Community Service

Habitat for Humanity

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

Community Farm of Simsbury

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.


Foodshare distributes 16 tons of food assistance each day to families in the greater Hartford area, serving over 128,000 hungry neighbors each year. Students inspect and repackage fresh fruits and vegetables at Foodshare's Regional Market.

Church Street Eats

Church Street Eats

Church Street Eats is a soup kitchen located at Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford. It serves homeless adults, working poor, and elderly people. Once a month, students prepare and serve lunch for up to 100 people and provide dinner for 50 people.

The Arc of Farmington Valley (Special Olympics)

Special Olympics

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.

Second Chance Ranch

Second Chance RanchSecond Chance Ranch is a non-profit, volunteer equine rescue that provides quality care and placement for horses, donkeys and ponies in need. Students groom and exercise horses, muck stalls and perform barn and tack maintenance.

Habitat for Humanity Annual Spring Break Trip

Habitat for Humanity

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.

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