4Boston is the largest weekly service organization at Boston College. Volunteers commit to serving four hours each week of the academic year at a social service, healthcare, or education placement and engage in one hour of group reflection centered on community, social justice, and spirituality.
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.
Working among the poor, the ill, and the marginalized 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 at our placements 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 for our neighbors and learning about our roles in resisting and transforming the injustices we encounter in our world. In 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.
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. Donations to 4Boston will be used toward transportation expenses for volunteers traveling to and from their placements, events held for volunteers, and for leadership training for council members.
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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.
The Volunteer Service Learning Center (VSLC) connects students with opportunities at a number of local community organizations. PULSE connects students with social change organizations in the context of discussion and study of classic and contemporary works of philosophy and theology.
In addition to the many opportunities at Boston College, Boston Cares is a great resource for students seeking volunteer opportunities in the Greater Boston area. For more information about ways to get involved beyond 4Boston, contact Carly Anderson.
We invite all alumni of 4Boston to keep in touch and share stories of life with and after 4Boston! Connect with fellow 4Boston Alumni on Facebook and LinkedIn. Email us to join our listserv and share your stories.
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The Heights, September 1999
4Boston is an organization of more than 600 Boston College students who serve at various service placements throughout Boston. Each placement is directed by a 4Boston council member who leads reflection and coordinates volunteers at their respective placement. In addition to the student leadership of the 4Boston council, 4Boston is directed by a campus minister and graduate assistant who work with the council to support all volunteers.
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