UMass Dartmouth Leduc Center for Civic Engagement
Contact: Deirdre Healy
Address: 285 Old Westport Rd, North Dartmouth, MA 02747
We are a volunteer connector and coordinator organization!
Public service to provide the people of New Bedford with a positive experience. Additionally, pave multiple avenues of recreation and quality locations, such as playing fields, recreational activities, and parks.
The UMass Dartmouth Center for Civic Engagement supports a variety of service opportunities for students, faculty and staff from one day events, alternative breaks and on-going projects such as:
UMass Dartmouth AmericaREADS - Open an adventure... help a child learn to read. Reading is a key to success in education and in life. Unfortunately, many children fall behind in school because they do not learn to read well. The America READS Challenge is a national movement that stresses the importance of communities coming together to ensure all children are reading well by the fourth grade. As a UMD America Reads Tutor, you will make a difference in the lives of children while strengthening your personal, academic and professional skills. You will be matched with a child based on your availability. In addition, training and materials are provided. Students who participate may be eligible for academic credit, internship experience and may be paid through federal work-study.
VITA Program (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) - As a VITA volunteer you will be trained by the Internal Revenue Service to assist taxpayers to electronically file for the "Earned Income Tax Credit" during tax season. This is an excellent opportunity to assist in the economic development of the region and receive valuable training and experience. No previous experience is required but volunteers must commit to 20 hours of service to receive IRS certification.
LEADS (Leadership for Educational Attainment Developed Through Service) is a collaboration between the Center for Civic Engagement at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and the Fall River and New Bedford Public school systems. It is funded by a Commonwealth Corp grant from the Massachusetts Governors' office.
The program is designed such that University students teach leadership skills through service learning projects. LEADS is designed to empower middle school children to believe in themselves while they actively work to make our community a better place to live.
"My four years at the Boys and Girls Club and America Reads has given me a passion for literacy and reading and I’ve seen the importance of being a positive role model for at-risk youth. I feel like I’m better equipped for my future endeavors.” - Annie Willis, UMD 2009
"Service has helped me grow as an individual and be part of my community accomplishments. I have also learned how to tutor children, how to fundraise and many leadership skills...Community service and volunteering make us a better individuals.” - Natalia Frois, UMass Dartmouth, Junior
"My best experience with the UMD community service program was to participate in the African American Read-In and watch how many of the young students of the Boys and Girls Club read out loud. I felt so happy to see that the America Read tutors do make a difference.” Michelle Fontes, UMass Dartmouth Senior