Community Service

Generations (generations.vsa@vassar.edu)

The mission of Generations is to facilitate communication and positive exchange between members of the Vassar College community, and local residents of senior care facilities. Through regular visits to the Vassar-Warner Home, and through the provision of activities and resources to the home and its residents, Generations seeks to expose its members to issues in the geriatric population, while facilitating relationships and connections that can prove meaningful to both Vassar students and the individuals living in these communities.

Habitat for Humanity (habitatforhumanity.vsa@vassar.edu)

This organization’s purpose is to pursue the four goals of the Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter Program: to help build and rehabilitate houses in partnership with the Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the Hudson Valley and other areas (building), to help raise funds and contribute monies for the work of Habitat for Humanity (fundraising), to participate in and/or spearhead advocacy surrounding poverty housing (advocacy), and to help educate the campus and community about the work of Habitat for Humanity (education).

Relay for Life (relayforlife.vsa@vassar.edu)

Organization that fundraises to raise money for the American Cancer Society

Vassar Haiti Project (vhp.vsa@vassar.edu, vhpuber@vassar.edu)

Founded in 2001, the Vassar Haiti Project (VHP) engages Vassar students in a life-changing experiential education in global citizenship, promoting Haitian art and fostering sustainable development in Haiti. Vassar students organize art auctions and sales throughout the year, which support the welfare of hundreds of Haitian artists and artisans and provide means for funding the five initiatives: Education, Healthcare, Water Access and Purification, Reforestation, and Women’s Co-Operative in the mountain village of Chermaitre, Haiti. Additionally, the Haiti Project brings a student group to Haiti yearly to engage in conversation and development with their partners and create new possibilities that help to transform the narratives surrounding Haiti.

Vassar Refugee Solidarity (refugeesolidarity.vsa@vassar.edu)

Vassar Refugee Solidarity is a student run org that works with the forcibly displaced community in the Hudson Valley. We work with the Annur Islamic School in Albany to provide resources to the students and their families, work with the local schools in the Hudson Valley to discuss issues of displacement, and organize events on campus such as speakers, movie screenings, and fundraisers.

Challah for Hunger (challah.vsa@vassar.edu)

Vassar Challah for Hunger is a local chapter of the National Challah for Hunger organization, a nonprofit committed to fighting food insecurity both on and off campus. We make and sell challah of various flavors every week, with half the proceeds going to our local charitable partner, Dutchess County Outreach, and the other half going to the National Chapter and their partner, Swipe out Hunger. If you love baking and are passionate about advocacy, you should come bake some challah with us for a meaningful cause! Email Jack (jmahoney@vassar.edu) or Iris (yumengli@vassar.edu) with any questions.

Quest Scholars Chapter of Vassar College (questscholars.vsa@vassar.edu, vassar.chapter@questbridge.org)

The Quest Scholars Chapter provides support for first gen low income students during their time at Vassar. We work closely with Quest HQ to plan national Questbridge events throughout the year and look to engage the community around us in a variety of ways.