Programs, Projects, and Events

Our Programs

Contact each program for more information!


Program Managers: John Le and Jaime Street

Volunteers travel to various schools and community centers in Greater Boston to offer tutoring, one-on-one homework assistance and creative activities for students grades preK-12 to help develop leadership skills and self-confidence while forming meaningful connections. No previous experience with children required and training is provided before volunteering.

Time commitment: 2-4 hours per week (semester)

Alternative Service Breaks (ASB)

Program Managers: Gabriella Knox and Albert Jimenez 

Alternative Service Breaks (ASB) creates strong bonds among the students and faculty/staff who spend their spring or winter  breaks volunteering throughout the country. Each trip addresses one or more issue areas and is comprised of two coordinators, eight to fourteen volunteers, and a faculty/staff chaperone.

Time commitment: week of spring break or winter break

Branch Out
Program Manager: Anna Helfrich 

Branch Out connects students with opportunities to learn about and be stewards of Boston’s urban ecosystem. Volunteers will engage in service for the people, plants, animals, and public spaces of Boston while building community on campus and in the city. No experience needed.

Time commitment: one-time-events or weekly commitments throughout the semester

Empowerment League
Program Managers: Hailey Branchford and Olivia McKellar

The Empowerment League is about community building, social justice and human rights in the Greater Boston area. Through volunteers’ work, The Empowerment League achieves its goal of civic empowerment for all by breaking down barriers, by building self-confidence, by promoting education, and by providing shelter and job training, enabling individuals to become more active and engaged citizens.

Time commitment: 2-4 hours per week (semester)

First-Year Student Outreach Project (FYSOP)
Program Managers: Nathan Chow, Adam Davi, Sasha Parodi and Bruna Pino

FYSOP offers incoming Boston University students a unique opportunity to get settled in their new community by performing a week of service before classes begin. Volunteers participate in a program orientation, a full day of education, and three full days of direct service in one of eleven issue areas. The program serves as a gateway to the sites and issues addressed by the CSC programs during the academic year.

Time Commitment: 10 days prior to the beginning of the fall semester for staff, May-August for Coordinators

Joining Hands
Program Manager: Thomas Floros 

Joining Hands serves as a link between Boston University students and organizations that work with senior citizens and people living with disabilities in a variety of settings. Volunteers gain awareness about the issues facing unique populations and form friendships with people of all ages and backgrounds. No previous experience required.

Time commitment: 2-3 hours per week (semester)

Making Music
Program Manager: Mary Milad 

Making Music brings music education to Boston public schools. Volunteers offer instrumental, vocal, or dance lessons to elementary school students in grades three to five. The year ends with a recital where students and volunteers perform what they’ve learned for their family and friends. No previous teaching experience required, but volunteers must have some background in an instrument, singing, or dancing.

Time commitment: 2-3 hours per week (academic year)

Project Hope
Program Manager: Lauren Sayah 

Project Hope offers students an opportunity to become more involved in public health awareness, prevention and care. Volunteers work with various organizations in the Greater Boston area that provide essential services to those at risk or HIV positive, including Cambridge Cares About AIDS, SPARK, AIDS Action Committee and Community Servings. No previous experience or medical training is required.

Time commitment: 2-3 hours per week (semester)

Siblings (Sibs)
John Le and Jaime Street

Siblings is a one-on-one mentoring program that matches BU students (Big Sibs) with children between the ages of 6 and 12 (Little Sibs). Siblings participate in larger, program-wide events including the annual Halloween Party and Siblympics. The program gives children the opportunity to spend time with college students, who serve as positive role models and friends.

Time commitment: 3-5 hours biweekly (academic year)

Student Food Rescue (SFR)
Program Managers: Daniel Brown and Hannah Sabitoni

Student Food Rescue is a food salvage program that picks up donated food from various bakeries, restaurants, grocery stores, and food aid services and delivers it at pantries and shelters around the Greater Boston Area. Through 26 weekly food runs, volunteers have the satisfaction of seeing the direct impact of their work as they rescue and donate food.

Time commitment: 1-2 hours per week (semester)

Student Studio
Program Manager: Melanie Martinsen

Student Studio is an after-school program run by university students that brings art education to Boston public schools and community centers, especially to those who would not otherwise have access. Through fun and entertaining art lessons, we encourage and promote the importance of art in today’s world.

Time commitment: 2-3 hours per week (semester)

Program Managers: Hailey Branchford and Olivia McKellar 

Voices from the Middle is the Community Service Center’s newly restructured program that focuses on volunteering with LGBTQ+ centered programs around the greater Boston area. Specifically, Voices strives to support individuals of all identities.

Time commitment: 2-4 hours per week (semester)

Program Manager: Nicole Enos

Wizards engages students by getting them excited about science. Volunteers travel to various schools and community centers to perform hands-on science experiments with children from kindergarten through 8th grade. Experiments cover all types of science such as biology, physics and chemistry, while connecting the principles of science to the everyday world. Volunteers need not be science majors or have previous experience teaching.

Time commitment: 2-3 hours per week (semester)

Events and Education
Program Managers: Alex Cohen and Caroline Kohler

One Time Events are excellent for volunteers with demanding schedules or those who cannot commit weekly. Events are scheduled throughout the semester and focus on a variety of issues. Examples of past events include: Trick-Or-Can (volunteers dress in costumes and collect cans in Brookline and Cambridge for the CSC’s fall can drive), Hike for Hunger (a 27-mile walk over 2 days through suburban Massachusetts to raise hunger awareness), and Global Days of Service.

Time commitment: varies by event