Day of Service at the West End House
By Alyssa Trinidad, MSA ‘14
For the third consecutive year, Carroll School of Management graduate students volunteered at the West End House (WEH) Boys and Girls Club for the annual Spring Day of Service. Located in Allston, the WEH is the most diverse after-school program in Boston, which offers annual membership to children aged 8-18. The purpose of the Club is to provide life-shaping activities that help the youthful members grow into strong, healthy, and sufficient adults.
On a beautiful Saturday morning in March, students in the graduate program took on several projects for the WEH. Tasks included cleaning the interior and exterior of the facility, organizing rooms, preparing arts and crafts, and interacting with children. During the shift break, the WEH host gave volunteers a tour of the Club, which included a newly furnished gym, a fully-equipped study area, and arts and media rooms.
My favorite part of the day was organizing a basketball game between the graduate students and the members. The talented 8-year-olds showed the MSA students how to shoot layups and make free throws! Even though we lost several games against the children, we really won in the end. We were rewarded by experiencing the joy each child had when they could play with some fresh faces.
Each BC volunteer was inspired by the mission of the WEH, which is to provide a safe haven for children, while focusing on personal and academic development. The volunteer work we provided embodied the Jesuit spirit that Boston College thrives upon. What really makes our students stand out is not only our commitment to serving the community, but also adding value to the quality of life. Upon leaving WEH, the BC volunteers could clearly see the added value- whiter walls, cleaner rooms, and brighter smiles of children.
For more information on volunteering at the West End House, please visit: http://westendhouse.org/.