To join the Wily community as a volunteer, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page.
Provide Supplies or Presents for a Wily Scholar
Support Scholars with a Gift Card
Gift cards are one of the most helpful and welcome ways you can directly support a student.
When you give a gift card to a Scholar, you give them more than the dollar amount on the card. You provide them with the ability to join their peers in going shopping or getting a cup of coffee without stress.
We welcome all gift cards. Some suggestions:
Food – Starbucks, Dunkin’, Chipotle, Whole Foods, Trader Joes
Supplies – Amazon, American Express, CVS, Target, Visa
Transportation – Charlie Card, Lyft, Uber
“When I’m at the cash register buying small essentials for myself or my own children, I think of the Scholars for whom this expense may not actually be that small. If I buy a gift card for a Scholar, they can pick up some necessities — like pencils at Staples, or shampoo at CVS — without worry and will also know that there is someone out there thinking of them like I think of my own children.”
If you have any questions about supporting Wily Scholars with gift cards, please reach out to Alex Hendricks (she/her) Program and Volunteer Coordinator.
Host a Facebook Fundraiser
Facebook Fundraisers are an incredible tool for spreading the word about Wily to new audiences.
Facebook Fundraisers are easy to set up and run. We’ve created a Facebook Fundraiser Toolkit for some easy steps to hosting a great fundraiser! It will walk you through the steps of setting up your fundraiser, and offer some tips for success.
We are so appreciative of the ambassadorship of volunteers who choose to host Facebook Fundraisers!
Have questions, ideas or requests? We are happy to work with you to help you run the best fundraiser possible. Feel free to reach out to Sophie Cohen (she/her), Marketing and Communications Coordinator.
Fulfill Wily’s wish list on Amazon
Want to help make sure Wily Scholars have all the supplies they need? Browse our Amazon Wishlist and donate school supplies, dorm items, and snacks.
Did you know that if you shop through AmazonSmile, you can donate 0.5% of every qualifying purchase to a nonprofit of your choice? It doesn’t sound like much, but the more people that support The Wily Network this way, the more it adds up.
Here’s how you can get started:
- Visit smile.amazon.com
- Sign in with the same account you use at amazon.com
- You’ll be asked to pick a charity. Type in “The Wily Network” and click on us!
- When you shop on Amazon, make sure you’re using smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com
If you have any questions about our Amazon Wishlist or AmazonSmile, please reach out to Alex Hendricks (she/her), Program and Volunteer Coordinator.
Holidays & Special Occasions
Create Care Packages for Scholars
Wily volunteers create care packages for holidays, exam weeks and other occasions to remind Scholars that we’re rooting for them!
“I just wanted to say thank you… for the care package this week. It was awesome and I may have already finished the loaf of banana bread 🙂. I definitely felt loved and I really appreciate being a part of this group. I finally feel like I have an entire network of support that I can always count on.”
Receiving a care package filled with tasty treats, gift cards, encouraging notes, and other goodies gives Scholars a boost while they attend to their schoolwork.
Whether you’re interested in putting together a couple of care packages on your own, hosting a care package event with your company, or getting together with friends to make care packages for a cohort of Scholars, we welcome care package donations of all sizes.
If you have any questions about providing care packages for Wily Scholars, please reach out to Alex Hendricks (she/her), Program and Volunteer Coordinator.
Gift Giving for Scholars
Make a four-year commitment to provide gifts for a particular Scholar on significant occasions like birthdays and holidays.
Receiving gifts during the winter holidays, for birthdays, and graduation lets Scholars know that people are thinking of them. Help a student celebrate the milestones along their way through college!
“I will forever be grateful for you and your family who have shown me what it means to feel loved on holidays and my birthday.”
How it works:
- Gift Givers receive the Scholar’s wishlist and some information about their favorite colors, snacks, hobbies, etc. leading up to their birthday and the winter holidays
- Gift Givers pick out a personalized gift for the student. Feel free to include a note!
- Wily staff will deliver gifts to Scholars on their college campuses
If you have any questions about our Gift Giving program please reach out to Alex Hendricks (she/her), Program and Volunteer Coordinator.
Support Wily Scholars’ Career Goals
Support Wily Career Networking
Share your knowledge and experience with Wily Scholars, and help them build a network for future success.
Scholars want to connect with professionals from a wide range of backgrounds, interests and ambitions. Networking helps Scholars gain social capital they might not otherwise have access to.
“We are told to leverage our parents’ networks. But as someone who didn’t have a strong relationship with the adults in my life, I didn’t know who to ask…but I quickly realized that trying to do everything on your own is a daunting task. Having someone to help filter out the noise, share their advice, and point me in the right direction was invaluable.”
Learn more about how you can network with Scholars and recruit talent at our Career Fair, or reach out to Judi Alperin King (she/her), Executive Director, if you are interested in being a resource for Scholars looking to connect.
Share Internship and Job Opportunities
We have a jobs board where we post opportunities for Scholars. Email Sophie Cohen to share your posting at no cost.
From Cyber Security to Sculpture, Wily Scholars are earning degrees in a wide variety of disciplines. We are eager to post internships and entry level positions in any field.
We share summer and post-grad opportunities regardless of where they are located. Opportunities for students to work or intern during the school year must be either remote or local to where Wily Scholars attend college: near the greater Boston area or Middlebury, VT.
Most Wily Scholars must pay for housing during school breaks, which means they typically cannot participate in unpaid internships. We strongly encourage you to submit paid internship opportunities.
If you have any questions about sharing opportunities for Wily Scholars to apply to jobs and internships, please reach out to Sophie Cohen (she/her), Marketing and Communications Coordinator.
Become a Wily Ambassador by Hosting an Event
Host a Wily Introduction Event
Learn more about and support Wily by hosting an intro event for friends, family or colleagues. Virtual events are a great option!
Intro events help us raise awareness about the challenges Scholars face and the work Wily is doing.
Wily staff are available to attend your event. We come prepared to give a short presentation, share a video about our Scholars, answer questions, and distribute informational materials.
If you have any questions about intro events, please reach out to Ashley Linell (she/her), Director of Development.
Host a Fundraiser – Include Wily in Your Next Celebration
Invite friends and loved ones to support Wily in honor of your birthday, anniversary, or other special occasions.
We are so grateful when our community members host fundraisers! You can ask people to make gifts in honor of your birthday or a special occasion, host a Facebook fundraiser (check out our Facebook Fundraiser toolkit!), participate in a walkathon for Wily, or host an event in our Turning the Tables series. We are always happy to help you brainstorm or plan a fundraiser.
If you have any questions about fundraising events, please reach out to Ashley Linell (she/her), Director of Development.
Make a Gift to Help Wily Serve More Scholars
Wily volunteer programs are a great way to show your support for Wily Scholars. Please fill in the following information to join the Wily community as a volunteer.
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