Service Activity Updates at Olin!

Red Cross Blood Drive: Organized by Michael Resnick
On Friday, October 16th the Red Cross will be on campus from 11:00am to 5:00pm to collect blood donations!
To volunteer at the registration desk and snack table, which needs about 10 people, or to donate blood please see Michael’s email for the sign-up sheet and more information.

Big Brother Big Sister College Campus Program: Olin and Babson College
Two Oliners are participating as a Big!
The Bigs have been assigned will travel to their Little’s community for their first meeting in the third week of October!

Adam and Doyung have spent the summer working on renovating the E-Disco/SERV stockroom to create a better space to support collaboration and ideation for their events and activities in the community.
The E-Disco team spent the summer restructuring the program. More experienced E-Disco member will mentor new members in designing a course, connecting with interesting schools, and teaching their course.
E-Disco members will do weekly or bi-weekly activities, such as Bottle Rockets and Storybook Engineering throughout the Fall.

Jimmy Fund Walk: Olin College Group organized by Sally Phelps
On Sunday, Sept. 27th, 8 members of the Olin community walked 13 miles (2nd half of the Boston Marathon) in honor of Michael Moody, Olin’s former VP of Academic Affairs, as well as other friends and family members who have fought, or are currently fighting cancer!
You can still help the team by donating up until October 19th! Please contact Sally Phelps for the team page.

Hub on Wheels: Organized by Human-Powered Vehicle
On Sunday, September 20th, eight Oliners (and two alum!) volunteered at the Hub on Wheels bike ride in Boston, some helping at registration and others riding as bike marshals.

Peer Advocates: Team of Twelve Students; Led by Ellie Funkhouser and Jessica Diller
The Peer Advocates team has been busy getting trained and planning community outreach and education and seminar events within Olin and with outside advocate organizations like BARCC, REACH, and Babson and Wellesley peer advocate programs

“Universal Access” Adaptive Biking Program: Led by Mary Martin as part of Sara Hendren’s Assistive Adaptive Work
Sara and Mary are proposing a new adaptive biking program in Cambridge on Memorial Drive next summer has been proposed 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.
Talk to Mary Martin or Sara Hendren if you would like to learn more about the proposal and development of the program

The Food Recovery Network: Led by Mackenzie Frackleton with GROW
Partnering with the Food Recovery Network to donate uneaten, prepared food from the dining hall to the Salvation Army to combat both wasted food and hunger
Currently scheduling the first date for donation!

Reusable Travel Mugs in the DH: Led by Ruby Spring, Celina Berkins, Anisha Nakagawa and Aaron Greiner with GROW
Waiting on the final purchasing permission to get reusable cups in the DH to reduce the number of disposable cups used
Will be looking for volunteers to help collect mugs from bins in the dorms and AC in the Fall

SERV can make transportation more accessible for people doing service activities off-campus! Please contact us for more information on transportation methods and support if you are interested.

Do you participate in service-related activity within or outside of Olin? If so and you would like your work to be included in Service Updates in future Frankly Speaking issues, please email Kelly Brennan & Michael Searing.

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