Programs, Projects, and Events

Our Programs

Contact each program for more information!

Afterschool

after@bu.edu

Program Managers: Francesca Sotomayor and Stephanie Tavares

Volunteers travel to various schools and community centers in Greater Boston to offer tutoring, one-on-one homework assistance and creative activities, including visual and performing arts and STEM projects, 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)

altbreak@bu.edu

Program Managers: Kristal Castro and Nikita Varman

Alternative Service Breaks (ASB) creates strong bonds among the students and faculty/staff who spend their spring break 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 

Empowerment League

empower@bu.edu

Program Managers: Ana Paula Gushken, Olivia Rosenburg, Ruyu Yan and Sydney Collier 

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)

fysop@bu.edu

Program Managers: Erin Gannon, Jonathan Hauser, Caroline Kohler, John Le

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

Siblings (Sibs)

siblings@bu.edu

Program Managers: Andrew Garcia and Hanna Gootée

Siblings is a one-on-one mentoring program in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters 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: Campus Program: 3-5 hours biweekly (academic year). Site-based Program: 3 hours weekly (academic year)

Student Food Rescue (SFR)

sfr@bu.edu

Program Managers: Kelsea Monette and Natalia Szeremeta

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)

Events and Education

On-Campus Events: cscad@bu.edu
Off-Campus Events: cscpr@bu.edu
Education, Reflection, & Events: cscevent@bu.edu

Program Managers: Max Crossan, Melissa Inge, Brice Hounshel

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