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Community Service Opportunities

There are many opportunities for community service through the Caltech Y. If you are interested in receiving email announcements of upcoming community service projects, subscribe to our Y Announcements Email list. Email us at with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line to join our email list. For a list of opportunities see below: 

Ongoing Community Service Projects

Hathaway Sycamores Tutoring (weekly) -Volunteer at Hathaway-Sycamores, a group that supports local underprivileged but motivated high school students. Some of the subjects being tutored are AP Chemistry, AP Physics, and AP Calculus.  Sign up announcements go through the Y Announcements Email List.

Caltech Y Front Desk (ongoing) - Work during office hours (9am-5pm) at the Caltech Y.  Duties include checking out equipment, answering phones, making reservations, and other duties as assigned. For more information email

Union Station (3rd Saturday of every month) – Prepare and serve dinner to the homeless at Union Station Homeless Shelter in Pasadena.  Food and materials are provided. Sign up announcements go through the Y Announcements Email List.
Rise Tutoring (Monday-Thursday) - Tutor 8th- 12th grade students in math and science at Caltech. For more information visit

Pasadena LEARNS (every Friday) - Volunteer at Washington Elementary School. We are partnered with the Pasadena LEARNs program and work with their Science Olympiad team or do regular tutoring along with occasional hands-on science experiments. Transportation is provided. Sign up announcements go through the Y Announcements Email List.

Mentors for Life (weekly after school) - Mentor tweens who've yet to even consider college. Things you could do: Build a baking soda and vinegar volcano, read a book aloud, play sports or board games, teach the alphabet of another language, do a craft. Having a mentor makes an at-risk student 55% more likely to attend college, 78% more likely to volunteer regularly, and 130% more likely to hold a leadership position. Interested? If you have 180 seconds, you can watch this video and be inspired. If you have an hour a week, you can mentor someone and be their inspiration. If you feel unqualified, don't worry. Ultimately, mentoring is about being a consistent, dependable friend—not a surrogate parent or psychiatrist.

Kids Reading to Succeed (first Saturday of the month at 8:30am) - work with the youth of Pasadena to encourage a love of reading and to improve literacy skills. The first hour (9:00 to 10:00) focuses on individualized and targeted reading, in which a volunteer is paired with a student who is encouraged to read aloud from a book chosen from the KRS library. Volunteers consistently ask questions of the students to gauge reading comprehension. The second hour of our program (10:00 to 11:00) is the interactive and fun presentation based on the monthly theme.

Annual Community Service Events

Alternative Spring Break - Explore a new place, meet new people, serve a community, and have fun!  Join other Caltech students for a non-traditional spring break experience and volunteer for a worthy cause. From the desert to the Sierras to more local urban experiences, there are a number of different community service trips that change from year to year.

MAD Day - Our biggest community service event of the year with close to 20 community service projects. Projects are led by other students and are 3.5 to 7 hours depending on the project. Meals and transportation are provided.

Community Service Fair (November) - Find out about some of the many opportunities for community service and advocacy in the area. 

To receive announcements about these events email us at with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line to join our email list and never miss out on an upcoming event.