and WesMath
- Woodrow Wilson Tutoring Partnership
Student Coordinators: Daniel Kim, Micaela Kaye, Lucy De Souza, Noam Sandweiss-Back (email@example.com)
Mission: This program serves middle school students who are failing subjects, at risk of retention, and/or in need of general and academic support. Students are identified by their team of teachers and matched one-on-one with Wesleyan students for in-school tutoring. With a major focus on building relationships, tutors assist students with schoolwork, help supprt and enhance student's motivation, serve as a general support for building confidence and changing academic performance, and serving as a role model.
For more program information check out their website here.
Stay up to date on Woodrow Wilson! Join their group on OrgSync here!
- Special Events
The OCS sponsors and supports several one time events throughout the year including Halloween Halls, Daffodil Days and Blood Drives.
Interested students can contact Cathy Lechowicz (firstname.lastname@example.org).