Olin is pleased to be part of the Needham community. Since Olin broke ground in 2000, the college has felt welcomed and supported in Needham, and has worked to give back to the community. Among the ongoing town/gown collaborations:
- Olin works to improve the local schools through its annual support of the Needham Education Foundation Spelling Bee.
- Olin students are involved directly in community projects through SERV, the student-led service organization, which, among other initiatives, operates an after-school engineering discovery program.
- Through a partnership with North Hill, Olin maintains an Innovation Fund to support projects of benefit to seniors in Needham and beyond.
- Members of the Olin administration maintain contacts with Town officials and, in general, strive to support the growth and well-being of the community.