Stonehill Service Corps - Brockton is a post-graduate service experience in which graduates live in Brockton, MA and serve full-time in the community.
The service term is August through June.
Brockton Interfaith Community: Communications Coordinator
Community Connections of Brockton: Director of Marketing and Communications
The Farm at Stonehill: Outreach Coordinator
House of Possibilities: Development Specialist
My Brother's Keeper: Direct Service Staff
Old Colony YMCA: Youth Advocate
School on Wheels of MA: Development Coordinator
Trinity Catholic Academy: Math and Religion teacher; Technology and Religion Teacher and Extended Day Coordinator
Detailed placement descriptions can be found in Career Connection, search employer Stonehill Service Corps.
Accommodations and Affordability
Corps members live in a large home in Brockton on the grounds of Christ the King Parish and Trinity Catholic Academy. As the Corps members are challenged to live simply in solidarity with those they serve, a modest monthly stipend is offered for food and incidentals and a van is provided for their use. The cost of rent, utilities, gas, car insurance, and maintenance on the shared vehicle(s) are covered. Corps members must provide their own health insurance coverage.
Student Loan Deferment or Forbearance
This experience may also allow participants to defer their student loans during their time in service, if the loans are held in the Corps member's name only. For student loan deferment or forbearance information, contact Eric Newnum, Associate Director for Loans, at 508-565-1394 or by email at email@example.com.
Corps members must commit to the program's principles of service, simple living, community, and spirituality. The program is open to Stonehill graduates of all faiths, from the current senior glass and the previous two graduating classes.
Orientation and Training
Corps members participate in a four-day orientation program at Stonehill College immediately prior to the start of the program. Orientation and job specific training will also be conducted on-site at their service placement.
Our 2014-2015 Partners and Corps Members
Brockton Interfaith Community (BIC)
Brockton Interfaith Community (BIC) is a broad-based power organization created in 1990 by area clergy who were troubled by the pressing needs and concerns of the residents in Brockton. Reaching across ethnic, racial, and religious lines, BIC trains its diverse members from 15 congregations to improve their community by building relationships, identifying common concerns, finding solutions, and taking action for social justice. Since its development as a regional force in 1990, BIC has won a seat at the table of power and achieved important victories across a spectrum of issues ranging from home ownership and foreclosure prevention to public safety and diversity in public schools.
Lucas Bradley '14
“Working with Brockton Interfaith Community, I serve as the communications fellow. My primary responsibility includes maintaining our social media pages, sending out the newsletter, and updating our current website. Collaborating with our parent state organization, the Massachusetts Community Action Network (MCAN), I will work closely with the service fellow at MCAN to help manage the communications and data for our earned sick time campaign (Question 4) for the upcoming election, . Finally, I am also working with MCAN to help develop the new website that will be more user friendly, more engaging, and will help bring MCAN, BIC, and the other affiliate organizations closer together.”
Community Connections of Brockton, The Family Center
The Family Center, an initiative of Community Connections of Brockton, is an organization that connects with other neighborhood-based resources to foster networks of support and strength within families. By promoting parental resilience, offering education on parenting and child development, establishing social connections, and providing soli support in times of need, The Family Center works to prevent child abuse and neglect while promoting healthy relationships within the community. This organization offers a variety of services that are free to the public, ranging from educational and workplace navigation, community resource identification, and hosting a social events to promote fun in the community.
Annemarie Rosa '14
“As a Brockton Corps member, I serve at Community Connections of Brockton, The Family Center as the Director of Marketing and Communications. Primarily, I oversee and edit the flyers and newsletters that are sent out to the Brockton community. I also work closely with the parents of Brockton to put out the quarterly Brockton Parent’s Magazine. My other responsibilities include keeping the website up-to-date, as well as creating and organizing databases for the Center.”
The Farm at Stonehill
The Farm serves as a place for Stonehill students to get their hands dirty and give back to the local community, as well as a supplier of organic, sustainably grown fruits and vegetables to neighbors in need of nutritious, local foods. In addition to direct engagement with the local community, the Farm challenges students to think about the food justice issues affecting the surrounding community. The organizations that the Farm distributes to during growing season are My Brother’s Keeper, The Easton Food Pantry, The Table at Father Bill’s and Main Spring, and The Family Center at the Brockton YMCA.
Devin Ingersoll '14
“As the Outreach Coordinator for the Farm at Stonehill I directly assist the Farm Manager with all day to day responsibilities on the Farm including harvesting, watering, weeding, and delivering of the produce. I also pursue other opportunities to deepen the mission of the Farm and expand our impact. I lead volunteer groups, teach a cooking class to adults at one of our partner organization sites, and teach an after-school garden program to elementary students.”
House of Possibilities
The House of Possibilites (HOPe) seeks to make a difference for children, adults, and families living with developmental challenges by providing high quality programs, relief, and hope. The HOPe House is committed to reaching out to families in the community by welcoming them into a home-like atmosphere where clients can relax, enjoy life and live the fullest lives imaginable. In order to live out this mission, the House of Possibilities has implemented a number of programs to both develop skills and entertain clients. Three programs-Community Based Day, Employment Support, and Day Habilitation Programs-have been created for adults while activities such as Adventure Club, Snack and Chat, and Cheerleading at Stonehill College have been generated for children and teens.
Lauren Moore '14
“I will be serving at the House of Possibilities as a Development Specialist for the next year! My role primarily consists of assisting clients to identify, develop, and participate in a variety of meaningful activities to increase functional independence, as well as implementing new programs that consistently incorporate the clients’ individual achievement goals. In addition, I will be involved in integrating a new sustainability plan in an effort to help the House of Possibilities go green!”
My Brother's Keeper
My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) is a Christian-based organization with facilities in Easton and Dartmouth, MA. Their mission is to bring the light and hope of Jesus Christ to those they serve by delivering food and furniture to families in need. The staff relies on thousands of volunteers to carry out the mission of the organization, and all services provided to clients are free of charge.
Lisa Edwards '14
“I am thrilled to be spending my year of service with My Brother’s Keeper as a member of the Direct Service Staff. My responsibilities include performing deliveries and pickups of furniture and food, supervising and educating a diverse pool of volunteers, and preparing crews for deliveries and pickups. Each day I work to accomplish the mission of My Brother’s Keeper by treating all I encounter with kindness, dignity and respect in order to bring the love and hope of Jesus Christ to those we serve.”
Old Colony YMCA
The Old Colony YMCA (OCY) is a non-profit organization committed to the development of strong spirit, mind and body, guided by Judeo-Christian principles to enrich the quality of life for everyone in our communities. The OCY believes that their mission is to assist all people in developing to their fullest potential and to respond to ever-changing community needs in the areas of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The YMCA operates on the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Some of the programs the YMCA operates in order to achieve these goals are in the areas of Developmental Health, Family Services, and Physical Fitness.
Sean Borger '14
“I am a Youth Advocate with Family-Based Services at the Old Colony YMCA. I work with adolescents who are assigned to participate in an after-school program called "SPARKS". In this position, I provide mentoring, therapeutic support, crisis intervention, and behavior management to the youth. Ultimately, I assist them to become productive members of the community. Additionally, I sit on the committee of the Old Colony YMCA's Annual Youth Conference. I also assist in other capacities as needed throughout the Old Colony YMCA.”
School on Wheels
School on Wheels of Massachusetts (SOWMA) is an organization that seeks to educate children impacted by homelessness by providing the academic support necessary to reach their full potential and achieve a bright future. Each child that is a part of the School on Wheels program is given a brand new backpack filled with books and supplies for the upcoming school year. SOWMA also recruits, trains, and supports community volunteers to provide one-on-one consistent tutoring for children in Kindergarten through grade 12 living in temporary homes such as family shelters and motels. In addition, School on Wheels has implemented High School Plus, a program that offers guidance and assistance to high school students impacted by homelessness and interested in continuing their education.
Dan Gardiner '14
“I serve as the Development Coordinator at School on Wheels of Massachusetts (SOWMA). In this role, I will contribute to SOWMA's development and marketing efforts in a variety of ways. I will be responsible for managing the donor database, stewarding contributions, conducting grant research and assisting in the organization of fundraising events.”
Trinity Catholic Academy (TCA)
Established in 2007, Trinity Catholic Academy is a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade academy divided into two campuses. Although the school is physically divided, the faculty, staff, and entire student body come together as one family. According to its mission statement, TCA "strives to instill the spirit and teachings of the Catholic faith while offering a challenging academic curriculum." That curriculum is enriched with fine arts, technology, and athletics. The school offers many services to assist both students and their families: extended day programs; breakfast and lunch; intramural sports; clubs and activities like choir and drama; and a new affiliation with City Connects offers resources and support for students and their families. Trinity Catholic Academy seeks to educate the whole person--mind, body, and soul--in a safe, welcoming environment conducive to learning.
Emily Dumont '14
“I am teaching 4th and 7th grade math and 5th and 7th grade religion at Trinity Catholic Academy. I graduated with degrees in mathematics and religious studies. I teach both standard and talented and gifted classes and am responsible for planning lessons and educating students on the material I have prepared. At the end of the day I assist with student pick up supervision.”
Christina Scanlon '14
“At Trinity Catholic Academy, I serve as the 7th grade religion teacher, 5th grade technology teacher, and after school I run the Upper Campus Extended Day program for grades 4 through 8. I am responsible for developing weekly lesson plans for each subject and class that I teach. When developing lesson plans I strive to incorporate lecture, discussion, group work, individual work, and other methods of teaching to keep the students engaged and excited to learn. After school, Monday through Friday, I work at Trinity’s Extended Day program and act as the main liaison between the parents and other Extended Day staff. During extended day, I am responsible for planning various activities that change from day to day, reserving time for the students to have a snack, and creating a quiet work environment where the kids can complete their homework and ask for assistance if needed.”
Our 2013-2014 Partners and Corps Members
Brockton Interfaith Community
Brockton Interfaith Community (BIC) is a broad-based power organization created in 1990 by area clergy who were troubled by the pressing needs and concerns of the residents in Brockton. Reaching across ethnic, racial, and religious lines, BIC trains its diverse members from 15 congregations to improve their community by building relationships, identifying common concerns, finding solutions, and taking action for social justice. This fall, BIC has embarked on a campaign to raise up the dignity of the Massachusetts worker. In collaboration with dozens of groups across the state, we are working to gather 200,000 signatures for two ballot initiatives: an increase in the minimum wage and earned sick time.
Jessica Mardo '13
"As a Brockton volunteer, I serve with BIC as the communications fellow. My primary responsibility includes maintaining our social media pages, sending out the newsletter, and updating our website. I also serve as the office manager for minimum wage and earned sick time petitions. This means that I track and handle all outgoing and incoming petitions and signature totals from our volunteers on a daily basis. Finally, I am responsible for creating and leading a team of Stonehill students to work on our signature gathering campaign for minimum wage reform on campus."
Trinity Catholic Academy
Established in 2007, Trinity Catholic Academy is a pre-kindergarten through eight grade academy divided into two campuses. Although the school is physically divided, the faculty, staff, and entire student body come together as one family. According to its mission statement, TCA "strives to instill the spirit and teachings of the Catholic faith while offering a challenging academic curriculum." That curriculum is enriched with fine arts, technology, and athletics. The school offers many services to assist both students and their families: Extended Day programs; breakfast and lunch; intramural sports; clubs and activities like choir and drama; and a new affiliation with City Connects offers resources and support for students and their families. Trinity Catholic Academy seeks to educate the whole person--mind, body, and soul--in a safe, welcoming environment conducive to learning.
Madeline Mahony '13
"At Trinity Catholic Academy, I serve as a co teacher in the second grade. This is a grade that I am very familiar and comfortable with as I completed my student teaching for my Elementary Education major in this particular grade. My main responsibilities include assisting both second grade classrooms with prep work, grading, lesson planning and instruction. During the day, I divide my time between both second grade classrooms and will teach 1-2 lessons a day. Additionally, I work with Trinity's extended day program with the preschool and pre-k students."
Kyle Weeks '13
"I am teaching 7th and 8th grade science as well as 7th grade religion at Trinity Catholic Academy. I am responsible for creating weekly lesson plans for each grade and subject and then educating the students on the material I have prepared. I am responsible for receiving incoming students in the morning and keeping the flow of traffic through the parking lot orderly and safe for all students, parents, and faculty. After school, the Extended Day program is held in my classroom. I am required to help run this program on Tuesdays but I always help out each day for a short amount of time each day."
Emily Pothier '13
"I teach sixth grade at Trinity Catholic Academy. Having graduated this past May with a degree in English and History and a minor in Secondary Education, I am expanding my teaching horizons by working with middle school students. I am responsible for planning lessons and instructing students in Religion, English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Social Studies. I am responsible for the care and safety of my students, ensuring students are picked up after school and helping with Extended Day every Tuesday. I am looking forward to watching my students grow academically, socially, and emotionally this year, and also for the impact this year of service with have on my own outlook on life."
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