Babson in the Community 2014
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30,000 Hours Volunteered

by students, faculty, and staff, 2013–2014 fiscal year

Making a Differ­ence Locally

Babson students, faculty, and staff donate thousands of hours each year, volunteering at local and national organizations. The Office of Faith and Service coordinates both one-time and ongoing volunteer opportunities for the Babson community.

Volunteers
  • The Office of Faith and Service’s largest volunteer program benefits the children of the Wellesley Housing Authority. It offers after-school and entrepreneurial leadership programs customized to empower students at every level—elementary, middle school, and high school.
  • The Natalie Taylor Scholar Program engages Babson students in service experiences as part of their academic and cocurricular programs. 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 Office of Faith and Service supports the annual Cruickshank Race for Shelter 5K, which attracted more than 300 participants and raised almost $5,500 for Babson’s Habitat for Humanity chapter in 2014.

Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship (FME)

FME is an award-winning undergraduate course at Babson through which all first-year students launch and run an actual business. Students donate all business profits to local organizations—more than $18,000 during the 2013–2014 academic year. The more than 450 students taking the course also donated their time, volunteering at a range of community service organizations, including World Vision, Habitat for Humanity, Cradles to Crayons, Friends of the Homeless, Greater Boston Food Bank, Special Olympics, and Community Servings.

BioGrounds was an FME business that worked with local suppliers on campus, including Dunkin’ Donuts and other dining services, to turn their used coffee grinds into a new fertilizer. BioGrounds then sold that fertilizer at local farmers’ markets and also worked with a local Needham business, Volante Farms, to gain insights and find opportunities to sell its new product.

Frat Volunteers

Greek Life Gives Back

Here are some examples of how Babson Greek Life groups supported nonprofit organizations during the 2013–2014 academic year:

  • Delta Tau Delta hosted a silent art auction, raising more than $4,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
  • Chi Omega hosted Chi Hop, a 24-hour fundraiser where pancakes, bacon, sausages, and juice were served to the Babson community, raising more than $2,200.
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon hosted a 24-hour BBQ and raised nearly $2,000 toward improving sanitation conditions for a children’s home in Nepal.
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma raised more than $1,600 at its 24-hour BBQ, Kabobs con Queso. The money benefited Reading Is Fundamental. The sorority also partnered with local retailers to host a fashion show on campus, which raised more than $700 to benefit Reading Is Fundamental.
  • The Sigma Kappa sorority raised $1,000 for Alzheimer’s research by participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

During the 2013–2014 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
  • Citizen Schools
  • Community Servings
  • Cradles to Crayons
  • Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore
  • Greater Boston Food Bank
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Harvard Square Meals
  • Nativity Schools
  • Rosie’s Place
  • Special Olympics
  • World Vision