Service Updates

SERV Auction: Led by Shane Skikne, Amanda Sutherland & Jennifer Wei
All SERV Auction proceeds will be going to Cradle to Crayons, a small local charity that helps provide children (from birth to 12 years) who are low-income or homeless with the supplies they need to thrive – at home, at school & play. Please donate your SERV auction item by Wednesday, November 4th! (Email or talk with the SERV committee to brainstorm ideas if you are stuck! Or visit the Ideation Sheet in the SERV Auction Item Donation Form email). The auction will run in the DH hallway from November 9th – 13th and the live auction will be held on November 13th during lunch from 12:30 – 1:30.

eDisco:
eDisco has been undergoing a lot of changes recently. We reorganized how our leadership is structured and are focusing more on creating great content for K-12 lessons. We are now leading workshops weekly about how to teach and how to make curriculum, and in the spring we will be bringing the newly created classes to schools and workshops. During this fall semester, we will still be doing our annual Bottle Rockets Workshop on November 14th as well as some experimental classes at a local elementary school. We are always open to new members, so if anyone is interested in education or wants to run fun workshops with kids, we would love to have you!

The Daily Table: Organization led by Emily Yeh
This November, Olin plans to start a volunteering partnership with Daily Table in Dorchester, MA! Daily Table is a non-profit organization, founded by Doug Rauch, Olin Trustee and former CEO of Trader Joe’s, that aims to provide delicious, wholesome and affordable food in a respectful manner. The organization offers “grab-and-go” meals and a variety of grocery items that compete with fast-food prices to keep the food affordable for all customers. If you would like more information or are interested in volunteering, please contact the Student Leader, Emily Yeh.

The Food Recovery Network: Led by Mackenzie Frackleton with GROW
Made their first delivery on Oct. 21st! They will be recovering the untouched food from the dining hall every two weeks. Please contact Isaac Vandor or Mackenzie to get involved.

Big Brother Big Sister College Campus Program: Olin and Babson College
Max Wei and Justin Kunimune have been matched with their Littles this October! In November, the Littles will be brought to Babson’s Campus to meet with their Big for on-campus activities every other Saturday.

Red Cross Blood Drive: Organized by Michael Resnick
With a total of 49 registered donors, the Red Cross collected 50 units of lifesaving blood!

Stop Hunger Now: Held by the Wellesley Rotary Club
Two Oliners participated in Wellesley Rotary Club’s “Stop Hunger Now” event on October 17th, in which twenty thousand meals were packaged to be sent to areas experiencing chronic or emergency malnourishment. Volunteers assembled bags each containing rice, soy protein, dehydrated vegetables, and vitamin supplements, then sealed, packed, and loaded the meals onto a truck to be sent to hunger-stricken areas. Great participation from the community allowed these 20k meals to be packaged in just two hours!

“Universal Access” Adaptive Biking Program: Led by Mary Martin as part of Sara Hendren’s Assistive Adaptive Work
Sara and Mary are helping with the proposal of a new adaptive biking program in Cambridge on Memorial Drive next summer to make the current weekly “Riverbend Park”—which closes all four lanes on Sundays from 12-6 in the summer—more accessible to people with disabilities who want to use adaptive biking gear and other “universal” wheeled mobility. The future volunteer program will connect people who couldn’t ride bikes on their own with volunteers who can assist, creating both a fun activity for the people involved and raising awareness about accessibility. The work involves creating a volunteer training and schedule, working with accessibility experts and the park district, getting donated or funded bikes of all kinds arranged, etc. Please talk to Mary Martin or Sara Hendren if you would like to learn more about the proposal and development of the program.

SERV can make transportation more accessible for people doing service activities off-campus! Please contact us for more information on transportation methods and support. To answer any service related questions, you can attend SERV office hours during SLAC or contact Kelly Brennan or Michael Searing.

Do you know of an upcoming service event or activity? Send an email to out to the carpeSERV email list at: carpeSERV@olin.edu

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