Established in 2018, the Chemistry Cares program is designed to provide opportunities for the Department to come together and contribute to the Greater Boston community. In Spring 2018, the Department of Chemistry held the first Chemistry Cares event at Cradles to Crayons. In Summer 2018, Chemistry Cares returned to Cradles to Crayons for another event and had such a great response that there were not enough volunteer slots to accommodate all who wanted to participate.
Using funds from a School of Science Quality of Life Grant, the program was expanded and recent events have included distributing Thanksgiving baskets to families in need at East End House, making cards to send to people undergoing cancer treatments with Send a Smile, and assembling bags of toiletries to donate to Rosie’s Place as part of Random Acts of Kindness Week. While the bag assembly had to be postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions, members of the Department donated an impressive amount of toiletries.