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A Run-through of the Volunteer and Service Learning Fair

The Welch Dining Room in Lyons Hall (or “The Rat,” as nearly every student on campus calls it) was abuzz on the evening of Tuesday, September 9.

The occasion? The 2014 Volunteer and Service Learning Fair sponsored by the Volunteer and Service Learning Center. Each year, the VSLC puts together the fair to showcase the variety of unique volunteering and service learning clubs and trips that are offered here at BC. If you couldn’t make it out to the event, here is a sample of the groups and trips present, as well as information for those interested in getting involved. For a comprehensive list of opportunities offered at BC, check out the VSL Center page!


American Red Cross of BC

What: Boston College branch of the American Red Cross that holds blood drives to promote the importance of giving blood

First Blood Drives:

September 16, Conte Forum Concourse

September 17, Stuart Hall (Newton Campus)

September 18, Walsh Function Room



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Appalachia Volunteers

What: Service group that takes trips to the Appalachian Region of the United States to help those stricken by poverty

When: Spring Break (meetings every Sunday night at 6:00 p.m. in the Eagle’s Nest)

First General Meeting: Sunday, September 14th at 6:00 p.m. in Eagle’s


Arrupe International Immersion Program

What: International immersion trips to Belize, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico and Nicaragua

When: End of Winter Break (as well as two-hour pre-meeting and post-trip retreat)

Application: Available in March



Photo Courtesy of Artists Striving To End Poverty at Boston College / Facebook

Artists Striving to End Poverty @ BC

What: BC Branch of ASTEP International, a group dedicated to transforming the lives of impoverished youth through artistic expression

First Meeting: Sunday, September 21. There are also biweekly meetings to discuss programming and activism







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Boston College Habitat for Humanity

What: BC branch of Habitat for Humanity, which aims to build homes and improve the lives of the homeless in the Boston area

First General Meeting: Thursday, September 11 at 8:30 p.m. in Devlin 008



Learning to Learn Dominican Republic Service-Learning & Immersion Program

What: Immersion trip to the Dominican Republic; Goal is to break stereotypes about poverty

When: Spring Break 2014

Informational Meeting: Wednesday, September 10 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in Stayer Hall


Mount Alvernia “Make a Difference Program”

What: Countless opportunities to volunteer with children from Mount Alvernia, a small Catholic School within walking distance of BC that teaches nursery school through sixth grade

Time Commitment: Once a week for as little as one hour


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        Relay For Life

What: Boston College branch of Relay for Life, an organization that  raises awareness and funds for cancer research

When: Friday, March 27 at The Plex







Photo Courtesy of 4Boston / Facebook


What: BC’s largest weekly service organization

Time Commitment: 4 hours each week

Application: Due Friday, September 12. Followed by interviews during the week of September 15th


10th Annual Welles Remy Crowther Red Bandana Run

What: 5K in honor of Welles Remy Crowther ’99, a 9/11 hero (donations and volunteering for the actual race)

When: Saturday, October 25

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