4Boston is BC's largest weekly service organization. Volunteers serve four hours each week of the academic year at a social service, healthcare, or education placement and engage in one hour of group reflection centered on community, social justice, and spirituality.
What We Do
Build community at our placements and among our small groups of volunteers, through both engagement and reflection.
Consider the policies and structures that create unjust conditions for our neighbors, while seeking to understand our responsibility in resisting and transforming injustices we encounter in our world.
Grow as spiritual beings, attentive to the ways that God moves through our work and reflection.
Mass of the Holy Spirit: Thursday, 9/5/2019
Commissioning: Saturday, 9/21/2019
Fall Retreat: Saturday, 10/27/2019
Multi Faith Thanksgiving: Wednesday, 11/15/2019
Advent-Christmas Liturgy: Sunday, 12/8/2019
MLK Celebration: TBD
Prayers 4Boston: Wednesday, 2/5/2020
Spring Teach-In: Saturday, 3/14/2020
Community Potluck: Monday, 3/30/2020
Sending 4th: Wednesday, 4/29/2020
Mass of Gratitude: TBD
4Boston provides students with a significant extended urban encounter, enriched by regular opportunities for reflection and analysis in keeping with the Jesuit tradition of contemplation-in-action.
4Boston also strives to provide reliable, consistent support to Boston-area agencies that work with and on behalf of the city's poor and marginalized.
This work inevitably raises universal questions of life's meaning and purpose. While we rely on the Judeo-Christian tradition to address these and other issues, people of all faiths and those of no specific religious affiliation are welcome to participate in 4Boston.
It is our firm belief that action without reflection risks despair, and reflection without action risks irrelevance, and it is our explicit hope that 4Boston students will grow intellectually, morally, and spiritually through regular service to others and disciplined reflection on that service.
Three pillars guide the work of 4Boston: Community, Spirituality, and Social Justice. We aim to create a sense of community at our placements and among our small groups of volunteers, both in service and reflection. We are committed to not only meeting immediate needs through our engagement in the community, but considering the policies and structures that create unjust conditions and learning about our roles in resisting and transforming the injustices we encounter in our world. In and through all of this, we seek to grow as spiritual beings, attentive to the ways that God moves through our work and reflection, calling and empowering us to be Women and Men for Others, in all times and places.
4Boston invites all interested students to apply. Our volunteer application opens in mid-August and closes mid-September of each year. To join 4Boston, check back here for the link to the volunteer application in August!
With over 700 student participants and 40 partner organizations, 4Boston relies on an annual cohort of Student Leaders to lead reflection groups, coordinate volunteers, and support ongoing communication with community partners.
4Boston invites all rising juniors and seniors to submit applications for Student Leader positions in March of each year for the following academic year. To apply to lead 4Boston, check back here for the link to the leader application in March!
Thank you for considering a donation to 4Boston. Your tax-deductible donation is a valuable investment in a learning experience that many Boston College students will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
To Donate Online:
Visit the Online Giving Form
Enter your information; for the field "I wish to make my gift to:” select 4Boston. [If you are sponsoring a certain student, please select "In honor of a BC student," and include their name and year.]
Click "Submit Gift"
To Mail a Check:
Boston College, Office of Campus Ministry
McElroy Commons 233
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
If your corporation matches donations, please enclose the appropriate forms.
4Boston, under the umbrella of the Trustees of Boston College, is a non-profit 501(c)3 with a federal tax exemption number of 04-2103545.
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