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Coming together as a campus

At Simmons, service is a College-wide commitment. The S/RC's "signature initiatives" unite the entire Simmons community — faculty, staff, students, and alumnae/i — in engaging volunteer activities.

Our "all-campus" programs include:

  • The student group Simmons Builds partners with Habitat for Humanity for Alternative Spring Break.
  • The Simmons community contributes to Frosty's Friends, providing holiday gifts for more than 50 children in local community centers.
  • More than 250 members of the Simmons community participate in the literacy and mentoring program Promising Pals at the James P. Timilty Middle School in Roxbury.
  • During Global Service Week, all Simmons students, faculty, and staff members are invited to participate in on- and off-campus service activities.

Students participating in Frosty's Friends

More Ways to Help

Global Service Day

The Scott/Ross Center's Annual Global Service Week takes place each spring. The events invite Simmons undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and alumnae/i to come together, learn, and volunteer. Our most recent Global Service Week was organized by the 2014-2015 Graduate Liaisons and featured workshops and activities about health, prison justice, environmentalism, and sexual assault awareness, and also featured an Alumni Day of Service.

Simmons College STANDs Against Racism

STAND Against Racism is a national day of action organized by the YWCA to raise awareness that racism still exists in our communities and we can neither ignore nor tolerate it. Each year, Simmons joins the national STAND with opportunities for students, alumnae, faculty and staff to participate in activities aimed at ending racism in our community. In recent years, Simmons has participated in the STAND with an anti-racist book display and a pledge signing and the community has pledged over 350 commitments to ending racism! Many students, faculty and staff have also worn black and orange ribbons of commitment to ending racism.

Learn more about STAND »

Promising Pals

Almost 300 Simmons graduate students, staff, faculty and alumni are pen pals with a middle school students through the Promising Pals program at the James P. Timilty School in Roxbury, MA. The program highlights literacy and mentoring by giving students at the Timilty School an opportunity to correspond with professionals from Simmons and the Boston community.

Promising Pal Participants commit to the following:

  • Be a pen pal with a 6th, 7th, or 8th grade student.
  • Exchange at least 4 letters between December and May.
  • Pals and Students will each receive a short story or article to read. Read the assigned text and discuss it with your student in your letters.
  • Meet your pal at the annual Pal Breakfast hosted by the Timilty School. (Attendance at this event is required, as the students are very disappointed not to have their pal attend the breakfast.)

To register to become a Promising Pal for the 2015-2016 academic year, please contact the Scott/Ross Center's Promising Pals Coordinator at

Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break provides students with many opportunities to participate in fun community service events throughout the Boston area. For students wishing to serve communities further afield, we partner with Habitat for Humanity to offer travel opportunities.

Contact for dates and program information.

Simmons Builds

ASB: Simmons Builds travels within the United States during our spring break to build houses with Habitat for Humanity. For the past four years, the trip has been entirely student run and completely fundraised by students. To make the trip accessible, members make a small deposit and the rest of the expenses (ranging from $5,000-$10,000 in past years) are fundraised by the group. Twice, we have been awarded the Alumnae Association Centennial Grant.

The group is made up of undergraduate students who go through a three part application process. Past trip destinations include Harrisburg, PA, St. Petersburg, FL, Hattiesburg, MS and Pittsburgh, PA. In the past 4 years, we have done the demolition, tearing our floor and removing beams, for restorations, done interior and exterior framing, raised roofs, secured beams, insulated walls, installed windows, completed drainage, constructed porches, used power tools, and met and bonded with 5 familes in 4 communities.

Simmons Builds changes the students who go on the trip, the families we work with, and the Simmons Community we return to.

Boston Immersion

Provides students with many opportunities to participate in fun community service events throughout the Boston area. Each year, the theme varies for the Boston Immersion program. In 2013, students focused on food justice, and the theme for 2014 will be Living Green in an Urban Setting, and will include speakers, community engagement, and site visits.

Graduate Alternative Spring Break Opportunities

Several community partners such as the Farragut School in Boston and the Harbor School in Dorchester offer alternative spring break opportunities in their Library programs. Previous Alternative Spring Breaks have placed students in the Mission Hill School Library where they spent time cataloging, cleaning, sorting, and repairing books over a period of three days. Working closely with library staff, these students made a tremendous long lasting impact at the Mission Hill School in a very short time.


Jumpstart is a non-profit organization that is working towards the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Jumpstart's goal as an early childhood education program is to enhance children's development of language, literacy, social, and initiative skills by capitalizing on positive Corps member-child interactions and Corps member-family interactions. Corps members work on a team of 6-8 college students to implement a supplementary early childhood curriculum that includes such elements as reading in small groups (1 Corps member to 3 children), singing songs, playing word games, and engaging in projects and explorations tied to a larger theme. Comprehensive training and coaching throughout a Corps member's term of service increases Corps members' ability to work effectively with children and supports the development of leadership skills. Jumpstart currently partners with over 60 colleges and universities nation-wide and Jumpstart at Simmons College with Colleges of the Fenway partners with three preschools in Jamaica Plain.

Join Jumpstart today! As a Corps member, you will be a positive force in your community and impact the lives of young children. To apply online click here.

Questions? Contact our Jumpstart Site Manager, Dara Starkman, at 617-521-2229 or