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2024 Week of Service


The HLS Week of Service is an opportunity for staff and faculty to give back to the community with their fellow colleagues through both on and off campus activities. 

Throughout the week, we will be offering opportunities for our community to spend part of their day volunteering at local organizations and/or supporting others from campus by participating in a blood or donation drive.

The goal of this week is to unify our community behind good causes and provide an opportunity for us to support a handful of our local community programs.

Cradles to Crayons Donation Drive July 29-August 7

During our Week of Service, we will be collecting donations for Cradle To Crayons! For anyone interested, you can stop by the HR Suite, Hauser 010 and drop off your donations. All donations will be delivered to Cradles To Crayons during our volunteer outing on August 7th.

Cradles to Crayons accepts a wide range of new and like-new items for children from birth through age 12. These items are used to assemble packages for the children they serve, each created with great care to meet their specific needs.

Most Needed Items:

  • Clothing (youth sizes 0-20 and adult sizes small & medium)
  • Winter Coats and Jackets
  • Shoes (infant/child sizes 5-13 and adult sizes 1-10)

What They Accept:

  • Clothing and coats (youth sizes 0–20 and adult sizes small & medium)
  • New socks and underwear
  • New Pajamas 
  • Shoes, boots, sneakers, and sandals (infant/child sizes 5–13 and adult sizes 1–10)
  • Books, especially baby board books
  • New arts and crafts/school supplies
  • Unopened diapers and training pants
  • New hygiene items

Click here for a more detailed list of our Donation Guidelines.

Off-Campus Activities Logistics

We will be offering 3 trips to volunteer organizations in the Boston area. The off-campus opportunities involve a half-day commitment and, in all cases, transportation and a boxed lunch will be provided. 

On-Campus Drives

For those who wish to participate, but cannot commit to the off-campus options, we have the following opportunities to be involved: 

Photos from past volunteer events

About the Organizations

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.​

Charles River Conservancy

The Charles River Conservancy strives to make the Charles River and its parks a well-maintained network of natural urban places that invite and engage all in their use and stewardship.

Community Servings

Community Serving’s mission is to actively engage the community to provide scratch-made medically tailored meals to individuals and their families experiencing critical or chronic illness and nutrition insecurity. They commit, in all their programs and business practices, to prioritize racial and economic justice and health equity.

Cradles to Crayons

Cradles to Crayons accepts a wide range of donations of new and like-new items for children of all ages, from newborn to age 12. In their Giving Factory warehouse, they then hand-select items to create and distribute packages for specific kids.