We aim to make a positive difference both locally and globally. Golden Key chapters perform more than 200,000 community service hours each year. Giving is an art, and Golden Key members are privileged to enjoy this art in a number of ways, from local service events to events on a global scale. In July 2014, Golden Key unveiled its new service initiative called SPARK a Change. The SPARK a Change initiative is designed to harness the power of Golden Key members around the world to impact and improve the lives of at-risk youth.
SPARK a Change
The mission of SPARK a Change is to impact and improve the lives of at-risk youth (ages 0-17) through literacy, education and real-world preparedness. By 2017, Golden Key aims to raise $40,000, dedicate 400,000 hours of service and impact 400,000 lives in local communities & around the world. In order to accomplish this goal, Golden Key chapters across the world will host their own SPARK events throughout the year (with a focus on SPARK Month in October). For more about SPARK a Change, please visit https://www.goldenkey.org/programs-privileges/service/.
Our Service Projects at UMass Boston
In collaboration with other groups on campus, UMass Boston's Golden Key members tutor students in need in a variety of subjects. We began this initiative in Spring 2012 and we are in the works of expanding these services to accommodate more students.
Campus Clean Up
Every campus should be a beautiful, clean place for students to enjoy! This spring, UMB's Golden members cleaned and revitalized several areas on campus that were less than photogenic. Our campus has never looked so great!
Share the Warmth Clothing Drive
New England winters are known for being long and terribly cold. We feel that nobody should be forced to ensure such conditions without a nice, warm winter coat. Therefore, UMB's Golden Key chapter in collaboration with local coffeehouses started the Share the Warmth Clothing Drive. The coffeehouses would display signs and boxes asking their patrons for any donations. Golden Key members then visited these coffeehouses and collected the clothing which was then donated to various charitable organizations across the Greater Boston area. We the clothing drive concluded in February, we had donated countless pounds of clothing and other winter necessities to those in need.
Campus Clothing Collection
Similar to Share the Warmth, UMB's Goldeny Key organized a clothing drive on campus. Many people from faculty to students contributed in this project, which also provided needed winter clothing to Boston area residents.
Better World Books Drive
Better World Books uses the power of business to change the world. UMass Boston's Golden Key chapter has collected and sent over 50 books to B.W.B. so that they can sell the books online to donate books and fund literacy initiatives worldwide. With more than 8 million new and used titles in stock, they're a self-sustaining, triple-bottom-line company that creates social, economic and environmental value for all our stakeholders.