Community Service

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” ~ William James

Passionate about helping others? Are you an advocate for social justice? Do you simply just want to “give back”?

At William James College we are committed to connecting our students, faculty, and staff with a variety of meaningful service opportunities that make a difference in our local community and beyond!

Ways to Get Involved

Student Organizations

Many of our student groups are dedicated to social justice causes and serving the needs of various communities, including our Gero Volunteer Corps (GVC) and Rainbow Alliance group. To learn more about these groups and others, click here.

New Student Orientation

Every summer during our new student orientation programming in August, we engage in a community service project that serves a vital cause and helps incoming students to build new relationships with each other, faculty, and staff. A popular project has been filling backpacks with school supplies for children in need.

Days of Service

Every fall semester, usually during the month of November, the entire William James College community is invited to come together to participate in a community service project to benefit a local cause or organization. In years past we have collected and gift wrapped new and gently used books to donate to children living in a homeless shelter, created and mailed homemade greeting cards to hospitalized children, organized a voter registration table, and packed toiletry kits for veterans.

List of On-Going and One-Time Service Opportunities

  • Click here to learn about a variety of service organizations and causes that are looking for on-going help.
  • Click here to learn about a variety of service organizations and causes that are looking for one-time help.
  • Click here if you are an individual or organization interested in sharing a community service opportunity with our William James College community.

Some examples of organizations and projects that WJC community members have supported in the past: Blood Drive for Boston Children’s Hospital, teaching older adults from a local senior living facility how to use social media, running a clothing drive for Jewish Family and Children’s Services, organizing a 5K team to participate in the Samaritans Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention, collecting school and art supplies to donate to children overseas in Guyana, Haiti, Ecuador, and Kenya, and creating and sending messages of hope and healing to survivors of sexual violence through the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center.

Interested in learning more about Community Service at William James College? Do you have an idea for a community service project that you would like to share with us? Please contact the Dean of Students at