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We are excited to present Grads Give Back, the annual day of service for BC graduate students! We are proud of all of our graduate students who volunteer their time to serve as men and women for others.  

Grads Give Back is an annual event, co-sponsored by the Office of Graduate Student Life and the Graduate Student Association (GSA) which aims to engage BC graduate and professional students in our local community.

Date: Saturday, April 11th, 2015
Time: Varies by site; all take place in the morning beginning around 10 am and last until Noon or 1pm. Our partners and site details are listed below! 

Due to popular demand from the Boston College graduate student population, we have added St. Ambrose shelter as a fifth site to the list of service organizations we are working with for our annual Grads Give Back day of service.


Please use this form to register for St. Ambrose shelter. 


Registrations are processed on a first come, first serve basis. There are a limited number of volunteers which can attend this site. This form will remain active to generate a "wait list" of volunteers, should any currently registered students opt out of any of our five site locations. Your status as either a confirmed volunteer or a waitlisted volunteer will be verified by the Office of Graduate Student Life once this site has reached capacity. If you are a waitlisted volunteer, you will be contacted in the event that a spot becomes available.  





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Our 2015 Partners


Zoo New England / Franklin Park Zoo
Zoo New England (ZNE) is the non-profit organization responsible for the operation and management of the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, MA. ZNE is dedicated to teaching conservation through responsible management and exhibition of wildlife. Volunteers will work outside on the park grounds and assist with park maintenance projects. 


Cradles to Crayons 
Cradles to Crayons was founded in 2002 with the mission of providing children ages 0 to 12 with some of the most important basics of life, including clothes and school supplies, free of charge. Volunteers will work at the C2C Giving Factory sorting donations and putting together "KidPacks" for families. 


Brighton Main Streets
Brighton Main Sreets is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to the revitalization of Brighton's neighborhood commercial district. BMS partners with residents and local business owners as well as the City of Boston to improve the appearance of storefronts, sidewalks, and industrial areas. Volunteers will contribute to beautification projects near their Washington Street office. 


Covenant House
Covenant House was first built in 1982 to provide quality, affordable housing for seniors and disabled residents.  Today, Covenant House has 242 units in the Brighton/Brookline area. A multi-ethnic, multi-lingual community, the building maintains student programs with Lesley College, Boston University and Boston College. Volunteers will visit with residents and assist with general projects around the Housing center.    


St. Ambrose Family Shelter
St. Ambrose family shelter in Dorchester, MA provides shelter, support and hope for homeless families in transition. The shelter offers a variety of services to prepare families for successful and independent living. Volunteers will help clean their facility, do light yard work to tidy their playground, sort clothing donations, and update their food inventory.



Frequently Asked Questions



Do I need to have a car in order to get to sites? No you don't! As long as you can get to the Murray Graduate Student Center, we will help you get transportation to your placement site.  The larger sites will have a bus or van provided, but for some we will ask students who have cars to volunteer to drive. If you yourself have a car and are willing to drive others, please indicate that on your registration form. Please note, students will walk to the Brighton Main Streets location from St. Ignatius parish


What does the day look like? We ask volunteers to arrive to the Murray House about an hour before their site start time on the morning of Grads Give Back (note that if it's easier for you based on transportation and site location, you can arrange to go straight to your service site in the morning. Please communicate this to our volunteer coordinator, Ashley Hopper). At the Murray House you will sign in with us, receive a free tshirt, and enjoy a complimentary breakfast with fellow volunteers so that you get to know the other grad students going to your site with you. Groups then head out together to service sites. Transportation will be provided back to the Murray House. 


Can I attend with a group? If you are the leader of a student organization and would like your members to be assigned to a specific site, please contact Ashley Hopper at in order to make arrangements.  If you are not the leader of a specific group but would like to attend the event with friends, make sure your friends select the same site as preferences on their registration forms!






More questions?  Feel free to contact us at or by calling the Murray Graduate Student Center at 617-552-1855.


Check out these photos from Grads Give Back 2013!