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Community Benefits

Boston College is proud to contribute to our host communities of Boston and Newton through notable programs and events such as the Allston/Brighton-Boston College Community Fund and the Flynn Recreation Complex Summer Program. Many students, staff, and faculty are active volunteers in our neighboring communities. They contribute their time to a wide range of activities including education and literacy programs, youth sports, neighborhood development initiatives, and the arts.

Below is a sample of programs through which BC serves its friends and neighbors. For additional community benefits, please view the Community Benefits chapter of Boston College's Institutional Master Plan (<1 MB).

  • Civic Partnerships
  • Volunteerism
  • Cultural and Athletic Events

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Civic Partnerships

Allston Board of Trade and Brighton Board of Trade: BC continues to support both the Allston and Brighton Boards in promoting the success of local businesses and organizations. The Boston College Director of Community Affairs, Bill Mills, currently serves on the Board of Directors for both the Allston and Brighton Boards of Trade. BC also provides operational support to the Boards of Trade when requested.

Allston-Brighton Substance Abuse Task Force Annual Youth Summit: Boston College annually hosts the Task Force's Youth Summit for students in the Boston Public Schools, grades 4 through 6. The Summit promotes positive decision making for students when faced with drugs, alcohol, or tobacco. The event draws more than 700 students and is held on campus in June.

Allston Village Main Streets and Brighton Main Streets: Boston College administrators play active roles in the Allston Village Main Streets and Brighton Main Streets to help promote a "thriving, safe, friendly business district."

Boston Police Advisory Committee: The BC Director of Community Affairs at Boston College serves as a member of the Boston Police Department District 14 Advisory Board that meets to discuss police related matters impacting the Allston/Brighton neighborhoods. The Committee meets bi-annually or as needed.



4Boston: Boston College’s 4Boston program, comprising more than 300 undergraduate students, is a major volunteer initiative that services 18 community agencies in the City of Boston. Named for the four hours each student provides on a weekly basis, 4Boston volunteers average more than  80,000 service hours per academic year. Placements in Brighton include the Commonwealth Tenants Association After-School Program, the Jackson/Mann Adult Education Program and the Franciscan Children’s Hospital Residential Assessment Program.

Commonwealth Tenants Association: Boston College maintains a significant presence in the Commonwealth Housing Development (CHD). Each semester, BC students spend after-school hours tutoring young residents of the Commonwealth Tenant Association. Additionally, BC's 4Boston Program coordinates the volunteer efforts of another twenty BC students for four hours per week at CHD. BC students frequently bring their mentees from CHD to the Flynn Recreation Complex and to BC football, basketball, and hockey games.

Food For Families: The Office of Governmental & Community Affairs and the Neighborhood Center collaborate with the Commonwealth Tenants Association and the Boston Food Bank to feed needy families at the housing development. Volunteers from Boston College and Commonwealth Tenants Association meet on the second Wednesday of every month to bag groceries from the Food Bank. The Commonwealth Tenants Organization distributes 350 bags per month to families in need and the elderly.

Helping Educate through Athletic Responsibility (HEAR): Each semester, Boston College student athletes visit public and parochial elementary schools in Allston-Brighton to mentor children. Athletes act as role models for students in the schools by interacting with, encouraging and motivating children to work hard in school, follow their dreams and never give up. Check out a video of a H.E.A. R. Program at the Russell School in Dorchester. 

Oak Square YMCA: Boston College assists the YMCA by providing student volunteers for a variety of projects and programs at the facility. As needed, Boston College also makes available its campus facilities for YMCA programming requests.

PULSE: Boston College’s PULSE program is a national model for service learning that integrates academics with a service internship at one of 51 community service placements in the Greater Boston area. The 400 students involved in the program volunteer between eight and twelve hours each week during the academic year at a variety of non-profit organizations. Locations of service include Project Bread, the Pine Street Inn, and Rosie's Place. In Brighton, students serve at Crittendon Hastings House, Commonwealth Tenants Association and the Parent’s Center at Saltonstall House.

West End Boys and Girls: Each semester, Boston College students volunteer at the West End House as part of the 4Boston Program. These students assist the West End House staff by tutoring and mentoring youngsters at the Club. Additionally, they coordinate the Homework Club and provide computer instruction. 


Cultural and Athletic Events

Allston-Brighton Youth Hockey: Each year Boston College offers ice time to the Allston/Brighton Youth Hockey Program. The Office of Governmental and Community Affairs works closely with the youth hockey program and the Boston College Athletic Association in arranging dates and times for use of the hockey rink in Conte Forum.

Arts Festival: Every year, the Boston College Arts Festival brings the community together to celebrate the arts.  This annual spring event showcases over 1,000 student and faculty artists in the performing, visual, and literary arts. The entire community is invited to over 30 free events that include drama, dancing, symphonies, jazz, visual arts presentations and children's activities.

Athletic Tickets: In conjunction with the Athletics Department, the Office of Governmental & Community Affairs provides tickets to residents of Allston/Brighton to all Boston College home football, basketball and hockey games. Whenever possible, tickets are also donated to youth sports organizations and local community groups to support their charitable activities.

Mayor's Cup Hockey: Each October, Boston College donates ice time to the City of Boston for the Mayor's Cup Hockey Tournament, which involves youngsters of all ages throughout the City of Boston to compete at the squirt, peewee, and bantam hockey levels.

Neighborhood Night at the Theater: Each fall, the Office of Governmental and Community Affairs distributes complimentary tickets to the Theater Department's fall presentation. Community members are invited to enjoy a private reception before the show. Please contact our office for more info. 

Pops on the Heights: Every year, Boston College provides 75 complimentary tickets to the Allston, Brighton, and Newton communities for the annual "Pops on the Heights" concert, which takes place every September at Boston College's Conte Forum. For more information, visit the "Pops on the Heights" website.