President Schlesinger and Boston’s Mayor Menino buy refreshments from young entrepreneurs at one of the Lemonade Day Boston stands during national Lemonade Day. Babson and the City of Boston partnered to sponsor Lemonade Day Boston.
Babson students, faculty, and staff donated more than 26,000 hours of their time to volunteer activities through Babson’s Bernon Center for Public Service this year.
Bernon Center for Public Service
Every day, students and staff donate their time to the broader community both on and off campus. Students get involved through the Bernon Center’s weekly programs and special events, residence halls, Greek organizations, athletic teams, and clubs. Babson individuals contributed their time locally, nationally, and globally. They taught English to Haitian residents of Mattapan, mentored young entrepreneurs in Boston’s first Lemonade Day, and built homes with Habitat for Humanity in Louisiana and El Salvador.
The Bernon Center supports the annual Cruickshank 5K Race for Shelter, which attracted more than 300 participants, raising almost $5,500 for Babson’s Habitat for Humanity chapter.
Undergraduate Students—Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship
Community service is an integral part of the undergraduate curriculum; many students give back to the community, completing service-learning projects as part of their academic requirements. More than 400 students in the Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship (FME) course— required of all first-year students—created 16 businesses and donated their time and their companies’ profits (more than $25,000) to the following organizations:
- Birthday Wishes/Rodman Ride
- Boston AIDS Africa
- Boys and Girls Club of Boston
- Charles River Center
- Community Servings
- Cradles to Crayons
- English as a Second Language Program
- Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore
- Habitat for Humanity
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society
- Nativity School of Worcester
- Needham/Wellesley Housing Authority Program
- Nyansa Project
- Special Olympics of Massachusetts
- Web of Benefit
FME student businesses have donated more than $350,000 to area charities in the last 10 years.
MBA students lead exercises with youth at the Charles River YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day.
Babson MBAs held the first Babson Gives Back Day May 7, inviting students and alumni to give back to the community in meaningful ways as part of the kickoff to the Babson MBA Grad Week.
An MBA student team competed at Duke University against 18 other business schools to raise money for Special Olympics, placing second overall and raising more than $3,000.
Organizational Support from Babson
The following organizations benefited from the many hours donated by Babson student volunteers:
- American Red Cross
- Autism Walk for Research
- Boston Public Schools
- Camp Sunshine in Maine
- Greater Boston Food Bank
- Junior Achievement Program, Natick Elementary Students
- Make-A-Wish Foundation
- Needham Food Pantry
- Toys for Tots
- Wellesley Council on Aging
- Wellesley and Needham Housing Authorities
National and International Efforts
Students and staff continue to serve during their semester breaks:
- Thirty-five students and staff traveled to Africa in January to teach English and entrepreneurship to adults and children in Ghana.
- In March, volunteers traveled to El Salvador and Louisiana to work with Habitat for Humanity building and refurbishing homes.
- In August, a group of staff and faculty returned to El Salvador to build two more homes.
Babson College sponsors Lemonade Day Boston, an experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start, own, and operate their own business—a lemonade stand. Lemonade Day began in Houston, Texas, in 2007 and has grown from 2,700 to 120,000 kids in 31 cities across the United States and Canada.
Lemonade Day gives Babson the opportunity to introduce entrepreneurship education activities to young children. The program complements Babson’s mission to educate leaders who can create great economic and social value everywhere.