Global Days of Service

APRIL 2018!


The Office of Global and Population Health and the Office of Alumni Relations has arranged several ways for all of us to join forces, as individuals and/or in large and small groups, to make April 2018 Global Days of Service the best yet for GSDM. Together we can make a real impact and help to create a new chapter in GSDM’s proud 55 years of history and service.

Please read below for information on the GSDM events and collection drive. These GSDM Global Days of Service events are listed on the Boston University Global Days of Service website and although they are primarily intended for GSDM students, faculty, staff, alumni, and their families and friends, all are welcome!


Victory Programs’ ReVision Urban Farm – Outdoors! Rain or shine!

Saturday, March 24, 2018 (5 volunteers)
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Contact:  Kathy Lituri at

Thursday, March 29, 2018 (15 volunteers)
8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Contact:  Kathy Lituri at

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 (15 volunteers)
1 – 4 p.m.
Contact:  Kathy Lituri at


Location:  38 Fabyan Street Boston, MA 02124 (Dorchester)

REQUIREMENTS: Dress code. Long pants and shirt are recommended for farm work. Layers are suggested to accommodate any weather changes. Close-toed shoes are required because you may be working with sharp tools. The weather can vary, so we recommend bringing attire for all kinds of conditions (layered clothing, hats, boots).  However, if there is hard rain or other tough conditions, we may have to call you to cancel. Due to scheduling, they are unable accommodate early arrivals.

What is Victory Programs’ Revision Urban Farm?  From website: ReVison Urban Farm brings high quality, locally grown fresh food to the community at very affordable prices. Associated with Victory Programs’ ReVision Family Home – a shelter for 22 homeless parents and their children located in the Franklin Field neighborhood of Dorchester – we work to provide information about healthy eating, sustainable farming and provide the residents with free produce to use in their family meals. ReVision Urban Farm also provides job training for youth and Boston’s homeless. We work hard to earn a significant portion of our operating expenses through market-rate and reduced-rate sales of our produce.

What you’ll be doing: The special project is called a Permablitz, which is a gathering of community members and local volunteers with the intention of transforming their farm into a productive ecosystem through regenerative design. In order to prepare the fields for dense plantings for fruit bushes and medicinal herbal plants, we’ll spend the day shoveling pathways and sheet mulching various fields on the farm with cardboard, hay, compost, and woodchips.

Frequently Asked Questions of Volunteers:

Where do we meet and how early should my group get there? Volunteer groups should meet in front of the greenhouse on the Fabyan Street lot (across the street from ReVision Family Home, located at 38 Fabyan Street, Dorchester, MA 02124).  All groups should arrive on site at or before their scheduled time.  Please come on time as we begin our program promptly and need to start working in the fields.  At arrival, we will have your group sign our volunteer form. Then we will tell you about the farm and project and divide up, if needed, to begin the day’s tasks.

What is the work like? Farming is hard work. Depending on the season, you may be preparing beds, planting, harvesting, tending vegetables or cleaning up the land. We work rain or shine so please come prepared for the weather. Expect to get your hands and clothes dirty by the end of day.

What do I need to bring? Work gloves, water bottles, sunscreen, and rain gear (depending on weather). We will supply all the tools you need to work in the field. If you have a medical condition such as asthma or anaphylaxis, please bring your inhaler or epipen and tell your group leader of your condition before working in the field.

What do I wear when working on the land? Long pants and shirt are recommended for farm work. Close-toed shoes are required because you may be working with sharp tools. If globes are desired, we recommend bringing your own (we do have extras on-site). Keep in mind that you will get dirty and be prepared for warm, cold, or wet weather. Bring extra layers and rain gear so that you are comfortable working in most weather conditions. A box of garbage bags is a good item to bring, in case people in your group don’t bring rain gear.

Do we still work when it rains? In case of inclement weather, we may cancel the volunteer shift. We ask to be provided with contact information in case of any last-minute changes.

What about lunch and water? We have an area where participants can eat lunch. We have water on-site, available to refill bottles.

DIRECTIONS TO THE FABYAN ST SITE Victory Programs’ ReVision Urban Farm’s main site is located at 38 Fabyan Street in Dorchester.

Driving Directions:

Traveling south on Blue Hill Ave – Fabyan Street is one block past Greenock St, on the right side of the street. Turn right on Fabyan St and you’ll find the Farm about halfway up the street. There is plenty of on-street parking. Please take note of the street cleaning signs between April and November.

Traveling north on Blue Hill Ave – Make a U-Turn at Callender St. and then an immediate right on Fabyan St.

Traveling west on Morton St – Turn left at Harvard St. Turn right on Greenock St. Then turn right at the end of the block onto Blue Hill Ave, and then make the next right onto Fabyan (Fabyan St is a one-way, headed from Blue Hill Ave towards Harvard St).

Public Transportation: Take the Orange Line to Forest Hills Station. Board the 21 bus (Ashmont via Morton St) or the 31 bus (Mattapan via Morton St), both found on the lower busway. Get off the bus at Harvard St. Cross Morton St and walk about three blocks up the hill on Harvard St. Cross Harvard St. to turn right on Fabyan St. You’ll find ReVision Urban Farm about halfway down Fabyan St.

Bicycling: Bicycle lanes can be found on Blue Hill Avenue and other nearby streets, but there are also bicycle paths at nearby Franklin Park, and down the Southwest Corridor from downtown Boston to nearby Jamaica Plain.

Greater Boston Food Bank Opportunities

Several events are organized by various groups; however, each session is open to all on a first come, first served basis.


Staff Forum Session at Greater Boston Food Bank (15 volunteers)
Thursday, April 5, 2018
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Leader: Lisa Collins

MSA Session at Greater Boston Food Bank (5 volunteers)
Thursday, April 12, 2018
9:30 a.m. – noon
Leader: Chandini Shaikh, DMD 19

ASDA Leadership Session at Greater Boston Food Bank (15 volunteers)
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Leader: Taylor Paek, DMD 20

School-based Programs Session at Greater Boston Food Bank (9 volunteers)
Thursday, April 19, 2018
9:30 a.m. – noon
Leader: Paula Pina

AAWD Session at Greater Boston Food Bank (15 volunteers)
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
9:30 a.m. – noon
Leader: Kerin Gustafson, DMD 20

Greater Boston Food Bank Session (15 volunteers)
Thursday, April 26, 2018
9:30 a.m. – noon
  Kathy Lituri

Location: 70 South Bay Avenue, Boston, MA (15 minute walk from dental school, limited parking)

REQUIREMENTS: The AGE REQUIREMENT for all volunteers is 16 and older.  Any volunteer under 18 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.  The GBFB has a CLOSED-TOE SHOE POLICY (no sandals or flip flops) as volunteers are a working warehouse. Those wearing open-toed shoes will not be allowed to volunteer.  Please wear comfortable clothing you do not mind getting dirty.

What is The Greater Boston Food Bank?  The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is the largest hunger relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. Last year, GBFB distributed more than 60.7 million pounds of nutritious food to people who struggle to have enough to eat. They are committed to increasing their food distribution to provide at least ONE MEAL A DAY to every person in need in Eastern Massachusetts while supporting healthy lives and healthy communities.  The Greater Boston Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization.  For more information, see Greater Boston Food Bank.

What you’ll be doing:  Groups who volunteer receive a customized, educational and team-building experience, while sorting and packing food for those in need. Most volunteers work in our warehouse inspecting, sorting, and packing food and grocery products. While a few tasks require the ability to lift a 30-pound box, most tasks require the ability to stand and inspect products for 2 to 3 hours

Gift of Life Marrow Registry Drive

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
L-Bldg Lobby and L-107

Joining the registry is as easy as a simple swab of your cheek. Eligible donors must be between the ages of 18-45 and in general good health, meet the guidelines and be willing to donate to any patient, at any time, worldwide. Donors 45-60 are asked to consider the $60 processing fee incurred with processing each swab kit. Contributions of any amount are appreciated. (

Giving Day

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Midnight to midnight

Double your impact with matching funds!  

  • To give in person, visit the table in the GSDM lobby from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • To give online, on April 11, click on the “Donate Now” button on Giving Day, 4/11/18, to make your gift.

You make a huge difference when you give to BU.  And for 24 hours on Giving Day, your gift can do even more, thanks to a group of generous donors who will match your contribution!  Together with your fellow BU alumni, students, parents, and friends, you can contribute to the cause(s) at BU that matters most to you and help decide which areas of the University get a share of the funds raised.  Your impact will be felt in the lab, in the classroom and in the community.  In other words: every gift makes an even bigger impact.

Ricesticks and Tea Asian Food Pantry (10 volunteers)

Saturday, April 14, 2018
7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Contact: Haejin Hwang at


Location:  The Arlington Street Church, a Unitarian Universalist church across from the Public Garden in Boston. 351 Boylston St, Boston (corner of Arlington and Boylston Streets).

What will we be doing?  Volunteers are needed to help sort and bag food, and make the monthly food distribution process run smoothly.  Volunteer responsibilities include set-up, preparing food for bagging, bagging food for distribution, assisting clients with transporting food, general labor, and clean-up.  There is some heavy lifting so some of the volunteers in the group should be able to do this.

What to wear? Wear comfortable clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. Closed toed shoes please.

Getting there: The MBTA Green Line Arlington Street stop is right there. The location is also in walking distance from the dental school area.  Street parking – metered.

Pine Street Inn (10 volunteers)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
9 a.m. – noon

Contact: Sheree Norquist at


Location: 444 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA

PLEASE NOTE:  All kitchen volunteers are trained in food safety at the beginning of the shift. Volunteers work in the Pine Street Inn kitchen environment chopping vegetables, making sandwiches, weighing food, and other basic meal preparation services. Volunteers work together as a team alongside Pine Street Inn kitchen associates and trainees. Your group project may involve cutting certain items in the kitchen. Pine Street Inn will provide special cutting gloves for this project.

REQUIREMENTS:  All volunteers must be 15 years of age and older regardless of parental permission or attendance. The Pine Street Inn requires that all volunteers wear LONG PANTS, CLOSED-TOE SHOES and T-SHIRTS. Those wearing open-toed shoes or shorts will not be allowed to volunteer.

SUGGESTED ATTIRE:  Volunteers should wear comfortable clothes, that they do not mind getting dirty. You should avoid wearing loose clothing, including untucked shirts, wide sleeves, wallet chains, bracelets or long necklaces.  All volunteers are required to wear hairnet (provided by PSI) or alternate head covering; you may bring in a baseball cap if you prefer.

What is Pine Street Inn?  Founded in 1969, Pine Street Inn serves more than 1,900 homeless individuals daily and nearly 9,000 annually, providing the full spectrum of services to help men and women reach their highest level of independence and get back to a place they can call home.  Their mission is to partner with homeless individuals to help them move from the streets and shelter to a home and assist formerly homeless individuals in retaining housing.  Pine Street Inn provides street outreach, emergency services, supportive housing, job training and connections to employment, and tirelessly advocates for collaborative solutions to end homelessness.

What will we be doing?  We will be participating in Learn and Serve, a half-day opportunity that combines hands-on service with an educational tour of the Inn to provide us with a deeper understanding of the issues of homelessness, poverty and Boston’s lack of affordable housing.  First, we will work in the kitchen to assist in preparing some of the more than 2000 meals that are made at the Pine Street Inn each day.  Following this activity, we will be given a tour of the Inn followed by a free lunch served in the staff cafeteria.

Spring Blood Drive

Thursday, April 19, 2017
11 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  

Boston University School of Medicine, Hiebert Lounge
72 East Concord Street, Boston, MA 02118

You can contribute as a blood donor. Click here to register!

At this Blood Drive, you can donate Blood and Power Red. Blood donors must be healthy and feeling well, be at least 17 years old, and weigh at least 110 pounds. Blood donors will receive a BU Global Days of Service tee-shirt and your effort will be counted towards the dental school’s Global Days of Service efforts.

Blood: ‘Whole Blood” is the most common type of donation, during which approximately a pint of “whole blood” is given. This type of blood donation usually takes about an hour, though the actual donation takes about 8-10 minutes. You are eligible to donate “whole blood” every 56 days.

Power Red: A Power Red donation collects the red cells but returns most of the plasma and platelets to the donor. Power Red donors must meet specific eligibility requirements and have A Neg, B Neg, or O blood. Power Red from Type O donors and donors with Rh-negative blood types play a very important role in maintaining blood supply levels.  Donors need to meet slightly higher hemoglobin and body height/weight requirements in order to be able to give a Power Red. If you are male, you must be at least 5’1” and weigh at least 130 pounds. If you are female, you must be at least 5’5’’ and weigh at least 150 pounds. Please note, higher requirements may apply in certain cases. Power Red takes approximately 30 minutes longer than a whole blood donation and allow you to give two units of red cells. Donors are eligible to give Power Red every 112 days.

Note: Healthy means that you feel well and can perform normal activities. If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes, healthy also means that you are being treated and the condition is under control.

Note: To ensure the safety of blood donations for both donors and recipients, all volunteer blood donors must be evaluated to determine their eligibility to give blood. The final determination will be made on the day of the donation at the blood drive. If you were deferred from donating in the past, you may be able to donate again.

View official event flyer here.

Relay for Life

Saturday, April 21, 2018
6 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Many volunteers do not spend the entire night)

Registration is $20 in March. For more information about GSDM’s ASDA Relay for Life Team, go to BU Dental or contact Team Captain Jayesh Patel at

Location: Boston University Track and Tennis Center, 100 Ashford St., Boston (Charles River Campus)

What is Relay for Life?   The American Cancer Society Relay for Life movement symbolizes hope and our shared goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of so many people we love.  This is our opportunity to honor cancer survivors, remember those we have lost, and raise funds and awareness to fight back and help end cancer forever.  Relay for Life is an organized, overnight community fundraising walk where teams camp out and take turns walking around a track.  Food, games and activities provide entertainment and build camaraderie.  It is a wonderful family-friendly environment for the entire community.  Since this is a team event, individual participants are not required to be there the entire time; but because it’s so much fun, you’ll find it hard to leave!  More information about Boston University’s Relay for Life can be found here: Relay for Life of Boston University.  For those of you not in Boston, more information on Relay for Life Worldwide can be found here: Relay for Life Worldwide.

Number of volunteers needed:  An infinite number!  You can join an existing team or volunteer to be a Team Captain.  Team BU DENTAL, sponsored by ASDA, is forming now.

What will we be doing?  We will be participating in the 12-hour walk/campout at the Track and Tennis Center.


Opening Ceremony: 6 PM
Plan to check-in between 4:30 and 5:45 PM, claim your spot on the track, then it’s time to get started! We kick off the event by honoring everyone who’s been affected by cancer and everyone who has contributed to the success of this year’s Relay season.

Survivor/Caregiver Walk: Immediately Following
Survivors and Caregivers are the heart and soul of Relay For Life events. We honor their strength and courage with every step they take. It doesn’t matter if you were diagnosed 10 days ago or 10 years ago, you can walk while everyone gathers together to cheer you on.

Luminaria Ceremony: Midnight
During this ceremony we represent everyone touched by cancer with a Luminaria. Each light represents a life—a life taken by cancer, a survivor of cancer, or a support for a person still fighting the disease. It’s a powerful demonstration that gives people the opportunity to grieve but also offers comfort and hope.

Closing Ceremony: 5:30 PM
Our closing ceremony is the time to commit to take action and help lead the fight for a world free from cancer. It’s a time to celebrate what we’ve accomplished together and a time to unify for the work that needs to be done moving forward.

Cradles to Crayons (14 volunteers)

Thursday, April 26
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.  (Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled visit.)
 Kathy Lituri @


Location: Cradles to Crayons – 155 North Beacon Street, Brighton, MA

Description: Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. They supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.  Cradles to Crayons collects new and nearly new children’s items through grassroots community drives and corporate donations.

What will we be doing: Volunteers help to process and package donations that are distributed to disadvantaged children across the state through a collaborative network of social service agencies and school partners.

Can children attend if accompanied by an adult? Yes, must be at least 5 years old and accompanied by adult.

Important Information:

  • All group members must be pre-registered before their scheduled volunteer visit (link will be provided upon sign up).
  • Please consider bringing donations to your volunteer visit. For more information regarding items we accept, please see below in the Collection for Cradles to Crayons event section.
  • The Giving Factory is a warehouse environment and it is not climate-controlled. Volunteers are encouraged to wear closed-toed shoes and clothing they do not mind getting dirty.

Parking is limited. Please do not park in the New Balance parking garage or in spaces designated for CORT Furniture. On-street parking is available on North Beacon Street and on-street, two hour parking is available on Etna Street and Life Street.

Collection for Cradles to Crayons

We will have a collection box at the following locations:

  • Global & Population Health, 560 Harrison Avenue, 3rd floor
  • 100 East Newton Street, Dean’s Office, 3rdfloor
  • Solomon Carter Fuller – 10th Floor
  • 930 Commonwealth Avenue (Dental Health Center)


Cradles to Crayons accepts a wide variety of items (listed below) but they have asked us to focus on hygiene supplies, including baby wipes, brushes/combs, baby lotion, baby wash, toothbrushes/paste, and especially baby lotion and baby shampoo.

Cradles to Crayons creates KidPacks that are hand-selected with care to meet a local boy or girl’s specific needs and wants. We accept a wide range of new and gently-used items for children ages newborn to 12.

They strive to provide every child with the essentials they need to feel safe, warm, and valued.  You can help us by making sure that your gently-used donations are high-quality: not ripped, stained, broken, or missing pieces.  Please review the standards below to ensure we can distribute your donations to a deserving child.

Most Needed Items:

  • Boys  7/8 Pants
  • Boys & Girls 18-24 month tops, onesies
  • Diapers size 6, diaper wipes
  • Chapter Books
  • Crib and twin bed sheets
  • Toothpaste

What We Accept:

  • Clothing and coats (youth sizes 0–20 and adult sizes small & medium)
  • New socks, underwear, and pajamas (only accepted in new condition)
  • Shoes, boots, sneakers, and sandals (infant/child sizes 0–13 and adult sizes 1–10)
  • Books, especially baby board books
  • Brand new arts and crafts/school supplies
  • Baby supplies and bedding (up to size twin)
  • Diapers, all sizes
  • Baby equipment, especially strollers and car seats within five years old
  • New and like-new toys (new toys are used for birthday gifts. Gently-used toys must have all pieces. We do not accept stuffed animals, ride-on toys, or plastic play structures)
  • New hygiene supplies for ages 0 to 12