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the appalachia volunteers program

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The Appalachia Volunteers of Boston College was founded by Gregg Cassin in 1978 as the BC Appalachian Volunteers Group.  Gregg and 11 other Boston College students traveled to Vanceburg, KY over their February break to serve the community there.  The group lived simply with the people of Vanceburg, working long days and spending the evenings getting to know each other and their hosts.  The BC Appalachian Volunteers Groups offered one of the first reflective immersion service experiences of the country.