Category Archives: What’s New

Event Spotlight: SNDA Impressions Day 2014

The Student National Dental Association's annual Impressions Program was a hit yet again this year! The Impressions Program invites students from undergraduate institutions and high schools to TUSDM to expose them to the field of dentistry. We've posted some photos in the gallery below, but to view all that day's activities click here!

Event Spotlight: Smile Squad at Give Kids a Smile Day

IMG_4064The Smile Squad recently volunteered at the Give Kids a Smile Day on Saturday, November 15th at Mount Ida College in Newton, MA in partnership with the Mass Dental Society. The event provided free dental services for children such as oral screenings, cleanings, fluoride varnish, and sealants. Smile Squad member Olga Raptis (D16) was kind enough to send us this photo with fellow volunteers Erin Saucier (D15), My Doan (D15), Shayla Walker (D18), Abby Yazbak (D18), and Khusbu Patel (D16) 

Horizons for Homeless Children Seeking Playspace Volunteers!

i3cHorizons for Homeless Children is an organization that improves the lives of young homeless children and their families. They are looking for volunteers for the Playspace program. Play is really important for child development, so this is a chance to provide Playspaces in shelters for children. 

 Volunteers have to commit to working at a Playspace for two hours once a week for six months. Shifts are available weekdays between 8-9pm, but many of the shifts take place in the evenings from 6-8pm. They are looking for volunteers interested in working with the homeless population, especially if they have previous experience working with children. These volunteers should take initiative in planning and leading activities for the children. The Playspaces are designed to be developmentally appropriate for children ages 0-6. To become a PAL, you must fill out an application, pass a background check, provide two references, and complete a training. 

 Playspace Activity Leader (PAL) new volunteer training will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, November 19thand 20th from 6-8:30pm at HHC headquarters: 1705 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury MA 02119. Please feel free to attend the training and invite a friend to come along! Paper applications will be available at the door if you have not registered in advance.

 For any questions during the training, please call the office cell phone at 781-686-8065.​​

Boston’s House of Sufism Seeking Volunteers!

Boston’s House of Sufism is looking for volunteers to assist with a local hunger and homelessness initiative. The group takes a flexible, multi-faceted approach to addressing these issues, including distributing excess food from bakeries and grocery stores directly to shelter residents, organizing to raise money and donations for specific requests, and serving a weekly home-cooked meal at a homeless shelter.

The House of Sufism has worked with Boston shelters for several years, including the Pine Street Inn, Rosie’s Place, and St. Francis House. Recently, they’ve have developed a relationship with Boston’s only all-youth shelter, Bridge Over Troubled Waters. Serving with the House of Sufism is a unique opportunity to work on the ground with local shelter residents in a warm and informal setting. Volunteers are welcomed to join at whatever capacity best suits them, whether for several hours a week or one Sunday afternoon a month.

For more information, please contact Flora Lang or visit http://www.nimatullahisufiboston.org/charity.html.

Student Organization Spotlight: Sharewood Clinic

Sharewood Clinic member Monica Moitoso (D17) sent Dental Central some great photos of their clinic this past month, earning them the honor of this week's Student Organization Spotlight. You can join the Sharewood Clinic on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at the First Church of Malden. Check out their page here!

Funds available through TISCH College for community projects!

Do you have a great project idea that will improve a community? Interested in active citizenship? Apply online today!

The Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement can help! The Tisch Fund aims to provide funding for projects, events, and programs with a connection to active citizenship in a clear community-identified need.  Applications are live at our website: http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/tischfund/. For more information and questions, please contact Danica Fisher at: Danica.Fisher@tufts.edu.

Volunteer Spotlight: Joke Alesh (D15) and Senator Elizabeth Warren

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Joke Alesh (D15), chosen to represent TUSDM, was one of a select group of Tufts student leaders who met with US Senator Elizabeth Warren on Monday September 15th. Shortly after the meeting, the Senator took to the stage to speak to a packed auditorium as part of the Tisch College Alan D. Solomon Lecture on Citizenship and Public Service series. Congratulations, Joke!

Common Book Event: “The Upstream Doctors” Lecture and Discussion

upstream-featured-thumb-defaultPlease join Tufts University School of Medicine and Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service on October 6th for their 2014 Common Book event, a lecture and discussion by Rishi Manchanda, A97, M03, author of The Upstream Doctors: Medical Innovators Track Sickness to its Source.

You can find more information or RSVP for the event over at the Dental Central Events and Volunteer Opps page!