Are you prepared to give back?
As a Nichols student, you’re encouraged to be of service in the larger community. We believe that being a good neighbor is serious business.
Individually, Nichols students donate hundreds of hours to community causes each year, including:
Providing recreation for prekindergarten students at the Green Acres Child Care Center
Raising funds for cancer research through the Walk for the Cure and Wear Red Day
Participating in a Red Cross blood drive every semester
Contributing money and toys to the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation
Donating proceeds from recycling initiatives to local nonprofit organizations
Visiting seniors and helping with exercise activities at local senior centers
Reading to children at Shiners Hospitals for Children
Providing athletic sport clinics for local elementary schools
Feeding cats, exercising dogs and cleaning at local animal shelters
Donating food to the Webster-Dudley Food Share and the Worcester County Food Bank
Cleaning up vacant lots through Worcester’s Earth Day event
As a campus, Nichols organizes many youth education initiatives in surrounding towns:
A six-week program that encourages low-income and minority students in the sixth grade to explore careers and see college as a real option. Nichols works closely with teachers, coordinates classroom speakers, and hosts students for a campus tour, lunch and graduation.
Webster Boys & Girls Club
Nichols students provide homework help and lead activities for children in the after-school program of the Marilyn and Gerald Fels Clubhouse. Nichols also organizes a Halloween extravaganza for more than 100 children, which has been recognized with a Community Engagement Award.
Pipeline to Post-Secondary Education
Local 10th graders spend five Fridays away from the classroom conducting state-contracted environmental research on the Quinebaug-Shetucket National Heritage Corridor and analyzing the data under the guidance of Nichols faculty.
Y.O.U. Inc. Upward Bound Program
A residential college preparatory experience for low-income high school students in Southbridge. Upward Bound has a college placement rate of 95%. The program has received the George I. Alden Award at the annual Celebration of Higher Education in Central Massachusetts.