Creating Social Value Blog / Service in Action

Building with Habitat for Humanity

Today was such a great day! Today was the first of two days for painting. The day started a little later than regular 7:30 am days so the extra sleep was well worth it. We packed up our lunches and left the house by 8:00 am. Our destination was a side street that was one…

How I spent my winter break giving back

It all started in high school when my dean said that I needed more extracurricular activities in my schedule. She told me that perhaps I should check out the Red Cross club or Habitat for Humanity. Thinking that I would most likely not get into college because I didn’t have some community service on my…

Winter Break with Habitat for Humanity

Coming on the Vero Trip, I wanted to learn how to build a home and influence others’ lives not only my own life. This trip has met my expectations and more. Today we were scheduled to do construction. Driving into the worksite today was very exciting and I felt ready to do anything the construction…

Alternative Winter Break Trip

Today was my first day working for Habitat for Humanity and I had an absolute blast. I had expected that the whole time our group was going to be working on Habitat for Humanity homes, but today we worked in a place called the ReStore. For those of you who aren’t familiar with what the…

Community Action Program Experience

The CAP program has really taught me how to appreciate everything I have. This appreciation includes being able to serve and help the common man. When I first started working at Harvard Square Meals I didn’t know what to expect. I thought I would be rejected for being a college student but no I was…

Babson and Friends of the Homeless

Every experience that the whole Friends of the Homeless team experience is just as memorable as all of the others. I think one of my favorite stories is when we had our full team out, including a student volunteer helping to reshingle a shelter down in North Weymouth. The seven of us shipped out to…

Volunteering at Cradles to Crayons

Working at Cradles to Crayons this past semester has been an extremely rewarding experience. Cradles to Crayons is an organization which heavily relies on their volunteers, and they do not disappoint. Seeing the amount of people who want to help others and make a difference in a child’s life is very heartwarming. In particular, there…

One Day Without Shoes Reflection

As my feet begin to thaw, there is only one word that describes my feelings right now. Excruciating. The cold is so bad that my feet are burning. Having grown up in Vermont, I have felt this before upon going skiing when it is below freezing, but never has it been my feet. It looks…

Rayshawn

Turning Ideas into Action

Between March 16th and March 24th I spent an inordinate amount of time on buses. 22 hours commuting between Kigali and Kampala. An additional 12 hours on a bus traveling from place to place in and around Kampala. A lot of people (myself included) would wonder why anyone would spend an average of four hours…

Water (Agua)

After an amazing week of work and play in El Salvador we were headed back to the States. It was hard to say goodbye to everyone we met and worked with throughout the week. As the airplane took off I looked out over El Salvador and said a final goodbye. I got as comfortable as…