Student Volunteer Program Information
Leaders In Volunteer Experiences (LIVE) is a collaboration of Springfield College students dedicated to community outreach, student empowerment, and leadership development through the facilitation of volunteer programs and educational experiences. LIVE is a student-run volunteer organization, which began in the fall of 2000. As a centralization agent for service, volunteer, and social awareness activities on campus, LIVE provides a structure of support for students interested in leading effective and successful service programs.
The Office of Student Volunteer Programs, home of LIVE, is in the Richard B. Flynn Campus Union. Individuals can reach the Office of Student Volunteer Programs at (413) 748-3394.
Current LIVE programs:
- Community Youth Computer Program: Help neighborhood youth learn basic computer skills and serve as positive role models for community youth.
- Ronald McDonald House: Help put smiles on the faces of sick and physically challenged children through arts and crafts, cooking, games, and more with the children and families at the Ronald McDonald House once a week.
- Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen: Once a week, join Springfield College students and the Open Pantry staff to serve a meal to members of the Springfield community.
- Habitat for Humanity: Habitat for Humanity is an international organization that provides manpower to build houses for families unable to afford homes on their own. Volunteer weekdays, weekends, and during school breaks.
- Mason Wright Retirement Community: Share your talents and meet the "grandmother or grandfather you never had." Volunteer opportunities available during weekdays or weekends.
- Best Buddies: The mission of Best Buddies is to enhance the lives of mentally disabled individuals by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendship and integrated employment. For more information, contact advisor Robert Hewes, Rh.D., at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Today’s Youth...Tomorrow’s Future After School Youth Program: Participate in arts and crafts activities, leadership and character development, and much more. Gain an enhanced understanding of the community through interacting with its youth. This program is rapidly growing and expanding, and opportunities are unlimited.
- One Time Events: Springfield College offers a wide variety of one-time volunteer service opportunities such as Humanics in Action day, the Annual Hunger Clean-Up, and annual Earth Day activities. Contact Charlene Elvers in Student Volunteer Programs (413) 748-3394.
Springfield College Outreach Committee (SCOC)
The Springfield College Outreach Committee (SCOC) offers an opportunity for Springfield College undergraduate students to experience social injustice, specifically in terms of poverty and oppression, in a third world setting and in the United States during spring break. The goal of this organization is to do a service project that will leave a lasting impression on the village or city. The SCOC works as a team to fundraise everything that it brings to the area and all the materials for its projects. The group tries to bring materials that are needed to the area such as school supplies, shoes, clothes, art supplies, sporting equipment, etc.
Local Community-Based Agencies and Mentoring Programs
Springfield School Volunteers offers many different volunteer opportunities in Springfield Public Schools.
Join the America Reads Challenge to tutor school-age children with their reading skills. Learn more about America Reads at Springfield College at the Career Center.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County
Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts
International Language Institute of Massachusetts
United Way of the Pioneer Valley
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is located in Hatfield, Mass. The mission of the food bank is to distribute food to those in need in the four counties of western Massachusetts and to work with our community to end hunger.
YWCA Western Massachusetts is committed to working toward the empowerment of women and girls and the elimination of racism.
The Office of Student Volunteer Programs has many other opportunities available. Visit the office, located in the Richard B. Flynn Campus Union, for more information.