In this 125th Anniversary year, we are expanding beyond our regional alumnae efforts to invite STUDENTS and the broader LAUREL COMMUNITY to join ALL ALUMNAE in making an impact in their neighborhood and beyond.

Our goal?
At least 125 individual acts of service in the month of October!

How to Participate

Take the Pledge!

Simply pledge your time and talent in service of others in OCTOBER! Projects completed any time in October count toward the goal; it would be lovely if some of them could happen between October 15 (Sarah Lyman’s Birthday) and October 17 (Founder Jennie Prentiss’ Birthday).

Share Your Activity

Once you've fulfilled your pledge, please share photos and reflections on social media using the hashtags #SarahLymanDay125, #LS4GBetteringtheWorld and tagging Laurel School. If you prefer, email your picture to photos@LaurelSchool.org.

Want to give your photo more messaging power? Here's a printable “I volunteered” certificate!

Virtual Volunteer Opportunities

Our featured act of service is the Oberlin Center for the Arts’ Postcard Project. Not paper, these postcards are short, digital works that are delivered electronically to older adults who may be experiencing increased loneliness during this time of social distancing. Laurel Alumnae Board member Amy Goodman Weller ‘78 is coordinating a rendition of the beautiful Quaker tune "How Can I Keep from Singing?" Contact Amy by September 15 at weller815@sbcglobal.net if you are interested in participating.
https://www.artsoberlin.org/interacts/postcards

Looking for more virtual volunteering ideas? Check out this resource list OR visit Volunteer Match's website to find virtual volunteering opportunities for a cause or organization you’re passionate about.

Questions?

Please email the Alumnae Office at alumnae@LaurelSchool.org.

The History of Sarah Lyman Day

In 2011, the Alumnae Association established the first Sarah Lyman Day of Community Service for Alumnae, honoring Laurel’s second longest-serving headmistress and the visionary who built the Lyman Circle campus. Since then, the number of projects held in cities, typically on the same day, grew from 2 to 13. Projects ranged from food banks and soup kitchens to park cleanups to mentoring girls to working with agencies focused on women and children.

Laurel School’s longstanding tradition of service is embedded in the School’s fabric and reflected in the School’s mission to inspire each girl to fulfill her promise and to better the world. The concept of community service, which remains a graduation requirement, has evolved into service learning, a core tenet of the curriculum.

Virtual Volunteer Opportunities

List of 13 items.

  • Be My Eyes

    Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers for visual assistance through a live video call.

    https://www.bemyeyes.com
  • Best Buddies

    Best Buddies is a nonprofit dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

    https://www.bestbuddies.org/volunteer
  • CareerVillage

    CareerVillage's mission is to democratize access to career information and advice for underrepresented youth. We do that by crowdsourcing the answers to every question from every student about every career. Together, we're building a massive open-access reference source that every online learner can access anytime, anywhere. 

    https://www.careervillage.org/about/mission/#become-a-mentor
  • Color a Smile

    Color A Smile is a great way to volunteer with kids! Every month this non-profit distributes cheerful drawings to senior citizens, our troops overseas, and anyone in need of a smile.

    https://colorasmile.org/volunteer
  • Library of Congress

    Library of Congress volunteers can improve access to history by transcribing, reviewing, and tagging Library of Congress documents.

    https://crowd.loc.gov
  • Oberlin Center for the Arts [Featured]

    Oberlin Center for the Arts' Postcard Project. Not paper, these postcards are short, digital works that are delivered electronically to older adults who may be experiencing increased loneliness during this time of social distancing. Laurel Alumnae Board member Amy Goodman Weller ‘78 is coordinating a rendition of the beautiful Quaker tune "How Can I Keep from Singing?" Contact Amy by September 15 at weller815@sbcglobal.net if you are interested in participating. 

    https://www.artsoberlin.org/interacts/postcards
  • Operation Gratitude

    Operation Gratitude has numerous opportunities to support our troops and first responders remotely from making paracord survival bracelets to letter writing.

    https://www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks-virtual
  • Project Implicit

    Project Implicit is a nonprofit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition - thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. The goal of the organization is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the Internet.

    https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/aboutus.html
  • SAGE

    SAGE is a national advocacy and services organization supporting elderly members of the LGBT community. They match LGBT elders with a community member or ally to connect.

    https://www.sageusa.org/sageconnect
  • TED Translators

    TED Translators are a global community of volunteers who subtitle TED Talks, and enable the inspiring ideas in them to crisscross languages and borders. 

    https://www.ted.com/participate/translate
  • The Smithsonian

    The Smithsonian needs digital volunteers to help expand access to their massive collections. Some roles require special knowledge or skill, but many do not. Citizen scholars are invited to help the Smithsonian Transcription Center by transcribing historical documents, including diaries and working papers of prominent Americans, to make them more accessible. They also need volunteers to contribute content to Wikipedia related to the Smithsonian’s collections.

    https://www.si.edu/volunteer/DigitalVolunteers
  • The United Nations

    The United Nations has many virtual ways to help including translation, research, and advocacy.

    https://www.onlinevolunteering.org/en
  • VOLUNTEER MATCH

    Volunteer Match can help you find virtual volunteering opportunities for a cause or organization you’re passionate about.

    https://www.volunteermatch.org
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