At Simmons, there are many ways to get involved in giving back to the community. The Scott/Ross Center for Community Service is the central hub for volunteering, service learning, community outreach, and civic engagement. They can even help you start your own student-led program if you have something specific you want to do that we don't already offer. Here are some of their services, but be sure to visit their website to learn more.
Simmons Community Outreach (SCO)
SCO is a student-run community service organization led by a diverse group of strong committed women. Through organized volunteerism, SCO is dedicated to engaging Simmons students in meaningful experiences in their community. SCO serves their community through eight areas of outreach: Best Buddies, Education/Youth, Elderly, Environment, Arts and Humanities, Health, Homeless, and Women Issues.
Service Learning combines community service with academic instruction. In 2002 the Scott/Ross Center placed approximately 300 students in service learning placements. The center places students from many different fields of study in community organizations. The Scott/Ross Center mainly places undergraduate students, but has recently expanded service learning at the graduate level. Students translate their experiences from service to the classroom by reflecting through journals, readings, discussions, and presentations. The students choose a service project that interests them and perform approximately 20 hours of service a semester. The model that Simmons typically uses is 2 hours a week of service for 10 weeks.
Alternative Spring Break
Simmons participates in its annual Habitat for Humanity Alternative Spring Break trip each spring. A team of twelve students and two staff members dedicate a week of service to a Habitat for Humanity project.
Community Service Work-Study
The Scott/Ross Center assists students with financial aid in finding work study positions within community organizations.
To learn more about these opportunities and more, visit the Scott/Ross Center for Community Service.