Programs, Service Projects and Events

Our Programs

Contact each program for more information!

VFM

Afterschool (after@bu.edu)

(Program Managers: Jordan Carter and Rebecca Newman)

Within various schools and community centers in Greater Boston, volunteers offer tutoring, one-on-one homework assistance, and creative activities to students in grades preK – 12. The program allows volunteers to interact with the community, create lasting friendships with fellow volunteers, and mentor the children that they work with.

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

 

Alternative Service Breaks (ASB) (altbreak@bu.edu)

(Program Managers: Emily Lawson and Kelsey Krook)

Volunteers have the opportunity to take part in an alternative to the traditional spring or winter break. In 2014, students traveled to 39 sites throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Students spend a wonderful week addressing issues such as environmental protection, children, affordable housing, hunger, education, public health awareness, and abilities.

Time commitment: week of spring break

 

Branch Out (brancho@bu.edu)

(Program Manager: Steve Caron)

Branch Out connects students with opportunities to learn about and be stewards of Boston’s urban ecosystem. By engaging in service for the people, plants, animals, and public spaces in Boston we build community on campus and in the city.

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

 

Children’s Theatre (CT) (ct@bu.edu)

(Program Manager: Abby Danowitz)

Volunteers write and produce original variety shows in troupes, performing their shows at various hospitals, community centers, elementary schools, and domestic abuse shelters throughout Boston. Volunteers engage young people who may not have access to formal arts education.

Time commitment: 2 hours per week (semester)

 

Empowerment League (empower@bu.edu)

(Program Managers: Kelsey DeBerry and Na’amit Tubul)

The Empowerment League works with immigrants, refugees, international students, inmates, and women to assist them in their understanding of the English language, enhance their experience in Boston, and work towards a greater understanding of human rights and individual empowerment. Volunteers will work with conversation groups, non-profit organizations, community centers, Massachusetts state prisons, and women’s shelters in Boston.

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

 

First-Year Student Outreach Project (FYSOP) (fysop@bu.edu)

(Program Managers: Chen Cao and Morgan Whaley)

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. Rising sophomores-seniors may apply to be staff leaders for FYSOP 25. Applications for staff will be available in Spring 2014. Coordinator applications will be due in January 2014.

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

 

Joining Hands (joinhand@bu.edu)

(Program Manager: Kara Czeczotka)

Joining Hands serves as a link between Boston University students and elders and people with varying abilities in a variety of settings to gain awareness about the issues facing unique populations. By forming friendships with people of varying abilities and ages, volunteers close the gap between our differences.

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

 

Making Music (mmusic@bu.edu)

(Program Manager: Koreena Geisler-Wagner)

Making Music brings music education to our young people. Volunteers offer instrumental, vocal, and dance lessons to elementary-aged students, culminating in recitals where students and volunteers perform what they learn. By introducing children to music and dance, we continue to enhance our creative minds.

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

 

Project Hope (projhope@bu.edu)

(Program Manager: Paola Peynetti)

Project Hope provides volunteer opportunities within public health issues, such as HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention and care, childhood obesity, and self-identity. By gaining an understanding of the needs of our communities, volunteers are able to make a greater impact around such prevalent issues.

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

 

Siblings (Sibs) (siblings@bu.edu)

(Program Managers: Stefanie Grossano and Annie Duerr)

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) and is one of the CSC’s longest running programs. 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) (sfr@bu.edu)

(Program Managers: Becky Brown and Nicole St. Louis)

Student Food Rescue is a key force in the prevention of hunger and the promotion of food security in our community. SFR volunteers see their impact as they salvage food from local grocery stores, bakeries, and farmers markets and deliver it to Boston area food pantries and shelters. Food runs are conveniently scheduled 7 days a week in the morning, afternoon, and evening to provide a variety of opportunities.

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

 

Student Studio (sstudio@bu.edu)

(Program Manager: Colleen Caty)

Student Studio brings art education to local schools and community centers by offering an outlet for creative minds and cultural expression thereby forming a broader educational experience for young people.

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

 

Voices from the Middle (VFM) (voices@bu.edu)

(Program Manager: Micayla Lelugas)

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, VFM strives to support individuals of all identities, and to send BU students to a wide variety of organizations, programs and schools to provide mentorship, leadership opportunities, and service to our LGBTQ+ youth. In the 2013-14 year, volunteers participated in Transgender Awareness Week, raising awareness around of related issues.

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

 

Wizards (wizards@bu.edu)

(Program Manager: Aubrey Fiacco)

Wizards creates excitement in the sciences, such as biology, physics, and chemistry. Volunteers perform hands-on science experiments with children from kindergarten through 8th grade, thereby connecting the principles of science to the everyday world.

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

 

One-Time Events (cscevent@bu.edu)

(Program Manager: Lindsay Nicastro)

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

 

Our One-Time Service Projects and Events

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