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Click on the sections below to view answers to frequently asked questions.

  1. Who do the service projects benefit?
    1. The packed meals will be delivered to hungry families in the West African nation of Burkina Faso. Click here for more information on the Helping Hands service project.

  1. Why aren't we doing a service project in my city?
    1. We are selecting cities where we have large populations of alumni, parents, and friends. Stay tuned to see if we'll be coming to a city near you!

  1. Why is BC partnering with Catholic Relief Services and Stop Hunger Now?
    1. We are partnering with Catholic Relief Services and Stop Hunger Now because their missions align with BC's commitment to serving others.

  1. What is the content of the meal packets being assembled?
    1. The meal packets include rice, freeze-dried vegetables, barley, and a nutrition pack.

  1. What will this cost BC?
    1. BC is fortunate to have many generous donors and several have offered to help cover the costs related to these community service projects.
  1. May I bring my children to help?
    1. Yes, this is a family-friendly event.

  1. Can schools bring a large group of students?
    1. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate large groups of students. Our goal is to offer BC alumni, parents, and friends an opportunity to come together as a community around a shared service project, and large groups of students not directly affiliated with BC would reduce the number of BC alumni able to participate.

  1. I would like to bring my family—is there an age limit to volunteer at the event?
    1. Family members age three and older are wholeheartedly welcome. Children younger than three years old will need to be assisted by their parents.

  1. I am a Girl Scout leader – can my troop work the event as one of our service projects?
    1. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate large groups of girl scouts. Our goal is to offer BC alumni, parents, and friends an opportunity to come together as a community around a shared service project; large groups not directly affiliated with BC would reduce the number of BC alumni able to participate.

  1. Is there a limit to how many volunteers can participate in a given city?
    1. We will accommodate all who register to participate.

  1. Can large groups receive a discount?
    1. With the nominal fee of $10 per person, we are not able to reduce the cost for large groups.
  1. What are the hours for the event and the schedule for the day?
    1. The meal-packing project will take approximately two hours. You can find the specific times for each city here.

  1. What should I (we) wear?
    1. Comfortable and casual clothes are suitable to wear.

  1. Will there be food and beverages provided?
    1. Yes, each location will offer a light snack either before or after the meal-packing project. Please visit the Events page for more information.
  1. Although I am unable to join you on the day designated for my city, is there some other way I can participate and support the spirit of the project?
    1. Yes, you may want to consider a contribution to BC in support of student service programs. You may also wish to participate in the BC National Day of Service. For more information, please visit www.bc.edu/dayofservice.

  1. How do I make a monetary contribution as I am unable to volunteer at the event but want to help financially?
    1. You may make your contribution online here.

  1. Do I have to make a contribution, cash or food, in order to participate?
    1. Yes, we are asking participants to contribute a nominal fee of $10 to help defray some of the costs of the meal-packing supplies.

  1. How do I register?
    1. Please register through the Events page.

Still have questions? Feel free to email us at alumni.comments@bc.edu