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LSC’s program includes a class project, by which participants work in small teams to assist local organizations in the development of new, or in the implementation of existing, community-based projects.

A service learning opportunity, the project allows participants to invest their individual skills, resources, and passions into efforts that aim to improve the community’s well-being. In the process, participants demonstrate their leadership capacity and cultivate meaningful experiences that contribute to their growth as leaders.


Class of 2020 Community Action Projects:

Coalition for Social Justice: Massachusetts Campaign for Affordable and Accessible High-Quality Early Education and Care
Team Mission: Building a grassroots movement to support Massachusetts families in need of affordable, accessible, high-quality early education and care.To effectively educate our youth to remove marine debris and enlighten them about ocean conservation and sustainability.

Team “The Roots:” Aimee Bronhard, Fall River Public Schools; Rachel Davis, SouthCoast Health; Kurt Hagstrom, Hagstrom Law Group ; Michael Medeiros, BayCoast Bank; Sapna Piracha, UMass Dartmouth

Fenway Health – Violence Recovery Program: Community Engagement
Team Mission: To raise awareness through education and engagement to perpetuate the betterment of the LGBTQ community and beyond within Greater Fall River.

Team “Perpetuate Better Living:” Michael Costa, Southcoast Health; Lisa Dinh, Saint Anne’s Hospital; Jordan Latham, YWCA of Southeastern MA; Ryan Merrill, Umass Dartmouth; Jennifer Lazaro, People Incorporated

New Bedford Homeless Service Providers Network: Rise Up for Homes –Incentive Program
Team Mission: Researching and providing the opportunity for the less fortunate to access basic human needs, through technology innovation.

Team “Lucky Leaders:” Stefanie Deprey, Bristol Community College; Chris Glover, Ferreira Group; Daniel Medeiros, Town of Dartmouth; Steven Medeiros, Claremont Companies; Alyssa Perry, First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union

New Bedford Public Schools Wellness Committee: The State of Recess in New Bedford
Team Mission: Organize, analyze, and provide information to develop a policy that ensures every New Bedford Public School student has equitable play time to improve their social and emotional well-being.

Team “Let’s Move:” Iva Brito, Bristol Community College; Abigail Hevey, Port of New Bedford; Ann Schuler, Justice Resource Institute; Shayne Trimbell, Southeastern Regional Transit Authority; Holly Weeden, Community Foundation of Southeastern MA

Samaritans of FR/NB: Annual Fundraising Event
Team Mission: To create a signature annual event to support the suicide prevention efforts of the Samaritans of FR/NB.

Team “The Prevention Squad:” Fran Oliveira, BankFive; Jocelyn Oliveira, Partners Insurance Group; Daniel Somes, New Bedford Public Schools; Amy Tierce, Radius Financial Group; Jeff Wotton, Spectrum Marketing Group

United Neighbors of Fall River: The Home Project, to Boldly Go . . . Where?
Team Mission: To restore hope and dignity of families and individuals of the South Coast through The Home Project by connecting our resources to our neighbors.

Team “Re-STORE Hope:” Jeff Bradley, Bristol County Savings Bank; Peter Daley, People Incorporated; Stephanie DeSousa, BankFive; Kathy Pypec, Claremont Companies; Guelmie Santiago, Joseph Abboud Manufacturing Corp.

Community Boating Center, Inc.: Marine Debris Challenge
Mission: To effectively educate our youth to remove marine debris and enlighten them about ocean conservation and sustainability.

Melanie Da Costa, Steve Kirk, Carol Kozma, Alex Lapointe, Sandi Montour, Kherri-Lynn Rego

New Bedford Homeless Service Providers Network: Rise Up for Homes
To raise awareness about the needs of the homeless in our community by creating a hopeful and sustainable course of action.

Jennifer Driscoll, Brittany Jokl, Anne Nichelson, Allison Sousa

SUPERFLAT New Bedford: Program Evaluation and Impact Assessment
To optimize our leadership strengths and talents in engaging the local community in the development of a sustainable public arts program.

Esperanza Alejandro-Berubé, Rachel Arruda, Chris Cruz, Chris Joinson, John LeBert, Tyler Olivier

United Neighbors of Fall River: The Home Project
To find a more suitable home for The Home Project, increase awareness of services, and inspire and mobilize the Fall River community.

Eva Alves, Maria Arruda, Dawn Camille, Deirdre Jannerelli, Gina Palmer, Patti Rego

YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts: Girls Exclusive Free Period Project
Bringing awareness through collaboration and advocacy while creating change and accessibility to personal hygiene without discrimination.

Cara Barboza, Linda Cosme, Mary Ellen DeFrias, Bridget Flynn, Kleidy Oliveira, Nathan Vaughan

Azorean Maritime Heritage Society: Building Organizational Capacity and New Headquarters
Nancy Cabral, Bristol County Savings Bank; Kate Miller, Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives, Office of Tony Cabral; Kristen Sniezek, SRTA.

Homeless Service Providers Network, Rise Up For Homes: Rise Up For Homes Strategic Planning Process
Kate Larisa, Carney Family Foundation; Luke Lehman, BankFive; Julie Mador, New Bedford Public Schools; Dina Melo, First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union; Mari Murphy, Southcoast Health.

Mayor’s Youth Council, Fall River:
Youth-Adult Collaboration – Together Making a Difference
Jennifer Cabral, Town of Dartmouth; Yldania Carrasco, Joseph Abboud Manufacturing, Corp.; Cat DeTerra, People Incorporated; Sheldon Gana, RDA Insurance; Victoria Lobban, Saint Anne’s Hospital; Scott Medeiros, Paul Cuffee Charter School.

New Bedford Economic Development Council:
City of New Bedford Regeneration Project
Tonya Johnson, Southcoast Health; Charlie Murphy, MOLIFE, Inc.; Paula Popeo, Bristol Community College; Jessica Silva, City of New Bedford

New Bedford Public Schools:
Educators’ Resource Guide Phase Two
Stanley Brajer, United Way of Greater New Bedford; Xenia Ledoux, BayCoast Bank; Nicole Morris-McLaughlin, Marion Institute; Chioma Okafor, Exari Systems; Nate Sander, Round the Bend Farm

Partners for a Healthier Community:
Household Store Home Project
Taryn Cabral, St. Anne’s Credit Union; David Croteau, BankFive; Jennifer Do-Teixeira, Lafrance Hospitality

YEAH! Corps:
Creative Jobs for Creative Youth
Kelsey Garcia, Carl’s Collision Center; Darcy Lee, Women’s Fund of Southeastern Massachusetts; Milena Mello, BayCoast Bank

City of New Bedford – NB Clean
Josh Amaral, PACE, Inc.; Jessica DeMello, Southern Mass Credit Union; Heather Heffernan, Sylvia Group; Mike McCarthy, UMass Dartmouth Public Policy Center; Christina Rebello, Community Boatig Center; Deven Tillman, SouthCoast Chamber of Commerce.

EforAll South Coast – Fall River Outreach Strategy
Bob Espindola, Acushnet Company; Rayana Grace, YMCA – New Bedford; Brian McNeany, Pinnacle Performance Company; Kyle Remy, Blount Fine Foods; Kelly Sheehan, Saint Anne’s Hospital.

Leadership SouthCoast – Alumni Network Membership Package Development
Sarah Athanas, Groundwork!; Wendy Baker, Southcoast Health; Lucy Machado, Southern Mass Credit Union; Beatriz Oliveira, Meeting Street; Crystal Stone, Katie Brown Educational Program.

New Bedford Public Schools – Educator’s Guide for Supporting Students’ Mental Health and Wellness
Kathleen Amaral, Family TIES of Massachusetts and the Nemasket Group; Veronica Andrade, BankFive; Darcy Lackie, Southcoast Health; Millie Sanchez, Marion Institute; Kim Thomas, Justice Resource Institute.

New Bedford Homeless Service Providers Network – Rise Up For Homes
Patricia Andrade, BayCoast Bank; Nancy Bednarz, People, Incorporated; Mary Ann Buckley; Jim McKeag, MassDevelopment; Andy Tomolonis, SouthCoast Media Group;  Jariel Vergne, New Bedford Public Schools.

Veterans Support Project
Paula Forsee, BankFive; Mike Mahoney YMCA – Dartmouth; Maria Patacao, BayCoast Bank; Elizabeth Pimentel, Bristol County Savings Bank; Kristy Roussel, Lafrance Hospitality

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