Volunteer Programs

The OCS has more than 20 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 to help 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 must complete The OCS Registration Process and fill out an activity waiver. Please fill out an activity waiver for each group you are a member of.

  • ASHA (AIDS Sexual Health Awareness)

    Student Coordinators: Sally Rappaport and Julia Morrison (asha.wesleyan@gmail.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.

    Website: http://asha.group.wesleyan.edu

    Stay up to date on ASHA! Join their group on OrgSync here!

  • Green Street Teaching and Learning Center

    Student Coordinators: Kamilah O'Connor and Anna Flurry (greenst@wesleyan.edu)  

    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: Fred Ayres (hfh@wesleyan.edu)

    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:

    Food Rescue:

    Student Coordinator: Lydia Ottaviano and Lili Kadets (wesfoodrescue@gmail.com)

    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: Jessica Wolinsky (wesfoodsalvage@gmail.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: Lily Watson (lwatson01@wesleyan.edu)

    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: Momi Afelin and Ali Felman (wesindividualtutoring@gmail.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!

  • Julia's Star

    Student Coordinators: Erica Arensman (juliastar.wesleyan@gmail.com)

    Mission: The Julia's Star program brings Wesleyan students into contact with Middletown fifth graders, and through the interaction seeks to create a safe space for positive dialogue. Through the book and the session, we hope the students will understand the impact of stereotypes, both on a micro and a macro level. We hope they will learn how to share their identities and how to ask carefully and thoughtfully about one another's. By collecting letters from the students, we retain a meaningful connection with Johanna's family and keep her legacy alive and thriving here at Wes.

    Stay up to date on Julia's Star! Join their group on OrgSync here!

  • Big Mac Mentors

    Student Coordinator: Mkaela Carty (mdcarty@wesleyan.edu)

    Purpose of Program: NEAT Mentors is a program that pairs Wesleyan students with kids living in the North End of Middletown who attend MacDonough Elementary school. They work to build one-on-one mentoring relationships. The pairs meet on a weekly basis at MacDonough Elementary School for a minimum of one hour. Mentor-mentee pairs also come together for group activities (such as hiking, baking, or soccer) throughout the year. More info ...

    Stay up to date on NEAT! Join their group on OrgSync here!

  • Scholars in Action

    Student Coordinators: Aviv Rau (arau@wesleyan.edu) and Ki Choi (wkchoi@wesleyan.edu)

    Mission: This new group engaged Wesleyan students in an after school program at Keigwin Middle School (6th grade) and Woodrow Wilson Middle School (7th and 8th grade). Wesleyan students provide tutoring and mentorship to students and participate in the development of enrichment activities. This work will aid the school districts' goals of reducing the achievement gap, increasing school engagement and attendance and improving the social and emotional wellness of students.

  • SHOFCO (Shining Hope for Communities)

    Student Coordinator: Noelle Choi (shofcowesleyan@gmail.com)

    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: Rachel Godfrey, Naomi Wright, Nailah Hines, and Moises Valencia (traversesquare@gmail.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: Lauren Connolly, Gabriella Castorena, and Carolina Elices (elderly@wesleyan.edu)

    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: Currently Vacant (wescfpa@gmail.com)

    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!

  • WesGilead Exchange

    Student Coordinator: Hannah Bolotin (hbolotin@wesleyan.edu)

    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!

  • Wesleyan Doula Project

    Student Coordinators: Louisa Winchell (lwinchell@wesleyan.edu), Zandy Stovicek (astovicek@wesleyan.edu)

    Mission: The Wesleyan Abortion Doula Project aims to provide non-medical comfort and support to women who elect to end their pregnancies. We collaborate with Planned Parenthood clinics to provide these services on a thrice-weekly basis, and pride ourselves on providing excellent care that enhances the medical experience of the woman.

    Stay up to date on Wesleyan Doula Project! Join their group on OrgSync here!

  • WesReads/ WesWrites/ WesMath

    Student Coordinators: Nadja Shannon-Dabek, Sammy Stephen, and Megan Dolan (wes.reads.math@gmail.com)

    Mission: To provide support for higher level learners in the areas of reading, writing and math.   More info ...

    Stay up to date on WesReads/WesMath! Join their group on OrgSync here!

  • Wesleyan Refugee Project

    Student Coordinator: Casey Smith (cksmith@wesleyan.edu)

    Mission: The Wesleyan Refugee Project (WRP) brings together dedicated volunteers from the Wesleyan student body to support the Connecticut refugee community and bring awareness to the current worldwide refugee crisis. Members will have the opportunity to volunteer with refugees at Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS), a nonprofit organization that resettles refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan, Congo, Sudan, and numerous other countries. The Wesleyan Refugee Project will connect group members with projects at IRIS helping refugees and asylum-seekers access affordable housing, health care, and education. WRP also aims to bring speakers to Wesleyan’s campus to raise awareness about refugee issues worldwide. Additionally, we will fundraise for organizations that provide life-saving services to vulnerable refugees around the world.

    Stay up to date on WesReads/WesMath! Join their group on OrgSync here!

  • Wesleyan University Middle School Tutoring Partnership (WUMSTP)

    Student Coordinators: Daniel Kim, Alexa Wheeler, and Lucy De Souza (wwmstutor@gmail.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!

  • YMCA Andre's All Stars

    Student Coordinator: Ellen Chang (hchang02@wesleyan.edu)

    Mission: The YMCA, thanks to a grant from NBA player Andre Drummond, has created an after-school program for middle school youth. The program has a physical activity/sports component and a tutoring component. Wesleyan students interested in tutoring, mentorship and/or athletics are encouraged to join.

  • Special Events

    The OCS sponsors and supports several one time events throughout the year. For more informaiton on upcoming events, visit our blog and subscribe to our newsletter.

    Interested students can contact Cathy Lechowicz (clechowicz@wesleyan.edu).