We are happy to be working with six Boston area organizations and helping out a few times over the course of the summer. Genesis participants will choose from three sites (depending on what course they are taking) and go off campus every Wednesday to work at the sites.
Options for Social Entrepreneurship and Journalism participants (Wednesday mornings)
An organization rooted in the belief that food is powerful, Haley House provides economic development opportunities, skills training for the underemployed, affordable housing for the homeless and working poor and wholesome nourishment for body, mind and spirit. They host a soup kitchen, a shelter, and a bakery! Genesis participants will assist in the kitchen and tour the facilities.
Waltham Fields Community Fields
Waltham Fields Community Farm (WFCF) promotes local agriculture and food access through our farming operations and educational programs, using practices that are socially, ecologically, and economically sustainable. They encourage healthy relationships between people, their food supply, and the land from which it grows. Genesis participants will participate in the farming activities!
Work, Community, Independence
Work, Community, Independence (WCI) is a private non-profit agency providing homes, employment and day supports to people with a wide range of intellectual and developmental disabilities. With everything from art programs to job coaching, WCI works to support individuals with disabilities throughout its programming. Genesis participants in the past have gotten to see where the adults at this center work and what they do. They have helped the adults at the center out in many different ways, including painting, making meals, and just talking with the people there.
Options for World Religions, Innovation and Revolution, and Law course participants (Wednesday afternoons)
Community Servings is a not-for-profit food and nutrition program providing services throughout Massachusetts to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses. Their program aims to help clients maintain their health and dignity and preserve the integrity of their families through free, culturally appropriate, home-delivered meals, nutrition education, and other community programs. Genesis participants will help in the kitchen preparing meals to serve.
Dig your hands in at a real working farm AND wildlife sanctuary! Drumlin Farm hosts kids and families in their farmyard, learning garden, and even hayrides. In the beautiful farmland in Lincoln, MA, Genesis participants will be working on the farm with the crops staff helping with field chores while you learn about sustainable agriculture.
East End House
East End House is one of Greater Boston’s oldest social service centers. In its early years the agency was a vital resource for newly immigrated and lower income individuals and families, and since has continued to respond to changing community needs. With programs ranging from infant care to senior assistance, East End serves residents at whatever stage of life they are in. Genesis participants will work in the Child Care Center with children aged 15 months through 5 years.