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Fall 2016 Community Service Newsletter

Welcome to the Carroll Graduate School Community Service Newsletter. Here you'll find information on upcoming community service opportunities, spotlights on our recent service days or service organizations, and general information about how to complete your community service hours.

Do you know of a volunteer opportunity we should promote in our newsletter? Please email gsomstudentservices@bc.edu with all of the necessary information (plus a JPEG) and we will consider including it in an upcoming edition.

Questions? Check out the "Serving Our Community" page on the BC Website.

 

Service Spotlight: My Brother's Keeper

My Brother's Keeper is a member agency of the Greater Boston Food Bank located in Easton, MA. They are a Christian Ministry which delivers furniture and food to local families in need. Benjamin Jackson ('16) has been volunteering with the organization for a number of years:

What work have you completed with the organization?
My Brother's Keeper has a program that provides Christmas to families all around Massachusetts and Rhode Island (mostly Brockton area). Parents that cannot afford to buy gifts for their children call My Brother's Keeper and provide details on what their children need and want for Christmas. My Brother's Keeper puts together big bags full of clothes and toys to deliver to each family with the generous donations received from local people and corporations. It is a well-oiled operation where volunteers take the list of items each family needs and "shop" at a big warehouse in Easton. They pick out toys and clothes, add a grocery store gift card, a gift basket for the mother, and neatly wrap everything and prep big bags to deliver to each home. In late November and December, My Brother's Keeper makes thousands of deliveries in 76 communities around Boston. Over the past ten years, I have been delivering gifts to families whenever my family volunteers at My Brother's Keeper. 

How did you get started volunteering with My Brother's Keeper?
My mom worked at Stonehill College and learned about My Brother's Keeper in it's infancy. We have been volunteering during Christmas time since I was 10 years old. 

Can you talk about an important moment that happened for you while volunteering?
It is hard to forget the smiles of the kids that understand you are there to provide gifts for them. They get SO excited. The parents are incredibly gracious and sometimes brought to tears. It is a simple part of the operation, delivering gifts to families, but it is the most rewarding since you get to see the reactions of the families.

Why is community service important to you?
We are very fortunate to be a part of a thriving community at BC. It is easy to go about your day-to-day and lose sight about what is outside the "BC Bubble". I enjoy providing joy to families in the community through work at My Brother's Keeper.


If you have completed your service hours at an organization you are passionate about and would like to be featured in our next newsletter, please contact Kathryn Najarian at najariak@bc.edu.
Upcoming Community Service Opportunities

WGBH High School Quiz Show Super Sunday - November 13th
WGBH is hosting its annual High School Quiz Show Super Sunday testing day on November 13th and they need volunteers to help out! 
Nearly 500 students representing 140+ public and private schools from across Massachusetts will fill WGBH on November 13 to take a qualifying quiz. The incentive? The top-scoring teams will compete in Season 8 of High School Quiz Show hosted by Kiss 108’s Billy Costa.
This is the perfect opportunity for college students from around the Commonwealth to join together for the sake of rewarding academic achievement. Students (20+) can fulfill their volunteer service requirements serving as either scorekeepers or floaters. 
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Jaime Reese at 
jaime_reese@wgbh.org

WGBH 5k Run for Public Media - November 6th
Charge up your Fitbit and hit the starting line! You are invited to volunteer during WGBH’s 5K Run for Public Media. Volunteers may register for a variety of roles.  These roles encompass a wide array of skills and interest, ranging from registering athletes and distributing information to providing course side refreshments at water and food stations.
 Please review the volunteer position descriptions listed in your email and email Jaime Reese at jaime_reese@wgbh.org if you are able to help.  Interested candidates should include the following information in their email response:
-       Full name
-       Preferred volunteer positions (top 3 in order of preference)
 All volunteers should arrive for their shifts at DCR Artesani Park, 1255 Soldiers Field Rd., Brighton, MA 02135

 
 
Additional Resources
Boston Cares: Non-profit that matches groups of volunteers with opportunities throughout the Boston metropolitan area.
Boston College Volunteer Database: Searchable database of community service opportunities through BC partnerships, agencies and ministries.
Volunteer Match: Searchable database of volunteer opportunities from a variety of organizations.
 
Community Service Requirement Reminders
MBA Full-Time and Part-Time Students: 20 Hours
MSA/MSF Students: 10 Hours

For December 2016 Graduates, the deadline for completion of community service hours is December 1st. Please contact Kathryn Najarian (najariak@bc.edu) if you have any questions or need assistance finding service opportunities.






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