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.
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.
SS. Francis & Therese Catholic Worker House
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”.
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.