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Message from Maria DiChiappari

director, the neighborhood center


Time and time again I hear students talk about the value of volunteering in their lives especially during their years at Boston College. Many students tell me that volunteering has been instrumental in building friendships as well as in making their academics 'come alive.' My own experience with volunteering as well as witnessing students, staff and faculty engage in service convince me that working in community for community has power to build understanding, solidarity, action, bonds and bridges.

Our hope at the Boston College Neighborhood Center is that the Boston College community, students, staff and faculty will experience the richness of connecting, not only with peers within our own BC community, but additionally with the neighborhoods in which our university, and thus us, reside.

Collaborations with social service, health and educational agencies in Allston-Brighton have created a strong partnership between Boston College and Allston-Brighton neighborhood of Boston. Our goal is to continue the vibrant connection between two great communities. We hope you will join us in this endeavor.

I would like to extend a special welcome to the class of 2023. May your transition be smooth and your lives be enriched by the relationships and opportunities you embark upon. We look forward to working with you. Please let us know if we can be of any assistance to you in any way. Best of luck for a wonderful year!