Every BB&N graduation is a celebratory event, but none was possibly more jubilant than the one held for the Class of 2021 on June 11 on Nichols Field at the Upper School campus. Only a few months ago it was unclear whether an in-person graduation was even feasible, but with many COVID restrictions for Massachusetts lifted, the graduation ceremony took place "in real life," as students often like to say. The temperate, sunny day could not have been more perfect, or appreciated, by those in attendance.
Community Service Sites
The following is a sampling of organizations at which BB&N students have volunteered, organized by category.
Be advised that the list is not exhaustive. Excellent opportunities for meaningful community service can be found in your local community.
- BB&N Based
- Youth & After School Enrichment
- Food & Housing Insecurity
- Elder Relations
- Health & Hospitals
- Preservation of Animal Habitat, Animal Rights, and Resue
- People with Disabilities
Books, Basketball, & Neighbors
This is a BB&N community outreach program designed to bring our neighbors from Cambridge and Greater Boston onto campus to share our resources and facilities. The program meets on Saturday mornings. It combines time on academics and time on the basketball court. Students act as tutors and mentors to the youth that attend. Contact: Lewis Bryant, firstname.lastname@example.org
One School One World
Held bi-annually, OSOW is BB&N's celebration of multiculturalism and diversity. The event also provides a venue for School families to promote understanding of cultures and countries. Close to 700 members of the BB&N community gather at the Nicholas Athletic Center in November to highlight various initiatives, programs, clubs, and curricula during the afternoon. The fesitval features countless tables of international foods, cultural exhibits, more than a dozen student performances, and artwork from all three campuses. In addition, BB&N teachers from all three campuses display student work and the multifaceted activities taking place in their respective classrooms. Contact Janine Cozier, email@example.com
BB&N's Peer Tutoring program is available to all students in math, science, history and world languages. Student Volunteers apply to work as Tutors by contacting Angela Tabb. Students can request to work with a peer tutor, though teachers and advisors often make the recommendation as well. Ms. Tabb works to connect students based on common free and X blocks. Peer tutors also host exam review session (during the week before exams) in their subject areas; these review sessions are open to all students. Peer Tutor Volunteers can earn up to 10 hours of community service for their work. Contact: Angela Tabb, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mission: Our mission is to promote community cooperation and unity and empower youth, individuals, and families. We do this by offering social, cultural, educational, and recreational activities.Volunteer Tasks: We need volunteers to tutor children with homework and reading. We are also looking for volunteers with special talents to teach such as knitting, chess, sewing, drawing, and martial arts. CWFM, a program of the Cambridge Community Center, runs Saturdays Jan-April and always needs some helping hands. General indoor and outdoor maintenance work.
- Mission: The YWCA is an institution in the Cambridge community, a cornerstone for providing safe, affordable accommodations for women and families and an advocate for human rights. With 103 units of single room occupancy (SRO) housing for single women and a 10-bed shelter for homeless families, the YWCA is the city’s largest residential housing provider for women. The YWCA Cambridge is a welcoming place where women of all ages and girls find safe shelter, respite and opportunities to learn and grow. YWCA Cambridge is dedicated to eliminating racism empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
- Volunteer Tasks: Assist with a variety of programs, such as the Summer Camp, after school activities, and other various year-round programs for children and adults.
- Mission: Reach Out and Read (ROR) is a national non-profit organization that promotes early literacy by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud in pediatric exam rooms across the nation.
- Volunteer Tasks: Volunteer readers in ROR programs transform clinic waiting rooms into literacy-rich areas for children and parents, and help families learn the joys and the techniques of reading aloud. Volunteers read to children, modeling book-sharing techniques for parents and showing them by example that reading aloud is fun for parent and child. Volunteers also support ROR by conducting book drives.
- Mission: To improve the scholastic, character and physical development of urban youth by combining tennis instruction and academic support with a focus on life skills.
- Volunteer Tasks: Work directly with youth by tutoring them in various academic subjects and playing tennis with them. Short and long term projects, as well as summer opportunities, are available.
- Mission: Provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive - at home, at school and at play. They supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.
- Volunteer Tasks: Organize drives and sort donations for distribution.
- Mission: To help families who are transitioning out of homelessness create a home for themselves. We provide families with basic furniture and household goods necessary to create a comfortable and nurturing environment from which to make a new start.
- Mission: To end homelessness in Greater Boston by providing a supported pathway to self-sufficiency that begins with a home, together with critical services such as life skills, financial literacy, and job training.
- Volunteer Tasks: Organize drives and sort donations for distribution.
- Mission: The mission of the Margaret Fuller House is to strengthen and empower youth, families, and community residents. We work to address the economic, social and political inequities that shape the lives and futures of Area IV residents.
- Volunteer Tasks: Working with kids after school (3-6pm) by partaking in activities such as arts and crafts, computers, and homework. Help with the food pantry, work with computers, and get involved in administration. Popular BB&N student volunteer site.
- Mission: Bikes Not Bombs uses the bicycle as a vehicle for social change. We reclaim thousands of bicycles each year. We create local and global programs that provide skill development, jobs, and sustainable transportation. Our programs mobilize youth and adults to be leaders in community transformation.
- Volunteer Tasks: Work with bikes: "flattening" bikes - turing the handle bars sideways and the pedals inside-out so that the bikes fit easily into a shipping container to send overseas; "stripping" bikes - taking all the parts off of a frame; sorting parts.
- Mission: To remove the floating trash from the Charles River.
- Volunteer Tasks: Ride in a boat along the Charles River and clean up trash.
- Mission: Promotes the active use and vitality of the parklands, increases recreational and cultural opportunities, and works to ensure the beauty and integrity of this extraordinary public resourse.
- Volunteer Tasks: Participate in varied maintenance and park stewardship activities such as pruning trees and shrubs, planting flower bulbs, park cleanups, or painting benches or railings.