Global Days of Service is a month-long community service event, where members of the BU community come together across the globe to give back to their communities. In 2013, Global Days of Service spanned the entire month of April for the first time, allowing over 4,000 volunteers to put in 25,000 hours of work in 15 countries.


Practicality & Vision: A story of two BU alums

Two world-changing nonprofits—Goodwill Industries and Project Repat—and their impressive BU alumni founders.

Why We Serve

Service is a long-standing tradition at BU. The University’s third president, Lemuel Murlin, described BU as an institution ‘in the city, in service to the city.’ Countless BU alumni have carried this spirit of giving back with them after graduation, including Edgar Helms, STH’1895, and founder of Goodwill Industries.

As you can see, the tradition of service is alive and well here at BU, and Global Days of Service is your chance to bring the BU spirit of service to your community. Become a part of this tradition by volunteering and tell your story.


Service: Student Food Rescue

An example of the kind of community service for which BU students are justifiably celebrated.

What qualifies as service?

Quite a lot, actually. Cleaning up parks, volunteering at shelters, working with animals—but also helping any part of your community that needs a hand.

You can also participate in GDS on your own. Coach your children’s Little League team? That counts. Volunteer at a local animal shelter? That counts, too! We want to recognize the time and energy you are giving back to your community!

So whether you participate in a BU-organized site or on your own, tell your story and get counted!

"The chance to work together with BU Alums and the staff at the Beverly Food Project was an inspiring one. Working on the organic farm and learning about America’s food system not only provided a great way to give back to Greater Boston, but also helped to build relationships and promote change."

—Matthew C. Brien (CAS’11), Beverly Food Project, Boston, MA

"We believe that we can make a difference, and even if it’s only in the lives of a few kids, it’s worth it. Most of these kids have no dreams and ‘Dare to Dream’ has become our motto, to help them find the dreams that God has hidden in their hearts.”

—Sheri Torgrimson (CFA’89), Orphange, Dom Dziecka, Poland


On April 6, 2016, members of the BU community around the world came together to spend 24 extraordinary hours giving back. It’s was a chance for BU alumni, parents, students, faculty & staff, and friends to make a huge difference in a short period of time – and envision a brighter future for Boston University and its students. Here are just a few of the highlights from the day:


Want to get involved but won’t have time to organize a site? Check out the service opportunities near you.