Making a Difference Locally
Babson students, faculty, and staff donate thousands of hours each year, volunteering at local and national organizations. The Bernon Center for Public Service coordinates both one-time and ongoing volunteer opportunities for the Babson community.
Giving Blood, Giving Back
Babson’s Office of Faith and Service sponsored its first annual Red Cross blood drive in November 2013.
- The Bernon Center’s largest volunteer program benefits the children of the Wellesley Housing Authority. It offers afterschool programs customized to empower students at every level—elementary, middle school, and high school.
- The goal of the Natalie Taylor Scholar Program is to formally engage students in service experiences embedded in their academic and cocurricular experiences. The program was created to recognize and reward community and civic engagement and distinguish students who have committed themselves to service, community engagement, and social responsibility.
- The Bernon Center supports the annual Cruickshank 5K Race for Shelter, which attracted more than 300 participants, and raised almost $5,500 for Babson’s Habitat for Humanity chapter.
29,000 Hours Volunteered by Students, Faculty, and Staff, 2012–2013 Fiscal Year
Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship (FME)
FME is a first-year undergraduate course at Babson that allows students to launch and run an actual business. Students donate all business profits to local organizations—more than $23,000 during the 2012–2013 academic year. The more than 450 students taking the course also donated their time, volunteering at a range of community service organizations, including Boston Aids Africa, Cradles to Crayons, Friends of the Homeless, One Fund Boston, and the Wellesley Community Center.
$453,000 – Total Donated Since the FME Program Began in 1999.
Fresh Bites, an FME business with a mission to teach the Babson and Wellesley communities how to live more sustainably, held its Eat, Learn, Sustain event on Babson’s campus in March. Several Wellesley businesses participated, including Upper Crust Pizza, Boloco, Bruegger’s, Ben & Jerry’s, The Linden Store, and Café Mangal.
During the 2012–2013 Fiscal Year, Babson Students, Staff, and Faculty Volunteered At:
- The Charles River Center
- Needham Housing Authority
- Wellesley Council on Aging
- Wellesley Housing Authority
The following organizations also benefited from the many hours volunteered by Babson students:
- American Red Cross
- Boston Public Schools
- Boys and Girls Club of Boston
- Citizens Schools
- Community Servings
- Cradles to Crayons
- Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore
- Greater Boston Food Bank
- Habitat for Humanity
- Harvard Square Meals
- Natick Community Organic Farm
- Nativity Schools
- Rosie’s Place
- Special Olympics
- Toys for Tots
- World Vision
Greek Life Gives Back
Here are some examples of how Babson Greek Life groups supported nonprofit organizations during the 2012–2013 academic year:
- Delta Tau Delta hosted Deltas Against Diabetes silent art auction, raising more than $3,600 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
- Chi Omega hosted Chi Hop, its 15-hour fundraiser, serving pancakes, bacon, sausages, and juice to the Babson community, raising more than $3,700.
- Several members of Sigma Phi Epsilon participated in the annual 5K Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Boston, raising $1,060 in conjunction with the TZE society of Wellesley College.
- Sigma Phi Epsilon raised nearly $1,000 for Youth Aids through a cook-off contest with Babson Public Safety. Several businesses in the Wellesley, Natick, and Needham areas made in-kind contributions to the effort.
- Various Greek Life groups partnered to provide community service hours to support local organizations, including North Hill Retirement Community, Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen, and Cradles to Crayons.