Babson undergraduate and graduate 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.
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. 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. Students in the Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship (FME) course— required for all first-year students—created 16 businesses donating 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
An MBA student team competed at Duke University against 18 other business schools to raise money for Special Olympics. The Babson team placed second overall, raising more than $3,000.
The following organizations benefited from the many hours donated by Babson students:
- 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
Students and staff continue to serve during their semester breaks. Thirty-five students and staff traveled to Africa in January teaching English and entrepreneurship to adults and children of Ghana. In March, volunteers traveled to San 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.
The eighth annual Cruickshank 5k Race for Shelter attracted more than 300 participants, raising almost $5,500 for Babson’s Habitat for Humanity chapter.
For the fourth year, Babson was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, the USA Freedom Corps, and the U.S. departments of Education, and Housing and Urban Development.
The current Babson Community Impact Guide contains information from 2009-2010 fiscal year. The new edition of the Guide will be published in Fall 2011.
Some of the students who raised money and walked in the September Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk demonstrate their loyalty to Babson and enthusiasm for the event.