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First Year Service Program

Volunteer and Service Learning Center


The First Year Service Program is an exciting opportunity for first-year students to serve with peers throughout Boston. You will also be able to reflect on your experiences with other volunteers. If you have the time and are interested in committing, we will find you a placement: no application necessary!

For more information, send us an email:

Beginning Friday, September 14, after you have signed up for your placement in McElroy 114, please finalize your participation here.


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  » SIGN UP DAY is Friday, September 14 in McElroy 114.  You must sign up in person and then complete sign up using the link above!!!

 » PLAYWORKS shift days and times: 

 • Edison Elementary from 10:10 AM - 1:10 PM on Monday or Wednesday
Total Time: 9:40 AM - 1:40 PM
(includes 30 minutes walk to/from)

 • Winship Elementary from 12 - 1:40 PM on Monday or Wednesday
Total Time: 11:30 AM - 2:10 PM  (includes 30 minute walk to/from)


View FYSP placements, times and commutes here
(updated September 2018)

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Allston Brighton Community Supper

Photo of man in apron stirring sauce

In 1974, members of the Brighton-Allston Congregational Church UCC recognized the problem of hunger in the community and began distributing food baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas. As a result, those in need made more frequent visits to the Church requesting food and other forms of assistance. To satisfy this community-wide need, the Allston Brighton Food Pantry was created, with the Community Supper program following two years later. The Allston-Brighton Food Pantry provides nourishing food at no cost to members of the Allston-Brighton community. We’re dedicated to maintaining a welcoming atmosphere respectful to all community members without regard to race, religion, social position, ethnicity, gender, age or sexual orientation. — More information

Boys & Girls Club Teen Center

Photo of brick building with text: "Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, Mattapan teen center"

The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston is to help young people, especially those who need us most, build strong character and realize their full potential as responsible citizens and leaders. We do this by providing a safe haven filled with hope and opportunity, ongoing relationships with caring adults, and life-enhancing programs. Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston is committed to helping the young people in our community succeed academically, live healthy lifestyles and practice good citizenship. — More information

Campus School

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For more than four decades, The Campus School at Boston College has recognized the potential in children ages 3–21 with multiple disabilities through its personalized approach to special education. Together with families, our teachers, therapists and nursing staff work across disciplines to create a supportive and welcoming environment where every student can thrive and shine. — More information

Carroll Center for the Blind

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Established in 1936, The Carroll Center has pioneered many innovative services for the blind and visually impaired. We have developed many methods for people with low vision to learn the skills to be independent in their homes, in class settings, and in their work places. Our services for the blind include vision rehabilitation services, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support, and recreation opportunities for individuals who are visually impaired of all ages. For over 75 years, The Carroll Center staff has provided help for the blind for thousands of blind and vision impaired persons with diverse opportunities for success and independent living. — More information

Daily Table

Photo of interior of grocery store with crates of bananas, peaches and more

Daily Table is a not-for-profit retail store that offers our community a variety of tasty, convenient and affordable foods that will help you feel and be your best; food that will keep you moving forward, not hold you back.  We provide both “grab-n-go” ready to eat meals, and a selection of produce, bread, dairy and grocery items all at prices that will put a smile on your face, and designed to fit within every budget. Many of our items are prepared fresh daily in our own kitchen onsite. At Daily Table we believe that delicious, wholesome and affordable food should be available to all. We are on a mission to help communities make great choices around food by making it easy for them to choose tasty, healthy, convenient and truly affordable meals and groceries. And we do this in a respectful manner that honors our customer, engendering dignity. — More information

Epiphany School

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Epiphany School is an independent, tuition-free middle school for children of economically-disadvantaged families from Boston neighborhoods. We admit children of diverse faiths, races, cultures and cognitive profiles, believing in the Episcopal tradition that we find God in and through each other’s presence. Epiphany’s small classes, individualized curricula, and extended school days provide rigorous academic, moral, and social instruction. In close partnership with families, we are an innovative learning community that affords structured support to help students thrive. Together we are a school that never gives up on a child. Epiphany challenges students to discover and develop the fullness of their individual gifts. We seek to prepare graduates who will contribute intelligently, morally, and actively to the society they will inherit. — More information

Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly

Photos of Ulin House, Genesis House, and Leventhal House at JCHE

For nearly 50 years, Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly has proudly offered exceptional housing where older adults of all backgrounds can thrive independently within a supportive environment. At JCHE, a non-profit and non-sectarian organization, seniors enjoy housing that is affordable, safe and supportive with programs and services that are life-sustaining and life-enhancing. — More information


Mason Rice After School Program

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As a Newton Public School, Mason Rice seeks to educate, prepare, and inspire all students to achieve their full potential as lifelong learners, thinkers, and productive contributors to our global society. — More information


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Playtime is kids’ time. But schools can and should create play environments that help kids be their best. Studies show that recess matters: a thoughtful approach to recess improves children’s physical health and social and emotional learning. Playworks helps schools and districts make the most of recess through on-site staffing, consultative support, professional development, free resources, and more. — More information 

Wednesday Night Supper Club

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The Wednesday Night Supper Club is a community of people who come together to serve those who come to our door. We strive to serve one hot, tasty nutritious meal of generous portions to each guest. We treat each other and our guests with respect and dignity. We provide a safe, clean and welcoming environment. — More information

Women's Lunch Place

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Women’s Lunch Place helps to heal the emotional damage caused by daily insults to human dignity, so that women experiencing homelessness and poverty may focus their energy on building a brighter tomorrow. — More information 


VSLC English Language Learning

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This is an on-campus, weekly volunteer opportunity that matches BC students with BC employees who are English language learners.  Partners work together on language skills. — More information