Happy Sunday, Williams!

 

Here’s What’s New in Community Service

 

Get Your Absentee Ballot!!!!

US citizens, make sure to get your absentee ballot here and cast your vote before your state’s deadline! It takes less than a minute!

 

Gas Explosion Crisis Support in Lawrence, MA

This September, Lawrence, MA was in a state of emergency after there was a series of gas explosions, leaks, and fires in about 100 homes. 18 year old Leonel Rondon died and half the city had to evacuate. Shelters have been filling up as working class Black and Latinx immigrant people have nowhere to go in a city that already had a major housing crisis. People need funds for emergency housing and childcare because schools are shut down and companies require displaced people to continue working. Columbia Gas, the company responsible, refuses to properly compensate people for their loses.

 

If you’d like to find out how you or your campus club and organization can support the crisis survivors, contact Soha at ss17@williams.edu. If you’d like to make a donation, you can do so at Venmo: @LawrenceCrisisResponse, Cashapp: $SNVillar, or Paypal Soha.sanch@gmail.com.

 

Berkshire Food Project

Tuesdays ~10:00-1:00~

 

The Berkshire Food Project serves a no-cost meal every weekday to support local food insecurity. We love would to support them in preparing, serving, and cleaning up the meals. If you’re interested in joining a group of Williams students who make regular trips to BFP, contact Wylie at wat1@williams.edu for more information.

 

Volunteer at Berkshire Hospitals in Pittsfield

Saturday, September 29th

 

Interested in going to medical school? Or just want to regularly connect with patients, shadow doctors, and volunteer at the Berkshire Medical Center?! Volunteers can work at BMC on their own schedules (at least 3 hours per week required)! Please note that BMC is looking for volunteers who can commit to regular volunteering long term.

 

Contact lbh1@williams.edu if interested to learn more and begin the process of filling out paperwork and checking up on your immunizations!

 

First Grade Recess at Pownal Elementary

Thursdays or Fridays 12:25-1:15

 

Come talk and play with first graders during lunch and recess on Thursdays or Fridays 12:25 to 1:25. Reach out to Cindy Collyer cindy.collyer@svsu.org if you would like to volunteer. For transportation, contact jswoap@williams.edu at CLiA.

 

After School Adventures at Pownal Elementary!

Mondays – Fridays 3:00-4:15

 

September and October topics include Yoga, Track, Japanese culture, Nature Discovery, Jazz band, and more. Mondays – Fridays 3:00-4:15. Reach out to Dawn Campbell dcampbell@svsu.org if you would like to volunteer. For transportation, contact jswoap@williams.edu at CLiA.

 

Friendly Visitors

Sunday – Thursday Evenings, Friday afternoons

 

Friendly Visitors connects Williams students with the elderly population living at the Williamstown Commons, a residential nursing home just 5 minutes away from campus. Student volunteers may participate in 1-on-1 visits or assist group activities depending on interest.

 

Please contact Julie Ha (hjh1@williams.edu) for more information.

 

Clark Art Volunteer Opportunities

 

If you are interested in getting involved in sustainable landscape management, building community connections through education, performing for public programs, or helping with their Free First Sundays or Start with Art Preschool Program, you can learn more here and contact the appropriate staff person to get involved.

 

Weatherize Low-Income Houses

Thursday, October 18th and Friday October 19th

 

Join staff teams of the Berkshire Community Action Council (BCAC) doing basic weatherization and installation of LED bulbs in public housing apartments on October 18th and 19th. Volunteers will meet at 8:15 am at BCAC headquarters in Pittsfield. Help for the first hour or the whole morning!

 

For more information, contact  Aleta Moncecchi (amoncecchi@bcacinc.org). For help with transportation, email clia@williams.edu.

 

Reid Middle School Girls’ Reading Group

Monday, Wednesday, and/or Thursday Mornings

 

Reid Middle School in Pittsfield is looking for Williams women to help facilitate new weekly girls book clubs. They will be reading Weeping Under the Same Moon by local author Jana Laiz. Sessions will take place from 10:24-11:14 on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays.

 

For more information, contact Pittsfield Public Schools Cultural Proficiency Coach, Shirley Edgerton (sedgerton@pittsfield.net).

 

On the Horizon:

Look out for our annual Veterans Day Card-making event!!

 

Share your events:

 

If you have an event ideas or interests, or want to advertise an event that your club has planned, send me an email at mcs7@williams.edu. Lehman will help you plan, pay, and even transport you!

 

Have a great week!!

Megan Siedman

Williams ‘20

 

~Lehman Community Engagement~

 

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