Make a real difference in the world.
Community service is a requirement for every Walker’s student, and consists of more than donating your time. You will begin to understand the ways in which social inequality impacts local communities, and the critical role that service organizations can play in making a positive impact.
Our Community Partners
We have established partnerships with several local non-profit organizations. Walker’s students have consistent opportunities to work with each organization throughout the school year.
- Gifts of Love and the Community Farm of Simsbury
- Church Street Eats
- The Arc of Farmington Valley (Special Olympics)
- Second Chance Ranch
- Habitat for Humanity Annual Spring Break Trip
Gifts of Love provides food, clothing, furniture, household items and energy assistance to low-income families in the Farmington Valley. Walker's students help with food drives, fundraising, and other programs.
The Community Farm of Simsbury promotes local agriculture while practicing sound environmental stewardship. The vegetables grown at the farm are distributed through Gifts of Love and other area food pantries. Students care for the animals, help plant and harvest crops, and help organize and facilitate farm events.
The Arc of Farmington Valley is the local affiliate for Special Olympics, which provides an opportunity for people with intellectual disabilities to participate in athletic training and competition. The Ethel Walker School hosts Special Olympics flag football in the fall and floor hockey in the winter. Student volunteers participate alongside athletes each week in practices and scrimmages.
Each year during spring break, students have the opportunity to work on new home construction for chapters of Habitat for Humanity. Most recently, these service trips have been to Texas and West Virginia. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat for Humanity International has helped build, renovate and repair affordable houses for more than 5 million people worldwide.