Commonwealth Cares and Day of Service

Commonwealth Cares

Commonwealth Cares is a student-led group of a dozen students in all grades who work together to offer interesting and meaningful community service opportunities to their peers. The group is self-sufficient and organizes its own fundraising events.

The aim is to provide a range of opportunities such that every student finds something he or she would like to participate in.

Kinds of Service

Please note: some of these examples predate the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope to return to many of these in-person activities as soon as we can! Until then, we are engaging in safe and socially distant alternatives. 

Direct service brings students to people and places where help is needed, such as:

  • Preparing and serving a monthly dinner at the Pine Street Inn Women's House in Dorchester
  • Knitting and Gardening (with a twist), a public service to beautify empty spaces.

Indirect service helps to raise funds through events such as:

  • The Walk For Hunger, Project Bread’s fundraiser for over 450 emergency food programs that support families in crisis.
  • A movie night fundraiser for the dinners at the Women’s House.
  • Supermarket drives for Our Place, the Salvation Army’s daycare center for homeless children in Cambridge.
  • Dance-A-Thon: a fundraiser for our dinners at the Women’s House.
  • Bike-A-Thon for Bikes Not Bombs Youth and International Programs.

Advocacy supports and empowers people through activities such as:

  • Translating letters in Spanish or French for Cultural Survival, an organization that partners with indigenous communities around the world to defend their lands, languages and cultures.

Day of Service

Every year Commonwealth students devote at least one dull day to helping their community. On these days, students and chaperones are matched to a location and project. Locations included shelters for women or homeless veterans, agencies helping senior citizens, community gardens and farms, and daycare centers.