Joining Hands

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

Time commitment is 2-3 hours per week for the entire semester. Volunteers are assigned to a site and volunteer with other BU students.

Joining Hands’ sites include the LGBT Aging Project, a weekly lunch for senior citizens who identify as LGBT; Newton Special Athletes, a therapeutic recreational program for individuals with disabilities providing and encouraging physical, social, emotional and intellectual development for participants; and Compass on the Bay, a residential facility specializing in Alzheimer care.

Information on sites Joining Hands volunteers worked with during the 2013-14 academic year can be found here.

For more information, please email Program Manager, Jon Lerch, at

Applications for spring semester are currently closed. Stay tuned for the fall 2015 application.  If you are interested in a summer service opportunity, check out Student Food Rescue!