Community Service at Steppingstone

“It was the best thing I’ve done with any of my school vacations. I felt like I was making a big difference in my community by giving my time to package food, which I enjoy doing, since multiple families will be eating a meal tonight that I might have packaged.”

-A Steppingstone Scholar reflects on working with Community Servings, a local organization that delivers 9,600 meals each week to individuals and families who are homebound and living with critical and chronic illnesses.

Steppingstone Scholars are encouraged to be diligent students and hard workers – but they also know it’s important to be good community members, too. To that end, this school year dozens of Scholars have spent their free time volunteering with organizations throughout the Boston area. Many Scholars have never volunteered before participating in Steppingstone community service initiatives, but they quickly find that they love giving back. Check out photos and see what they have to say below!

Christmas in the City – December 20, 2015

Steppingstone Scholars brought Christmas cheer to hundreds of children and their families at the annual Christmas in the City event! Since 1999, Christmas in the City (CITC) has provided children and their families with gifts, food and their own “Winter Wonderland.” This year, some Scholars played the role of Santa’s elves and used wish lists to choose and wrap the best present possible for the children, while others escorted children through the “Winter Wonderland” and participated in holiday activities, games, and rides.

“It was a fun experience…especially the kids’ faces when they got their gifts!”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Of Service – January 18, 2016

Scholars honored Dr. King’s legacy by participating in the MLK Day of Service. They spent the day assembling “Reading Success Kits” for three Boston public elementary schools. Each kit contained a bookshelf, grade-specific books, literacy games, handmade picture books, and classroom sets of literacy flashcards and reading journals. The Scholars who participated were thrilled to know their hard work gave younger students resources to help them learn to love reading!

“We got to make reading journals for elementary school students. The process of making them was a little bumpy at first, but we made so many in such a short amount of time.”

Cradles to Crayons – March 17, 2016

Scholars spent an afternoon volunteering at Cradles to Crayons, which provides children from birth to age 12 who are living in low-income and homeless situations with essential items they need to thrive. The group boxed up toys, organized birthday gifts, made sure remote control cars had plenty of batteries, and filled plastic cash registers with lots of pretend money. Their efforts helped a total of 81 local kids!

“I thought that it was fun seeing old toys that I’d used in the past. It was even more fun to realize that I was helping other children in need.”

Project Bread Walk For Hunger – May 1, 2016

Participating in the Walk for Hunger is a Steppingstone tradition. This year, Scholars and staff raised more than $425 to fight hunger throughout Massachusetts!