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 “Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.” —Booker T. Washington

Public service, social responsibility, and giving are important qualities in a great leader. Leaders who embrace “service” or “giving back” or “paying it forward” put the needs of others first for a greater good. Each academic year Emerging Leaders cohort members have the opportunity to partake in several community service activities. Helping others (whether human, animal, organization, or cause) directly, or indirectly, can change lives in unimaginable ways. And it makes everyone just feel good!

By participating in a volunteer opportunity, individuals can (and these are just some of the wonderful experiences to be had!):

  • Make a difference
  • Build meaningful relationships with each other, and the communities served
  • Learn from new environments
  • Build confidence and passion
  • Discover themselves by connecting with others
  • Step outside of their comfort zone
  • Engage in conversation with others
  • Be a better team player
  • Master time management skills
  • Inspire others

Community Service Over the Years

Community Service Over the Years

  • 2015-2016 Cradles to Crayons Volunteering

    Emerging Leaders made a difference in over 600 children’s lives while volunteering at Cradles to Crayons on Tuesday, October 27th. Cradles to Crayons provides children living in low-income or homeless situations basic and not so basic things they need to have a decent childhood. This ranges from clothes to hygiene products to books to school and art supplies to toys. They match up individualized children’s needs with the items they have received from various donations in their warehouse and create “kid packs” for each child in need. While they are not able to meet the demand of over 300,000 children in need across the state, they are able to make a difference for around 87,000 children. The night we volunteered, we were stationed at the coats section of the warehouse where we took large bags of coats that had been pre-sorted from all the other donations the organization receives and sorted them even further into sizes for girls and boys. We sorted over 600 coats, making those coats available to be put into kid packs and sent out to children in need. It felt good to not only know that we were helping a worthy cause, but it was especially rewarding to know that our impact would spread to hundreds of children in time for the cold winter months ahead. If you’d like to get involved, Cradles to Crayons accepts donations in the forms of children’s goods and funds and has a smoothly-run volunteer program.

  • 2014-2015 Cradles to Crayons Volunteering

    On May 26, the 2014-2015 Emerging Leaders class volunteered at Cradles to Crayons, a Boston-based organization that provides children ages 0-12 with clothing, school supplies, toys, books, and other supplies.


  • 2013-2014 Gift Drive

    The 2013 Emerging Leaders Holiday Gift Drive was a huge success! We were able to deliver 163 gifts to the Boys & Girls club yesterday—exceeding our goal—and the kids were ecstatic.

  • 2012-2013 Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston

    For three weeks in November and December, EL participants engaged the HLS community to get support for a gift drive to benefit the youth of the Blue Hill Boys and Girls Club in Dorchester, MA.  The group coordinated gift drop-off locations throughout the school and at signature holiday events.  At the conclusion of the drive, EL members met to sort and wrap 144 gifts which were then delivered to the Blue Hill Club.