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Community Service Blog

Great news for Simmons and the Scott/Ross Center! Simmons College has been named to the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Simmons has received this honor for eight consecutive years, and is one of only 16 colleges in the country - the only one is Massachusetts - to earn the "Honor Roll with Distinction" level for six of the eight years since the Honor...

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Last week you read about Madison and Hannah, two Simmons students who started an afterschool dance program at the Boston Teachers Union School. If that inspired you, consider these other opportunities to get involved with the Boston Teacher's Union School: •Tutor math for grades 3-5 on Mondays •Tutor math for grades 6-8 on Wednesdays and/or Fridays •Volunteer with a class during the school day •Assist with after-school activities 1 day a week such as gymnastics,...

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Get to know our Special Projects Coordinator, Roxanna Villalobos, and the team of Graduate Liaisons! Roxanna says: "The Scott/Ross Center, in particular, has allowed me to place my analytical studies into practice through community service. Further, the S/RC has opened many doors for me and other students alike to gain professional and leadership skills directly linked to the issues we feel most passionate about. Overall, the S/RC is a phenomenal place for students to gain...

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"It isn't work; it's sharing a passion." "One of the parents said to me 'thank you for bringing music and dance into my child's life. It's important for them to have somewhere to go after school." These are the words of Madison and Hannah, Simmons first-year students who took on the fun challenge of creating their own jazz and hip-hop dance class for middle school students. Their dance class operates like any after school club...

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Thanksgiving is a time for connecting with loved ones and expressing gratitude for the good things in life. It is also an important time of year for service. Here are three great ways to give back to our community. Community Servings' Pie in the Sky Thanksgiving Fundraiser Pie in the Sky fosters community spirit and engages the public in the mission of Community Servings -- Massachusetts' free home-delivered meals and nutrition program for the critically...

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The autumn term is well underway, and the Scott/Ross Center is bustling. We have three new Graduate Liaisons in the office: Alex Mazariegos is our Promising Pals coordinator. He is a candidate for the M.A. in Children's Literature/M.F.A. in Writing for Children, and has been a research assistant in the School of Social Work. Promising Pals is a literacy/mentorship program that pairs students at the Timilty Middle School in Roxbury with an adult pen pal...

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This summer, Victoria Glover'15 spent part of her S/RC Fellowship at YW Boston. With an interest in finance and as a long time Bostonian she reports about her experience working at such a venerable organization. For years, I would walk past the YWCA building in the Back Bay and assume it was a gym facility exclusively for women. I pictured a similar set up as the many YMCAs in the Boston area. Without the opportunity...

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Natalie Lowell reflects on her experience with A2CE a multiyear service and leadership development opportunity for Simmons undergraduates through which she spent four years with the Women's Lunch Place. I roll over, turn off my alarm and realize it's a Friday, which means I'm on the T by 6:30am in order to get to Newbury Street. I get off at Arlington and walk to the basement door of the Church of the Covenant. The women...

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Students are back and the spring semester classes begin this week! As great it is to see them all, it is was also nice to have the chance to get caught up some reading over the extended break. I was lucky enough to have some thought provoking, informative and enjoyable reading materials shared with me and I am happy to share them with you. Check out One Billion Rising. Our own Marissa Johnson's '14 poem...

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Earlier this month, the S/RC Fellows finished their nine week immersion into the nonprofit and grant making worlds. This culminated with an inspirational final presentation at the Boston Foundation, where Marissa, Leah and Jen shared their transformative experiences. Beyond the access to motivational leaders, philanthropic staff and all areas of nonprofit management, the fellowship experience also included having the chance to do direct service at their community partner placements. This became an important piece to...

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The Scott/Ross Center for Community Service facilitates and promotes community service and service-learning for Simmons College students, faculty and staff in Greater Boston and beyond. By developing reciprocal partnerships with community-based organizations, we enrich and expand students' educational and co-curricular experiences.

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