In the midst of this global pandemic, our Student Corps volunteers have rallied and put together a months-long effort to distribute and donate supplies to local medical centers. In this post, we’ll highlight some of the great achievements our Massachusetts branches have made. Stay tuned for our next post highlighting our California branches’ projects!
Together, our Massachusetts branches have donated 9263 surgical masks, N95 masks, and other breathing masks. That’s amazing! A lot of our materials were sourced from donations shipped abroad, so we would like to thank our friends across the ocean and shipping companies for keeping our packages safe and helping us move critical medical supplies during this difficult time.
We have also donated over 500 hand-sewn masks and hats to local senior homes and hospices, to help protect our most vulnerable population and those who take care of them every day.
Our Massachusetts branches together have also donated $2320 to the emergency COVID-19 fund of Massachusetts General Hospital, donated in four batches.
Our students have also started a virtual tutoring initiative specially designed for children with parents working during the day for essential services, especially since students are studying at home now. Please feel free to share our program with anyone who might benefit from it!
Thank you so much to our student community for your wonderful efforts and for your courage to help the people most in need during this pandemic. The future is in good hands with your generosity and compassion!
Some wonderful pictures of our Massachusetts teams in action:
It is our passion to help the people and do meaningful things for our community, to improve the environment we are living, and to create brighter futures for our new generations. All of this can be accomplished through volunteering by anyone of any age. However, the capability for younger students to do volunteering is limited. I especially note the lack of volunteer organizations in middle schools and elementary schools, and the only time where students are exposed to volunteering is when they enter high school.
Students always have the potential to change their world.
Student Corps provides an opportunity for all students to lead and shape the volunteering world. Student Corps is 100% led by students, giving them the power to pave the way for change. Students always have the potential to change their world. Our goal is to guide all students in entering the volunteering world and to be passionate about volunteering. In the end, it is not about the award, but rather it is the feeling that you made an impact on the world, one person at a time.
Inspired by my very first volunteer service at Sacred Heart Community Center, I deeply was touched by working directly with the families, single mothers/fathers, and children who were in desperate need of supplies. Volunteer service has not only allowed me to better my community one step at a time, but it also has taught me life-long skills of leadership and compassion; I have realized that nobody needs a fancy title such as being a captain or a president to demonstrate leadership: leadership can simply mean lending a helping hand and showing others how to do it as well. Student Corps has given me an avenue to satisfy my growing desire to help myself and others practice our inherent responsibility to contribute to our community.
Student Corps began as a project among fellow students (The national board currently comprises two rising seniors, a rising junior, a rising sophomore, and a rising sixth-grader) with an idea and a vision. We came together as a group with a common hope: to create an organization for students, by students. Nobody understands the needs of young people better than young people themselves, and that’s what we hope to be: people who facilitate, motivate, and inspire our community — the student community — to enact change in their local communities.
Service is more than a school requirement or a resume thickener. For us, community service is the chance to expand our horizons, recognize perspectives from those around us, and learn from altruism. That’s why the mission of the Student Corps will always be to invigorate students to do service, and to provide students opportunities, ideas, and resources to do so. We created the Student Corps brand to mobilize a nation of intelligent, thoughtful, and optimistic youth to contribute to their communities, and we hope that with the experiences that Student Corps can offer, students will develop and hone their leadership, teamwork, and organizational skills.
We believe that the future is full of hope.
Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, please think about the principles that are the foundation of Student Corps. We want to inspire young people — kindergartners, fifth graders, sophomores, undergrads, and everyone in between — to realize their roles in their community, and understand how much they can do for the people around them. We hope to instill the values of civic responsibility, altruism, and collaboration within the younger generation, and help students grow as members of their community, because we believe that the future is full of hope — full of people who will love each other, their peers and their communities, so that the world will be at peace.