C.A.U.S.E. Projects & Special Initiatives

What is your CAUSe?


Interested in volunteering in the local community?

C.A.U.S.E. / Creating Awareness and Unity for Social Equality is Mount Holyoke's umbrella community-service organization and the volunteer arm of the Community-Based Learning program. Through partnerships with community organizations, awareness-raising events and volunteer projects, C.A.U.S.E. connects Mount Holyoke students with community service opportunities throughout the Pioneer Valley, including Holyoke, Springfield and South Hadley. Check out our Facebook page.

If you are interested in finding a volunteer project to work with or are looking to start one of your own, feel contact Angelica Castro, associate director of Community Engagement and C.A.U.S.E. advisor, or schedule a time to meet.



Mount Holyoke students are encouraged to work with Community-Based Learning to advance special project initiatives, develop public-partnership events, and pursue advanced learning or service projects, based on the partnership work they launch with area community organizations.

Examples of such work might include:

  • hosting social justice oriented workshops
  • hosting an issue-oriented event
  • advanced study of a community-based research project
  • attending a training or conference relevant to your project or organization's mission
  • designing a community engagement or social justice independent study project.

Such projects may seek advice, financial support, or academic supervision or co-supervision from Alan Bloomgarden, the Community-based Learning program director. Please send him with a brief summary of your project, any relevant materials, such as links to websites, flyers, brochures and conference information. If your request includes financial support you must also send a budget/expense outline.