Boston College PULSE Program 2017-18

After reviewing this page carefully, please fill out the Application Form (linked below).

Organization Mission

At Haley House, we believe in food with purpose and the power of community. Since 1966, Haley House has sought radical solutions to complex societal problems and built innovative models as creative alternatives to the status quo. Begun as a soup kitchen, Haley House has grown into a multifaceted organization deeply rooted in two Boston neighborhoods: the South End and Roxbury.

Our organization has expanded creatively in direct response to the needs of those who come to our doors, hungry in so many ways. Today, our work falls under the following four branches: Food & Meals (Soup Kitchen, Elder Meal, Food Pantry, Community Tables), Social Enterprise (Haley House Bakery Cafe, Dudley Dough), Urban Agriculture (Thornton Urban Farm & McKinley Collaborative Garden) and Affordable Housing.

 

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Tasks and Expectations

The PULSE program is a year-long placement beginning on September 25, 2017 and ending on May 3, 2018. Scheduling should remain consistent for the entire academic year (fall and spring semesters).2014 Summer Interns

Primary Placement: We ask that all PULSE students serve at least one shift (4 hours) in the Soup Kitchen (Breakfast or Elder Meal) each week.

Secondary Placement: For the second 4- hour shift, students may request to serve a second shift in the Soup Kitchen or in one of the following roles: 

  1. Food Pantry & Clothing Room
  2. Development Support (Grant-Writing, Fundraising, etc.)
  3. Finance Intern
  4. Systems & Communications Support (Website, Database, etc.)
  5. Community Tables at Haley House Bakery Cafe
  6. Pie R Squared Math Tutoring at Dudley Dough

Haley House Programs and Placements

Meals Program (Soup Kitchen Breakfast & Elder Meals)

The Haley House Soup Kitchen is open six days a week: Breakfast for men experiencing homelessness (Sunday-Friday) and lunch for people over 55 (Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday). 

SK Guest and VolunteerWhere?

Haley House Soup Kitchen (23 Dartmouth Street in the South End)

When?

Breakfast: Monday-Friday, 6-10 am; Sunday, 9 am-1 pm
Elder Meal: Tuesday & Thursday, 12-4 pm; Sunday, 1-5 pm

What? 

— Assist in the preparation of made-from-scratch meals (chopping, cooking, baking, etc.)
— Clean and/or organize kitchen space
— Clean and organize basement storage and donation areas
— Take out trash and recycling
— Organize and sort Clothing Room items for guests
— Participate in a guided reflection around the experiences of the day after each meal shift


Students are expected to engage in conversations with our Soup Kitchen guests. Building relationships is integral to community building and breaking down barriers. After the food has been prepared students are encouraged take a seat, enjoy the meal, and converse with Soup Kitchen guests, live-in community members, and other volunteers.

A note on dress code:

Please be advised that clothes may be ruined with bleach/food stains. Per health code requirements, volunteers must wear:

— Long pants (preferably jeans/canvas pants and not leggings)
— A shirt with sleeves (short sleeves are okay, but underarms must not show)
— Close-toed shoes that have a good grip
— Head covering (a hat or bandana covering all hair; long hair must be tucked under a head covering and/or tied securely in a bun or ponytail
— Hairnets and aprons are available in the soup kitchen for volunteers

Volunteers are encouraged to dress modestly.

 

Food Pantry & Clothing Room

The Food Pantry addresses the hunger behind closed doors. Elders and families are welcome to enjoy the availability of fresh vegetables and other healthy fare that increases health, wellness and food security among those with limited incomes. Knowledge of Cantonese would be helpful, though not required, as we serve a primarily Cantonese-speaking population. Haley House also receives clothing donations, which are processed on Thursdays so that guests can access them on Fridays.

Where?

Haley House Soup Kitchen (23 Dartmouth Street)

When?

Thursdays, 10 am-2 pm

What?

— Assist in the distribution of food
— Maintain a database of Food Pantry participants
— Help to maintain and develop the Food Pantry structure to best meet participants’ needs
— Organize clothing room donations
— Assist with outreach to obtain additional donations

 

Development Support

The Development Support intern will support the development department in researching, writing, and preparing grants, establishing and sustaining partnerships, and organizing tracking systems.

Where?

Haley House Administrative Office (23 Dartmouth Street)

When?

Four hours per week (between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday-Friday), determined by volunteer and supervisors, and consistent each week

What? 

— Assist in measuring and reporting program impact
— Conduct prospective research for grant-writing
— Assist with data entry and back-end organization
— Produce and distribute community outreach materials (e.g., flyers)
— Perform other tasks as needed

 

Finance Intern

The Finance Intern will assist the Bookkeeper and Director of Operations in ensuring the
smooth operation of the organization’s financial record-keeping and organization.

Where?

Haley House Administrative Office (23 Dartmouth Street)

When?

Four hours per week (between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday-Friday), determined by volunteer and supervisors, and consistent each week

What? 

— Assist in managing payroll
— Prepare checks and invoices
— Assist with expense reporting
— Assist with data entry and back-end organization
— Perform other tasks as needed

 

Systems & Communications Support

The Systems & Communications Support intern will work to update/improve the website, organize and maintain internal systems, and help to improve the logistical framework of Haley House.

Where?

Haley House Administrative Office (23 Dartmouth Street)

When?

Four hours per week (between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday-Friday), determined by volunteer and supervisors, and consistent each week

What? 

— Assist in editing and updating the website
— Support transitions in logistical/tracking mechanisms
— Help to research and employ new strategies of back-end organization
— Assist with data entry
— Perform other tasks as needed

 

Community Tables

Fulani and CT MenuCommunity Tables at Haley House Bakery Café is a communal meal based on the pay-what-you-can principle that happens every Saturday evening. This event is primarily geared toward families residing in the Roxbury neighborhood, but everyone is invited to participate and enjoy sharing meals and stories with one another every week. Through the generosity of local organizations, non-profits, community gardens, and dedicated volunteers, we are able to serve a dinner that is healthy, locally sourced, and affordable for all.

Where?

Haley House Bakery Café (12 Dade Street in Roxbury)

When?

Saturdays from 3 pm-8 pm

What?

The PULSE students who choose Community Tables will assist Haley House’s Community Tables Coordinator with the event on Saturdays. This includes prepping food, greeting customers, taking photos, serving food, sharing in the meal & meeting visitors, and cleaning up.

 

Dudley Dough and Pie R Squared

The newest addition to Haley House is Dudley Dough — Haley House’s economic inclusion initiative — which builds on the core elements of our impactful social enterprise café. . Dudley Dough is located off of the lobby in the stunning Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building in Roxbury’s Dudley Square. Housed within Dudley Dough is Pie R Squared: a proven successful after-school math tutoring and homework help program. This program is available to students ranging from 4th grade to high school and free pizza is offered to those who stay for an hour.

Where?

Dudley Dough (2302 Washington Street in Roxbury, 02119)

When?

Monday – Thursday from 2 pm – 7 pm

What?

— Tutor inner-city youth in math ranging from 4th grade level to AP Calculus and instilling an excitement about learning
— Helping to capture data for tracking and measurement purposes
— Assist the Dudley Dough management team with outreach and marketing, along with performing additional administrative and operational tasks as needed
— May also involve general logistical support, food running, support of other tutors, and general assistance to program director

 

Application

Please use the following link to apply to join Haley House for PULSE 2017-2018 and to sign up for tours and interviews. Application submissions are due by Friday 9/8 at 3 pm.

Haley House PULSE Application and Tour Scheduling, 2017-2018.

If you have any questions or if you are interested in a PULSE Elective Placement at Haley House for the upcoming school year, please email Andrew Bishop (abishop@haleyhouse.org).