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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! 

Registration for Grads Give Back is now CLOSED! 

We have reached capacity for each of our sites. 



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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. 


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.           


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. 


Frequently Asked Questions


Do I get to select the site at which I'm volunteering? Yes, you get to select which of our service sites you want to spend time with for Grads Give Back! On the registration form you will have the opportunity to select the placement site you prefer based on your own interests and time availability. Note, however, that some sites are limited to a specific number of students. We recommend that you register early in order to sign up for a site you prefer.


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.


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). At the Murray House you will sign in with us, receive a free tshirt, enjoy a complimentary breakfast with fellow volunteers so that you get to know the other grad students going to your site with you, and pack up some snacks that we'll give you to bring along to your site. 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!