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

4Boston Application Deadline
Friday, September 8th at 11:59 p.m. EST
4Boston Orientation
Sunday, September 24th from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST
Location: 300 Hammond Pond
 4Boston Retreat & Teach-In
Sunday, February 18th, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST
Location: 300 Hammond Pond
Sending 4th 
 Sunday, April 28th, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. EST
Location: Murray Function Room

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 and with Others, in all times and places.

4Boston’s application for new and returning volunteers is now open! 

All questions should be directed to the Program Director, Joe Citera and the 4B Graduate Assistant, Lexie Elliott

Students are placed on a first come first serve basis according to mutual availability.

Apply for 4Boston 

Please review the 4Boston Volunteer Guidelines prior to submitting your application.

Applications will be accepted through Friday, Sept. 8 at 11:59 p.m.  Due to the volume of applicants, late applications will not be accepted. 

With over 500 student participants and 30 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. The 4Boston application opens on February 27th and closes on March 14th. 

Important Dates for 2024 - 2025:

Fall Leader Retreat: Sunday, August 25, 2024
Participant Selection: Saturday, September 14, 2024 (Time TBA)
Orientation and Commissioning: Sunday, September 22, 2024
Winter Leader Retreat: January 20, 2025
Retreat & Teach-In: Sunday, February 16, 2025
Sending 4th: Sunday, April 27th, 2025

Apply to be a 4Boston Leader

*We strongly encourage all first time applicants to attend one of our Student Leader Info Sessions to hear from current leaders about their experience. Please join us in Higgins 265 on Monday, March 11th at 8:30pm or in Gasson 302 on Tuesday, March 12th at 4:30pm.

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.

Program Director
Joseph Citera
McElroy 122

Graduate Assistant
Lexie Elliott

Executive Board
Erin McOsker
Nathan Tolva
Emily Shi
Katherine Stevens

Office Hours: 2023-2024

Our office hours are held in Carney 373. Feel free to walk-in or make an appointment

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

Are you a current 4Boston Volunteer?
Subscribe to our Newsletter

We invite all alumni of 4Boston to keep in touch and share stories of life with and after 4Boston.
Are you a 4Boston alumni? We want to stay in touch! Subscribe to our alumni listserv!