Hands-to-Work: part of what makes Darrow different
Hands-to-Work is rooted in our Shaker past.
It’s a program that highlights purposeful work, leadership through service, and the rewards of a cooperative effort to sustain and improve the Darrow community.
Hands-to-Work in action
Every Wednesday, some 20 Hands-to-Work crews of students alongside faculty and staff undertake a variety of tasks.
For example, the Garden Crew might harvest vegetables for the Darrow kitchen, while the Samson Environmental Center (SEC) crew will clean and maintain the saltwater fish tank and other elements of the Living Machine. The Trees Crew might tap maple trees for syrup making or the Recycling Crew will help in our sustainability efforts.
Some Hands-to-Work crews provide valuable services to the greater community, such as mentoring children at a nearby school and caring for animals at the Berkshire Humane Society.
Changing jobs and learning new skills
Throughout the course of the year, students rotate through multiple crews, discovering new interests and new skills.
Through Hands-to-Work, students take pride in the practical knowledge they develop and feel gratified by the visible results of their efforts. They know they are making life at Darrow something that is shared. Our alumni consistently tell us how Hands-to-Work became one of the signature aspects of what Darrow means to them. It’s not a job but a community endeavor and many student find a passion they never knew.
takes you into the Hands-to-Work program.
Berkshire Humane Society.
Learn to care for animals at the shelter.
Darrow Dining Services.
Students learn about food service from basic sanitation/safety to nutrition, meal planning, ordering and management.
Darrow students help mentor young people in a program that provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families.
This crew goes to Hancock Shaker Village to assist at every level of a dynamic livestock operation.
Student learn to identify, care for, and reap the benefits from the sugar maples on campus, and repair and prepare sap lines and the Sugar House for the season.
The group prepares upcoming shows and breaks down previous sets, lights, equipment, etc. for performing arts productions and events.
Students maintain the sports fields, the gym, and every accessory that comes with it. They maintain and prepare uniforms for competing teams.