It’s now a tradition. Day two on campus for new Mount Ida students is spent working with non-profit organizations as part of the 3rd annual Community Plunge. “It’s important that our newest members of the Mount Ida community embrace the concept of doing well by doing good from their arrival,” says Gregg Grenier, Director of Community Engagement.
For Community Plunge, Mount Ida’s Center for Community Engagement reaches out each summer to community groups to ascertain what their needs are and then aligns those needs with the energy and willingness of our new students. These students are joined in the community by Orientation Ambassadors, Resident Assistants, and Mount Ida staff members.
This year, 300 people participated in 13 projects (5 on-campus and 8 off-campus) for an average of 3 hours each. “This equates to an economic impact on the Greater Boston community of $26,100,” says Grenier. Based on the calculations from www.independentsector.org/volunteer_time, a volunteer hour in Massachusetts is worth $29.
“We are proud of our students and the enthusiasm they showed. They were up bright and early, dressed in their Community Plunge shirts (designed by student Corey Brindamour) and raring to go,” Grenier says. “Quite impressive when you think this was their first full day as college students.”
This year’s volunteer activities included:
- On-campus projects:
- Students created get well cards for “Cards for Hospitalized Kids”
- Students wrote letters to soldiers through “A Million Thanks”
- Students helped draw/paint/craft decorations for the “American Cancer Society’s” high school and college conference
- Students participated in a focus group to test the usability of the “Wadsworth Library’s” website
- Students sorted books for the “Prison Books Program” in partnership with the “Wadsworth Library”
- Off-campus projects
- Students sorted and packaged donations at “Cradles to Crayons”
- Students tagged, sorted, and packaged donations at “Boomerangs Thrift Store” that is part of the AIDS Action Network
- Students helped clean, prepare classrooms, and greet guests at the “West Suburban YMCA”
- Students helped set up preschool classrooms at “Family ACCESS of Newton”
- Students helped set up classrooms, create bulletin boards, and paint murals at the “West Roxbury Urban Science Academy”
- Students helped place yard signs around Newton for the “Newton Community Farm’s” fall festival
- Students helped pick up and deliver donations from the elderly for “Newton At Home”
- Students helped clean public buildings, playground, and grounds for the “Chesterbrook Community Foundation”