Students create and teach short after-school enrichment courses to local elementary students. Adventures in Learning runs for 4-5 weeks during Winter Study, with each class session meeting 4 times. Subjects range widely, including topics in fields such as dance, mythology, languages, cooking, etc. For more information, visit http://adventuresinlearning.williams.edu or contact Cecilia Hirsch ([email protected]).
2014-2015 Student Leaders: Sierra Jubin ([email protected]), Abby Rampone ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Amy Merselis ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Thursdays in Paresky The Williams College Amnesty International Chapter was created for the purpose of helping Amnesty International by whatever means we can in Amnesty International’s efforts to secure basic human rights for millions of people worldwide. The group
The Appalachian Mountain Club is a leading organization in outdoor recreation, conservation and education. The Berkshire Chapter maintains trails, leads hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking and other trips. For information on volunteer and intern opportunities, see the volunteer page of the Berkshire Chapter’s website. 964 South Main Street Great Barrington, MA 01230 413-528-6333 amcberkshire.org
BART Charter School‘s innovative afterschool program in Adams needs Williams students to tutor middle and high school students in Math or Language Arts. Tutoring takes place on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays, from 3:00-4:30pm or 3:00-6:00pm (total time including travel). Transportation assistance will be provided if needed, with a preference for students to have their own vehicles
Student Liaison: Isha Singh ([email protected]) Williams at Berkshire Farm Center (WBFC) works with at-risk youth both on and off campus. These youth come from Berkshire Farm Center (BFC), a residential treatment center in Canaan, NY. They are males ages 12-18 who have committed some sort of minor infraction and have been court-ordered to stay at
Not-for-profit membership supported environmental advocacy group and land trust working throughout the Berkshires to preserve threatened lands. Volunteer/intern opportunities available in various capacities. 20 Bank Row Pittsfield, MA 01201 413-499-0596 Contact: Tad Ames, Executive Director www.bnrc.net
Official area wide planning agency in the Berkshire Region with comprehensive planning responsibilities including economic development, environmental, transportation, regional, community and land-use planning and data and GIS services. Volunteers and interns welcome on various projects. 1 Fenn Street Suite 201 Pittsfield, MA 01201 413-442-1521 www.berkshireplanning.org
A part of the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program, this Williamstown Elementary program pairs children in grades kindergarten through six with a Big Brother or Big Sister from Williams to provide the younger students with unique, self-esteem building, one-to-one relationships. Typically, children get together with their Big Sibs once a week for several hours and
Student Leaders: Angela Chang ([email protected]), Claire Leyden ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Paula Consolini ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Weekly, Paresky Each semester, Williams students have the opportunity to serve as tutors and mentors to K-7th grade students at the Brayton Afterschool Program in North Adams. Williams volunteers work closely with teachers to improve literacy, as well as inspiring
Mass Audubon sanctuary located one mile from the center of Pittsfield which attracts a variety of birds and includes 3 miles of trails. Programs offered through the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox. Holmes Road Pittsfield, MA 413-637-0320 website [email protected]
CET, a community based non-profit organization, has been working since 1976 to help individuals, businesses, schools and communities reduce our environmental impact. CET provides education and assistance in recycling, composting, using less toxic products, energy conservation, and renewable resources. Services include: Home energy surveys and weatherization in partnership with local utility companies; sales of energy
This Winter Study course features a 2-3 week teaching practicum in a resource-challenged New York City public or charter school (2013 Course Enrollment: 12). Contact Tracy Finnegan, [email protected] and visit learning-in-action.williams.edu/courses-teaching/teach-in-new-york-city.
Student Leaders: Isabel Abraham ([email protected]), Todd Hall ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Tendai Muparutsa ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Once per month, Paresky This project is an attempt to bake and sell 400,000 cookies. We bake and sell cookies to raise money for the Jewish World Watch Solar Cooker Project. The Solar Cooker Project provides solar powered stoves for
The Friends of Milne Library works with library staff and the Board of Trustees to foster community awareness and support library needs. In order to help raise funds for the library, the Friends organize an annual used book sale, the proceeds of which go towards library needs. Additional Information & Current Opportunities: learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/friends-of-milne-library
Liaison: Denise Krutiak ([email protected]) The Interfaith Food Pantry in downtown North Adams is open Wednesdays from 11am to 2pm, and then later on Wednesdays from 4pm on.
Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts (GSCWM) impacts over 12,000 girls and supports over 5,000 adult members in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Worcester and a portion of Middlesex counties. In Girl Scouts, we believe every girl can become a leader. Membership in Girl Scouts is open to girls in grades K-12; women and men over 18
Student Leaders: Rehaan Vij ([email protected]), Danielle Grier ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Ngonidzashe Munemo ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Paresky Global Initiatives Group (GIG) aims to build and broaden the current levels of international awareness and cultural understanding among the college community. With a focus on engaging students on globally pertinent ideas, perspectives and experiences, the group hopes to contribute towards strengthening
2013-2014 Group Head: Ivan Badinski, [email protected] Williams Habitat organizes bi-weekly trips to Habitat for Humanity project sites in the Berkshires. Student volunteers provide help with the construction of low-income housing for residents of the area. Given the general lack of affordable housing in the surrounding region and the severe shortage of volunteer labor for these sites,
The Williams Center at Mt. Greylock, a partnership between Mt. Greylock Middle and High School and Williams, provides volunteer, work study and course fieldwork opportunities in and outside the school’s curriculum in the areas of homework help, writing, special skills, math, science, foreign languages, technology and the arts. For more information and current opportunities, visit learning-in-action.williams.edu/high-school-outreach.
Higher Ground Inc., is a local non-profit in Williamstown which looks after the survivors and flood victims of Tropical Storm Irene, caring for their daily mental and spiritual well being with a professional counselor. Higher Ground also advocates and helps to bring about disaster replacement housing for the seniors, low income individuals and families of
The Hoosic River Revival (HRR) is looking for students to conduct research and assist with public programs, and help produce a short film. The HRR is a community-based, nonprofit organization with a mission to reconnect the North Adams community to a clean, beautiful, and safe Hoosic River and to enhance the river’s recreational, cultural and
A non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration, conservation and enjoyment of the Hoosic River and its watershed through education, research and advocacy. To find out more about volunteer and intern opportunities including the volunteer-based water quality monitoring program and the annual Riverfest celebration, contact HooRWA. P.O. Box 667 Williamstown, MA 01267 413-458-2742 hoorwa.org [email protected]
A non-profit coalition of Berkshire County residents working to restore the Housatonic River and its floodplain as a major community asset, a river safe to fish and swim. HRI’s work includes a) advocating for timely and comprehensive PCB cleanup, b) educating County residents, young and old, about the river, its ecological science, contamination and cleanup,
HVA works to conserve the natural character and environmental health of our communities in the Housatonic River watershed by restoring and protecting our lands and waters for this and future generations. P.O. Box 251 1383 Route 102 South Lee, MA 01260 413-394-9796 www.hvatoday.org [email protected]
Student Leaders: Abby Rampone ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Rick Spalding ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Wednesdays 6pm, Interfaith Common Room InterFaith is dedicated to fostering discussion and cooperation between faith communities on campus. We also provide a place for individuals to explore a diversity of perspectives and traditions in a welcoming group. Throughout the year we organize and co-sponsor different types
Student Leaders: Eduard Ciobanu ([email protected]), Justin Edwards ([email protected]), Anand Hemmady ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Gail Newman ([email protected]) Leaders Working is a Williams College extracurricular organization dedicated to helping low-income high-achieving high school juniors and seniors of primarily underrepresented minorities gain access to higher education through a cohesive mentoring program. Leaders Working Website
Mission and programming focused on protection and preservation of the Appalachian Trail and Trail corridor lands in Massachusetts through scheduled work parties during the field season and collaboration with relevant State and Federal Agencies on matters of land protection and preservation. Local contact: Cosmo Catalano
Many students find math dry in high school and junior high school. The purpose of the webpage is to help students and teachers see that math can be fun, interesting and applicable. In addition to the riddles, there is a student/teacher corner where detailed explanations are given, not just of how to solve the problem,
Student Leaders: Tendai Chisowa ([email protected]), Hae-Min Jung ([email protected]), Chloe Snow ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Ruth Harrison ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Hollander Organizes public health events and health training for the Williams community.
Student Leaders: Julia Yarak ’18 ([email protected]), Justin Sardo ’18 ([email protected]) and Kathryn Cunningham ’18 ([email protected]) The Mohawk Forest program takes Williams students most weekday afternoons (3-5pm) to Mohawk Forest, an affordable housing community in North Adams. At the Mohawk Forest Community Center, we help children on their homework, play games, make crafts, and serve as mentors for
The MS Support Foundation provides education, support and resources for those individuals affected by Multiple Sclerosis as well as families and healthcare providers who are dedicated to improving the lives of those afflicted. Additional Information & Current Opportunities: learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/ms-support-foundation/
Student Leaders: Adam Calogeras ([email protected]), Isabel Hanson ([email protected]), Elizabeth Gootkind ([email protected]), Miriam Semmar ([email protected]), Emily Shea ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Tara Watson ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Biweekly Sundays, Griffin The Williams College PIH: Engage community is one of 100+ grassroots PIH:Engage groups around the country that work to support Partners In Health, an internationally health charity focused primarily
Student Leaders: Jonathan Ball ([email protected]), Vero Veliz ([email protected]), May Congdon ([email protected]), Maoli Vizcaino ([email protected]), Elizabeth Curtis ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Laini Sporbert ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Weekly, Paresky 212 Peer Health organizes events, supplies some personal care items, and distributes information to encourage Williams students’ everyday health. It holds open meetings weekly and encompasses the Call-In-Walk-In peer support center,
Student Leaders: Stephanie Liu ([email protected]), Lila Anderson ([email protected]), Danielle Grier ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Ben Lamb ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Monthly Thursdays, Paresky We coordinate pen pals between students at Williams and 4th-6th graders at Pownal Elementary School in Vermont. We exchange letters many times throughout the year, and often invite them over to see Williams and their pen
Student Leaders: Maija Lindaas ([email protected]), Matthew Goss ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Sarah Gardner ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Tuesdays 7pm, Bike Shop The Purple Bike Coalition (PBC) is Williams College’s free bike service organization, based out of the bike shop on the ground floor of Mark Hopkins. Run and staffed by students, we offer free bike repair and rental services
Student Leaders: Emily Roach ([email protected]), Anna Pomper ([email protected]), Scott Shelton ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Meg Bossong ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Sun 7:15pm, Hardy House The Williams College Rape and Sexual Assault Network (RASAN) is a closed group of trained individuals available to serve the community on issues surrounding rape, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence. RASAN is a student-run 24/7
Student Leaders: William Duke ([email protected]), Kevin Eagan ([email protected]), David Burt ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Anne Skinner ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Weekly, Paresky 112 Williams Rotaract is a club dedicated to fundraising for local and international service causes. We follow the international Rotaract club structure and are sponsored by the Williamstown Rotary club, holding weekly meetings on campus. Beyond fundraising
The Rules Change Project is an initiative to support action ideas for capitalism and the common good. America is not working for all of us. The Rules Change Project is an open coalition to spotlight, amplify and educate the public about existing efforts to foster economic “rules change.” It is an informal, non-partisan collaboration of
Student Leaders: Gabriella Kallas ([email protected]), Zoe Taylor ([email protected]) Board Members: Phoebe Hall ([email protected]), Sarah Fleming ([email protected]), Ben Metrikin ([email protected]), Ryan Buggy ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Donna Denelli-Hess ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Sundays 3pm, Schapiro 129 SWAG strives to introduce topics of consent and healthy relationships to local middle school and high school students. The group does this through workshops with students as
Non-profit member organization, established in 1989, dedicated to protecting the land essential to Sheffield’s natural, scenic, agricultural, and rural character through a program of stewardship and by working with landowners, farmers and other partners. Welcomes volunteers in a variety of capacities. P.O. Box 940 404 Legeyt Road Sheffield, MA 01257 413-229-0234 www.sheffieldland.org [email protected]
2015 Date: Thursday, April 16th! In this Berkshire Compact for Education sponsored program, Williams students help host 200-400 Berkshire County public and charter school 6th graders in an annual campus visit designed to encourage students to attend college. Science, art and athletic activities are featured. Contact Tracy Finnegan, [email protected]
Student Leader: Anna Deloi ([email protected]), James Sawyers ([email protected]), Andrew Lyness ([email protected]), Wilfred Lee ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Ferentz Lafargue ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Mondays 6pm, Paresky 207 Student’s for Education Reform is an organization that is committed to improving the state of education in the United States. We advocate at the state, local, and national levels, pushing for positive
A grantmaking foundation funding conservation projects that safeguard wild land, wild water, native wildlife and living soils in the northern Appalachian region. 404 Legeyt Road Sheffield, MA 01257 413-229-0202 www.sweetwatertrust.org [email protected]
The Mount is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center that celebrates the literary, artistic, and humanitarian legacies of Edith Wharton. Additional Information & Current Opportunities: learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/the-mount
The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to preserve plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. The organization employs a strategic, science based process called “Conservation by Design” to identify the highest priority places — landscapes and seascapes — that, if
The Nutrition Center‘s mission is to inspire a healthy relationship with food through counseling, nutrition, and culinary education. Additional Information & Current Opportunities: learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/the-nutrition-center
The Orion Society’s programs and publications seek to inform, inspire and engage individuals and grass roots organizations to become a significant cultural force for healing nature and community. Orion’s work includes Orion Magazine, books, workshops, seminars and the Orion Grassroots Network, a fast growing association of environmental and community organizations. The Society welcomes volunteers in
Student Leaders: Jaelon Moaney ([email protected]), JD Armes ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Jenness House Weekly The Griffin’s Society is an organization dedicated to offering support and guidance to men of color as they navigate Williams. We offer opportunities to hold forums to discuss issues affecting our communities at large as well as our community at home in the Purple
Member supported non-profit conservation organization that preserves various property for public use and enjoyment. Field Farm is a 300 acre property managed by the Trustees. Will Garrison, Historic Resources Manager at Field Farm, welcomes volunteer help, particularly with tours of the farm. Field Farm 565 Sloan Road Williamstown, MA 01267 413-458-3144 www.thetrustees.org [email protected] Will Garrison
The Wilderness Society‘s mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. We contribute to better protection, stewardship and restoration of our public lands, preserving our rich natural legacy for current and future generations. Additional Information & Current Opportunities: learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/the-wilderness-society/
Thursday Night Grassroots was formed to create an outlet for direct student action in the face of global environmental catastrophe and immense social inequality. The group strives to highlight and actively address these issues within the context of our community, our state, and our nation. The group believes that Williams students are among a small
The mission of Timberlawn Elementary School is to teach and learn with purpose, passion, and perseverance. We will achieve our mission by working together to ensure that every Timberlawn Bulldog excels academically, socially and emotionally. Students recite the Timberlawn Mission Statement at the beginning of each school day. Timberlawn Elementary School is one of 38
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) Association of Berkshire County has dedicated itself to offering supports and advocacy for any individual, regardless of disability, to pursue a fulfilling, self-determined, high-quality community life – a life without limits. The UCP mission is to advance the independence, productivity and citizenship of people with disabilities. UCP of Berkshire County is
First-year orientation program in which 100 frosh, guided by experienced student leaders, spend their first weekend getting to know the northern Berkshires through field trips, road trips, cook-outs with local families, and community engagement work, introducing them to ways they can help improve the local community. Contact Chaplain Rick Spalding ([email protected]) and visit learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/where-am-i for more information.
We join with families in a community where children’s ideas and the wonder of childhood inspire our common learning. We offer safe, nurturing care that supports play, learning, and the work of children while recognizing the strengths, diversity, and uniqueness of all who learn and teach here. Our teachers foster multiple ways of learning and
Paid and volunteer work teaching hands-on science lessons and tutoring reading and math in local elementary schools. Teaching for course credit is also possible. Over 250 students participated in this work in 2014-2015. For more information and current opportunities, visit learning-in-action.williams.edu/elementary-outreach.
This initiative provides students fieldwork opportunities in the forms of summer policy research, teaching and community development internships in Cape Town, South Africa, Kenya and other African countries. The initiative also supports the development of relevant Winter Study courses. Contact Paula Consolini ([email protected]) and visit here for more information.
Student Leaders: Ananya Mayukha ([email protected]), Wilfred Lee ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: N/A Meeting Time/Place: TBD Williams Speaks matches each Williams student with a teacher and classroom at a local elementary school. As part of this organization, Williams students provide weekly lessons in public speaking to these kids, starting with simple and creative games and progressing to bigger projects.
Student Leader: Caroline Atwood ([email protected]), Josh Morrison ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Mike Evans ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Mondays 5:45pm, Driscoll We are a group of students who love gardening and farming and hope to teach the rest of the campus about it too! We run and organize Parsons Garden and the Presidential Garden, as well as ten other beds
The Williamstown Chamber of Commerce serves Williamstown and our neighboring communities by supporting efforts in communication, education and coordination of our members, our residents and our visitors. Williamstown is the home of two major institutions – Williams College and The Clark Art Institute. Many of the visitors to our community come here initially for one
Williamstown Community Preschool serves the needs of toddler, preschool, and school-age children and their families. From age 15 months to 12 years, children find a safe, caring environment at WCP where they can grow, learn, and thrive. WCP offers a rich, developmentally appropriate learning environment that focuses on child-centered, child-directed activities. The WCP staff seeks to create opportunities
If you’re interested in history, the Williamstown Historical Museum is the place for you! We are a museum and research center that maintains a collection of photos, artifacts and documents that relate to Williamstown’s past. We work to increase the public’s knowledge of Williamstown’s past in a variety of ways including educational exhibits, programs, events,
Non-profit member supported land trust working with the community to preserve and protect the rural New England character and unique landscapes of Williamstown. Director Reed-Evans welcomes volunteer and intern help in many capacities, including special projects which students might propose such as habitat creation. 671 Cold Spring Road Williamstown, MA 01267 413-458-2494 Contact: Leslie Reed-Evans,
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Amy Johns ([email protected]) A one-day fall program weatherizing low income homes in Berkshire County run through the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives. Students train and then work with faculty, staff and community volunteers preparing area homes for the winter. Winter Blitz Blog
Student Leaders: Louis Gilbert-Bono ([email protected]), Duncan Cummings ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: George McCormack ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: 2 days weekly, Williamstown Elementary WISHES (Williams Initiative for Student Health in Elementary Schools) is a group of Williams students who teach a health and nutrition class to the Williamstown Elementary School fifth grade classes. We teach one class per