Giving Tuesday: The Heart of Harvard
On Giving Tuesday, we want to say thanks to all those in the Harvard community—students, faculty, staff, and alumni—who give so much to so many. You are the heart of Harvard.
These are just a few examples of the ways in which the Harvard community is making a difference in the world:
In Gallup, New Mexico
Michael Hughes ’15, Presidential Public Service Fellow
As one of 10 Presidential Public Service Fellows, Michael Hughes ’15 spent the summer of 2014 in New Mexico at the Gallup Indian Medical Center, a 99-bed hospital on the border of the Navajo Reservation. There, Hughes got a close-up look at the serious medical challenges, such as HIV, faced by Native Americans and was inspired to explore public service as a career.
In South Boston, Massachusetts
Monique Takla ’14, South Boston Summer Urban Program, Phillips Brooks House Association
Monique Takla ’14 is co-director of the South Boston Summer Urban Program, a camp run by the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA), and she is among the 1,500 Harvard student volunteers who run the PBHA. The South Boston camp is one of 10 local camps run by students at 12 sites, serving more than 900 children aged 6-18 who are low income and considered “at risk.” The camps offer academic support and life skills for the children, and for the Harvard students, lessons in leadership, education, and the challenges facing families and communities in need.
In Cambridge, Massachusetts
Sam Greenberg ’14, Youth Homeless Initiative
When he was still in high school, Sam Greenberg started volunteering at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, a shelter started and staffed by Harvard College students. Sam continued volunteering there as an undergraduate, and public service became the hallmark of his academic career. Now, after graduating, Sam is leading the development of a homeless shelter for youth in the Harvard Square area, the first of its kind.
In the Dominican Republic
The Harvard University Chapter of Engineers Without Borders
In rural Pinalito in the mountains of the Dominican Republic, people have clean water again thanks to the Harvard University Chapter of Engineers Without Borders and a team of Harvard students who, with two professional mentors, worked with the community to install a new 160-foot well and improve water quality and distribution. The students overcame local skepticism and language barriers, working with the community to develop the best locations for the well and distribution pipes. The students would visit Pinalito and then return to Harvard to consult with faculty and staff at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
In Boston, Massachusetts
Anthony Britt ’10, City Year
Anthony Britt’s experience in public service began with internships while he was an undergraduate at Harvard, including at the Agenda for Children Tomorrow in New York City, a public-private partnership dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and families. As part of Teach for America, he taught eighth graders in Greenville, Mississippi. Now, as a member of City Year, he supports staff and corps members at City Year partner schools to help students succeed.
IN CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS
Erin Fletcher, PhD candidate in Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Camp Casco
Erin Fletcher, a graduate student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program at GSAS, is working with other Harvard and MIT graduate students and faculty to establish Camp Casco, a summer camp experience for childhood cancer patients and survivors. Camp Casco aims to restore the fun of summer with traditional camp activities, free-of-cost, while supporting and encouraging campers to rise above their diagnosis, shed their insecurities, and build lifelong friendships with peers who share their struggles with cancer.
Around the World
The Harvard Alumni Association, Global Month of Service
Around the world, Harvard alumni participated in a Global Month of Service in April 2014, giving back to their communities. In Chicago, alumni volunteered at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. In London, alumni helped Solace Women’s Aid, a charity that houses, protects, and enables vulnerable women. In Louisville, Kentucky, alumni volunteered to restore a local park. In Boulder City, Nevada, alumni helped clean up St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, sweeping, pruning, and raking. In Portland, they volunteered at the Oregon Food Bank, repackaging bulk food donations into family-sized portions.