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The Mission of the Volunteer & Service Learning Center (VSLC) is to support students who seek opportunities to serve others.  We do this by being the primary portal for all service activity offered at Boston College, with a strong commitment to the Greater Boston community.  The VSLC communicates volunteer needs in the Boston area, offers advisement and resources for service initiatives, provides educational opportunities, and collaborates with other university departments in engaging students in service.  The Center supports the education and formation of our students by promoting conscientious service in the context of Catholic social teaching and contemporary Jesuit education.

photo of Dan Ponsetto

Daniel Ponsetto, M.Div.
Welles R. Crowther Director for
Volunteer & Service Learning

Dan spent many years in ministry at Boston College before becoming the inaugural director of the VSLC.  He is founder of the Cochituate Breakfast Club for fathers and their kids, and in 2009 coached the Wayland Jaguars U13 Girls Basketball team to an undefeated season.

Dan and his wife Sue have four children, and a long-haired dachshund.                 


photo of Kate Daly

Kate Daly, M.Ed.
Associate Director

Kate has been at Boston College since 2003.  She spent a year after college with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, living and working in Bend, Oregon. 

Kate and her husband, Dan, have two young sons and a golden retriever.


photo of Katie Sullivan

Katie Sullivan, MA
Assistant Director

Katie comes to Boston College after five years of working at the University of San Francisco.  Katie and her husband Brendan love to travel and had the opportunity to live and work in both Buenos Aires and London.


The VSLC began in 2003, and through a generous gift of Patrick and Lillian Carney, the Welles R. Crowther '99 Directorship of Volunteer & Service Learning was established to support our work.

We are proud to be associated with the legacy of Welles, a legacy of service and personal sacrifice on behalf of others. 

You can read more about Welles here or watch this brief video.