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It's Not Just Service; It's Community Engagement!


We're all connected to each other. Service is so much more than something we do for others; it's about how we engage with our community and how our community engages with us.


No matter who you are, we are all capable of engaging in our community in a meaningful way. Community service enables us to grow as individuals when we tap into the reality of others and truly experience a part of someone else’s life. Clearly, we touch many lives outside the school community. What we often forget is the positive difference service makes in our own lives. These two reasons together make it a vital part of the Branson experience.

Community service has been an integral part of the Branson education for a long time. We value not only lessons learned in the classroom, but also those learned through real life experiences. Service introduces Branson students to a world in which a single helping hand can often make a significant difference. It is also about gaining meaningful life experiences, about learning leadership, and about grounding oneself.

Practice empathy, mindfulness, and engagement in your local, national, and global communities. 

  • February Event of the Month: GLIDE Memorial

    Posted by Bijani Mizell at 1/27/2015

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    Join us on Saturday, February 7th (9-11am) at GLIDE Memorial. In addition to serving daily hot meals in their dining room, GLIDE’s Daily Free Meals Program also prepares and distributes bag lunches for community members who may not be able to make it to our meal times. Volunteers will help assemble sandwiches and bag them up with other goodies like fruits, vegetables and snacks.

     

    We have 25 slots, so please email Corinne Bernhard if you are interested in signing up!
     
     
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  • January Event of the Month: Homeless Sandwiches

    Posted by Bijani Mizell at 1/24/2015
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    We had a huge turnout for January's Event of the Month: Homeless Sandwiches in SF's Tenderloin. A dedicated group of students (and teacher-extraordinaire Jonas Honick) hand out bagged lunches every Saturday to homeless residents, so contact Mr. Honick if you'd like to join them this weekend. 

     

    In partnership with her organization Warm1Body, senior Bianca Capretta hosted a fleece scarf-making session during Friday's lunch. 20 students hand-made 42 scarves, which were a much-needed gift to our homeless residents in January. Bianca also packed 50 bags of gloves, hats, and socks. 

     

    Thanks to everyone who participated!
     
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  • December Event of the Month: Branson Community Meal

    Posted by Bijani Mizell at 12/19/2014
     

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    Thanks to Grace McCamy-Miller and her family, Branson students and parents organized a fun, healthy meal for 30 members of Marin's homeless community at the Mt. Tam United Methodist Church. In addition to bringing delicious potluck dishes, students got a chance to eat a meal and talk with many of the residents. We learned about their life experiences and discovered how tight-knit the friendships within their community are. 

     

    If you're interested in participating in the next community meal, please email Grace McCamy-Miller to express interest.
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  • November Event of the Month: Alameda County Food Bank

    Posted by Bijani Mizell at 11/25/2014

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    On November 25, our group of twenty students and six teachers/staff members visited the Alameda County Community Food Bank, which services 1 in 5 residents in Alameda County. 

     

    We packed 26,000 pounds of pears, 5,000 pounds of carrots, and 4,000 pounds of cabbages to the dulcet tones of 70s funk music.

     

    Most families who need food assistance have at least one working parent or steady income; the gap between living wages and the cost of living in the Bay Area affects more and more families each day. 

     

    Every $1 you donate turns into $6 for the food bank to spend on local produce and fresh food. You can help make the Bay Area a hunger-free community by volunteering or donating to your local food bank today! 
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  • October Event of the Month: Friends of the Elderly

    Posted by Bijani Mizell at 10/25/2014

     

    Grace McCamy-Miller, Rosie Hart-Owen, and Bijani visited a lovely woman, Estella Frey, at her home in San Francisco's Richmond district. Despite being 89 and having cerebral palsy (which made it occasionally difficult to understand her speech), Estella was lively, hilarious, and reflective about her rich life. She enjoys taking walks with a friend each Sunday in the SF Botanical Gardens or Golden Gate Park, she plays bingo every Friday, and takes art classes when she can. She's busier than most of us! 

     

    Friends of the Elderly is a wonderful organization with relatively low commitment. Estella, an SF resident for more than 60 years, has experienced the city's diverse and complex history - it was fascinating to hear her perspective on how our beautiful city has changed. Spend an hour a month with a elder and hear for yourself what wonderful stories they have to share. 
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  • September Event of the Month: Rodeo Beach Cleanup

    Posted by Bijani Mizell at 9/20/2014

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    On September 20, 2014, along with other local volunteers, our group picked up 219 lbs of trash and 79 lbs of recycling from the Marin Headlands as part of California Coastal Cleanup Day. Even though we got a little dirty, we had a fabulous time laughing and bonding. Check out that view! 
     
    Thanks to Surfrider Foundation for inviting us to participate in their beach cleanup. If you're interested in future cleanups, contact Marin Surfrider
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Community Service Requirements

Freshmen must complete 5 Core and 10 Support hours, and sophomores, juniors and seniors must complete 15 Core and 10 Support hours each year.

Core = hours spent working directly with people in need
Support = hours spent indirectly helping those in need

Important Dates

Community Service Deadline
Friday, May 8, 2015

Important Downloads

Contact Information

Bijani Mizell
Director of Community Service
(415) 455-7164
Bijani_Mizell@branson.org
 
c/o The Branson School
P.O. Box 887
Ross, CA 94957

Branson Coordinated Programs

  • Homeless Sandwiches

    With Homeless Sandwiches, students have the opportunity to make and deliver food to people in the Tenderloin of San Francisco

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  • Sustainable Seas

    Sustainable Seas is a community service program that monitors the rocky intertidal ecosystem at Duxbury Reef in Bolinas, CA.

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  • Vivace

    Vivace is a group of prize-winning classical musicians at Branson who wish to give back to their communities by performing classical music for the elderly and raising funds for children’s organizations.

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  • Canal Childcare Center

    Help kids with their homework, play with them out in the yard, read them stories, play board games, and take field trips to San Rafael High School.

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  • Branson Tutoring

    The Branson Tutoring program is a chance for Branson students to work with elementary and middle school students in San Rafael & Marin City.

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  • The Cedars of Marin

    In 1919, The Cedars of Marin began as a school for children with special needs and is now a residential and day community for adults with developmental disabilities.

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  • CONNECT eTutoring

    CONNECT eTutoring is a program at Branson that wishes to reach out to kids in less fortunate areas around the world and help tutor them in English and math.

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  • Friday AIDS Meals

    Friday AIDS Meals is a program in which Branson students cook and deliver food to people with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and mental health problems.

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  • Interact

    Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill.

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  • LEAP Dance Program

    LEAP is dedicated to providing quality dance instruction to youth ages 5 to 10 years.

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  • SummerAde

    SummerAde pairs high school volunteers with special needs children to aid them during their week at a summer day camp.

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Affiliated Programs