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Countdown to GDS: Cooper Community Center

April 5th, 2014

Cooper Community Center

We are seeking volunteers to work at the shelter doing maintenance and planting flowers. Their mission is to provide children and youth with the strongest developmental foundation to inspire a life long excitement for learning and skills to become caring and responsible citizens. Providing countless programs for underserved children daily, Cooper Community Center ensures that children and their families can have a safe educational facility, creating a foundation for future success.


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Countdown to GDS: iChase for the Cure

April 5th, 2014

iChase for the Cure

iChase the Cure is a nonprofit organization that really touches close to home– it was founded by a group of Boston University students! iChase has been holding 5K run-walks for the past four years, and will continue the tradition this year on the Esplanade. All proceeds go towards funding research for cures for various diseases, and this year’s walk raises awareness for children’s brain tumors.


So what will you be expected to do as a volunteer? iChase the Cure is looking for enthusiastic students to help set up the course, hand out shirts, greet guests, and help with registration for participants. So come be a part of the fun and join iChase the Cure by the beautiful Esplanade on April 19th! This is sure to be the biggest 5K iChase has ever had, so get involved and join the fight against pediatric cancer today!


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Countdown to GDS: Red Cross Food Pantry

March 21st, 2014

Red Cross Food Pantry


Food is great. Community service is awesome. Put the two together and you have the best of both worlds! Get the opportunity to serve the Boston community at the Red Cross Food Pantry. The Red Cross Food Pantry in Boston is one of the largest in the New England area. It was established in 1982 and still is very active today. What will volunteers be able to do? They will get the opportunity to help package and distribute food bags to American Red Cross clients.


Twitter: @RedCrossMA

-Linda Jung (CAS ’16)

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Countdown to Global Days of Service: Gifford Cat Shelter

March 19th, 2014

Are you a cat-lover? Do you want to spend your day watching cats do their cat things? The Gifford Cat Shelter, located at the end of the B-line, is the first cage-less, no-kill shelter in the United States and was founded in 1884. Back in the day, the shelter cared for goats, bulls, dogs, and cats. As Brighton changed over the years, so did the shelter, and eventually it came to be that shelter solely housed cats. Did you read that right? There is a building full of cats right here in Boston.

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More than 75% of the shelter’s cats have been rescued from homelessness, hoarders, or abandonment. At Gifford, the cats are able to roam freely within the facility and able to play, exercise, and socialize with other cats. The cat housing spaces are bright, open environments with room for the felines to partake in feline activities. When it’s nice out, the cats are allowed to go out to the outdoor enclosure, which gives the cats a safe space to get fresh air, run, play and roll in the grass.


So how can you help as a volunteer? Gifford divides their volunteer opportunities into four different categories. The opportunities vary from being part of the cleaning crew, where you can clean bowls, scoop litter boxes, sweep, and do laundry, to socializing and enriching the cats where make sure that the cats stay friendly and wonderful just by playing with them. There is also more hands-on work where the shelter needs volunteers to do some light painting as well as minor repairs. Volunteers are important to the shelter because with our help, the amazing people who make Gifford what it is can focus on the quality of life for the cats and don’t have to sweat the small stuff.


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–Miles Avila (CAS ’15)

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Countdown to Global Days of Service ’14: Room to Grow

March 5th, 2014

Room to Grow was founded in 1998 with the mission of supporting the fundamental needs of babies born into poverty during their first three years of life. They provide one-on-one parenting support and essential baby items for families at their Boston headquarters in the Back Bay. Parents visit Room to Grow once every three months from just before their child’s birth until they turn three. As of 2014, the organization has supported more than 1,000 families in both Boston and New York.


Founder Julie Burns says that “Room to Grow is designed to help low-income mothers who don’t have a family support system to navigate the challenges of motherhood.” The organization works to ensure that parents receive customized support and knowledge to provide a healthy start for their child. Room to Grow is always looking for volunteers and donations for their drives and fundraisers throughout the year so don’t be afraid to reach out!


As a Global Day of Service volunteer, you will be helping to sort and organize donations of baby clothes, toys, and supplies that will later be distributed to families in need. Interested? Be sure to visit Room to Grow’s website, connect with them on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to their YouTube channel for an inside look at the inspiring organization.

To register for Room to Grow and over 30 other sites on Saturday, April 19, 2014 please see our registration page.

– Alison Ishii (SMG ’16)


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Countdown to Global Days of Service ’14: City of Boston Animal Shelter

March 3rd, 2014

City of Boston Animal Shelter


The City of Boston Animal Shelter, located in Roslindale, MA is the perfect volunteer opportunity for any animal lovers! The City of Boston Animal Control department runs the shelter, and their goal is to find these animals new homes. Thanks to websites like, new owners both in and out of state are adopting the animals. As a volunteer, students get to interact with animals, including socializing, bathing and exercising. The shelter also needs help with general tasks like cleaning and laundry. Many of the animals are strays or have been abandoned by their owners and just need a little love! The shelter has dogs, cats, and other small animals, so there is something for everyone.

– Alanna Raskin (CGS ’16)
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Break a Leg, CT!

November 4th, 2013

Why wait until World Day of Theatre for Children in March? Support Children’s Theatre this week by going to the CT dress rehearsal on Thursday, November 7th at 8pm in the Conference Auditorium! For more info, check out the Facebook event.

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Fast Facts: Hunger

October 28th, 2013

Did you know …

“Our world produces enough food for all of us. But one in seven people still goes hungry”

Oxfam America

How can YOU help end world hunger? Check out our Oxfam Fast for Harvest event happening this week (10/28-11/1) at all major dining halls.

What is Oxfam Fast for Harvest?

  • Tables will be set up outside Warren, 100 Bay State, and West dining halls where you can sign up to donate two of your meals. The meals will be taken from your dining plans for lunch and dinner on November 14th. All of the profits from the meal donations will be directly donated to Oxfam

How can you get involved?

  • Donate your meals! It’s quick and simple, and you can sign up at any of the dining hall locations any day from Monday 10/28 until Friday 11/1. You can still use your guest meals to swipe in, or use your dining/convenience points.
  • Volunteer at the tables to help sign people up for meal donations! Sign ups for tabling are available here – the goal is to have at least 2 people for each time slot. PLUS if you’re a volunteer for a CSC program, the program that has the highest percentage of their volunteers to sign up and sit at the Oxfam tables will get a prize!
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Let the BUASB Begin!

October 21st, 2013

Believe or not, planning for Alternative Spring Break it already in full swing – check out these great pictures from the ASB Coordinator retreat at the Food Project in Lincoln!

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The Recycled Orchestra

October 13th, 2013

Check out this awesome video about the Landfill Harmonic Orchestra – a film about a project in Cateura, Paraguay where community members use recycled trash to make instruments for children who otherwise wouldn’t have access to music programs.

Feeling inspired? You can learn more about the Recycled Orchestra on the Landfill Harmonic Orchestra website. Plus, if you’re itching to get involved, you can always volunteer for our Making Music program to make a local impact on music education!

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