Want to lend a hand? Or two? We’re happy to have you on board! You can search for open service projects by region. Then, select the project you’d like to work on and register for the event. The project organizer will be in touch with further details.
The Dartmouth Alumni Day of Service is Saturday, May 6, and the majority of service projects will take place on that day. Some events are held on alternate dates to accomodate project needs, which will be noted in the project listing.
Honor Our Nation's Heroes at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center
Dartmouth Uniformed Service Alumni and Dartmouth Alumni in Entertainment & Media
For the 3rd year in a row, the Dartmouth Uniformed Service Alumni will honor our veterans at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center. This year, the Dartmouth Alumni in Entertainment and Media is co-sponsoring, and we will focus on the most popular and fun event – bingo with veterans, complete with prizes. Volunteers will have the opportunity to interact with our nation's heroes, team up with veterans as they target the coveted BINGO, distribute prizes to the winners, and play the role of BINGO caller. We will assemble at 9:30 a.m. sharp in front of Building 215 for a group photo. Parking information and directions will be sent to all volunteers, and refreshments will be served. Dress is casual - wear your Dartmouth gear proudly! Alumni, family, students, and friends age 10 and over are welcome to join us. We look forward to volunteering with you as we honor our veterans in Los Angeles!
Laughing Pony Rescue
Dartmouth Club of San Diego
Join us to help a local horse rescue organization with miscellaneous chores such as painting, fixing drainage, and clearing rocks. This is an active ranch, so be sure to wear close-toed shoes and sunscreen and bring water. Children are welcome but must be supervised by their parents at all times, and the group is limited to 20 people.
San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department
Dartmouth Club of Greater San Francisco
Help us with the ongoing Dartmouth alumni-led restoration of a heavily-trafficked area of Golden Gate Park, now affectionately referred to as "Dartmouth Hill." In addition to saving a prominent cypress tree that has been severely eroded, volunteers are needed to plant new trees, restore berms, pull out invasive weeds, and move dirt. We'll also check on the gorgeous torrey pine (Lone Pine-West) planted last year. Rec and Parks Director Phil Ginsburg '89 will lead the volunteers. Children under 18 are welcome.
Second Harvest Food Bank
Dartmouth Alumni Association of Silicon Valley
This event has reached capacity. Please contact the project administrator with any questions.
Please join other Dartmouth alumni in providing some of our great "helping hands" to one of the largest food banks in the U.S., the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Second Harvest provides food to nearly a quarter of a million people each month - people who sorely need their help. More than half of that food is healthy and nutritious fresh produce! Dartmouth alums can help make a difference - and help with food for the needy in our community is a great way to provide that help! Children under the age of 14 are not permitted to attend this event. Please wear long pants, close-toed shoes, and do not wear tank tops.
Florence Crittenton Services
Dartmouth Association of the Rocky Mountains
Join alumni and friends in assisting Florence Crittenton Services, an organization that helps struggling young families, with four projects: cleaning classrooms and playgrounds, planting flower pots, organizing donations in our basic-needs store, and crafting centerpieces and decorations for an "Alice in Wonderland" themed Mother’s Day tea party.
North Boulder Park Playground Improvement
Dartmouth Association of the Rocky Mountains
Bring family and friends and help get the playground and ball field at North Boulder Park ready for spring and summer! Volunteers will spread new pea gravel around the play structure and help weed the ball field. Meet at the shelter near the play structure. Tools & supplies will be provided by Boulder Parks & Recreation, but please bring work gloves. Free coffee, water, and pastries will be available. Wear your Dartmouth regalia, and keep an eye on the forecast – the event will be cancelled in case of rain. Children are welcome.
Dartmouth Club of Eastern Fairfield County
We will cook meals and collect dry goods to be delivered to the Operation Hope food pantry. After we cook we will bring the items next door to Operation Hope and have a tour of their facilities. Children under 18 welcome.
Plant a Row for the Hungry
Dartmouth Club of Hartford
Join the Dartmouth Club of Hartford for fun, friendship, and community service at Westmoor Park. The park's organic vegetable garden has been donated to a nationwide project known as Plant a Row for the Hungry, through which its harvests are donated to local shelters to help feed area residents. Many hands are needed to help weed the garden and plant veggies to make this a successful project. The setting is beautiful, and the program is very well organized to make the most of groups of any size. Come rain or shine! Coffee and snacks will be provided, and children are welcome.
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Beach Cleanup
Dartmouth Club of South Florida
Join the Dartmouth Club of South Florida to help clean up a beach in Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. The Club will provide coffee at the start of the day and encourages attendees to bring a brown bag lunch and beach attire for time together following the cleanup. The lighthouse is open to visitors at 1 p.m., and we will be organizing a tour for those who volunteer and want to spend time at the Park following the service event. Children under 18 are welcome.
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
1200 South Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Contact: Amy Foust, firstname.lastname@example.org
Books for Africa
Dartmouth Club of Georgia
Join Dartmouth family and friends in the Virginia Highlands to help with Books For Africa's first annual 5k Race for Education. Books for Africa collects, sorts, ships, and distributes books to students of all ages in Africa. The organization is the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent. At the race, there will be opportunities to volunteer at the registration area, starting line and finish line, as well as passing out water, retrieving gear, distributing swag, cleaning up, and more. If you'd like to volunteer with us at the race, please sign by April 19, 2017. We ask that each volunteer bring $10-15 to the race to cover the cost of your volunteer t-shirt, drinks, and food. Children ages 8+ are welcome.
Cradles to Crayons
Women of Dartmouth Chicago
Please join Women of Dartmouth Chicago for a service project at Cradles to Crayons. This fantastic organization provides children from birth through age 12 living in homeless or low-income situations with the essential items they need to thrive - at home, at school and at play. Volunteers inspect, sort, and package new and like-new donations into customized "KidPacks" that will be given to children in need. Cradles to Crayons will provide our group with a team-building experience working at stations such as clothing sort, outfits, school supplies, shoes, toys, or shopping. We are excited to gather together for this meaningful project! Children over the age of 12 are welcome with a parent.
Please note that you must register with Cradles to Crayons via the link below using registration code a0RC000000IlFpn. We only have space for 20 volunteers, so don’t hesitate!
Patterson Park Audubon Center
Dartmouth Club of Maryland
Join alumni and friends and help build bird habitats in Patterson Park! These native gardens provide food and homes for the park's wildlife, and learning spaces for students. Tools, gloves, water, and snacks provided. Meet at the wetland garden, just uphill from the Boat Lake in Patterson Park. Spot on map is approximate. Email email@example.com for directions or questions. Dogs on a leash are allowed, and children are welcome.
BBQ at the Boston VA Fisher House
Dartmouth Uniformed Service Alumni & Dartmouth Club of Greater Boston
Join Dartmouth volunteers to cook and serve a BBQ lunch and help get common spaces ready for the facility's next guests. The Fisher House Boston is a home away from home where our military families can stay while a loved one is receiving inpatient treatment at one of our medical centers. Any family member or loved one of an active member of the military or a veteran, wartime or peacetime, is eligible to stay at the Fisher House. These homes are built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers.
Dean Technical High School Beautification Project
Dartmouth Club of Pioneer Valley
Join us in assisting Steve Zrike '98, the receiver/superintendent of Holyoke public schools, to beautify Holyoke's career vocational and technical high school. The school is being rebuilt academically, with over 50% new teachers and administration dedicated to transforming the school. We will be working with the Dean community to beautify the school building and grounds. The effort will start with the face of Dean, the entryway. Outside we will help plant flowers and shrubbery, and inside we will be painting the walls and posting banners from secondary trade schools, colleges and universities. Kids 10+ are encouraged to participate in this project. Please wear a Dartmouth t-shirt or hat, and pants that you don't mind getting dirty or spattered with paint, and sneakers or boots. We will provide a light lunch after the project.
Greater Boston Food Bank
Dartmouth Club of Boston
Join fellow alumni in the Greater Boston Food Bank's warehouse to inspect, sort, and repack donated food and grocery products. Upon arrival, the Greater Boston Food Bank team will orient you to its service and train you for the project. At the end of the shift, we will gather everyone back together to discuss impact, answer questions and take a group photo if you like. Some volunteers load boxes onto conveyer belts, some inspect or sort products, and others check and label boxes. While a few of these tasks require the ability to lift a 30 pound box, most tasks require only that a volunteer stand and inspect products for a few hours. Please remember to wear closed-toed shoes for your shift (no sandals or flip flops). This project is not suitable for children. In addition to registering here, please email Bill Ragan at firstname.lastname@example.org to get a link to the Greater Boston Food Bank registration.
Women of Dartmouth Boston
Join us in unloading household items off trucks coming from the Concord Drop & Swap Day for Household Goods, an organization that supplies families in need with furniture and household items. Most items will be small furniture and items that are not terribly heavy. There may be other tasks for volunteers such as painting or cleaning.
Room to Grow
Dartmouth Club of Greater Boston
Join fellow alumni for a volunteer event at Room to Grow, an organization that supports babies born into poverty, in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood. Volunteers will sort and inventory clothing, toys, bedding, and book donations from the community as well as assist in displaying them in Room to Grow's baby boutique. There is space for up to 10 participants (aged 12 and over). Metered parking and parking garages are available nearby. Room to Grow is on the 3rd floor (at the end of the hall) of 142 Berkeley Street.
The Food Group
Dartmouth Club of the Midwest
This event will be held Thursday, May 4.
Join alumni and friends to sort donations and pack food in The Food Group's warehouse. The Food Group works with food shelves, meal providers, and other organizations to provide access to free quality bulk food at or below wholesale prices. Children in the 6th grade or older are welcome to participate.
Arm in Arm
Dartmouth Club of Princeton
We will inventory and stock food items for the pantry shelves as well as decorate and fill snack/lunch bags for homebound residents. Additionally, we ask that volunteers please bring along a small grocery bag with food or personal care products for the pantry from this list. Collectively, we will weigh and sort our donation.
Community FoodBank of New Jersey
Dartmouth Club of Suburban New Jersey
Join alumni and friends for a variety of projects including sorting and repackaging food for distribution to food pantries and agencies across New Jersey, and assembling packages of food for families and seniors. The minimum volunteer age is 12, and children under 18 require adult supervision. Please visit cfbnj.org/volunteer if you have additional questions.
Paterson Habitat for Humanity
Dartmouth Club of Northern New Jersey
Join alumni and friends and help to provide residents of Paterson with a decent place to live. Volunteers 16 and up will be assigned to a construction site, where they will be asked to build, paint, or help in other ways. No special skills are required. Meet at 7:45 a.m. and work until 3:30 (we will break for lunch for an hour). Car pooling can be arranged from Hudson and Bergen Counties.
New York City – The East Harlem School
Join New York alumni and friends to provide homework help and tutoring for grades 4-8. The project will take place at a "Saturday School" held each weekend during the school year for underserved students on the campus of an East Harlem private school. Children under the age of 18 are welcome, but should be at least middle school age.
Reach Out and Read
Join Dartmouth volunteers to read to children at Charles B. Wang Community Health Center (CBWCHC), a Reach Out and Read affiliate in NYC. The CBWCHC, a non-profit health center, promotes early literacy during routine well child care health maintenance visits. Children in their pediatric practice also have the opportunity to receive books for their home library. If you can't join us that day, you can still participate in our book drive via our Amazon wish list to donate books to CBWCHC. In addition to the reading event from 10 a.m.–2 p.m., we'll need help before and after with set up and clean up. The day will be broken up into shifts and you will be assigned a shift once registration closes. Children are welcome, and parking is available at nearby public garages.
Dartmouth Club of Philadelphia
Join Dartmouth alumni and friends in providing homework help for students grades 6-12 in basic subjects (math, general science, English, etc), or read essays and answer college admissions questions. This project is best suited for adult volunteers.
Texas Special Olympics
Black Alumni of Dartmouth Association
Join alumni and friends in assisting with the Texas Special Olympics. Spend time with fellow members of the Dartmouth community while helping children and adults with intellectual disabilities achieve their dreams. Children are welcome.
Dartmouth Club of Dallas
Join alumni and friends in assisting with various projects at this nonprofit service outreach program for the homeless. We will have opportunities for all ages to participate both indoors and out, including removing old flooring tiles from the day shelter area; re-staining raised beds in the community garden; and bagging food for clients and sorting donations. The Dartmouth Club of Dallas will provide all necessary supplies, but donations are appreciated.
Those who are interested in volunteering at the Saturday Kids Club program for children ages 6–10 are welcome to join from 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m., but please note that those volunteers over the age of 18 (for the morning program only) would need to undergo a background check per the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas policy.
DOC Trail Maintenance
Dartmouth Outing Club
Join classmates and fellow alums in a day of trail maintenance for the DOC and the Appalachian Trail. Thousands of visitors use this great local resource to enjoy the out of doors each year, but it needs your help to remain open! Bring sturdy shoes, clothes appropriate to spending the day outdoors, lots of water, food for snacks and lunch and work gloves if you want them. We will provide tools and training.
Good Neighbor Health Clinic Grounds Cleanup
Join alumni and friends for a spring grounds cleanup of the Good Neighbor Health Clinic, which provides free medical and dental care to low income adults in the Upper Valley. Work may include weeding and sweeping parking spaces, and tools will be provided. This is an ideal activity for a group of 4-6 volunteers, and children are welcome. We will cancel in the event of heavy rain.
Upper Valley Haven
Dartmouth Club of the Upper Valley
Join fellow alumni, family, and friends to serve your local community. There will be a cooking project and outdoor grounds cleanup planned.
White River Junction VA Hospital
Dartmouth Uniformed Service Alumni
Join Dartmouth student veterans and DUSA members to clear a one-mile hiking trail behind the hospital complex used by VA patients for hiking and therapy. A light lunch will be served at noon.
White River Junction VA Hospital
163 Veterans Dr, White River Junction, VT 05009
9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Contact: Tom Byrne, email@example.com
Dartmouth Club of Washington, DC
Join alumni and friends to deliver meals to the senior residents of the Paul Lawrence Dunbar Apartments. Children over the age of 12 are welcome – please note that for every three students between the ages of 12 and 14 we need one adult chaperone. Please wear long pants (no pajamas or spandex), and closed-toe shoes, and bring a hat if you'd prefer not to wear a hair net. Tank tops and exposed stomachs are not allowed. We recommend taking public transportation as parking is limited, and the U Street Metro Station is just two blocks away. If you'd like a chance to socialize with fellow alumni before serving, meet at 11:45 for lunch.
Welcome Honor Flights and Veterans at the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC
Dartmouth Club of Washington, DC and Dartmouth Uniformed Service Alumni (DUSA)
Greet veterans and caregivers coming on honor flights from all over the country at the WWII Memorial on the National Mall in DC. Make signs, cheer for arriving groups, take photos, help out with wheelchairs if needed, and honor their service. Great for families with kids, couples and singles - meet fellow alums while giving back!