What is 4Boston?
The 4Boston organization, sponsored by Boston College’s Office of Campus Ministry, is comprised of BC students who commit to four hours of weekly service at a social service, health, or education placement in Boston. Throughout the academic-year commitment, students also participate in one hour of weekly group reflection.
1) to provide students with a significant, extended urban service experience
that is enriched by regular opportunities for reflection on and analysis of the
work in which they are engaging
2) to provide reliable, consistent assistance to Boston agencies which work with
and on behalf of the city's poor and marginalized peoples
Working among the poor, the sick, and the marginalized inevitably raises questions of the meaning of life, one’s purpose, and social justice. 4Boston relies heavily on the Judeo-Christian tradition for its rich resources for addressing these questions, but people of all faiths (and no specific religious affiliation) are welcome to participate in 4Boston.
The organization welcomes and encourages students to develop in their own faith traditions by loving and serving their neighbors.
It is our firm belief that action without reflection risks despair and reflection without action risks irrelevance, and it is our explicit hope that 4Boston students will grow intellectually, morally, and spiritually through regular service to others and disciplined reflection on that service. We are devoted to being contemplatives in action, informed by Jesuit ideals to practice loving and serving our neighbors.
The Three Pillars
4Boston stands on three pillars: community, spirituality, and social justice.
We seek to accomplish the following goals:
• Affirm the dignity of all persons, especially those marginalized and forgotten in society;
• Develop relationships of mutual respect with those we serve;
• Engender greater awareness of and involvement in advocacy in relation to the issues of injustice and oppression which affect the lives of those we serve.
4Boston Volunteers of Boston College