Appa Volunteers — more commonly called “Appa” — is a service-immersion program committed to working with under-resourced populations in the United States via shared service and direct encounter. The heart of our work is spent in community, when we travel to 30 different cities and towns during spring break, living in solidarity alongside the families that we commit to serve.

What We Do

Learn, through discussion and reflection, about the societal realities in the United States that leave some marginalized.

Consider how our faith asks us to respond to the social injustices that create entrenched poverty.

Foster a commitment to service throughout the year.

Embrace the Gospel’s call to “love one another.”

Appa Volunteers is an alternative spring break service-immersion program committed to working alongside underserved populations in the United States. More than 400 students travel coast-to-coast with us each year, encountering community and service in both urban areas (New Orleans, Detroit, etc.) and rural areas (throughout the South and the Appalachian regions)

We meet biweekly throughout the school year to learn about the structural and social realities that leave some people marginalized, and we draw on Boston College’s Jesuit tradition in considering how faith might ask us to respond to social injustices.

Joining Appa is as easy as showing up. We have no application process; any student who wants to participate can. We simply ask that you complete our registration form and commit to the following requirements:

Registering for Appa

Terms & Conditions: All students participating in Appa must submit basic registration information and the program’s terms and conditions form online.

Participation and Attendance

General Formation Meetings: We meet on Sunday’s from 4:30-6 p.m. in various classrooms across campus to respect the guidelines around social distancing. Small groups will meet together and watch meeting content over Zoom. See the timeline below for dates of all our meetings.

Meeting Attendance: Attendance at meetings is mandatory. Members who cannot make a meeting should e-mail their Appa leaders ahead of time to alert them of their absence. Continued unexcused absences may result in dismissal from the program.

Finances and Fundraising

Program Fee: There is no program fee for Appa 2020-2021.

Raffle: Students are responsible for selling and submitting $25 worth of raffle tickets by January 31. You can submit raffle payment via cash, check (payable to Boston College), or credit card. To pay via credit card:

  1. Visit bc.edu/ummstpm
  2. Log in with BC username and password via Sign in to My Account button in the upper right hand corner
  3. Under the list of UMM Programs You Have Been Accepted Into, click the red Make Payment button on the Appa Volunteers line
  4. Enter the amount you would like to pay in the respective Payment Amount field and click Make Payment
  5. You will be redirected to the secure CashNet page where you can submit your payment information. You will receive an email confirming your successful payment.

Timeline 2020-2021

 September 27, 2020 

  Appa Welcome

 October 4, 2020

  General Formation Meeting

 October 18, 2020

  General Formation Meeting

 November 1, 2020

  General Formation Meeting

 November 15, 2020

  General Formation Meeting

 January 31, 2021

  General Formation Meeting
  Appa Spring Orientation
  Raffle Due

 February 14, 2021

  General Formation Meeting

 February 28, 2021

  General Formation Meeting

 March 6, 2021

  Appa Weekend! (Send-off Liturgy, Local Service, and Small Group Reflections)* 

 March 13, 2021

 Appa Weekend! (Send-off Liturgy, Local Service, and Small Group Reflections)* 

 March 20, 2021

 Appa Weekend! (Send-off Liturgy, Local Service, and Small Group Reflections)* 

 April 2021 

 Unpacking Appa Meeting(s)

Each participant will be selected for one of three Appa Weekends in March 2021.

Appa Volunteers is animated by the work of 60 student leaders in all facets of the program.

The following leadership positions are available: 

  • AppaLeaders are extensively trained on servant leadership and service immersion practices. 2 Appa Leaders are assigned to each site, and commit to facilitate respectful, safe, and meaningful experiences for participants and community partners. Click here to apply. 

  • Appa Council Members are 12 TLs that serve as the program’s executive leadership on our Appa Council. They work in one of three committees: Fundraising, Formation, or Transportation. Click here to apply. 

  • Appa Head Coordinators are three students who serve as “leaders of leaders” in Appa’s community of Trip Leaders and participants. They work closely with the Appa Campus Minister and Graduate Assistants and dedicate their time overseeing all Appa Council committees and much of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into Appa. 


Applications for leadership positions are released on March 28, 2021. Selections will be made by the end of April.

Thank you for considering a donation to the Appa Volunteers. 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.

Donate Online

  • Visit the Online Giving Form
  • Enter your information; for the field "I wish to make my gift to:” select Appa Volunteers. If you are sponsoring a certain student, please select "In honor of a BC student," and include their name and year.
  • Click "Submit Gift"

Mail a Check

Appa Volunteers Program
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.

Appa Volunteers, 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.

 

Email
appalachia@bc.edu

Appa Office Hours
Monday - Friday: 10:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
Carney 371

Mailing Address
Boston College
Campus Ministry: Appa Volunteers / McElroy 233
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA  02467

Campus Minister
Jake Blicharz
jacob.blicharz@bc.edu
617-552-3230

Graduate Assistants
Ally Liedtke
liedtke@bc.edu

Kellie Waters
waterske@bc.edu