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Community Service

Diego S. '23

I spent my time packaging food and handing out meals, it was stressful at times but I made it through ok. Though my community service hours are over, I plan to return to help out.

In Service to Others

In its mission, Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall, “challenges young people to realize their individual potential, experience academic success, and develop moral strength and personal integrity.” Part of this work involves helping students experience and learn from the world beyond the boundaries of our 42-acre campus. Sometimes, this comes in the form of a field trip, a Spring Session activity, or perhaps an athletic contest, but some of the most valuable lessons happen when students engage in service to others.

All students at CH-CH complete a specified number of hours of service each year, and have served locally at Creative Start Daycare, Drumlin Farms, the Cambridge Center of Chinese Culture, Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program, and Centre Street Food Pantry, to name a few. Other students have gone further afield giving their time to organizations in New Hampshire, Tennessee, Louisiana, China, and Vietnam.

Supporting Our Neighbors

CH-CH has established defined relationships with two local organizations, Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen and Cradles to Crayons where students, faculty, and staff regularly serve.

The Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen

The Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen has been helping Waltham residents for thirty years. The soup kitchen is located just a few miles from the CH-CH campus. On the second Thursday of every month, a group of students, faculty, and staff visit the soup kitchen. Our FLIK Independent Dining team in the CH-CH Charger Cafe prepare a wholesome meal that is transported to Bristol Lodge where it is served to guests by CH-CH volunteers.

Cradles to Crayons

A local non-profit, Cradles to Crayons “provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. We supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.” At the Giving Warehouse in Brighton, Cradles to Crayons relies on volunteers to sort, organize, and package clothes, shoes, toys, books, and more into kid packs which are distributed to children in Massachusetts through various social service organizations.

In addition to several weekend volunteer shifts, the 9th and 10th grade classes each take trips to the warehouse to work and learn more about how the organization strives to help more and more children in need each year. To achieve this goal, Cradles to Crayons relies on donations of new and nearly new items, and the CH-CH community has made significant donations of clothing, shoes, and bedding with items provided by boarding students and on-campus families.
Located 10 miles from Boston, Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall (CH-CH) is a private, college preparatory day and boarding school for grades 8-12/PG. CH-CH cultivates intellectual courage, creative ambition, and unwavering empathy that drives students to achieve their best.