African Community Education (ACE) assists students in realizing their educational, cultural and social goals, while guiding them in becoming competent, responsible and productive citizens in the Worcester, MA area as well as the greater society. ACE aims to achieve this mission by providing academic and non-academic programming during after-school and out-of-school time.
Speakers from this organization are invited to speak to Dr. Debbie Pallatto-Fontaine’s Social Problems class every spring. In addition, Dr. Pallatto-Fontaine volunteers to lead spiritual development groups at the APW center. Becker students are invited to volunteer or to participate in gay rights activism and social justice through the APW center.
About AIDS Project, Worcester
AIDS Project Worcester, Inc. (APW) is the primary and most comprehensive AIDS Service Organization (ASO) in Central Massachusetts, as well as in all of New England. It is the second largest ASO in New England, providing services to persons living with HIV/AIDS since 1987. AIDS Project Worcester has been providing, for over 20 years, a comprehensive range of services to support the medical care and various services needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS and those at greatest risk for the disease.
In spring 2012, Becker was invited to participate in the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Internationalization Laboratory, a learning community that assists participating institutions in developing a strategy for comprehensive internationalization and assessing their progress toward their goals. Becker College joined eight other colleges and universities across the country in this initiative in fall 2012.
About the American Council on Education
ACE is the nation’s most visible and influential higher education association. We represent the presidents of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions, which include two- and four-year colleges, private and public universities, and nonprofit and for-profit entities. Our strength lies in our loyal and diverse base of more than 1,800 member institutions, 75 percent of which have been with ACE for over 10 years. That loyalty stands as a testament to the value derived from membership. We convene representatives from all sectors to collectively tackle the toughest higher education challenges, with a focus on improving access and preparing every student to succeed.
Amizade empowers individuals and communities through worldwide service and learning. Amizade’s values are present and interconnected in all programs and include community-driven service, deliberate learning, intercultural immersion and exchange, consideration of global citizenship, and reflective inquiry. Becker College students have the opportunity to participate in service-learning courses, volunteer domestically and internationally in Amizade’s programs, and faculty have the chance to lead customized programs. Currently, immersion trips for students are being planned in Washington, D.C. focusing on hunger and homelessness, and in the heart of Appalachia focusing on a sustainable community model.
Amizade Global Service-Learning has been empowering individuals and communities through worldwide service and learning since 1994. Nearly 6,000 individuals have served with local community leaders in 12 countries on 4 continents with 16 partnerships. From working with women and girls on rainwater harvesting initiatives in rural Tanzania to running at-risk youth camps in Jamaica, Amizade volunteers have transformed and been transformed.
Every year students have the opportunity to volunteer at Be Like Brit. Activities include painting; helping to build or repair a home for a community family; planning educational, play, and art activities for the children; and learning about Haitian culture and history.
Dr. Debbie Pallatto-Fontaine, faculty member and group leader, is on the Be Like Brit Program Committee and offers staff development training to the caregivers and teachers at Be Like Brit. Students in Becker College education and psychology programs are especially encouraged to volunteer at the orphanage either as part of a course or during the summer.
About Be Like Brit
In memory of Britney Gengel, her family has established a non-profit organization called Be Like Brit whose mission is to serve the children of Haiti by establishing a safe, nurturing and sustainable orphanage in an environment where they can grow, learn, and thrive and bring joy, opportunity, and voice to children in need.
Boston Urban Outreach
Boston Urban Outreach invites groups nationwide to take part in service projects around Boston and learn first-hand about social justice issues. Working on these projects provides students a unique opportunity to visit unfamiliar neighborhoods and experience what it means to serve others.
Volunteer Opportunities: participate in fall and spring service trips.
Center for Family Progress
The mission of the Center for Family Progress is to assist new immigrants and underserved individuals and families to become inclusive members of the America society while respecting and valuing the traditions of their native countries. The Center for Family Progress will accomplish its purpose by providing individuals and families with the resources and skills necessary to successfully transition into the Greater Worcester and New England community.
Chandler Magnet School
Chandler Elementary School is a local elementary school that offers an education for first through sixth grade. They have many volunteer opportunities in the Worcester community as well as partnerships with Assumption College, Becker College, College Tutors and Safe Routes to School.
Volunteer Opportunities: Assist in tutoring, guided reading, Becker College’s holiday party for children or front office duties.
Chartwells Food Recovery Program
Do you have a car? We need you! Becker College Food Recovery Network takes the leftover food from both the Worcester and Leicester dining halls to feed veterans at a shelter. We do not have enough drivers to drive the food and cannot supply the veterans with food every night. Our goal is to be able to feed them every night of the week from both campuses.
Volunteer Opportunities: Deliver food to area shelters.
Community Harvest Project (CHP) grows and donates nutritious food sole for hunger relief. Each year, we bring thousands of volunteers together to help cultivate a healthier, more connected, and sustainable community.
Volunteer Opportunities: Assist in planting and harvesting.
Becker College is a member of the Academic Consortium of the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE).
About the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
A nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, CIEE is the world leader in international education and exchange. For more than 65 years CIEE has helped thousands of people gain the knowledge and skills necessary to live and work in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world by offering the most comprehensive, relevant, and valuable exchange programs available.
Daybreak Services, YWCA Central Massachusetts
Daybreak, a program of the YWCA Central Massachusetts, is the designated battered women’s service provider in the greater Worcester area. Daybreak services are designed to meet the needs of women and children whose lives are affected by intimate partner violence. Its overall mission is to foster safety within the community.
Becker students regularly volunteer at this shelter for families who are homeless by planning children’s activities, collecting needed supplies for the families in residence, and planning special event parties. Dr. Debbie Pallatto-Fontaine also teaches ESL classes to interested clients from Friendly House.
About Friendly House
Friendly House first opened its doors in 1920, as a small three-room settlement house located at 37 Norfolk Street in, Worcester, MA, under the sponsorship of the Worcester Civic League. Their mission was to promote neighborhood health and welfare for the betterment of Worcester and to further the interests of Worcester’s immigrants – introducing them to customs and traditions of their new home and helping them to become and integral part of civic life.
Volunteer Opportunities: Help with yard work, cleaning, tutoring children, office work
Habitat for Humanity is a part of a global, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide. Habitat for Humanity partners with hardworking families who must demonstrate a need for housing, an ability to pay, and complete 400-500 hours of sweat equity before buying their homes.
Becker College has made a commitment to Generation Study Abroad/Study Away through the Institute of International Education (IIE) – a five year initiative to double the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade.
About the Institute of International Education (IIE)
The Institute of International Education® (IIE) is a private not-for-profit leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. In collaboration with governments, foundations, and other sponsors, IIE creates programs of study and training for students, educators, and professionals from all sectors. These programs include the flagship Fulbright Program and Gilman Scholarships administered for the U.S. Department of State. IIE also conducts policy research, provides resources on international exchange opportunities and offers support to scholars in danger.
LGBT Asylum Support Task Force assists with the basic needs of LGBT people seeking asylum in the United States. Striving to provide, find, or facilitate housing, food, clothing, health and psychological care, religious support, cell phone contact with attorneys and family, and transportation. A large effort is put forth so that someday no LGBT person will need to seek asylum because of their sexual orientation or gender identity as well as the need to find a safe place.
New Lands Farm is a program sponsored by Ascentria Care Alliance of Lutheran Social Services that offers new Americans the opportunity to farm in their new home. By growing food for their families and local markets, refugee and immigrant farmers engage in their new community while connecting to their traditional culture, diet and way of life. New Lands Farm supports over 100 farmers and their families on two farms and multiple garden sites in the greater Springfield and Worcester areas. The farmers grow a variety of ethnic crops as well as familiar New England produce using natural and sustainable growing methods.
Volunteer Opportunities: Assist in planting and harvesting.
Students in Social Problems and Women of the World classes at Becker often visit this shelter for women and men who find themselves homeless. Activities include making an evening meal and eating with the guests, collecting donations of needed supplies, and helping with repair/gardening projects. Catholic Workers Claire and Scott Schaeffer-Duffy offer to speak to Becker students both at the Catholic Worker House as well as at Becker College.
About Catholic Workers
Catholic Workers live a simple lifestyle in community, serve the poor, and resist war and social injustice. Most are grounded in the Gospel, prayer, and the Catholic faith, although some houses on this list state that they are interfaith. Each Catholic Worker house is independent and there is no “Catholic Worker headquarters”.
Volunteer Opportunities: Help to gather resources, office work, cooking meals.
Becker College has become a member institution of the Scholars at Risk Network and has invited Dr. Semahagn Abebe, Visiting Scholar at the Human Rights Institute at University of Connecticut, to speak on campus. Becker is pursing a collaboration with other members of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts to bring a Visiting Scholar to the Worcester, Mass. area.
About the Scholars at Risk Network
Around the world today, scholars are attacked because of their words, their ideas and their place in society. Those seeking power and control work to limit access to information and new ideas by targeting scholars, restricting academic freedom, and repressing research, publication, teaching and learning. The Scholars at Risk Network responds to these attacks. Scholars at Risk (SAR) is an international network of higher education institutions dedicated to protecting threatened scholars, preventing attacks on higher education communities and promoting academic freedom worldwide.
About Seven Hills
The mission of Seven Hills Foundation is to promote and encourage the empowerment of people with significant challenges so that each may pursue their highest possible degree of personal well-being and independence.
Worcester Refugee Assistance Program
WRAP is a network of individuals committed to assisting local refugees from Burma achieve sustainable self-reliance through mentoring, advocacy and providing material support as needed. The primary goal is to assist those from Burma in attaining economic independence, establishing a true community and learn how to access services. WRAP is an independent non-profit organization that works to complement and augment efforts of other organizations and individuals assisting resettled refugees.
Volunteer Opportunities: Assist with after school tutoring on Mondays and Thursdays, special actives and summer youth camp.