Events & Initiatives

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Taft’s student-run Community Service Council is an extremely active, vibrant organization. Its 12-member board is charged with developing meaningful service opportunities and advocacy projects for the school. Board members are selected through a competitive application process, but all students at Taft are considered to be members of the Council. Everyone is encouraged to bring their service ideas to the Board for guidance and assistance in implementing their plans. Projects have included afterschool homework assistance and tutoring programs for local students, fundraising and awareness events for local and national charities, and repair and renovation projects across the community. Students may formally commit to service work as their afternoon activity during an academic term, or simply participate in any of the events scheduled throughout the year. Those include, but are not limited to:

Assistance for Children and Families

  • Book drives
  • Boys and Girls Club of Greater Waterbury
  • Brass City Charter School
  • Brass City Harvest
  • Bravo, Waterbury programs
  • Children’s Community School
  • Food drives and food bank coverage
  • Girls, Inc.
  • Little Britches Therapeutic Riding Program
  • Local elementary public/private partnerships
  • Service Through Sports
  • Special Olympics activities
  • St. Vincent DePaul Homeless Shelter
  • The Salvation Army
  • The United Way
  • The Waterbury Department of Health
  • Waterbury Police Activity League (PAL)
  • YMCA of Greater Waterbury

Support for National Health Initiatives

  • Go Pink athletic events
  • Lee National Denim Day
  • Make A Wish Foundation events
  • Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
  • No Shave November
  • Red Cross Blood Drives

Other Opportunities

For more information about Taft’s Community Service Program, please contact Baba Frew.