Sustainability at Boston College
A Final Act of Kindness
A final act of kindness marked the final day of the year. Embodying one of BC’s most deeply-rooted philosophies – “men and women for others,” – many students chose to donate their items during move-out, simultaneously benefiting the community and the environment.
Students donated through BC Clean, an initiative overseen by the Office of Residential Life in collaboration with Custodial Services and the Office of Sustainability. All donations were collected by local non-profit organizations, as well as BC’s Montserrat Office.
A total of 5,029 books, 194 refrigerators, and 19,663 items of clothing were collected by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, an organization that offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. Additionally, 6,548 household items, including appliances, electronics, and pieces of furniture were collected by Household Goods, a non-profit working to help people make a home throughout Massachusetts.
In contrast to previous years, however, Household Goods did not accept non-perishable food items. BC Clean was able to fill this void by finding other sources. Four trunk-loads of non-perishable food were donated to the Brookline and Centre Street Food Pantries, while three trunk-loads were donated internally to Montserrat, an Office in the Division of Mission and Ministry that provides students with access and support to all areas of student life not incorporated in a financial aid package. “Thanks to the donations, we provided meals to students without a meal plan during two summer sessions. They were very grateful! We received many notes of appreciation expressing their gratitude for these efforts invested in them,” reflected Yvonne McBarnett (Ms. Smiley), Program Director of Montserrat.
“The BC Clean Initiative is a great way for items that would otherwise be thrown out to be repurposed. College campuses in particular are a hotspot for items that get used for only a year and are in good condition to be passed on to those in need. It has the dual purpose of helping the community and helping the planet. The initiative was communicated well, as I overheard parents and students in the Mods debating whether to donate or keep items during move out,” noted Christopher Russo, CSOM ‘19.
These donations, along with the positive changes they enable, would not be possible without BC’s men and women for others. Thank you Class of 2019 and all other participating students for this final act of kindness.
Written by Maryana Dumalska
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