The Volunteer and Service Learning Center (VSLC) offers support and leadership to the university by providing readily available, updated resources for those who are interested in learning about or leading volunteer, service, immersion, or justice programs.
Over 100 audio, visual and printed materials covering topics such as domestic and international volunteering, service learning, social justice, developing nations, theological reflections, small group facilitation, fair trade, liberation theology and more. Authors include Jonathan Kozol, Dorothy Day, Archbishop Romero, Henri Nouwen, Michael Moore, Paulo Friere and others. For a complete listing click here.
Education for Justice Website
The Center of Concern's Education for Justice website has a wealth of information regarding Catholic Social Teaching and social justice issues, and offers a wide range of justice resources, prayers, articles, handouts, and interactive materials that are ready to use in classrooms, group meetings, retreats and service activities. The VSLC has a subscription to the site; students, faculty and staff can access it through two computers located in our office in McElroy114.
Service and Immersion Trips
With the collaboration of several university entities, the VSLC has created documents to help service and immersion trips obtain point drive funding, and facilitate safety and communication.
Trips seeking Point Drive funding must meet the requirements listed in the Point Drive Guidelines. Point Drive Applications for Trips traveling in the 2015-2016 academic year or summer 2016 must complete a Point Drive Application. Applications due Friday, September 11, 2015.
Mandatory Medical Insurance: All university sponsored student service/immersion/academic trips that travel to international destinations are now required to enroll participants in supplemental health insurance coverage provided by HTH Worldwide Insurance. Trip advisors should download and fill out the HTH spreadsheet, and then email the completed form to Risk Management. An invoice will be provided to sponsoring departments for this coverage.
Additional Forms & Information for Travel
VSLC Guidelines for Student Group Travel
Terms and Conditions of participation
Group Emergency Contact Form
Trip Leader Checklist
U.S Department of State official website (Information & Travel Warnings)
Center for Disease Control
VSLC Van Inquiries
The VSLC has two 12-passenger vans intended for VSLC programs that are dedicated to facilitating student service engagement in the greater Boston area. At times, these vans may be available to other department personnel and registered student organizations that are sponsoring local service or social justice projects (Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays, only). Inquiries should be made using this online process.
Qualifying Criteria for Inquring about Use of the Vans
Please read the following carefully before submitting the form below. Vans cannot be reserved for uses other than supporting service-focused registered student organizations and other university members who are planning a service activity:
- A van may be reserved by a representative of a university department or by a faculty or staff advisor of a registered student organization engaged in volunteer service activity.
- Vans may be reserved for activities related to service, such as volunteer groups' retreats, or airport transportation associated with a service or immersion project.
- The VSLC vans cannot be driven outside of MA.
- Requests for use of the van must be submitted in-person at least 2 weeks prior to the date of use.
- Van cannot be requested more than 5 weeks prior to the date of use.
- If approved, all drivers must be 21 or older, and must register with a VSLC staff person at least 1 week prior to driving the van.
- Vans should be used for BC students and staff transportation only.
- Last minute and walk-in requests will not be accepted.
If your organization meets the above criteria, please fill out the VSLC Van Request Form. Please note, this form is for inquiries only. It does not guarantee use of the van. The person submitting the request will hear from the VSLC within 48hours of the request. If van use is permitted, all drivers will be required to meet with a VSLC staff person to copy licenses and fill out additional forms and contracts.
The Resource Library has books and videos/dvds
on volunteering and service. Have a suggestion? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org