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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 caltechy@caltech.edu 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 caltechy@caltech.edu.

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 http://caltechy.org/programs_services/tutoring/.

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 caltechy@caltech.edu with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line to join our email list and never miss out on an upcoming event.