The purpose of the Graduate Relief Team is to get a group of graduate students together to serve in our community when needed. We believe that many grad students want to help but do not know how or where to begin. The Graduate Relief Team serves to connect those in need to the grad students who can provide the help.
Keep your eye on this page and the gazetteer for upcoming GRT events
Girl Rising Film Screening and Discussion – November 17th, 2013
Filene Auditorium at 7:00PM, the acclaimed documentary Girl rising comes back to Dartmouth. It tells the stories of nine girls around the world who overcome injustice through the power of education. See the trailer and learn more about the Girl Rising movement here. Refreshments will be provided. Please spread the word!
Sponsored by the Dartmouth Centers Forum, the Graduate Student Council and the Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE).
Holiday Dinners with Students Fighting Hunger – Nov to Jan 2014
Have fun cooking dinner on a Friday evening (4PM – 6:30PM) for 20-25 people in need, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Hanover. You get to decide on a menu, cook it and eat a homemade meal with the other guests. Volunteers provide the ingredients, however, the GRT will contribute to this, Willing Hands also supplements with produce and there is a pantry with basics like oil, spices etc. There is a lot of need in our community this holiday season especially because the undergrads are on break for most of it. We need 4-5 people for each date. Please sign up on the spreadsheet.
Willing Hands Gleaning Work Crew (On-going)
Willing Hands is looking for graduate student volunteers to join their gleaning crew! Gleaning is collecting surplus produce from farms and orchards in the local area which are then distributed (by paid drivers) to neighbors in need in the Upper Valley. Willing Hands has been gleaning surplus fruits and vegetables since 2005. The way it works is that gleaning volunteers receive an Eventbrite “invitation” each time Willing Hands schedules a gleaning. Anyone who is available can register at the online Eventbrite site. Directions/time, etc. are included in the invitation and volunteers just arrive at the designated time. Gleaning usually takes less than two hours. To join, email email@example.com to be the first to hear about gleaning events as they come up.
Email the GRT with questions.
Refugee Education Sessions (Monthly)
Every month, the Geisel MLK committee hosts an exciting opportunity to work with refugees from different countries (Bhutan, Burundi, Myanmar, Nepal) who live in Burlington, VT. The visits occur on a Saturday afternoon in Burlington and are organized as an hour-long community discussion focused on a specific health issue (e.g. diabetes, heart disease) with a given group of refugees, to learn about their challenges and fill in any gaps in knowledge about the topic. After the session the 4-6 students who participated stop for lunch (sponsored by Geisel) to discuss their experience before heading back to campus. Email Shawn.M.O’Leary@Dartmouth.edu to sign up for future visits.
WISE Crisis Line Volunteers (On-going)
The WISE 24-hour, toll free crisis line is available to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence and stalking, thanks to empathetic and dedicated volunteer advocates who respond to calls every hour, every day. WISE is looking for volunteers like you to help make the Upper Valley a more peaceful place. WISE offers an interactive training course to prepare you for staffing the crisis line. Spring training begins March 11th, 2014. If you would like to join them, learn about advocacy in our community and support your neighbors, simply email the GRT to connect. You can also contact WISE directly to sign up right now. Find more information on their volunteer page.
Haven After-School Program Mentors (On-going)
The Haven after-school program is in need of volunteers ASAP! This year, over 20 kids from the Upper Valley community will be helped through this program. It runs Monday- Friday from 2:30 to 5:00pm. The after-school program is located in Bev’s House (right next door to the Haven’s main building). A typical afternoon begins with snack, followed by homework. Once homework has been completed and checked, the children can do arts and crafts or play games. Occasionally there are larger group activities planned. There will be Haven staff that coordinate the program at Bev’s House at all times. You are always encouraged to ask any questions you may have as well as to voice any considerations or concerns. It is the Haven’s goal to help make this a positive experience for both the children and the volunteers! Please contact the Graduate Relief Team if you would like to get connected. You can sign up for an afternoon, a week or even the whole term. They could really use the help this year, and would love to have graduate students help mentor these kids!
MORE COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Want to get involved in other community service opportunties? Check out:
Geisel student-led organization to connect students with community service opportunities.
Non-profit that provides many services to those in need in our community. They need a lot of help with holiday items this season. Please visit their page to support them.
CHaD Hero Half-Marathon (October 20, 2013)
This year, the GRT volunteered at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth- Hitchcock (CHaD) Hero Half Marathon and Ripcord 5K on October 20th, 2013! CHaD is a non-profit children’s hospital that provides family-centered care to children in need of treatment, regardless of the family’s ability to pay. The half-marathon is a fundraiser to support their efforts, where participants and volunteers are encouraged to dress up as superheroes! 11 graduate students joined the CHaD heroes on Saturday afternoon as course volunteers, cheering, directing traffic and keeping the track safe for the running heroes as they went through Norwich, VT!
Many thanks to the GRT members who participated: Angelyca Jackson, Mara Laine, Haofeng Li, Maura Murphy, Marie Onakomaiya, Kiah Sanders, David Strickland, Mariah Williams, Sarah Wolff, Lin Zhao and Yu Zhao, making this another record participation for a GRT event! Look for pictures on Facebook!
The CHaD was the GRT’s inaugural volunteer event in 2010 when 1500 superheroes helped them break the Guinness World Record!
4th Annual Day of Caring at Dartmouth (October 5, 2013)
On Saturday, October 5th 2013 members of the graduate relief team volunteered at the 4th annual Day of Caring. The GRT has participated in the Day of Caring since it first began three years ago and it has always been a really fun and rewarding event. As in years past, we joined the rest of Dartmouth and Upper Valley to volunteer with non-profits around the Upper Valley. The GRT was assigned to the Connecticut River Watershed Council’s 17thAnnual Source to Sea Cleanup and spent the morning and early afternoon cleaning both the New Hampshire and Vermont sides of the river around Dartmouth. This year we pushed to at least double graduate student participation in the Day of Caring and we exceeded our goal! With 15 graduate students volunteering, we more than tripled our participation from last year!
A huge thanks to all who participated: Amanda Balboni, Nadia Cumbal, Rebekah Guevara, Spencer Hatch, Angelyca Jackson, Archana Murali, Maura Murphy, Marie Onakomaiya, Dan Osipovitch, Emily Schaeffer, Iryna Shuvalova, David Strickland (and his friend Juliana), Vinoy Vijayan and Mariah Williams
The Prouty (Saturday, July 13, 2013)
Every year for 32 years, the Prouty has brought thousands of cyclists, walkers, rowers and this year golfers in the community together to raise awareness and money for cancer research. The 32nd Prouty was Saturday, July 13, 2013 and GRT members (Stela Celaj, Angelyca Jackson, Lisa Jackson, Marie Onakomaiya, Ashley Zurawel) volunteered in the Kid’s Tent and helped with parking! We had a lot of fun again, painting faces, doing arts and crafts and keeping the kids busy during the event. You can find pictures from last year’s event on our Facebook page!
Gardening at the Upper Valley Haven (Saturday, May 18th 2013)
On Saturday, May 18th, Archana Murali, Stela Celaj, Lisa Jackson, Justin Richardson, Alicia Ong, Yu Zhao, Elizabeth Gillaspy, Angelyca Jackson and Marie Onakomaiya, members of the Graduate Relief Team spent the morning planting the fruit and vegetable garden at the Upper Valley Haven. At the Haven food shelf, families in need can come in every day for fresh produce, a good percentage of which is harvested from the Haven’s own vegetable garden. We weeded, edged, turned soil, fertilized and planted seeds and saplings all around the Haven. Overall it was a fun and rewarding morning especially because it will be great to see how the gardens progress over the next few months. Look for pictures and more about what we did on the Grad News Forum and the Upper Valley Haven site!
ACS Relay For Life (Saturday, May 11th – Sunday, May 12th 2013)
The GRT once again participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life on May 11th/12th 2013! Relay for Life helps communities around the world celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and raise money and awareness for ACS. Sahar Ayyoubi, Fadzai Chinyengetere, Miles Engel, Olivia Kang, Angelyca Jackson, Lisa Jackson, Erin O’Malley, Marie Onakomaiya, Sladjana Skopelja braved the cold and rain to represent the GRT at the first outdoor DHL Relay in 7 years! The GRT was there from 3.30pm on Saturday until the end of the event the next morning in Maynard lot. Members of the team helped at the registration desk, ran a dessert table to raise money on-site and participated in several of the themed laps and events through Saturday and Sunday. Thank you to everyone who walked with us and stopped by our campsite to support us!
We particularly thank all our donors. Because of your generosity, the GRT raised almost $3,500 for the American Cancer Society to win 2nd place overall for team fundraising! Congratulations to GRT members Erin O’Malley for raising $1,025 to win 3rd place for overall individual fundraising and Olivia Kang for winning the dessert cook-off with her Strawberry Angel cupcakes at Relay this year! Fundraising continues year round, so we are still accepting donations for the American Cancer Society. You can find pictures from the event on Facebook!
Dartmouth Habitat for Humanity Build (Saturday, February 16th, 2013)
Our first volunteer event of the year was a Habitat for Humanity build on Saturday, February 16th from 12:15PM-3:30PM! Four GRT members, Angelyca Jackson, Erin O’Malley, Yu Zhao and Waheed Zarif volunteered to help at a site that was damaged in Hurricane Irene. Learn more about Dartmouth Habitat for Humanity and the amazing work they do. Find pictures from a past GRT-Habitat build here.
Food Drive at the “Blizzard Ball” (Saturday, February 2nd, 2013)
To kick off the new year, the Graduate Relief Team teamed up with the GSC’s social chairs to run a Food Drive at the Blizzard Ball on February 2! This philanthropic giving opportunity benefitted The Upper Valley Haven. They are especially in need of any and all canned foods and/or non-perishable food items since their shelves are generally depleted over the holidays. One free drink ticket good for any wine, beer, or cocktail at the Blizzard Ball was given to the first 50 dance attendees through the door who brought 3 or more cans of food or other non-perishable food item with them on the 2nd. We collected a boxful of food in just a few hours! Thanks to all those that gave and the GSC for helping to make this possible.
Holiday Food Drive for the Upper Valley Haven (December 2012)
The Graduate Relief Team continued the tradition of having a food drive for the Upper Valley Haven over the holiday season (December 3 to December 21) to assist the families in our community that rely on them. Students from different departments donated almost 500 cans, non-perishable food items and holiday items over those 3 weeks! A huge thank you to everyone who contributed! The Haven relies heavily on private donations and volunteer hours to keep running. A special thank you and congratulation to the PBS department! They donated the most items (~155 items total!) and decorated the most festive box to win the food drive competition!
3rd Annual Day of Caring at Dartmouth (Saturday, September 29th, 2012)
On Saturday September 29th, the GRT joined the rest of Dartmouth and the Upper Valley for the 3rd year in a row at the annual United Way Day of Caring at Dartmouth. We had a fun and rewarding Saturday morning helping set up a vegetable garden project at the local middle school in WRJ, VT. It was a great opportunity to get an introduction to volunteer opportunities in the area, raise awareness of community issues and services, see the impact of our donations and make new friends! Check out pictures of our work on Facebook! Find out more about this event on the Tucker Foundation’s Day of Caring page.
Habitat for Humanity (Saturday, August 25th, 2012)
On Saturday, August 25th, the GRT worked on a Habitat for Humanity project from 9am – 1.30pm. This time, the job was quite different from the usual Habitat projects. Amanda Balboni, Alex Busch, Ashley Zurawel, Carolyn Parkinson, Marie Braem, Olivia Kang, Vinoy Vijayan, Marie Onakomaiya and her mother spent the morning and early afternoon helping Don Derrick of Upper Valley Habitat do major cleanup, lawn and garden care for a house that was just donated to Habitat! Habitat will soon be selecting a deserving family with whom to refurbish the home and the work the GRT did on Saturday helped get it ready for that next step! Look for pictures on our Facebook page!
Helping to build a house can be a lot of fun and a potential stress-relieving activity! A typical morning or afternoon at a Habitat site is spent hammering, sawing, painting and enjoying the outdoors. **NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY** For more information you can also check out the Dartmouth Habitat for Humanity website.
The Prouty (Saturday, July 14, 2012)
For over 30 years now, the Prouty has brought thousands of cyclists, walkers and rowers in the community together to raise awareness and money for cancer research. This year, GRT members Stela Celaj, Marie Onakomaiya and Ashley Zurawel volunteered in the Kids’ Tent, painting faces, doing arts and crafts and keeping the kids busy while their parents participated in the event. Check out pictures on our Facebook page! Several other graduate students also volunteered in other areas and participated in the events helping to make this year’s Prouty a huge success!
Dinner at the Upper Valley Haven (Saturday, June 30, 2012)
The Graduate Relief Team once again hosted dinner in Hixon house at the Upper Valley Haven (the shelter in WRJ) on Saturday, June 30th. The Haven provides residents and people in need with dinner every night and rely heavily on volunteers to donate time and resources to keep running. This time, Angelyca Jackson, Emily Schaeffer, Stela Celaj and Marie Onakomaiya made a “Summer Barbecue” dinner for the Haven guests. You can find pictures from our last dinner on our Facebook page!
We have more dinners coming up in the next few months. If you would like to learn more and hear about future events, please blitz the GRT (Graduate.Relief.Team@Dartmouth.edu).
ACS Relay for Life (Saturday, April 28, 2012)
This year 10 graduate students (Adina Fischer, Amanda Balboni, Andrew DeCastro, Anna Hatch, Fadzai Chinyengetere, Lan Guo, Lisa Marie Mustachio, Marie Onakomaiya, Sondra Downey and Stela Celaj) joined the Graduate Relief Team to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life! The theme was Relay Olympics and we were Greece! The GRT was there from 3.30pm on Saturday until 6.30am the next morning at Memorial Field and Leverone field house. We helped with setting up the Luminaria bags around the track for the Luminaria ceremony, ran a ”Polaroid photobooth” to raise money on-site and participated in several of the themed laps including the Luminaria. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our campsite to support us! Find the pictures on our Facebook page!
A huge thanks to all our donors – the GRT raised over $1,700 for the American Cancer Society! Congratulations to GRT member Andrew DeCastro for winning the final Relay fundraising challenge!
Dinner at the Upper Valley Haven (Saturday, March 31, 2012)
The Graduate Relief Team hosted dinner in Hixon house at the Upper Valley Haven (the shelter in WRJ) on Saturday, March 31st. The Haven provides residents and people in need with dinner every night. They rely heavily on volunteers to donate time and resources to keep running. Graduate students Anna Hatch, Elizabeth Gillaspy, Emily Schaeffer, Kate Byrne, Lisa Gayetsky, Marie Onakomaiya and Olivia Kang prepared food for the Haven guests. Check out pictures on our Facebook page!
We have more dinners coming up in the next few months. If you would like to learn more and hear about future events, please blitz the GRT (Graduate.Relief.Team@Dartmouth.edu).
Water Pressures Documentary and Discussion (Friday, March 30, 2012)
The Graduate Relief Team in association with ONE.org and the ONE campus challenge screened the award-winning “Water Pressures” in Filene Auditorium on March 30th! This documentary highlights water management projects focused on providing clean water to developing countries around the world to raise awareness for the problem of access to clean water in such regions. Thanks to all those that helped with putting it together and to everyone that came out to see it and join the discussion! Visit our Facebook page for pictures!
Relay for Life Fundraiser at Margaritas (Monday, March 26, 2012)
In an effort to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, we hosted a restaurant night at Margaritas Mexican Restaurant (Lebanon, NH) on Monday, March 26th. Margaritas donated 15% of the proceeds from the night to the GRT’s Relay For Life team! Thanks to Margaritas for hosting us and a special thank you to all those that came to dinner to support our efforts to raise money for cancer research! Look out for more fundraising events coming soon!
Shamrock Shuffle (Saturday, March 17, 2012)
On St. Patrick’s day 2012, 5 members of the Graduate Relief Team volunteered to help the Lebanon Parks and Recreation department with their 11th annual Shamrock Shuffle, a 5K road race in Lebanon, NH that supports youth activities scholarships . Amanda Balboni, Angelyca Jackson, Ashley Robbins, Marie Onakomaiya and Stela Celaj were on parking detail before the race then helped with covering the race on video and cheering on the runners. Many Dartmouth graduate students also ran the 5K! Look for pictures on the Shamrock Shuffle Picasa page.
The 2nd Annual United Way-Dartmouth Day of Caring (Saturday, October 1, 2011)
On Saturday October 1st, 4 members of the Graduate Relief Team – Ashley Zurawel, Dawn Ling, Elizabeth Clark and Marie Onakomaiya joined the rest of Dartmouth and the Upper Valley community for the second year in a row to volunteer their time with different area non-profits, raise awareness of community issues and services, meet new friends, learn about the Upper Valley, and give back to our community. They were assigned to the Enfield Green-up Team for the day. Check out pictures on our Facebook page!
Shamrock Shuffle (Saturday, March 19, 2011)
On Saturday, March 19 from 10:30am to 1:30pm, we helped Lebanon Recreation and Parks with their 10th annual 5K road race and 1 mile fun run. This is a fundraising event that occurs during St Patrick’s Day Weekend and the proceeds go to benefit scholarship program for local youth with a demonstrated need. The event was held at the Lebanon Green / City Hall (51 North Park St, Lebanon, NH). The following are the grad students who served as course marshals and water station helpers: Li Chang, Tuobin Wang and Kiah Sanders. Plus, there were many Dartmouth grads (and former grads) who ran the 5K themselves!!! Go Dartmouth Grads!!! Check out pictures on the Grad Studies Flickr page
Dartmouth Habitat for Humanity Build (Saturday, January 29, 2011)
On Saturday, January 29 from 8:30am to 12:30pm, we helped Dartmouth Habitat for Humanity build houses for those in need. We hammered and mudded and had an awesome time! The following are the grad students who have helped with the build: Li Chang, Karlene Barrett, Marie Onakomaiya, Lois St. Brice, Sierra Kent and Tuobin Wang. Check out pictures on the Grad Studies Flickr page
Help building a house can be a lot of fun – and a potential stress-relieving activity to do after a day of research! A typical morning / afternoon at the Upper Valley’s Habitat house sites is spent hammering, sawing, aiding, painting and enjoying the outdoors. **NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY**
If you are interested, the builds are usually on Monday afternoons (12:30pm-4:30pm), Saturday mornings (8:30am-12:30pm) and Saturday afternoons (12:30pm-4:30pm). Monday builds are often hard to fill, so it would be great for those interested to try and schedule in a Monday build! Just remember to sign up first by blitzing Habitat!
For more information, please contact Habitat (firstname.lastname@example.org) or check out their website: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~tucker/service/local/food/habitat.html
Thanksgiving Dinner Service (Friday, November 26, 2010)
On Friday, November 26, we helped Students Fighting Hunger (SFH) cook Thanksgiving meal for those in need. The event was held at Our Savior Lutheran Church (across from Hanover High School, on Summer Street). Students Fighting Hunger provided the food for the Thanksgiving meal, and the following grad students were present to help cook the meal: Li Chang, Karlene Barrett, Elizabeth Alice Clark, Erin E. O’Flaherty and Erin L. Yao-Cohen (med student). Check out pictures on the Grad Studies Flickr page
Bummed out that you missed the event? Do not worry! Students Fighting Hunger hold weekly Friday night dinners at Our Savior Lutheran Church (across from Hanover High School, on Summer Street). Cooking usually starts at 4 pm and will likely be finished around 6:30 or 7 pm. For more information, please contact SFH (email@example.com) or check out their website: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~tucker/service/local/food/hunger.html
The Upper Valley Day of Caring (Saturday, October 9, 2010)
The UPPER VALLEY DAY OF CARING is a chance for all individuals in area communities to give, advocate and volunteer. It’s a day to join hands, open hearts and show the community how to “Live United.” Saturday, October 9, 2010 was the inaugural Day of Caring sponsored by Dartmouth College, Hypertherm, Timken, Trumbull-Nelson and Ledyard National Bank. The event gave volunteers first-hand experience with area non-profits to raise awareness of community issues and services, as well as to better understand the impact of their donated dollars. For this event, we gathered six graduate students to help out: Li Chang, Marie Onakomaiya, Amanda Balboni, Andrew Decastro, Stela Celaj and Elizabeth Clark. Check out pictures on the Grad Studies Flickr page
CHaD Hero Half Marathon (Sunday, August 29, 2010)
The first event the Graduate Relief Team took part in was the CHaD HERO Half Marathon held on Sunday, August 29, 2010. CHaD stands for Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth- Hitchcock and the event’s sole purpose was to fundraise money for CHaD. Why is it called a “HERO” half marathon? Because it is encouraged for participants to dress up as superheroes! And this year, 1500 superheroes helped CHaD set a NEW Guinness World Record! Of course, in order to pull off the event, lots of volunteers were needed to help feed, water, direct and cheer the participants – and that’s where the Graduate Relief Team came in to help! For our very first event, we gathered eight graduate students to help out at the event: Li Chang, Yi Zhang, April Semilla, Sheila Chang, Lynne Morgan, Jessica Weng, Katherine Weng and Ashley Laughney. Check out pictures on the Grad Studies Flickr page