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Local Community Service

Through more than 40,000 hours of service annually, over 1,000 Dartmouth students engage as learners and citizens in responsible and challenging service that fosters leadership for social change and civic improvement. Local Service at the Tucker Foundation includes student-managed, collaborative projects serving the areas of child and youth mentoring, community health and fitness, educational enrichment, and food and shelter. Read more about these programs below.


Child and Youth Mentoring

  • ASPIRE: Dartmouth students volunteer at a weekly playgroup program to provide resources and support for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
  • Directing through Recreation, Education, And Mentoring (DREAM): Dartmouth students mentor children from nearby subsidized housing developments. 
  • Outdoor Leadership Experience (OLE): Dartmouth students engage with junior high school-aged kids from Canaan, NH to foster independence, leadership, and communication skills through outdoor group challenges.
  • SIBS: Dartmouth students mentor children aged 6-13 who come from a variety of family and social situations. Connections, a sub-program within SIBS, matches Dartmouth students with individuals aged 8-21 with developmental and emotional disabilities.
  • Steps Toward Adult Responsibility (STAR): Dartmouth students pair up with adolescents with chronic illnesses or disabilities in the Upper Valley and surrounding areas.


Community Health and Fitness

  • Cancer and Patient Services (CAPS): Dartmouth students seek to assist people receiving treatment for cancer or long-term illness by providing support to local residents at their homes and performing important services at the Upper Valley Hostel.
  • Generations: Dartmouth students engage with the local senior citizen community by sharing time, stories, and knowledge.
  • Good Neighbors: Dartmouth students provide outreach and raise awareness for the Good Neighbors Health Clinic in White River Junction, which provides free primary care for uninsured or underinsured Upper Valley residents.
  • Red Cross Club/ORGANize Dartmouth: Dartmouth students advertise and host blood drives each term of the Dartmouth year. Additionally, students help those interested in saving lives through organ, eye, and tissue donation to register as donors.
  • Runners Stick Together: Dartmouth students create lasting relationships through physical activity and goal-setting.
  • Special Olympics: Provides people with physical and mental disabilities the opportunity to enjoy sports activities and competition.


Educational Enrichment

  • America Reads: Dartmouth students are employed as in-school tutors and after school program aides in selected local schools to provide reading assistance.
  • CoderDojo: Dartmouth computer science students introduce local youth to the world of computer programming at an afterschool program at Windsor Jr. Sr. High School.
  • Early College Awareness (ECA): Dartmouth students provide workshops to promote higher education among students at local high schools. Volunteers also offer SAT prep through the Let's Get Ready program.
  • Haven Homework Club: Dartmouth students run an after school tutoring and homework aid program at the Upper Valley Haven.
  • Money$mart: Delivers comprehensive financial education programs to Upper Valley residents of all ages through a series of seminars covering topics including credit, banking, spending & saving, and goal setting.
  • Prison Project: Dartmouth students travel weekly to the Southeast State Correctional Facility in Windsor, VT as tutors, teachers, and discussion leaders. Additionally, students cook and share dinners with residents at Dismas House in Hartford.


Food and Shelter

  • Animal Care Enthusiasts (ACE): Dartmouth students volunteer at the Upper Valley Humane Society.
  • Habitat for Humanity: Dartmouth students work in collaboration with Upper Valley Habitat for Humanity to build houses.
  • Growing Change: Dartmouth students work with the local agricultural community to teach youth about food.
  • Haven Cooking Club: Dartmouth students cook and serve healthy meals at the Hixon House at the Upper Valley Haven.
  • Students Fighting Hunger: Dartmouth students cook and share meals with community members in Hanover.
  • WISE @ Dartmouth: Dartmouth students work with WISE of the Upper Valley to provide support services for survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and stalking.


Last Updated: 12/15/14