4Boston is BC's largest weekly service organization. Volunteers serve four hours each week of the academic year with community partners in the social service, healthcare, or education sectors and engage in one hour of group reflection centered on community, social justice, and spirituality.

What We Do

Build community with our partners 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.

Important Dates

Commissioning and Orientations (Robsham) Saturday, 9/19/20 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Fall Retreat (300 Hammond Pond) Sunday, 10/25/20 10:30 am - 3:30 pm

Prayers 4Boston (Robsham) Wednesday, 2/10/21 9:00 - 10:00 pm
Spring Teach-In (Robsham) Saturday, 3/13/21 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Community Potluck (300 Hammond Pond) Wednesday, 3/31/21 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Sending 4th (Robsham) Wednesday, 5/5/21 3:00 - 4:00 pm

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 with our partners 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. I​n 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’s regular application cycle has closed. Our regular application for new volunteers opens in two cycles in late spring and late summer of each academic year.

For inquiries regarding joining 4Boston and for more information, email Carly Anderson at carly.anderson@bc.edu.

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!

Program Director
Carly Anderson
McElroy 123

Graduate Assistant
Madeline Burns

Executive Board
Colin Griffiths
Cristina Lee
Scott Etchechury

For general inquiries, email: 4bostonvolunteers@bc.edu

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