Leaders In Volunteer Experiences (L.I.V.E.) - A collaboration of Springfield College students dedicated to community outreach, student empowerment, and leadership development through the facilitation of volunteer programs and educational experiences. LIVE is a student-run volunteer organization, which began in the fall of 2000. As a centralization agent for service, volunteer and social awareness activities on campus, LIVE provides a structure of support for students interested in leading effective and successful service programs.
The Office of Student Volunteer Programs, home of Leaders in Volunteer Experiences (L.I.V.E.) is located in the Beveridge Center, to the left of the information desk. Our extension is x3394; come and visit us anytime.
Current LIVE programs:
- Community Youth Computer Program - help neighborhood youth learn basic computer skills and serve as positive role models for community youth. Contact Chad Hiu by email, Program Director
- Ronald McDonald House (http://www.ronmcdhouse.com/about.htm) Help put smiles on the faces of sick and physically challenged children through arts and crafts, cooking, games, and more with the children and families at the Ronald McDonald House once a week. Contact Jillian Ruroede, Program Director
- Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen Once a week, join fellow SC students and the Open Pantry staff to serve a meal to members of the Springfield community.
- Habitat for Humanity (http://www.habitat.org). Habitat for Humanity is an international organization that provides manpower to build houses for families unable to afford homes on their own. Volunteer weekdays, weekends and during some school breaks!! Contact Jen Swiatowicz or Gary Despres, Chapter Cochairs, or Barbara Kautz, Advisor by email.
- RESULTS USA Student Action Group (www.resultsusa.org) a national nonprofit, grassroots citizens’ lobby working to create the political will to end hunger and the worst aspects of poverty. Volunteers learn how to write effective letters, make persuasive phone calls to legislators and government officials and advocate for specific issues. Contact Wes Maguire ( ), Student Coordinator
- Mason Wright Retirement Community Share your talents and meet the "grandmother or grandfather you never had." Volunteer opportunities available during weekdays or weekends.
- Best Buddies (http://www.bestbuddies.org) The mission of Best Buddies is to enhance the lives of people with Mental Retardation by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendship and integrated employment. Contact Alison Walsh, Student Chapter Program Director or Dr. Robert Hewes, Advisor
- Today’s Youth . . .Tomorrow’s Future After School Youth Program Participate in arts and crafts activities, leadership and character development and much more. Gain an enhanced understanding of our community through interacting with its youth. This program is rapidly growing and expanding, and opportunities are unlimited! Contact Kristy Schlaffer, Student Program Director
- One Time Events (including Humanics In Action Day, Hunger Clean-up, etc) Springfield College offers a wide variety of one-time volunteer service opportunities such as Humanics in Action day, the Annual Hunger Clean-Up and annual Earth Day activities. Contact Charlene Elvers in Student Volunteer Programs (x3394)
Springfield College Outreach Committee (S.C.O.C.)
The Springfield College Outreach Committee offers an opportunity for SC undergraduate students to experience social injustice, specifically in terms of poverty and oppression in a third world setting and in the United States during Spring Break. The goal of this organization is to do a service project that will leave a lasting impression on the village or city. The SCOC group works as a team to fundraise everything that they bring to the area and all the materials for their projects. The group tries to bring materials that are needed to the area such as school supplies, shoes, clothes, art supplies, sporting equipment, etc. In 2002, 12 students went to the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Browning, Montana and worked on a newly forming private school. In years past, SCOC has gone to Cuanna, Mexico. In 2003, we hope to send two groups - one nationally, one internationally. Contact Becca Jackman, Chad Hiu, Chris Neville or Jillian Ruroede for more information.
Local Community-Based Agencies & Mentoring Programs
Springfield School Volunteers site offers many different volunteer opportunities in Springfield’s Public Schools. (http://www.springfieldschoolvolunteers.org)
Springfield Mentoring Partnership provides information about mentoring opportunities throughout the area to people who are interested in helping young people. Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
America Reads - Join the America Reads Challenge to tutor school age children with their reading skills. (http://www.ed.gov/inits/americareads/) Find out more about America Reads at Springfield College at the Career Center.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County (www.bigbrothers-sisters.org)
Girl Scouts of Western Massachusetts (http://www.the-spa.com/wmgsc/newpage1.html)
International Language Institute of Massachusetts (http://www.languageschoolsusa.org)
Junior Achievement (www.ja.org)
Springfield Day Nursery (http://www.sdn.org)
United Way of the Pioneer Valley (http://www.uwpv.org)
Western Mass Food Bank - Located in Hatfield, MA, the mission of The Food Bank is to distribute food to those in need in the four counties of western Massachusetts and to work with our community to end hunger. (http://www.foodbankwma.org)
YWCA Western Massachusetts is committed to working towards the empowerment of women and girls and the elimination of racism (http://www.ywworks.org)
If there is an agency that you wish to contact that is not listed here, please come by the Office of Student Volunteer Programs. We have many other opportunities available.