Projects Worldwide

Important service contributions can happen any time, any place. GDS activities range far and wide, encompassing environmental action, refugee assistance, youth mentoring, disaster relief, and more. Check out our list of projects below or explore other ways to get involved!

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Phoenix , AZSt. Mary's Food Bank
Date: 04/30/2016Time: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Founded in 1967, St. Mary’s is the world’s first food bank. In Arizona, nearly 1 in 3 children, 1 in 5 Arizonans, and 1 in 7 seniors live in poverty. Join us to help pack and sort food items for emergency food boxes for those in need!

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California

USA - West Coast
Irvine, CASecond Harvest Food bank of Orange County
Date: 04/09/2016 Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The food items that are sorted or packaged by you will be distributed to one of our 350 member agencies, who will then distribute the food directly to the 200,000 hungry people in our community. Your help matters! Some of these food items will also go into programs that are run for feeding children and seniors. Activities include sorting, crating, and/or boxing food and produce. If you would like to collect food prior to your visit, the current most needed shelf-stable items are: peanut butter and jelly, canned meat, canned fruit, and cereal (hot or cold).

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Los Angeles, CA#HappyPeriod
Date: 04/10/2016Time: 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

#HappyPeriod is an organization whose mission is to provide menstrual hygiene kits to the homeless who would otherwise go without. The initiative supports everyone that has a monthly flow, including teenagers, nonbinary, and the LGBT community. Volunteers are asked to bring donations (tampons, wipes, pads, soap, underwear, panty liners). Volunteers will make kits and pass them out.

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Los Angeles , CALos Angeles Regional Food Bank
Date: 04/02/2016Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Please join us at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank for a morning of giving back to our community to help provide food and resources for those who are hungry. Volunteers are needed to help sort, inspect, and repackage donated food items from local food drives. When registering, please note that you will need to sign up through both the BU Alumni Association and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank website.

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Pasadena, CAAutism Speaks Walk - Los Angeles
Date: 04/02/2016Time: 6:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Join fellow alumni and volunteer for the 2016 Autism Speaks Walk: Los Angeles at the famous Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

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San Francisco , CAGilman Rec Connect After School
Date: 04/10/2016Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

At the Gilman Rec Connect's After School Program Center, we will be renovating the kitchen so the After School Program can continue to provide nourishing meals to our local youth. We will also be painting the office, which also serves as a mini-tech center. This is a very hands-on opportunity where you will get the chance to swing a hammer, color a wall, and build cabinets. Please feel free to bring your own tools, if available. If you have any lightly used appliances (refrigerator, stove, etc.) that you would be interested in donating to the program, please contact site leader Ellee Koss.

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Colorado

USA - West Coast
Denver, COHome Builders Foundation
Date: 04/23/2016Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The HBF is a non profit that provides accessible home modifications for individuals with a disability and financial need. Join BU Volunteers to help the HBF build a ramp for a disabled veteran who is confined to a wheelchair and needs ramp access to and from his home.

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Connecticut

USA - Northeast
Stamford, CTMill River Park Collaborative
Date: 04/23/2016Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Mill River Park Collaborative is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to create and sustain a world-class park in Downtown Stamford. The Collaborative was established as a public/private partnership that would “provide collaborative leadership in creating and sustaining a successful Mill River Park." Join alumni and friends for the third consecutive year as we come together to assist in the effort in cleaning up the park.

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District of Columbia

USA - Northeast
Washington, DCWashington Humane Society
Date: 04/12/2016Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join BU alumni in DC as we volunteer at the Washington Humane Society's Georgia Avenue adoption center. Come learn a bit about what the Washington Humane Society does for residents of the District, 2- and 4-legged! Volunteers will make cat and dog toys that help keep animals socialized during stressful situations and then deliver them to the residents of the shelter. Socialized animals are more likely to get adopted, leaving room for more animals that need a safe haven. As an open access shelter, no animal is turned away, Washington Humane Society sees upwards of 30 new animals each day, so freeing up kennels and space in the shelter is essential.

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Washington, DCRock Creek Conservancy
Date: 04/23/2016Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rock Creek Conservancy protects the lands and waters of Rock Creek and revitalizes Rock Creek Park for people to treasure and enjoy. Each spring, the Rock Creek Conservancy organizes and promotes the Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup, with trash cleanups at over 75 locations along the 33-mile length of Rock Creek. Our goal is total stream cleanup of Rock Creek and its tributaries, the parks connected to Rock Creek, and the neighborhoods near Rock Creek where trash originates. In the past six years, volunteers have collected a combined total of over 14,600 bags of litter, 69 tons of junk, 867 tires, and 37,350 plastic bags. As a result of these efforts, many locations are much cleaner.

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Florida

USA - South
Boca Raton, FLBoca Helping Hands
Date: 05/14/2016Time: 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Boca Helping Hands assists residents of Boca Raton with food, hot meals, financial assistance, and is a resource center. This is the "Stamp Out Hunger" event in coordination with Boca Raton postal carriers to benefit Boca Helping Hands. We will be one of the organizations assisting/sorting the canned goods and non-perishables that the postal carriers bring back from the Saturday postal run. Over 20,000 pounds will be sorted by classification.

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Georgia

USA - South
Atlanta , GAOpen Hand
Date: 04/30/2016Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Open Hand helps people prevent or better manage chronic disease through Comprehensive Nutrition Care™, which combines home-delivered meals and nutrition education. As you would imagine, with nearly 5,500 meals to prepare, package and deliver every day, the atmosphere is electric. But it's not all work -- the music is always on, and the friendly banter among new friends never ceases. Packing involves portioning food into individual containers and snack bags on our packing assembly line.

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Marietta, GAThe Foundation for Hospital Art
Date: 04/26/2016Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The Foundation for Hospital Art works to provide free paintings to hospitals around the world by enlisting volunteer help. The artists create the outline and guide the color selection, all you have to do is color within the lines. Whether you are an artist or have never painted before, this is a fulfilling way to spend a few hours - it will help you de-stress from whatever is on your mind and the painting we complete will put a smile on the face of many individuals for many years to come. And, all of us can paint within the lines.

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Illinois

USA - Midwest
Chicago , ILLincoln Park Conservancy
Date: 04/16/2016Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Help the Conservancy restore and maintain the North Pond Nature Sanctuary and its surrounding area as we plant trees, shrubs and native wildflowers. Volunteers will learn how to apply native seed, plant new wildflowers, remove invasive species, prune and mulch trees and shrubs, and collect seed heads from prairies and woodlands. Training provided on the workday. Due to this date being early in the season, we may also be asked to do mulch spreading, beach cleanup, or other miscellaneous park cleanup.

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Massachusetts

USA - Boston
Arlington , MAFriends of Spy Pond Park
Date: 04/09/2016Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Friends of Spy Pond Park is a nonprofit organization which supports the preservation, enhancement, and enjoyment of Spy Pond Park and Spy Pond as natural and community resources. Volunteers will assist in cleaning up the park by raking, cutting up dead branches, bagging, and wheeling the bags to the designated area.

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Boston, MABelle of the Ball
Date: 04/02/2016Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Belle of the Ball cleans and distributes prom dresses and provides related accessories at no charge to high school junior and senior girls who would otherwise not have the opportunity to attend their school’s prom. Volunteers have the opportunity to help girls select dresses and accessories, help make sure all of the dresses stay neatly displayed and organized, and contribute to the overall positive experience of the day.

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Boston, MABethany House
Date: 04/02/2016Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Bethany House provides a safe, supportive community for single women between the ages of 18 and 30 living in the greater Boston area. Bethany House provides affordable housing for young women from a variety of backgrounds, and exists in part to be a supportive program for women transitioning from homelessness, some of whom have experienced violence or abuse. Volunteers will repaint the community room, which will benefit the women who are served by Bethany House.

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Boston, MAThe Greater Boston Food Bank
Date: 04/05/2016Time: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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, we distributed more than 54 million pounds of food, enough to provide healthy meals to as many as 545,000 people. Join the Goldman School of Dental Medicine and fellow alumni for a morning of helping to inspect, sort and pack donated grocery products that are then distributed to hunger relief agencies.

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Boston, MAThe Greater Boston Food Bank
Date: 04/06/2016Time: 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

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, we distributed more than 54 million pounds of food, enough to provide healthy meals to as many as 545,000 people. Join the Goldman School of Dental Medicine and fellow alumni for a morning of helping to inspect, sort and pack donated grocery products that are then distributed to hunger relief agencies.

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Boston, MARosie's Place
Date: 04/10/2016Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Volunteers may assist with the preparation of the meal, serving soup or working the counter where the women will ask for various items like soap and shampoo. Volunteers serve the meals and, provided that there is food left over, volunteers are invited to sit and have a meal with the women. After the meal, volunteers collect the dishes for the dishwasher, clean the tables, drain the coffee maker, and help with other clean-up related tasks. A $15 donation is required to cover the cost of the groceries for the dinner volunteers will prepare and serve.

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Boston, MARelay for Life
Date: 04/16 - 04/17/2016Time: 6:00 PM - 6:00 AM

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. Join the Goldman School of Dental Medicine for this opportunity to honor cancer survivors, remember those we have lost, and raise funds and awareness to fight back and help end cancer forever.

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Boston, MAThe Greater Boston Food Bank
Date: 04/21/2016Time: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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, we distributed more than 54 million pounds of food, enough to provide healthy meals to as many as 545,000 people. Join the Goldman School of Dental Medicine and fellow alumni for a morning of helping to inspect, sort and pack donated grocery products that are then distributed to hunger relief agencies.

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Boston, MaSt. Francis House
Date: 04/23/2016Time: 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

St. Francis House is the largest day shelter in Massachusetts. Located in the heart of downtown Boston, St. Francis House serves more than 600 poor and homeless men and women a day, 365 days a year. Join the Goldman School of Dental Medicine to prepare and serve breakfast for the guests at St. Francis House.

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Boston, MAAmerican Red Cross Blood Drive
Date: 04/26/2016Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Volunteers will assist donors before and after they give blood, including walking with donors from the registration table and making sure they have enough to eat before they leave. There are multiple volunteer shifts available.

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Boston, MAThe Paulist Center Boston
Date: 04/27/2016Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Join the BU School of Law for an evening of service! The Wednesday Night Supper Club is a community of people who come together to serve those who come to the door of the Paulist Center. The Paulist Center strives to serve one hot, tasty nutritious meal of generous portions to each guest. The help of volunteers allows The Paulist Center to serve more than 10,000 meals to hungry and homeless guests each year. Volunteers will help with various tasks to help serve at the Supper Club.

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Boston, MAHaley House
Date: 04/28/2016Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join the BU Goldman School of Dental Medicine for a day of service! The Haley House prepares and serves made-from-scratch breakfast for men of all ages (homeless or food insecure). Since 1966, over 2 million meals have been served in the bustling kitchen, entirely through the generosity of volunteers. Volunteers will landscape and clean-up low-income housing in the South End. In the event of inclement weather, this project will be moved indoors to the Haley House Soup Kitchen for a deep clean of the kitchen (scrubbing floors, walls, etc).

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Boston, MAMore Than Words
Date: 04/30/2016Time: 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

The day will kick off with a youth-led tour and informational session where volunteers can learn more about More Than Words. After a fun icebreaker activity, volunteers will dive straight into helping with critical bookstore-related tasks that really help drive the business goals for that day, working right alongside the youth in the program.

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Boston, MACharles River Cleanup
Date: 04/30/2016Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup brings together over 3,000 volunteers each year to pick up litter, remove invasive species and assist with park maintenance. Give back to your community while enjoying the beauty and wildlife along the Charles River!

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Boston, MAHaley House
Date: 04/30/2016Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Join the BU Goldman School of Dental Medicine for a day of service! The Haley House Soup Kitchen prepares and serves made-from-scratch breakfast for men of all ages (homeless or food insecure). Since 1966, over 2 million meals have been served in the bustling kitchen, entirely through the generosity of volunteers. Volunteers will help deep clean the soup kitchen.

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Brighton, MACradles to Crayons
Date: 04/22/2016Time: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

In 2014, 30,000 volunteers rolled up their sleeves in The Giving Factory at Cradles to Crayons. Adults as old as 85 and kids as young as 5 came together to help make a difference in the lives of children living in low-income and homeless situations across the State of Massachusetts. Through the help of these volunteers, Cradles to Crayons provided more than 100,000 children with the items they needed most. Volunteers will receive a short introduction to Cradles to Crayons, which includes a bit of history and a brief orientation on how their model works. Volunteers are then assigned to project areas, where a staff member will introduce the project and work with the group to answer any questions throughout the shift.

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Cambridge, MAFriends of Alewife Reservation
Date: 04/30/2016Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Friends of Alewife Reservation works to protect and restore this wild area and the surrounding area for the water quality, native plants, animals and over 90 bird species with paths for walking, running and biking, recreation, and for classroom education and research. Volunteers will help to remove debris from daily use, help to maintain the pathways by clipping and removing invasive plants.

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USA - Boston
Mattapan, MABoston Nature Center - Mass Audubon
Date: 04/15/2016Time: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Located just outside of downtown Boston on the former grounds of the Boston State Hospital, the Boston Nature Center (BNC) is a community-based urban sanctuary. Trails and boardwalks traverse meadows and wetlands, home to over 150 species of birds, 40 species of butterflies, and more than 350 species of plants. Year-round programs help foster an appreciation for nature and the environment. Volunteers will help with the Boston Food Forest and Education Garden - Spring Clean Up and Planting - Butterfly Garden, Nature Nook, and Surrounding Landscaped Areas - Trail Maintenance. This project is open to faculty and staff of the Epidemiology Department.

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Mattapan , MAMass Audubon: Work for Wildlife Day
Date: 04/30/2016Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Spend the morning helping one of our wildlife sanctuaries get a jump on spring cleaning while you reconnect with nature. Come alone, bring your family, or invite a group of friends to join you. We’ll have a variety of volunteer projects suitable for all ages. Work activities will include: removing trash, litter, and debris from the brook, marsh, and Fox Trail locations, as well as pruning and removing brush and invasive plant species. Mass Audubon will provide all of the materials and tools for these projects.

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Medford , MAMystic River Watershed Association's Earth Day River Cleanup
Date: 04/30/2016Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join together with Mystic River communities in the celebration of Earth Day (April 22nd) by cleaning up litter and removing invasive plants in Medford's Torbert MacDonald Park, part of the Mystic River Reservation. This event is also part of DCR Park Serve Day - MassParks annual statewide day of volunteer service during Earth Week.

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North Andover, MAPhilips BU Alumni Project: IMEC
Date: 04/08/2016Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

IMEC provides equipment solutions for health care, agriculture, and education projects in developing countries. IMEC works in collaboration with other humanitarian organizations, governments, faith-based groups and individuals. Together, they have transformed communities in over 90 developing countries since 1995. Join your fellow alumni from Philips to help sort medical supplies, build suites and supply kits, and clean, repair and organize medical equipment. This project is only open to Philips BU alumni. If you are interested in serving with IMEC, we have another project available on 4/16 open to all alumni.

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North Andover, MAIMEC
Date: 04/16/2016Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

IMEC provides equipment solutions for health care, agriculture, and education projects in developing countries. IMEC works in collaboration with other humanitarian organizations, governments, faith-based groups and individuals. Together, they have transformed communities in over 90 developing countries since 1995. Volunteers will help sort medical supplies, build suites and supply kits, and clean, repair and organize medical equipment.

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Roslindale, MACity of Boston Animal Care and Control
Date: 05/01/2016Time: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Roxbury, MAHaley House - Bakery Café
Date: 04/23/2016Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Join the BU Goldman School of Dental Medicine for a day of service! Infused with the rich diversity of the neighborhood, Haley House Bakery Café does more than fill the streets with the aroma of healthy, delicious food. It breathes life into Dudley Square by providing a vibrant place where all are truly welcome. The Bakery is a workplace for men and women who face significant barriers to employment. Visitors can feel good about eating flavorful locally sourced food while supporting their community and enjoying the work of local artists and performers. Volunteers will help to clean the outside of the café. In the event of inclement weather, the activity will be moved indoors (deep cleaning inside - scrubbing walls, floors, etc).

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Tewksbury, MAStrongwater Farm
Date: 04/16/2016Time: 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join current Boston University students at Strongwater Farm for a day of service! Strongwater Farm is a equestrian center that offers various programs to share the therapeutic capabilities of horses. They provide education, social opportunities, and emotional support for many different communities including students, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Volunteers will help with maintenance on the "Wizard of Oz" theme trail.

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Watertown , MA2016 Watertown Police Finish Strong 5k Run & Walk
Date: 04/17/2016Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

The Watertown Police Supervisor's Association will commemorate the anniversary of the events that led to the capture of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects by inviting the community to fill the streets of Watertown in a celebratory 5k road race. Volunteers will help with all aspects of managing this event, including greeting/directing runners & walkers, serving as course marshals, helping with water distribution and other day-of logistics. BU volunteers have been an integral part of this joyous and moving community event each year since its founding in 2014.

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Worcester , MARachel's Table
Date: 04/03/2016Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Rachel's Table is a volunteer-based group that transports unserved and unsold prepared and perishable foods without charge to agencies feeding hungry families and individuals in the greater Worcester area. On Sunday, April 3, BU alumni in the Worcester-area will have an opportunity to assist Rachel’s Table in its mission. Volunteers will meet at Abby’s House to prepare vegetarian meals for 15 – 20 people, which Rachel’s Table will then deliver to a local shelter. Volunteers will be asked in advance to bring specific foods to contribute.

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Maryland

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Ellicott City, MDRebuilding Together Howard County
Date: 04/23/2016Time: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Rebuilding Together Howard County provides home renovations for safety and comfort to low-income residents. BU volunteers will join a team of veteran RTHC supporters to install new walkway pavers, install new interior doors, add landscaping and painting, and complete other minor home repairs.

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Minnesota

USA - Midwest
Marine on St. Croix, MNMinnesota Food Association
Date: 04/30/2016Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The mission of Minnesota Food Association (MFA) is to build a sustainable food system based on social, economic, and environmental justice through education, training and partnerships. Volunteers will have a tour of the farm and then help to plant onion, sort flats, care for the herb garden, and general support clean up.

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North Carolina

USA - South
Durham, NCHabitat for Humanity Durham
Date: 04/30/2016Time: 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

There are nearly 2 billion people around the world who live in slum housing and more than 100 million are homeless. Habitat helps by building or renovating simple, decent houses in partnership with those in need. Families left homeless by natural disasters, war and civil unrest often face dire housing situations as they struggle to rebuild their lives. Habitat for Humanity provides shelter and housing assistance to help these families recover. Volunteers will be working on an urban renewal project in Durham.

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New Hampshire

USA - Boston
Hudson, NHHumane Society for Greater Nashua
Date: 04/16/2016Time: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Humane Society for Greater Nashua advocates for and enhances the lives of animals entrusted to our care while educating our community to strengthen the human animal bond. The Humane Society has an annual Yard sale to raise funds for the shelter. Join volunteers from the BU Alumni Association in assisting shoppers and helping to make the yard sale a success!

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New Jersey

USA - Northeast
Normandy Beach, NJNormandy Beach Clean-up
Date: 04/23/2016Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Volunteers will be asked to assist in the clean-up of trash and other debris along the beaches in Normandy Beach, NJ. This site was established by a BU alumnus after Hurricane Sandy left the community struggling to rebuild what it had lost. Almost 4 years later, there is still plenty of work to be done.

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Passaic , NJBoys & Girls Club of Passaic
Date: 04/01/2016Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Passaic is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Volunteers will work alongside the Club Staff members to organize and supervise recreational activities since the Passaic kids will be off school that day. Activities include homework help, reading with the kids, and other site-specific recreational activities.

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Piscataway, NJCatholic Charities
Date: 04/24/2016Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

This project is a food and clothing drive for clients of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen (CCDOM). Volunteers will be asked to use their social network/social media network to seek donations of clothing and non-perishable food for CCDOM's Food Pantry and Thrift Store (clothing vouchers are available to those without the resources to afford even the greatly reduced prices). Clothing must be gently worn. They are in particular need of casual clothing - jeans, sweaters, etc. Food for the food pantry should be non-perishable, and should not include glass containers. Volunteers are also needed the day service to help with donation intake.

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New York

USA - Northeast
Brooklyn, NYNortheast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation - Community Garden Beautification
Date: 04/30/2016Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Green space is an easily forgotten aspect, but much needed part of community development. NEBHDCo answered that need by developing several community garden's throughout Northeast Brooklyn over the past couple of decades. Participate in a beautification project; post-winter clean up, plant flowers. Come dressed and ready to dig in! Gloves and tools provided. Start at Garden 378 Throop Avenue, between Lafayette Street and Kosciuszko Street. Gardens are located on and near Throop Avenue.

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Latham , NYRegional Food Bank of Northeastern New York
Date: 04/30/2016Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Volunteers will help sort donations and help package them for distribution to local food pantries. The Regional Food Bank has been helping feed the less fortunate and hungry since 1982, and is the only organization of its kind in northeastern New York.

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New York, NYCity Parks Foundation - Partnership for Parks
Date: 04/09/2016Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Partnerships for Parks is the public-private program that supports and champions a growing network of leaders caring and advocating for neighborhood parks and green spaces. Join BU alumni at Morningside Park for a day of service!

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New York, NYGod's Love We Deliver
Date: 04/29/2016Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

God’s Love is the tri-state area's leading provider of nutritious, individually-tailored meals to people who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves. It’s the only agency of its kind in New York, preparing every nutritious meal by hand and delivering them right to our clients’ doorsteps every day. We rely on volunteers to do all the cutting, chopping and trimming, ensuring that there’s a real human being behind each meal. With over 25,000 meals delivered each week, the kitchen staff relies on volunteers to help prepare these meals for over 2,500 clients. Tasks may include chopping onions, wrapping rolls, peeling potatoes or making meatballs.

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Ohio

USA - Midwest
Cleveland , OHGreater Cleveland Food Bank
Date: 04/19/2016Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in Northeast Ohio having provided 47.8 million meals in 2015 to hungry people in Cuyahoga, Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Ashland and Richland counties. Volunteers are needed to help sort and repack nonperishable food that is later distributed to local food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. When registering, please note that you will need to register through the alumni portal as well as through the Greater Cleveland Food Bank website. Further information on this can be found on the registration page.

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Oregon

USA - West Coast
Portland , OROregon Food Bank
Date: 04/23/2016Time: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Join alumni and friends of all ages at the Volunteer Action Center to repack bulk foods, from pears to apples, rice and beans, into family sized portions.

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Pennsylvania

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Philadelphia, PAPhilabundance
Date: 04/08/2016Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Philabundance is a non-profit food bank that serves the Philadelphia and Delaware Valley region of Pennsylvania. It is the largest such organization in the region. The Hunger Relief Center operation relies upon volunteers to meet its goals in getting food out to people who need it, each group makes a difference in the ability to run smoothly and efficiently.

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Virginia

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McLean, VAThe Women's Center
Date: 04/09/2016Time: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

For the past 41 years, The Women's Center mission is to provide excellent mental health counseling to all who need it, regardless of their ability to pay, and free support and advocacy to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The 30th anniversary celebration of one of the most influential gatherings of leaders and emerging leaders in the Washington, DC region to meet and collaborate on leadership development, marketing and corporate responsibility goals. The proceeds of this conference are used to support the good work of The Women's Center. Volunteers will have a variety of roles. There may be a need during the week leading up to the April 9th Conference in pulling together the raffle baskets prior to the conference. During the day of the conference: Helping to check in the conference attendees, attending to special requests from conference attendees, assisting with errands needed during the conference activities.

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Washington

USA - West Coast
Seattle, WAFood Lifeline
Date: 04/23/2016Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Food Lifeline serves 275 member food banks, meal programs and shelters, providing 91,000 meals every single day. Our group will be helping to repack bulk donations from farmers, restaurants, and grocers into family size portions.

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Australia

Australia

Australia
Sydney, AustraliaLegacy
Date: 04/25/2016Time: 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Legacy is a charity providing services to Australian families suffering financially and socially after the incapacitation or death of a spouse or parent, during or after their defence force service. The 25th of April marks the anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli and Legacy. Legacy needs volunteers to hand out rosemary sprigs to the general public watching the march in the city. The reason for wearing rosemary is two-fold: firstly, the smell of rosemary is thought to improve memory, with reports of Greek scholars wearing rosemary in their hair to help them while they studied. Secondly, rosemary has a direct link to Gallipoli, where the ANZAC troops fought in 1915- rosemary can be found growing wild all over the peninsula. On ANZAC day, wearing sprigs of rosemary is thus synonymous with remembrance and commemoration.

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Canada

Canada

Canada
Montreal, QuebecCarrefour jeunesse-emploi de Cote-des-Neiges
Date: 04/27/2016Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

BU Alumni will provide mentorship service for youth at the organization which provides employment services for youth who participate in social reinsertion project to help get back in to the workforce or return to school. We will also include a workshop on financial literacy and why it is important for youth to develop their money management skills.

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China

China

China
Beijing, Tong ZhouUnited Foundation for China's Health
Date: 04/23/2016Time: 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM

The mission of United Foundation for China's Health (UFCH) is to transform and improve the lives of children and adults who face significant barriers such as poverty, migrant status and abandonment by providing access to medical care and surgery in China. Volunteers will play fun games with the abandoned and disabled children in foster care. The children are excited to have this outing opportunity to experience to enjoy a warm and beautiful spring season of Beijing. There will be also caregivers and professional staffs for support. Your volunteering will have an enormous impact on these children. Transportation arrangements for volunteers will be made (cost to be determined).

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China
Shanghai, ChinaHands on Shanghai
Date: 04/09/2016Time: 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Hands on Shanghai's mission is to promote volunteerism, inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that changes the world. Volunteers will help clean-up a beach located 50 km away from the city center. Spend the day with BU alumni and students to help Hands on Shanghai attain their goals of litter-free beaches to support marine life in Shanghai. Requested donation of 200 RMB for transportation, lunch and water, beach cleanup materials, and to support Hands on Shanghai.

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa RicaFundación Ayudanos para Ayudar (Help Us to Help Foundation) / Children's Museum of Costa Rica
Date: 04/16/2016Time: 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM

BU Alumni will assist the Foundation in cleaning the Torres River that surrounds the Children's Museum. We will clean and pick up trash from the river and the surrounding area, set up volunteer stations for the River Clean-Up Festival by the Museum, recruit volunteers for future clean ups and hand out information about keeping rivers clean and preventing pollution of the environment.

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Hong Kong
Stanley, Hong KongStanley Main Beach
Date: 04/30/2016Time: 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM

BUAAHK is hosting a cleanup activity at one of the most famous beaches in Hong Kong. Volunteers will meet in front of the Public Library at the Stanley Municipal Building (6 Stanley Market Rd, Stanley). We will proceed to the beach as a group to pick up trash. All equipment needed will be provided by BUAAHK.

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India

India

India
New Delhi, DelhiProject Abhyudaya
Date: 04/06/2016Time: 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Most Delhi based alumni are working professionals and come with a great work experience, some as entrepreneurs and the others in big firms. We wish to involve you for a full day workshop with 60 students divided in three batches. Alumni will be divided into 3 groups and will give talks on topics such as time management, goal setting; financial literacy (importance of money, savings, small investment strategies to invest money); professional email writing and connecting to the digital world; what it is to an entrepreneur; gender sensitization (women empowerment, breaking gender stereotypes); why is it important to work (financial independence, self development, finding identity); and sharing career stories. We partner with Project Abhyuday, a social initiative in the skill development sector that aims at improving training outputs in the vocational training space. We focus on increasing students employ-ability by enhancing their soft skills (communication & confidence) through a well formalized curriculum.

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India
New Delhi, DelhiProject Abhyudaya
Date: 04/16/2016Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Most Delhi based alumni are working professionals and come with a great work experience, some as entrepreneurs and the others in big firms. We wish to involve you for a full day workshop with 60 students divided in three batches. Alumni will be divided into 3 groups and will give talks on topics such as time management, goal setting; financial literacy (importance of money, savings, small investment strategies to invest money); professional email writing and connecting to the digital world; what it is to an entrepreneur; gender sensitization (women empowerment, breaking gender stereotypes); why is it important to work (financial independence, self development, finding identity); and sharing career stories. We partner with Project Abhyuday, a social initiative in the skill development sector that aims at improving training outputs in the vocational training space. We focus on increasing students employ-ability by enhancing their soft skills (communication & confidence) through a well formalized curriculum.

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India
New Delhi, DelhiProject Abhyudaya
Date: 04/23/2016Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Most Delhi based alumni are working professionals and come with a great work experience, some as entrepreneurs and the others in big firms. We wish to involve you for a full day workshop with 60 students divided in three batches. Alumni will be divided into 3 groups and will give talks on topics such as time management, goal setting; financial literacy (importance of money, savings, small investment strategies to invest money); professional email writing and connecting to the digital world; what it is to an entrepreneur; gender sensitization (women empowerment, breaking gender stereotypes); why is it important to work (financial independence, self development, finding identity); and sharing career stories. We partner with Project Abhyuday, a social initiative in the skill development sector that aims at improving training outputs in the vocational training space. We focus on increasing students employ-ability by enhancing their soft skills (communication & confidence) through a well formalized curriculum.

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India
New Delhi, DelhiProject Abhyudaya
Date: 04/30/2016Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Most Delhi based alumni are working professionals and come with a great work experience, some as entrepreneurs and the others in big firms. We wish to involve you for a full day workshop with 60 students divided in three batches. Alumni will be divided into 3 groups and will give talks on topics such as time management, goal setting; financial literacy (importance of money, savings, small investment strategies to invest money); professional email writing and connecting to the digital world; what it is to an entrepreneur; gender sensitization (women empowerment, breaking gender stereotypes); why is it important to work (financial independence, self development, finding identity); and sharing career stories. We partner with Project Abhyuday, a social initiative in the skill development sector that aims at improving training outputs in the vocational training space. We focus on increasing students employ-ability by enhancing their soft skills (communication & confidence) through a well formalized curriculum.

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Japan

Japan

Japan
Tokyo, JapanShibuya City Office
Date: 04/16/2016Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

In collaboration with Shibuya City Office, BUAAJ is hosting a cleanup-activity in one of the busiest area in Tokyo, the central Shibuya area. Volunteers will meet at the Club House in Mitashita Park, and form a small group of 3-4 people to collect trash in the neighborhood (Shibuya Center Street, Omote-Sando Street, area around the Shibuya Station) There will be a reward for the group that collects the heaviest weight of trash!

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Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan
Bishkek, KyrgyzstanNational Botanical Garden
Date: 04/16/2016Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Botanical Garden of National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic was established in 1938 and is a center for the research and conservation of the biodiversity of local and foreign flora. It is a leading research institution in the field of introduction and acacclimatisation physiology, selection and genetics of plants. The botanical garden has a unique collection which numbers nearly 5000 taxa of higher vascular plants. The Botanical Garden is located in Bishkek, in the foothills area of the Chui Valley at about 900 meters altitude. The total area is 150 hectares. Volunteers will clean up 36 hectares. There are large amounts of trash to collect in this particular area of the Botanical Garden since it’s open for anybody to see for free of charge. This project will help to raise awareness among the general public on waste and environmental issues and by students as part of their research assignment.

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Online & Independent

Online, IndependentUS National Archives - Citizen Archivist Project
Date: 04/01-04/30

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching a historical topic that interests you. Serve as an online volunteer for the NARA and assist them with the crucial task of tagging photos, transcribing documents ,and editing articles, all with the goal of recording important information for future generations to access.

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Online, IndependentWebinar: Social Justice Calling? NGO Work & International Education in South Asia
Date: 04/11/2016Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

S M Sehgal Foundation, a rural development NGO working in three states in north India, strengthens community-led development initiatives to achieve positive social, economic, and environmental change across rural India. The foundation focuses on social justice, water security, and food security, and supports a community radio station. Staff work at both the grassroots and policy levels. The webinar will feature the NGO’s core values, its partnerships through corporate social responsibility, and its roles in international education. Join BU alumna Jane Schukoske (CAS'73) as she reflects on her experience of working and living in India as CEO of the Sehgal Foundation in the last five years, and draws on her earlier work in India as head of the bi-national Fulbright Commission.

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Online, IndependentWebinar: From East Campus to the Middle East: Higher Education, Humanitarian Action, & a Major Misunderstanding
Date: 04/14/2016Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Matthew Trevithick (CGS'06, CAS'08) will talk about how his experience studying international relations at BU led him abroad to do research, study language, and take humanitarian action. Learn more about Matthew's service through his efforts to bring rowing to war-torn Iraq and Afghanistan, and through the non-profit organization he co-founded-- the organization where he is back safely working after the major misunderstanding that resulted in him spending 41 days detained at Evin Prison in Iran. Join us for the opportunity to hear this incredible story from a remarkable BU alum.

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Online, IndependentMore Than Words
Date: April

More Than Words empowers youth who are in foster care, court-involved, homeless or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of an online and retail book selling business. More Than Words has a variety of ways for individuals to get involved, such as donating books and dvds, hosting a book drive, working alongside the youth managing the online and retail bookstore, and educational coaching.

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Online, IndependentVolunteerMatch
Date: April

VolunteerMatch strengthens communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. The organization offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement. Our popular service welcomes millions of visitors a year and has become the preferred internet recruiting tool for more than 98,000 nonprofit organizations.

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Online, IndependentChildren's Books Online: Rosetta Project
Date: April

The Rosetta Project, founded by alumnus Guy Chocensky SED'77, is a unique effort to make illustrated, antique children's books accessible. It has grown to "tens of thousands of illustrated pages" in several languages, with new books appearing every week. Rosetta Project seeks translators who are fluent in many target languages who are comfortable recording and submitting their readings for this project, to ensure that these online books can be enjoyed by children and families around the globe.

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Online, IndependenteBird & The National Audubon Society
Date: April

Global tools for birders, critical data for science - eBird’s goal is to maximize the utility and accessibility of the vast numbers of bird observations made each year by recreational and professional bird watchers. It is amassing one of the largest and fastest growing biodiversity data resources in existence. For example, in May 2015, participants reported more than 9.5 million bird observations across the world! For this project: record the birds you see, keep track of your bird lists, explore dynamic maps and graphs, share your sightings online and join the eBird community, contribute to science and conservation.

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Online, IndependentBe My Eyes
Date: April

Be My Eyes is an app that connects blind people with volunteer helpers from around the world via live video chat. Download now and start helping blind people see.

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Online, IndependentEducurious & The Educurious Expert Online
Date: April

Educurious seeks online volunteers with a background in science or English language arts to work with high school students to improve their educational outcomes in their upcoming courses. All communication with the students is asynchronous so experts can fit it in around their schedule and they do not have to visit the classroom or be available during school hours.

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Online, IndependentSmithsonian Institute: Digital Volunteers
Date: April

The Smithsonian Transcription Center seeks to engage the public in making our collections more accessible. We're working hand-in-hand with digital volunteers to tag and transcribe historic documents and collection records to facilitate research and excite the learning in everyone. Volunteers can offer their assistance in projects relating to the American Experience, Biodiverse Planet, Civil Ware Era, and Mysteries of the Universe!

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South Africa

South Africa

South Africa
Cape Town , South AfricaPride Shelter
Date: 04/02/2016Time: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

The Pride Shelter Trust is a non-profit organisation managing a shelter offering short-term accommodation to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community of greater Cape Town during crisis periods in their lives. Volunteers would be helping at the Pride Shelter market. Their roles would depend on who decides to volunteer, but would involve setting up for the market, working at a stall or helping with making pancakes (for example) and then packing away at the end of the day. The proceeds raised at the market will help the pride shelter provide emergency accommodation for LGBIT people in need in Cape Town.

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Spain

Spain

Spain
Chinchón, ChinchónNueva Vida
Date: 04/10/2016Time: 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Global Day of Service with Madrid Pet Lovers is on Sunday, April 10th. We will be walking/playing with the shelter dogs and helping organize the shelter.

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Spain
Madrid, MadridFundacion Soñar Despierto
Date: 04/09/2016Time: 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Global Day of Service with Soñar Despierto (Madrid) is on Saturday, April 9th. We will be taking children to the Teleférico and having a picnic with them at the Casa de Campo.

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Thailand

Thailand

Thailand
Samutprakarn, ThailandSOS Children's Villages Thailand
Date: 04/03/2016Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Volunteer your time with the BU Alumni Association in Thailand and participate in fun activities with the children at SOS! Some of these activities include: dancing, singing, and drawing. SOS Children's Villages started working in Thailand in 1971. The organization helps children who have lost the care of their parents. Currently around 120 children are in the care of the SOS Children's Village in Bangpoo, Samutprakarn.

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