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

Wednesday, 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)


Volunteers of the Week!

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Here at the Community Service Center we LOVE our volunteers.  We wouldn’t be able to function without you guys.  We admire and solute the great work you do for Boston University and the City of Boston every week!  Here are this week’s Volunteers of the Week:

Miles Greene (SAR ’13) and Miriam Levine (CAS ’11)

Program: Student Food Rescue

Miles and Miriam dealt with getting lost, donation site complications and van issues all in one night on their Tuesday food run. Nevertheless, they got through it and still managed to rescue a ton of food! Thanks guys!

Thank you Miles, Miriam and EVERYONE else who made us proud!

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International Volunteering

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

by Missy Goldberg, Wizards Program Manager

Kara Cremer (CAS '12) and Missy saying goodbye to the kids on our last day.

Kara Cremer (CAS '12) and Missy saying goodbye to the kids on their last day.

This past winter break, I had the incredible opportunity to volunteer with Global Water Brigades in Los Pajarillos, Honduras.  I applied for the BU club in September, and a small group of us traveled to Honduras from January 4th-10th over break.  We weren’t quite sure what to expect during the week, but we left in utter exhaustion, appreciation, and inspiration from our experiences.

The goal of our project was to help build a water system that would bring clean, potable water to the village in Los Pajarillos.  During the dry season, which lasts from about January to May, the villagers get only 3 gallons of water per person per day.  In comparison, we use about 100 gallons of water per person per day.  For these people living in dire poverty, the lack of water is a root cause of many health and hygiene issues.  Global Brigades has created the Water Brigades program in order to help prevent these health issues and to help bring about a better standard of living for the people of Honduras.

Kara Cremer (CAS '12) after a long day of work 

Kara Cremer (CAS ’12) after a long day of work

American engineers had been working with the local Honduran water council in Los Pajarillos to plan the project, and our job was to help install the system.  Each day we hiked a 3.2km mountain to get to the water source, where we moved rocks, dug holes, and mixed cement in order to help build a dam.  We also spent the work days using pickaxes and shovels to dig trenches down the entire mountain, and began gluing and laying the pipes that would carry the water down the mountain.  After 3 days of hard physical labor, working side-by-side with the local Hondurans, we had completed half the project and were excited to hear the group going the next week would finish the entire system.  It was truly inspirational to talk with the Hondurans (in our broken Spanish) and work with them on this project, knowing that after this week they would no longer have to suffer through another dry season.

Pinkey Shah (SAR '11) helping to glue and lay the pvc piping in the trenches. 

Pinkey Shah (SAR ’11) helping to glue and lay the pvc piping in the trenches.

Global Brigades has 10 different programs including Medical, Business, Water, Environmental, Law, Dental, Architecture, Public Health, Microfinance and Dance Brigades.  BU currently has four clubs (Medical, Water, Public Health and Business), and is always looking for interested students to start new Brigades.

For more info, visit

April Alumni Reunion

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Ahoy Alumni!

Here’s an opportunity to reunite and reconnect with the CSC. On April 7th or 8th at 7PM (date still pending), there will be an informal reunion at the BU PUB. Come have a drink, meet up with old friends, and talk to some soon to be alums about life after the CSC. We will also be holding a discussion on forming an alumni council aimed at finding more ways to keep alumni involved and on those programs that you dedicated more time to than your actual school work.

Keep your calendars free because we’d love to see tons of you there. Questions? Email me at!

Shane Hinde, Development and Alumni Relations Program Manager

UPDATE: The event will be held at the BU Pub on April 8th and is open to all alumni and soon-to-be alums (seniors). Please RSVP with Shane if you plan to attend.

CSC Alums at our Fall 2009 Alumni Reception

CSC Alums at our Fall 2009 Alumni Reception

CSC Recognized by BU's United Way Campaign

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Every year around the holidays, Boston University’s faculty and staff are encouraged to give to the United Way. This has always been the University’s charity of choice. But this year, for the first time, faculty and staff were given another option – the Community Service Center. As Peter Fiedler, 2009 Campaign Chair, stated in a letter to faculty and staff:

This year, for the first time, you can choose to designate the Boston University Community Service Center as the recipient of your donation by entering its agency number M857822 when filling out your online pledge. The Boston University Community Service Center is committed to addressing some of the same basic community needs as the United Way, including the education of our youth as well as the essential need for food and shelter. For more information on the Community Service Center, please visit

The Community Service Center is proud to be recognized by the University and is excited by this opportunity! The center always welcomes support from BU and the Greater Boston community. Please contact the CSC’s director Lindsey Wyld Kotowicz with questions or for more information on donating to the center.